Sunday, March 4, 2018

Os portos de Portugal

While attending the Vancouver International Wine Festival I took in a seminar on Portuguese wines, called Voyage of Discovery. It was an amazing journey featuring nine wines from nine different wineries.

Six of the featured wines high-end red wines the reminding were three unbelievably good Port Wines. Canada and Portugal reached an agreement, only wines produced in the Douro region of Portugal may be called Port. In Canada, we call similar produced wines, port style, fortified. Sumac Ridge calls their wine Pipe. Please see Fortified wines.

The name Port comes from the harbour town of Porto. The Douro valley is often called the Enchanted Valley, due to the beauty of its landscape. The valley is so magnificent it is a World Heritage Site.

The ports offered for tasting were very special indeed. The first was Real Companhia Velha's Carvalhas Vinhas Velhas Tino 2015. You have to taste it to believe it.

Next was a thirty-year-old Tawy form Sogrape Vinhos. Sandeman Porto Tawny. Simply unbelievable. If you're lucky enough to find this rare and special Port ist wholesale price $110.00.

And finally the Symington Family Estate Graham's, Graham's Tawny Port 40 plus years at $195.00. There are simply no words to describe this wine.

Thank you, Portugal for bringing all your amazing wines to Vancouver. I am honoured to have the pleasure of enjoying them

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