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Port tonic overlooking Porto and the Douro River

Does port need a boost?

The answer is probably yes. Many sweet wines are struggling on the market today. (Excepting of course those table wines that are sold as “dry” but which contain a substantial amount of sugar, sometimes well above 10 grams per litre.) Port is one of the great classic wines, one of the first wines in history […]

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Taylor's Tawny 40 years, 30, 20, and 10

Seven Port wines from Taylor’s to brighten up your holidays

A tasting of a selection of Taylor’s port wines illustrated the wide variety of port wines that exist, ranging from young ruby to vintage ports to lay down in the cellar to old and mellow tawny. When Taylor’s export manager Jorge Ramos came to Sweden he met with BKWine Magazine’s Mats Lindelöw. We tasted Taylor’s […]

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Sales of other fortified wine by Systembolaget in Sweden

Emergency Alarm: We no longer drink sweet and fortified wines

Why do we no longer drink sweet wines? The Swedish monopoly Systembolaget recently presented the market situation for sweet wines and fortified wines in Sweden. It is catastrophic. And perhaps illustrative of what happens in other countries too. Sweet wines disappearing? Over 25 years the consumption of sweet wines has fallen by around 85%. In […]

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Fonseca vintage ports

Old and new among Fonseca’s Port Wine

This year it is 200 years since Fonseca was founded in 1815. In different ways a magical year 1815, the year when Napoleon’s army was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by the English, Scottish and Prussian troops. To the English port have always meant a lot, and so it still does. Of course it […]

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Taylor's Single Harvest Port 1863

Port Wine for Christmas, and for laying down. From vintage 2011 back to 1863!

Taylor’s, a port house with a history and with plenty of good bottles We are many who uncork a bottle of port wine for Christmas. But port is a wine that is really nice the rest of the year too. Taylor’s is one of the most famous port wine houses, with a long history and […]

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Lagares, Quinta do Noval, Douro, Portugal

Sweet meets red, and white! Combine sweet foods with sweet wines.

Sometimes you want to finish dinner with a glass of sweet wine with the dessert. There are many types of sweet wines to choose from, such as sauternes, port wine, vin doux naturel, tokaji (or tokaj), sherry, vendange tardive and much more. So what wine to choose with what food? We had the opportunity to […]

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Kopke colheita 1957

Kopke Colheita 1957 | Magnus’ Wine of the Month

A few weeks ago I was in Portugal, mainly to taste wine and port. Port wine is something I to connect with Christmas (and all other days too). To sit and sip a glass of really good port wine together with a piece of chocolate, a piece of cheese or just with the feet warming […]

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A glass of Tintilla de Rota de Finca Moncloa Gonzales Byass

Exclusively sweet, port wine and more

We often talk about port wine as if it were one single type of wine. But there is world of difference between, for example, an aged tawny and a vintage port. No news perhaps but it is worth pointing out again. A tawny is aged for a long time in oak barrels and becomes “oxidized”, […]

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Calem vineyards near Pinhao, Douro Valley

Calem, a port house with a range of ruby, vintage, tawny & colheita

The port wine producer Calem dates back to mid-1850s. Today, like many other port producers, it is part of a group together with several other famous names. It has a wide range of ports, from young ruby to very old tawny. We had the opportunity to taste a number of their wines back to a […]

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White port

Viera de Sousa 10 year White Port | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Are you sceptical to white port? Some people are and I was one of them. Until I tasted the 10 year old Viera de Sousa White Port from Sociedade Roncão Pequeno. This is an incredibly good port wine that shows that white port can also be of high quality. The wine is made with long […]

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Writing on the winery wall "Soul"

Wine with a soul: port & other wines from Wine & Soul in the Douro

A meeting with Sandra Tavares da Silva at her winery in the Douro Valley Far up the river Douro in northern Portugal, in a small village perching on a cliff overlooking the winding river and the terraced vineyards, we find the small and young winery called Wine & Soul. Britt went there to meet with […]

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Old wine bottles in the cellar

December – the port wine month

An introduction to port wine and its markets December is a good month for port. Some people do not drink port wine at any other period. And that is a shame of course. Port wine is well suited for many occasions. The grapes for the port wine are grown in the Douro Valley in northern […]

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Quinta do Crasto, Manuel Lobo, winemaker

Quinta do Crasto #2 with Manuel Lobo, winemaker [E] – BKWine TV

PART 2 of Quinta do Crasto interviews with Manuel Lobo de Vasconcellos, winemaker and oenologist at Crasto. Quinta do Crasto is in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, the region best known for port wine, the Portuguese fortified wine. But it is also a wine country that makes excellent table wines. So, how do they […]

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Quinta do Crasto, Tomas Roquette

Quinta do Crasto #1 with Tomas Roquette [E] – BKWine TV

PART 1 of Quinta do Crasto interviews. We begin with Tomas Roquette one of the owners. Tomas is the fourth generation at Quinta do Crasto. Crasto produces port wine since more than one hundred years and since 1994 also table wine with the same grape varieties as for port – more than a hundred different […]

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Jack’s wine of the month: Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage 1995

Forget dry, red, white. In December it should be sweet and strong. Christmas arrives with strong and blue cheeses that require some substantial counter-artillery to create a holiday harmony. The saviour comes in the shape of a bottle of port of course. A brilliant choice is Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage 1995 (some 15 euro). […]

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Luis Seabra, Niepoort winemaker

Niepoort Douro #2, Luis Seabra, winemaker [E] – BKWine TV

Interview (Part 2) with Luis Seabra responsible for the vineyards and the winemaking; the Niepoort winemaker. Were sitting at the brand new winery in the Tedo river valley, overlooking the terraced vineyards along the river and the Douro region impressively steep slopes. We are talking about the red wines and about the future of the […]

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Luis Seabra, Niepoort winemaker

Niepoort Douro #1, Luis Seabra, winemaker [E] – BKWine TV

Interview with Luis Seabra responsible for the vineyards and the winemaking; the Niepoort winemaker. Were sitting at the brand new winery in the Tedo river valley, overlooking the terraced vineyards along the river and the Douro region impressively steep slopes. The new winery was opened in 2007 and it has allowed them to do the […]

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Rosé port

There’s a new category of port wine: rosé. The Port Wine Institute (IDVP) has approved rosé port as a denomination. Already last year Croft launched a rosé port: Croft Pink. Formally, it has been considered a very lightly coloured ruby but now it has its own category. Apart from Croft’s there has not been many […]

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Port and sherry give Australia million dollar grief

The EU and Australia recently signed a new trade agreement. One part of that agreement says that Australia will no longer use the denominations Port, Sherry and Marsala for its fortified wines. Many Australian wines have been called such things, since these kind of naming restrictions simply are governed by international agreements, and no such […]

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Port wine

Christmas as getting worryingly close and it is perhaps time to bring out one of those old bottles of port you have in the cellar and crack it open to the stilton cheese or the walnuts. The port district exports 80 million bottles every year. These are the biggest markets: 1. France (2.9 million 9-litre […]

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Organic port from Fonseca

Fonseca has launched an organic port wine: Terra Prima. They have since 1992 been cultivating a small plot of vineyard at the Quinta de Panascal with organic methods. Now they have developed the production sufficiently to make a bottling of organically made wine. The last step was to find a distiller of organic spirit to […]

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