It has been a tawny Christmas and New Year for me, with samples lined up from earlier in 2018 for the new edition of my book, Port and the Douro. Tawny port is now gloriously fashionable in its own quiet way, with global sales up by €21.3 billion over the past seven years. As you will see below (and in my previous post) there are some wonderful wines with many of the so-called ‘British’ houses now embracing colheita as well as aged tawny.
Vintage Port Notes January 2019
Staged at New Armouries in the Tower of London in November 2018, this was Paul Symington’s last UK tasting and presentation before his retirement as Chairman at the end of the year. The wines shown were, I think, Paul’s choice. Tawny Port has shown an extraordinary increase in demand with global sales have grown by €21.3 million over the last 7 years. I recall Paul Symington telling me some years ago that the repackaging and rebirth of the family’s tawny ports was one of his proudest creations.