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Oporto (or Porto, or Port) is Portugal’s second largest city, located at the mouth of the Douro, the gateway to wine country. It is the center of Portuguese shipbuilding and trade, with a history that dates back to the Roman occupation, through the Moorish settlement of the area, and into a strong relationship with England, beginning in the 14th century and the marriage of John I of Portugal to Philippa of Lancaster (daughter of John of Gaunt). 

The English fascination with Portuguese wine began in the 14th century when their relationship with France became shaky and they had far less access to quality French wines. Their new friends, the Portuguese, had an abundance of wine in the Douro, but the English found it to be much more crude compared to what they were used to. So they began to add brandy to the wine to preserve it for shipment back to England, and thus, in a sense, the first Ports were born. But it wasn’t until the 17th or 18th century that this process became more refined Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Blauer Portugieser

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Limberger

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

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  • Then entrepreneurially minded folk create things like the Guinness Book of ... ... old-skool places (besides in Oporto) that still mix vintages?My curiosity still stands unsatisfied about why 10 years exactly is some number of significance in the wine consumption contex Read More

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  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV


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    Wine review by Ennis1

  • Taylor Fladgate 30year Tawny NV


    Just a superb Tawny Port...Have had this a number of times at Trombino's a favorite Italian Restaurant...sit at the Bar. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV


    Nice, full body, great with dark chocolate and berries. One of my faves! Read More

    Wine review by GinaR1173

  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV


    Sounds like a great port that's a must try. Matt may even like this one! Read More

    Wine review by Karmyk

  • Hmmm, thanks  TBANDCWFJOURNEY,, I just Googled your Meadery of ... is also a great choice for Oporto. I love an Oporto with hints of wet foliage. They fill me with joy and forest fantasies&nbs Read More

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  • Well, fall is upon us,so,I guess I'll be whipping it out! The Oporto and Brandy that is.What will you be whipping out this fall season? Show me yours and I'll show you mine. Read More

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  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV


    Hints of cherry and spice. Mouth filling with soft tannins. Good with strong cheese and dark chocolate. Great after dinner drink. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV


    A wonderful port. Absolutely a complex pallet. A very strong body keeps from making this wine from being one you continually sip. A really great port to share with guests. Read More

    Wine review by cAdley

  • Recently (July, 2012) I had a port wine in Portugal. The label on the bottle had a picture of an Icon of Christ. Does anyone know anything about this particular wine or where I could purchase more? It has a very special delicate flavor. Thank you.

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