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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...

  • Roriz

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

  • Blauer Portugieser

  • 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...

  • Tempranillo

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

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  • 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

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whip it out!!

  • 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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  • 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.

    Comment by 1119872Constance Zatsick 1119872 Constance Zatsick

  • Royal Oporto Late Bottle Vintage 2004


    Comparable to the Fonseca Bin 27. though slightly dryer and with a smooth sweet finish. Fantastic port pared with a cigar or bitter chocolate desert. Read More

    Wine review by SSG Trigger

  • Ferreira 10 Year Tawny Port "Quinta Do Porto" NV


    Admittedly, I haven't had a lot of 10/20 year old tawny's (yet), but I'm really loving this one. I honestly enjoy it almost as much as a (much more expensive) 1992 vintage I had a few months ago. A good value. Read More

    Wine review by grittyk

  • Just perusing this site and looking for some good reviews on Port as it is about 17* outside right now and I'm thinking it may behoove me to pop a cork on some nice aged Tawny or a Vintage Port w/ some age on it and curl up w/ some Camembert / Roquefort / Cheshire etc. But all I see on this site are reviews of Muscats, Aussies - Stickies, and D... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Port is from Oporto, I.e....

  • Royal Oporto Vintage 1997


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    Wine review by tastingsbyhoward

  • Sandeman "Ruby Port" Oporto NV


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    Wine review by bantam

  • Cockburn's Special Reserve Port . Portugal Douro Vintage Character Port NV


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    Wine review by selzer

  • Delaforce Curious and Ancient 20 Year Old Tawny Port NV


    Great wine delicious has a light Brandy taste and for the money outrageous Read More

    Wine review by Qubican

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