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Fladgate acquires Wiese & Krohn

Colheita Port from Wiese & Krohn 1976, bottled 2011

Another takeover in the world of fine port has been reported in The Drinks Business, apparently after an announcement was made last week at Vinexpo. Wiese & Krohn have a longstanding reputation for their Colheitas, which is not the sort

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This week’s wine finds: Pink Port

Marks and Spencer Pink Port from Taylor's

For a recent class on fortified wines, I wanted to do some reading to find out the latest marketing strategies used to encourage the younger generation (read: anyone under 65!) to drink port. Now, it’s no easy task to make

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Port tasting notes

Graham's Port 1980

Tasted 13 November, 2012 Graham’s 1980 Vintage Port This is a stunning port that is just starting to show its true colours. Despite its age, it still has a slight ruby rim that effortlessly evolves into a wonderfully rich ruby red.

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Telling your Ruby from your Tawny

Students often ask me how you can tell what that a certain sample is when tasted blind. The answer is – you can’t always be completely certain, although plenty of practice and a few key tips will help you improve

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The New Face of Port

white port aperitif

I arrived at a trade tasting the other day to be welcomed with a drink in a highball glass  – not the short of glass you would normally expect at a port tasting! However, this was concrete evidence of the

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