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Port and the
I would love to tell my readers that I am an expert on
that full and iconic beverage but until recently Port was that festive
tipple that mostly stayed in the sideboard unless Uncle Charles was
over. I, along with most others, considered
although as I am nearly 60 that pool of
‘older’ folks is shrinking by the year. However, the hitherto dusty
baton of Port appreciation has been taken up and polished by a
discerning ‘next’ generation who know a good thing when they taste it.
I did say ‘until recently’, as just last year I was re-introduced to
Port by Natasha and Adrian Bridge. You might not recognise their names
but they are considered by many to be ‘the first couple of Port’. They
oversee Taylor’s Port and their vintages are far from sideboard fodder.
This book Port and the Douro showcases Taylor’s along with every other
notable producer and exporter. It’s a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of Port
past and present. It’s a story of people and produce.
The industry pivots around Porto (Oporto) on the Douro River in
Portugal and that is the focus of this outstanding book by Richard
Mayson. It’s a volume that will appeal to food and drink lovers,
travellers as well as wine professionals. Richard has not only passion
for his subject but a talent for weaving a fascinating tale of
characters who have peppered the history of this fascinating region.
Port and the Douro covers every aspect of the world of Port, from
growing vines to shipping wines. It’s an essential companion for anyone
visiting this marvellously unspoilt area if they have even the
slightest interest in Port. And if one doesn’t at the start of the tour
it’s likely one will by the end, and even more probable that one’s
return journey will be slowed by the weight of a car-boot filled with
bottles of Port that will illustrate in delicious fashion the variety,
complexity and depth of this unique beverage.
Port and the Douro
Author: Richard Mayson
Published by: Infinite Ideas