Tuesday 7 April 2020

Vinho de Porto (Portugal, 1970)

Port is a fortified wine made from grape spirits exclusively in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. Its history is bound up in the complexities of European politics: trade routes between Portugal and England became busier when the English fell out with the French. In 1703, England imposed high import duties on French booze, so Portuguese port became relatively cheaper and much more popular.

The English and Scots role in developing the trade is reflected in the brand names that still dominate the market: Taylors and Cockburns date back to the 1700s.

It’s also delicious. I am writing this at lunchtime and now have an unhealthy hankering…


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