Vintage Port Shop Blog

The Barão de Forrester

Posted 31 May 2019

by Jamie Ashcroft


The Baron of Forrester is a legend in Portugal. Here are some of the reasons why, over a century after his death, his legacy remains...

Tasting Pocas' Very Old Tawny Port

Posted 9 May 2019

by Vintage Wine and Port

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Joao Monteiro, European Sales Director for Pocas, at the fabulous Big Fortified Tasting event in London. Following our conversation, Joao very kindly gave me a test tube of liquid presented in a lovely wooden box, wrapped carefully in tissue paper.  He rather proudly told me that it was around 100 years old  - which made it nearly as old as Pocas itself. 

The port is an amazing dark dense liquid with a verdant green edge that reveals its great age. After so many years the liquid has concentrated (tawny ports reduce in volume by about 4% per year). On the nose the port is beautifully fragrant, with notes of black pepper, spice and molasses.

Blandy's Madeira Tasting Packs

Posted 2 May 2019

by Jamie Ashcroft

Blandys packThese packs are the perfect opportunity to taste all four Madeira styles, all in the form of ten year old wines from the only producer to have remained family-owned since its inception!

Symington Family Declares 2017

Posted 9 April 2019

by Dia Grigoriou


The Symington family just announced 2017 as a classic Vintage Port year, making this their first ever 'back-to-back' general declaration since Andrew James Symington arrived in Porto in 1882!

What is an LBV?

Posted 27 March 2019

by Jamie Ashcroft

What is an LBV?