Frank, has done it again. Fuzzy … that suits me well .. because most things about me is a bit fuzzy and it is getting worse with the years that are constantly added on to me. *laughing.
This image is only a week old. Taken during my visit to the Super-swanky Quinta of the Symington Port family in the heart of the Upper Douro Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage site, Quinta do Bomfim in Pinhão, Portugal.
It’s not because I had too much port wine that the image is fuzzy because it was taken before the wine testing. The men are testing the sugar content. It takes only 2 weeks to make port wine then it is transported from the vineyards by tanker trucks to Porto to be transferred on to oak barrels (4-6 years aging), the barcos rabelos are only used for racing and displays.
Owned by the Symington Family (originally from Scotland) since 19th – today run by the 4th and 5th generation (10 members).
They are behind the famous brands: Graham’s, Dow’s, Warren’s and Cockburns – The family estate is today a total of 27 vineyards along the Duoro.
In 2013, there were 8.7 million cases of port sold.
Today the most trendy drink in Porto is Port Tonic = P&T.
I loooooooove it!
How to make a thirst-quenching P&T:
– Fill the glass ¾ full with ice
– Add 1 part white port
– Add 2 parts good quality tonic
– Gently stir about 5 times to ensure a good mix in the glass
– Add a twist of lemon
“Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men;
but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.”