Port and the Douro

Port and the Douro

By: Richard Mayson, Leo Duff

Publication date: August 2016
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984739
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902318

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The completely updated third edition of Richard Mayson’s Port and the Douro offers unparalleled insight into the world of port and Douro wines. An entire chapter is dedicated to vintage port, covering harvests as recent as 2015 and providing information on vintages going back to 1844.

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Authoritative and entertaining, the completely updated third edition of Richard Mayson’s Port and the Douro offers unparalleled insight into the world of port and Douro wines. From the history of the wine trade in Portugal to the present day, this book is rich in information, offering readers the inside story of these magnificent wines, including a great deal of new material on the cultivation of the Douro’s vineyards.

An entire chapter is dedicated to vintage port, covering harvests as recent as 2015 and providing information on vintages going back to 1844. All the producers and shippers are included in a comprehensive directory which reflects the structural changes the trade has undergone in recent years, with withdrawal of the multinationals and the sale and amalgamation of a number of famous port firms. Mayson closes by addressing some of the challenges and changes that might affect port and Douro wines in future. A comprehensive study of port and its production, this is an indispensable reference guide to the world’s greatest fortified wine.

Pages: 320
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd
Edition: 3
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Richard Mayson

Richard Mayson is an award-winning wine writer and an authority on Portuguese wine. A lecturer and consultant, he writes for Decanter, Wine International and The World of Fine Wine and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine and Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine.  In 2015, he was the recipient of the Louis Roederer International Wine Feature Writer of the Year award.  His books include Portugal’s Wine and Winemakers and The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal. He is Chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards for Port and Madeira Wine and the owner of a vineyard in the Alto Alentejo region.

Leo Duff

Illustrated by Leo Duff

Leo Duff was born in Belfast and studied Illustration at Brighton College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. She is currently Course Director of MA Drawing as Process at Kingston University, Surrey, England.

Review of Port and the Douro

"A book in the image of Port Wine, delicious."
--Blend, The Online Wine Magazine

"Richard’s tone remains down-to-earth despite his obvious authority and knowledge when it comes to this wine region. This is a book that offers much that is new and I’m delighted that I will be able to have it to hand when I next open a bottle."

--Chris Kissak, thewinedoctor.com

"The new edition of 2013 is far superior to all editions that have gone before and in my view is beyond any doubt 'The Bible of Port Wine'."  

--Books about Port

"The only book on port and the Douro worth having."

--jancisrobinson.com

"A fantastic read from the get-go."

--jancisrobinson.com

"What to Read Before You Go: Port and the Douro by port wine expert Richard Mayson."

--National Geographic, Best of the World Weekly on the Alto Douro Region

"If you need to know anything at all about port … this is the book to have at hand.”

--Spittoon.biz

 

 

A collection of authoritative books on the world’s top three fortified wines. In Port and the Douro, Richard Mayson details the different styles of port and explores the most significant producers – from big names to boutique makers. With vintage reports stretching back to 1896, Port and the Douro is an indispensable reference guide to one of the world’s greatest fortified wines. The sixth, fully revised and updated edition of Julian Jeffs’ Sherry explores the fascinating, turbulent history of the sherry region and details its wine production – from the planting of vines in the south of Andalusia and the complex stages of fermentation, ageing, and blending, to the moment it leaves the bottle. Richard Mayson also provides the third book in this set, Madeira: The islands and their wines. One of the most enthralling of the world’s wines as well as the most resilient, Madeira is currently experiencing a renaissance. Here, Mayson uses his considerable experience of fortified wines to explain Madeira’s magic.