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Port as a Christening Present

February 24, 2012
Question by: Melissa, London, GB

Q:

I'm a recent godmother and for the child's christening present I would like to buy a couple of bottles of port that will be perfect when he is 21! I don't have much money, so what should I buy now that will be special then!?  Thanks.

A:

Hi Melissa, Port is indeed a wonderful gift for a child, which will be perfect to open for celebrations for his or her 21st birthday and beyond.  It is traditional to purchase Ports made in the year of the child's birth.  At this time, the most recently released Ports were some Quinta Vintages in 2009 - you can read about the vintage generally on our 2009 Vintage Report page and you will see the link to more details for each of the wines bottled: Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira and Quinta do Vesuvio have already been released to the market and should be widely available now.  Vintage Ports are declared or bottled the second summer after harvest, so look for news this April or May about 2010 Vintage releases, and same time next year for the 2011 Vintage releases.

If you are keen to purchase the gift now, the most recent Declared years have been 2007, 2003 and 2000, and these should all be readily available.  Quinta Vintage Ports, made in the years not declared, are very good value for money and are generally available at a lower price point than Declared Vintages.  The most widely available current release is the Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 1999 which has been widely praised by the critics - see also the article on the Graham's Blog about the Quinta Tasting for more about the 1999.

In England, you can order any of these wines on-line from Vintage Marque, and in London visit Berry Brothers & Rudd either in their shop on St. James's or on-line.  Finally, don't forget that the Port should be carefully stored.  Read our recommendations about Purchasing and Storing Vintage Port in articles here on the Vintage Port Site.



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