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Port: Past, Present and Future

An interview with Jorge Rosas (Ramos Pintos), Dick Niepoort (Niepoort) and Joao Rebelo (Taylor Fladgate)

The Port wine industry has been evolving over the past twenty years. With declines in the traditional volume movers, we asked three top producers what has been driving the business, where the industry is now, and what lies ahead for Portugal’s most celebrated wine region? Joining us for this conversation are Dick Niepoort, the fifth generation of the Niepoort family and current head of his eponymous winery, Jorge Ramos likewise the fifth generation of winemakers for his family brand (Ramos Pinto),  and Joao Rebelo, Sales Manager at Taylor Sales Manager – Port Wine Brands: Taylor’s, Fonseca, Croft, Krohn at The Fladgate Partnership.

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Bring Port to the Table

Often recommendations for Port and food pairings are limited to blue cheese, nuts and chocolate.  A modern generation of sommeliers is seeing Port in a new light, bringing it to the table to match dishes to start, finish and in the middle of a meal. Some like Alex Allardyce’s combination of Late Bottle Vintage and chicken mole and Mark DeWolf’s smoked salmon and dry White Port pairings are out of the box approaches for dishes that might be otherwise challenging to pair. Christina Hartigan, Andrea Eby and reigning Master of Port Canada winner Gabrielle Plastre take a more classic approach but without falling back on old standards, thus proving there are new ways to look at classic Port and food combinations.

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Port BasicsThe wines known as Port, originate in the Douro Valley of Portugal. Portugal, found in the south-western corner of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula (shared with Spain) is one of the world’s oldest wine producing nations. One of the most unique features of Portuguese wines, and in fact the wines of the Douro, a region in the north[east of the country, is the use of indigenous varietals. Unlike other regions who bend to the tastes of international export opportunities, the winemakers of Portugal, and specifically the Douro, where Portugal’s legendary Port wines are made, prefer to plant and work with the country’s own native grapes.Discover the full story at CRUbyCAPS.ca


CAPS and the IVDP would like to congratulate all the competitors that took part in the Master of Port 2021 qualifying stage. After a stressful, challenging exam, the results are in. The successful qualifiers for the Master of Port Canada 2021 contest are:

Lesley Quinn, Sommelier/Owner, Stellar Somm Wine Experts
Erin Beazley, Sommelier, Obladee Wine Bar

Francois Cote, Sommelier/Owner, ViniViti
Alexandre Fortin, Sommelier, Bistro Ophelia

Nathan Hooper, Sommelier, Treadwell Cuisine
Paul Aquino, Sommelier, Victoria’s Steak and Seafood

Alexandra Allardyce, Sommelier, The Manitoba Club
Linda Violago, Sommelier, Grazing a Trail Consulting

Leagh Barkley, Executive Sommelier, Per Se Social Corner & Acquafarina
Justin Isidro, Sommelier/General Manager, Kissa Tanto


The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers would like to thank the IVDP and Port producers for the support of developing this content.
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