New Class: VINTAGE DATED PORT (Or Port-by-the-Numbers)

cockburn19777pm on Monday, December 12th at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton at  for Vintage Dated Port. Port wines are numbered among the classic wines of the world and are quite collectable. The most desired are Vintage Port but not all Vintage-dated Ports are the same – so a little information goes a long way toward understanding Port by the numbers. Topics of discussion will include types of vintage-dated Port (and why and how they are different), the origins of Port wine and how it evolved, Serving and Drinking Port, “Pass the Port” (Port Wine Customs), and Decanting Port (including a decanting demonstration). The wines will range from 10 to almost 40 years old. Fifteen Port wines will be tasted and bread and cheese will be served.

We will taste:
Kopke Porto Colheita 2006
Smith Woodhouse Lbv Porto 2002
Borges Vintage Port 2005
Quinta Do Noval Vintage 2007
Croft Vintage Port 2009
Dows Senhora Da Ribiera 2009
Graham’s Malvedos Port 2009
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Por 2009
Fonseca Vintage Port 2009
Kopke Porto Colheita 1996
Smith Woodhouse Madalena Vintage 1996
Kopke Porto Colheita 1984
Dows Vintage Port 1985
Messias Colheita 1977
Cockburn Vintage Port 1977 (A wine widely reported as never made)

Vintage Dated Port will cost $100.00 per person cash ($105.26 regular). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan Coburn at 713-854-7855 or If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

L’Alliance Française is French Cultural Center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., it is on the Southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

With over 35 years in the wine business and 30 plus years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

Please Save The Dates for More Wine School Classes Coming Soon:
01/09/17 Pulling the Cork: What you need to know to more fully enjoy wine.
01/12/17 Domaines Clarence Dillon Tasting (including la Mission and Haut Brion)
01/18/17 Bordeaux 2014 Tasting at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

One thought on “New Class: VINTAGE DATED PORT (Or Port-by-the-Numbers)

  1. Can’t wait to receive info on the Bordeaux ’14 tasting. I have a nice size wine group here in hou that I’m going to invite.


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