A Story and What It Took to Tell It

Faithful followers of Graham’s Facebook page, website, or the wine press generally will be aware that our Quinta dos Malvedos 1999 Vintage Port won the Port Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in 2010.

Naturally, we are pleased when our ports receive recognition, but the IWSC Trophy is particularly significant, as the competition is based on both blind tastings and rigorous chemical and micro-biological analysis.  This trophy is a real tribute to everyone involved in making our ports to the highest quality every step of the way, in the vineyards, winery, laboratory, tasting room, cellar, and bottling plant.

Though the award was announced last year, the physical trophy itself – a beautiful custom-engraved glass pitcher – only arrived recently.  It’s not every day we actually get to see these kinds of things, so we agreed with Paul, we had to do something special with it.

Naturally, we thought of a blog post with a nice photo, couldn’t be easier.  Till we tried to take the photo.  If you have ever wondered about a day in the life of the wine blogger, here’s a good example of the highs and… other moments.

Paul, we tried, we really really tried, to do it justice.

Click on the first image to open it in a new page and then follow the story in the captions, using the hyperlinks at the bottom of each photo to move back and forth in the sequence.