Charles’s first answer was, I haven’t had time to see what’s in the cellar! With a moment’s reflection, he decided he would bring up some 1970 Graham’s. At the Port Walk tasting at Berry Brothers & Rudd in 2010 I remember Charles saying this wine was served at his wedding as well as several other special occasions – so clearly this one is a favourite for sentimental reasons, besides being a great Port.
Charles’s father Peter is also planning to enjoy a 1970 Vintage Port, but in his case, a 1970 Dow’s.
Paul and Dominic are also both planning on drinking Dow’s Vintage Ports, both from vintages that are underrated: Paul will enjoy the Dow’s 1955 and Dominic will be pouring the Dow’s 1966 which has always been unfairly overshadowed by the 1963.
Rupert will be enjoying the Quinta dos Malvedos 1964 – this is his birth year, and he still has another 30 bottles or so in his cellar, so he makes a point of opening one every year, to make sure it is still ageing as well as he is!
Johnny can’t tell me what his family will be served – it is a sample wine, which, if it passes muster with the family over the holiday, we may hear about in 2012!
And Rupert’s father, James, will be serving Dow’s 1970 and Gould Campbell 1980, both in magnum. The reasons for his choices, and the story of the Warre’s 1908 he served last year, are told in full in a news story on The Vintage Port Site.
What Ports will you be serving over the holidays? We would love to hear from you!
Merry Christmas from the Symingtons!