RDA volunteers with David and Margaret Haddon, organisers of the event, in the centre.JPG

Symington family launches commemorative Port

Symington Family Estates in Porto have launched a special commemorative Port to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Year.

Launched in both the UK and Portugal, Graham’s 1952 Diamond Jubilee Port is selling for €330 a bottle.

Jancis Robinson OBE, MW (Master of Wine), describes this Port on her website: “This very special single-harvest port is effectively a very old tawny, from six pipes of superior wine that have been gathering metaphorical dust and sensory lustre in Graham’s lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. They were harvested at a time when the port trade was on its knees.

“Times were tough in the UK, the main market for Graham’s owners, the Symington family. British cities were still ravaged by war damage. Strict food rationing was in place. It’s a wonder us babies of the early 1950s survived at all… And according to Johnny Symington, ‘there was such a slump that we didn’t even bother to bottle it [this wine] at the time’. They certainly didn’t make the connection between this delicious wine and the coronation of the young Queen Elizabeth.”

For more information about the Graham’s 1952 Diamond Jubilee Port, please visit www.grahams-port.com