It took until the 1990s for unfortified winemaking in the Douro to gather impetus. Before then, many remote Douro wineries had no electricity and sales of Port were buoyant enough to remain their focus.
Signs a fresh approach had arrived came with the planting of new vineyards as producers experimented with locations for the classic grapes. What had worked well for Port required changing for unfortified wines.
Investment in upgrading wineries proved that dry moderate alcohol wines did not benefit from rapid, vigorous extraction leading to concentration and high tannins - that was a model essential for ageing Port.
And today we are in an era when over a third of what the Douro produces is earmarked for good quality table wine. Join us as we try some interesting examples of Douro white, red and rosé styles.
We'll try two wines from the first pioneer of table wines in the Douro who have now perfected the art - Casa Ferreirinha.
HOW IT WORKS
You buy the wines separately and need only consume a tasting sample of each wine during the tutorial. You can follow our preservation tips to keep any leftovers for another day.
James Thorne has put together a 3-bottle pack at an exclusive 15% discount.
The price here on this website is for TWO connecting with one video feed. To book just ONE space, please use the promotional code 'Online1' at checkout, reducing the price by £8. (For three or more people using one video feed there is no additional charge beyond the price for two).
After you book your spaces, we'll send a link for ordering the wines. We will also send instructions for joining Zoom calls from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Zoom is proving to be a very sociable medium for wine tasting, so we can guarantee you'll have fun! Each session will last just over an hour.
Note - the best value way to access our online tastings is by joining our monthly subscription club (20% discount). This gives you access to our weekly classes and if you need to skip sessions we give you credits (use these to pay for other events, give free spaces to friends or arrange a private party we'll host for you). Plus you get free access to our WineBrain tutorials included!
Click here to read more about our Wednesday Wine Club membership programme (just £50/month for one, £80/month for two).
The Wines (in serving order):
The special pack price is £42.47 (the normal price is £49.97 - 15% off). You only need to buy one pack to share between two people. Delivery is free in the Cambridge area (inside A14, A11, M11, Girton, Histon, Milton and Impington).
NOTE - cut off for national wine deliveries is Mon 20 Sep.
This event is online only.