Rich, Rare & Red
A Guide to Port
An updated and expanded edition of the book that captures the essence of port and what it means to the people who produce it and who who drink it Packed with a wealth of up-to-date information, including a complete list of vintages and guide to tasting, this book will appeal to lovers of wine, food, and travel as well as the serious student of port. Ben Howkins offers a concise history of port and the port trade as they have developed over the last 300 years. He covers important changes in recent ownership of the major shippers and highlights the people driving change in the industry while protecting port's heritage.
Reviews for Rich, Rare & Red
This is the fourth edition of Ben Howkins’ book, which was first published in 1982. It covers port – an historical perspective, vineyards and vines, port maturation, the leading port producers, port styles, vintage port, visiting the region, Oporto, world markets and fifty shades of port.
Best wine books of 2015: Howkins’s book has brought a few generations into the Port fold, and here it is again, updated and reading as well as ever. When the book first appeared, patamares, the bulldozed terraces that replaced dry-stone walling, were all the rage; now they’re being adapted to more conservation-friendly methods. Then it was auto-vinification; now lagares are back. Port is better than ever, the region has a new confidence, and this book will both instruct and entice you.