Rich, Rare & Red

Rich, Rare & Red

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Updated and expanded this superb handbook is an essential reference guide to Port


In this fourth edition of his bestselling book, Ben Howkins captures the essence of port and what it means to the people who produce it and those 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 whilst protecting port’s heritage.

‘Ben Howkins’ classic handbook Rich, Rare & Red greets the new age of port with just the guide to these changes port lovers need. We may like our port old, but we need our sources constantly refreshed.’ Hugh Johnson

Key features:

  • Updated and expanded, this is an essential reference guide to Port
  • Recommended reading for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and other certification programmes
  • Describes the unique features of the Douro Valley, historical production techniques and more recent innovations
  • Covers important changes in recent ownership of the major shippers
  • Includes a guide to tasting and a full list of vintages


Ben Howkins was educated at Rugby and Amherst College, Massachusetts. He was awarded the Vintners' Scholarship in 1963, making him the youngest person to receive this award. His experience in Europe's vineyards, working with many leading vintners, informs his commitment to educate others in the enjoyment of wine. He is a member of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto and the Vintners' Company, co-founder of Royal Tokaji, and is wine advisor at Waddesdon, to Lord Rothschild, co-owner of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. His other titles for Quiller include Real Men Drink Port...and Ladies do too!


Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading A Guide to Port, Fourth Edition
ISBN 9781846892011
Author Ben Howkins
Binding Paperback with flaps
Extent 220 x 140mm, 224 pages
Illustrations No
Ebook Yes via your usual supplier

'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.' - Circle Update


'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.' Decanter


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