Introducing Port Vintages, by Julian D. A. Wiseman

My good friend and fellow Port enthusiast, Julian D. A. Wiseman, has produced a fabulous book on Port Vintages. The book is now available to pre-order at Port


“This is the definitive reference book on old Vintage Port. Every book that comes after will rely on it.”

“Port Vintages is Wisden’s for drinkers of Vintage Ports. It will be my go-to historical reference book for my family’s brand, each with their own chapter: Cockburn, Dow, Gould Campbell, Graham, Martinez, Quarles Harris, Smith Woodhouse, and Warre. The research and accuracy in defining and recording all historical Vintages is second to none. There is no more complete record.”

“This is an essential work for any one interested in Vintage Port and an absolute must for any serious collector.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Vintage Port or the history of wine. Get yours while you can, there will only be one edition!


Welcome to

I started collecting books about port and wine in 2009 and now have a substantial collection including some interesting old books on Portugal, Portuguese wine, gastronomy and temperance.

The purpose of this site is to allow other port and wine lovers to find books of interest that were published during various periods in history. Each book has its own blog page where you will find a brief description or review from me and the ability to post your own comments or question about each book . Some of these pages will explain my impressions of the book and others will simply be factual statements about what the book is and when it was published. These summaries are my thoughts having either read or browsed through each book, nothing more, and you are free to accept or dismiss my opinions as you see fit. On each blog page you will also find a link to Book Finder to allow you to locate a copy should you wish to buy one.

I hope you enjoy browsing the site and that you find my comments useful in choosing what to buy and to read.

Derek Turnbull

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