OCTOber 19, 2022  -  PORT WineS

NO HOST WINE RECEPTION 6:30 PM.  |  NO POTLUCK - Please eat before the meeting.





Port wine invention and success in the wine world can be ascribed to wars and friction between England and France in the late 1600’s.  French wine supply to England was uncertain, so wines from other countries, including Portugal were imported.  But they did not survive sea voyages well – the solution was to add alcohol to the red wines shipped to English.  Thus, somewhat sweet red wine with fermentation, stopped by the addition of aguardente, (highly alcoholic spirits) has been shipped to the world from Portugal for hundreds of years.  And from the involvement of English shippers, many of the Port houses have British names.


Produced in the Douro Valley in the north of Portugal, Port is known as a sweet, rich wine with alcohol content up to and over 20%.


Portuguese Port is tightly regulated and evaluated from the vineyard through production to the final bottles, perhaps more so than in any other wine producing area.  The growers, the producers (houses), and the marketing of Ports is unique and will be discussed.  AWS Wine Evaluation Charts will be available to document and guide your appreciation of each wine.


This program will present and discuss eight Port wines, two wines each in the main categories of:

  • White Port — made from white grape varieties
  • Ruby Port — a red wine named for its color, this is your basic Port
  • Tawny — a Port that undergoes extended aging in barrel, some from 10 to 40 years   
  • Vintage Dated Ports — Late Bottled Vintage Port wines for this program. 


Presenter:  Brad Bruce


Brad has been the San Diego Wine Guild’s program director for over 20 years, our Wine Guild President in the late 90’s and was awarded the Wine Guild’s “Lifetime Member” award in 2005.  Brad was also a judging panelist for the California Grapevine Newsletter for 16 years and has written over 800 blind tasting reviews per year.  2022 will be Brad’s final year as Program Director for the Wine Guild.



The wines to be poured:

  • Offley White Port - $20
  • Porto Valdouro White Port - $19
  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Ruby Reserva Port - $19
  • Sandeman Founders Reserve Ruby Porto - $17
  • Quinta do Noval 10-Year-Old Tawny Port - $30
  • Taylor Fladgate 10-Year-Old Tawny Port - $22
  • Osborne Late Bottled Vintage Port 2013 Bottled in 2019 - $24
  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Late Bottled Vintage Port 2016 Bottled in 2021 - $18

San Diego Wine Guild Annual Camping Trip


2022 Campout was May 20 & 21, 2022 at William Heise County Park (new location). 


We stayed in rustic cabins and campsites, plus it was only a 5 min drive to Julian town & hotels. We used cabin #14 as the gathering spot for wining and dining.


Great time hanging out in the cozy cabin in a wooden forest. Very nice and semi private. Trees are mature and nice hiking trails out of the campsite. Join us next year if you can.