Last month, Portugal’s port wine producers unanimously declared 2007 to be a vintage port. A declaration of vintage port doesn’t happen every year — the last was in 2005, when the 2003 vintage was declared. It pretty much only happens a couple of times a decade, and so a declaration is a very big deal, at least among the shrinking number of people who invest in expensive port. Last Monday, a handful of these people were invited to the Four Seasons restaurant in midtown Manhattan for a preview tasting of these 2007 vintage ports from 11 highly-regarded producers.

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