With 20% alcohol, the 1944 Colheita Royal Oporto, scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. It cost about $55 twenty-five years ago when my wife bought it for me. It’s from our birth year, and we recently shared it with some Cape May Dionysians.


Caramel fills your nose. Soft and lingering on the palate, the 75 year-old Port, from a single year, made in the tawny style, was at perfection.

Wine like this doesn’t need blue cheese or walnuts; it’s a dessert all on its own. The aroma changes quickly, but the wine lasted for three full days. I’ve had a few older Vintage Ports (more red or purple) but this was the smoothest I’ve ever had.  Cellar some for yourself now.  In Vino Veritas.