Starting a Tradition

Here’s some musing on port and fatherhood from The Wine Society’s newsletter:

The most exciting thing to happen in 2011, at least for me, was the birth of our daughter, Helena. The second most exciting thing was the vintage in the Douro valley which has been declared by all port shippers. There’s talk of it being the best since 1977, my birth year. With the collision of these two momentous events, I would be mad not to buy a case of port for my daughter to open when she’s 21. My wife, who doesn’t like port, thinks I’m doing this more for me than for my daughter. She does have a point, I am hoping that I’ll be allowed a glass at Christmas. I’d like Helena to grow up to like port as much as I do but more than that, I want to start a tradition.

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About Henry

Henry Jeffreys was born in London. He has worked in the wine trade, publishing and is now a freelance journalist. He specialises in drink and his work has appeared in the Spectator, the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Oldie and Food & Wine magazine. He was a contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury 2013) and his book Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass was published in November 2016.
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