Back to All Events

A Year in Port

  • The Mariner 430 S Water St Marine City, MI 48039 USA (map)


TAKE A SPRITED TRIP TO THE LAND OF THIS BEGUILING LIBATION!   We will be joined by Giordana Sobel, a Sommelier and wine expert. She will guide us as we learn about the passion behind this nearly 400 year ago development...Port Wine. 

While many think of Port as a drink for old men in the halls of power, it’s not all cricket and a rousing chorus of Rule Britannia — although there’s certainly plenty of that. In Oporto and up in the Douro, we discover Port’s earthier roots in the grim granite, and its more sensual side, from traditional folk dancing to Saint’s Day festivals that keep people carousing in the streets all night long – for three days.

We explore the mysteries of vineyards planted on near-vertical hills through which the Douro River winds its way. There are more than 400 native grape varieties, sometimes 30 or more varietals mixed together in the same vineyard. These grapes may hold the key to the region’s future, as a host of young wine-makers are starting to produce new Douro table wines, that are winning international acclaim. But the most precious nectar created here is still Port. You may need to find village farmers who own less than an acre of very special grapes. You need local vineyard workers who know the old ways, who pick the grapes and stomp them with their bare feet in great stone tanks to the same rhythm that their ancestors knew. You need ancient barrels and apothecary’s jars filled with wines made throughout the last century to enrich your stock. And then you need a Master Blender, who reaches back through the years, selecting from more than 100 years of wine, to find just the right palette of flavors to create a world-beating blend. Finally, you wait until that blend matures, and is ready for the market. Time – and patience– is what makes Port.

A Year in Port is written and directed by David Kennard, created by InCA Productions and Executive Produced by Todd Ruppert. It will be distributed worldwide by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Earlier Event: October 12
Escanaba in da Moonlight
Later Event: October 13
Escanaba in da Moonlight