Port masterclass: past, present and future

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Take a trip down the Douro Valley with Julia Lambeth DipWSET as she sifts through Port’s past, assesses its present, and envisions its future.

Event details

The first mention of Port dates back to 1678. Over the next three centuries the wine has constantly evolved to fit shifting politics, tastes, and technology. Join Julia Lambeth DipWSET as she leads you through a tasting of eight superb Port wines, which each have a story to tell in the fascinating history of Portugal's premier fortified wine.

You will taste Port of different shapes, styles and sizes, starting with a refreshing white Port and tonic cocktail and moving on to decades-old tawny and vintage Port.

Guests will enjoy a selection of Iberian cheeses and sweet treats alongside their Port.

Wine list

  • Taylor's Chip Dry & Tonic: Taylor’s was the first company to create a white Port, and now it is the first to create canned cocktail of white Port and tonic. Made using specially-developed tonic, this is a new innovation for the Port industry.

  • Croft - Pink Port: the first pink Port to be created, launched in 2008.

  • Quinta da Devesa - 30 Years Old White Port: a sweet, complex, spicy, nutty, style of white Port that has been aged oxidatively for 30 years in oak barrels.

  • Kopke - 20 Years Old Tawny Port: the oldest Port house, famed for their tawny styles, this example has been aged for 20 years and shows freshness balanced with oxidative characteristics.

  • Taylor's - 50 Years Old Tawny Port: one of the new ageing categories for Port! Launched in 2022 to give producers more options for bottling their aged stocks.

  • Niepoort - Crusted Port: a lesser-known and rarely seen category of ruby Port.

  • Quinta do Crasto - Vintage Port 2017: a young vintage of exceptional quality.

  • Warre’s - Vintage Port 1980: a mature vintage that has evolved over decades in bottle.

Tasting level

Masterclass: Our most advanced sessions, suitable for those who have a WSET Level 3 qualification or equivalent knowledge. Gain expert knowledge and insights from a specialist speaker.

About the presenter, Julia Lambeth DipWSET

Julia Lambeth DipWSET

Julia started out in the wine trade as a novice, working at Majestic Wine for a number of years as a retail manager. After completing the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and winning the Codorníu Scholarship prize, she started a wine tasting company running WSET courses alongside a variety of other wine, beer, spirit and sake events. Julia joined WSET School London's teaching faculty in September 2019. She now teaches our wine courses across all levels, and develops new events and tastings to support their studies. Read our Q&A with Julia.

Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
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  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841 or email studentservicesteam@wsetglobal.com