The UK has been ousted from its second spot as biggest importer of Portuguese wine by surprise new entry Angola, who seem to have taken a liking to vintage port exports from the country.
Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times recently reported on the '50 Great Portuguese Wines' event, which was this year resided over by her colleague Julia Harding, Master of Wine, who was made Wine Writer of the Year at the UK’s Portuguese wine awards last year.
The new role requires her to select 50 of the finest Portuguese wines (from 1,200 tasted) and then present them to the trade, media and consumers in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The presentation comes as Britain starts to slip as one of Portugal's main importers of wine, with Angola taking the second spot.
Ms Robinson said in the FT: "We British wine drinkers, and particularly those who sell wine to us, have a duty to maintain our reputation as connoisseurs. If we don’t pull up our socks and ensure that a better range of top-quality Portuguese wines makes its way into the UK, we will have to concede that Angolans are more discerning than we are."
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