Episode 339 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently. It features Adrian Bridge, the Chief Executive Officer of The Fladgate Partnership, overseeing the Port brands Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca, and Croft from the Douro Valley in Portugal.
Adrian Bridge oversees three Port brands – Taylor, Fonseca, and Croft – that together comprise one third of what we think of as Port. One third. That is really quite something when you think about it, and there are few comparable operations anywhere in the world, really. No company in Germany, for instance, controls one third of German Riesling. So who is Adrian and how did it happen that the company he directs, The Fladgate Partnership, became so influential in the Port wine sector? In answering those questions, Adrian clearly has a firm grasp on the details of what came before his tenure at the company. He demonstrates an admirable amount of knowledge about the history involved. Hearing him talk thoroughly about the backstory of a brand, bringing in so many divergent details, paints an in-depth portrait of the Port wine market in general, and there are numerous moments in this interview where you may hear something you had no inkling of before. From what Adrian says, the Port wine scene today may be more dynamic than might be supposed, and if you were wondering about where things stand for that market this is an important conversation to hear.
This episode includes a Warm Up from Erin about Charles II and Portuguese Wine.
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