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International Port Day Hosted by Center for Wine Origins Coming January 27th: Win an iPad2!

Dec 14, 2011
Posted in Events, Media Center, News Coverage, Spotlight

The Center for Wine Origins is proud to announce that January 27 will be “Port Day.” The inaugural event encourages the celebration of this truly unique wine that only comes from Portugal. Consumers from around the world are encouraged to participate in the celebration of this authentic wine and raise awareness about the need to protect the Port name.

Participating is easy. Consumers can join Port Day online by blogging, tweeting, posting and sharing their thoughts about this exceptional wine by using the #PortDay hashtag. Or, they can host or join one of the numerous retail and restaurant tastings that are being planned in locations across the United States. To stay up-to-date on the most current news regarding Port Day or to register an event, visit

Win an iPad2 from the Center for Wine Origins!

As part of this celebration, the Center is hosting a contest to encourage U.S. consumers to photograph their favorite authentic Port wines. To enter the contest to win an iPad 2, contest entrants should send a picture of an authentic Port label to with the subject line as “Port Day 2012 Photo Contest Entry” or post the picture to your Facebook profile and tag yourself and the Center for Wine Origins in the picture. One Grand Prize winner will be selected randomly on January 25 and receive an iPad 2. Complete contest rules are available at

There are many quality fortified and dessert wines, but true Port only comes from the Port appellation in Portugal, one of the world’s oldest regulated and demarcated wine regions. Port grapes are grown in the Douro Valley, located approximately 60 miles from the city of Porto, where Port gets its name. The Douro Valley is surrounded by rugged mountain ranges that produce a hot, dry climate. While the flaky, arid soil presents unique challenges for the winemakers who build row upon row of terraces, it’s the combination of the climate and soil that makes Port unlike any other wine. That’s why its name can only be used on a label if the grapes and the wine are produced, under strict controls, in the Port appellation.

Unfortunately, today the Port name is misused on wine bottles across the world and particularly in the United States. Wines produced not from the grapes grown in the Douro Valley are misleading consumers to believe it is Port by improperly putting the name on its label. When shopping for Port and entering the contest, make sure to look for the seal of the approval and confirm that the wine comes from Portugal (see photo).

Remember to join in #PortDay either online or offline at your local wine bar or restaurant with friends. For more information about #PortDay visit For more information on the photo contest and the Center visit