With my sponsor & host, Miguel Roquette of Quinta do Crasto
“Enthronement” was the give away. As you can see from my photos of Saturday’s ceremony, welcoming (or promoting) members of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Port brotherhood) is a pageant-filled affair – trumpeters, red carpet, cloaks, hats, a procession lead by the national guard on horseback and, to finish, a Port toast of course!
Roll out the red carpet!
I was thrilled to be part of it and to catch up with so many luminaries of the Port trade, producers and fellow writers Roy Hersh (For the Love of Port) and Axel Probst (The World of Port).
Mestres of the brotherhood
The Chancery, headed by George Sandeman
Enthroned by Mestre Jorge Roquette of Quinta do Crasto
The procession through the streets of Oporto
Arriving at the Museum of Transport (formerly Customs House) for the gala dinner