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Dear Dr. Vinny,

During what month is a Port declared a vintage? For example, if 2007 becomes a vintage, when will it be declared?

—Joe, New Milford, Conn.

Dear Joe,

The decision of whether or not to "declare" a Port vintage is generally made in the spring of the second year following harvest. Look for announcements on the 2007 coming up soon. Some Port houses, like Taylor's, have a history of declaring vintages on April 23, St. George's Day. Of course, each producer make its own decision whether or not to "declare" a vintage, and on what date.

—Dr. Vinny

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