Passing the Port

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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One of the wine trade’s most cherished traditions is the rule that port, particularly a decanter of vintage port, must be passed round a table from the right hand of diners to the left. No single satisfactory explanation has ever been advanced, although so fiercely held is the custom that a miniature railway was constructed to transport decanters across an inconvenient fireplace in the Senior Common Room of New College Oxford.

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