Port maker hopes to tickle women pink

Port, the after-dinner tipple of choice for the gout-suffering classes, is attempting to shake off its stuffy image with a new pink version aimed at elusive female drinkers.

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Country Life: A fire blazed and industrial measures of port were handed round to fortify us against the westerly wind

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Eating & drinking: Just desserts

THE TURKEY'S cleared, the crackers are cracked, the children have sloped off to play with their Nintendos. Around the table, yet again, the question is posed which has stumped philosophers from Heraclitus to Noel Gallagher: what should we drink next? Well, maybe that's an exaggeration. For some philosophers, it has to be port. And if that's the case, your buying options are numerous: the shops are stuffed with it. Just decide on your price and style, then go to a shop with a good selection and get their advice.

Food & drink: Something to wash it all down with - for under pounds 170 a bottle

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CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: I'm right behind Cliff's millennium prayer

AHOY and welcome to the world's only post-modern pre-millennial diary column sponsored by a port company with the initials W and J! And may I start by thanking all of you who so kindly wrote in to point out that one of the bulbs in my sophisticated logo arrangement wasn't working last week. I have had a quiet word with my technical and logistical delivery support team and have received a firm assurance that everything will be "AOK" today. So, on with business! And I couldn't help noticing that New Labour is looking for a New campaign song to replace, you must remember, "Things Can Only Get Better". And who better placed to come up with suggestions than you? Not only will you earn the undying gratitude of our PM, Millbank, and the nation, but the Captain will also reward you with one of his shiny, black and silver enamel-effect Moonlight Badges, or, if you insist, a bottle of port. Here are the Captainly suggestions (try to imagine them being performed by the PM, with full Cabinet backing): 1) "Happiness", theme of the great Ken Dodd. 2) "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" (rap mix, Cabinet hum). 3) "Bleep Right On To The End Of The Road". 4) "All Right Now". 5) "(I Can't Live In A) World Without Love", by Peter and Gordon. 6) "Mandy". 7) "Home, Home Slightly Beyond My Range". 8) "When I Saw You Standing, Blair". 9) "Fly Me To The Hoon". 10) "Irvine The Mood For New Wallpaper". 11) "Poor Do, Ron, Ron". 12) "Straw My Everything". 13) "Arms Sales Till The Sun Sets". Or perhaps they should just stick with the old one. Next!

World of port in a storm as America drinks vintage dry

IT IS enough to spark apoplexy in the cigar smoke-filled, leather- chaired alcoves of London's gentlemen's clubs. The Americans have finally discovered port - but they don't know how to drink it properly.

All aboard! Your guide to the best summer cruise holidays

From enormous Caribbean floating pleasure palaces with an endless supply of food to more intimate journeys through Norwegian fjords and French canals, there is a ship to suit your needs. By Guy Mansell

Travel: 48 hours in; Le Havre

It's a gateway to Europe. But don't be fooled. It's a worthy destination too. By Gerard Gilbert

DIY was all the rage in Pompeii

IF ROME wasn't built in a day, the residents of Pompeii were even more methodical about their city's construction. New excavations of the ruins of the southern Italian city, destroyed by volcano in AD79, suggest that Pompeii man was the original DIY enthusiast.

Obituary: John Smithes

DURING A life devoted to the making of port, John Smithes made a major contribution not just to the family firm of Cockburn but to the port trade in general.

Richard Ehrlich's Beverage Report: It's never too late

What, you still haven't organised your Christmas drinking? Time for urgent action

Drink: Goodwill hunting

If you want to keep relatives sweet without lavishing the pick of your cellar on them, choose smooth, warm, fruity wines that will appease many palates

Storm over `port' delays trade deal

A DISPUTE over South Africa's right to sell its fortified wines at home as "port" and "sherry" is threatening a ground- breaking trade deal with the European Union.
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