Monday, 24 June 2013

Drinking Games: Vintage Port BOARDGAME?

We've brought you whisky and wine top trumps, we've bought you wine-opoly, but never did we expect to find a Port board game.

And yet when perusing the website of Niepoort (who made the fabulous Alice in Wonderland Ports we told you about) I was staggered to stumble across a Vintage Port board game they've created for hardcore Port geeks. The basic idea of the game is to learn how to make Port in Portugal's Douro Valley, and become as legendary (in your own head) as the Niepoorts themselves.

Unlike the silliness of wine-opoly, this is a real learn-as-you-play game: you have to plant vineyards, grow grapes, transport them to your winery, produce and age the port and then sell it. The person with the most VP (Vintage Points!) at the end is crowned the winner.  Perfect for Grandfathers or total nerds like me.

You can't buy the Vintage Port game in this country it seems (boo!) but you can import it from Mesa Games. If you're paying by credit card or Paypal as opposed to bank transfer, it costs just over 55 Euros in total making it a little over £45, but as a gift for the right person I think it's totally worth it.

Is this a step too far into geekery in my booze game quest? Quite possibly. But I feel all the happier for knowing this sort of thing exists.


  1. You and I are in the same ship, apart from in my case it is my finals that I'm failing to learn for: / Print off any notes you need off the CPU, then TURN OFF your laptop and put it away so it is not distracting you. Put the alarm on your phone so that it goes off each half hour, take you back you to take a break. Get chew up gum or some food and chew on it while you learn, chewing helps you focus. As for the music problem, look up learn play lists on YouTube (classical music is great too) and listen to them while you learn so that you'll have peaceful setting music playing in your head, not loud distracting music. If you find your mind wandering, go for a 5 minute walk, have a glass of water or a smoke or what on earth, then get back to work. As tempting as it is, go to bed at a realistic hour and wake up early to learn rather than learning into the wee hours of the morning then sleeping in - not only will the former help your body plan match that of the exam schedule, you will absorb more data when you're not stressed to stay awake. Just reading matter out of a book is not very able for keeping your notice moved or for absorbing data, so instead of just reading, take notes or read aloud, then at the end of a chapter does a few questions to make sure you know the material.
    I also in college and have trouble focus. What I do is for big test or projects I will start learning before the test a week in advance. If you learn your notes a half hour to hour each night a week before. If you do so the night before the test you be by now well-known with the data. So you won't have to learn it as long.

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