An Arctic Banquet – with 1834 Antónia Ferreira Port

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Recently I read Richard Holmes’ history of ballooning Falling Upwards: How We Took To the Air.

He tells the tale of S. A. Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897, which ended disastrously. The bodies of Andrée and two colleagues were not recovered until 1930.

Towards the end of the expedition the three men held a “banquet”. They ate seal steaks and ivory gull fried in butter and seal-blubber, seal-liver, brain and kidneys. Yum.

With this they drank a bottle of 1834 Antonio de Ferrara (sic – it should be Antónia Ferreira) Port that had been given to them by the Swedish king.

This is a famously great Port vintage. The Ferreira bottling was reputedly made from a single variety but nobody has been able to confirm this.


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