Originally Posted by MrPelicano
By coincidence, my father was aboard our 30-footer in Aburatsubo Bay when Tabarly arrived unexpectedly in Japan aboard Pen Duick V, in 1969. He never tires of telling the story of rowing over to visit Tabarly and being surprised to find how much wine was aboard. Certainly it made a life-long impression on him.
Of course, sailing without wine is boring
You know, on the XVI century Portuguese discovered not water ballast but wine ballast
I am kidding but that is absolutely true. Ships that went for India carried Porto and Madeira wine as ballast all the way to India and back to Portugal (well, when they did not drink it on the way). They found out that the wine that returned was much better. It was called wine of the "torna", meaning the one that comes back.
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One Portuguese wine company as returned to the tradition and send some of his wines (Moscatel) around the world on the Portuguese Navy school sail ship Sagres. They have tested the wine (they had keep identical wine) and they could saw that it was not a legend but a very verifiable difference: Much more complexity more harmony, more evolution...and a price that goes with all that
Moscatel de Setúbal Torna Viagem - Moscatel