Flávio Alves, the ophthalmologist who found his sweet obsession with port wine | profile

In May 2015, Flávio Alves, ophthalmologist at Hospital de São João in Porto, traveled to London with three of his own clinics at the invitation of Sogrape to take part in an auction of a bottle of Ferreira Vintage Porto 1815. The base price advertised by the auctioneer at Sotheby’s was £ 3,800 and Flávio Alves offered £ 4,500. After making the bid, he looked at the woman and was sentenced with “the ugly face” she made for him. He realized that the dream of enriching his cellar with one of the oldest ports, made by Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira after the end, ended there. only four years. A few minutes later, a Portuguese bank auditor who was living in London at the time raised the stake to £ 5,000 (then 6,800 euros) and took the bottle. If he had gone alone, Flávio Aves would have offered more, he confesses, and the auditor would have gone even further, as he confirmed at the end.