By Michael Schor The Wine & Beer Guide to the World’s Most Influential Wine, Beer &.; Spirits Bars by Michael Schurich and Jennifer Krieger (March 3, 2018).
“The thing I love about Taylor Port is the people,” says the founder of the famed Port Wine &beer bar in Washington, D.C. “She’s just so easy to work with.”
And yet, Port Wine’s success has its downsides.
In February, the company announced that its annual quarterly sales were down 10% compared with the same period last year, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
In a statement, Port declined to comment for this story.
The company has a long history of controversy.
The Port Wine company has been the subject of lawsuits by former employees alleging that the wine industry had been a sex-trafficking ring that recruited underage men for sex and coerced them into prostitution.
And a 2011 report by the National Institute of Justice concluded that Port Wine and its executives were responsible for the deaths of at least five underage workers, including one who died from exposure.
Despite the company’s long history, Port has managed to carve out a loyal following that has become increasingly influential as its craft brands and wines have become more sought-after and sought-out by American consumers.
For example, Port was named one of the best new restaurants by TIME magazine in 2017.
It is now owned by the French-based conglomerate Dessalines, which owns the iconic Port wine.
In the past year, Port is making headlines again after a lawsuit by former Port employees accused the company of hiring a convicted sex offender to oversee its wine-making operations.
The suit was filed in February by former employee Michael E. Korn, who was convicted in 1998 of trafficking three underage girls, according the Washington Post.
In addition to his work as a wine producer, Korn was also a supervisor of wine sales and distribution.
“I had a pretty good working relationship with Taylor, and I’ve been working with her for a while now,” says Korn.
“I’m really proud of the work she’s doing, and that she’s getting recognized as a top brand in the world.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Port did not properly supervise its wine production.
The lawsuit was dismissed in June of this year, but in October, a settlement was reached with former employees that requires the company to pay more than $1.2 million in damages to more than 50 former employees and to pay $100,000 to one former employee.
Port is now working to resolve the claims.
In 2015, the Port Wine Company was sold to the French company LVMH for $7.5 billion, making it the largest American wine company, and Port is still one of Dessalonins biggest wineries.
The company says that it is focused on growing its portfolio of wines in the U.S., which is growing by more than 7%.
“Taylor is a wonderful CEO and we are proud to have her as a partner at LVMh,” said Dessalains Chief Executive, Philippe-Baptiste Togliery.
“We look forward to continuing to work together to build a brand that is known for quality and innovation.”
For years, Port’s wines have been lauded for their quality and freshness, but the company has struggled to stay ahead of the growing demand for American-made wine.
It has faced a steep decline in sales over the past few years, as the country’s population has grown.
In 2016, Port wine sales fell by 8% to $1 billion.
Last year, the Wine and Spirits Council of the United States said that Port had fallen short of meeting industry benchmarks for quality, according The Wall Street News.
The report noted that Port was struggling to keep up with a surge in demand for its wines, and it also noted that it was “not producing as much of the wine it needs to meet demand.”
The Wine and Beer Guide’s Schor and Kriegger spoke to several people who were part of Port Wine before the company was sold in 2015 to LVMHD.
These people described a company that had struggled to maintain the quality standards it was set to meet.
The group also found that the company had not been keeping up with rising wine prices.
“Port has been doing this for a long time,” says one former wine buyer who worked at Port in the 1980s.
“They were doing this so they could make a profit.
And that’s the way it is.”
Port has a strong following among people who live and work in Washington and Maryland, as well as other Washington, Virginia, and Maryland cities, according Schor.
Schor says that he and his colleagues had been to the Port wine bar in D.D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
One woman told them that she liked the wines Port made, as did the Port employee who worked there.Another