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by AHB
20:17 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 87544

Re: Port House abbreviations

My opinion is that the need for an abbreviation should arise from the winemaker’s intention to make a distinction between winemaking philosophies. Thus the winemaker clearly intends Croft Vintage Port to be viewed as distinct and different from Croft Quinta da Roeda Vintage Port; or Fonseca to be vi...
by AHB
19:53 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 13
Views: 840

Re: Foot treading and the plague

I’ve been surprised at the number of mechanical lagars I’ve seen pictures of posted on FB and Instagram. Wineries I had no idea were equipped with mechanical treaders.
by AHB
16:34 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 21st September?
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: Monday 21st September?

Yes, maybe. My wife says yes. But the FT says “ Matt Hancock warns UK is at Covid tipping point ”. There is a right thing to do here, and that’s what I’m going to do. So not me. Alas. Given a list of attendees, I’ll do my traditional thing. it seems that I will be attending. I think that no tasting...
by AHB
09:30 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 21st September?
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: Monday 21st September?

WS1 wrote:
08:47 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Yes, Boot&Flogger? I will be most likely bruised after my PT session in the gym following lockdown.....

Please let me know.

Regards
WS1
My meeting is in St James’s. I’d prefer Hawksmoor in Air Street but I can do the Boot & Flogger if that’s easier for you.
by AHB
16:58 Sat 19 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 21st September?
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: Monday 21st September?

Is anyone able to confirm they’re able to join me?
by AHB
09:48 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 21st September?
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Monday 21st September?

I have a meeting in London on Monday which should end about 18.30.

Would anyone like to meet for dinner and a glass of Port on Monday night? Clearly we would be restricted to a maximum of six people.
by AHB
20:35 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1492
Views: 288747

Re: Latest buy

I do hope you like the Barros 2018. Please do say what you think of it. I was extremely impressed.
by AHB
20:32 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 925

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

A number of people have received an invite which purports to be from me, but if you read the small print at the foot of the invite you can see it comes from Deloittes. That's Mike, not me. I haven't sent an invite.

Mike - I haven't received an invite either. Could you send one out please?
by AHB
13:36 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 87544

Re: Port House abbreviations

Works for me
by AHB
09:58 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 87544

Re: Port House abbreviations

I’ve just come across a tasting note in my efforts to catch up with transferring them all from paper to electronic form for a Royal Oporto Quinta do Corval 1977 brought by Zak to a tasting last year. We have ROC as an abbreviation for Royal Oporto Quinta das Carvalhas. What should we use as an abbre...
by AHB
10:02 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2451

Re: Cellar Defenders

I completely agree with all three of you. My statement — which was in quotes to try to emphasise the point — was based on the folklore that Vintage Port becomes ready for drinking in its 21st year. Everyone has their own preference, and this preference might even vary from vintage to vintage or year...
by AHB
09:51 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Today is Portwine Day!
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Today is Portwine Day!

Happy Port Wine day everyone!
by AHB
22:20 Wed 09 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Billy Budd" – with Port labels
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: "Billy Budd" – with Port labels

That is a wonderful picture. Stuart - is there any chance you could post a link to a better quality copy of the picture? I'd love to have a really good look at it.
by AHB
22:17 Wed 09 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2451

Re: Cellar Defenders

Yesterday I took delivery of 24 bottles of mature Rioja to act as cellar defenders (23 are left). I'm also drinking my Ports from 2000 and younger as cellar defenders — but next year the 2000 vintage becomes "ready for drinking" so can't really been regarded as cellar defenders.
by AHB
22:13 Wed 09 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - TBC
Replies: 56
Views: 5775

Re: VE (etc) Day Tasting - Mon 28 Sept

There are two options: (1) Delay the tasting until we are allowed to have 14 people together once again; or (2) Hold the tasting in 2-3 instalments, each instalment of no more than 6 people (all of whom are willing and able to leave when the B&F is required to close at 10pm) In either case, please c...
by AHB
21:39 Tue 08 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fortified Retailer of the Year 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Fortified Retailer of the Year 2020

Congrats team VWP, a well deserved award.
by AHB
15:50 Mon 07 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2451

Re: Cellar Defenders

Is the Churchill family of Johnny Graham’s wife the same Churchill family of Winston? Sadly, it is not. If they are related branches of the same family, the link is lost to the family in the mists of time. And I love the fact that this thread has drifted so far - or are we saying that Churchill is ...
by AHB
23:31 Sun 06 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 925

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Yes please. And if Justin’s free, why don’t we use his suggested theme of “open a leaker”?
by AHB
12:52 Wed 02 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 521

Re: Vintage 2020

I read this morning that one producer - Mourão, I think it was - has said that they believe the grapes to be as good as they were in the well perceived 2019 harvest.
by AHB
21:51 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2451

Cellar Defenders

It's a theme we've explored on a number of occasions in the past, but I'm interested to learn what people are currently using as cellar defenders. Right now I am working my way through a series of one off young LBV and VP halves and bottles which I have picked up over the last couple of years as cur...
by AHB
19:34 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Burmester Arnozelo
Replies: 0
Views: 443

2018 Burmester Arnozelo

A very different style from the Kopke Sao Luiz. This wine shows beautiful sweet redcurrant on the nose. Powerful acidity on the palate promises a very long life. Gentle tannins in the sour blackcurrant fruit; nice floral undertones. Lots and lots of acidity. This is a much more elegant style of wine...
by AHB
19:21 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Kopke Sao Luiz
Replies: 0
Views: 958

2018 Kopke Sao Luiz

This is a real stunner. A huge Port, with massive fruit, immense acidity and big tannins. The fruit is sweet and pure with incredible intensity; it's a beauty to drink now but will be just stunning to drink in 50 years time bu those lucky enough to own some at the time. I loved this wine, it's a rea...
by AHB
15:55 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 521

Re: Vintage 2020

FaceBook and Instagram give plenty of evidence that the white grape harvest has been under way for a week or two and that red grape picking began this weekend. Whether the red grapes are destined for wine or Port wasn't clear.
by AHB
12:44 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was your first vintage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Re: What was your first vintage?

1963 Taylor's in 1984, when it was opened at the end of my 21st birthday dinner. I was given a case (long since drunk) of the same Port as a birthday present.
by AHB
00:14 Mon 31 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 9167

Re: 2018 Declarations

Thank you!

Please, as you see 2018 vintage Ports being advertised or announced continue to check whether they are on the list or not.