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by AHB
14:49 Sat 11 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 552

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

Some producers have sufficient modern lagar capacity to be able to produce a harvest entirely trodden by machine. Others don’t and will have to have some foot treading in order to be able to produce wine. It is possible that some independent producers might be looking at options to sell grapes and b...
by AHB
00:20 Sat 11 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Churchill LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 65

2005 Churchill LBV

A half bottle bought direct from Churchill's during lockdown in 2020. The bottling date was not stated on the label.Deep brick red, opaque. A delicious nose of blackcurrant cordial, sweet, fruity and with lovely floral overtones. Nicely poised palate with generous levels of blackcurrant dominating i...
by AHB
23:44 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Biddenden Ortega
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: 2016 Biddenden Ortega

This is the only one of their products I've tried, but given its quality I will happily try other of their wines, ciders or meads. And if anyone is looking for English vineyard restaurant recommendations, I can also suggest Bolney in Sussex. I went their for an early morning business meeting and had...
by AHB
21:55 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 201

Re: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

Both of which are perfectly valid suggestions, but ones which I will decline. We're in a rhythym of Tuesday night is Port night and I want to keep to that rhythym.
by AHB
21:54 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Cross-atlantic tasting
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Virtual Cross-atlantic tasting

A weekend is tough for me due to family commitments - but it might be possible if during the middle or end of the summer school vacation (ie. by the time Mrs. B has becomefed up with my company). 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm EDT start time certainly works for me, whatever day of the week. I could probably be...
by AHB
21:49 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 201

Re: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

jdaw1 wrote:
21:45 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Or make it Wednesday.
I have a different wine tasting on Wednesday - 2009 vs 2010 Bordeaux. It's a tough life being retired.
by AHB
21:47 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus

Lima & Smith were using it to make Port, although most of the grapes were going into the production of top end table wine. Lima & Smith had come to the conclusion that it was superb terroir for tawny Ports and were slowly building up their stocks to be able to release a range of tawny Ports with the...
by AHB
21:42 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 201

Re: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

Oops. I've just realised I'm already on a wine tasting from 8pm-9.30pm on Tuesday.

Never mind. I'll set this tasting up to be able to continue when I drop off a few minutes before 8pm and then rejoin a little after 9.30pm.
by AHB
21:38 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 201

Re: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

jdaw1 wrote:
21:05 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Yes please.

Blind or sighted? If blind I’ll make a guessing page.
Sighted. I find the blind and guessing versions for a Zoom tasting are more hard work than they are worth. I'd rather just go round the people on the call and see what each person is drinking.
by AHB
20:51 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 201

Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

If I recall a conversation I had with Mike last week, he's not working in London this week and may not be in a position to host us for another call - but that doesn't stop us from having a Virtual Tasting hosted by someone else - which can be me next week since I needed to buy a month's Zoom license...
by AHB
20:47 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Biddenden Ortega
Replies: 2
Views: 85

2016 Biddenden Ortega

Those of you who know me well know that English wines are one of my top choices, but I rarely post my tasting notes on them. This is an exception, for an exceptional wine which made me stop and check the bottle. Biddenden Ortega 2016: a bottle we picked up on the recommendation of a wine shop owner ...
by AHB
15:35 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 552

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

Very true. And the modern lagares, with their automated treading, will allow producers to continue to make Port even if there are no people willing to foot-tread the grapes. Which might well be the case this harvest.
by AHB
14:04 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW

If anyone is interested in this tasting, email or PM me and I can provide you with a TPF discount code.
by AHB
09:20 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256492

Re: Latest buy

I also am drawing a blank on recent auction purchases (just two bottles of burgundy since early April). Post-virus madness seems to be infecting the markets. Instead I have been hoovering up at retail bottles I have tried and considered to be underpriced After buying a case of 2000 Sainsbury's TTD ...
by AHB
09:14 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port

Jeremy - it might help if you mentioned where you (or at least, the bottles) are located.
by AHB
08:50 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 552

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

Presumably you would not plant in a completely random way Whilst I stand to be corrected, my understanding is that the small farmers of old filled gaps in their vineyards by propagating from the nearest living vine, often by layering (pegging down a shoot from an adjoining vine). Post phylloxera, t...
by AHB
08:45 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 552

Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

As consumers I love the fact we have a choice; I'm just not sure my palate is as good as that of the winemaker who can taste a difference! I’m interested in your views as a chemist! :wink: One aspect of modern winemaking that I struggle to understand is the jettisoning of science for a load of subj...
by AHB
08:24 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 552

Re: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics

Apologies to all. I split this discussion from the Vesuvio 2018 cask sampletasting note thread and then disappeared. I thought this discussion was worthy of a thread in its own right.
by AHB
18:05 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Co-fermentation and Biodynamics
Replies: 17
Views: 552

Re: 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Cask Sample)

Different winemakers swear by co-fermentation or by varietal fermentation. The view of the former is you get a wine where the flavours and characters are better integrated. The view of the latter is that you get wines which give a purer expression of the grape variety. In both cases, fermentation wi...
by AHB
17:59 Thu 09 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Churchill Quinta da Gricha
Replies: 0
Views: 366

2018 Churchill Quinta da Gricha

A cask sample tasted over the course of a week to allow the wine to fully open up. Gentle purple in colour with a wide rim. A little tanky on the nose with lots of violets and blueberry. Nicely textured, poised and unhurried on the palate. Well structured and very well balanced with plenty of ripe t...
by AHB
22:20 Wed 08 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sherry & Montilla Moriles — Wines for the 21st Century As part of the work we're doing to support and promote fortified wines in the UK despite having to cancel the Big Fortified Tasting this year, we've been arranging a series of tutored tastings. Many people from TPF took part in the first two Qu...
by AHB
17:31 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Closures, and re-openings
Replies: 10
Views: 1544

Boot & Flogger

Has anyone heard from the Boot & Flogger about their plans for reopening?
by AHB
21:25 Sun 05 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 3126

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Happy Independence Day.
by AHB
13:54 Fri 03 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256492

Re: Latest buy

My latest purchase was 8 bottles of Sainsbury Taste the Difference 2000
by AHB
07:58 Fri 03 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1456
Views: 256492

Re: Latest buy

nac wrote:
17:53 Thu 02 Jul 2020
Just acquired a 12bt case of 1994 Quinta de la Rosa. Not yet delivered, but potentially open to getting rid of a few bottles.

If you're interested PM or email me.
I had a bottle of the la Rosa '94 in November last year. It was drinking very nicely.