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by Alex Bridgeman
12:26 Thu 18 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2020 Churchill
Replies: 0
Views: 16

2020 Churchill

The Churchill Port Club pack 6 (summer 2022) contained a half bottle cask sample of the soon-to-be-released 2020 vintage Port. I loved the innovation of being able to present the wine to consumers in the UK market. I tasted the cask sample over a number of days and consolidated my thoughts into the ...
by Alex Bridgeman
12:21 Thu 18 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Andresen White 40YO (bottled 2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 12

NV Andresen White 40YO (bottled 2021)

Occasionally it is nice to have something special - especially at the end of a hot day, working in the garden in the heat - and when Laithwaites make it so easy to buy one of these from their local store. Bottled 2021. Deep apricot in colour; intense dried tropical fruit on the nose; mango puree on ...
by Alex Bridgeman
12:18 Thu 18 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Andresen White 10YO (bottled 2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 11

NV Andresen White 10YO (bottled 2021)

Another off-the-shelf purchase from Laithwaites on a hot summer's day. These are just too easy to buy and drink when the weather is warm. No detailed note was taken for this specific (50cl) bottle but it was noted that the wine paired wonderfully with a home-made blackberry meringue pie and a melon ...
by Alex Bridgeman
12:15 Thu 18 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Andresen White 10YO (bottled 2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 10

NV Andresen White 10YO (bottled 2021)

Bottle filled in 2021. Purchased off the shelf from Laithwaites during the summer heatwave when a cold white Port from the fridge just seemed to be what was needed. Surprisingly harsh on the palate at first, but the harshness faded to allow a warm and sweet apricot Port through on the plate and afte...
by Alex Bridgeman
11:59 Thu 18 Aug 2022
Forum: Press Releases and Announcements
Topic: Launch of Sandeman 50YO Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 16

Launch of Sandeman 50YO Tawny

On August 12th, Liberty Wines (who are the UK agents for the Sogrape range of wines and Ports) announced the launch of the new Sandeman 50 Year Old Tawny. The press release read: Sandeman launches 50-Year-Old Tawny Port Sandeman is delighted to announce the launch of their new 50-Year-Old Tawny Port...
by Alex Bridgeman
11:58 Thu 18 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Sandeman 50YO (bottled 2022)
Replies: 1
Views: 30

NV Sandeman 50YO (bottled 2022)

51CBBF2E-466F-47E8-AB95-F3493196EC0B.jpeg The new 50YO blend from Sandeman, "The highest expression of Sandeman's range of Aged Tawnies...". This note was written based on a pre-release 5cl sample tube with the wines being available in the UK market from September (with an RRP of £330 per...
by Alex Bridgeman
16:41 Wed 17 Aug 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 493

Re: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022

Two of us have arrived. We are therefore quorate…
by Alex Bridgeman
14:00 Wed 17 Aug 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 493

Re: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022

The Oval
The Oval
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I have arrived in London a little early but have found some entertainment more enjoyable than in St. John’s Wood — where I note it is a Surrey man leading the way.
by Alex Bridgeman
10:35 Wed 17 Aug 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 493

Re: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022

Emergency drinking
Emergency drinking
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Fonseca 1977 opened at 21.00 yesterday and decanted at 10.30 today. Smells fabulous.
by Alex Bridgeman
19:40 Tue 16 Aug 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 493

Re: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022

I shall bring a bottle of Fonseca 1977, so we can do the traditional 1976 - 1977 comparison.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:59 Tue 16 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port from the fridge
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Port from the fridge

Any other suggestions as to why I try once this bottle is finished would be appreciated! Why? because you love port of course! Good catch. Posted on an iPhone my fat fingers or autocorrect wrote the wrong word. Hopefully it should clearly have read “what”, not “why”. n.b. while I have the pedant ha...
by Alex Bridgeman
17:50 Tue 16 Aug 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Confraria Vintage Port tasting
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Confraria Vintage Port tasting

That is a brilliant tasting. One which I am sure has never been done before outside Portugal.

What a great idea Axel!
by Alex Bridgeman
23:31 Mon 15 Aug 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency 1970–1985, Wed 17th Aug 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 493

Re: Emergency, Wed 17th Aug 2022

Tomorrow, I need to figure out what to bring.
by Alex Bridgeman
07:16 Sun 14 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port from the fridge
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Port from the fridge

Chilled from the fridge
Chilled from the fridge
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Despite the heat, I’ve managed to keep up my Port consumption. Last night I discovered that Churchill Reserve is a lovely, fruity drink when fridge cold.

Any other suggestions as to why I try once this bottle is finished would be appreciated!
by Alex Bridgeman
11:02 Sat 13 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 585

Re: Vintage 2022

And now Ramos Pinto are picking their white grapes at Ervamoira.
by Alex Bridgeman
08:23 Sat 13 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 585

Re: Vintage 2022

I’ve just seen a post by Vallado that they have started picking their white grapes.
by Alex Bridgeman
00:10 Sat 13 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Three-word places to drink Port
Replies: 23
Views: 603

Re: Three-word places to drink Port

mature.vintage.port is on the bleak Arctic coastline of Russia but love.vintage.port is Saskatchewan, Canada. Canada also have bottled.vintage.port in Manitoba. Not far away (in continental terms, at least) is pass.port.left in Michigan. But one of the best I have found is happy.port.magnum in Sici...
by Alex Bridgeman
23:53 Fri 12 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 585

Re: Vintage 2022

Although Vesuvio didn't declare in 2002, there were others who did - like Cavadinha, Noval Silval, Roeda and Vargellas.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:47 Fri 12 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Encostas de Provezende / Quinta dos Espinheiro
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Encostas de Provezende / Quinta dos Espinheiro

Jacob,

Here you recently posted a tasting note on a Port from a producer I've not encountered. Assuming they are still going and in the same place as they were when you visited them in 2014, where is the shop and / or Quinta?

Thanks,

Alex
by Alex Bridgeman
20:55 Mon 08 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: 1966 Graham

This was JDAW’s thoughts on the wine:

G66, d+5½h. Glorious red, 40% opaque. Nose of mature Port, with a hint of dark plum. Palate soft and full and lovely; coffee early; slight heat mid-palate; start to finish is an unctuous large fully mature Port. Really good.
by Alex Bridgeman
14:05 Mon 08 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 585

Re: Vintage 2022

And a couple of days ago Ramos Pinto reported viosinho grapes were being brought into the winery at Bons Ares.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:43 Fri 05 Aug 2022
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 585

Re: Vintage 2022

I saw today on FaceBook that Niepoort have started to bring in their Pinot Noir into Napoles.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:08 Sat 30 Jul 2022
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Quinta da Corte LBV
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: 2016 Quinta da Corte LBV

It is the same Quinta da Corte as was owned by Delaforce. I’m writing this from memory so please check independently, but I believe around 2000 Delaforce and Quinta da Corte were owned by the Fladgate partnership. At some point the Delaforce brand was sold to Royal Oporto, who used (and may still be...
by Alex Bridgeman
21:53 Sat 30 Jul 2022
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TPF awards ceremony
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: TPF awards ceremony

Yes please, put me down for a place.

How about a category of “most prolific organiser”?

Or “best venue used by TPF”? It would be nice to invite Gary and / or James Davy to a tasting to accept their award.