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by JacobH
17:34 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1336
Views: 475809

Re: Port for sale by retailer

A friend of mine just sent me a link to this auction listing which includes a “1964 Ruby Port” which was apparently “matured in wood” and “bottled in 1974”. I know old colheitas were described as anything under the sun but I’ve never seen one describing itself as a “ruby” before. The terminology rat...
by JacobH
14:47 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 32
Views: 4262

Re: DOC-bagging

From DOC Távora Varosa , we open the Titan of Távora Varosa Daemon White 2018 by “Titan of Douro”. I don’t know this company, although apparently it is named after their dog—a Dogo Argentino—which is illegal to own in the UK! They are right down in the Távora valley (South of São João da Pesqueira) ...
by JacobH
14:34 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A large mix of Portuguese Wines, Ports and Madeira's and some other things too
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: A large mix of Portuguese Wines, Ports and Madeira's and some other things too

The looks like a great selection. Although making two table wines from Madeira seems like quite a bold choice! I am also quite amused to see a bottle from a reasonably-local vineyard to where I live make it into a selection like that. I still can’t quite get my head around English sparkling wines ha...
by JacobH
14:24 Tue 14 Sep 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1293

Re: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale

I had some experience of formals at Univ when I was occasionally invited to attend dinners in the years 2012-15. The top table would have a decanter of Port served, which I believed to have been vintage, but it was often left unfinished. Students (and their guests) who chose to attend were offered ...
by JacobH
20:18 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1293

Re: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale

I’ve heard about students drinking less these days, to the extent that it has had a negative impact on various bits of the University system that were reliant on the profits of bars etc. I think some students’ unions have had a particularly hard time. The same also goes for the military. I have also...
by JacobH
11:29 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1293

Re: 22nd Regiment SAS port For sale

I sometimes wonder what goes into these bottlings. For example, was this just a re-labelled Churchill LBV; a special buyer’s-own-brand blend LBV that anyone who wants to put their own labels on would get; or a bespoke 22nd Regiment SAS blend? I presume the final category is unlikely, although I imag...
by JacobH
09:29 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar diary
Replies: 43
Views: 2231

Re: Cellar diary

That is really interesting. I’ve often wondered about this but never seen it set out so clearly. I wonder why the traditional bottle size in England was 24 fl oz rather than 25 which would be 1¼ pint (or 1 pint, 1 gill)? Also why the premium French wines were sold in 73cl rather than 75cl, which see...
by JacobH
09:19 Mon 13 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1336
Views: 475809

Re: Port for sale by retailer

PhilW wrote:
08:28 Mon 13 Sep 2021
For Jacob, available at only £500/bottle.

p.s. remind me not to buy bottles from Jacob!
:) I said “cheap” though! (And who on :tpf: wouldn’t be interested in trying it once, were it to exist? ;-) ).
by JacobH
18:32 Sun 12 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1336
Views: 475809

Re: Port for sale by retailer

For the record, I would absolutely buy a cheap knock-off Taylor Scion if only someone would make it...
by JacobH
09:58 Sun 12 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Constantino
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: 1963 Constantino

I am sad that Constantino is no longer made, mostly because of their beautiful labels with the capricious typography and ligatures!
by JacobH
19:25 Sat 11 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: More Cocktail Ports: Cockburn Tails
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Re: More Cocktail Ports: Cockburn Tails

I've tried the tawny and ruby so far. The tawny was, unfortunately, rather disappointing considering its price. Very few tawny flavours, it was rather simple and sweet. The ruby, on the other hand, is a very good ruby: lots of fresh dark fruits; decent tannins balanced against some acidity. Drinkabl...
by JacobH
17:22 Fri 10 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: English/British Style vs. Portuguese Style
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: English/British Style vs. Portuguese Style

I think of “Portuguese style” Vintage Port as being slightly lighter, slightly drier and slightly more earlier maturing than a British-style Port. To give extremes, I might compare something like a Quinta de la Rosa (Portuguese) to a Graham (English). I also think it has a significant meaning in ter...
by JacobH
15:59 Thu 09 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Your advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: Your advice?

A small order may not be such a good idea, but three or four dozens usually pays. For an example, PV's price on Warre 2008 LBV is currently £12.61 - nearly ten quid less than anywhere in the UK, which provides quite a lot of headroom for duty and shipping. That’s true. Presumably DHL’s £11 cost is ...
by JacobH
15:23 Thu 09 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Your advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: Your advice?

The range of LBVs offered by the supermarkets is small and a bit repetitive. I personally like buying from Portugal Vineyards, who ship directly from Portugal at reasonable prices, and are very friendly and efficient. They are currently offering no fewer than 76 different LBVs. www.portugalvineyard...
by JacobH
12:14 Wed 08 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Your advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: Your advice?

Hi! Welcome to :tpf:. If you’ll forgive one supermarket recommendation, the 2015 Graham LBV is excellent and much better than previous years. It is sometimes on offer and so really cheap. I’d highly recommend stocking up on it if you can find it. In terms of interesting and affordable Ports which ar...
by JacobH
10:08 Sun 05 Sep 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Madeira for Beginners
Replies: 15
Views: 434

Re: Madeira for Beginners

Serious suggestion: consider buying your daily drinkers as half bottles. Most good Ruby Port and tawny Port and very many LBVs are available in that format. Bin27, for example, in a half bottle will last a week if kept in the fridge once opened. The other trick I used to do was, when I opened a bot...
by JacobH
18:09 Sat 04 Sep 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 32
Views: 4262

Re: DOC-bagging

Back to the Azores for a DOC Pico , the 2018 Frei Gigante white from, appropriately enough, the Ilha do Pico co-operative. It’s apparently a blend of Arinto do Açores, Verdelho and Terrantez do Pico which are vinified separately and then blended before bottling. I’m not sure if the Arinto is the sam...
by JacobH
17:44 Sat 04 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar diary
Replies: 43
Views: 2231

Re: Cellar diary

Got to Rosebery's and was relieved to find they had some off-street parking space. Just as well I took a supply of wine boxes, my winnings, all 83 bottles, were loose in mesh baskets. I also picked up a weird lot of framed sheets of stamps a few lots after the wine. Dating from the 1980s, these min...
by JacobH
17:27 Sat 04 Sep 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Defining unfiltered LBV
Replies: 50
Views: 2006

Re: Defining unfiltered LBV

Based on all of the above, I really cannot see why any producer would want to engage in all of that bureaucracy in order to put “unfiltered” on their bottle. I’m quite amazed some do! For the tiny number of consumers who look out for unfiltered LBVs, something on the back like “this bottle will impr...
by JacobH
17:23 Sat 04 Sep 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Madeira for Beginners
Replies: 15
Views: 434

Re: Madeira for Beginners

Following similar advice here after that Blandy’s tasting last year, I decided I would buy a decent bottle of verdelho or terrantez to drink slowly, a glass at a time. I chose a 1994 D’Oliveiras verdelho frasqueira which I have really been enjoying, very widely spaced apart. If you like the Moscatel...
by JacobH
20:21 Mon 23 Aug 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 32
Views: 4262

Re: DOC-bagging

Looking for a more serious red, we head North to the DOC Trás-os-Montes and the 2007 Quinta do Sobreiró de Cima “Vinha de Rio Torto”. This is apparently a blend of Touriga Nacional (50%), Alicante Bouschet (35%) and Trincadeira (15%) which has sulked away for 24 months in barrels and then six years ...
by JacobH
21:16 Thu 19 Aug 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 32
Views: 4262

Re: DOC-bagging

Tonight, we opened a 2018 Mira Arinto Bucelas, a DOC Bucelas . I know nothing about this region or its wines. It is located immediately North or Lisbon and looks to me like it is in serious danger of being swallowed up by urban sprawl! Arinto is, apparently, the traditional grape here. The internet ...
by JacobH
15:38 Thu 19 Aug 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Defining unfiltered LBV
Replies: 50
Views: 2006

Re: Defining unfiltered LBV

Plus, in wine, filtering is not the same as straining. Those things you mention are removed by straining, not filtering. So there is such a thing as unfiltered wine. What’s the difference between the two in wine-making? Is it that filtering is done under pressure whilst straining is just done under...
by JacobH
08:43 Thu 19 Aug 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Defining unfiltered LBV
Replies: 50
Views: 2006

Re: Defining unfiltered LBV

Of course, if the English-speaking markets were more receptive to bottle labels in Portuguese, the bottle-matured version could have a Portuguese name on the basis that it is traditionally popular with the Portuguese shippers!
by JacobH
12:33 Wed 18 Aug 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Defining unfiltered LBV
Replies: 50
Views: 2006

Re: Defining unfiltered LBV

I didn’t realise that “bottle-matured” was an official category. I thought it was in the same territory as “unfiltered”. Apologies. If it is official, I do think it is an unhelpful name: “Bottle-Matured, Late-Bottled” is hardly readily understandable or something you would stick on a label in a big ...