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by Andy Velebil
08:41 Sat 26 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Favourite corkscrews
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: Favourite corkscrews

For general use in new corks the cheap $2 waiters corkscrew from my local Trader Joe’s is awesome. My favorite and it happens to be cheap. It’s the same one that most port producers sell/use with their logos on them. The super expensive French Laugindal (spelling?) I have sucks compared to the $2 on...
by Andy Velebil
08:37 Sat 26 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo Port Advent Calendar
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Quevedo Port Advent Calendar

Speculation...perhaps the increased cost is due to shipping a non-standard shaped/sized box set. And the fact it’s probably hand assembled, a time consuming endeavor with that many small bottles.
by Andy Velebil
18:57 Thu 24 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 9068

Re: 2018 Declarations

I hadn’t noticed before how declarations by smaller producers dribble out throughout the year. It seems to me that they are missing a bit of a trick here, publicity wise, since the wine press only really covers Port in April and at a Christmas. If it’s not possible to get the declarations out early...
by Andy Velebil
14:54 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Experiences on WineBid

the issue I'm facing now is whether it's worth money now to buy individual bottles of the newest vintages at retail when the 1990s vintages at retail sell for sometimes half the price of the 2016s. This is a weird thing that goes back about forty years now. VP at release goes either nowhere in pric...
by Andy Velebil
22:12 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Experiences on WineBid

What Glenn has said. Plus... In the past I've had issues with heat damaged bottles from them. They were not very good at screening bottles they took to sell. They have a new CEO/President/whatever his title is that has been doing a very good job of improving the company. I don't use them a lot as th...
by Andy Velebil
20:09 Sun 20 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 13
Views: 795

Re: Foot treading and the plague

And also seeing one or two people treading in a lagar wearing hip waders.
by Andy Velebil
14:43 Tue 15 Sep 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 879

Re: Virtual Tasting #11, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Had a late work change. Can someone send me an invite. I should be able to join for a bit.
by Andy Velebil
13:47 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

This thread has gone all over... Has anyone bought what was intended to be a cellar defender then gotten them home, opened one and then went, “Shoot, this is way better than I thought and too young to drink right now.”? I recently bought, cheaply at auction, a case of ‘95 Cavadinha to use as a house...
by Andy Velebil
04:26 Mon 14 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Vintage Ports from Sogrape - Tasting Notes
Replies: 0
Views: 199

2018 Vintage Ports from Sogrape - Tasting Notes

2018 VINTAGE PORTS FROM SOGRAPE I’ve already covered the growing season in a previous post, so will skip that and cut right to the chase. As with the others, these were tasted non-blind over three days. Sometimes more than once per day during that time. I did draw numbers, so the order tasted (Ferr...
by Andy Velebil
23:11 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 222
Views: 87336

Re: Port House abbreviations

The odds of many TN's of this rare SQVP showing up are slim. Not worth changing what is already in place for a long established SQVP (Carvalhas). The ROCo is probably the best and easiest for Corval.
by Andy Velebil
17:37 Sun 13 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Warre's Otima
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Warre's Otima

I’ve had the 10/20 years back. The 10 wasn’t very good and overpriced. The 20 was good but overpriced as well given its 500ml bottle.
by Andy Velebil
23:21 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

Noval's two LBVs are clearly distinct, though, so easily separated for marketing purposes. IIRC the unfiltered is their "Single Quinta" LBV while the regular Noval is the filtered, but I may have that backwards. That's the right way round but I'm not sure calling one "Quinta do Noval" and the other...
by Andy Velebil
18:10 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?

A note that is honest about what it is and it's aging potential.

What drives me nuts are notes that are all super excited and praise worthy, so I'm expecting a great score such as 93 or 95. Then the score is something like 85. I'm like WTF, how does that note correspond to that score, LOL.
by Andy Velebil
18:01 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

Before reading this thread, I hadn’t realised that Warre’s made both a filtered and unfiltered LBV. I agree with Tom that that is quite confusing since I would always assume the Warre LBV was the premium product from Symington’s LBV range and be quite disappointed if I accidentally got the unfilter...
by Andy Velebil
14:52 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Cellar Defenders

Really? Graham LBV is a clear mass-market opponent to Taylor and Warre Bottle Matured LBV addressing a completely different market, predominantly against "Portuguese" brands. Dow LBV is very low volume and sold through high-end retailers and doesn't really compete with the other two. Seems quite st...
by Andy Velebil
00:47 Sat 12 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

Glenn E. wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:
23:50 Fri 11 Sep 2020
And to explain why it may appear certain family members prefer or favor certain brands. It’s because each member is responsible for overseeing a specific Quinta.
Probably why I get along with Dominic so well! :lol:
I don’t think he’s responsible for Malvedos. I think its Rupert.
by Andy Velebil
23:50 Fri 11 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

I believe that they Symingtons consider Dow, Graham, and Warre to all be co-equals, perhaps also including Cockburn. It's the market that used to focus more on Dow but is now focusing more on Graham. In casual conversation, it is not hard to detect that some scions of the Symington clan have a spec...
by Andy Velebil
21:42 Sun 06 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Split location storage challenges
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Split location storage challenges

I use CellarTracker to track what location they are at. Whilst I find CellarTracker a very useful resource when I want to find out, in ball park terms, what most people think of a widely marketed wine; I've never uploaded my stock inventory to it, or played with its less obvious tools. Aside from r...
by Andy Velebil
17:35 Sun 06 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Split location storage challenges
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Split location storage challenges

I use CellarTracker to track what location they are at. So either home cellar, offsite and what locker in the offsite. It’s customizable so you can set it to a single box or down to the exact bottle spot (such as row 1, slot F). Or whatever you name it. Very easy to use program and works great for k...
by Andy Velebil
14:18 Sat 05 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

Niepoort with their Fahblehauf (spelling?) series of dry wines (all the same juice) and Quinta d. Mourao who also sells the same port under the names Rio Bom and S. Leonardo in diff markets. Does Dalva still use Presidential in the US, too? Another one for the list. I’ve never seen* Dalva for retai...
by Andy Velebil
00:14 Sat 05 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

Niepoort with their Fahblehauf (spelling?) series of dry wines (all the same juice) and Quinta d. Mourao who also sells the same port under the names Rio Bom and S. Leonardo in diff markets. Does Dalva still use Presidential in the US, too? Another one for the list. Possibly a closer approximation ...
by Andy Velebil
21:24 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

Jacob, It would be a futile exercise. Many producers had lots of different names/labels for different countries and markets that were all the same product inside the bottle. There was surprising little or no regulation of when one had to bottle, what they could call it, etc. and we’re only talking t...
by Andy Velebil
21:02 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

I think I am right in saying that Taylor’s LBV was invented As far as I can make out, the only thing Taylor invented was the idea of using a T-stopper on a premium quality ruby port. Everything else had been done before. However the mass marketing of the product did cause some upset at the time. Ot...
by Andy Velebil
04:31 Fri 04 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 2416

Re: Cellar Defenders

cloying Each to his own, but my interpretation of the word 'cloying' is an excess of sugar that has no integration in the wine. It is very much a characteristic of young tawnies rather than aged ones, and another reason why I prefer to drink them matured. Basically. In wine it’s accepting meaning i...