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by Andy Velebil
05:14 Sat 16 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 32
Views: 662

Re: Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

If work permits I’d love to, date dependent. Pleas put me in the tentative Group.
by Andy Velebil
05:16 Tue 12 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

Very pleasant bottle of Hugel “Tradition” Riesling 2005 last night. Starting to show some maturity but no rush to drink up yet. Following up on @winesecretary’s Burgundy issues, opened two bottles of Musar 2000 over the weekend. First bottle excellent, second bottle slightly TCA impacted, and this ...
by Andy Velebil
06:56 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"

A "V.V.O." label implies tawny, as ruby Ports are bottled at a young age and so you would not label them VVO. I've never seen a label like that, though, nor am I familiar with anything of the sort from Dow. Agree with all That said. It has a very low fill and heavy signs of seepage, which is not a ...
by Andy Velebil
00:01 Wed 23 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1820 Ferreira
Replies: 15
Views: 4337

Re: 1820 Ferreira

AHB wrote:
22:10 Tue 22 Dec 2020
I'll be in for a visit to Bern's, probably with my better half. It's absolutely somewhere I want to visit at some point in the next 10 years.
Plan to fly to the west coast (as in LA) after. There isn't much else to do in Tampa. And my cellar is free :CC6666:
by Andy Velebil
23:48 Mon 21 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Exploding corks
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Exploding corks

Andy, I think there's been a misunderstanding. My 'We are all aware of the nineties/early noughties exploding cork phenomenon' was a port-cork-specific 'we'. I've virtually never had an exploding cork from anything other than selected ports from this particular era (nor from any other era of port)....
by Andy Velebil
23:40 Mon 21 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1820 Ferreira
Replies: 15
Views: 4337

Re: 1820 Ferreira

I've been to Bern's once. The cellar isn't as fully stocked as it once was, the internet fame has seen a large amount of the very good old rare bottles picked through. Still some amazing bottles though, one just has to look a little deeper and longer and pay a lot more now.
by Andy Velebil
18:07 Thu 17 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Exploding corks
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Exploding corks

This is an issue that has affected wines all over the world, from all regions. I don't think calling out certain producers that people happen to open is productive or proper. It's well established, as you mentioned, virtually all wines/Ports from this era have issues with corks disintegrating when b...
by Andy Velebil
22:43 Mon 14 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961
Replies: 25
Views: 2240

Re: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961

Related to the scandal. IIRC from various producers, in 1972 producers still had some left over spirit from the previous year so not all production was affected. By 1973 virtually everyone ended up with the industrial spirit. Which is why there are 1972's but virtually no 1973's.
by Andy Velebil
22:36 Mon 14 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Henekeys Port Wine - seeking information
Replies: 9
Views: 1119

Re: Henekeys Port Wine - seeking information

Value is hard to put on something like this. Wording such as that can be sorta true, depending on how much of the old Port they used to make the blend. And that they selected the wines "...many years ago..." indicates they had already blended this. Perhaps had some extra lying around and discovered ...
by Andy Velebil
03:05 Fri 11 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961
Replies: 25
Views: 2240

Re: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961

Possibly that (I don't know the answer), possibly also that they didn't buy Krohn until 2013 so couldn't release the 1961 for its 50th anniversary. I won't be surprised if this is followed by 1962 and 1963 releases over the next 2 years. That’s true. The other problems with doing 50-year-old bottli...
by Andy Velebil
14:26 Sat 28 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec
Replies: 41
Views: 3778

Re: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec

At this point I have no work obligations that day, so sign me up.
by Andy Velebil
22:45 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 12106

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Wonderful seeing everyone. And thanks to Alex for organizing!
by Andy Velebil
14:15 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 12106

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I have two tawny’s so no pre decanting needed.
by Andy Velebil
05:41 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1564
Views: 359632

Re: Latest buy

Some Of those bottles obviously come from
Terrible storage. I looked at them and wouldn’t bid on anyone of those 55’s.
by Andy Velebil
15:50 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 22
Views: 2623

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

JacobH wrote:Is anyone else troubled by the suggestion that an ultra-English establishment like the Kingsman would be drinking a tawny rather than a Vintage Port?
Times are a changing...
by Andy Velebil
15:49 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1564
Views: 359632

Re: Latest buy

Feist is also either owned or was owned by BdV as far as I am aware. Is that a recent development? VintagePort.se says it was owned by Barros since the 1950s and then became part of Sogevinus in 2006 (presumably when they also bought Barros). Feist is imported and distributed by Sogevinus’ import a...
by Andy Velebil
02:16 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Should we be buying 2011 VP now?
Replies: 2
Views: 696

Re: Should we be buying 2011 VP now?

There has been a rather large dip in production over the past couple decades. So the short answer is most likely, yes, newer vintages will be harder to find in the coming decades as a result. And as a result prices will probably end up raising as a function of age, scarcity and, if the trend hopeful...
by Andy Velebil
06:04 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Curious - wine port information
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Curious - wine port information

Alex's comments spurred me to look into it further. Seems "British Wine" is still made... Wine is a drink made from the fermented juice of fresh grapes. A wine takes its name from the country it comes from. Simple! So 'English Wine' is wine made in England from the juice of fresh grapes - and Englis...
by Andy Velebil
05:43 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 12106

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I've found two bottles for the tasting at a store near me, 10 yr tawny and a regular tawny. I bought both for the tasting.

only one (regular tawny) showed on their inventory but they also had one bottle of the 10 yr when I arrived. Double win for a producer that isn't easy to find in my parts.
by Andy Velebil
15:28 Wed 18 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Curious - wine port information
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Curious - wine port information

I’ve never heard of your Port specifically. But “Fine Ruby” is a basic Ruby Port and not worth anything of value. It probably is still drinkable but how good is anyone’s guess.

Can you post a picture of the bottle/label? And any possible back label?
by Andy Velebil
15:41 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 2160

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

Taylor&Fonseca94Box signed by Alistair.jpg This is also available in 0,75L... Given who they’re signed by these are not a current new release pair of bottles. The letter in the box says they will be at their best between 2010 and 2040 suggesting these were packaged before 2010. If not mistaken,...
by Andy Velebil
15:30 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 2160

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

Axel P wrote:
Taylor&Fonseca94Box signed by Alistair.jpg
This is also available in 0,75L...
Given who they’re signed by these are not a current new release pair of bottles.
by Andy Velebil
15:22 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 12106

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Wasn’t able to get the ‘88. Having a hard time finding a bottle near me but hopefully can pick up an LBV tomorrow.
by Andy Velebil
05:08 Sat 07 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 2031

Re: LBV Roundup

Regarding corks. Branding adds to the cost and then that batch of corks can only be used for a specific bottle. Why most wine companies around the world use generic corks for most wines bottled is the reduced cost and flexibility of use. It just makes fiscal sense for most bottles.
by Andy Velebil
06:22 Fri 06 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 2031

Re: LBV Roundup

3) Churchill

Appears to release LBV in two tranches, through merchants at around five years and ex lodge a decade later. The back labels placed on the ex lodge bottles suggest they should have been drunk already!
What do they put on the back label?