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by Andy Velebil
19:33 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Re: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?

As Phil mentioned. There was no set rule to mandate a switch. One just had to use up what they had then move on to the new ones. It's quite rare for anything past about 74 to have the old Selo. But it is Port so exceptions abound. BTW, there are also '77 Niepoort's with the new Selo too.
by Andy Velebil
16:51 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace? That's Wolfgang wearing the outfit he had to put on for the final ceremony where he swore allegiance to the Queen, the whole Queen and nothing but the Queen. ...
by Andy Velebil
16:50 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Deep thought..
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Deep thought..

I can't remember how many bottles of Fonseca 1970 or 1985 were filled in 1972 or 1987, but I know it was a lot — let's say it was 10,000 12 bottle cases of each. That means in 2020 we'd expect there still to be around 1,250 cases of each in 2020 / 2035. That seems reasonable. I have a case of F70 a...
by Andy Velebil
16:49 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Re: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?

It is a basic (inexpensive) Ruby Port, bottled sometime around the very early 1970's or earlier. It is worth basically nothing. Depending on how it's been stored it may still be drinkable, but you better have a backup bottle just in case. These were made to be consumed within a couple years of being...
by Andy Velebil
04:36 Thu 22 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace? That's Wolfgang wearing the outfit he had to put on for the final ceremony where he swore allegiance to the Queen, the whole Queen and nothing but the Queen. ...
by Andy Velebil
20:18 Sun 18 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

DaveRL wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace?
I have no idea. If no one else knows I guess we'll have to look now :)
Hah. I figured it was someone famous. Guess not.


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by Andy Velebil
14:50 Sun 18 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace?
by Andy Velebil
04:47 Fri 16 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

Bottling around the 80s I would assume. Earlier I suspect - these ones have driven corks, the later ones had T stoppers (and were not as good IMO) Agree with Tom. Oh and if you ever run across the old aged tawnies (10,20...) from Noval in the old bottles with the "lip". Skip them, time in bottle ha...
by Andy Velebil
06:39 Thu 15 Feb 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 82
Views: 2110

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

I can’t volunteer to print, unfortunately. I am a little less well organised for tomorrow night than usual. Is anyone expecting anything from me over and above the F63 I am bringing? No, other than the Croft 1945 you mentioned to me yesterday. He told me he was bringing a 1931 Noval Nacional. ;) Se...
by Andy Velebil
05:41 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Weds 14 March 2018, SQVP or a mature LBV
Replies: 21
Views: 625

Re: Weds 14 March 2018, SQVP or a mature LBV

With regards to SQVPs , they are made quite similarly to VPs , with 2-3 years ageing in cask and no ftration prior to bottling. They are generally produced from the producer's finest vineyard in non declared years. I would be inclined to ignore the vineyard boundaries and say that a single quinta i...
by Andy Velebil
05:32 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: 1985 Graham

A number of 83/85's have been in an awkward stage for a while. About a year or so ago 85 Fonseca finally started to slowly come out of it. I'm still not convinced the majority of top ones from this vintage are fully out of it yet. So I've deferred opened them for some time and will probably give the...
by Andy Velebil
03:16 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

Malvedos should be quite nice. The others should be drinkable though probably nothing to write home about.


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by Andy Velebil
17:43 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 24
Views: 530

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

I am watching this thread with interest, Tom. I can't help with the maths but I share your skepticism about temperature stability. A fine example is the cellars in VNG, which are about as thermally stable as my back garden. Whilst it seems to be true that bottle matured wines age slightly faster in...
by Andy Velebil
02:33 Mon 22 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cork Weevil
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: Cork Weevil

That is why capsules came into being, to cover the cork and prevent various insects and rodents from attacking the corks. From what I understand now it's not the issue it used to be. I would again assume modern insecticides use has curtailed the issues and why many wines no longer use capsules.
by Andy Velebil
17:56 Tue 09 Jan 2018
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Not understanding the modern world
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Not understanding the modern world

The New York Times, 5 January 2018, Winter Storm Pounds Northeast With Wind, Snow and Flooding : The shelves of some New York City grocery stores quickly emptied of milk, eggs and kale as New Yorkers stocked up for the storm, and grocers worried whether the next produce trucks would ever arrive. Mi...
by Andy Velebil
17:44 Tue 09 Jan 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!

Appears to have been bottled in 1979. A rather young bottling of this Tawny. Sadly, that too will affect the overall price of it and not in a good way. If this spent more time in barrel before being bottled that would be better. This is basically a young 10 year tawny that's been in bottle for a ver...
by Andy Velebil
14:40 Sun 07 Jan 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!

I assume you're in the UK. If so your price is way high for that side of the pond. In the USA, this bottle stored as it was is probably worth around $150 max, in reality less. In the UK this would sell for less than that (in Pounds).
by Andy Velebil
12:02 Sat 30 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Good question. It just never had the poise and elegance that most of the others possessed. The other 1977 ports were soft, sweet and spiced with cloves with the acidity and tannins melding nicely together to deliver a very satisfying palate. The SW (and GC) we’re both unintegrated - everything was ...
by Andy Velebil
05:52 Fri 29 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

Actually I find Vargellas has what I call "Vargellas spirit". It's a fairly normal thing for Vargellas to have some alcohol that shows. No idea what causes it but it's been there until all but some more recent vintages.


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by Andy Velebil
05:49 Fri 29 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

How come it could never be described as balanced?


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by Andy Velebil
07:10 Tue 26 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Niepoort
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: 1977 Niepoort

I don't think this was ever bottled in a dumpy bottle...anyone ever seen it in a dumpy bottle?


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by Andy Velebil
01:11 Wed 29 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Place holder for June 6/7th Vintage with an '8' theme.
Replies: 20
Views: 613

Re: Place holder for June 6/7th Vintage with an '8' theme.

Put me in the tentative list. It'll prob be a couple months before I know or not if I can get over the pond. But I've not been there in some time and this would be a good excuse too.


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by Andy Velebil
12:28 Sat 25 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1089
Views: 168198

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Waitrose Cellar have just listed Dow 2011 at £75 a bottle! With free champagne on black Friday http://www.waitrosecellar.com/wine-type/dow-2011-vintage-port A positive bargain, 230 bottles available at the moment if anyone is thirsty. Thx for the heads up Charles. One dozen duly secured. If you pla...
by Andy Velebil
03:19 Thu 23 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Coravin
Replies: 21
Views: 2355

Re: Coravin

From what I've read on other wine boards is Coravin works good until the bottle gets to about 2/3 to 1/2 full. Then the contents degrade quite quickly after that. So it works great for the first few pours.


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by Andy Velebil
15:59 Thu 09 Nov 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Funny translations
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: Funny translations

You don't drink Port in the bathtub? LOL!


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