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by Glenn E.
01:26 Sun 24 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1233
Views: 372438

Re: Software that makes placemats

For some reason filling the glasses circle is more appealing to me than filling the empty space between glasses. Is this a quirky feature of Simon and our American cousins (and hence perhaps ignorable), or is this a general preference? It is such a mild preference for me - on a feature that I'm not...
by Glenn E.
23:08 Fri 22 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1233
Views: 372438

Re: Software that makes placemats

I like all of the above for different reasons. But if I'm honest, I probably won't use these features. We're pretty basic with our placemats and are very happy with just the core functionality. I might try spirals (or anything else that fills the circle) some time. For some reason filling the glasse...
by Glenn E.
20:16 Sun 10 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

The few bottles that I have been able to purchase without Selos are in no way cellar defenders - they have all be very old tawny Ports, often bottles straight from cask, that I will cherish and savor at significant occasions. I would say that it is very unusual to be able to purchase a "younger" Por...
by Glenn E.
20:12 Sun 10 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

DrewD83 wrote:
11:42 Thu 31 Oct 2019
Which houses would you recommend for the ‘85 vintage?
Fonseca and Graham are easily the two best for me. They're followed by Dow, Smith Woodhouse, Taylor, Gould Campbell, and Churchill.
by Glenn E.
20:09 Sun 10 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store
Replies: 12
Views: 1773

Re: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store

It's more than a bit confusing when different people give quite different scores. Those who score are no more than people, too. Educated and experienced people, but still just people like everyone else. We all have different tastes, which results in different scores. For any wine critic's scores to...
by Glenn E.
20:03 Sun 10 Nov 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Niepoort´s port 1957 for sell
Replies: 6
Views: 747

Re: Niepoort´s port 1957 for sell

Hello and welcome. I’ve no interest in this bottle, but I’ll make a helpful observation. The prices you’ve quoted are the optimistic prices at which some wine merchants hope to sell. Which can be far above any measure of a fair achievable price. Which, for this, I’d expect to be high double-digits....
by Glenn E.
05:41 Mon 14 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Its a Stone Terrace day
Replies: 4
Views: 1313

Re: Its a Stone Terrace day

We did a "full vertical" of Stone Terraces this past Spring before the 2017 was declared, and my article on it appeared in the FTLOP newsletter.

It was splendid.
by Glenn E.
03:53 Sun 15 Sep 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 128
Views: 14944

Re: The Five Word Novel

a bottle of Port is
by Glenn E.
20:10 Sat 10 Aug 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 1770

Re: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

Have to disagree with you gents; I'd take G77 over any of G80/G83/G85, and by no small margin. Over G85? Uh... no. :wink: I'd slot it in the middle somewhere. It's nowhere close to as good as G85 to me, and my recent experiences with G83 have been better than my most recent experiences with G77 (wh...
by Glenn E.
01:52 Wed 24 Jul 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 1770

Re: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port

In the US, 1977 Graham's is available for $105 from The Chicago Wine Company and for only slightly more than that from 3 more reputable sources. So I think your $125 retail estimate is on the high side. That said, Phil's estimate of 50-60% of retail is more appropriate in the UK than in the US. Here...
by Glenn E.
18:59 Sat 06 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 2756

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

In some sense, I use 40yo Tawny Port as a cellar defender because my cellar contains so much very old Tawny Port. When your "next" option is something from the 1960s, 1950s, or 1940s, a mere 40yo starts to look like a frugal choice. On the ruby side, it's by value for me. I have some very inexpensiv...
by Glenn E.
18:54 Sat 06 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Weighing in..
Replies: 12
Views: 4050

Re: Weighing in..

Although my data sets for young bottles are limited, initial indications suggest that freshly bottled port with driven corks loses around one Grain per annum, whereas freshly T-stoppered bottles can be as little as half that.. This is very interesting. I presume it is due to the fact that a t-stopp...
by Glenn E.
02:12 Thu 04 Jul 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9540
Views: 533313

Re: One quiz at a time

If Phil is wrong, that's an astounding coincidence.
by Glenn E.
02:10 Thu 04 Jul 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: First visit to Porto
Replies: 11
Views: 3505

Re: First visit to Porto

My favorite is Ramos Pinto because it includes a tour of their old office building which is now a museum. Others have added museums to their tours, but none are as large as the big yellow building on the waterfront. It's best to stop by Ramos Pinto earlier in the day to sign up so that you can reser...
by Glenn E.
00:11 Tue 25 Jun 2019
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Monospace tag support
Replies: 4
Views: 1940

Re: Monospace tag support

All forums should be required to have this feature. This is brilliant.
by Glenn E.
17:40 Tue 11 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

.... Also no Gould Campbell and no Smith Woodhouse, but for other (more dire) reasons. The no Gould Campbell was certainly an other more dire reason. Smith Woodhouse not so dire I thought - that brand still lives on in the SFE portfolio. They made a SW16 so hopefully you are correct. FWIW GC also s...
by Glenn E.
00:43 Tue 11 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

winesecretary wrote:
12:19 Sat 08 Jun 2019
1982, which is on the IVDP list...
I've never heard of 1982 being considered a general declaration. 1980, 1983, and 1985.

I have occasionally heard reference to 1982 being a split declaration, but that makes little sense in that 1983 is widely regarded as a general declaration.
by Glenn E.
00:37 Tue 11 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

I think it is very difficult to reconcile that traditional practice with today's population of Port producers as 80% of them are single quintas so are likely to produce a VP in almost every year. We are therefore left with a small group of companies who make a different wine in great years to deter...
by Glenn E.
05:36 Sun 09 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

I'll have to do some digging to find when things changed (assuming they actually have), but my understanding is that this new trend was very recent - after the 2013 post. It might have been 2015? It was a surprise to me when I heard about it.
by Glenn E.
21:13 Fri 07 Jun 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Third time is the charm - History in the making
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: Third time is the charm - History in the making

My understanding is that the IVDP does now "declare" a vintage, and that 2015 was not declared. Many were very disappointed that 2015 was not declared, and the reasons why it was not declared are probably best left to a different topic, but ultimately neither TFP nor SFE fully declared 2015 so it is...
by Glenn E.
23:06 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port
Replies: 24
Views: 3963

Re: Seeking input on bottle of 1927 vintage Port

I would say that the bottle's primary (and perhaps only) value comes from the fact that it's an oddity. As Andy said, Valente, Costa & Co was not highly regarded then and is basically unknown now. 1927 was a very good year for Port, but the low shoulder fill says that this bottle is probably not in ...
by Glenn E.
02:01 Tue 21 May 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?
Replies: 10
Views: 3037

Re: Best time to visit Porto/Douro?

June is a fantastic month to visit Porto. Just avoid São João as Alex said and you'll have a great time. The weather is more reliable in June than in May.
by Glenn E.
00:24 Tue 14 May 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: Good places for vintage port by the glass in Porto and Lisbon?
Replies: 4
Views: 3195

Re: Good places for vintage port by the glass in Porto and Lisbon?

Bacchus Vini in Porto pretty much right next to the Dom Luis I bridge, and Maria Fonseca (the manager) takes good care of us every time we visit!
by Glenn E.
02:25 Thu 09 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2350

Re: Vintage 2017

Well, they're smaller than either TFP or SFE which is what I was referring to. ;-)
by Glenn E.
02:52 Tue 07 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2350

Re: Vintage 2017

Thanks Glenn and Tom so far for your answers. Does Niepoort realy belongs to the group of top Port producers? I read a couble of decanter issues in the past a normally Niepoort does not belong to there group of top producers. And also Glenn did not add Niepoort in his answer of good producers. But ...