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by Glenn E.
20:10 Sat 10 Aug 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 9
Views: 638

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: 638

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: 1193

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: 2968

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: 486837

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: 5
Views: 1538

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: 1316

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: 1778

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: 1778

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: 1778

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: 1778

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: 1778

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: 2268

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: 2158

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: 2480

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: 1437

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: 1437

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 ...
by Glenn E.
02:46 Tue 07 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 5599

Re: 2017 Declarations

General declarations in reverse order: 2017, 2016, 2011, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1994, (1991/1992), 1985, 1983, 1980, 1977, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1963, 1960... As you can see, there have been roughly 3 general declarations per decade for at least the last 50 years. (1991/1992 was what is known as a spli...
by Glenn E.
16:57 Thu 25 Apr 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1437

Re: Vintage 2017

The Ports have just been declared and so are not yet available for purchase. That said, many people here are tried them and can probably provide you with advice. From what I have heard, 2017 is an exceptional vintage and the Ports produced will be very high quality. My guess based on current reviews...
by Glenn E.
01:49 Fri 19 Apr 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 11554

Re: 2017 Vintage Ports

"A June date" is too nebulous to research flights. Please be more specific, quickly. Tell me your preference and we’ll try to work around you. It doesn't look like June is feasible for me. Carry on. I'll hope that a 14 October version also comes into being soon enough for me to arrange tickets, whi...
by Glenn E.
18:40 Fri 12 Apr 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 11554

Re: 2017 Vintage Ports

"A June date" is too nebulous to research flights. Please be more specific, quickly.
by Glenn E.
03:40 Wed 10 Apr 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2017 Declarations
Replies: 29
Views: 5599

Re: RE: Re: 2017 Declarations

Interesting generally smaller volumes from the Symington Family but significantly more of the Stone Terraces and Capela but no Smith Woodhouse Sell 1 bottle at normal price, or sell 1 bottle at 2x to 3x normal price? Hopefully it won't adversely affect the quality of the regular Graham and Vesuvio ...
by Glenn E.
03:48 Sat 30 Mar 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 11554

Re: RE: Re: 2017 Vintage Ports

jdaw1 wrote:
AHB wrote:
10:15 Fri 29 Mar 2019
What to do, what to do?
Is “Both” ever the wrong answer?
He's not wrong, you know.
by Glenn E.
05:26 Fri 29 Mar 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 25 June 2019 - 2017 Vintage Ports
Replies: 101
Views: 11554

Re: 2017 Vintage Ports

14 October is Columbus Day in the US, which my company oddly grants as a holiday. I might possibly be able to attend on that day, then fly home on Tuesday and only miss 1 day of work.

I will keep an eye on this thread and start looking into flights if things work out.
by Glenn E.
18:36 Sun 17 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Graham
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: 1977 Graham

Is the presence of cork weevil in one bottle indicative of it being in others from a similar stash? Not necessarily, even if this bottle came from an intact case. Especially in the US, a "case" of Port is likely an amalgamation of bottles from multiple sources, so there's little to actually tie one...