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by uncle tom
11:50 Thu 21 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thur 21st November 2019 - Rebello Valente vertical
Replies: 67
Views: 6733

Re: Thur 21st November 2019 - Rebello Valente vertical

'27, '42, '47, and '60 are all on the scaffold, awaiting execution

Plan to double decant them between 2.00 and 3.30 and will then aim to be on parade by about 5.45 to allow time for pours
by uncle tom
10:13 Mon 18 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

You attended your fiftieth birthday event, at The Bowler Attended being the operative word.. As I recall, they expected us to sit barely 1ft apart and there was an art exhibition taking place in the same room at the same time. Did I taste the NN60? I don't recall doing so - but I do recall spending...
by uncle tom
10:28 Sun 17 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

Oops.. - I forgot to include Noval on my list, which I have a very nice stash of.

I've never had the NN60 - sounds like I've not missed much..
by uncle tom
10:41 Fri 15 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

There will be fourteen of us, likely all full-capacity drinkers, and 14 × 1¼ = 17½. Table space limits us to 1×A3 + 1×A4, so to about 15 + 6 = 21 glasses. Would it be wrong to have between 18 and 20?
So which shippers shall we drop from my list?

Losing Messias, RCV and Sibio would leave 18
by uncle tom
19:44 Thu 14 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Re: Tom’s birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

I have:

Butler Nephew
Calem
Cockburn
Croft
Delaforce
Dow
Ferreira
Fonseca
Gonzalez Byass
Graham
Martinez
Messias
Niepoort
Offley Boa Vista
Real Companhia Velha
Rebello Valente
Sandeman
Sibio
Smith Woodhouse
Taylor
Warre

- How many bottles do we want on the table.?
by uncle tom
18:40 Thu 14 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 679

Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

This post to hold arrangements as and when agreed. When: 6½pm, Tuesday 2 nd June 2020. Where: The Red Room in The Boot & Flogger @  Google |  StreetMap.co.uk |  ///cafe.humid.palace |  Bing . Theme: 1960 horizontal, sighted. Who: Johnny Symington; Christian Seely (provisional); Dirk Niepoort ; THRA...
by uncle tom
20:03 Mon 21 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

SushiNorth wrote:
16:41 Mon 21 Oct 2019
I'm still annoyed that I bought a bunch of 2009
I don't know why - be patient (or at least, tell your offspring to be patient)

I think 2009 will have an exceptional reputation when adjoining vintages start to fade..
by uncle tom
15:30 Mon 21 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

Which when rearranged into best to worst gives 1980, 1983, 1975, 1985, 1987. There are a handful of ports from '80 and '83 that I think are very good, but then I could say the same about '85. And I think there are quite a few good ports from '75, but maybe not so many as to make that year a whole g...
by uncle tom
11:27 Mon 21 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Vintage rankings - 2017 awarded alpha status

Trafalgar Day 2019 My assessment of the 2017 port vintage, its inclusion in my rolling evaluation of the sixty most recent vintages, and my updated full vintage rankings. The near full declaration of the 2017 vintage immediately after declaring 2016 was a remarkable break from past tradition. Soon ...
by uncle tom
06:24 Sat 05 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle
Replies: 17
Views: 1828

Re: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle

Will be there - am not fussy about placemats etc
by uncle tom
15:48 Fri 04 Oct 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle
Replies: 17
Views: 1828

Re: Monday 7th October - Bring a bottle

Is there space for another in that room?
by uncle tom
20:03 Thu 19 Sep 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thurs 26th Sept - Confirmed
Replies: 10
Views: 1763

Re: Thurs 26th Sept - Confirmed

Regret not..
by uncle tom
03:20 Sun 08 Sep 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F
Replies: 135
Views: 25585

Re: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F

Tom, please also confirm what you want to eat
I think my default menu choice is ex. stock - if they've changed the menu, something similar will do..

Confirm will bring Dow.
by uncle tom
13:00 Sat 07 Sep 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F
Replies: 135
Views: 25585

Re: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F

Alas, the winds have not changed. I’ll be landing in Chicago just as the first drops of ‘66 are passing your lips.
Enjoy.. O'Hare gets my vote for being the world's worst airport..
by uncle tom
20:19 Thu 05 Sep 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F
Replies: 135
Views: 25585

Re: 10th Sep 2019 - 1966 Horizontal at the B&F

I could be available, if there's space..

Have plenty of '66 - Dow perhaps?
by uncle tom
10:13 Fri 16 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Rebello Valente
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: 1945 Rebello Valente

RV45 . Orange, 19% opaque. Alas barely Port: pineapple; thin; sweet; bland. I have forgotten how the RV45 arrived at the 1994 tasting. Please could this thread be reminded. I had collected three bottles from a shared auction lot that day - one was a Croft '45 in good order, another was an ullaged a...
by uncle tom
15:40 Wed 14 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)
Replies: 20
Views: 2963

Re: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

A few days ago I opened an odd bottle of Croft '75 and I'll probably pop my next victim, a leaky Vargellas '84 tomorrow.

The only issue with VP in high summer is the importance of not letting the decanter get too warm.
by uncle tom
10:32 Wed 24 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacement labels
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Re: Replacement labels

I just write on the bottle with a chalk pen. It's then clear what the contents of the bottle are and is also clearly not an official label. I number each bottle so that I can then track back its provenance and know how long I've owned it. For cellar records I have two methods of marking port bottle...
by uncle tom
12:17 Tue 23 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacement labels
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Re: Replacement labels

“Replacement label by Tom Archer added July 2019.” It's not that much of a challenge to create an Excel based application that could generate a label from a set of scanned templates and a set of stored parameters for each template to indicate the position size and font of the vintage date, that cou...
by uncle tom
17:15 Sun 21 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacement labels
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Replacement labels

In the days of English bottling, labelling rules were a bit anarchic and the control exerted by the producers over labelling varied considerably. Inducting a well cellared case of Dow 80 however, whose labels are all detached, one missing and most decayed, draws my attention to the fact that we need...
by uncle tom
15:53 Mon 15 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 2495

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

A very good value cellar defender at the moment is Dow's Midnight @ £5.50/500mL from ASDA. This is a clean fresh fruity quaff - above par for its class.
by uncle tom
15:47 Mon 15 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Re: An Oddity

Gonzalez Byass certainly, and T stoppered.

At the risk of being hailed a pessimist, this could quite easily be a bottle of standard ruby or tawny..
by uncle tom
15:44 Mon 15 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Congratulations Tony!
Replies: 8
Views: 1537

Re: Congratulations Tony!

Well done Tony!
by uncle tom
15:05 Mon 08 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Weighing in..
Replies: 12
Views: 3835

Re: Weighing in..

those horrible rubber things Although lacking elegance, these capsules are not so horrid when you know how to get them off. Attacking the cold plastic with a Stanley knife is a recipe for expletives, if not a casualty. However you only have to warm them slightly and they pop off with the greatest o...