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by uncle tom
19:30 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 194
Views: 55447

Re: Pointless Statistics

Fifteen years ago this month I started keeping proper records of the bottles of port I bought and drank. So a quick tally.. Since then I've decanted 636 bottles of VP for consumption at home, comprising 236 different wines. The most times any VP has been drunk at home is eight, with three candidates...
by uncle tom
19:19 Mon 06 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1454
Views: 253956

Re: Latest buy

The auction market having gone slightly demented this year, I've only bought 17 bottles of VP so far this year, and nothing at all for the last two months. The release prices for the 2018's I've seen so far seem to be broadly in the same ball-park as the retail prices for the same wines from the 197...
by uncle tom
19:32 Tue 30 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2247

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Have just decanted a Niepoort '87 - the first time I've opened one of these for over 13 years..

..then I noted that it was way too young, now it's looking quite elegant.
by uncle tom
03:43 Tue 30 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 44
Views: 8512

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

I'm going for a different approach with a purpose built outer skin, 60mm of polyurethane foam insulation on all six sides, a 1" marine ply floor and a cellar conditioning unit that can provide a teperature differential of +/-20C. If you have mains electricity, this could be an option for you. Bear ...
by uncle tom
21:14 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2247

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Oops! - looks like I'm too late..

No worries - should I try to organise a 'super monkey' event - where everyone pulls a bottle from their cellar and everyone else tries to guess, given what they know about that person's preferences?
by uncle tom
11:27 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 44
Views: 8512

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

Has anyone actually turned a shed into a wine storage facility? It’s seems to be more complicated than I had hoped! Retrofitting a wooden shed is likely to throw up a variety of difficulties. However if you are not too obsessive about the detail, in certain circumstances very ordinary modern standa...
by uncle tom
11:14 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2116

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

Mike's email now found - in my spam folder..
by uncle tom
19:28 Tue 16 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2116

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

Did you get an email from Mike with a link to join the online call?
No..
by uncle tom
19:02 Tue 16 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2116

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

It is June 16th, it is 7pm - I've not done one of these before - where is the action?
by uncle tom
15:37 Tue 16 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 44
Views: 8512

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

What would people recommend as the minimum gap between racks to allow a cellar master to access the wines in their cellar reasonably safely and comfortably? If you are planning single depth racks, specify 12" deep staves, as ones with shorter staves have stability issues at any height. Opposing 12"...
by uncle tom
10:36 Tue 16 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 10642

Re: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F

1908?
Correct - Gilbey 1908 - which I was told a long time ago is probably Croft, for which there are no notes..
by uncle tom
14:04 Fri 12 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1454
Views: 253956

Re: Latest buy

Is this possibly the largest box for a single "bottle"?
Not quite..

You should see the boxes used to pack my Nebuchadnezzars..
by uncle tom
06:57 Fri 12 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2116

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

I may have to get creative. I generally don't like Warre's style, so have none on hand except for a 1964 Grande Reserve that's... reserved... for a later date. Oh, and a 1937 Grande Reserve that should be shared with multiple people in person because it's fabulous. There's a decent chance that I ha...
by uncle tom
13:37 Thu 11 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2116

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

Think I'll probably pop a W58
by uncle tom
17:10 Tue 09 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: In search of 1981 Warre LBV
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: In search of 1981 Warre LBV

I've got loads - although it's all rather deeply buried right now.

If you can bear with me for a month or two, I can sort you out some - drop me a PM..
by uncle tom
10:28 Fri 05 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F
Replies: 44
Views: 10642

Re: 'Bring a port not noted on the tasting notes index as at 1 Feb 2020' - Thursday 12th November 2020, B&F

Count me in.

I have an old ullaged bottle that I've owned for a very long time, vintage and bottler known, major shipper suspected anecdotally.

There are only a dozen or so notes posted for this vintage, most of them for Cockburn, which I believe this bottle probably isn't..
by uncle tom
15:46 Sat 23 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The ports you haven't got round to stocking up on...
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: The ports you haven't got round to stocking up on...

Trying to rectify 80s, but there’s not really much available When the '80 vintage was released, there was a sharp price hike over the '77 vintage, which, coupled to some economic jitters, resulted in the launch campaign failing. As a result, investment stocks coming to auction are very thin on the ...
by uncle tom
16:43 Tue 05 May 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A practical design of a better decanter
Replies: 28
Views: 5981

Re: A practical design of a better decanter

I am in need of a decanter This is where eBay really comes into its own. Couple get married after living together for years, so they've got everything, and wedding presents are a real headache. So someone buys an expensive crystal decanter for them. - It goes under the stairs. Years later there is ...
by uncle tom
19:34 Sun 03 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Re: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..

SFE event went really very well. I've no idea where the microphone is on this 'puter, but it worked well at it's first outing.

Only one person seemed to have audio problems and very few were cracked up..
by uncle tom
21:04 Sat 02 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Re: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..

Thanks for all your kind comments!
by uncle tom
14:00 Sat 02 May 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Sunday May 3rd - my 60th birthday..

Aside from the Symington event tomorrow, it is also my 60th birthday. In the interest of providing a good excuse, might I invite everyone to open 'a bottle they would not normally drink at home' tomorrow. I shall be opening a '45 - first of a stash with no hard shipper ID, but 'believed Dow' - the v...
by uncle tom
16:19 Tue 28 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5355

Re: Lockdown Drinking

Recent encounters include: Taylor 10yr bottled in 1980 - loads of sediment and no sign of going south. Loads of cheap white wine - mostly SB or SB blends. Wade decanter of Bells made for the wedding of Prince Andrew, complete with fancy box - cost £5 at auction. The whisky was quite nice.. Currently...
by uncle tom
13:11 Sun 19 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Should the IVDP ban the filtration of LBV?
Replies: 15
Views: 1691

Re: Should the IVDP ban the filtration of LBV?

For unfiltered a truthful message can’t be much more than “Can be drunk now, or in thirty years, or any time between (excepting 3am to 10am).” Would such a message be useful? I have previously suggested 'F numbers' that could be tucked into a corner of a back label somewhere: F0 being wholly unfilt...
by uncle tom
22:49 Fri 17 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Should the IVDP ban the filtration of LBV?
Replies: 15
Views: 1691

Re: Should the IVDP ban the filtration of LBV?

Having only unfiltered LBV is just not possible Why? Seven years ago I had my own reserve port bottled, explicitly 100% unfiltered and a very rich wine. It showed no noticeable sedimentation until two years later - that is a light year in the world of restaurants and airlines. Supply lines are far ...