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by uncle tom
09:24 Fri 17 Aug 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September
Replies: 22
Views: 570

Re: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September

I suggest organising it as a self-pour walk around tasting. Put all the bottles on some tables at one end of the Red Room and people just help themselves to what they want, sitting down and taking notes as they wish.
That would work..
by uncle tom
15:37 Thu 16 Aug 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September
Replies: 22
Views: 570

Re: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September

The official blind tasting of the 2011 vintage in Porto had over 50 wines. Some thought it was too heavy a session, but I managed to keep my palate clear by drinking copious amounts of water, and by keeping reference glasses back from each flight was able to stop my opinion of the wines from driftin...
by uncle tom
13:42 Mon 13 Aug 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Mon 13 August: Emergency
Replies: 47
Views: 989

Re: Mon 13 August: Emergency

Late notice - but room for one more?
by uncle tom
11:24 Fri 03 Aug 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September
Replies: 22
Views: 570

Re: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September

I only have one half bottle of this for the tasting - are you able to put yours in also to make a sensible quantity?
Mine is a full bottle..
by uncle tom
09:59 Fri 03 Aug 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage countdown 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: Vintage countdown 2018

It's getting extremely hot out there.. - most quintas will probably see highs of over 40C today. Whilst a good burst of heat for a few days is a recurrent theme of great vintages, I wonder when 'hot' becomes 'too hot' for the vines? The Atlantic hurricane season is eerily calm meanwhile. There are s...
by uncle tom
20:36 Thu 02 Aug 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: PLACEHOLDER: Quinta do Cachao Vertical
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: PLACEHOLDER: Quinta do Cachao Vertical

Game on - if 2018 or post about 23/3/19..
by uncle tom
20:34 Thu 02 Aug 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September
Replies: 22
Views: 570

Re: 2016 VP's - Wed 12 September

Splendid - count me in - have the Niepoort Bioma already..
by uncle tom
11:36 Thu 02 Aug 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stacking cases more efficiently
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Stacking cases more efficiently

That is an impressive long term planning!
I find the long term aspect of port ownership is one of its more endearing qualities..
by uncle tom
20:41 Mon 30 Jul 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stacking cases more efficiently
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Stacking cases more efficiently

Stacks make FIFO (First In First Out) difficult though. I tend to want to use the older bottles at the bottom first and it is a lot of work to take out the bottom bottle from a stack, and thus I prefer to have the cases on shelves. When stacks are needed same size does save a lot of space and are m...
by uncle tom
18:06 Sun 29 Jul 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stacking cases more efficiently
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Stacking cases more efficiently

As anyone who has any number of bottles knows, the mish-mash of port case designs can drive you up the wall when it comes to stacking them. As I have a bit of re-stacking to do, I've taken a little time out to see if there's any clever way of doing this more efficiently. Some observations.. It appea...
by uncle tom
09:59 Fri 27 Jul 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 148
Views: 9589

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

If someone has a single 1975 that they can donate please send me a note of the price and we can include.
PM sent
by uncle tom
12:15 Thu 26 Jul 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage countdown 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Vintage countdown 2018

As is fairly well known, the 2018 season got off to a really lousy start, leading to the expectation of low yields. Temperatures so far this summer have also been a little below long term averages. But... The Vila Real reporting station has not recorded any rain since June 11th and the Accuweather f...
by uncle tom
14:07 Thu 19 Jul 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 148
Views: 9589

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

Regret Co '66 is just too scarce to liberate another one at this time.

Of the seven bottles I secured in 2011, four now remain.

Unless the Symingtons uncover a stash (at the last count, they were not aware of any) it's one per decade now, I think..
by uncle tom
14:30 Tue 17 Jul 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 148
Views: 9589

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

obedient in the style of the SNP
I sense an oxymoron coming on..
by uncle tom
12:53 Sat 14 Jul 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Weighing in..
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Re: Weighing in..

I have now weighed over 3000 of my bottles, those so far unweighed being almost entirely due to being still in their owcs. It's quite a therapeutic exercise, and not at all a chore. Whereas I would once struggle to see the level in a near opaque bottle, I am now quite content to merely weigh it, kno...
by uncle tom
21:48 Wed 11 Jul 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 148
Views: 9589

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

Re-confirming - many bottles available..
by uncle tom
11:47 Wed 11 Jul 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 148
Views: 9589

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

I have fifteen bottles of Co70, so can easily spare one - all have levels in neck.
by uncle tom
11:04 Thu 05 Jul 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Red Riding Hood
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Red Riding Hood

I can strongly recommend the usefulness of these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JVL-4-Bottle-Wicker-Wine-Drinks-Basket-Holder-25cm-x-25cm-x-44cm/381597021860?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Far safer than boxes when climbing or descending stairs and much easier to have one in...
by uncle tom
08:42 Wed 27 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tues Dec 11th 2018 - An Offley vertical
Replies: 42
Views: 4052

Re: Tues Dec 11th 2018 - An Offley vertical

George Sandeman has kindly accepted the invitation to be our industry guest.
by uncle tom
17:51 Mon 25 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Lonely bottle seeks friends..
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Lonely bottle seeks friends..

A cask sample bottle of 2016 Niepoort Bioma arrived in the post today..

What do people have to pitch it against? - and when??
by uncle tom
15:03 Sat 23 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Buying LBV
Replies: 7
Views: 771

Re: Buying LBV

Unfiltered being very important This aspect is a bit vague with LBV Some labelled unfiltered bottles are given T stoppers (e.g. Fonseca) and some that don't claim to be unfiltered are given driven corks (e.g Niepoort) One or two don't claim to be unfiltered but give clues with their product descrip...
by uncle tom
07:20 Sun 17 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline 3rd July B&F Red Room - Bring a bottle to share (sighted)
Replies: 57
Views: 5383

Re: Offline 3rd July B&F Red Room - Bring a bottle to share (sighted)

Ordinary: fat or skinny?
Whatever is available, but not the triple cooked variety..
by uncle tom
16:36 Sat 16 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline 3rd July B&F Red Room - Bring a bottle to share (sighted)
Replies: 57
Views: 5383

Re: Offline 3rd July B&F Red Room - Bring a bottle to share (sighted)

My default food order may be recorded as: Duck liver pate followed by medium rare steak + peppercorn sauce + ordinary chips + green beans
by uncle tom
17:00 Fri 15 Jun 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Taylor 48
Replies: 2
Views: 1012

Re: Taylor 48

I have five bottles and three half bottles of T48, so am not in the market for more, however others will want to know the level of the wine in the bottle: In neck - IN - at least 1/8" (3mm) into the neck Base of neck - BN - meniscus no wider than the outside diameter of the neck Very top shoulder - ...