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by John Danza
16:33 Fri 01 Jan 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1985 horizontal in Chicago - February 26, 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 1110

1985 horizontal in Chicago - February 26, 2016

We're pulling together a 1985 horizontal 30-year retrospective in Chicago, to be held on February 26, 2016. If you might be interested, please check out this thread on FTLOP. Thanks!
by John Danza
23:52 Thu 24 Mar 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Historical Perspective - Cockburn Vintage Ports from 1863 to
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: Historical Perspective - Cockburn Vintage Ports from 1863 to

Thanks for posting, John. Is there an online resource where you can access these back volumes of the Journal? Not that I know of. I own a bunch of them because I collect them, being on the board of governors. I need to look through them more often, as I tend to buy them when I find them but then do...
by John Danza
04:42 Thu 24 Mar 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Historical Perspective - Cockburn Vintage Ports from 1863 to
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Historical Perspective - Cockburn Vintage Ports from 1863 to

I recently found an article in the August 1982 issue of The Journal of the International Wine & Food Society titled Cockburn Vintage Ports 1863-1975. I found this article pretty interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it gives some thoughts about the various vintages that we might not hear today...
by John Danza
15:39 Sun 26 Dec 2010
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Dalva
Replies: 0
Views: 628

2000 Dalva

2000 Presidential Vintage Port 2000 Presidential Porto Vintage - Portugal, Douro, Porto (12/26/2010) Double decanted from magnum several hours before serving. Medium purple in color with no browning. Raisins and plums on the palate with a bit of alcoholic heat and only moderate sweetness. 24 hours ...
by John Danza
01:18 Fri 22 Oct 2010
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintagewise: Corrections and Comments
Replies: 30
Views: 3917

Re: Vintagewise: Corrections and Comments

Wow, nice job Derek! You really pulled this out of the archives.
by John Danza
15:19 Thu 27 May 2010
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is '92 the most over-hyped vintage?
Replies: 31
Views: 4577

Re: Is '92 the most over-hyped vintage?

uncle tom wrote:A '91 vs '92 event needs to be held at some point; but maybe not for a year or two..
Great idea Tom. It would be good to do it in 2011 or 2012 as the 20th anniversary of one of the two vintages.
by John Danza
19:22 Wed 26 May 2010
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is '92 the most over-hyped vintage?
Replies: 31
Views: 4577

Re: Is '92 the most over-hyped vintage?

I find it kind of interesting that one clearly bad bottle of Fonseca is leading a host of people to conclude that the 1992 vintage was over-hyped. It sounds like there's a general concensus that Vesuvio is not good. There was a mention of Passadouro, however my experience is that this wine struggles...
by John Danza
18:57 Tue 25 May 2010
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is '92 the most over-hyped vintage?
Replies: 31
Views: 4577

Re: Is '92 the most over-hyped vintage?

Just seeing this thread now, and wondering if there is anything people would like to add. My experience w/ 1992 is fairly limited (Vesuvio, Fonseca, and Niepoort), but it is fairly 'meh' to my palate, with the Niepoort showing much better than the other two, but not close to its 1994 or even 2003. ...
by John Danza
11:00 Sat 30 Jan 2010
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 753

1985 Warre

This evening I opened a 1985 Warre on the spur of the moment, but I was able to give it 3 hours in the decanter. This is the second of three bottles I bought at one time. This one, like the last a couple of years ago, showed a wine that's fully mature and actually in a state of decline. The color wa...
by John Danza
21:16 Sun 08 Mar 2009
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Maximilian K. A. Wiseman's Headwetting Virtual Offline
Replies: 28
Views: 4264

Re: Maximilian ?. ?. Wiseman's Headwetting Virtual Offline

Congratulations Julian to you and your entire family! My wife and I have toasted you all with the 1977 Warre, which was great in every respect. Here's hoping that 2009 will be a great vintage year for those birth year wines you'll lay away for little Maximillian.
by John Danza
16:58 Sun 08 Mar 2009
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual headwetting ”” 8th March 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 1773

Re: Virtual headwetting ”” coming soon

Julian,

What fabulous news! I hope all goes well today for your wife, and for you of course. A 1977 Warre has just been decanted and is waiting in the wings.

Best of luck,
John
by John Danza
06:20 Mon 16 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Graham
Replies: 5
Views: 1770

Re: 1977 Graham

I've had this wine many times and never encountered the minty notes nor the browning. Sounds like a bad bottle.
by John Danza
16:53 Sun 21 Dec 2008
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Taylor
Replies: 1
Views: 951

1985 Taylor Vintage Port

I had this wine yesterday at a friend's house. He had purchased it upon release and kept it in an excellent passive cellar. It was decanted 3 hours prior to service. The wine was dark red with no evidence of browning, but I expect was losing color as Taylor is usually a pretty black wine when young....
by John Danza
16:46 Sun 21 Dec 2008
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Offley Boa Vista
Replies: 1
Views: 1035

1963 Offley Boa Vista vintage port

I opened a bottle of this wine yesterday, in preparation for a dinner at a friend's house. I double decanted it (poured into decanter, cleaned out bottle, returned it to the bottle for transportation) about 6 hours before it was served. The fill had been base neck. The wine, in a word, was tremendou...
by John Danza
02:39 Wed 17 Dec 2008
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1927 Taylor
Replies: 10
Views: 3215

Re: 1927 Taylor (originally a mystery bottle)

Sounds like a bad bottle. The 27 Taylor I had 2 years ago was fabulous, still medium red with some browning. Very balanced tannins and alcohol. It opened up in the decanter and you would have thought it was a 1963, it was that fresh. I've seen other notes about the 27 Taylor that are consistent with...
by John Danza
16:06 Thu 20 Nov 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Type of glass
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Type of glass

I use a white wine glass typically. It makes me crazy when restaurants or some people pull out these little glass "thimbles" for port. I don't know anyone that only drinks about 2 ounces of port, and you certainly can't swirl the wine it them.
by John Danza
21:00 Tue 14 Oct 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments

For some reason, I can't find the original posting that I made. Administrators, did you take it down? No, I promoted it to the brand new Reference forum. BTW, the first post in this thread is copied from the wrong place. Hi Julian, When I click on the original link in my first post, I get this erro...
by John Danza
15:05 Tue 14 Oct 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments

For some reason, I can't find the original posting that I made. Administrators, did you take it down? I just received the following from the Penguin Group relative to permissions: Dear Mr Danza, Thank you for your email. I am afraid that I have been unable to trace the original contract or any other...
by John Danza
18:10 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments

Maurice Healy was a close personal friend of Andre Simon and many other of the "movers and shakers" in the English wine business of the 1930s and 1940s. A lawyer by trade, most of his interest in wine was driven by his association with both Andre Simon and AJA Symons, the primary founders of The Win...
by John Danza
17:43 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Stay Me With Flagons: Corrections and Comments

In the thread titled Stay Me With Flagons by Maurice Healy , John Danza wrote: This thread contains the text of the chapter on Port in André L. Simon’s book Vintagewise, as typed by jdaw1. There will doubtless be errors in the typing, and readers may well have other comments. Please post correction...
by John Danza
17:42 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Reference
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy
Replies: 3
Views: 4838

Re: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy

This thread contains the text part of the chapter on Port in Maurice Healy's book Stay Me With Flagons , as typed by John Danza. There will doubtless be errors in the typing, and readers may well have other comments. Please post corrections and comments in the thread Stay Me With Flagons: Correction...
by John Danza
17:39 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Reference
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy
Replies: 3
Views: 4838

Re: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy

[Starting on page 211, near the end of the chapter on Port, which consisted mostly of history of the winemaking and the technicalities of the winemaking. The following text relates the author's personal notes about port in general and some specific ports Port My judgment on Port was destroyed at th...
by John Danza
17:00 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Reference
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy
Replies: 3
Views: 4838

Re: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy

Stay Me With Flagons
A book about wine & other things
by Maurice Healy (1887-1943), published by Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomspury Street, London, W.C. 1 (now part of Penguin Books)
First published in 1940, this copy is a first impression and is autographed by the author.
by John Danza
16:46 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Reference
Topic: Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy
Replies: 3
Views: 4838

Stay Me With Flagons, by Maurice Healy

In keeping with Julian's request to post Port-related information from old, out-of-print wine books, I will reproduce several pages of text from this book. Permission to reproduce has been submitted to Penguin Books, who purchased the original publisher Michael Joseph, Ltd. This is the text of an em...
by John Danza
09:31 Sun 28 Sep 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintagewise: Corrections and Comments
Replies: 30
Views: 3917

Re: Vintagewise: Corrections and Comments

Thank you very much Julian for bringing attention to this book, one of my favorite by Andre Simon. My collection of wine books specializes in those by Andre, along with some others by his friends that were involved with him in the founding of both The Saintsbury Club and The Wine & Food Society. Vin...