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by DRT
08:48 Sun 27 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Character Port
Replies: 5
Views: 735

Re: Vintage Character Port

From the archive of www.infoportwine.com " With Portaria no. 1484/2002 of November 22nd , 2002 a step was taken in the regulation of types and indications. The most important changes in this law were the replacement of the Vintage Character by the Reserva/Reserve (Ruby), the introduction of the Rese...
by DRT
19:40 Sat 19 Dec 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 195
Views: 52650

Re: The Five Word Novel

magnum decanter tattooed on his
by DRT
12:05 Fri 18 Dec 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 195
Views: 52650

Re: The Five Word Novel

the Amazon delivery driver, who
by DRT
00:41 Mon 14 Dec 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 195
Views: 52650

Re: The Five Word Novel

The policeman donned his mask
by DRT
11:29 Mon 26 Oct 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 195
Views: 52650

Re: The Five Word Novel

Cockburn-flavoured beer, but I
by DRT
09:35 Sun 25 Oct 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 195
Views: 52650

Re: The Five Word Novel

turned eastward and began to
by DRT
21:54 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: Addendum
Replies: 34
Views: 10873

Re: Port Vintages: Addendum

Out of curiosity, is anyone aware of where (if anywhere) the original book can still be purchased? Sold out. Sorry — just not available. Unsurprisingly no second hand copies available on eBay or Amazon. Plenty of copies of JDAW's magnum opus, "The Pig: A British History" though. This is JDAW's prev...
by DRT
22:37 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Old Port and Madeira wines
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Re: Old Port and Madeira wines

Please also tell us where in the world the bottles are stored as it will make a difference to any advice given.
by DRT
20:43 Sat 17 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 5909

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

OK - picky picky.. For 'British shippers' read 'Port producing companies that have British names or brands' My point is that they are Portuguese companies and therefore have access to influence Portuguese government policy as much if not more than any of their neighbours do. They can no longer writ...
by DRT
16:57 Sat 17 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 5909

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

I hate to break this to you Tom but there are no "British shippers" left in the Port trade and there hasn't been for at least two generations. Yes there are. They are the members of the Factory House — both of the members. the current best examples of distraction politics you need look no further t...
by DRT
16:45 Sat 17 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 5909

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

How many of them own significant (or any) property in the DS? Without checking, I assume none - hence the initiative. Bear in mind that decisions of this nature would not be made in the cosy confines of Porto, but by government ministers in Lisbon, who may be very detached from, and not particularl...
by DRT
20:07 Thu 15 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 5909

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

I don’t know why the cut out you mention. I could speculate, if big enough, it may be due to geological issues not being suitable for any type of vineyards?? Quite possibly. But I can’t really see anything obvious around it looking at the satellite photos on Google maps. There’s a bit of forest but...
by DRT
18:51 Thu 15 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 5909

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

That last part isn’t going to happen now...or ever. If you'd heard the conversation, and saw who was advocating it, you wouldn't say never.. Seeing as Vargellas and Vesuvio are both in the Douro Superior, I'm going to go with never. The fact Tom has had one conversation with someone, regardless of ...
by DRT
01:12 Sun 27 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Favourite corkscrews
Replies: 11
Views: 2323

Re: Favourite corkscrews

The Durand is very effective. I use it on old bottles that I know to be what they are so the cork-branding damage is of negligible importance. For dubious or unknown bottles I follow Christopher's method of pushing in and recovering the cork intact.
by DRT
23:42 Fri 11 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 75
Views: 8732

Re: Cellar Defenders

I believe that they Symingtons consider Dow, Graham, and Warre to all be co-equals, perhaps also including Cockburn. It's the market that used to focus more on Dow but is now focusing more on Graham. In casual conversation, it is not hard to detect that some scions of the Symington clan have a spec...
by DRT
21:47 Sat 22 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 13
Views: 2547

Re: Foot treading and the plague

The Symingtons have announced that they are not foot-treading this harvest at Vesuvio. They say it is the first time “in more than 100 years” which rather raises the question as to when it last didn’t happen and why (phylloxera, perhaps?). I dare say they won’t be alone and so thought it might be i...
by DRT
23:46 Wed 19 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1564
Views: 359644

Re: Latest buy

I have to say around 2005/2006 was an amazing time to buy vintage port there were some amazing bargains! I remember it well. My first serious Vintage Port purchase was in 2006: 6 bottles of Dow 1963; 6 bottles of Warre 1966; 2 bottles each of Sandeman 1963, 1966 and 1970; 1 magnum of Fonseca 1920; ...
by DRT
22:50 Tue 28 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus
Replies: 10
Views: 3456

Re: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus

I think it a great pity that this famous and spectacularly beautiful quinta has been sold twice in such a short space of time and seems destined to produce still wines rather than Port. That said, Baron Forester might be quite please that once again the wines from the Quinta he once owned will be sh...
by DRT
22:45 Tue 28 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus
Replies: 10
Views: 3456

Re: Quinta da Boavista bought by Sogevinus

AHB wrote:
21:47 Fri 10 Jul 2020
I understand that the stocks built up so far were sold as part of the estate deal so, presumably, will become part of the blending stocks available to Sogrape.
Presumably you mean Sogevinus?
by DRT
21:12 Mon 13 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles
Replies: 6
Views: 2139

Re: Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles

I bet this is really aimed at the nightclub market where there is always a tension between a desire to offer bottle service and a desire not to have too much glass floating around a club. I think easier recycling and reduced shipping weights are more likely target benefits. Can't say I have ever se...
by DRT
22:39 Fri 10 Jul 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port
Replies: 13
Views: 4601

Re: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port

The bad news is that 1985 Taylor, while a good Port, is not among the best Ports from 1985 or otherwise. I disagree with that quite strongly. Taylor 1985 had a bit of a bad reputation a decade ago but it has matured beautifully. I think I have only drunk about 24 of them in the past five years so m...
by DRT
22:38 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 3897

Re: Made from Port packaging

Perhaps you could manufacture ten Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes? I feel this is the equivalent of Mickey Mouse cutting the brooms in half in Fantasia, in that I would much rather have a “what shall I do with 10 plastic decanting funnels” problem than “what shall I do with 10 tiny Wizard of Oz Tin M...
by DRT
11:37 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 3897

Re: Made from Port packaging

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by DRT
11:31 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 3897

Re: Made from Port packaging

JacobH wrote:
11:23 Sun 28 Jun 2020
any suggestions as to what to do with the plastic funnels you sometimes get?
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Perhaps you could manufacture ten Wizard of Oz Tin Man costumes?
by DRT
22:40 Thu 30 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1271
Views: 364520

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Another six M&S 2011 in another M&S store. I hope I’m not being sexist but it seem to me that the vast majority of people out shopping are women. Does this mean that women are not interested in VP at €9 a bottle? Discuss😊 Justin, what are you doing out shopping at you age? Shouldn't you be locked d...