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by AHB
00:59 Sat 25 Aug 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 11
Views: 2486

Oh, and I feel I should own up to once buying, drinking and moderately enjoying a bottle of Cruz VP from Morrisons :oops: There's more people on this forum who can empathise with this now than there would have been a couple of months ago. I sneaked a bottle of Cruz 1989 Vintage Port into a blind ta...
by AHB
17:59 Fri 17 Aug 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Favourites icon
Replies: 61
Views: 12797

I shall graciously decline the invitation. As of 1 minute ago, I am holiday so you shall not hear from me for a week (after a possible brief visit to the site tomorrow).

Alex
by AHB
08:16 Fri 17 Aug 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: We're on www.infoportwine.com
Replies: 12
Views: 4666

I've just discovered a new port forum that I knew nothing about until a few minutes ago when I was trying to see where else we were being referred to.

Try this link to have a look. There's not much traffic there though.

Alex
by AHB
07:54 Fri 17 Aug 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Favourites icon
Replies: 61
Views: 12797

Re: To better distinguish opaque and transparent

Following Julian's lead and assuming that we are operating a 4 choice, transferable voting system, my choices in order of preference would be: First - http://www.jdawiseman.com/ftlop/20070816-glass.gif Second - http://www.jdawiseman.com/ftlop/20070816-bottles2.gif Third - http://www.jdawiseman.com/f...
by AHB
16:11 Thu 16 Aug 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Favourites icon
Replies: 61
Views: 12797

I must say, I rather like that barrel with the TPF down the side. Anyone else?

Alex
by AHB
09:29 Thu 16 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Long Vintage - A new style??
Replies: 11
Views: 2188

As you know, I quite like the occasional South African fortified red wine made with traditional Portuguese port grape varieties and with a fermentation stopped early through the addition of neutral grape spirit - hereafter referred to for convenience as port. One such port that I have just opened is...
by AHB
08:14 Thu 16 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Football Season 2007/2008
Replies: 24
Views: 3195

Hear hear. Civilization can still be found in the upper reaches of the Douro. Lunch on the terrace at Vargellas was extremely pleasant and very civilized.

I'm sure they must still play cricket close by...

Alex
by AHB
21:13 Wed 15 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Port as Art.
Replies: 14
Views: 1946

Benjamin, Thanks for responding to my post. I was being provocative and I'm delighted that I got a response - good for you for not just ignoring me. I go back to my original sensible comment and say that I think the picture is pretty and relaxing - quite feminine, Elizabeth (my wife) called it. And ...
by AHB
12:56 Wed 15 Aug 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2005 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
Replies: 8
Views: 1477

I can certainly appreciate that it might mellow and improve with some cellar age, I thought I'd throw in an interesting twist on the story. I'm currently reading a few back issues of The World of Fine Wine magazine. In the summer 2004 issue there's a great article about screw tops as an alternative ...
by AHB
12:25 Tue 14 Aug 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2005 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
Replies: 8
Views: 1477

I'll throw in a note of caution though. I opened one of the Cloudy Bay 2005 Chardonnays that I picked up from Majestic over the weekend. Opened purely for Elizabeth (I had my Tesco 1994 VP) and she was singularly unimpressed by it, saying that it was "too woody" to be enjoyable. She did note that th...
by AHB
08:43 Tue 14 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Port as Art.
Replies: 14
Views: 1946

What Grahams 1962? That picture is a figment of the artist's imagination. :evil: Mind you, its quite pretty and relaxing. But if I were to buy it today I would glare at it every time I looked at it thinking "Grahams 1962, my foot". Now if he'd called it Grahams 1962 LBV I could have believed him but...
by AHB
22:30 Sat 11 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 1
Views: 2174

5 hours Colour still as deep in the centre, but now with a touch of orange at the rim. The spirit is more apparent on the nose, but brings with it blackberries and fresh cut grass. In the mouth it still brings a hollow, dry entry but the midpalate develops nicely, bringing ripe, sweet blackberries,...
by AHB
18:01 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Long Vintage - A new style??
Replies: 11
Views: 2188

Fred's right. What you've described is essentially the same as some of the UK merchants used to do many years back when they would ship a couple of pipes to the UK and then more or less bottle to order. The result - some wine spent many more than 2 years in the barrel before being bottled and often ...
by AHB
17:51 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 5956

Back home with my tasting database, I can now say that I have never tasted the Graham '85 but have otherwise tasted 15 of the wines on Suckling's list.

Alex
by AHB
17:37 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 256486

Conky wrote:...I suspect your getting to...
Now that is just deliberately provocative for poor old Julian!

Alex
by AHB
17:35 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Football Season 2007/2008
Replies: 24
Views: 3195

I'm with Tom on this one. I'll leave association football to those who appreciate it and will take a passing interest when there's no rugby (union only, old chap) or cricket to follow. My cricket watching season hasn't finished yet as I have tickets to London's only floodlit cricket match of the sea...
by AHB
17:18 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Favourites icon
Replies: 61
Views: 12797

Sounds like Conky should have a PC and broadband connection available to visitors to the TPF Offline #2 and then attendees will be able to do something useful with their time, such as: (1) searching the internet for favourites icons (2) searching the internet and choosing a graphic (3) posting tasti...
by AHB
17:12 Fri 10 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 1
Views: 2174

1994 Tesco

Having returned home for the best part of two weeks with no travel planned now until September, I decided to celebrate in the way that we all know - and open a bottle of extra-special port. The first bottle that came to hand from Death Row was a bottle of Tesco's 1994 VP from the Symingtons. Decante...
by AHB
08:12 Thu 09 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Niepoort
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Stevie Have you asked Dirk if he is aware of any problems with the bottling of this vintage? I would not have thought that it would have possibly been able to start fermenting again in the bottle because of the fortification process, but I'm happy to accept that it seems to be the most likely explan...
by AHB
02:36 Wed 08 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2005 En primeur
Replies: 46
Views: 7311

OCD is a good guess at what Derek is referring to. OVD is Obsessive Vesuvio Disorder and is Derek demonstrating that he is jealous of my Vesuvio vertical and the fact that Vesuvio makes up 50% (or whatever figure is actually correct) of my port cellar. Interestingly, I have already spoken to my pet ...
by AHB
02:14 Wed 08 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 5956

Derek puts me to shame by knowing the ports I have drunk better than I do myself - I can only claim lack of access to my tasting notes as an excuse. It seems that there are at least 2 and possibly 3 of Suckling's ports that I have drunk and failed to remember. Tom's Fonseca '55 was one and the Taylo...
by AHB
14:27 Tue 07 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 5956

The complete list, taken from Suckling's Vintage Port is: 100 Points Fonseca 1927 Fonseca 1948 Fonseca 1977 Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931 Qunita do Noval Nacional 1963 99 Points Croft 1945 Quinta do Noval 1931 Taylor's 1948 98 Points Fonseca 1963 Niepoort 1955 Quinta do Noval 1934 Quinta do Noval N...
by AHB
14:18 Tue 07 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: IF there was a TPF harvest tour...
Replies: 22
Views: 3698

OK, who had the sweep saying that Alex B would choose something different? Boundaries are there to be pushed! I'm not arrogant enough to choose option D, but strong willed enough to suggest something different (especially if it might coincide with Tom being in Oporto already for a fireworks display...
by AHB
20:51 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Talking Dog for Sale!
Replies: 121
Views: 23501

Luc wrote:Let us recapitulate : the thread started with a talking dog for sale which logicaly brings us to Alex and Derek having a pissing contest in a dingy :roll: :roll:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by AHB
17:39 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Talking Dog for Sale!
Replies: 121
Views: 23501

I think that Derek was implying that it didn't matter whether they peed in the boat or in the Noval Nacional 1931, chemically it wouldn't make any difference. And have you considered what D&A would have to do when the boat was full? Alex (B) PS - what was Derek's wish? Presumably for some Quinta do ...