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by AHB
12:45 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16194

Christopher Gee has also said that he can make the 18th of July. His plan is to bring a port and a bottle of Quinta de Macedos 2000 as his table wine.

Alex
by AHB
09:34 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Most Expensive Bottle of Port?
Replies: 7
Views: 4989

To those prices you have to add buyers' premium (or should that be buyer's premium?) and VAT on the buyers' premium.

So these prices become £5,140.50, £4,917 and £5,028.75.

And it was this bottle that I found rather disappointing. It certainly wasn't the epiphany I had been hoping for.

Alex
by AHB
09:26 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 254648

Re: M-dash

PC? Hold down Alt, and type 0151 on the numeric keypad. (If that doesn’t cope, change the NumLock setting.) Mac? Good man: Shift-Option-hyphen. Neither: copy-paste mine from above. While you are at it, a pedant’s ellipsis is one character (“…” not “...”), being Alt-0133 or Option-;. I've changed ...
by AHB
09:17 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Warres 1995 LBV. A simultaneous tasting?
Replies: 67
Views: 11157

I like the concept of the simultaneous tasting. If I'm around and free on the day (finally) chosen then I will take part.

If I'm not around then I won't take part!

Alex
by AHB
08:59 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wasting Old Port
Replies: 24
Views: 4265

Wasting Old Port

Derek mentioned my Quinta do Noval Nacional 1960 in a thread about Do you need an excuse to open good port? Fortunately I can point out that I did say in that thread that I occasionally open bottles from the 60s and 70s when I'm on my own and just want something different and a bit special. My 1960 ...
by AHB
21:20 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Most Expensive Bottle of Port?
Replies: 7
Views: 4989

One of those bottles of NN31 sold at Christies last year was bought by Linden Wilkie and used in his Noval vs Nacional tasting that he organised in March 2007. I believe that he paid slightly over £5,000 for that bottle (after taking into account buyer's premium and tax). Julian was also at the tast...
by AHB
21:17 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 254648

Julian,

If you can tell me how to get an m-dash on my keyboard then I will gladly change it. I had hoped that the forum software would be as intelligent as word and make the adjustment for me but, sadly, it didn't.

Educate me and I will change...

Alex
by AHB
21:12 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Big Chunk of Cork.
Replies: 38
Views: 5803

Well I watched and I learnt. Thanks for that link Alan. I shall grab an empty bottle and a spare cork and try it for myself tomorrow night.

Alex
by AHB
12:32 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Do you have to have a reason to drink good port?
Replies: 30
Views: 6175

I tend to be with Jay here. Anything from the 80s or 90s or 00s is fair game for me on my own. About once a month I will open something older, because its there and happens to be leaking or just looking sad. This will generally be something from the 70s or 60s and, again, generally where I have more...
by AHB
12:17 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1960 Quinta do Noval Nacional
Replies: 0
Views: 1782

1960 Quinta do Noval Nacional

Deep rose red colour, with a touch of orange on the rim. A delicate sweetness on the nose, like ripe wild strawberries. A nose buried in the glass brings out a dusty tone, some pepper and some liquorice with a touch of alcohol showing. Very attractive. Balanced entry, a touch of glycerine adding to ...
by AHB
12:06 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16194

I will probably bring two ports as I don't have much non-port these days. I'm thinking of trying to dig out my last bottle of Quarles Harris 1977 plus something else (maybe a Cockburn 1983?) plus a bottle of Cruz 1989 Vintage Port from Morrisons, if they still have some in stock.

Alex
by AHB
11:45 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: A question of etiquette
Replies: 4
Views: 1627

A question of etiquette

I post both here and on Roy's forum so I have a question of etiquette to consult on. If I post a thread or an interesting comment on Roy's forum am I free to post a link to it here? That way I can save myself the effort of having to duplicate my efforts and can still gain comment and response here a...
by AHB
11:36 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Big Chunk of Cork.
Replies: 38
Views: 5803

Isthere any specific reason why it should be a Japanese chop-stick? I only have Chinese and Thai ones, so I feel that I would be using he wrong tools. Nothing wrong with Chinese or Thai chopsticks. I did say that the important criteria was that you should use "whatever implement is to hand ". If th...
by AHB
00:33 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Big Chunk of Cork.
Replies: 38
Views: 5803

The only other hint that I can add is that if the bottom of the cork actually falls into the wine then the only solution that I have found that works is a three stage affair: (1) decant the wine as normal but just be alert to the rogue piece of cork forming a temporary blockage that suddenly shifts ...
by AHB
00:27 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16194

Tom, I'm pretty sure that you are invited - I think it was a general invitation to all on this forum and a few others. The arrangements are not 100% firm and are being organised by Alex K but the gist of it is that we will meet in the late afternoon / early evening of July 18 at the Crusting Pipe in...
by AHB
00:24 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cruz LBV at Morrisons. No queue at the moment!
Replies: 9
Views: 3425

Hmm. Perhaps I see a germ of an idea for a blind tasting when Ronnie and Lady Roots are in the UK later this month. Morrisons is only a 10 minute walk from my house...

Alex
by AHB
00:17 Sun 08 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pick a year
Replies: 29
Views: 8202

I'm catching up with threads that have been posted here while I was away in the home of the other place and I came across this one. Alex K has it spot on, I really can't vote for one of the 4 options that he has presented. Clearly the '66s, '70s or '77s are nowhere near mature-ish. Some of the '63s ...
by AHB
23:54 Sat 07 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 7
Views: 3393

Derek, I've tasted the Tesco BOB 1994 Vintage Port but it must have been an earlier bottling. I will look back at my notes when I get the chance but I swear that mine was bottled under the Quarles Harris brand. The next batch of tesco own brand Vintage Port that came in was from 1995 and this was bo...
by AHB
23:34 Sat 07 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Centuries of Port Heritage given the boot by Family Firm!
Replies: 9
Views: 1944

I've posted a message on the other site and hope Roy will follow up with his contacts in the Symingtons. I have half a suspicion that this is a bit of a non-story. The Symingtons have had robots in their lagares for quite a while and have used mechanised treading in their non-premium wines for some ...
by AHB
10:46 Sat 07 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: We're on Google!
Replies: 118
Views: 35457

I've put vintage port into my signature line to try and increase the number of times that Google spots the phrase (Vintage Port) on TPF. I guess it won't do any harm for as many of us as possible to have Vintage Port in our signatures. So, come on everyone, make sure Vintage Port appears at least on...
by AHB
10:41 Sat 07 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16194

18th would be OK by me. Surrey got knocked out of the rounders competition yesterday so now I'm not that interested.

If the 18th suits everyone better then I'm up for the 18th.

Alex
by AHB
10:39 Sat 07 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: 1991 Morgan's After effects
Replies: 27
Views: 5769

Much appreciated. Shall I move my TN to the end of Alan's?

(Note careful use of apostrophe.)

Alex
by AHB
10:38 Sat 07 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 254648

:D

I enjoyed that reply. Leaving you to talk to your self would be a real shame:- one that only the punctuation police would appreciate!

Have fun

:roll:
by AHB
13:25 Fri 06 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16194

AHB, Roy is very relaxed about this forum and visits it from time to time. As he explained it to me, he sees the "audience" for this forum to be very different to that of FTLOP, this one being very much more informal compared to the sharp focus on port / madeira that he is trying to maintain on FTL...
by AHB
13:23 Fri 06 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16194

Most definitely Berry Brothers - but I'm sure they were on your list already anyway. I also like to pop into Harvey Nichols and Harrods to have a laugh at their wine prices - but last time I did that I ended up walking out of Harvey Nicks with several bottles and impressed that some of their prices ...