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by AHB
02:14 Wed 08 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Top Shippers
Replies: 39
Views: 5974

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: 5974

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: 3720

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: 23634

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: 23634

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 ...
by AHB
17:37 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Prices of Vintages on Release?
Replies: 26
Views: 5035

The '96 Vesuvio is an interesting quirk. I don't know what the production volumes were like - whether there was far more made of it than either in previous or following years - but I suspect that for some reason Berry's bought far more of it than they needed for their customers. Ever since 1998, Ber...
by AHB
17:28 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Talking Dog for Sale!
Replies: 121
Views: 23634

While I agree with Derek that if you consider the entire ocean of Quinta do Noval 1931 then it's true that two men peeing into it could not have a significant impact on the chemical composition of the entire ocean. However, this overlooks Murphy's Law (also known as Sod's Law) which states that only...
by AHB
17:08 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: IF there was a TPF harvest tour...
Replies: 22
Views: 3720

Having done a harvest tour, I'd be very happy to travel over at a time when things are less hectic for the poor sods who we would want to meet and spend time talking to. If I was able to pick the perfect time of year for my next trip to the Douro then I would probably choose to go in April. Hopefull...
by AHB
16:28 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Prices of Vintages on Release?
Replies: 26
Views: 5035

Tom, Some release prices that I have quickly on hand - all are Berry Brothers en primeur and so are in bond, delivered UK prices. Fonseca 1997 £29.50 Fonseca 2000 £37.50 Fonseca 2003 £31.25 Vesuvio 1992 £25.00 Vesuvio 1994 £24.66 Vesuvio 1995 £23.50 Vesuvio 1996 £24.50 Vesuvio 1997 £29.50 Vesuvio 19...
by AHB
16:04 Mon 06 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Does anyone know this book?
Replies: 10
Views: 1753

That's a very interesting set of news releases dated 4 August 07, including a nice and fairly balanced reference to this site. I also hope to goodness that Robin Garr has Roy's permission to post his 2004 review. However, I'm sure he must have otherwise that would be a breach of Roy's copyright. Alex
by AHB
19:19 Mon 30 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Quinta do Vesuvio Colheita
Replies: 15
Views: 5581

The 1991 at least is purely for private consumption. You can see that there is no sello on the bottle that Andy took a picture of and that - as far as I understand the IVDP rules - means that the port was not registered and therefore cannot be sold or officially recognised. That said, I would give m...
by AHB
19:12 Mon 30 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Tasting Notes Section
Replies: 178
Views: 38435

Just wanted to say thanks to Admin for the index of all the tasting notes, excellent addition to the forum.

Alex
by AHB
19:02 Mon 30 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3445

I managed to find some Cape Vintage (seems to be the name that the producers are giving to their port-style blends these days) from De Kraans, so on Alex' recommendation I bought some. I also bought a very interesting bottle from 2000 by Bredell. The blurb on the back says that it was kept in 70 yea...
by AHB
10:37 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dumb site of the week..
Replies: 7
Views: 1866

I'm planning on exporting all my 1986 Vargellas and Guimarens to Ireland and using the profit I make to buy the 1996 vintages (the good ones, not the rubbish ones that didn't get a score).

I should be very happy after that.

Alex
by AHB
09:46 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3445

No, I mean that I have already purchased 6 bottles of South African port. Note that this is not and would not be the same as 6 bottles of South African Port. Perhaps I should start up a thread in meaningless drivel called "Capital Crimes"? Slightly more seriously, there are some impressive fortified...
by AHB
09:27 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2051
Views: 259087

Re: Grovel

Blackmail is it? Hmmm. {Thinks.} OK. On bended knee I offer my most sincere apologies for this needless slight upon your excellent character, upon your vast and superior intellect and apostrophe-using skills. I lie face down on the ground in humility, beating my chest (this is all metaphorical: ign...
by AHB
08:04 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Conky's Avatar
Replies: 24
Views: 4803

Conky's Avatar

I logged on this morning and saw that Alan's avatar has changed from the copa cobana smoking, cigar chomping Bulldog that we know and love to a strange version of a dancing Graham Gooch! I must admit to being a little alarmed at this, but assume that this is Alan showing his support to the England c...
by AHB
08:00 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: We're on Google!
Replies: 118
Views: 35779

I've just done a search on Google, searching the entire web, using as my search string +"Vintage Port" +forum and the site now appears on page 2 of the results at number 17. The link that was thrown up was this one: The Port Forum.com :: View topic - 2003 Quinta do Crasto Vintage PortMy first Vintag...
by AHB
07:51 Sat 28 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Organising tasting notes
Replies: 9
Views: 2337

I'll just pitch in with my comments that I would love to have a searcheable TN database of some type. If anyone volunteers to do the work of putting one together, I keep all of my tasting notes from the last 2-3 years in an Excel spreadsheet and would happily send a copy over. I have the "screen scr...
by AHB
12:17 Thu 26 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3445

If I get the chance to bring one back for you, I will, but I have never seen a Klein Constantia Late Harvest wine (other than the Vin de Constance). The other small problem that I might face is that I only took a single piece of hand luggage with me and have already bought 6 bottles of South African...
by AHB
19:32 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: TN Pick's Pick 2002 LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

But barely acceptable with a Creme Brulee.

Alex
by AHB
19:25 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Dark & Smooth.
Replies: 11
Views: 5897

What, and waste good port?! No fear. I will leave the dark and smooths to those more suited to it than me.

But now you mention it, was there any Guinness in sight when you were necking that 1963 Fonseca?

Alex
by AHB
19:14 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3445

Interestingly, I have just come across bottles of De Krans Tawny and Ruby ports. £2.30 per bottle. Sadly, being slightly the worse for wear after having drunk through an imp of LBV, I am not really in a fit state to try either of them and report back my findings. Perhaps another day. Klein Constanti...
by AHB
19:02 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Definition: Veraison
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Thanks

Alex
by AHB
18:56 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: TN Pick's Pick 2002 LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

TN Pick's Pick 2002 LBV

This is the house port of the Butcher's Shop and Grill in Johannesburg. It is made by Anton Bredell, who also bottles and sells ports under his own name. Young and ruby colour. A surprising amount of sediment in the bottle. A nose of blueberries and a bit of unintegrated alcohol but the fruit domina...