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by AHB
23:25 Sun 09 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quality whites?
Replies: 6
Views: 1835

You can get them by the single bottle from the retail outlets that they have in some places around the country.

Alex
by AHB
07:18 Sat 08 Sep 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: 4000th post
Replies: 2
Views: 829

4000th post

I decided that I could not resist being the person who posted the 4,000th post!

Another milestone passed.

Alex
by AHB
07:12 Sat 08 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wine storage/coolers
Replies: 7
Views: 2360

I bought my cooler second hand about 12 years ago and its still going strong. I had a good look round it before I bought it and checked the seals, temperature, heat exchanger etc. but saved myself about 50% of the cost even after hiring a van to move it to my home.

Alex
by AHB
07:00 Sat 08 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Douro or Duoro?
Replies: 20
Views: 3571

Dear Administrator

Please split this post and put most of it into meaningless drivel. :shock:

Alex
by AHB
06:59 Sat 08 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quality whites?
Replies: 6
Views: 1835

Interesting timing of this post. I went into a new branch of Laithwaites that opened up close to where I live and was browsing through their stock of ports when I came across this: Andresen 10 Year Old White Port NV Unique and delicious! Hand-harvested, carefully aged discovery - the first of its ki...
by AHB
23:09 Thu 06 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How goes the vintage?
Replies: 91
Views: 21798

Fred,

Thanks for the update. Let us know how your trip is going.

Alex
by AHB
23:08 Thu 06 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Question about 1994 and 1997 Passadouro
Replies: 6
Views: 2121

John, I haven't tried either of these wines, so can't give you any suggestions based on personal experience but, in general, I enjoy the '94s at the moment but accept that they are likely to be better in 10 years and I also avoid the '97s as they seem very closed at the moment and will not be worth ...
by AHB
23:05 Thu 06 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Fonseca Guimaraens Panascal
Replies: 7
Views: 2777

I'm not having much fun with any ports from about 1991-2000 at the moment. While I accept that this is a huge generalisation, my working assumption is that wines from this period - with notable exceptions of 94-96 are somewhat closed and not very enjoyable. Anything from 91/92 or from 97-00 is curre...
by AHB
22:13 Thu 06 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 120
Views: 35962

I'm in the Hilton Am Tucherpark in Munich, who have a very limited offer of port but one on which I can survive for a couple of days. Their offer is: Ramos Pinto 20 year old tawny (rather tasty) - EUR 9,50 Ramos Pinto Tawny (not to be drunk when the 20 year old is on offer) - EUR 7,50 Sandeman Ruby ...
by AHB
15:45 Tue 04 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Three little thankyou's..
Replies: 7
Views: 1245

Tom, Just as a matter of interest, when you have emptied out one of the miniatures, I would be very interested to know what the volume is that they hold. I am still looking for some way of being able to take decent port on a trip with me without it being shaken up and I wondered if a minuature bottl...
by AHB
13:08 Tue 04 Sep 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: John Danza's here
Replies: 6
Views: 2436

John

Great to have you here.

Alex (the other one)
by AHB
20:57 Mon 03 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Croft Roeda
Replies: 0
Views: 1468

1995 Quinta da Roeda (Croft) Vintage Port

This is the first of a brace of bottles purchased in June in a vain attempt to find something to drink while better bottles lie undisturbed for a few months longer. The bottles are disappointingly dark and difficult to decant, but at least the bottles are moulded with the seal of Croft moulded in. T...
by AHB
22:57 Sat 01 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #2 - 1st Sep 2007
Replies: 282
Views: 67859

I'm very pleased to see that the sun is shining and that you are all studiously taking notes. I'm looking forward to seeing them posted as I sip what's left of my Cockburn '83. Any early clues as to what you rate as the wine of the night? How did the weak (your descriptor, not mine) vintages of Fons...
by AHB
21:26 Sat 01 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #2 - 1st Sep 2007
Replies: 282
Views: 67859

Hello..anybody out there?

What time does the F plan diet start?

Has St Helens been cut off from the rest of the internet?

Alex
by AHB
21:24 Sat 01 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Cockburn
Replies: 1
Views: 1720

1983 Cockburn Vintage Port

The second of the pair of bottles of Cockburn '83 that I purchased in March 2006. Decanted cleanly and easily off some well settled and heavy sediment (after only 1 day of standing upright). The nose on decanting was muted and a little musty. After 2½ hours in the decanter the wine was a clear and s...
by AHB
15:28 Sat 01 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #2 - 1st Sep 2007
Replies: 282
Views: 67859

Not being able to be with you in person, I can assure you that I am eagerly awaiting regular updates, photographs and tasting notes (on the appropriate threads, of course). I am also relying on the fact that since Julian will be with you in person that all such notes and postings will be perfectly p...
by AHB
20:10 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What is the oldest Barros Colheita?
Replies: 10
Views: 2592

Andy,

I have, you are absolutely right!

Alex
by AHB
10:43 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What shall I do with this bottle..?
Replies: 31
Views: 3917

'Tis not a wine to my taste - its unctiously thick and sweet. Yuck.

<<shudder>> (can we have an emoticon for this?)

Alex
by AHB
10:21 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Sippers?
Replies: 14
Views: 19947

Moses - I take it all back. I did absolutely think you were winding me up when you described these glasses. I'm just in shock that anyone would think of drinking their port from one of these. Mind you, for a port 'n' tonic it might be a useful way to keep the ice off the end of your nose, but only i...
by AHB
10:18 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port 'experts'.
Replies: 23
Views: 4364

[A troll through previous posts unearthed a review for this site on infoportwine.com, this also mentioned RH , I guess this is who you are referring too. Say no more. If you are interested in learning about port, Roy Hersh's site is a definite place to visit. Roy has an extensive cellar and probabl...
by AHB
10:03 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What is the oldest Barros Colheita?
Replies: 10
Views: 2592

I've seen (and tasted) colheitas from Barros from 1938 (bottled 1999), 1940 (bottled 1999) and 1957 (bottled 2001). I've not seen anything older than the 1938 and don't know what they still have in stock.

Alex
by AHB
09:52 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1975 Croft
Replies: 12
Views: 3740

Derek - are you sure that the wine was corked? I've never known a corked wine to recover over time, only to lose more and more fruit smell and develop more and more wet cardboard. The only time I have known wines to recover from a flaw was when it suffered from bottle stink - which I describe as bla...
by AHB
09:32 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 23004

I'm mildly interested since it looks like my travel plans for December will be European only. However, weekends are bad for me so I would only really have a chance of being able to make an offline in Cambridgeshire if it were Monday-Thursday night.

Alex
by AHB
09:28 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Nebuchadnezzar of Dow 1896
Replies: 15
Views: 5780

Subject to my diary and travel commitments (I know that I have to make a trip down to Oz in January or February), I'm in for the tasting. I fully accept that there is probably an elevated risk associated with this particular bottle and with its provenance, but this is a chance to taste history and b...
by AHB
08:57 Thu 30 Aug 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Getting in the spirit to go back to Portugal
Replies: 4
Views: 2221

Fred Thanks for posting the note on the NN '83, despite the disappointing experience. I have a couple of bottles of NN '83 that I bought from Noval last year and I am now slightly worried. However, I am still hopeful that you had a poor bottle as Roy's tasting notes on the NN '83 were very different...