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by AHB
18:14 Thu 12 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: I'm Cruz Ruby...
Replies: 78
Views: 19625

AHB
Cork Rebuilder
I see the Creator has a sense of humour! I take it that no-one else will be permitted to post the right number of messages to be able to achieve this same exalted status.

Alex
by AHB
18:11 Thu 12 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Warre Cavadinha
Replies: 1
Views: 1793

1989 Quinta da Cavadinha Single Quinta Vintage Port

Bought from a discount retailer in June 2006. Easy to decant due the bottle glass used, a fair amount of well settled sediment left in the bottle. This tasting note was taken after the port had sat in the decanter for 24 hours. Deep red in colour, touching orange on the rim. A delicious, sweet cherr...
by AHB
10:10 Thu 12 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wasting Old Port
Replies: 24
Views: 4324

I haven't got any mysteriously Old Bottles that could do with verifying. And what I'm about to suggest must be a waste of time, otherwise everyone else would know, but have you tried Flash photography. When I spoke to a Scenes of Crime bloke, his suggestion, was that a powerful flash should get thr...
by AHB
09:51 Thu 12 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1 - 18th July 2007
Replies: 66
Views: 20371

Christopher has managed to persuade both Mrs Gee and a port loving friend to be free on the evening of July 18th. All three will attend. Between them they will bring the Macedos plus at least two bottles of port. Could I suggest that we amend the attendees list to reflect Mr & Mrs Christopher Gee an...
by AHB
09:38 Thu 12 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wasting Old Port
Replies: 24
Views: 4324

...I am a little concerned that some more recent bottlings may be compromised by a lack of sealing - either through the use of perforated capsules, or the near universal practice now of putting the capsule over the guarantee strip, leaving an imperfect seal... Tom's quote above struck a chord with ...
by AHB
09:45 Wed 11 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wasn't there a potential one coming in July 2007?
Replies: 62
Views: 16282

I propose to taste blind (or myopically, at the very worst) only because my cellar is still in a mess and I have no idea whether I will be able to find the wines that I said I would bring. Plus its always fun deciding on your wine of the night and then finding out its the Cruz Grand Reserve that you...
by AHB
17:53 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Peculier Port phrases Thread.
Replies: 21
Views: 3889

So, is this a rectangle? Fonseca 1963, 1966 & 1970 taylor's 1963, 1966 & 1970 Now for your next challenge I would like you to describe an hexagonal tasting (note the use of 'an' as the indefinite article in a vain attempt to keep Julian happy). Alex Admin - please move me to meaningless drivel
by AHB
17:50 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 256432

S'easy! ’ is simply the italicised version of ' Am I right or am I right? Actually, I assume that there is a code that goes with each of the symbols you've listed out. Is it consecutive from the top left to bottom right? If so, what code does it start with? Thanks, Alex PS - give it a few days and i...
by AHB
10:26 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Does anybody fancy a food section?
Replies: 14
Views: 3197

Here's a slight variation to the ideas suggested so far. Could the non-port forums be combined together into a single topic along the lines of "Food, Other Drinks and Cigars" leaving a bit of space that could be used for a "Frequently Asked Questions" topic area. The frequently asked questions area ...
by AHB
10:20 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Peculier Port phrases Thread.
Replies: 21
Views: 3889

Diagonal Tasting

A diagonal tasting is a combination of a vertical and a horizontal. It comprises of a selection of wines from different shippers and different vintages, often with the vintages being consecutive or nearly consecutive. An example would be a tasting of Taylor 1963, Fonseca 1966, Graham 1970, Sandeman ...
by AHB
10:12 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor Fladgate getting their knuckles wrapped?
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

Could someone copy and paste the text of the article for me please. I tried using the link that Alan posted but couldn't find the article being referred to.

Thanks,

Alex
by AHB
10:03 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cruz Ruby is an Award Winner!!!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 3110

Cruz Ruby is an Award Winner!!!!!

I was reading the text of Alan's posting about the 2005 declaration and followed the link to infoportwine.com when further down the page a newsarticle caught my eye. This was an article about the Decanter World Wine Awards for 2007. It says that The Regional Non-Vintage Port Under £10 Prize was awar...
by AHB
09:39 Tue 10 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wasting Old Port
Replies: 24
Views: 4324

I was thinking the same. Having seen the photo posted by Alan in his note, I have decided to try the idea out. However, I need to find the other bottle first. Although my bottles are all lying down and in temperature controlled storage again, I don't have a clue what is where as they were all racked...
by AHB
14:09 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Definition - Colheita
Replies: 2
Views: 3585

Colheita (pronounced Col-yay-tah) ports are wines made from a single vintage that are matured in barrels for at least 7 years before being bottled. As these are wines that are intended to gain oxidative flavours before they are bottled, their maturing process is very different from that of a vintage...
by AHB
13:41 Mon 09 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1991 & 1992 - Which VP's Are Ready Now?
Replies: 23
Views: 5026

I've been through my notes on '91 and '92 bottles (not many '92s, these are mostly in bond) and can comment based on the following wines: Morgan '91 (twice in last 12 months) Niepoort '91 (once in last 12 months) Vargellas '91 (once in last 12 months) Vesuvio '91 (twice in last 12 months) Warre '91 ...
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: 16282

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: 5038

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: 256432

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: 11239

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: 4324

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: 5038

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: 256432

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: 5845

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: 6249

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: 1806

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 ...