Search found 12643 matches

by AHB
15:58 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 1071

Re: Made from Port packaging

I think that qualifies to be a "face-covering", as required to travel on the Tube or train.
by AHB
15:49 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Closures, and re-openings
Replies: 10
Views: 1887

Re: Closures, and re-openings

Bar Douro London Bridge will be re-opening on Saturday 4th July, operating slightly amended hours:
Mon, Tue - closed
Wed, Thu, Fri - 17.00-22.30
Sat - 12.00-15.30, 17.00-22.30
Sun - 12.00-21.00

For the moment, booking must be online or by email.
by AHB
15:41 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Taylor LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: 2015 Taylor LBV

I'm pretty sure that it's filtered. Still rather nice though.

I think that generally people who don't filter, say so. Hence Croft and Fonseca both say "unfiltered", Warre says "bottle matured" on their traditional LBV but not "filtered" on their LBV aimed at the airline and catering sectors.
by AHB
15:39 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Who Owns Whom
Replies: 16
Views: 11336

Re: Who Owns Whom

It was announcd a day or two ago that Sogevinus have just bought Quinta da Boa Vista (once of Offley Boa Vista fame) from Lima & Smith.
by AHB
13:46 Wed 01 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

In the end, most of the samples arrived. Will was in Italy although his Port might be waiting for him in Portugal; Glenn is still waiting for his "natural plant dye" sample to arrive and Rich's sample is baking in a warehouse somewhere. 15 out of 18 was about what I was expecting, although still a l...
by AHB
23:59 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 44
Views: 9515

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

Has anyone actually turned a shed into a wine storage facility? It’s seems to be more complicated than I had hoped! I'm going for a different approach with a purpose built outer skin, 60mm of polyurethane foam insulation on all six sides, a 1" marine ply floor and a cellar conditioning unit that ca...
by AHB
22:31 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

I believe the theme is "Open a Bottle of Port. Or Something That Isn't Port. Or Not. Or Have a Cup of Tea and Chat."
by AHB
22:28 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

There are a couple of people who have let me know that their samples have not yet arrived. I humbly apologise, these all went in the post on Tuesday last week (apart from Freddy's, which was posted Friday) with the expectation they would all arrive 2-3 days later in the UK and 3-5 days later outside...
by AHB
12:19 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Taylor LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 463

2015 Taylor LBV

Bottling date not stated on the label but from the dot matrix code appears to be 2020. Lovely sweet and ripe fruit with a gentle tannic core. Nicely balanced, smooth and enjoyable with the structure to keep in the cellar for a few years if needed but just as good to drink now. 86/100. Drunk 28-Jun-2...
by AHB
20:01 Fri 26 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Berry Brothers LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 384

2015 Berry Brothers LBV

From Quinta de la Rosa for the Berry Brothers own label LBV, bottled in 2019 and sealed with a driven cork. Deep red and opaque, no youthful purple but still an intense deep red. Lots of lavender on the nose; thick, sweet, complex and floral but with surprisingly little fruit character. Lovely and d...
by AHB
08:54 Fri 26 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

JDAW and IDJ have also confirmed the safe arrival of their samples. That’s 8 of 18 (including the one I kept for myself) delivered.
by AHB
10:07 Thu 25 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

I’ll email details of payment out to people tomorrow.
by AHB
06:58 Thu 25 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Samples should be arriving from today. When they arrive, please pop them in the fridge until Tuesday and remove shortly before we get together. They should be tasted at about 14-16C.
by AHB
07:24 Wed 24 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Freddie - I’ve sent you a private message.
by AHB
11:35 Tue 23 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

It seems we have 17 people who would like a sample sent to them. Be prepared for small samples!
by AHB
09:57 Tue 23 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders
Replies: 24
Views: 3227

Re: Cellar Defenders

I've just finished a 50cl bottle of Churchill 20YO tawny, which made an excellent and delicious cellar defender - but is now gone, leaving the cellar vulnerable...
by AHB
09:02 Tue 23 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass T-Corks
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Re: Glass T-Corks

The seal on the re-used Sandeman 20 Year Old bottles does work well — well enough to be able to support a full bottle of Port by holding only the glass stopper and allowing the seal to support the weight of the full bottle. It makes for a very secure way to travel into London with a bottle in a back...
by AHB
08:25 Tue 23 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass T-Corks
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Re: Glass T-Corks

I like the glass stoppers, and I like them a lot. I've bought a couple of bottlesof Sandeman 20YO specifically for the bottles and stoppers. Once the tawny has been drunk, the bottle and glass stopper make for an excellent reusable travel decanter. I don't think I've ever had the difficulty you've m...
by AHB
01:27 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May
Replies: 45
Views: 4429

Re: Virtual Tasting #5, Weds 20 May

And it was also being discounted in my local Waitrose this afternoon - the disadvantage being that the shelf was empty by 10.50!
by AHB
01:14 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from London
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Re: Hello from London

Freddie - Zak's comment is from someone who joined the group not so long ago. My comment is from the view of someone who has been part of the Port Forum for over 10 years: Everyone is welcome. We love Port. We love drinking Port. We love talking about Port. We love sharing Port. As and when we come ...
by AHB
22:37 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Phil, Will - if you'd like samples, please email me your addresses.
by AHB
17:40 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Quinta do Noval
Replies: 0
Views: 551

2018 Quinta do Noval

A snapshot tasting from a small sample bottle. Deep dark black-red with a purple rim. Fresh fruit salad nose, wonderfully fragrant and perfumed. Ripe fruit on entry with a huge backbone of acidity and fine-grained tannins. The fruit is persistent and beautifully merged with floral perfume. The struc...
by AHB
16:25 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Charles, Zak, Neil, Glenn - thank you, emails received Julian - you are a pain, but I have emailed myself with the details from your PM. Please, no-one else PM on this topic but email instead (using the email link on TPF is fine) Simon - I'm sure I do, but please send me an email with your address s...
by AHB
08:28 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 68
Views: 4903

Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

Hopefully this date will suit Mike and he will be happy to host us on his Zoom account again, but this is as much a placeholder as a firm arrangements. Anyone who would like to take part in a proper online tasting please send me an email with your address and I will send you a sample bottle containi...
by AHB
08:23 Thu 18 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Re: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered

Shame, and not what I would have expected based on my experience of this wine from other vintages, but thank you for keeping some back and posting your thoughts on the wine on both days.