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by RonnieRoots
01:16 Mon 02 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta de Honor?
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: Quinta de Honor?

I've tasted some Heredias ports from the late 90's / early 00's but was never blown away by their quality. Apparently a sister brand of Senhora do Convento (according to Mayson's Port and the Douro), although that has recently been bought by Canadians of Inniskilin fame, and there doesn't seem to be...
by RonnieRoots
08:58 Sun 04 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Flor
Replies: 19
Views: 909

Re: Flor

Flor is not unique to Jerez, it can happen to any wine if the conditions are right, but as it's rather picky you won't see it much. But it's fairly common in the Jura as well, and i would ve surprised if there isn't a new new world example to be found. As it's a type of yeast, it can be inoculated a...
by RonnieRoots
00:54 Thu 04 Dec 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Post on another board HUGE LOT of port
Replies: 13
Views: 2205

Re: Post on another board HUGE LOT of port

If I had 47k, the ability to pick it up, and offsite storage for ~2 pallets of wine I'd probably be interested. Really? Why? That's an awful lot to drink. (And if you're buying as investment probably more hassle and cost than profit.) If you drink a bottle of port a week (I drink more than that) 13...
by RonnieRoots
20:31 Wed 03 Dec 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Post on another board HUGE LOT of port
Replies: 13
Views: 2205

Re: Post on another board HUGE LOT of port

Glenn E. wrote:If I had 47k, the ability to pick it up, and offsite storage for ~2 pallets of wine I'd probably be interested.
Really? Why? That's an awful lot to drink. (And if you're buying as investment probably more hassle and cost than profit.)
by RonnieRoots
20:37 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 5 vintage bottles for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1510

Re: 5 vintage bottles for sale

As you are based in the Netherlands, I'd recommend you post these on Marktplaats. People are often willing to pay over the odds on that site. I don't think you should expect more than €250 from people here, and even that depends on how well these ports were stored (none of the Mitra shops I've ever ...
by RonnieRoots
11:13 Tue 23 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Terroir and Port
Replies: 25
Views: 2256

Re: Terroir and Port

Owen, are you maybe interested in a small SQVP vertical, Bomfim, Senhora da Ribeira, Terra Feifa and Vargellas from years in which they were all released? Can't remember which vintage exactly (1987 perhaps?) but there is one year that Fonseca made a Quinta do Cruzeiro and Taylor a Terra Feita. Fun ...
by RonnieRoots
11:08 Tue 23 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port at airports
Replies: 27
Views: 4577

Re: Port at London airports

Have flown from Heathrow T4 a lot the last few years. Forget about buying port there, it's better to stick to Whisky. Also, the selection of Champagne wasn't bad, but expensive.
by RonnieRoots
22:41 Sun 21 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Terroir and Port
Replies: 25
Views: 2256

Re: Terroir and Port

For 2000, 2003 and 2007 (maybe others, but those I know) both a Cockburn's and a Quinta dos Canais were made. Also Martinez in each of those years. Might be interesting to line up and taste. There are a few older ones, too. Taylor and Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas 1970 (albeit the latter was a bit o...
by RonnieRoots
08:20 Thu 18 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2012 Declarations
Replies: 78
Views: 8922

Re: 2012 Declarations

Just spotted on their website that Quinta do Javali declared 2012 as well.
by RonnieRoots
01:47 Wed 17 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 5696

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Back to the original question. For me it depends on what you're looking for in a port. As much as I like fully aged port, I sometimes look to drink something that still shows fresh fruit and has a tannic kick. Many of the SQ's from the 90s offer that right now. To mind come: - Fonseca Guimaraens 91 ...
by RonnieRoots
03:25 Tue 02 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 2001

Re: New port barrel help

Why would one buy a good bottle of port to put it in a barrel and see it getting worse? I'm with Julian on that one. And well, if you are willing to buy 15 litres of bad port, my best advice would be to use that money to buy a couple of good bottles. You'll have so much more fun.
by RonnieRoots
02:52 Fri 29 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Your first vintage port(s)
Replies: 26
Views: 3489

Re: Your first vintage port(s)

Kopke '85 back in 2000 or 2001. Loved it so much that I've been hooked ever since. Finished my last bottle of Kopje '85 not too long ago and it was still a lovely Port.
by RonnieRoots
02:50 Fri 29 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port tong supplier
Replies: 29
Views: 7452

Re: Port tong supplier

Are the upright ones sold in the Gaia lodges all rubbish then? Because I've seen identical ones used in the Vintage hotel in Pinhão (where all the bottles on display have been tonged). No they're not. We bought tongs from the Graham's lodge years ago, and they served us well numerous times. If thei...
by RonnieRoots
08:22 Sat 19 Jul 2014
Forum: Travel
Topic: opinions on Premier Inns?
Replies: 21
Views: 3247

Re: opinions on Premier Inns?

If you are still considering alternatives, I can recommend these in London: - Think Apartments: studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, so have the advantage of a small kitchen, where you can prepare breakfast or a meal if you don't want to dine out. Several locations and affordable. I stayed at their Be...
by RonnieRoots
22:47 Tue 01 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Seeking "The Authentic Colheita" experience...?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Seeking "The Authentic Colheita" experience...?

Have a look at this website . I must admit I've only come across this shop recently and haven't a clue about their reputation, but prices look much better than GN, so it's worth a try. As Glenn says, do inform about bottling dates, they should be a recent as possible and I certainly wouldn't buy any...
by RonnieRoots
08:41 Mon 30 Jun 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Photos of Portugal
Replies: 26
Views: 1701

Re: Photos of Portugal

Great pictures, thanks for sharing Alex & Derek. I particularly enjoyed the shots of the race, although it hardly looked like spectacular sailing!
by RonnieRoots
11:15 Sat 14 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Raiding Ronnie's cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Raiding Ronnie's cellar

There was a proper discussion of elderberry, its use and effects. That was more than fleetingly interrupted by planning the burglary of Ronnie’s cellar. Come on chaps, there is a difference. Which was only a very legitimate attempt of Derek to obtain what is difficult to get to since I moved to the...
by RonnieRoots
09:51 Sat 14 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Raiding Ronnie's cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: The colour of old Martinez

They are protected by a wall of Royal Oporto 1985 that you'd have to drink first. You will never make it. You will have left a way into the treasures, a trapdoor, a sliding panel. Derek knows your methods... The Force , young Padawan, irresistible will it be. RO85 is no obstacle, it is good for was...
by RonnieRoots
20:23 Fri 13 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Raiding Ronnie's cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Raiding Ronnie's cellar

This thread spawned from here . DRT. The above mentioned FG76. I have plenty bottles of it and am happy to share one if I'm ever in London again. That is very cruel given that you just moved to New Zealand :x Or, some of us could pop over to Amsterdam and taste it for you? :wink: Case tasting of FG...
by RonnieRoots
22:16 Wed 11 Jun 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The colour of old Martinez
Replies: 49
Views: 3024

Re: The colour of old Martinez

A number of us were told it drops color very quickly some years after being added to Port and turns a brownish color. It also gives it a weird taste as can be sampled in the 1976 Fonseca Guimaraens Those two sentences contradict one another. FG76 is as black as coal (with a brownish tinge). I would...
by RonnieRoots
22:33 Thu 29 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Nacional 1991 - no notes, fellas?!
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Nacional 1991 - no notes, fellas?!

I haven't tasted the Nacional but I did taste all the other 1991 Noval bottlings, including the Quinta Roriz. Without an exception, they've all been incredibly weak, and this was 6-10 years ago. If I wanted to spend $400 on port, I'd spend it on something else.
by RonnieRoots
22:35 Thu 15 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is it me, or does someone need to say something..?
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Is it me, or does someone need to say something..?

The tone and content have become less educational and more promotional, alas. But surely this is purely educational! Charles explains that Six Grapes is so special that you only very rarely come across a wine of sufficient quality to make it. If you go looking for Six Grapes, you won’t find it: it ...
by RonnieRoots
00:13 Thu 15 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port
Replies: 59
Views: 5871

Re: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port

I suppose this is what they will be launching. Yet another ultra-premium bottling for trophy hunters.
by RonnieRoots
10:16 Mon 24 Mar 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Niepoort LBV vertical
Replies: 42
Views: 5098

Re: Niepoort LBV vertical

I have Ni 95, 96, 98, 01, 07 as well as a 97 Passadouro LBV.
Would be happy to share, but it will be a long term project, as it may well be only next year that we will be in the area again.
by RonnieRoots
07:39 Thu 06 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Niepoort
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: 1994 Niepoort

Oh dear. I have 3 bottles of this. Any takers? :wink: :roll: