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by TLW
01:39 Fri 06 Jun 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Naming blinded bottles
Replies: 33
Views: 11780

Re: Naming blinded bottles

uncle tom wrote:You forgot Chinese:

一二三四五六七八九十

:P :P
Works for me!
by TLW
00:54 Mon 26 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Port-like" but not technically port?
Replies: 35
Views: 3138

Re: "Port-like" but not technically port?

All the 'ports' I have tried from outside Portugal have been ghastly aberrations. Discuss. I opened a bottle of California "Port" some years ago. It resulted in one of only two times my iron-stomached, titanium livered, alcoholic friend poured a bottle down the drain. The experiment will not be rep...
by TLW
23:51 Wed 21 May 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 662995

Re: One quiz at a time

Boris Johnson and John Major
by TLW
22:54 Wed 21 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1931 Nacional 'undrinkable'
Replies: 33
Views: 3319

Re: 1931 Nacional 'undrinkable'

"A generation ago, most port makers were confident that their lagares could be consigned to history - yet most now recognise that treading is necessary for the finest ports." Having not been to the Douro, am I to understand that some are again treading their grapes? Many - perhaps most - are now tr...
by TLW
21:40 Wed 21 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1931 Nacional 'undrinkable'
Replies: 33
Views: 3319

Re: 1931 Nacional 'undrinkable'

"A generation ago, most port makers were confident that their lagares could be consigned to history - yet most now recognise that treading is necessary for the finest ports."

Having not been to the Douro, am I to understand that some are again treading their grapes?
by TLW
02:57 Sat 03 May 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Finding a new favourite vintage port
Replies: 37
Views: 8019

Re: Finding a new favourite vintage port

I thought that it was all of a piece with my encroaching 'old fart' status that I wanted consistency rather than variety. In this sense the concept of a house port may also be indicative of incipient senility, but I shall rage against the dying of the light by buying some reasonable Quarles Harris ...
by TLW
21:35 Sun 27 Apr 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: How to end up £200 lighter after a week of heavy drinking
Replies: 15
Views: 2974

Re: How to end up £200 lighter after a week of heavy drinkin

I once booked a flight from Sydney to Perth, Australia. Didn't realise that the website I thought I scored a cheap deal on had the American form of date i.e. month first, as opposed to the British standard of day then month. My wife was not amused when we tried to check in :oops: For what terrible ...
by TLW
00:01 Wed 16 Apr 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 662995

Re: One quiz at a time

djewesbury wrote:
TLW wrote:As I recall, the wines were produced for the Tsar's cellars, but had passed into other ownership over time.
What a nice way of describing the orderly transfer of the Tsar's property in October 1917.
The more things change...
by TLW
23:56 Tue 15 Apr 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 662995

Re: One quiz at a time

Are you thinking of Massandra? Is that from Crimea? Very possibly so. I remember an auction catalogue of a collection of 19th century wines described as Crimean port which I saw about 25 years ago when I first became besotted with/by port. As I recall, the wines were produced for the Tsar's cellars...
by TLW
01:41 Tue 15 Apr 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 662995

Re: One quiz at a time

And it wasn't even my go..! How embarrassing! I think we can consider Ukraine as tongue in cheek Not at all. Some delicious wines from Crimea.. In fact the sparklers from there are very popular on cellar-tracker :lol: As I recall, there used to be some Crimean port wines as well - or what they call...
by TLW
07:50 Fri 04 Apr 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1997 Maturity Evaluation, TBH, Mon 16 June 2014
Replies: 196
Views: 44306

Re: 1997 Maturity Evaluation

Looks like my trip to London will be a week later than preciously thought - going the wrong way round the world this time. I will probably arrive on the solstice, staying only for a couple of days.
by TLW
13:19 Sun 09 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Farr Vintners / 1963 Avery / Appalling Customer Service
Replies: 6
Views: 2347

Re: Farr Vintners / 1963 Avery / Appalling Customer Service

Although their payment system is inconvenient for me, I have not had any problems with Farr, and have bought quite a few cases from them over the last couple of years.

Very sorry to hear of the bad experience.
by TLW
23:52 Thu 06 Mar 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Alcohol and health
Replies: 338
Views: 93523

Re: Alcohol and health

As a doctor - in urban legend, at least - is reported to have said: "If you give up smoking, you'll live an additional 5-10 years" "If you give up drinking, you'll live an additional 5-10 years" "If you eat healthy foods, you'll live an additional 5-10 years" Why on earth would anyone want to live a...
by TLW
00:02 Thu 06 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1453
Views: 253677

Re: Latest buy

Fonseca 1985, ex cellars, one Imperial and some magnums. Very good to hear that you finally got this one, and it would be interesting to hear how it compares to a regular bottle of the same year. Does anyone have any tasting notes from bottles of this size? Also, thank you for getting the law chang...
by TLW
23:21 Tue 04 Mar 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1453
Views: 253677

Re: Latest buy

Taylor 2000 - case of magnums.

The thought being - "Be nice to your children; they will make your elder care decisions"
by TLW
05:08 Sat 22 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1453
Views: 253677

Re: Latest buy

mosesbotbol wrote:2 - 1.8L's of 1963 Dow
Used to have a couple of dozen of these, and just finished the last of mine over Christmas. A very pleasant drink.
by TLW
04:53 Fri 07 Feb 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1985 & VA
Replies: 54
Views: 6673

Re: 1985 & VA

Slightly esoteric question, but what causes VA? Plainly some houses and some years are more affected.
by TLW
00:11 Thu 30 Jan 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Bung Hole, Fri 13 June 2014, DJ in town
Replies: 17
Views: 3198

Re: The Bung Hole, Fri 13 June 2014, DJ in town

Tentatively, please add me to the list. Will be through London at about that time, but will not know the final details until probably mid-May. I have 97s I can bring, as well as some 91s and 92s in the UK. Would either have to adopt for the other two themes, or order up something from Davy's and hav...
by TLW
00:18 Mon 27 Jan 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting in Decanter
Replies: 12
Views: 2274

Re: Decanting in Decanter

In agreement with Alex on the younger ports. If one feels compelled to drink them, my impression is that they tend to show better a day or two or three after decanting, rather than an hour or two or three. I also question the Decanter's view that decanting affects the aroma more than the taste - if ...
by TLW
05:42 Sun 19 Jan 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9616
Views: 662995

Re: One quiz at a time

English (as in literature)
by TLW
14:09 Thu 28 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3726

Re: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?

Thoughts, gentlemen? Since you eliminate the 94 Vesuvio for youth, I'd also save the 2000; Given your selection, I'd go 63,70,77,85,92 (D,G,G,T,F) instead to give the same number of ports, pretty much equally spaced, and all 21yr+. Admittedly it duplicates the Graham, so I'd probably obtain perhaps...
by TLW
14:06 Thu 28 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3726

Re: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?

jdaw1 wrote:Many bottles of 1983 Cockburn are corked. Perhaps 80%+.
That might well solve some of the issues around Christmas presents.
by TLW
13:52 Thu 28 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Label bias
Replies: 45
Views: 5094

Re: Label bias

I volunteer to assist in a wide range of scientific trials.
by TLW
13:38 Thu 28 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3726

Re: What ARE we drinking for 2013 Xmas?

Lots and lots of port. That being said, am thinking of a bit of an unusual - a little of everything - tasting for one evening with 7-8 people (although the port may last for a couple of days). As I no longer have anything older than 1963, am thinking a port from five decades with each being from a d...
by TLW
02:51 Thu 28 Nov 2013
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas port choice
Replies: 8
Views: 1833

Re: Christmas port choice

Either would work. Both would be better. I know, I know, I really should try harder. But since my wife became teetotal 1 bottle seems to be about all I get through over the course of a few days. Undoubtedly there are TPF members who would be delighted to assist you in ensuring your port doesn't lan...