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Jasper
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Post by Jasper » 21:42 Mon 19 May 2008

I just got a confirmation on the Warre. I'm getting all excited!

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Post by Axel P » 09:01 Tue 20 May 2008

Ronnie,

thats a shame. A tasting on solid ground (i.e. the continent) and I am on the island. I will be in Ireland at this time since there are school holidays in Germany.

All the best to the tasting.

Axel
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RonnieRoots
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Post by RonnieRoots » 12:08 Tue 20 May 2008

Axel, that's a pity. Hopefully a next time!

Jasper: 88)

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KillerB
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Post by KillerB » 12:43 Tue 20 May 2008

Got a message from a scheduler along the lines of "I can't put anything on a schedule withput manger approval", so I cannot confirm until next week.
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by RonnieRoots » 13:34 Tue 20 May 2008

Fingers crossed.

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Post by benread » 22:36 Fri 23 May 2008

benread wrote:
RonnieRoots wrote:And now for a name for the boy. How about Graham? Sounds stylish doesn't it? :wink:
...or how about:

Martin(ez) - 229th most popular in UK in 2007
Taylor - 88th
Warre(n) - 208th
Callum (Calem) - 22nd (A bit tenuous I know!)
(Quarles) Harris - 367th
(Gould) Campbell - 1056th
Morgan - 93rd
Robert(sons) - 84th
Adam - 26th
(Duff) Gordon - 1611st

Every one lifted from the tasting notes!

I doubt Mrs Joost will approve thogh, much as Mrs Read does not approve of any names I suggest with cricket themes! Maybe she would miss a port theme?!
I just found this and got very excited! Another naming option if you were to ignore the country of origin!

http://www.topwineries.com.au/wines.php?ID=1346
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KillerB
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Post by KillerB » 17:08 Thu 29 May 2008

I've just booked my flight 88)
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Post by DRT » 23:42 Thu 29 May 2008

KillerB wrote:I've just booked my flight 88)
Have fun. I will be doing this... :cry: :cry: :cry:
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Post by KillerB » 23:53 Thu 29 May 2008

I have the Smiff-Woody, as supplied by Uncle Tom.
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by DRT » 23:55 Thu 29 May 2008

KillerB wrote:I have the Smiff-Woody, as supplied by Uncle Tom.
I have a few 77s so I might pop one that night so that I can join you in spirit 88)
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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KillerB
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Post by KillerB » 10:31 Fri 30 May 2008

Oh yes - I will need somewhere to sleep!
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by RonnieRoots » 11:53 Fri 30 May 2008

That's very good news KillerB! 88)

We are staying at friends that period (our own house is not available), I can try to persuade them to allow one more drunk of port smelling individual that night.

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Post by KillerB » 13:34 Fri 30 May 2008

RonnieRoots wrote:That's very good news KillerB! 88)

We are staying at friends that period (our own house is not available), I can try to persuade them to allow one more drunk of port smelling individual that night.
Great, I will bring a sleeping bag
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Post by StevieCage » 17:36 Fri 30 May 2008

Superb KillerB! 88)

LadyCage also offers her comfortable home (crawling distance from our venue) to host a Port-smelling guest, so no worries about sleeping arrangements. But should you prefer the hospitality of Leontien and Jeroen; no problem - and at least you've crashed there before... :)

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Post by Joost » 15:43 Sat 31 May 2008

KillerB: Great that you can join us, tasting all those VP-77...

I can't offer you a sleeping place. The 'place' won't be a problem, but the 'sleeping' is problem, with a baby in the house... :lol:

For all participants, if you need information about the location, address or route description, contact me by PM. My house is very nearby the Utrecht Central Trainstation, it is much easier to travel by train that by car.

About the tasting? What format is advisable? Are we tasting serial or in parallel. Blind or open? I have enough stemware for serial tasting (i.e. 2 glasses each). But I don't have enough decanting facility for 9 VP's. Of course double decanting might be an option...

For the best performance of the VP's it might be advisable (if possible) to deliver them before the day of the tasting...

I am looking forward...

Santé,
Joost

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Post by Rubby » 22:15 Sat 31 May 2008

Sorry for the late response (been away for a short holiday), but the honourable Uncle Tom has provided me with an Offley '77 as my contribution to all this happiness.
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Post by AHB » 06:37 Sun 01 Jun 2008

Rubby wrote:Sorry for the late response (been away for a short holiday), but the honourable Uncle Tom has provided me with an Offley '77 as my contribution to all this happiness.
And is safely stored alongside the Gould Campbell that I will be bringing...
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Post by RonnieRoots » 07:44 Sun 01 Jun 2008

Alright, another updated list.

Theme: 1977

Confirmed attendees:
1. AHB (Gould Campbell)
2. Rubby (Offley)
3. StevieCage (Dow / Niepoort)
4. LadyCage aka Marieke (Dow / Niepoort)
5. Joost (Taylor)
6. Mrs. Joost (with baby)
7. Jasper (Warre)
8. LadyRoots (Graham / Fonseca)
9. RonnieRoots (Graham / Fonseca)
10. KillerB (Smith Woodhouse)

Location:
- Utrecht (at Joost's house)

I think it's probably best to have the ports in decanters. Maybe Stevie can supply some extra, in order to have enough to fit the entire line-up? Serial tasting works fine for me, and I think it would be fun to taste the ports blind.

As far as food is concerned, it's no problem for us to bring a selection of cheeses and sausages, and if we want to prepare more of a proper dinner, I think we can manage that too.

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First draft of blinded placemats for Utrecht tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 17:13 Sun 01 Jun 2008

RonnieRoots wrote:it would be fun to taste the ports blind
First draft of blinded placemats. Typefaces used are Optima-Bold, LucianoCondensedNormal and LucianoCondensedItalic.
• Somebody please check my Dutch numbers.
• Missing initials for Jasper, Joost, and Mrs Joost.

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Post by Joost » 18:27 Sun 01 Jun 2008

My initials are JB and Mrs Joost, can be initialised by SW, or fully SMW. But she won't be fully participate in the tasting...

This looks great jdaw, if the page format is A4 (instead of letter) I can easily print it out for the tasting...

Santé,
Joost

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Post by Joost » 18:35 Sun 01 Jun 2008

Ronnie,

Depending on what will be the starting time, a meal can be a good idea to start with. I think I will be home that afternoon, so for me there is not a problem to help with the preparations for the meal and the tasting. Keep in contact and it will be great...

If the weather is good we can do the tasting in the garden if you like, otherwise the room 'formally known' as bicycle shop will be prepared...

Santé,
Joost

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It was already A4.

Post by jdaw1 » 19:02 Sun 01 Jun 2008

Joost wrote:My initials are JB and Mrs Joost, can be initialised by SW, or fully SMW.
Done.
Joost wrote:if the page format is A4
It was already A4.

Don’t print yet: numbers of bottles and of people will probably change before D-Day.

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Post by KillerB » 19:57 Sun 01 Jun 2008

Cheese? I can do cheese. How much and what colour?
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by StevieCage » 21:37 Sun 01 Jun 2008

Cheese KillerB? Hmmmm, how about big, bold and blue? Some of those '77 will be rather young, so should pair well with your famous Stilton... 88)

I can also provide 6 identical decanters for the tasting, as well as a set of official IVDP-stemware. And happy to provide some nice wines for a pre-tasting drink / dinner as well...

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Post by RonnieRoots » 06:09 Mon 02 Jun 2008

KillerB wrote:Cheese? I can do cheese. How much and what colour?
What about some of that incredibly good cheddar you once brought? Might just be a good pairing to the port.

jdaw: I can see that you're very happy with your new 'stars' feature. :lol:

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