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Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 02:26 Mon 09 Sep 2019
by ChaseG
Hello there! I am new to vintage wines and port. I got a little overzealous a couple of weeks ago and purchased 59 bottles of various cabernets and ports from the mid 1980s. I immediately opened a 1985 Silver Oak which was good! However, I then opened the 1985 Graham's Vintage Port and was immediately hooked! Unfortunately (fortunately?) my wife is not a fan of most wines and ports so I have another 10 or so bottles of Graham's and Dows to enjoy. I'm looking forward to learning more about port, and the next auction coming up in a couple of weeks so I can get my hands on some additional vintages! My next step is to try some vintage Madiera.

Chase

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Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 02:32 Mon 09 Sep 2019
by ChaseG
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Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 11:47 Mon 09 Sep 2019
by PhilW
ChaseG wrote:
02:26 Mon 09 Sep 2019
Hello there! I am new to vintage wines and port. I got a little overzealous a couple of weeks ago and purchased 59 bottles of various cabernets and ports from the mid 1980s. I immediately opened a 1985 Silver Oak which was good! However, I then opened the 1985 Graham's Vintage Port and was immediately hooked! Unfortunately (fortunately?) my wife is not a fan of most wines and ports so I have another 10 or so bottles of Graham's and Dows to enjoy. I'm looking forward to learning more about port, and the next auction coming up in a couple of weeks so I can get my hands on some additional vintages! My next step is to try some vintage Madiera.
Hi Chase and welcome to :tpf:
Is this literally your first taste of vintage port, or your first purchased bottle? Sounds like a good start either way with the Graham's '85, and you've definitely jumped in with both feet buying a dozen or so; hopefully your wife will support and encourage your port habit as much as mine does, even though she's not a fan of it herself. Welcome to the slippery slope!

Re: RE: Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 00:07 Tue 10 Sep 2019
by ChaseG
PhilW wrote:
ChaseG wrote:
02:26 Mon 09 Sep 2019
Hello there! I am new to vintage wines and port. I got a little overzealous a couple of weeks ago and purchased 59 bottles of various cabernets and ports from the mid 1980s. I immediately opened a 1985 Silver Oak which was good! However, I then opened the 1985 Graham's Vintage Port and was immediately hooked! Unfortunately (fortunately?) my wife is not a fan of most wines and ports so I have another 10 or so bottles of Graham's and Dows to enjoy. I'm looking forward to learning more about port, and the next auction coming up in a couple of weeks so I can get my hands on some additional vintages! My next step is to try some vintage Madiera.
Hi Chase and welcome to :tpf:
Is this literally your first taste of vintage port, or your first purchased bottle? Sounds like a good start either way with the Graham's '85, and you've definitely jumped in with both feet buying a dozen or so; hopefully your wife will support and encourage your port habit as much as mine does, even though she's not a fan of it herself. Welcome to the slippery slope!
Hello Phil!
It was my first ever time trying port with the exception of a very cheap bottle I bought locally not too long ago. I'm a big fan of the Grand Marnier 100 year and drink that often.

Bottle #2! Dows 1985. Didn't have good luck with the cork, got it out in 20 different pieces, I have a puller on order!

My wife did have a glass last night with me, a step in the right direction! She is a fan of very sweet wines like Moscato.

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Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 11:46 Tue 10 Sep 2019
by AHB
What a fabulous start to a Port drinking life. First Graham 1985 and then Dow 1985. I’m not surprised you’ve fallen in love with our favourite wine.

Oh yes, and welcome to the Forum!

Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 05:01 Sun 06 Oct 2019
by TLW
Excellent beginning. It is nice to know that there is another good collection in the Midwest (much of mine is in Central Illinois, a bit of a hike from Des Moines).

It is very easy - and pleasant - to get hooked on vintage port, and I wish you many an enjoyable occasion, which I hope will result in insightful tasting notes!

Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Posted: 19:11 Mon 04 Nov 2019
by jdaw1
G85 is a joy. D85 when good is very good (but is not always good). So a great start to drinking Port. (Indeed, my Port career started with a 33-year-old Port, and ’85s are current 34.)

Request: please do post tasting notes.

Suggestion: you might want to acquire some better glasses.