Mon 2nd March 2015 - Henry Shotton visits London

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What theme(s) would you like for March 2 and would be able to contribute towards?

Poll ended at 13:18 Sat 21 Feb 2015

Quinta do Noval (1997 or older)
1
5%
Sogrape ports (probably Sandeman but perhaps Ferreira or Offley)
2
10%
Sogevinus ports (Barros, Kopke or Burmester)
0
No votes
The Independents (anyone other than TFP, SFE or those above)
3
15%
Bring a blind bottle of mature (1994 or older) non-SFE/TFP port
8
40%
VP or LBV only
5
25%
Any style of port
1
5%
 
Total votes: 20

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Re: Mon 2nd March 2015 - Henry Shotton visits London

Post by flash_uk » 10:45 Sat 31 Jan 2015

Yes still OK for me. Thx.

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Post by jdaw1 » 10:51 Sat 31 Jan 2015

Monday 2nd March 2015 still works for me.

What is the theme?

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Post by WS1 » 11:51 Sat 31 Jan 2015

Just saw Phil being on the reserve list; since he was not at the big Malvedos tasting I give up my seat for him. Put me instead on the reserve list if anyone else is dropping out. I would like to come but would also want not to block a seat for other people who had not had the opportunity to try a lot of Malvedos. I assume the theme will be related to Grahams/Malvedos.

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Post by PhilW » 18:03 Sat 31 Jan 2015

WS1 wrote:Just saw Phil being on the reserve list; since he was not at the big Malvedos tasting I give up my seat for him. Put me instead on the reserve list if anyone else is dropping out. I would like to come but would also want not to block a seat for other people who had not had the opportunity to try a lot of Malvedos. I assume the theme will be related to Grahams/Malvedos.
Appreciate the offer, but you should definitely keep your seat; my availability is very difficult at the moment (hence my dropping from Feb 9 despite having proposed it :( ) and is likely to continue in this way until end of Mar due to work.
Hence my request to be added as reserve (even if there is a place available) at this time - so you should definitely keep your spot. I'm keen to join if able, but should definitely only be potential reserve for now.

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Post by AHB » 09:48 Sun 01 Feb 2015

WS1 wrote:I assume the theme will be related to Grahams/Malvedos.
jdaw1 wrote:What is the theme?
I've asked Henry if there is a particular shipper or vintage that he would like to have as the theme. I will post what theme we choose once Henry has replied.
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Post by WS1 » 10:11 Sun 01 Feb 2015

OK, then I confirm my seat...... :lol:

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Post by AHB » 13:07 Sun 01 Feb 2015

Henry has observed that most of his opportunities to taste port are to taste ports made either by SFE or by TFP. However, he is happy to leave the choice of theme to us.

A number of themes immediately spring to mind, some of which might be challenging to put together a decent 13 vintage line-up, but I've started a poll to see what might be of interest to us. Please vote if you're attending and please vote having in mind how easily you might be able to contribute towards the line-up.
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Post by djewesbury » 13:14 Sun 01 Feb 2015

Where is the poll you've started? Or is this the future past tense?
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Post by AHB » 13:23 Sun 01 Feb 2015

djewesbury wrote:Where is the poll you've started? Or is this the future past tense?
Patience my young padwan. The poll now there is. Your vote now exercise you can.
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Post by CPR 1 » 13:38 Sun 01 Feb 2015

Date is good - looking forward to it

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Post by benread » 14:27 Sun 01 Feb 2015

Alex, the diary committee has just finished sitting and it is confirmed that I may attend! I did make quite a pitch about Malvedos before I mentioned the date!

Very much looking forward to this one.

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Post by djewesbury » 14:31 Sun 01 Feb 2015

AHB wrote:
djewesbury wrote:Where is the poll you've started? Or is this the future past tense?
Patience my young padwan. The poll now there is. Your vote now exercise you can.
Thank you master. I have voted. Travelling as I am some distance for this event, I wish not for brown stickies to predominate. I will supply bottle(s) of appropriate vintage and provenance as decided by the team.
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Post by DRT » 19:18 Sun 01 Feb 2015

I have voted.
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Post by djewesbury » 20:21 Sun 01 Feb 2015

Returning officer: how many votes are required to be cast before the outcome can be ratified and broadcast? In the old days we would have had Vincent Hanna to announce it.
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Post by AHB » 20:36 Sun 01 Feb 2015

djewesbury wrote:Returning officer: how many votes are required to be cast before the outcome can be ratified and broadcast? In the old days we would have had Vincent Hanna to announce it.
Voting will continue until the outcome I desire is achieved. I believe that is how elections work in most parts of the world.

Slightly more seriously, I will give it until next weekend. While the outcome of the vote is not binding on me, I will take it into account when deciding on a theme. If voting continues following early indications then expect a post from me next weekend in which I announce that the theme will be "Blind, not from TFP or SFE, 1994 or older, any style permitted, but moderated by me." I will ask people to PM me details of the style they propose to bring (so I can ensure that the majority of bottles are ruby but don't miss the chance to let Henry try something special like a 1952 Dalva Golden White or a 1968 Noval colheita - which is possibly my favourite 20th century colheita) and the decade when the grapes were picked (I'd like to try to get a good spread of age).
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Post by DRT » 20:55 Sun 01 Feb 2015

AHB wrote:Voting will continue until the outcome I desire is achieved.

the outcome of the vote is not binding on me
How very Mugabe-esque. I like it. True democracy at work.
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Post by djewesbury » 20:58 Sun 01 Feb 2015

DRT wrote:
AHB wrote:Voting will continue until the outcome I desire is achieved.

the outcome of the vote is not binding on me
How very Mugabe-esque. I like it. True democracy at work.
Must remember that next time I give you an Apostrophe Warning.
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Post by DRT » 21:25 Sun 01 Feb 2015

djewesbury wrote:
DRT wrote:
AHB wrote:Voting will continue until the outcome I desire is achieved.

the outcome of the vote is not binding on me
How very Mugabe-esque. I like it. True democracy at work.
Must remember that next time I give you an Apostrophe Warning.
I am a child of Thatcher's Britain. The little blue book I was given at school convinced me that unilateral democracy was the way forward. I have seen nothing since that convinces me the previously popular red version was better, and the yellow version seems to have lost its appeal.
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Post by djewesbury » 21:26 Sun 01 Feb 2015

I honestly thought you were a child of Lloyd George's Britain. I may have overestimated your vintage.
And anyway you were a lefty when you were younger (when Thatch was in power). You told me you went on strike.
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Post by AHB » 21:28 Sun 01 Feb 2015

DRT wrote:
AHB wrote:Voting will continue until the outcome I desire is achieved.

the outcome of the vote is not binding on me
How very Mugabe-esque. I like it. True democracy at work.
People have to be protected from the consequences of making the wrong decision. I know what's best for everyone, even those who don't know what's best for themselves yet. Those who vote the wrong way will understand their error in time.

Interestingly, until very recently I did have a copy of Mao's Little Red Book in the study. Did you ever read it? The man was a complete and utter psychopath.
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Post by djewesbury » 21:30 Sun 01 Feb 2015

I have two copies if anyone needs one.
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Post by DRT » 22:32 Sun 01 Feb 2015

djewesbury wrote:I have two copies if anyone needs one.
Yes please. I have never read it.
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Post by DRT » 22:36 Sun 01 Feb 2015

djewesbury wrote:I honestly thought you were a child of Lloyd George's Britain. I may have overestimated your vintage.
And anyway you were a lefty when you were younger (when Thatch was in power). You told me you went on strike.
Indeed. I was also a football fan, liked The Specials and enjoyed the odd fag. Then I found coffee, and woke up.
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Post by djewesbury » 22:38 Sun 01 Feb 2015

DRT wrote:
djewesbury wrote:I have two copies if anyone needs one.
Yes please. I have never read it.
I'll bring it for you on the 2nd!
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Post by DRT » 22:44 Sun 01 Feb 2015

djewesbury wrote:
DRT wrote:
djewesbury wrote:I have two copies if anyone needs one.
Yes please. I have never read it.
I'll bring it for you on the 2nd!
Thank you. Is it in English or Mandarin?
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