Tom has kindly agreed to host the Christmas offline again, which will be at the White Horse in Newport. The nearest train station to the pub is Newport (Essex), which is a 10 minute walk from the White Horse. Those staying overnight usually stay at the Saffron Hotel in Saffron Walden, a 10 minute car journey from the White Horse, at the Tollhouse B&B in Newport or at the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green (a 7 minute drive).
The theme will be the usual, that is The Unknown Shipper and His Peculiar Friends
Space at the White Horse is a little tight so numbers attending have to be limited to 10. Normal practice is to offer those who attended the previous year first refusal. The industry guest will probably be Dirk Niepoort.
Last Year's attendees were as set out below. Last year's attendees have until end of May to confirm their intention to attend in 2017 and to book their place (which can be cancelled later, if required).
- Uncle Tom (confirmed)
- EDN or other industry guest currently vacant
- Axel Probst (confirmed)
- AHB (confirmed)
- DL - replaced by IDJ
- MEN - replaced by MPM
- WS1 (confirmed)
- DJ (confirmed) replaced by PW
- RLC (confirmed)
- CPR (confirmed)
- SGD - declined offer to replace EDN
There are usually one or two people who can't make it at the last minute each year so being on the reserve list gives you a decent chance to attend. If you'd like to be on the reserve list, please say so.
Top Ports in 2021: Niepoort Garrafeira 1931; Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Cockburn 1969 Single Harvest Tawny
Top Port in 2022 so far: the most stunning bottle of Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port.