Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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Alex Bridgeman
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Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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I'd like to propose Thursday 19th of December as the date of our 2019 Port Forum Christmas extravaganza. (This ties in with my Ipswich team Christmas lunch so puts me in the right place at the right time.)

I haven't asked Tom yet, but I am hoping that he will kindly agree to host the Christmas offline again 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 and where I will stay).

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 since he has first refusal.

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 2019 and to book their place (which can be cancelled later, if required).
  1. Uncle Tom (confirmed)
  2. CMAG (confirmed)
  3. Axel Probst (confirmed)
  4. AHB (confirmed)
  5. IDJ (confirmed)
  6. MPM (confirmed)
  7. WS1 (confirmed)
  8. CPR (confirmed)
  9. PW (confirmed)
  10. vacant - awaiting response from WG
RESERVES
  • WG
  • RGO
  • Ralph
  • Rich_n (for 2020)

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.

Current draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.
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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.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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I am hoping that I will have had the summer season at the B&B and able to come to London for a few days for some port so would like to be added if possible please.
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Please add me to the reserve list this year; thanks.
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Count me in Alex, thx.
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Count me in please

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Please, if possible add me to the reserve ...
Thank you
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Yes please, count me in.
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I would like to attend as well please.

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Please put me on the reserve list. Is there a tasting a day before like in 2018?
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Reconfirming!
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Confirmed. Thanks, Alex
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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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Unfortunately the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green has closed at short notice due to "unforeseen circumstances". For reasons I'm happy to explain face to face I really don't want to stay at the Saffron Hotel so I have booked myself into Buriton House B&B, which is just next to Newport railway station and about 10 minutes walk from the White Horse. Buriton House has two rooms, the Toll House Inn (3 minutes walk from the White Horse, but 15 minutes from the station) has two rooms and can sleep up to five people. In addition, Airbnb has a complete 2 bed cottage available in Newport (4 minutes walk; 15 from the station).

Please don't leave your overnight accommodation arrangements to the last minute if you're a confirmed attendee!
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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.
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Thanks for the heads up Alex, I am now booked into the Buriton B&B
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Please can I be added to the reserve list? It seems more likely I may be able to attend (space and accommodation allowing).
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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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Work commitments prevent my attendance this year. Please offer my place to the first reserve. Have a great evening!
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I have just found out that the Cricketer's Arms reopened in August under new management - and is getting great reviews on TripAdvisor.
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.
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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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Alex M wrote: 18:01 Tue 15 Oct 2019 Work commitments prevent my attendance this year. Please offer my place to the first reserve. Have a great evening!
Noted and will do. Thanks for the early notice.

Phil - do you want the spot?
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.
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AHB wrote: 22:22 Tue 15 Oct 2019 Phil - do you want the spot?
Yes please.
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Rather long reserve list but can I please be added thank you
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I am afraid I will have to miss out in this tasting yet again. A combination of proposed SWR industrial action that would scupper my travel and unknown as yet timings of some renovation works at the B&B mean that I am unable to commit. Apologies, but I hope one of the reserve list will now have a wonderful evening instead.
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jdaw1 wrote: 12:38 Wed 06 Nov 2019 Is specifies.unzipped.baths correct?
More like escorting.blending.digestion

But close enough :-)
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flash_uk wrote: 13:40 Wed 06 Nov 2019
jdaw1 wrote: 12:38 Wed 06 Nov 2019Is specifies.unzipped.baths correct?
More like escorting.blending.digestion
Updated draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.
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jdaw1 wrote: 14:23 Wed 06 Nov 2019 Updated draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.
I think Axel may have been missed.
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flash_uk wrote: 15:06 Wed 06 Nov 2019
jdaw1 wrote: 14:23 Wed 06 Nov 2019 Updated draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.
I think Axel may have been missed.
Thank you. Added.
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