Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

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Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by Christopher » 20:37 Tue 19 Mar 2019

The 1994’s reach their quarter century this year, I think that is reason enough to see how they are getting on. I also think they are rather good value so a good opportunity to see which ones to look out for.
I am not sure this needs to be a big tasting depending on how much interest there is

I was thinking the second week of June so after half term and before we run into the holiday season. So Tuesday 11th June as a first suggestion.

Just to spice it up I wonder if anyone is up for doing it blind?
Normal Venue B&F
Green Room booked, menu sheet as standard, if different from standard please notify by 1st June

Any takers?

Attendees:
  1. CMAG
  2. THRA (Bu, Ca, Ck, Erv, F, GC, Ko, Mz, MzEV, Rm, SW, T, V)
  3. CPR (Bringing F and MzEV, one of which is for AP from JDAW)
  4. IDJ (Sk, Ck, SW, Ni, Tes, GC?)
  5. MPM (Cr)
  6. BMHR
  7. GEAG (SW)
  8. RGO
  9. JDAW (Bringing RP)
  10. Nick A (Cr, D, F, G, W)
  11. PW (Bringing Ch (also has G, RO))
  12. Axel P (RP being given to JDAW, JDAW providing an adoption in exchange from CPR)
Reserve List:
This has all got rather complex but I believe below is who is now coming and what they are bringing

CMAG T94 - will purchases as no one has available.
THRA - Ves 94
CPR F94
IDJ - Tesco 94 and Skf 94
MPM - Cr94
GEAG SW94
RGO GC 94 ( adopting from Tom )
JDAW N94
Nick A D94 and W94
PW Ch 94 and G 94
Axel P - Eira Velha 94 - adopting from CPR

So Imake that 11 attendeees and 14 ports!

I am a checking I have Tom's port correct. I will be reaching out to a couple of people re missing food orders.

Thanks Julian I agree sheets.


Draft of the placemats:
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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by forest26 » 21:44 Tue 19 Mar 2019

Great idea - count me in


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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by CPR 1 » 21:57 Tue 19 Mar 2019

Yes please, I was going to suggest a similar theme but you have beaten me to it. 😀

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by idj123 » 22:31 Tue 19 Mar 2019

Yes, I'm in (had a G94 at the weekend and it was more evolved than I was expecting).

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 23:33 Tue 19 Mar 2019

Yes please Christopher. Nice idea!

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by AHB » 00:01 Wed 20 Mar 2019

I’m in. And I like the idea of doing it blind, or at least semi-blind.

You could get someone not attending to do the admin if you wanted to make sure there were no duplicates at the tasting.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
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Post by DRT » 00:02 Wed 20 Mar 2019

Yes please!
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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by DRT » 00:08 Wed 20 Mar 2019

JDAW texted me to say yes please.
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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by RGO » 00:15 Wed 20 Mar 2019

Yes please!

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by jdaw1 » 00:18 Wed 20 Mar 2019

DRT wrote:
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JDAW texted me to say yes please.
Indeed, yes please.

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by DaveRL » 00:59 Wed 20 Mar 2019

A good idea. Yes please.

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by PhilW » 07:33 Wed 20 Mar 2019

Sounds good to me also.

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Re: 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by flash_uk » 10:01 Wed 20 Mar 2019

This was the line-up when a few of us last tasted a 1994 horizontal.

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by jdaw1 » 22:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019

Would a Ramos Pinto 1994 be useful? I have others — will report back on Sunday, so should be able to bring more than one.

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by DRT » 23:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019

jdaw1 wrote:
22:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
Would a Ramos Pinto 1994 be useful? I have others — will report back on Sunday, so should be able to bring more than one.
I was going to ask the same. I have one that was a gift from the house that is occupying a space in my fridge that could be used for something else.

Julian, I am happy for you to bring yours but equally happy to donate mine as an extra.
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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by AHB » 14:23 Thu 21 Mar 2019

DRT wrote:
23:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
jdaw1 wrote:
22:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
Would a Ramos Pinto 1994 be useful? I have others — will report back on Sunday, so should be able to bring more than one.
I was going to ask the same. I have one that was a gift from the house that is occupying a space in my fridge that could be used for something else.

Julian, I am happy for you to bring yours but equally happy to donate mine as an extra.
jdaw1 wrote:
22:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
Would a Ramos Pinto 1994 be useful? I have others — will report back on Sunday, so should be able to bring more than one.
Ahem. CMAG was suggesting we do this blind.
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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by DRT » 16:43 Thu 21 Mar 2019

AHB wrote:
14:23 Thu 21 Mar 2019
DRT wrote:
23:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
jdaw1 wrote:
22:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
Would a Ramos Pinto 1994 be useful? I have others — will report back on Sunday, so should be able to bring more than one.
I was going to ask the same. I have one that was a gift from the house that is occupying a space in my fridge that could be used for something else.

Julian, I am happy for you to bring yours but equally happy to donate mine as an extra.
jdaw1 wrote:
22:07 Wed 20 Mar 2019
Would a Ramos Pinto 1994 be useful? I have others — will report back on Sunday, so should be able to bring more than one.
Ahem. CMAG was suggesting we do this blind.
So we will have one bottle out of twelve that is known to be there and none of us except the Monkey will guess which it is.
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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by PhilW » 19:20 Thu 21 Mar 2019

DRT wrote:
16:43 Thu 21 Mar 2019
AHB wrote:
14:23 Thu 21 Mar 2019
Ahem. CMAG was suggesting we do this blind.
So we will have one bottle out of twelve that is known to be there and none of us except the Monkey will guess which it is.
That depends how the organiser chooses to run this. We will all know at least one producer which is present (which we have supplied, ignoring any adopters) even if we do not know which one it is.

We have had tastings before where we knew what was present but not which was which - which adds some complexity on the day of decant with pre-supplied bottles, though worked well and allows for pre-arrangement to avoid duplicates. The other obvious alternative would be for us all to bring pre-decanted bottles, with who brings what either managed by an arbiter (who knows everything) or not managed at all in which case everyone only knows their own bottle but we risk (likely) duplicates. Organiser's choice.

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by Christopher » 20:00 Thu 21 Mar 2019

I need to add a CMAG guest

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by Christopher » 20:08 Thu 21 Mar 2019

I would like this tasting to be semi blind. I think it makes sense for everyone to declare what they bring so we get a good selection and avoid me doing the usual of guessing it’s a different port when it is the same.
By being semi blind we avoid label bias and I think makes it a bit more fun.
It would be good if people can bring decanted bottles as I think they will need a decent decant to show their best.
There are certain logistical issues I need to think through! Ideally I want to avoid a situation where I know what they all are - if I am setting a blind theme it would be poor form not to put myself up to it!

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by AHB » 22:18 Thu 21 Mar 2019

Christopher wrote:
20:08 Thu 21 Mar 2019
I would like this tasting to be semi blind. I think it makes sense for everyone to declare what they bring so we get a good selection and avoid me doing the usual of guessing it’s a different port when it is the same.
By being semi blind we avoid label bias and I think makes it a bit more fun.
It would be good if people can bring decanted bottles as I think they will need a decent decant to show their best.
There are certain logistical issues I need to think through! Ideally I want to avoid a situation where I know what they all are - if I am setting a blind theme it would be poor form not to put myself up to it!
The usual way to achieve this is to ask someone not attending the tasting to act as your coordinator. They liaise with each person coming and agree what Port each person will bring. On the day, each person arrives with their port decanted (but not double decanted so as to avoid clues from the bottle shape), knowing what they have brought but not knowing what anyone else has brought. All are tasting blind with the exception of their own wine. The only thing which everyone knows is the vintage.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: RE: Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by PhilW » 23:01 Thu 21 Mar 2019


Christopher wrote:
20:08 Thu 21 Mar 2019
I would like this tasting to be semi blind. I think it makes sense for everyone to declare what they bring so we get a good selection and avoid me doing the usual of guessing it’s a different port when it is the same.
Excellent, and my preferred alternative as it happens.
AHB wrote:The usual way to achieve this is to ask someone not attending the tasting to act as your coordinator. They liaise with each person coming and agree what Port each person will bring. On the day, each person arrives with their port decanted (but not double decanted so as to avoid clues from the bottle shape), knowing what they have brought but not knowing what anyone else has brought. All are tasting blind with the exception of their own wine. The only thing which everyone knows is the vintage.
Agree probably the most practical. The other option would be if all bottles were pre-delivered to TBH and we used the decant/label/shuffle/label blinding method we've used previously so that no-one knows which is which (that method did work well previously at a blind matrix, but requires a little more planning, and bottle pre-delivery).


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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by jdaw1 » 22:42 Fri 22 Mar 2019

People are reminded of the blinding technique used on 3rd June 2014, which “could be done by ≈‘1¼’ people only one of whom has any expertise or competence”.

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by jdaw1 » 21:45 Sun 24 Mar 2019

In Sussex I had 1994s from only one non-RP producer. A bottle is now with me in London. Do I reveal the shipper?

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Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Post by Christopher » 15:46 Mon 25 Mar 2019

Please can everyone say what they can bring.
I think to be honest being semi blind V blind will be tricky enough anyway.

Many thanks

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