Bring-a-bottle, B&F, Thursday 20th January 2022

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Bring-a-bottle, B&F, Thursday 20th January 2022

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Stand-in event to replace postponed 1997 @ 25 tasting.
B&F - Green Room - 1830 kick-off

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  1. NAC
  2. AHB
  3. JDAW
  4. JGH
  5. IDJ
  6. Dia
  7. HTWH
  8. ?
As mentioned elsewhere, priority goes to existing attendees of the postponed event, but sure this won’t be an issue.

Who fancies it?


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Regrettably I am going decline the chance to meet on this date now. I would have loved to have come and bring a bottle, but as it was I was skipping an online tasting class for my Wine Scholar course because of my excitement at tasting the ‘97s. So I will now do the sensible thing and do the class as the exam is only 2 weeks after. I hope that I will be able to attend the rescheduled ‘97 tasting but that will depend on the date and B&B bookings. I hope much enjoyment and fine juice is had by those that can.
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I think I'll have to decline, given my limited options to call on friends spare rooms in London. Looking forward to the 97s when that happens though.
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Yes please. I have that date penned into my diary and don't want to waste my domestic pass!
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Re: Bring-a-bottle, B&F, Thursday 20th January 2022

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Yes please.
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Assuming you don’t fill up with people from the postponed tasting, I’d be interested.
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I’d still be up for this (as I would have been for the 97 tasting).
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Have moved booking from Red Room to Green Room.
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Placemat draft added to first post.
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I'd prefer to do this tasting blind, but I am prepared to be outvoted if there is a strong majority preference to taste sighted.
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I lightly prefer sighted. Given strength of Alex’s preference, let’s call that a half vote.
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My preference is always for sighted, but we haven’t had a blind session for ages so that might be fun.
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I am amused by the fact that in order to outvote AHB we need a “strong” majority. But then the Port Forum was always a benine dictatorship!

Seeing as it is ages and ages since I have been to a bring-a-bottle tasting, I will be embarrassingly terrible at a blind tasting. However, I have no strong preference either way, as long as everyone promises not to play some dastardly trick like serving two glasses of the same Port or bringing a fortified wine from Cornwall made out of imported prickly pears to see if I can identify that it is not a Port...
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Yes please, how about we do half and half in terms of blind tasting. I am terrible at it, but it is not really about guessing the wine, just some speculative fun!
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I do enjoy blind tastings, even though I am pretty useless at them. My aim is always to outperform someone who is not at the tasting. A target I rarely manage.
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JacobH wrote: 10:26 Thu 13 Jan 2022 I am amused by the fact that in order to outvote AHB we need a “strong” majority. But then the Port Forum was always a benine dictatorship!

Seeing as it is ages and ages since I have been to a bring-a-bottle tasting, I will be embarrassingly terrible at a blind tasting. However, I have no strong preference either way, as long as everyone promises not to play some dastardly trick like serving two glasses of the same Port or bringing a fortified wine from Cornwall made out of imported prickly pears to see if I can identify that it is not a Port...
My intention was that a strong majority in favour of would (probably) persuade me to reveal the Port I will bring. Any other expression of feeling leaves people able to choose individually whether to share their wine's identity or not.

And I promise not to bring a Cornish fortified wine made from imported prickly pears. I wonder if that would qualify as British Sherry...?

No. I will not be cruel. I shall declare the bottle I am bringing is "Believed Vintage Port", as it said in the auction catalogue.
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JacobH wrote: 10:26 Thu 13 Jan 2022 a fortified wine from Cornwall made out of imported prickly pears
I... want to try this... :oops:
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Glenn E. wrote:
JacobH wrote: 10:26 Thu 13 Jan 2022 a fortified wine from Cornwall made out of imported prickly pears
I... want to try this... :oops:
If only prickly pears weren't illegal in your state...
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How thirsty will we be? Would a magnum be useful?
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jdaw1 wrote: 12:04 Sun 16 Jan 2022 How thirsty will we be? Would a magnum be useful?
Surely the correct post is… I was going to bring a mag but how thirsty will we be? Would a double mag be more suitable?
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Doggett wrote: 12:18 Sun 16 Jan 2022
jdaw1 wrote: 12:04 Sun 16 Jan 2022How thirsty will we be? Would a magnum be useful?
Surely the correct post is… I was going to bring a mag but how thirsty will we be? Would a double mag be more suitable?
My post was entirely correct. It admitted answers such as “Not much — a magnum would suffice”, or “Quite thirsty — double magnum preferred”, or even “Usual — an Imperial please”.
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Glenn E. wrote: 19:45 Fri 14 Jan 2022
JacobH wrote: 10:26 Thu 13 Jan 2022 a fortified wine from Cornwall made out of imported prickly pears
I... want to try this... :oops:
I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised me that, apparently, people do make alcoholic drinks from prickly pears. There is a straight-fermented version called colonche which is made in parts of Mexico whilst in Sicily and Malta they use it to make a liqueur. The Italian is name is just “liquore da fico d’india” (“prickly pear liqueur”) whilst the Maltese is more intriguing as “bajtra”. I have some friends and relatives who spend a lot of time in Malta, so I suppose I am inevitably going to be asking them to bring me back a bottle, now! I’ll leave the colonche to your side of the Pond.

PS. In many parts of the UK “pick your own” is quite a popular offer from farms in the summer with things like strawberries. I have long thought someone should create a macho version: “pick your own prickly pears”...
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jdaw1 wrote: 12:04 Sun 16 Jan 2022 How thirsty will we be? Would a magnum be useful?
Is that in addition to your bottle?
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There was a light disagreement about sighted versus blind. Then Alex revealed “Believed Vintage Port”. I have hinted “Magnum”. Do any others wish to reveal clues of similar type?
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jdaw1 wrote: 19:16 Mon 17 Jan 2022 There was a light disagreement about sighted versus blind. Then Alex revealed “Believed Vintage Port”. I have hinted “Magnum”. Do any others wish to reveal clues of similar type?
I shall be bringing two bottles. One is almost definitely Vintage Port.
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