Summer offline in The Netherlands - 9 July 2010

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Summer offline in The Netherlands - 9 July 2010

Post by RonnieRoots » 12:30 Tue 09 Feb 2010

Ok, it might just be a bit early for this, but I want to see if we can drum some interest together for a summer offline in the Netherlands, much as we did two years ago. LadyR and I will certainly be in the area for some time to visit family and friends, and of course to show off the soon to be born MiniR.

It would be great to see old friends again, and perhaps meet a few new. For you Brits, it would be very good to get on a cheap flight and drink in Holland instead of the Crusted Pipe for a change. Perhaps this time we can also persuade our German friends to join?

Somewhere beginning or half July is probably most realistic for us.

What do you think?
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Post by jdaw1 » 12:36 Tue 09 Feb 2010

It’s only a train from Paris. Please include me as a likely attendee.

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Post by Joost » 13:28 Tue 09 Feb 2010

Great initiative, I'm in!
And of course I can host the tasting...

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Post by RonnieRoots » 20:22 Tue 09 Feb 2010

jdaw and Joost, that's great!

The train from Paris is very comfortable, pretty fast and not expensive. No reason why your likely attendance shouldn't be definite. :wink:

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Post by Axel P » 20:39 Tue 09 Feb 2010

If it is not within the school holidays I would be in too. Any idea about the subject? 75 Horizontal to please JDAW?

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Post by jdaw1 » 21:31 Tue 09 Feb 2010

I’d love an 1875 horizontal. Alas I’d have nothing to contribute.
RonnieRoots wrote:No reason why your likely attendance shouldn't be definite.
Axel P wrote:75 Horizontal to please JDAW?

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Post by DRT » 03:32 Wed 10 Feb 2010

Axel P wrote:75 Horizontal to please JDAW?
Actually, a 75 horizontal is not such a bad idea given that the invitation has come from a 75 baby :wink:

The second two weeks of July will not work for me but either side of that will make me a definite possible :twisted:
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Post by RonnieRoots » 06:56 Wed 10 Feb 2010

I'm sure LadyR would veto a 75 tasting, so jdaw is not alone in that.

Definite attendees:
- LadyR
- RonnieRoots
- Joost

Likely / possible / definite possible:
- jdaw1
- DRT
- Axel P

When? TBC, but somewhere beginning of July 2010

Where? Joost's place in Utrecht

What? TBC, but definitely no 75 horizontal

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Post by Joost » 19:20 Wed 10 Feb 2010

I think Sandra will try some of the Ports as well, after not really drinking for 2,5 years. So she would like to attend as well...

In my opinion the theme doesn't have to be a single year! Maybe we can get together a 'matrix'-tasting, 4 years and 4 houses? I do not have that much 'old' bottles, only 10 out of the 140 are older than 20 years! But of course there is still 4/5 month to collect some bottles...

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Post by gerwin.degraaf » 23:12 Wed 10 Feb 2010

Seems like a wonderful opportunity to get to meet some more / other port enthousiasts!

Given my (still) quite limited port collection, I don't know if I am able to contribute something great or special (will depend on the theme of course). :mrgreen: :tpf: :D

But I would very much like to be there, so please include me as an attendy (maybe +1, nut I'm not sure about that at this time yet).

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Post by RonnieRoots » 13:16 Sat 13 Feb 2010

RonnieRoots wrote: Definite attendees:
- LadyR
- RonnieRoots
- Joost
- Sandra
- Gerwin

Likely / possible / definite possible:
- jdaw1
- DRT
- Axel P
- Gerwin +1

When? TBC, but somewhere beginning of July 2010

Where? Joost's place in Utrecht

What? TBC, but definitely no 75 horizontal
I like the 'Port Matrix' idea, but here are some others just to stimulate discussion:

- The 'F' Plan II (a Fonseca vertical)
- The Off-Years (ports from years that were not generally declared, such as 2001, 1999, 1995, 1987, 1976 etc.)
- Portuguese vs. British style vintage ports
- The knights who say NI(epoort)

Other ideas are most welcome.

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Post by Joost » 09:47 Mon 15 Feb 2010

I like the idea of a Fonseca or Niepoort vertical... And have a small stock F's and Ni's...

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Post by KillerB » 11:56 Mon 15 Feb 2010

Count me in as a 'likely'
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by RonnieRoots » 11:30 Tue 16 Feb 2010

KillerB: Done. With much pleasure. :)
RonnieRoots wrote: Definite attendees:
- LadyR
- RonnieRoots
- Joost
- Sandra
- Gerwin

Likely / possible / definite possible:
- jdaw1
- DRT
- Axel P
- Gerwin +1
- KillerB

When? TBC, but somewhere beginning of July 2010

Where? Joost's place in Utrecht

What? Some ideas:
- The 'Port Matrix'
- The 'F' Plan II (a Fonseca vertical)
- The Off-Years (ports from years that were not generally declared, such as 2001, 1999, 1995, 1987, 1976 etc.)
- Portuguese vs. British style vintage ports
- The knights who say NI(epoort)

Other ideas are most welcome.

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Post by Joost » 13:28 Tue 16 Feb 2010

2 wine-friends, with some special interest in Port, are interested as well in this tasting... Their attendancy can be classified as 'likely' at this stage and their names are Jeroen and Thijs...

Santé,
Joost

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Post by jdaw1 » 20:23 Tue 16 Feb 2010

Niepoort: yes please. Though I wouldn’t be able to contribute without adoption.

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Post by RonnieRoots » 20:44 Tue 16 Feb 2010

jdaw1 wrote:Niepoort: yes please. Though I wouldn’t be able to contribute without adoption.
Or win a bid at auction... :wink:

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Post by Axel P » 09:22 Wed 17 Feb 2010

since I am planning on a quite large scale Niepoort vertical with Dirk on November 11th in Leverkusen, I would rather stick to Fonseca.

At this vertical, where I most probably will be getting the elder Ports from Dirk (perfectly stored), I will invite you in a bit. So noone has to bring any.

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Post by KillerB » 15:19 Wed 17 Feb 2010

Joost wrote:2 wine-friends, with some special interest in Port, are interested as well in this tasting... Their attendancy can be classified as 'likely' at this stage and their names are Jeroen and Thijs...

Santé,
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Is that the Jeroen that I know? And I presume that that's Thijs van Leer, in which case a yodelling good time will be had by all.
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by Joost » 10:46 Thu 18 Feb 2010

KillerB wrote:
Joost wrote:2 wine-friends, with some special interest in Port, are interested as well in this tasting... Their attendancy can be classified as 'likely' at this stage and their names are Jeroen and Thijs...

Santé,
Joost
Is that the Jeroen that I know? And I presume that that's Thijs van Leer, in which case a yodelling good time will be had by all.
It won't be Thijs van Leer, but he can play the guitar! And of course it could be possible that you met Jeroen before, but as Jeroen is such a common name in NL, and even under winelovers, it would highly coincidental...

Santé,
Joost

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Post by Herman G » 13:59 Fri 19 Feb 2010

Hi there,

Sorry for the late reply, I am to much abroad these months. I like the idea very much. I am always in for some good Ports.
But especially I like it to remeet some of you and to meet some others for the first time.
I don' t have special ideas or wishes.

Até mais from a hot Brasil,

Herman.

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Post by RonnieRoots » 11:47 Sat 20 Feb 2010

Another update:
RonnieRoots wrote: Definite attendees:
- LadyR
- RonnieRoots
- Joost
- Sandra
- Gerwin
- Herman

Likely / possible / definite possible:
- jdaw1
- DRT
- Axel P
- Gerwin +1
- KillerB
- Jeroen
- Thijs

When? TBC, but somewhere beginning of July 2010

Where? Joost's place in Utrecht

What? Some ideas:
- The 'Port Matrix'
- The 'F' Plan II (a Fonseca vertical)
- The Off-Years (ports from years that were not generally declared, such as 2001, 1999, 1995, 1987, 1976 etc.)
- Portuguese vs. British style vintage ports
- The knights who say NI(epoort)

Other ideas are most welcome.
We have fun ports to share for both Niepoort and Fonseca themes, but I also quite like the idea of an 'off-year' tasting. For one or another reason (probably because I was able to find good deals on these) I have a reasonable stack of ports from non-generally declared vintages. It would be fun to try a number of these ports and see how they hold up. But I'm happy to go with the majority.

I will also try to fix some dates as soon as possible. But that depends on getting some information from the powers that be here, which is usually a time consuming and frustrating task.

KillerB: I'm quite sure that's a different Jeroen. Joost, I believe I met Thijs before at the 2000VP offline?

Herman, good to hear from you, and looking forward to meeting you again!

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Post by Chris Doty » 13:25 Sat 20 Feb 2010

If there is any space, I would love to attend. I can't say I have much of a preference regarding theme -- I'm quite confident it will be very much worthwhile regardless.

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Re: Summer offline in The Netherlands?

Post by smisse » 19:33 Fri 02 Apr 2010

Hi all,

Considering that this tasting is only 40kms from home, I would (depending on the exact date and if Joost still has place available) like to join as well.

Similar to Gerwin, my port stock is still rather small but depending on the theme, I might find something interesting :)

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Re: Summer offline in The Netherlands?

Post by RonnieRoots » 07:36 Sat 03 Apr 2010

We are pretty close to knowing when we will be in Holland, so I'll let you know soon.

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