Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

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Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by RAYC » 16:59 Wed 13 Jul 2011

UPDATE

Theme: VP from the 1990s
Location: Steak Exchange
Time/Date: Monday 8th August, 6.30 p.m.

Attendees:
1) RAYC
2) DRT
3) WS1
4) AHB
5) PhilW
6) THRA
7) BenR
8) CMAG

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Original post:

I'm keen to meet up for a TCP tasting sometime in first two weeks of August.

Open as to theme - perhaps a blind tasting of ports from one of the 70 or 77 vintages might be fun? (plus make it non-Symington non-Taylor Fladgate to avoid clashes with October/November tastings)
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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by DRT » 20:45 Wed 13 Jul 2011

Provided I can be in London on the chosen date, I'm in.
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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by RAYC » 10:24 Thu 14 Jul 2011

I have a clear diary for those two weeks - on the assumption that others who might be interested will be more constrained, I will let someone else pick a date and fall in line.
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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by WS1 » 20:40 Thu 14 Jul 2011

Hi Rob,

sounds a good idea. Will check my diary but would prefer the second week in August e.g. Monday the 8th of August. With regards to your tasting ideas I am not so fond. We should try something younger which I feel is better in the summer. Since it is on our list anyway what about we have a sneaky preview of some 1991s and 1992s? Despite early there is a good availbilty and in my eyes they will drink better in the summer than some 77s or 70s.

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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by DRT » 21:38 Thu 14 Jul 2011

That's a good call by Wolfgang, especially if we are at TCP.

What about "VP from the 1990s" as a theme?
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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by WS1 » 05:56 Fri 15 Jul 2011

DRT wrote:That's a good call by Wolfgang, especially if we are at TCP.

What about "VP from the 1990s" as a theme?
Am fine with this theme; anyway forgot to mention that some 1995s are drinking beautifully now as a couple of friends in Germany found out :roll: :lol:

In case we are going with the VP from the 1990s theme i would like to bring three halves to add some variety :roll: :D

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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by RAYC » 10:38 Fri 15 Jul 2011

Theme sounds good to me!

One request: if anyone has any bottles of Morgan 1991 remaining, perhaps they could bring one along for the group to adopt - i would love to try it.

Let's firm up second week of August (unless there are major objections) but leave date open until DRT/WS1/anyone else has a definite preference.
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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by AHB » 14:06 Fri 15 Jul 2011

I could make Monday 8th August or, at a push, Thursday 11th.

I like the idea of a theme of "port from the '90s" as port this young can be chilled and still be very enjoyable (or I find it so, anyway). To try and combat the heat and humidity that you can get in the Crusting Pipe in the summer, how about using the Steak Exchange again? They have air conditioning!
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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by WS1 » 09:32 Sat 16 Jul 2011

Hi Alex,

super, i also prefer Monday the 8th. Am open to use the Steak exchange since i have not been there yet.

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Re: (Early) August Tasting?

Post by PhilW » 09:49 Wed 20 Jul 2011

I'd be up for joining you on the 8th as well, happy to try steak exchange or be at TCP. Would have brought a bottle of Warres 91, but have just drunk it :)

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by RAYC » 13:31 Wed 20 Jul 2011

First post updated - i will ring the Steak Exchange to book.
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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 21:10 Tue 26 Jul 2011

First draft of the placemats.
  • PW: please suggest extra initial(s).
  • Somebody please check carefully.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 09:30 Wed 27 Jul 2011

Updated draft of the placemats.
  • At PW’s suggestion, with sticky bottle labels.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by AHB » 11:25 Wed 27 Jul 2011

jdaw1 wrote:Updated draft of the placemats.
  • At PW’s suggestion, with sticky bottle labels.
I think Wolfgang mentioned that he would be bringing 3 half bottles. I also think that Uncle Tom is going to be with us.

That makes 6 people, 8 wines = 48 glasses needed. We might need to ask TSE to get some extra small wine glasses in.

Are we going to do this fully blind (and end up with 5 bottles of Morgan 1991) or do we need some direction? Perhaps we could use the good services of our impartial Director of Tastings in Paris to provide guidance.
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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by RAYC » 11:43 Wed 27 Jul 2011

AHB wrote:Are we going to do this fully blind (and end up with 5 bottles of Morgan 1991) or do we need some direction?
Subject to final confirmation of attendance, Tom has kindly agreed to bring a Morg 91 as a group adoption for benchmark purposes. I am particularly excited about this as i have not yet tasted it.

Happy to send a list to the Director of Tastings, but my collection of accessible 90s ports is not large - particularly when ports that have received outings at tastings held in the previous 12 months are discounted.
AHB wrote:That makes 6 people, 8 wines = 48 glasses needed. We might need to ask TSE to get some extra small wine glasses in.
I will speak to Steak Exchange re: glasses. Do you recall the name of the friendly manager? My flat is a short walk away - it would not be problematic to bring a crate of ISO glasses if required.
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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 12:29 Wed 27 Jul 2011

Updated draft of the placemats.
  • Extra bottles;
  • And, slightly kludged, a ‘What is it?’ page. Comment encouraged.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by AHB » 12:49 Wed 27 Jul 2011

I don't see the "what is it?" page - and I have refreshed my cache
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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 12:55 Wed 27 Jul 2011

Page 37 of 42. I have re-uploaded, in case it was my error. Please try again.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 13:23 Wed 27 Jul 2011

AHB has emailed me his possible 199- VPs. Others please do likewise.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by RAYC » 14:30 Wed 27 Jul 2011

Steak Exchange have confirmed that glasses will not be a problem.

Since it is a Monday night, they hope to be able to give us a reasonable amount of table space to spread out.
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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 17:07 Wed 27 Jul 2011

PW has PM’d me his possible 199- VPs. Communication from others awaited.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 22:42 Wed 27 Jul 2011

jdaw1 wrote:AHB has emailed me his possible 199- VPs. Others please do likewise.
As has DRT. Others: you know what to do, just do it.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by AHB » 22:56 Wed 27 Jul 2011

jdaw1 wrote:Page 37 of 42. I have re-uploaded, in case it was my error. Please try again.
I see it as page 29 of 34, but I do see it.

I like the idea. A way to record guesses for posterity. I'm happy to try this out on 8th August.
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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 23:06 Wed 27 Jul 2011

AHB wrote:I see it as page 29 of 34, but I do see it.
Now, one would. Good.
AHB wrote:I like the idea. A way to record guesses for posterity. I'm happy to try this out on 8th August.
Also good. Please scan and upload the sheet it’s OK, you will all be rubbish, as would I if I were there and comment on the technology.

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Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

Post by jdaw1 » 09:01 Thu 28 Jul 2011

Updated draft of the placemats.
  • +WSâ‚„.
Lists received from WS and from RAYC (and previously from AHB and DRT and PW).

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