Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

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Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 13:45 Wed 11 Apr 2012

Johnny Symington called me today to invite :tpf: members to taste a new Port that is about to be launched through Berry Brothers & Rudd.

A small quantity of Graham 1952 Single Tawny is being released to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Johnny has asked me to organise an informal tasting on Wednesday 2nd May so that he can bring along a bottle for Port Forum members to taste.

The format of the evening will be our usual "bring a bottle of Port to share". I think The Bung Hole is the obvious choice as a venue but please feel free to suggest others.

Please let me know if you can join us.

Date: 2nd May 2012
Venue: The Bung Hole
Time: 18:30
Attendees: AHB, BMHR, CMAG, DRT, JDAW, JDS, PhilW, RAYC, RLC, THRA & WS1.
Ports: Graham 1952 Single Tawny + others yet to be determined.


Note: I have added the names of those who I already know will be in London on 2nd May to the attendees list. If you are one of those, please let me know if you cannot attend.
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by uncle tom » 13:59 Wed 11 Apr 2012

A warm-up event for my birthday then!

OK, count me in!

(I wonder how much they're going to retail it for??)
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by AHB » 14:15 Wed 11 Apr 2012

Oh no! Now the agonising choice to decide what would be suitable and appropriate to share with Johnny...

...anyone think a Fonseca 2001 LBV would be a good choice?
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 14:31 Wed 11 Apr 2012

AHB wrote:...anyone think a Fonseca 2001 LBV would be a good choice?
I think you could safely assume he will not have tasted it before :lol:
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Post by jdaw1 » 14:45 Wed 11 Apr 2012

This is the day of the BFT.

Sure, I’m in. What could go wrong?

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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by WS1 » 14:53 Wed 11 Apr 2012

would like to come and please count me in.

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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 14:53 Wed 11 Apr 2012

jdaw1 wrote:This is the day of the BFT.

Sure, I’m in. What could go wrong?
Everything, nothing, or anything in between.
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by uncle tom » 14:56 Wed 11 Apr 2012

This is the day of the BFT.
Looking at the BFT wine list - what do I see? - a G52..
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 14:59 Wed 11 Apr 2012

uncle tom wrote:Looking at the BFT wine list - what do I see? - a G52..
I suspected that would be the case as the launch is iminent so it would be crazy to miss the opportunity to show the wine to the trade.
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by Cookie » 15:08 Wed 11 Apr 2012

Count me in please....I told you Colheitas are on the move :D
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Re: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by jdaw1 » 15:11 Wed 11 Apr 2012

Questions about start time: when will Johnny Symington be able to leave the BFT? DRT has proposed the usual 6½pm start time: will that be too early for this event?

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Post by DRT » 15:25 Wed 11 Apr 2012

jdaw1 wrote:Questions about start time: when will Johnny Symington be able to leave the BFT? DRT has proposed the usual 6½pm start time: will that be too early for this event?
I agreed the time with Johnny before posting. I also explained our normal approach to tasting all of the wines, making notes, scoffing bits of dead cow and then washing it down with what remains in our glasses. Johnny seemed general happy with that plan.
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Post by jdaw1 » 15:26 Wed 11 Apr 2012

DRT wrote:Johnny seemed general happy
His happiness is our happiness. Complaint withdrawn.

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Post by PhilW » 08:48 Thu 12 Apr 2012

I'm hoping to attend; please include me as tentative, and I will confirm.
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Post by uncle tom » 09:46 Thu 12 Apr 2012

Just noticed the error in the subject line - 2nd May - not April..
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Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by jdaw1 » 09:56 Thu 12 Apr 2012

uncle tom wrote:Just noticed the error in the subject line - 2nd May - not April..
Thank you. Fixed.

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Post by PhilW » 12:51 Thu 12 Apr 2012

PhilW wrote:I'm hoping to attend; please include me as tentative, and I will confirm.
Confirmed, I will be there.
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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 17:06 Thu 12 Apr 2012

jdaw1 wrote:
uncle tom wrote:Just noticed the error in the subject line - 2nd May - not April..
Thank you. Fixed.
Thank you.
PhilW wrote:
PhilW wrote:I'm hoping to attend; please include me as tentative, and I will confirm.
Confirmed, I will be there.
First post updated.
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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by g-man » 15:04 Fri 13 Apr 2012

Envious,

I think I share similar bday's with Uncle tom.

I wonder if the wife would be willing to let me fly out and leave her home witht he baby.
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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by uncle tom » 11:41 Sat 14 Apr 2012

I think I share similar bday's with Uncle tom
May 3rd - you?
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Post by g-man » 14:28 Mon 16 Apr 2012

uncle tom wrote:
I think I share similar bday's with Uncle tom
May 3rd - you?
may 6th here

with which i need more attendees on this side of the pond for an offline!
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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 13:55 Tue 24 Apr 2012

BMHR now has wifely permission. First post undated.

Julian, can you please do what needs to be done on the placemat front?
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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by jdaw1 » 16:03 Tue 24 Apr 2012

DRT wrote:Julian, can you please do what needs to be done on the placemat front?
Sure. What needs to be done? Is this to be blind except for JADS’s colheita? How many extra slots, just in case?

Or is it to be sighted? In which case, who is bringing what?

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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by DRT » 01:47 Wed 25 Apr 2012

I would suggest blind is the way to go.

One bottle each, with spaces for "Emergency 1" to "Emergency 3".
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Re: Wed 2 May 2012: An invitation from Johnny Symington

Post by AHB » 13:58 Wed 25 Apr 2012

Can we also agree that in deference to our guest and his generosity in sharing a 1952 colheita with us, that we should not bring any other colheitas from the 1950's.

I shall be bringing some sort of red port!
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