The Bell, Thursday 13 December, 2012

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The Bell, Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 21:01 Tue 17 Apr 2012

It has been suggested that we set 13th December as the date for our Christmas tasting this year, if this date works for The Bell and Uncle Tom. On the assumption that it does, the following people have expressed an interest in attending (in order of expression):

1) Dirk Niepoort
2) Industry guest 2
3) THRA
4) AHB
5) WS1
6) RAYC
7) CMAG
8) JDAW1
9) JGH
10) RLC
11) PW
12) AP

Reserves
1) DRT

numbers will need to be limited as In previous years due to the size of the venue
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by PhilW » 21:16 Tue 17 Apr 2012

I would like a spot this year if possible please, or reserve again if already full; thanks.

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by Axel P » 10:06 Wed 18 Apr 2012

Me, too, please
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by jdaw1 » 14:48 Wed 18 Apr 2012

Thank you for adding me to the list.

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by Axel P » 10:24 Fri 20 Apr 2012

Thanks, Alex, is the date finally confirmed?

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 11:18 Fri 20 Apr 2012

The date is subject to Tom and the Bell confirming. However, I have booked my room at the Saffron Hotel.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by Cookie » 18:59 Fri 20 Apr 2012

I can confirm that The Bell is booked for the evening :D
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by WS1 » 19:34 Mon 23 Apr 2012

just booked the Saffron Hotel :D
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by Christopher » 14:54 Tue 24 Apr 2012

Hi as I know longer live in London can I please go on the list, suspect a reserve now
Thanks

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 13:59 Wed 25 Apr 2012

Christopher wrote:Hi as I know longer live in London can I please go on the list, suspect a reserve now
Thanks
Now on - as a reserve
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by uncle tom » 19:14 Mon 08 Oct 2012

For those needing to adopt, I have two interesting candidates:

1) Cockburn crusted port, bottled by Avery's in October 1928. Level: top shoulder

2) Unknown vintage port. This was part of an eight bottle stash sold by Christies as 'Believed Dow 1945' Six of the bottles are certainly Dow, and consistant in appearance with being 1945, but two others were different and looked much older, with no visible markings to reveal their ID.

Bottles have pale green glass with many defects in the glass itself, typical of that used 100+ years ago, but they could be re-used bottles. Level: mid shoulder

- Please PM me if interested.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by DRT » 21:25 Mon 08 Oct 2012

AHB wrote:
Christopher wrote:Hi as I know longer live in London can I please go on the list, suspect a reserve now
Thanks
Now on - as a reserve
I gave my place to CMAG a couple of weeks ago due to my diary disaster. Please add me to the reserve list.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 12:31 Thu 18 Oct 2012

Dirk Niepoort has just confirmed that he will make his third successive (or is it fourth successive?) appearance at the Bell as a guest this Christmas, subject to nothing else cropping up in his diary that he is not able to reschedule.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by jdaw1 » 23:53 Sat 17 Nov 2012

First draft of the stickies, tasting-note and vote-recorder sheets.
  • The new fashion is for the TN sheets to have a faded echo of the glasses’ circles. That echo is present, but not that being echoed. Should the echo be zapped?

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 00:10 Sun 18 Nov 2012

jdaw1 wrote:...to have a faded echo of the glasses’ circles. That echo is present, but not that being echoed. Should the echo be zapped?
I don't understand the question.

But I do observe that 26 ports is likely to be a few more than we manage between the 10 of us.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by jdaw1 » 00:21 Sun 18 Nov 2012

AHB wrote:I don't understand the question.
New-style TN sheets have a faded circle.
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That faded circle is a copy, faded, of that on the glasses page.

But there isn’t a glasses page!

AHB wrote:But I do observe that 26 ports is likely to be a few more than we manage between the 10 of us.
To simplify the distribution of stickies, I’m choosing a multiple of thirteen.

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 00:36 Sun 18 Nov 2012

jdaw1 wrote:But there isn’t a glasses page!
Ah! Now I understand. I vote to keep the faded circle.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by WS1 » 15:26 Wed 21 Nov 2012

Hi,

I am terribly sorry but I have to opt out due to my mother being seriously sick.

regards

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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 23:39 Wed 21 Nov 2012

WS1 wrote:Hi,

I am terribly sorry but I have to opt out due to my mother being seriously sick.

regards

WS1
I'm very sorry to hear that. I do hope your mother recovers from her illness.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by DRT » 00:20 Thu 22 Nov 2012

As intimated to some by email earlier this evening, I cannot commit to attending this event so please leave me on the reserve list and try to fill the vacant seat with someone else.
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Re: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by jdaw1 » 00:23 Thu 22 Nov 2012

The target size is ten. We had twelve. So eleven remaining does not cause a need for a reserve.

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Re: The Bell, Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 22:32 Fri 07 Dec 2012

I plan to print tasting mats (and labels) early next week.

Could someone (JDAW?) please remind me which Avery Label type I need to use.

Thanks.
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Re: The Bell, Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by jdaw1 » 23:18 Fri 07 Dec 2012

Please check all OK.

The bottle labels are A4, 2×4. The glass labels are A4, 5×13.

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Re: The Bell, Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by WS1 » 14:22 Sun 09 Dec 2012

Hello,

may I cheekily ask if there is any chance to get my seat for this tasting back? Since I am in London over this period and have to go to the dentist in Woodbridge, Suffolk on Friday the 14th I could stop over in Audley End.

Please let me know.

regards

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Re: The Bell, Thursday 13 December, 2012

Post by AHB » 16:11 Sun 09 Dec 2012

WS1 wrote:Hello,

may I cheekily ask if there is any chance to get my seat for this tasting back? Since I am in London over this period and have to go to the dentist in Woodbridge, Suffolk on Friday the 14th I could stop over in Audley End.

Please let me know.

regards

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There is still a vacancy at the table, so you would be very welcome.
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