25 July 2012, Olympic Years ’48 to ’08, Portuguese Embassy

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25 July 2012, Olympic Years ’48 to ’08, Portuguese Embassy

Post by jdaw1 » 08:23 Fri 27 Jul 2012

On the Wednesday before the 2012 Olympics we were guests of His Excellency Dr João de Vallera, the Portuguese Ambassador to the Court of St James, at his official residence, wherein we had two bottles of Port from each summer-Olympic year, 1948 to 2008.

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Post by jdaw1 » 09:17 Fri 27 Jul 2012

In the planning thread AHB wrote:So what happened? And who took on the role of official scribe? I'm looking forward to reading the review and tasting notes.
In reply uncle tom wrote:It went very well, despite being an extremely hot day. The dining table looked absolutely fantastic, and the embassy staff were most professional.

One of the Dow 80's was corked, which was annoying, as I had brought a spare bottle, but the problem wasn't clocked when we decanted..

Surprise of the night was the Warre Cavadinha '84, which was a very peppery and spicy wine - and perfectly mature. The Niepoort experimental '56 acquitted itself very well, and appeared to be an intermediate between ruby and tawny in style - and the Martinez '48 made for a classic ending.

The Ambassador's guests were excellent company, as was the Bishop of Norwich who was most gregarious..

When I suggested that we would have to repeat the exercise in two years time to celebrate the World Cup, the Ambassador immediately stood up and offered his hand to seal the deal - which I accepted..

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Re: 25 July 2012, Olympic Years ’48 to ’08, Portuguese Embas

Post by KillerB » 13:36 Fri 21 Sep 2012

Sorry everybody, hadn't realised that the photos hadn't been posted, thanks Phil for letting me know:

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Post by AHB » 15:01 Fri 21 Sep 2012

Fun pictures to look through, thanks for posting them.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Post by JacobH » 21:31 Sun 23 Sep 2012

I see that Uncle Tom was in prime spot to the right of the Bishop of Norwich. Did he ask The Question? Indeed, what is the right question in that situation? I think we ought to be told.
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Post by DRT » 21:41 Sun 23 Sep 2012

JacobH wrote:I see that Uncle Tom was in prime spot to the right of the Bishop of Norwich. Did he ask The Question? Indeed, what is the right question in that situation? I think we ought to be told.
Replace "Do you know" with "Are you". :D
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Post by JacobH » 21:59 Sun 23 Sep 2012

DRT wrote:
JacobH wrote:I see that Uncle Tom was in prime spot to the right of the Bishop of Norwich. Did he ask The Question? Indeed, what is the right question in that situation? I think we ought to be told.
Replace "Do you know" with "Are you". :D
I’m not convinced the traditional response to the answer would work or be polite in that situation!
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Re: 25 July 2012, Olympic Years ’48 to ’08, Portuguese Embas

Post by g-man » 20:09 Mon 24 Sep 2012

surely you could comment that he is indeed a terribly good chap ;-)
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