Ronnie's visit to London was a great reason for me to use up one of my two January passes for port-tastings, but now I am back on the wagon - but still with another pass to use before the end of the month if anyone is interested!
Total confusion reigned last night as 7 people turned up with 10 bottles for a tasting to which 5 people were expected to bring 5 bottles. Naturally enough, we coped. RAYC was JDAW for the evening; CPR was *, JDAW was consigned to the end of the table where DRT had artistically prepared a placemat for him. Hopefully a picture was taken of JDAW's placemat (the actual JDAW, not that evening's JDAW, who was really RAYC...who is really RAC, but that's a story for another review thread).
As to the ports, there was RMW 1 & 2 (both half bottles, one in a tall bottle and one in a half bottle), DRT 1 & 2 (one oxidised and one delicious), WPS 1 & 2 (one delicious, one only available in small qualtities), an expected bottle (*) from CPR and an unexpected bottle from JDAW in his capacity as the representative of the tablecloth makers guild. Complete confusion reigned with no consistency at all as to which port should be in which glass on which circle - and even how many extra circles had to be drawn on the tablecloth (I had 4, the guest formerly known as JDAW had 3).
Despite the chaos, there was only 1 occasion when someone tasted and commented on the wrong port, which was pretty good going. I insisted that the "Guess the port" sheet be photographed and recorded for posterity as it is many months or years since I last managed to be the least bad of the tasters round the table in identifying the ports served blind. I managed an impressive 4 /14 points.
It was also a nice way to start off the year, to catch up with Ronnie and to drink some nice (and some bad) ports. Thanks to everyone who could make it, it was good to see everyone again.
Top Ports in 2021: Niepoort Garrafeira 1931; Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Cockburn 1969 Single Harvest Tawny
Top Port in 2022 so far: the most stunning bottle of Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port.