Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s

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Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s

Post by AHB » 20:56 Mon 29 Dec 2014

AHB organising, as PW now unable to attend (thanks Alex).

Date: Monday 9th February
Venue: The Green Room in The Boot & Flogger, 10-20 Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA, tel +44 20 7407 1184 (streetmap.co.uk, maps.google.co.uk, bing).
Theme: Port from the 1970s
People:
  1. MPM;
  2. JDAW;
  3. AHB;
  4. IDJ;
  5. CPR;
  6. RDA;
  7. PW.
Alternative theme postponed for future use:
(1) Did Avery get it right? (Av63 vs F63, T63, S63; with other ?63 assuming >4 people)
Having never tried the Avery '63, this is an idea I have had for a while, but have been hesitant to suggest as yet as I don't have any of the 4 primary ports! However I do have other '63s I could bring along, if the idea was of interest and the initial four were covered.


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Re: Feb 9th Boot & Flogger?

Post by flash_uk » 21:13 Mon 29 Dec 2014

Date looks OK for me. For theme one I have a Cr63 handy at home. Have a few '70s handy which would work for theme two.

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Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by jdaw1 » 21:42 Mon 29 Dec 2014

Subject to permission from SWMBO, yes please.

No ’63s to hand: help!

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by AHB » 17:19 Tue 30 Dec 2014

The date is in my diary, although I can't confirm yet whether I can attend.

But I have a thought - Hawkesmoor Restaurants offer a corkage rate of £5 per bottle (actually, £5 per cork) on Mondays. Is there any interest in investigating whether one of their restaurants might be interested in hosting us on the 9th Feb?

Avery also did their own blend in a number of other years, I've had their '66 in the past. We could widen the challenge to any years where we can get a bottle of Avery blended port! I have surprisingly few '63s on hand until I get myself organised with another visit to off-site storage - but that should be reasonably easy to manage during January. And I don't have very many '70s either! Only one at home (Graham).

I think I need to get myself better organised...
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by PhilW » 11:10 Wed 31 Dec 2014

AHB wrote:But I have a thought - Hawkesmoor Restaurants offer a corkage rate of £5 per bottle (actually, £5 per cork) on Mondays. Is there any interest in investigating whether one of their restaurants might be interested in hosting us on the 9th Feb?
I'm always happy to try an new venue, though being out of town would not be likely to visit/check. For now I'll assume B&F but won't book until nearer the time - if in the meantime you are happy to drop by on of the Hawkesmoor restaurants and all seems suitable, then please feel free to book and let us know; otherwise I'll be interested to see what the B&F is like.
AHB wrote:Avery also did their own blend in a number of other years, I've had their '66 in the past. We could widen the challenge to any years where we can get a bottle of Avery blended port! I have surprisingly few '63s on hand until I get myself organised with another visit to off-site storage - but that should be reasonably easy to manage during January. And I don't have very many '70s either! Only one at home (Graham).
We could certainly open it further to include other Avery years and the bottles they were formed from, if we know them and had enough people; or we could do a different year from '63 on similar basis; At the moment, no owner of an Avery bottle has offered to put it forward (I was too slow and missed out at FV last year), so we may well be defaulting to blind 70's - not a hardship, though I'd like to do the Avery idea at some future date if it is not viable at this time.
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by idj123 » 14:20 Fri 02 Jan 2015

I'm up for this and either theme is fine by me (eg I can lay my hands on T63, G63 and D63).

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by PhilW » 09:01 Wed 14 Jan 2015

Since posting this suggestion I see that an Avery '63 was opened at the Dr Dirk tasting just before New Year; I'm therefore going to set the theme for 9th Feb will be "Blind 70's" and save the "was Avery right" theme for a later date.

Alex - you mentioned a possible alternate venue you would like to try; I have not yet booked the B+F (indeed I have not checked if they are available as yet) and would be happy for us to try Hawkesmoor if one of their venues might suit; does anyone have any experience of them?
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by DRT » 23:38 Wed 14 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:Hawkesmoor Restaurants offer a corkage rate of £5 per bottle (actually, £5 per cork) on Mondays. Is there any interest in investigating whether one of their restaurants might be interested in hosting us on the 9th Feb?
There is a Hawkesmoor very close to my office and about 100 yards from the Davy's used for recent tastings. They have a private room in the basement that would be ideal for a large tasting. They also have the best rump steak I have ever tasted.
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by RAYC » 11:36 Thu 15 Jan 2015

Unfortunaately i am out of the country from the previous Friday for a couple of weeks
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by AHB » 16:56 Fri 16 Jan 2015

DRT wrote:
AHB wrote:Hawkesmoor Restaurants offer a corkage rate of £5 per bottle (actually, £5 per cork) on Mondays. Is there any interest in investigating whether one of their restaurants might be interested in hosting us on the 9th Feb?
There is a Hawkesmoor very close to my office and about 100 yards from the Davy's used for recent tastings. They have a private room in the basement that would be ideal for a large tasting. They also have the best rump steak I have ever tasted.
Would you be able to drop by their place and see whether they would be willing to accommodate us under their £5 Mondays deal?
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by DRT » 17:31 Fri 16 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:Would you be able to drop by their place and see whether they would be willing to accommodate us under their £5 Mondays deal?
Will do.
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by CPR 1 » 19:57 Fri 23 Jan 2015

Sounds good, and the date now works :D

Thus count me in!

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by PhilW » 08:22 Wed 28 Jan 2015

Has anyone had the opportunity to drop in and check venue suitability and book the Hawkesmoor? If not then tonight I will try and book the B+F for us on this occasion (which would fine, as I've not been there yet and would be interested to try it, though just as happy to accomodate other's preferences to try a Hawkesmoor and even more happy to .eat highly-rated steak)
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by DRT » 18:43 Wed 28 Jan 2015

Sorry, haven't managed to get there yet so suggest B&F for this one.
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger?

Post by PhilW » 14:00 Thu 29 Jan 2015

Further work issues have arisen which unfortunately means that I'm no longer going to be able to make it down to London on the evening of the 9th Jan :( Currently we have a small attendee list with several provisional; at present therefore, I have NOT booked the B&F as we might only be 2 or 3.

If people still want to go ahead, please could someone offer to take ownership?
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger - maybe, maybe not?

Post by AHB » 14:35 Thu 29 Jan 2015

I'm now a definite for this so I'm happy to take the lead.

JDAW - are you still provisional?

All - any dissent from a theme of vintage port from 1970?
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger - maybe, maybe not?

Post by jdaw1 » 15:33 Thu 29 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:JDAW - are you still provisional?

All - any dissent from a theme of vintage port from 1970?
I have permission. Thunderbirds are go.

I don’t have a ’70 within reach. Could adopt, or could bring a suitable other bottle.

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger - maybe, maybe not?

Post by PhilW » 16:21 Thu 29 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:I'm now a definite for this so I'm happy to take the lead.
Thanks Alex; Could an admin please alter the ownership of the first post to AHB if that is possible, please?
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger - maybe, maybe not?

Post by flash_uk » 20:36 Thu 29 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:All - any dissent from a theme of vintage port from 1970?
Sounds good. Blind or sighted?

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger - maybe, maybe not?

Post by AHB » 22:02 Thu 29 Jan 2015

flash_uk wrote:
AHB wrote:All - any dissent from a theme of vintage port from 1970?
Sounds good. Blind or sighted?
It seems that I don't have a great deal of port from the 1970 vintage at home or easy to get at before Monday, so I have taken the unilateral decision to relax the theme to now be "Port from the 1970s".

We'll do this blind, then we can have some fun.
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger - maybe, maybe not?

Post by flash_uk » 22:09 Thu 29 Jan 2015

AHB wrote: It seems that I don't have a great deal of port from the 1970 vintage at home or easy to get at before Monday, so I have taken the unilateral decision to relax the theme to now be "Port from the 1970s".

We'll do this blind, then we can have some fun.
Very good. That opens up more possibilities!

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s

Post by jdaw1 » 23:12 Thu 29 Jan 2015

Placemats added to first post.

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s

Post by AHB » 23:35 Thu 29 Jan 2015

Thank you for the placemats. I will print these on Monday.
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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s

Post by jdaw1 » 00:24 Fri 30 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:I will print these on Monday.
Monday week. Don’t print early.

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Re: Mon 9th Feb 2015, Boot & Flogger, Port from the 1970s

Post by DRT » 01:17 Fri 30 Jan 2015

Tentatively in.
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