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by Alex Bridgeman
09:11 Fri 19 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates
Replies: 35
Views: 10274

Re: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates

mcoulson wrote: 08:20 Fri 19 Apr 2024 Have you got any of your original hard copies left ?
I don’t think so, but I’ll check.

It might be worth asking at the SFE stand on Tuesday.
by Alex Bridgeman
07:32 Fri 19 Apr 2024
Forum: Travel
Topic: Travelling Between Quintas without a Car
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Travelling Between Quintas without a Car

My advice is the same as Andy’s.

If you have fixed times for arrival or departure, book you taxi a week ahead or so. Your host at the Quinta you’re visiting or hotel in Régua / Pinhão will be able to help you.

Ride apps haven’t arrived in the Douro yet.
by Alex Bridgeman
07:23 Fri 19 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates
Replies: 35
Views: 10274

Re: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates

The link Mike posted is to the edition which came out in 2022. I don’t think there’s a third edition out yet.
by Alex Bridgeman
07:26 Wed 17 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2022 Declarations
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: 2022 Declarations

Symington Family Estates have said they will be announcing this week.
by Alex Bridgeman
07:25 Wed 17 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2022 Declarations
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: 2022 Declarations

PCM wrote: 13:37 Sat 13 Apr 2024 According to Vinho Grandes Escolhas Sogrape declared Vintage Ports 2022 for Ferreira, Sandeman and Offley
I’ve just updated the list to show that according to their Instagram feeds, the Ferreira and Sandeman vintages are single Quinta wines while Offley is a full vintage blend.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:32 Sun 14 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Niepoort
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: 1991 Niepoort

Are we taking about Fence in Lancashire? That’s a long way to travel for a glass of Port!
by Alex Bridgeman
23:22 Sun 14 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Happy Portday
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Happy Portday

The Port I’ve owned the longest is a bottle of Vesuvio 1989 I bought in 1994, so eight years later than Justin’s Sandeman 1966. I do recall working out of Belgrave House in Buckingham Palace Road in the 1980s, when the Lloyd’s crisis forced the Lloyd’s names to liquidate assets. Just round the corne...
by Alex Bridgeman
14:30 Wed 10 Apr 2024
Forum: Travel
Topic: Porto this weekend
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Porto this weekend

I’m trying to think what’s new since 2020. I stayed at the Lodge a few weeks ago. It was pleasant enough and Alexandra in the bar was keen to share what she knew and to learn more about Port. The 1756 restaurant has a good reputation, but I’ve not eaten there. I know someone who stayed a couple of n...
by Alex Bridgeman
14:17 Wed 10 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Graham (or Malvedos) vertical, Tue 14 May 2024
Replies: 114
Views: 486922

Re: Graham (or Malvedos) vertical, Tue 14 May 2024

I’d rather do the GMs separately, not mixed in with the Graham vertical.

I think the list Martin has proposed is based on what has been offered to him. For example, no-one has offered a bottle of 1957 nor anything older than 1955.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:30 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2022 Declarations
Replies: 4
Views: 309

2022 Declarations

It's time to start gathering together all we learn abouts Vintage Ports made from the 2022 harvest. So far I have heard declarations have been made by: Niepoort Quevedo Sogrape Ferreira Quinta do Porto Offley Sandeman Quinta do Seixo Symington Family Estates Cockburn Quinta dos Canais Dow Quinta do ...
by Alex Bridgeman
17:26 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 2103
Views: 881008

Re: Latest buy

Not seen this before, but that is an interesting bottle.

Julian has copies of lots of the historic Wine Society catalogues. He might be able to give some more details on it.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:21 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1982 Smith Woodhouse LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 140

1982 Smith Woodhouse LBV

Bottle matured LBV, bottled in 1986 (as stated on the cork). Mature ruby red appearance, looking to be in early maturity; 50% opaque. Cherry cough drops on the nose, mixing sweet fruit with a touch of menthol. On the palate this is so impressive. Lively and light-footed, the fruit dances around the ...
by Alex Bridgeman
09:52 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Travel
Topic: London in May
Replies: 17
Views: 24128

Re: London in May

Seckfords is easy to get to by train - it takes about 95 minutes from Liverpool Street. The warehouse is about a 10 minutes walk through a lovely riverside park from Melton train station. You could easily do it as quite a pleasant half day excursion. Assuming you were talking about the Bovington Tan...
by Alex Bridgeman
09:40 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers
Replies: 55
Views: 2184

Re: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers

W47 (JDAW) The Warre 1947 is high shoulder, bottler unknown (though it came from Alex B. , and it might be that a different bottle of the batch had a label). Was this one of the bottles from the parcel bought at Bonham's on 17 March 2009? With the white foil capsule? If so, I kept two bottles from ...
by Alex Bridgeman
19:56 Mon 08 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tues 8th October - Old v New & Undisturbed
Replies: 20
Views: 592

Re: Tues 8th October - Old v New & Undisturbed

Sadly, not for me although I love the theme.
by Alex Bridgeman
20:20 Sun 07 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Existential dilemma
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Existential dilemma

None of us here have anything other than a minor, passing interest in an obscure red wine from a tiny part of a small country on the western fringes of Europe.

That is what I have consistently told my wife, and myself. I can stop any time I want to.
by Alex Bridgeman
19:29 Fri 05 Apr 2024
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Non Festive Drinking
Replies: 119
Views: 25368

Re: Non Festive Drinking

Beautiful mature claret
Beautiful mature claret
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We decided to open red wine to go with our salmon steaks this evening.

By golly, this is astonishingly good mature claret at its absolute peak of perfection. Full of fruit, gentle of grip and hauntingly long.
by Alex Bridgeman
14:56 Thu 04 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Big Fortified Tasting 2024 - Volunteers Welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 1912

Re: The Big Fortified Tasting 2024 - Volunteers Welcome

Anyone who thinks they have volunteered but hasn't had an email from me, please let me know.

Anyone who has had an email from me, but hasn't replied, please reply so I know you're still able to help.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:30 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Port Forum Babies and their Vintages
Replies: 85
Views: 105795

Re: The Port Forum Babies and their Vintages

Belated congratulations to Zak and Iona on the birth of their twins in February. I’m told that mother, father and children are all well, if rather tired.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:27 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Port and the Ashes
Replies: 14
Views: 18135

Re: Port and the Ashes

It may not be the Ashes, but Croft 1977 is a wonderful Port to sip whilst watching (highlights of) the last couple of matches of the IPL.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:50 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Croft
Replies: 1
Views: 151

1977 Croft

IMG_6905.jpeg Croft 1977, decanted 4.5 hours. This is a Port in a lovely place at the moment. Glowing, polished ruby in colour and so expressive on the nose! The nose brings sweet cherry fruit, layered with mace and allspice, and so much more. Tobacco, aniseed and dried cranberry on the palate - br...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:47 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1957 Graham
Replies: 22
Views: 1022

Re: 1957 Graham

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This is the highest resolution I can post here.

But whatever the bottle is — you have a bargain!
by Alex Bridgeman
22:41 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers
Replies: 55
Views: 2184

Re: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers

It’s looking unlikely that I will be able to attend.

If I can, it will be a last minute decision — in which case I will order on the day.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:09 Sat 30 Mar 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1539
Views: 875881

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Waitrose is having their “buy 6 bottles and get 25% off” sale.

So I’ve just bought my summer supply of Kopke 10YO White and Kopke 2010 White Colheita.