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by JacobH
10:22 Fri 23 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 139
Views: 68084

Re: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week

PS. The idiosyncratic spelling of Niepoort is their’s not mine!
by JacobH
10:08 Fri 23 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 139
Views: 68084

Re: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week

Curiously, I can’t see that we have ever discussed The Port House . If I am describing it correctly, it is a small Irish chain of Spanish restaurants / bars with a Port theme (!). I’ve only been to the one in London which is on the Strand. Save for one aspect, I think it is hard to fault their selec...
by JacobH
09:06 Thu 15 Jul 2021
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Manuel Vasques Osorio 1870
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Manuel Vasques Osorio 1870

Hi! Welcome to :tpf:! I'm not looking for selling, was only trying to understand if the wine was a Port or an old bottled wine. Regarding the other 2 I'll just drink them, not expecting any evaluation, appreciated. Perhaps we should move this thread to Port Conversations if, happily, the original po...
by JacobH
08:51 Thu 15 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vila Nova de Gaia-only Shippers
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Vila Nova de Gaia-only Shippers

Avoid this place like it's a Covid hot spot, LOL. The only place where prices were not listed and they changed them based on who the person was. I have no idea if they have changed their ways since the last time I was there, but I will never go back and never recommend anyone go there. !! I went th...
by JacobH
20:39 Wed 14 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1779
Views: 476666

Re: RE: Re: Latest buy

Checking a few recent auction results - it looks like prices are coming off the boil. Not quite low enough to get me buying younger vintages yet, but vintages like '70 and '77 are not far off their pre-pandemic prices. Interesting. That would suggest it really was people sitting at home and feeling...
by JacobH
10:38 Wed 14 Jul 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: [POSTPONED] Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park
Replies: 22
Views: 4138

Re: Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park, 17 July 2021

Unfortunately Elizabeth and I are going to have to drop out of the planned picnic. She’s currently working three jobs and is exhausted. Weekends are mostly spent sleeping. Really sorry to hear that. Hope things get back-to-normal soon! I'm going to struggle, although not impossible, to attend this....
by JacobH
10:35 Wed 14 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1779
Views: 476666

Re: Latest buy

i've received my curiosity delivery last friday. 1 case of Vargellas VP 1998 1 case of Vesuvio VP 1998 the ones on the picture without label from left to right: - Graham's VP 2003 - Vesuvio VP 2003 - Quinta Amarela Colheita 1963 - Very Old Tawny - from Amandio old Stock - Vesuvio VP 1994 - Amandio ...
by JacobH
10:32 Wed 14 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vila Nova de Gaia-only Shippers
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Vila Nova de Gaia-only Shippers

Isn’t Cruz one of, if not the largest producer by volume, Although mainly available in France and surrounding European countries? Yes, Porto Cruz is one of the largest shippers by volume. Mostly low-end Port to France presumably for cooking, but they do also have some very nice older stuff in their...
by JacobH
10:12 Sun 11 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vila Nova de Gaia-only Shippers
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Vila Nova de Gaia-only Shippers

I was contemplating some of the lodges and tasting rooms I've been into in VNdG and was wondering if some of them only really have a presence there since I've never really seen their Ports for sale in other places. Cruz is the obvious example: huge presence on the waterfront; rather nice new buildin...
by JacobH
20:26 Wed 07 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Churchill Club Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 115

NV Churchill Club Tawny

A “one-time” Port from the Port Club. The blurb claims this is about 17 years old and is somewhere between a 10- and 20-year-old tawny in style. They say it is aimed at producing an old-fashioned tawny Port as happened before the 10/20/30/40 categories predominated. The colour is completely transpar...
by JacobH
20:04 Wed 07 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The right order
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: The right order

Something I noticed when doing quite a lot of the virtual tastings that were offered last year was that almost all of the producers started with the youngest Port and worked back to the oldest. This slightly surprised me since I was always used to doing it the other way around. I do think there is s...
by JacobH
11:08 Wed 07 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Port myths and their truth

There is a more fundamental measure, which is highly personal. What is, for you, a decent mouthful? How many decent mouthfuls do you want of one wine? That is the perfect size of bottle, if drinking alone. It seems to me that Riedel is missing a trick. Not only could they market glasses specially d...
by JacobH
19:48 Tue 06 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Port myths and their truth

200ml seems quite a lot for a glass of wine! In the UK they can only sell them in 125ml or 175ml glasses and I think 100ml, 120ml and 150ml are the most common sizes in continental Europe. (Places do advertise 175ml as the "small" and 250ml as the "large" but the latter is really a double so they'd ...
by JacobH
17:27 Mon 05 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1896 Taylor Single Harvest Port (bottled 2021)
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: 1896 Taylor Single Harvest Port (bottled 2021)

hadge wrote:
16:46 Mon 05 Jul 2021
I have just seen a retail price of £2,900 per bottle IB, interesting that they dropped the price from the reported price tag.
Perhaps it is a sale for the Summer? Are you planning on stocking up? ;-)
by JacobH
17:24 Mon 05 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Port myths and their truth

The odd thing about decanting times is that you see nonsense talked in both directions. For example, on one cellar tour in Porto, the chap told the group that a ruby Port would keep for six months when opened! Clearly it would still be drinkable after that time but I can’t imagine it would be very n...
by JacobH
09:31 Sun 04 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review
Replies: 18
Views: 1481

Re: 2019 Symington Vintage Port Review

Quinta do Noval 2,400 cases produced. Bottled in 75cl format with a very small number of magnums being filled for library stock at the Quinta. My favourite of the 2019 Ports I tasted as cask samples. A very dark red, black in tone but with an astonishing nose of spearmint and blackcurrant. Wonderfu...
by JacobH
12:43 Fri 02 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Dalva Dry White Reserve
Replies: 0
Views: 111

NV Dalva Dry White Reserve

This is an aged wine, which has apparently spent 7 years in oak, although it is not clear from their website how much of that is in large and how much in small barrels. The colour is rather attractive; somewhere between golden and dark straw. The nose has some light fruits (apricots, perhaps?). Thes...
by JacobH
10:19 Fri 02 Jul 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Dow
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: 1980 Dow

Doggett wrote:
20:49 Thu 01 Jul 2021
Sounds lovely… but would it benefit from 5-10-20 years of further storing?
I sometimes think that by the time the Dow 1980 reaches full maturity in about 2080, every last bottle of it will have been drunk!
by JacobH
09:38 Wed 30 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Cruz
Replies: 0
Views: 195

2005 Cruz

I am a very strong believer that one should revisit and test prejudices and assumptions, especially when it comes to Port. Accordingly (but not without some trepidation) I try the 2005 Cruz. The colour is really quite light. Completely transparent, it is more red than purple, although only fading a ...
by JacobH
09:22 Wed 30 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Gould Campbell
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: 1977 Gould Campbell

Jasper May wrote:
02:09 Wed 30 Jun 2021
I took a bit of a daft risk and bought an 11 bottle "case". This is the first bottle, and so far so good - no TCA. Barely any bricking at the rim, this is looking unexpectedly youthfull for a '77.
Perhaps someone opened one and simply decided it would never mature in their lifetime? ;-)
by JacobH
09:21 Wed 30 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1896 Taylor Single Harvest Port (bottled 2021)
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: 1896 Taylor Single Harvest Port (bottled 2021)

I wonder what they are planning on doing with the white colheita?
by JacobH
10:06 Tue 29 Jun 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: DOC-bagging
Replies: 22
Views: 1785

Re: DOC-bagging

Asking a bar-man to bring me something “interesting” in a small wine bar which was rather generously stocked with Portuguese wines, he returns with another bottle of Vulcânico by the Azores Wine Company. This time it is the tinto / red which is a field blend, apparently containing a very large numbe...
by JacobH
09:42 Tue 29 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Port myths and their truth

Whilst the IVDP has never been entirely reluctant to sort out labelling problems (e.g. abolishing “Vintage Character”), I think the problem with Tawny Ports is that the blending process doesn’t really lend itself to “minimum age”. For example, when we did the Quevedo “blend your own tawny”, I rememb...
by JacobH
21:31 Mon 28 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: NV Cálem White “White & Dry”

I really don't like dry whites. Dalva has several and I don't care for them at all. I also actively dislike Taylor's Chip Dry. Nasty stuff... might even be worse than pink Port for me. I agree with you about struggling with the dry white ports. I think I was one of the few people who didn’t rave ab...
by JacobH
21:18 Mon 28 Jun 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port myths and their truth
Replies: 30
Views: 1168

Re: Port myths and their truth

The one that annoys me all the time because it's really simple to disprove, is that TWAIOA either average that old, or that's the age of the youngest wine in the bottle, or some other standard that comes from some other alcohol is stated as fact for Tawnies. The number on the label only represents ...