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by uncle tom
12:43 Thu 15 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

Two down and one jet-lagged..
Hmm.. - defer to June?
by uncle tom
15:32 Mon 12 Feb 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

I doubt there's any week that will suit everyone, and only Charles seems to have a problem with w/c 29th April.

Unless there's crying and gnashing of teeth in the next 24hrs, I propose to email the B&F to see if the Red Room is free on Tues April 30th.
by uncle tom
04:57 Wed 24 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

OK - April 25th is looking difficult - would a week later work better for people?
by uncle tom
10:00 Tue 23 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

Need to set a date for this. Trying to avoid school hols, bank holiday weeks and other events, how does Thursday April 25th suit people?
by uncle tom
06:28 Tue 23 Jan 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Thoughts on LBVs
Replies: 26
Views: 44310

Re: Thoughts on LBVs

I feel like this was the same with more recent Sandeman LBVs that I've tried - massive tannic beasts that really need time to age rather than being blended for drinking on release. My purchase strategy for LBVs is focused on those I think will age the best. Warre currently gets top billing by virtu...
by uncle tom
16:10 Mon 15 Jan 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Thoughts on LBVs
Replies: 26
Views: 44310

Re: Thoughts on LBVs

Unfiltered LBV’s can be very delicious and can generally age nicely for a couple decades. I do find they tend to start losing their luster after about 20-25 yrs. They’re still good but they tend not to have the complexity to carry them into very old age. Of course there are exceptions, I’m speaking...
by uncle tom
13:51 Wed 10 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

Yes please, although I might suggest smaller range of years and more producers? So maybe ditch the 2019 vintage and go for flights of eight? I am most interested in trying different producers - thus I would suggest restricting it to just the 17 and 18 vintages but with 10 'new' producers? This migh...
by uncle tom
14:23 Tue 09 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

Yes please, although I might suggest smaller range of years and more producers? So maybe ditch the 2019 vintage and go for flights of eight? I am most interested in trying different producers - thus I would suggest restricting it to just the 17 and 18 vintages but with 10 'new' producers? This migh...
by uncle tom
06:49 Tue 09 Jan 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 251
Views: 170149

Re: Pointless Statistics

The average age of the Port is 39 years and 292 days (compared with 34 years and 185 days
Average age of VP in my cellar is currently 36 years, 10 months, 7 days, 13 hours and 32 minutes

I have 389 bottles of VP that are older than I am and 1080 bottles that are over 50 years old
by uncle tom
04:23 Tue 09 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

Re: LBV - The Young Turks

Yes please, although I might suggest smaller range of years and more producers?
So maybe ditch the 2019 vintage and go for flights of eight?
by uncle tom
09:34 Mon 08 Jan 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: LBV - The Young Turks
Replies: 39
Views: 42365

LBV - The Young Turks

Date: TBA, April/May '24 Venue: B&F - probably Concept: To purchase two dozen different bottles of LBV from Portugal Vineyards and have them shipped directly to the B&F (subject to their agreement) Four flights of six bottles, each flight having the same vintage year 2016/17/18/19 Each fligh...
by uncle tom
13:20 Sat 06 Jan 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Thoughts on LBVs
Replies: 26
Views: 44310

Re: Thoughts on LBVs

Having said that I would love to hear what you're seeing as the relative unknowns (to the less informed UK consumer) that you think are unsung heroes of the LBV market. I'm thinking we should have a tasting event for aspiring LBV producers, from Barao de Vilar to Pacheca to Tecedeiras to Vista Aleg...
by uncle tom
07:34 Sat 06 Jan 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Thoughts on LBVs
Replies: 26
Views: 44310

Thoughts on LBVs

There are at present around 100 different LBVs on the market, no fewer than 74 of them stocked by messrs Portugal Vineyards. Of those 74, only 19 have T stopper closures, suggesting most are age worthy wines, but few describe themselves as 'unfiltered'. The 19 however are almost all high volume bran...
by uncle tom
06:20 Sat 06 Jan 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 251
Views: 170149

Re: Pointless Statistics

Nearly twenty years ago now, I has this little idea.. ..that it would be fun to create a port cellar that could yield a centenarian bottle of VP every year in perpetuity - There's been a bit of mission creep since then.. :roll: With the 1924's now turning 100 I now have over 100 bottles (107 to be p...
by uncle tom
16:43 Wed 13 Dec 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends
Replies: 57
Views: 154505

Re: Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends

Steaks collected, Burton's 14oz fillet as usual.
by uncle tom
16:28 Thu 07 Dec 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends
Replies: 57
Views: 154505

Re: Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends

And this year's cheeses will be:

Village Maid - Maida Vale - ale washed soft cheese

Sparkenhoe - Red Leicester

Northampton Blue - a soft creamy blue cheese

Isle of Mull Cheddar - fairly soft and full flavoured
by uncle tom
17:10 Mon 04 Dec 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends
Replies: 57
Views: 154505

Re: Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends

My bottle selected - suitably ancient, vintage and bottler known, shipper a mystery.

Will prepare the usual fare - Salmon, fillet steaks and chips, vanilla ice cream with gravy, assorted British cheeses and a few mince pies.
by uncle tom
19:24 Thu 16 Nov 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..
Replies: 31
Views: 27781

Re: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..

I'm wondering whether we might resurrect 'the elegant luncheon' on the day before the Xmas bash - and consume this bottle along with various wines, not necessarily port, at a suitable London venue?
by uncle tom
18:06 Tue 24 Oct 2023
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2021 Declarations
Replies: 30
Views: 29907

Re: 2021 Declarations

I am late on parade with my annual vintage rankings this year because I'm struggling to make sense of this vintage. On the one hand we have a very small list of declared VPs, this is one of the rare years when the biggest names are offering neither their declared blends nor an SQVP - but on the othe...
by uncle tom
19:05 Fri 20 Oct 2023
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage at last??
Replies: 18
Views: 14372

Re: Vintage at last??

So.. not a great year by the sounds of it.

Now the vintage is wrapped up, is it looking like a poor, bad or terrible one?
by uncle tom
19:03 Fri 20 Oct 2023
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bottles you never want to open
Replies: 15
Views: 6639

Re: Bottles you never want to open

I hold to the principle that no bottle is too rare or too old to be drunk eventually, but I also maintain the principle that the last bottle from any vintage should be preserved until at least it's 200th year. Thus I have only one bottle of 1923 vintage port - a magnum of Offley - which is now merel...
by uncle tom
18:58 Fri 20 Oct 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..
Replies: 31
Views: 27781

Re: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..

14th or the 21st or the 28th work for me
I can manage any of those
by uncle tom
18:29 Thu 19 Oct 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..
Replies: 31
Views: 27781

Re: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..

Tom, This looks like you me and Julian unless a re-jig of the date to allow other friends to attend .... which feels like the right thing to do .....
Agree - dates in mid Nov that work better for people?
by uncle tom
16:12 Sat 14 Oct 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..
Replies: 31
Views: 27781

Re: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..

OK - looking like the 24th..

..any more takers? My bottle doesn't mind younger friends!
by uncle tom
20:41 Sat 30 Sep 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..
Replies: 31
Views: 27781

Emergency - Constantino 1947 - and friends..

I quite enjoy writing Excel VB code - my magnum opus to date has been a piece of code, now nearly 2000 lines long and with nearly 60 defined variables, whose sole purpose was to choose my next bottle of port to drink at home. It started out quite humbly, and every time I disagreed with it's call, I ...