Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Axel P » 10:33 Tue 27 Apr 2021

Alex, do you have a time set already?
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by flash_uk » 16:39 Tue 27 Apr 2021

It's looking like I won't now be able to make this Alex. Should become free around 9pm if the session is planned to continue once the "official" part is over. If you're still managing numbers, Wolfgang was on a waiting list and could be added?

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by jdaw1 » 18:29 Tue 27 Apr 2021

Just seen list: I don’t have a +1, so another space is free.

And will be drinking the 2005 LBV.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 21:58 Tue 27 Apr 2021

Wolfgang - looks like you're in.

Mike - I'll send you the invite anyway.

All - I'm confirming the start time, but 19.30 has been suggested. Please don't be early as we'll need a few minutes to get ourselves set up.
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 22:44 Tue 27 Apr 2021

Invites have been emailed to everyone. If you don't get yours, let me know.
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Glenn E. » 23:02 Tue 27 Apr 2021

Alex Bridgeman wrote:
22:44 Tue 27 Apr 2021
Invites have been emailed to everyone.
Received, thank you.
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by WS1 » 07:57 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Alex Bridgeman wrote:
21:58 Tue 27 Apr 2021
Wolfgang - looks like you're in.

...

Cool, Churchill 85 just opened, smells great. :D

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by akzy » 17:46 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Decanted mine (Port Club ruby) at lunch. Really quite punchy with a hit of liquorice. Looking forward to learning a bit more about it tonight!

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Glenn E. » 18:27 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Alex Bridgeman wrote:
21:58 Tue 27 Apr 2021
All - I'm confirming the start time, but 19.30 has been suggested. Please don't be early as we'll need a few minutes to get ourselves set up.
I will either need to connect a couple of minutes early (5 or less), or some indeterminate number of minutes late. The 19.30 start time coincides with the start of one of my meetings that often distracts me during these gatherings.

I will plan to connect a couple of minutes early and simply remain muted until you're ready, unless you'd prefer that I wait to connect until my meeting is over.
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by MigSU » 18:33 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Glenn E. wrote:
18:27 Wed 28 Apr 2021
Alex Bridgeman wrote:
21:58 Tue 27 Apr 2021
All - I'm confirming the start time, but 19.30 has been suggested. Please don't be early as we'll need a few minutes to get ourselves set up.
I will either need to connect a couple of minutes early (5 or less), or some indeterminate number of minutes late. The 19.30 start time coincides with the start of one of my meetings that often distracts me during these gatherings.

I will plan to connect a couple of minutes early and simply remain muted until you're ready, unless you'd prefer that I wait to connect until my meeting is over.
Wait, you're gonna do a Port tasting and a (work?) meeting at the same time?

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Glenn E. » 18:51 Wed 28 Apr 2021

MigSU wrote:
18:33 Wed 28 Apr 2021
Glenn E. wrote:
18:27 Wed 28 Apr 2021
Alex Bridgeman wrote:
21:58 Tue 27 Apr 2021
All - I'm confirming the start time, but 19.30 has been suggested. Please don't be early as we'll need a few minutes to get ourselves set up.
I will either need to connect a couple of minutes early (5 or less), or some indeterminate number of minutes late. The 19.30 start time coincides with the start of one of my meetings that often distracts me during these gatherings.

I will plan to connect a couple of minutes early and simply remain muted until you're ready, unless you'd prefer that I wait to connect until my meeting is over.
Wait, you're gonna do a Port tasting and a (work?) meeting at the same time?
The work meeting is via a chat program - text only. So I'm able to be on Zoom with the Port tasting and still be part of the work meeting at the same time. I multi-task! :-)
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by winesecretary » 19:50 Wed 28 Apr 2021

I am sorry, I have computer death and will not be able to join you. I am extremely sorry to be missing it.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by winesecretary » 19:50 Wed 28 Apr 2021

I still have the ports to provide solace, however.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by MigSU » 19:58 Wed 28 Apr 2021

Glenn E. wrote:
18:51 Wed 28 Apr 2021
MigSU wrote:
18:33 Wed 28 Apr 2021
Glenn E. wrote:
18:27 Wed 28 Apr 2021
Alex Bridgeman wrote:
21:58 Tue 27 Apr 2021
All - I'm confirming the start time, but 19.30 has been suggested. Please don't be early as we'll need a few minutes to get ourselves set up.
I will either need to connect a couple of minutes early (5 or less), or some indeterminate number of minutes late. The 19.30 start time coincides with the start of one of my meetings that often distracts me during these gatherings.

I will plan to connect a couple of minutes early and simply remain muted until you're ready, unless you'd prefer that I wait to connect until my meeting is over.
Wait, you're gonna do a Port tasting and a (work?) meeting at the same time?
The work meeting is via a chat program - text only. So I'm able to be on Zoom with the Port tasting and still be part of the work meeting at the same time. I multi-task! :-)
That's absolutely fantastic. What a time to be alive :D

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by flash_uk » 21:24 Wed 28 Apr 2021

winesecretary wrote:
19:50 Wed 28 Apr 2021
I am sorry, I have computer death and will not be able to join you. I am extremely sorry to be missing it.
join on your phone? Zoom app...

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by winesecretary » 23:07 Wed 28 Apr 2021

@ flash_uk - thank you for the suggestion, I did, and it was lovely to spend an hour with you all, and the enormously engaging Johnny Graham.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by flash_uk » 18:02 Thu 29 Apr 2021

Alex - you likely may already have done, but could you pass on my/our thanks to Johnny, Jamie and Ben for hosting us last night. They were supremely generous with their time and I really enjoyed getting a lot of in-depth insight into the Churchill story, the philosophy for their winemaking, and lots of interesting stories about the Douro more generally. Very kind of them and hugely interesting and informative.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Axel P » 19:18 Thu 29 Apr 2021

Pick the chances. I had a leftover bottle from one of the last Portweinmessen and totally forgot what it was (no label, no capsule inscription) and just opened it:

and the corc gave it away:
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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Justin K » 20:49 Thu 29 Apr 2021

Alex I echo Simon’s comments. I joined a little late and when I saw the line up I reckoned Ben And Jamie would end up wheeling Johnny out in a wheel barrow. Learnt a lot.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by winesecretary » 21:04 Thu 29 Apr 2021

I do feel that Johnny has set the all-time standard for the presenter being almost invisible behind the mirror of the forest of bottles being tasted by the audience. Not even Julian could have polished all of those off. It was absolutely splendid to see; albeit, since Johnny did not consume all of the contents, not eighteenth-century. As Captain Gronow puts it:

"Drinking and play were more universally indulged in then than at the present time, and many men still living must remember the couple of bottles of port at least which accompanied his dinner in those days.... whilst the dinner-party, commencing at seven or eight, frequently did not break up before one in the morning. There were then four, and even five bottle men... the late Lords Panmure, Dufferin, and Blayney, wonderful to relate, were six-bottle men at this time"

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by Doggett » 21:52 Thu 29 Apr 2021

flash_uk wrote:
18:02 Thu 29 Apr 2021
Alex - you likely may already have done, but could you pass on my/our thanks to Johnny, Jamie and Ben for hosting us last night. They were supremely generous with their time and I really enjoyed getting a lot of in-depth insight into the Churchill story, the philosophy for their winemaking, and lots of interesting stories about the Douro more generally. Very kind of them and hugely interesting and informative.
+1 Couldn’t say it any better than Mike has. Many thanks to all involved.

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Re: Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Post by PhilW » 23:06 Thu 29 Apr 2021

Doggett wrote:
21:52 Thu 29 Apr 2021
flash_uk wrote:
18:02 Thu 29 Apr 2021
Alex - you likely may already have done, but could you pass on my/our thanks to Johnny, Jamie and Ben for hosting us last night. They were supremely generous with their time and I really enjoyed getting a lot of in-depth insight into the Churchill story, the philosophy for their winemaking, and lots of interesting stories about the Douro more generally. Very kind of them and hugely interesting and informative.
+1 Couldn’t say it any better than Mike has. Many thanks to all involved.
In full agreement, an excellent evening, thank you.

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