People, I have taken the following executive decisions:
Max may join us for a drink. It is possible he will want to contribute a bottle if he does so. Noval 1982 is on the Bar Douro wine list so this would be an obvious choice for him. Therefore, please no-one bring the Noval 1982 as I would not want to embarrass Max.
This means I'd like Ian to bring the Niepoort 1982 and for Julian to adopt from Tony. Please adopt the Offley.
Tony, please bring the Barros colheita. I will contribute a bottle of SW82LBV on behalf of Irayna. Between us we will have covered three different styles, which will give Irayna a good insight into what style of port she prefers.
Simon (if he confirms) will bring the Sandeman 1980, bottled 1982.
JDAW - this should somewhat ameliorate your concerns over thirst on Thursday. For the placemats, Irayna is right-handed and has ILD as her initials.
- Max (but possibly only for a quick drink);
- Irayna (Smith Woodhouse 1982);
- AHB (Churchill 1982);
- IDJ (Niepoort 1982);
- JDAW (Offley 1982, adopting from TC);
- CPR (Dow 1980 bottled 1982);
- TC; (Barros colheita 1982)
- WS1 (Sandeman 1982)
- SCD (dependent on childcare) (Sandeman 1980);
In a desperate emergency we can always either run round to the B&F and get something of ours from the cellar or we could purchase from the Bar Douro wine list - Dow 1985 would be about £25 each for a bottle.
I have food orders from 4 of 8 and partial food orders from 4 of 8. 7 of 8 have expressed a preference for pig. IDJ would prefer not to have to eat pig. The good news is that we can accommodate some of everyone's preference as follows:
…Sausage croquettes (1-2 each)
…Whole suckling pig
Including corkage, service etc the cost will work out to be around £70 per person (other than Irayna).
Top Ports in 2022: Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port. I cried with joy.
2023: Fonseca 1966. There are not many better Ports.