Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends

Organise events to meet up and drink Port.
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Xmas 2023 - The Unknown Shipper & His Peculiar Friends

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Tom has offered to host us at the White Horse for our Christmas tasting. We will get together on Thursday 14th December.

First refusal seats are offered to:
  1. THRA (confirmed)
  2. HTWH (confirmed)
  3. AHB (confirmed)
  4. MSC (confirmed)
  5. Alex M (confirmed)
  6. IDJ (confirmed)
  7. MPM (confirmed)
  8. WS1 (confirmed)
  9. CPR (confirmed)
  10. PW (confirmed)
RESERVES
  • none
Please confirm by the end of July if you are able to attend.

More details will follow when I’m not at a tasting!
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, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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reserves please
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Confirmed. Thanks Alex (and Tom).
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Confirmed.
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Confirmed, many thanks.
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Can I go on reserve list please
Thanks
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Confirmed.
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Dear all,

It is with much regret that an ever changing world forces me to withdraw from this tasting. I have been in comms with MSC who is very happy to take my place as first reserve.

AHB, may you make the swap?
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Our industry guest will not be able to make it to Newport this year.

MSC - you are first reserve. Would you like the seat?
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, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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Yes please Alex ... But note I've taken Alex M's places so there's an extra space.
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Sticky labels? Nothing? Previous years: 2022, ’20, ’19, ’18, ’16, ’15, ’14, ’13, ’12, ’11, ’10, ’09, ’08.
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Harry - you have a space if you want it.
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, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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jdaw1 wrote: 16:47 Sat 25 Nov 2023 Sticky labels? Nothing? Previous years: 2022, ’20, ’19, ’18, ’16, ’15, ’14, ’13, ’12, ’11, ’10, ’09, ’08.
If I recall correctly, Tom found the sticky labels a pain when it came to washing the glasses. I suggest people bring chalk pens so we can write on the bases.
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, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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Alex Bridgeman wrote: 22:43 Sat 25 Nov 2023If I recall correctly, Tom found the sticky labels a pain when it came to washing the glasses. I suggest people bring chalk pens so we can write on the bases.
⟹︎ I’m not making any unless clearly instructed otherwise.
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Alex Bridgeman wrote: 22:41 Sat 25 Nov 2023 Harry - you have a space if you want it.
I'm now confirmed for this.
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jdaw1 wrote: 00:33 Sun 26 Nov 2023
Alex Bridgeman wrote: 22:43 Sat 25 Nov 2023If I recall correctly, Tom found the sticky labels a pain when it came to washing the glasses. I suggest people bring chalk pens so we can write on the bases.
⟹︎ I’m not making any unless clearly instructed otherwise.
I would like foldable tasting note sheets, and WOTN scoring sheet. I may be alone in this in which case hand-written will cope.
Am assuming bottles # 1..N (probably <=15) and attendees THRA, AHB, GEAG, IDJ, MPM, WS1, CPR, PW, MSC, HTWH (pending top post update or any further changes). Suggest bottles #1-10 per attendees, plus 5 spare spots for extra/unusual friends.
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WOTN voting sheets is a good call.

What’s a “foldable tasting note sheet”? Is that a normal tasting note sheet which you have folded?
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, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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Alex Bridgeman wrote: 08:31 Thu 30 Nov 2023 WOTN voting sheets is a good call.

What’s a “foldable tasting note sheet”? Is that a normal tasting note sheet which you have folded?
The original idea was to allow a single sheet of A4 to be folded twice, to create a compact A6 sheet with four "pages" with sections for each wine, perhaps 4/page. I think that for implementation, creating the A4 pages as two columns (8/col) instead of 4 pages/sheet was potentially simpler and achieved essentially the same objective, and is I think what was put in as an option; but I will have to check.
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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.
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uncle tom wrote:
Will prepare the usual fare - Salmon, fillet steaks and chips, vanilla ice cream with gravy, assorted British cheeses and a few mince pies.
Sounds great

Thank you

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uncle tom wrote: 17:10 Mon 04 Dec 2023 …vanilla ice cream with gravy…
A Tom specialty?
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The gravy is straight pedro ximenez…
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I am about to book a taxi to run from the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green to the White Horse Inn and back. Pick-up times being 17.30 and 23.59 respectively.

Anyone interested in sharing a ride?

Also, if relevant, I'm travelling by train to Bishop's Stortford and plan to catch the 16.10 from Liverpool Street and will happily meet a fellow traveller.
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, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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Alex Bridgeman wrote:I am about to book a taxi to run from the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green to the White Horse Inn and back. Pick-up times being 17.30 and 23.59 respectively.

Anyone interested in sharing a ride?
Yes please

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CPR 1 wrote: 09:37 Wed 06 Dec 2023
Alex Bridgeman wrote:I am about to book a taxi to run from the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green to the White Horse Inn and back. Pick-up times being 17.30 and 23.59 respectively.

Anyone interested in sharing a ride?
Yes please
Yes please, too.
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