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by Will W.
23:53 Wed 30 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

Picking up the cellar-defender thread which appeared at The Port Forum in July 2019, it might be of interest to some readers to set out, from time to time, the impressions of members upon consuming inexpensive ports sold without selos or, for that matter, without labels. By way of a start: A 1978 co...
by Will W.
14:18 Mon 12 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Messias Cachao
Replies: 2
Views: 683

Re: 1980 Messias Cachao

Much of the characteristics you have described of this bottle remind me of the damage a bottle will suffer if exposed to too much light - the murkiness, the colour and the loss of all flavours except a little honey. Could this have been a bottle which was stored badly - but not too badly - before i...
by Will W.
22:59 Fri 09 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Gonzalez Byass Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 1105

NV Gonzalez Byass Tawny

Careful readers of TFP may recall that your correspondent purchased recently the bottle in question in the mistaken belief that he was acquiring a 1960 colheita. It was quickly pointed out to the neophyte (i.e., the author of this tasting note), who had forgotten about the somewhat unique symbol fou...
by Will W.
22:37 Fri 09 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1984 Calem Foz
Replies: 0
Views: 966

1984 Calem Foz

Quinta da Foz will be known, at least by sight, to anyone who has visited Pinhao, situated as it is at the confluence of the Pinhao and Douro Rivers. Owned by Calem for well over a century, the property was sold to an Angolan general in 2010. Or so it is said. Had your correspondent been aware in hi...
by Will W.
22:33 Fri 09 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Messias Cachao
Replies: 2
Views: 683

1980 Messias Cachao

Messias Cachao vintage port is ubiquitous on the Portuguese secondary market; your correspondent, attracted by the very favourable prices at which examples from the 1970s and 1980s can be acquired for mid-week quaffing, has consumed six or eight such bottles over the last couple of years. As a gener...
by Will W.
19:28 Fri 26 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 120
Views: 66406

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

A slightly-corked Burmester 1984. This was not the first time that I have found Burmesters of both the 1984 and 1985 vintages to be corked out of the relatively small number opened over the last three years. When these years are not flawed, they make for inexpensive, albeit pleasant second-tier wine...
by Will W.
10:21 Wed 17 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Castelinho
Replies: 1
Views: 347

1999 Castelinho

Quinta do Castelinho, situated in the Sao Joao da Pesqueira region, was owned by the Saraiva family until 2014. The property and its assets – less the port stocks, which were sold by the Saraivas to Gran Cruz in 2005 – were purchased in a distressed state for one Euro in 2014 by Pedro Mendes, a Lame...
by Will W.
16:45 Sat 13 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 1175

Re: An Oddity

I am really laughing at myself, and I hope that the rest of you are too! Even on a second look, albeit with evidently failing eyesight, I would guess again that I was looking at a 60. However, that is clearly not the case. As for the (broad) arrow, and the rest, I had forgotten the GB logo, I suppos...
by Will W.
10:29 Sat 13 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An Oddity
Replies: 6
Views: 1175

An Oddity

Purchased inexpensively last week through an online flea market in Portugal. I did (and do) not have any great hope for the content. What caught my attention was the broad arrow on the cap, which indicated to me that the bottle run was prepared for HMG and, in particular, the Ministry of Defence. Ha...
by Will W.
20:58 Fri 12 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 2375

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

Where would I even start with the 1970/80s Colheitas? Is this an auction play or direct from the producers? I have no idea how to go about that, so far most of my purchasing has been online or in supermarkets/wine retailers. Over the last two years, I have sourced a few dozen bottles as follows: 1....
by Will W.
21:03 Sun 07 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options
Replies: 15
Views: 2375

Re: Cellar defenders - Waitrose VP (or SQVP) options

A very interesting thread. For unplanned (so to speak) port drinking, I opt for colheitas or tawnies, given that I do not enjoy LBVs nor younger, inexpensive VPs which have not benefited from several hours in a decanter. I keep plenty of 40 year olds for this purpose (noting Glenn's comment), though...
by Will W.
19:29 Tue 02 Jul 2019
Forum: Travel
Topic: First visit to Porto
Replies: 11
Views: 3173

Re: First visit to Porto

The Taylor lodge offers the customary tour, which is pleasant and well organised, and a bar at which one can have a glass (or two) of port prior to or after the tour. Should your budget permit as much, said bar occasionally has some better ports open which are not on the menu card. The restaurant at...
by Will W.
19:44 Fri 31 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A reliable company to collect and forward bottles won at Auction
Replies: 14
Views: 3717

Re: A reliable company to collect and forward bottles won at Auction

Profuse thanks for the response. In the end, I used Mailboxes which, as I only took a few bottles, was just as you say - a bit pricey.
by Will W.
13:33 Wed 29 May 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A reliable company to collect and forward bottles won at Auction
Replies: 14
Views: 3717

Re: A reliable company to collect and forward bottles won at Auction

Having just purchased a few bottles at auction in the UK, which I need to have collected (and packed) for shipping to the Continent, I am wondering if anyone has hit upon a reliable courier to such end since this discussion started?
by Will W.
22:40 Sun 24 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experience with BI Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

Re: Experience with BI Wines

I made a purchase from BI a few months back, which involved the wines being sent to me on the Continent. The entire experience was of the first order and, whilst I have not had cause to purchase anything since, the firm's marketing emails are (in contrast to all the other crap of this nature which I...
by Will W.
13:47 Wed 02 Jan 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale
Replies: 93
Views: 18049

Re: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale

Please would you email me ( contact information ) a really good picture of the bottle, for inclusion in the Errata, with credit to you? I’m hoping for face on (not at an angle), in good light, with good focus, at high resolution. That is, I’m hoping for the picture you would want in your reference ...
by Will W.
16:13 Tue 01 Jan 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale
Replies: 93
Views: 18049

Re: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale

Should we start a thread on TPF to help the author with his second edition? We could create a list of Ports we encounter which are not mentioned in the book, along with photographic evidence to back up our findings. A possible contribution: The author expressed uncertainty whether Burmester produce...
by Will W.
14:59 Tue 04 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bad News if You're Shipping Port in the EU
Replies: 7
Views: 1450

Re: Bad News if You're Shipping Port in the EU

I would suggest that you try another shipper and let us know how you get on, should you choose to do so. My firm has various courier accounts and we try to avoid DHL, save where it is the only option, to shift anything other than documents as DHL invariably throws up unnecessary customs requirements...
by Will W.
15:29 Fri 31 Aug 2018
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Shropshire!
Replies: 2
Views: 1345

Re: Hello from Shropshire!

Thomas - Here's a 1993 VP on offer at auction:

https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/181 ... s-in-total
by Will W.
18:36 Fri 03 Aug 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns Vintage 1950
Replies: 5
Views: 2709

Re: Cockburns Vintage 1950

No problem. Send me a private message whereupon I will provide you with an email address to which to send the photos.
by Will W.
18:18 Fri 13 Jul 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburns Vintage 1950
Replies: 5
Views: 2709

Re: Cockburns Vintage 1950

I have a Cockburn's VP 1950 in the cellar; what is left of the wax seal might be described as dark brown in colour, making for only a slight contrast to the colour of the bottle itself. Evidently, the same wax was used by Cockburn's to seal the 1947 VP - or so it seems when I hold the two bottles ne...
by Will W.
22:53 Fri 23 Mar 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The philosophy of drinking old port
Replies: 8
Views: 2478

Re: The philosophy of drinking old port

I think that the answer depends upon with whom one is drinking. I have been collecting port for less than three years and, whilst there are a few hundred bottles of (mostly) decent stuff in the cellar, those in my social circle know even less about port than myself. As such, when I roll out a truly ...
by Will W.
17:11 Sun 21 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cork Weevil
Replies: 4
Views: 1902

Re: Cork Weevil

I had the same reaction in reading the Christmas tasting notes, though I had never heard of cork weevil. The following thread would appear to shed light on the issue: http://forums.winespectator.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6826053161/m/98660105 Evidently, the offending insect is not a weevil but a caterp...