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by Will W.
10:52 Wed 08 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 58
Views: 1185

Re: Another virtual tasting

I should like to add my profuse thanks to Mike, Simon (the official scorekeeper) and indeed all participants for the wonderful welcome afforded to me as well as the most laughter I have for a month.
by Will W.
17:51 Tue 07 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 58
Views: 1185

Re: Another virtual tasting

unsure, at this point, of the object of the exercise beyond convivial drinking. Convivial drinking very very important. Subsidiary objective can be seen in the likes of this post (names of wines in left column; names of guessers in top row; returning officer enters guesses one guesser at a time; wh...
by Will W.
16:25 Tue 07 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 58
Views: 1185

Re: Another virtual tasting

I have a printer - although I would require careful supervision, having never met any of the participants and being unsure, at this point, of the object of the exercise beyond convivial drinking. At any rate, I shall stand by to be pressed into service.
by Will W.
07:28 Mon 06 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: 1995 Champalimaud

Andy Velebil wrote:
04:00 Mon 06 Apr 2020
Ok thanks. I recall having a Port from his company under screwcap way back around 2007/08-ish. Quite the controversy when he did so.
Meeting Mr. Montez is most certainly on my to-do list, which is to note that I shall ask him.
by Will W.
23:20 Sun 05 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: 1995 Champalimaud

Was this vintage sealed by a screw-cap or cork? Cork. To the best of my knowledge, Miguel Montez started to use screw-caps somewhere around the year 2000, and then only on still wines bottled under the Quinta do Cotto label. The last Champalimaud VP to be marketed, from the 2001 vintage (additional...
by Will W.
21:05 Sun 05 Apr 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Champalimaud
Replies: 4
Views: 146

1995 Champalimaud

Pre-coronavirus-induced-mass discombobulation, I addressed the Montez Champalimaud family’s brief engagement as a port shipper; in particular, in the context of its 1989 vintage port (http://theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13280). Whereas the said pandemic is indisputably a serious threat to th...
by Will W.
23:59 Sat 04 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 58
Views: 1185

Re: Another virtual tasting

Current draft of the paperwork has been updated. My initials are WHW Fixed. Google was not unambiguous — but I chose wrongly. “William”, or “Will”? "Will" or "Bill," in accordance with others' preferences; most call me Bill. "William" conjures visions in my mind of short pants and propeller beanies.
by Will W.
23:50 Fri 03 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 58
Views: 1185

Re: Another virtual tasting

Current draft of the paperwork has been updated. Should there be space - or rather, the necessary bandwidth - I would be delighted to join. Added. I’ve guessed your initials to be WTW: if wrong, please correct. Thanks so very much J. My initials are WHW, though I'll change my middle name to Taylor ...
by Will W.
22:15 Fri 03 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 58
Views: 1185

Re: Another virtual tasting

Should there be space - or rather, the necessary bandwidth - I would be delighted to join. I have not yet had the chance to meet any of you - to my great regret - though I did have a lovely chat with Oscar Quevedo at his property, last summer.
by Will W.
01:20 Sun 22 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Quinta de Roriz
Replies: 0
Views: 291

1999 Quinta de Roriz

By any standard, your correspondent has a great deal to learn, most especially where port wine is concerned. Notwithstanding his having advanced deep into middle age, he has not yet reached the point in life at which he feels himself ready to counsel younger men that there is nothing that he does no...
by Will W.
20:20 Sat 21 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE-Day Tasting?
Replies: 15
Views: 747

Re: VE-Day Tasting?

VJ Day falls on 15 August.
by Will W.
22:46 Thu 05 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Delaforce
Replies: 0
Views: 1792

1970 Delaforce

Your correspondent was looking forward to the dinner party on 01 March 2020: friends of friends from the New World – port neophytes both – were in town and most anything would do. And Her Ladyship, who had a head cold, declared magnanimously that, under the circumstances, she had no preference with ...
by Will W.
22:33 Thu 05 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Delaforce
Replies: 0
Views: 1733

2000 Delaforce

In the glass, the contents of this bottle, consumed on 24 October 2019 after a nine-hour decant, presented the eye with enticing, semi-opaque, chestnut-burgundy hues crowned with a clear rim. The nose was somewhat restrained although earth, minerals, floral notes, stewed red fruits and spice were al...
by Will W.
22:50 Thu 20 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Champalimaud
Replies: 0
Views: 2766

1989 Champalimaud

The Montez family traces its presence in the Douro Valley to the fourteenth century, where it became linked by marriage to the Champalimauds in the early-nineteenth century. Montez Champalimaud LDA was founded in 1922, presumably in the context of the 1920 purchase of 900 hectares of seaside propert...
by Will W.
00:53 Wed 05 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Newman’s Celebrated Port
Replies: 1
Views: 1972

NV Newman’s Celebrated Port

The Newman family, which ultimately lent its name to the port wine described here, is known to have been active in Totnes and Dartmouth as early as 1395, where it was engaged in the trade of English salt fish and cloth for Bordeaux wine. A later generation of Newmans had, by 1589, become involved in...
by Will W.
09:33 Sun 02 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Rebello Valente
Replies: 0
Views: 2377

1970 Rebello Valente

According to the esteemed J.D.A. Wiseman in his totemic Port Vintages: The Chronicle of Vintage Ports, from the Beginning , this Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling could be acquired from that wine merchant in May 1974 for the princely price of GBP 3 per bottle – about GBP 47 today, according to the Bank...
by Will W.
19:35 Fri 31 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Calem
Replies: 0
Views: 2561

1983 Calem

Formerly a family firm founded in the mid-nineteenth century, Calem is today part of the Sogevinus stable. Portugal served historically as the principal point for the retail sale of Calem wines; and, whilst distribution of its more recent vintages is a great deal wider, Calem vintage ports and colhe...
by Will W.
14:33 Wed 29 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 134
Views: 30010

Re: A 1970 horizontal, Tiers 1 & 2, Friday 9 October 2020

Myself and sidekick confirmed, should space ultimately come open for us.
by Will W.
22:49 Sat 25 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1960 Burmester
Replies: 1
Views: 1061

1960 Burmester

Absorbed into the Sogevinus stable in 2005, the Burmester name has been associated with the production of port wine since 1730. Older Burmester colheitas as well as vintage ports are ubiquitous on the aftermarket in Portugal as well as in northern Europe; in particular, in the Netherlands. Using Bor...
by Will W.
22:12 Sat 25 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 2573

1970 Graham

This bottle was drawn from a case purchased privately through The Port Forum and made for the first 1970 Graham’s which your correspondent had ever tried. It did not disappoint, not least on the first day of 2020. In the glass, the wine showed the eye a maroon hue infused with chestnut, which belied...
by Will W.
13:47 Thu 23 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 134
Views: 30010

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

Should space ultimately become available, myself and one other would like to join. We have multiple bottles of Niepoort, Rebello Valente, Delaforce, Dow's and Graham's in the cellar, if any of that is needed. I can state with certainty that only the Dow's and Graham's have come from the same case.
by Will W.
18:52 Tue 31 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3553

Re: Festive Drinking

I schlepped a 1966 Kopke colheita along with a 1936 garrafeira particular - the only 1936 that I have ever been able to find - to the New World, these being the birth years of my sister and mother. The '66 was superb, as ever; the '36, which I had likewise tasted in the past, had assuredly been in t...
by Will W.
18:30 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 7
Views: 3076

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

How do you mean "fake," Alex? My thinking on the fly is this: The label is homemade nonsense, though such (poor) quality is hardly unusual in the unregulated (by the IVDP) market in Portugal. The question is whether the contents are what the label claims, which is something that I most certainly am ...
by Will W.
22:43 Tue 03 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 7
Views: 3076

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

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by Will W.
00:01 Tue 03 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 7
Views: 3076

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

There is a popular website in Portugal named CustoJusto (www.custojusto.pt) at which the Portuguese, as is their wont, advertise for sale all manner of goods, most of them rubbish. Stated succinctly, CustoJusto is a down-market, cyber, car boot sale, the one redeeming feature of which is a section d...