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by slateshalehead
22:15 Sun 20 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Festive Drinking 2020

Our holidays will feature two flights (a newer but much-loved family tradition): Port flight - Cockburn Special Reserve, Noval Black, Cockburn LBV 2014, and a half of Pocas Junior 2015 VP Scotch - Glenmorangie Original, Glenmorangie La Santa, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Nectar D'Oro I'm ...
by slateshalehead
16:59 Mon 07 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vingardevalise
Replies: 13
Views: 1170

Re: Vingardevalise

My order just arrived, and everything seems high-quality. The inserts can be removed and reinserted with ease, and the bag has many nice features that even normal luggage lacks at this price point (360-degree wheels, built-in TSA zipper lock, rugged handles). Once we can travel again, I'm excited to...
by slateshalehead
01:56 Thu 26 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vingardevalise
Replies: 13
Views: 1170

Re: Vingardevalise

Just purchased a Grande, plus a wine glasses insert and a piccolo-sized do-it-yourself insert. I'm hoping the DIY insert fits in some of my current bags
by slateshalehead
21:37 Mon 23 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1561
Views: 355838

Re: Latest buy

Since I'm here, I just managed to pick up (from auction): 12 x 1985 Smith Woodhouse ($52.50 ea) 2 x 1987 Taylor Vargellas ($93.50 ea) 1 x 1966 Graham ($210) All good prices for the US (buyer's premium is included above), but probably nothing to brag about in the UK. I've been trying to find TV87 fo...
by slateshalehead
03:55 Tue 17 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Post Tasting Note Checklists
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Post Tasting Note Checklists

Once you have your criteria finally laid out, there are a few app platforms out there that could serve well for your list. Glide is the one I am most familiar with, and it requires no coding experience whatsoever.
by slateshalehead
03:52 Tue 17 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Port(uguese) labels" artwork by Valentino Monticello
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: "Port(uguese) labels" artwork by Valentino Monticello

I found this website of the artist's works, which is mesmerizing! http://theartofvalentino.com/home.php
by slateshalehead
03:51 Tue 17 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Billy Budd" – with Port labels
Replies: 5
Views: 1371

Re: "Billy Budd" – with Port labels

This is a very high-res version from the artist's website: http://theartofvalentino.com/full/images/11_gallery.jpg
by slateshalehead
13:49 Mon 09 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Rozes Terras do GriFo Rose
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: NV Rozes Terras do GriFo Rose

I can't speak for the rest of the US, since I live in Pennsylvania. Our state-run liquor stores are really dreadful in most ways, since it means that there are only about 30 different bottles total of port that the state allows to be sold in store (plus maybe another 100 that are special order only,...
by slateshalehead
13:18 Mon 09 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Rozes Terras do GriFo Rose
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: NV Rozes Terras do GriFo Rose

As for the nuttiness, I was also surprised. Along with the color, that makes me agree with you that it might be barrel matured... The label says Rozes only in small lettering, in the bottling details on the bottom of the front label. If I can figure out how to post an image, I'll take one of the lab...
by slateshalehead
13:05 Mon 09 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 22
Views: 2489

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Adrian's following along with all the worst ideas from the computer gaming industry. In this case, making product that's only suitable for the whales. He's probably desperately trying to figure out how to implement loot boxes for Port right about now. You can see the temptation, though, considering...
by slateshalehead
00:27 Mon 09 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Rozes Terras do GriFo Rose
Replies: 5
Views: 564

NV Rozes Terras do GriFo Rose

Pop n' pour, chilled before serving. Some minor sediment in the bottle, lingering towards the bottom of the bottle. Darker :CC3333: orange color than might be expected from a Rosé. Legs quickly run down from the sides of the glass. On the nose, caramel and toffee nuttiness. On the palate, smooth but...
by slateshalehead
02:34 Fri 06 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 22
Views: 2489

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Interestingly enough, I first heard about this not through Taylor Fladgate's social media channels, but from a cinephile friend's posting. I personally haven't seen this kind of a partnership before, and I think it is an interesting way for a port house to try to reach younger demographics. It almos...
by slateshalehead
19:59 Fri 23 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Question of Label Differences
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

A Question of Label Differences

Perhaps a novice question, so forgive the ignorance... WineBid currently has three bottles of 1985 Taylor on offer. Two have the label I've seen before, with a Kobrand import note: https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7618194 and https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7618195. The third has a complete...
by slateshalehead
19:51 Fri 23 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Free Richard Mayson Port Book
Replies: 2
Views: 865

Re: Free Richard Mayson Port Book

Thank you for the spot! I have an older edition, so it will be nice to see the updates. For US users, replace ".co.uk" with ".com" and it works
by slateshalehead
21:53 Thu 22 Oct 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Olive Oil
Replies: 24
Views: 12415

Re: Olive Oil

Any chance of a Noval oil shipment to the US?
by slateshalehead
16:07 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages: Addendum
Replies: 34
Views: 10493

Re: Port Vintages: Addendum

Out of curiosity, is anyone aware of where (if anywhere) the original book can still be purchased?
by slateshalehead
12:45 Fri 25 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo Port Advent Calendar
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Quevedo Port Advent Calendar

My social media advertisements just started showing me this port Advent calendar from Quevedo and Vintage Wine & Port: https://www.vintagewineandport.co.uk/products/Port-Wine-Advent-Calendar-20000 With shipping to the US it pushes it beyond what I'm willing to pay, but it seems like an interesting k...
by slateshalehead
19:21 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Experiences on WineBid

I'd like to hear more on people's thoughts about the market starvation strategy, perhaps in a different thread. From what I've read here and elsewhere, I'm still not entirely clear as to the motivations. It definitely is curious and somewhat frustrating that newer vintages are more expensive than ol...
by slateshalehead
19:16 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Experiences on WineBid

What Glenn has said. Plus... In the past I've had issues with heat damaged bottles from them. They were not very good at screening bottles they took to sell. They have a new CEO/President/whatever his title is that has been doing a very good job of improving the company. I don't use them a lot as t...
by slateshalehead
12:51 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Experiences on WineBid

There's currently a number of VPs from my birth year ('94) that I might want to pick up as a horizontal tasting for a special occasion in the future. If only I had started buying port in volume when I was 26.. :roll: - although I suppose, buying a house was a bit more important then.. Beware of kee...
by slateshalehead
21:25 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Experiences on WineBid

Does anyone here (likely US forum members) have experience buying from WineBid.com? There's currently a number of VPs from my birth year ('94) that I might want to pick up as a horizontal tasting for a special occasion in the future. I'm new to wine auctions, and the 17% buyers premium plus shipping...
by slateshalehead
20:13 Fri 18 Sep 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 186
Views: 51477

Re: The Five Word Novel

lands unknown. The port, however
by slateshalehead
00:14 Tue 15 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Brand Styles
Replies: 4
Views: 1337

Brand Styles

In a few posts, members here have discussed "brand styles" that different owners will strive for. For example, in the Cellar Defenders, Glenn E. and a few others mention this with Symington's Graham's, Dow's, Warre's, and Cockburn's: Given that Graham is now the anointed crown jewel in the Symington...
by slateshalehead
13:15 Thu 10 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

Re: What makes an enjoyable tasting note?

so well communicates not only his pleasure in the wine but his happiness in the achievement of the winemaker, and which made me instantly break out the credit card I enjoy this in reviews as well. I do not (yet) have the palate to taste all the specific tasting notes that AHB and others post, altho...
by slateshalehead
19:56 Thu 03 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was your first vintage?
Replies: 18
Views: 3429

Re: What was your first vintage?

Also see Your first vintage port(s) , and My way towards my first vintage . Also: I did not realise Oxbridge colleges have such a reputation amongst vintage port lovers. My first taste of Port was at my matriculation dinner (Queens’, maths, matric. ’87). I was hooked. I did not record what it was, ...