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by SushiNorth
22:52 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 9 Bottles of Vintage Port For Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: 9 Bottles of Vintage Port For Sale

Notified a friend in FL, thanks for posting!
by SushiNorth
18:29 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 1386

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

I've only ever heard it used (in the field of electronics) in relation to control of level change, rather than waveform delay (e.g. a thermostat set to turn off as the local temperature rises above 20C, which will then not turn on again until temperature drops below 19C, to avoid continuous switchi...
by SushiNorth
18:23 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 1386

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

I also thought that gaps/breaks of any sort in insulation materials create a heat sink that badly impairs the overall efficiency of the intended insulation. Specifically, this is about bridging. Wood beams, nails, etc conduct heat much better than air (or insulation encapsulating air), as such they...
by SushiNorth
18:18 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 1386

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

Water is by some margin the best source of thermal mass, at 4200J/L/C Stone or concrete varies a little but mostly comes in at just under half that figure. Something that intrigues me is the availability of stackable 10L jerrycans - often sold for camping purposes. These can be stacked to form a wa...
by SushiNorth
22:33 Mon 05 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 1386

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

So, this post came at an ideal time as I'm in the midst of a cellar rebuild. Interestingly, my last cellar was made of two 6mil plastic sheets, with 3" between, and it required intermittent AC (5K BTU) to keep the space 15-20F lower than surrounding space. The new cellar has 4-5" dense cement around...
by SushiNorth
15:09 Thu 14 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta do Noval Olive Oil
Replies: 5
Views: 383

Re: Quinta do Noval Olive Oil

Enjoyed the two bottles we bought from you a few years back (a suspicious looking exchange at Waterloo Station). A bit grassy, but that only required discretion in its application.
by SushiNorth
20:53 Mon 03 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: HABEMUS VINTAGE PORT
Replies: 23
Views: 4783

Re: HABEMUS VINTAGE PORT

This is all very very cool (and 2013! we were just talking about that year :D )
by SushiNorth
05:17 Fri 24 Feb 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in movies, dramas and tv series
Replies: 8
Views: 2241

Re: Port in movies, dramas and tv series

An excellent thread. I shall have a think about this. Coincidentally I watched 'Babette's Feast' last night which prompted me to buy some Clos de Vougeot when I first saw it years ago. As did Jeanette Winterson, I understand. I actually thought there was some Port in babette's feast, no? Been so lo...
by SushiNorth
18:59 Wed 01 Feb 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2943

Re: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?

There I was (a few years ago), in BBR in london, right in the main room, with a bottle of 50's-ish Croft in one hand and a flashlight in the other. They went through their entire stock (all 4 bottles), and I turned em all down. I don't know who was more embarrassed, me with the flashlight or them wi...
by SushiNorth
21:27 Tue 31 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2943

Re: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?

Oh, and when purchasing (especially if in person), bring a good flashlight with you. Even the darkest of bottles can be illuminated. You can usually see yellowing/lightening of the port, look for level, and you can tell if the cork is in the bottle, etc.
by SushiNorth
21:25 Tue 31 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2943

Re: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?

Go get the refund. Tell them to give you a better bottle of G70 :)
by SushiNorth
14:19 Mon 30 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2943

Re: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?

It's probably been breathing for the last 10 years -- what's a day? :) Was it palatable in its new form?
by SushiNorth
04:41 Mon 30 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2943

Re: Port bottle leaked? Still drinkable?

I've had this experience -- going to open a bottle and the cork just slips right in. It wasn't forming much of a seal, and as others have said -- sometimes the capsule saves it, sometimes it doesn't. I've even opened one bottle that was corkless. Literally, no cork. Not in the bottle, not in the nec...
by SushiNorth
15:15 Tue 10 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How to serve a G70
Replies: 26
Views: 2973

Re: How to serve a G70

If i am lucky, i have a friend, who's a professional sommelier (did i spell it right?), taste it with me. He's not much familar with ports (he knows more about wine and gins, particularly), but he should be way better than i am at describing it! :) It sounds like you're going to have a lovely eveni...
by SushiNorth
14:39 Thu 29 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Help for a newbie, Grahams '77 - decanting to serve NYE
Replies: 10
Views: 1370

Re: Help for a newbie, Grahams '77 - decanting to serve NYE

I'm going to provide a different opinion. I'd keep it closed until 4-6 hours before hand, then decant. I don't think a Graham's 77 needs 2 days, or even 12 hrs. It's not the 80 or 85, which were both inky black vintages for a lot of ports (Graham's included). 77's are lighter, and tend to have a lot...
by SushiNorth
05:01 Wed 21 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for laying down - 2010, 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: Port for laying down - 2010, 2013

Have a look at the tasting notes section for the years you fancy, look out for notes by AHB (Alex) as I have found his notes reliable. DRT (Derek) suggestion about Vesuvio is a good one. Other reliable names are Fonseca, Dow, Taylor, Warre and Graham. There will be single Quinta wines from these pr...
by SushiNorth
21:19 Tue 20 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for laying down - 2010, 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: Port for laying down - 2010, 2013

I have reason, also, to lay down port from 2010 and 2013, but likewise found the pickings scarce. As I didn't buy it "on release," I'm waiting a bit to see how things evolve before buying some bottles. As you don't have ideal cellaring conditions, and its well past 2012 and 2015 (respective release ...
by SushiNorth
04:31 Mon 19 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Gould Campbell, RIP...?
Replies: 21
Views: 2653

Re: Gould Campbell, RIP...?

Only a year late -- so when will they dump GC 1980 on the market? I'd be happy to help them offload it :)
by SushiNorth
00:46 Sun 13 Nov 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Seeking tasters in NJ USA
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Re: Seeking tasters in NJ USA

Excellent!
January sounds good, but I was hoping even sooner. I'll take a look at my calendar and propose a couple days :), and we can scale the tasting size to the # of attendees. We're now living near the intersection of 287 & 78.
by SushiNorth
15:20 Thu 10 Nov 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Seeking tasters in NJ USA
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Seeking tasters in NJ USA

I recall there were some NJ tasters here -- but can't recall who. Could you remind me; and perhaps we can put together a little gathering?
by SushiNorth
15:17 Thu 10 Nov 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The NY sucks tasting sometime soon
Replies: 12
Views: 1907

Re: The NY sucks tasting sometime soon

I'm similarly inclined to start opening bottles, as we emerge from the newborn days and having finished macgyvering a wine cellar. There still aren't many overlapping opportunities for a tasting, tho. Manhattan M-Thurs, or perhaps out in NJ on a weekend. Port doesn't skype, so virtual tastings (tho ...
by SushiNorth
19:33 Mon 18 May 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1908 da Silva colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 1771

Re: 1908 da Silva colheita

A comment on this wine, there is considerable debate (and perhaps opinions could be added here) as to whether this was Colheita or VP. The label specified "Wine of the 1908 Vintage" but had no bottle date. Given its age, tawny characteristics were expected, and so we are left questioning which of th...