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by Alex Bridgeman
11:06 Mon 01 Mar 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #5 - Thurs 11th March
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #5 - Thurs 11th March

Yes please. I may strugge with the Crusted theme unless we might be permitted to open an old Vintage Character Port which is basically the same as a crusted...
by Alex Bridgeman
11:04 Mon 01 Mar 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #6 - Thurs 18th March
Replies: 13
Views: 279

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #6 - Thurs 18th March

Yes please - a little bit tentative and my be joined by Mrs B, who will also be attending the Graham tasting
by Alex Bridgeman
11:03 Mon 01 Mar 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park, July
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Informal Outdoor Tasting: St James’ Park, July

This sounds very interesting - I think Mrs B and I would be up for this. Nice idea Jacob.
by Alex Bridgeman
21:30 Thu 25 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wed 06 April 2022, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F
Replies: 48
Views: 21908

Re: Wed 06 April 2022, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F

A quick check of the wine cabinet reveals that I have an untouched bottle of Canais 1992. It now has a big label on it saying "NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL APRIL 2022"
by Alex Bridgeman
00:28 Thu 25 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Physical Tastings
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: 2021 Physical Tastings

My only observation is that we might see social restrictions be reintroduced towards the end of the year. I suggest Not leaving tastings until December!
by Alex Bridgeman
00:25 Thu 25 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wed 06 April 2022, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F
Replies: 48
Views: 21908

Re: Tue 12 May 2020, Horizontal of 1992s, B&F

Works for me - although I don’t think I still have the bottle I offered…
by Alex Bridgeman
17:58 Tue 23 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates
Replies: 21
Views: 1139

Re: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates

Alex Bridgeman wrote:
09:24 Mon 22 Feb 2021
Ah, Charles! The bump in the thread reminds me I need to post your copy to you. I’ll do so tomorrow.
Went in the post today.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:51 Tue 23 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 0
Views: 114

2019 Declarations

This thread is to hold the details of the Vintage Ports from the 2019 vintage. An asterisk next to the shipper indicates that a tasting note is on TPF for the Port (with a link to the TN). First to declare (at least the first I have heard officially declare) is Sogevinus on February 23rd with an ann...
by Alex Bridgeman
17:36 Tue 23 Feb 2021
Forum: Reference
Topic: Foot Trodden - Portugal & the wines that time forgot
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Foot Trodden - Portugal & the wines that time forgot

Would anyone like to split a "2 Book" pledge with me - €30 per copy rather than €38 for a single copy?
by Alex Bridgeman
12:14 Mon 22 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5068

Re: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

The two people I approached to substitute for Johnny at short notice are not able to do so. I’ll issue an invite today for TPF Zoom Tasting #4 of 2021. The theme will change to one of “Any fortified wine you want to drink.” Which works for me since I have a bottle of Blandy’s 2004 Malvasia on death ...
by Alex Bridgeman
09:24 Mon 22 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates
Replies: 21
Views: 1139

Re: 1882 Magazine from Symington Family Estates

Ah, Charles! The bump in the thread reminds me I need to post your copy to you. I’ll do so tomorrow.
by Alex Bridgeman
18:58 Sat 20 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5068

Re: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

The tasting with Churchill has been postponed to later in the year. Keep an eye on this thread, however, in case we are able to find an alternative host.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:23 Wed 17 Feb 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV Campbells Wines: Classic Rutherglen Muscat
Replies: 0
Views: 452

NV Campbells Wines: Classic Rutherglen Muscat

A wonderful dark amber colour, 60% opaque. Orange marmalade on the nose, sweet and citrus. Amazing thick texture on the palate, orange blossom honey flavours with floral perfume. Big and sweet palate but with the acidity to keep the wine from being cloying. Long honeyed finish, with multiple delicat...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:12 Tue 16 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Queen's cellar
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: The Queen's cellar

They have some of the surplus bottles still in a showcase in the shop in St James.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:01 Tue 16 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Something to taste?
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Something to taste?

I am hoping that soon we will be able to meet each other again. I miss being able to share my Port with people I can be in the same room with. Zoom meetings don't quite seem to be the same.
by Alex Bridgeman
21:55 Sun 14 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5068

Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

Please could those of you who have yet to decide what you will be opening decide and advise me of your decision 5pm on Wednesday 17th Feb. I'd like to give the team at Churchill's a week to prepare for us. Thank you.
by Alex Bridgeman
21:50 Sun 14 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5068

Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

jdaw1 wrote:
17:28 Sun 24 Jan 2021
May I reserve a place for the person to whom I gave my gift pack?
Could you let me know who that is?
by Alex Bridgeman
17:01 Thu 11 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: White Port
Replies: 40
Views: 8253

Re: White Port

10YO white is incredibly easy to drink. I drank my way through a case of 12 last summer too - although I had help as soon as Mrs B saw what was in my glass.
by Alex Bridgeman
16:58 Thu 11 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

Got my invite. Hurry up 7pm!

I couldn’t wait any longer so I’ve just had a quality test sip - my FP01 is pretty big and punchy! I’m going to enjoy drinking this tonight.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:01 Wed 10 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

Looking at my drinking list for the year I don't have much to choose from. On the list and meeting the preferred qualifications for this tasting I have: Fonseca Panascal 2001 Fonseca Guimaraens 1976 Taylor Vargells 1967 Anyone got a particular preference to hear my thoughts on one of these? If not,...
by Alex Bridgeman
16:24 Wed 10 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Niepoort Vintage Port 2017 wins ‘Best Port Wine of the World’
Replies: 12
Views: 802

Re: Niepoort Vintage Port 2017 wins ‘Best Port Wine of the World’

Hot on the heels of the 2017 winning Best Port Wine of the World, Niepoort have just announced the launch of a Nat Cool Port Nat Trudy Cool - true ruby
by Alex Bridgeman
16:15 Wed 10 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

Looking at my drinking list for the year I don't have much to choose from. On the list and meeting the preferred qualifications for this tasting I have: Fonseca Panascal 2001 Fonseca Guimaraens 1976 Taylor Vargells 1967 Anyone got a particular preference to hear my thoughts on one of these? If not, ...
by Alex Bridgeman
23:42 Mon 08 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5068

Re: RE: Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

The "any time" ruby really does this wine a dis-service. This is a proper, decent reserve ruby - more like a crusted than a stabilized, filtered entry level ruby. You can cellar it for 5-20 years and see it improve. It's a damn good ruby. Thanks for the heads up Alex, that's good to know. You've ra...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:11 Sun 07 Feb 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Topaque
Replies: 0
Views: 379

NV Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Topaque

An Australian fortified wine made from Muscadelle, where the brandy is added just as fermentation starts. This is the entry level Topaque, made from wines matured in oak and having an average age of 2-4 years. Available for £15 from the Old Butcher's Wine Shop in Cookham. A lovely golden colour, 20%...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:07 Sun 07 Feb 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV Stanton & Killeen Classic Rutherglen Topaque
Replies: 0
Views: 258

NV Stanton & Killeen Classic Rutherglen Topaque

The Muscat and Topaque fortified wines of Rutherglen, frst made in the 1850s, fall into four categories: - Rutherglen wines are young and fruity with an average age of wines used in the blends of 3-5 years. - Classic Rutherglen wines are matured for a little longer in a solera system with the averag...