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by benread
21:22 Mon 17 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 200
Views: 14893

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

I have created a default food order. But please may I have a JDAW Style Welsh rarebit to start in place of the truffle mac & cheese. Gammon main.

Thank you.


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by benread
13:06 Sun 16 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Standard Food Order
Replies: 13
Views: 2766

Re: The Standard Food Order

With attendance at a tasting now impending again, here is my default preference:

Starter: Truffle Mac & Cheese
Main: Gammon, egg, chips & black pudding

Note: this is from the menu B&F still describe as Spring (in September...)
by benread
12:58 Sun 16 Sep 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 200
Views: 14893

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

DRT wrote:Ben Read (BMHR) has now confirmed he will be taking vacant seat. :-)
Very much looking forward to this. 10th anniversary of me becoming part of TPF and meeting so many equally besotted port drinkers! At least I know who DRT is now when sending him cash!


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by benread
06:18 Sun 15 Jul 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 200
Views: 14893

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

I now have enough data to suggest that the cost will be in the region of £240 per person, excluding food. I will confirm the actual cost to each person as soon as possible. I don’t have the details to hand but my immediate reaction suggests little ‘inflation’ since 2008. I haven’t compared the line...
by benread
15:48 Wed 06 Jun 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal
Replies: 25
Views: 3234

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

I have a few 1970. Some in greater quantities than others. And I’m free that day, if there is space!


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by benread
21:00 Wed 11 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 1289

Tasting

I’ve recently decided to formalise my wine education a little. I started a WSET level 2 course this week. It has caused me to think a little about the focus when appraising a wine. I’m interested to know what others think. Historically I have spent a lot of time wondering whether the aromas I smell ...
by benread
07:29 Sat 07 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 15th May 2018, for the Royal Wedding
Replies: 110
Views: 14002

Re: Tuesday 15th May 2018, for the Royal Wedding

Regrettably I am no longer able to make this. I do hope my citizenship will not be questioned for such a treasonous act!


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by benread
18:09 Fri 06 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta do Noval Olive Oil
Replies: 13
Views: 1654

Re: Quinta do Noval Olive Oil

Thank you Phil.


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by benread
16:09 Fri 06 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format
Replies: 10
Views: 1719

Re: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format

Wolfgang, I’m not sure what you paid for it but I wonder if a bottle like this would be worth the trouble of faking? Or has the scrutiny of more valuable wines pushed fakers into new markets? I don’t know the answer to either question but if you choose to open it with TPF friends I’d love to be ther...
by benread
16:20 Thu 05 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta do Noval Olive Oil
Replies: 13
Views: 1654

Re: Quinta do Noval Olive Oil

Alex. Rather belatedly, do you have 3 bottles you can spare still? Thank you. Ben


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by benread
00:29 Mon 12 Mar 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Replies: 200
Views: 14893

Re: Cockburn Vertical, Tue 2nd Oct 2018

Could you pop me on the wait list please. 10 years ago I sent some bloke I had never met £200 to attend this. Thankfully DRT was to be trusted!


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by benread
12:12 Sat 13 Jan 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: We need some tastings in the diary
Replies: 25
Views: 3220

Re: We need some tastings in the diary

WS1 wrote:With regards to the Port fit for a Queen's new subject tasting what about Tuesday the 13th of February? I have the citizenship ceremony on Monday the 12th so that date could fit nicely.

regards

WS1
I can’t wait to hear you sing the national anthem!


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by benread
21:12 Mon 25 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas wine and port
Replies: 20
Views: 4471

Re: Christmas wine and port

I thought I was opening a Noval 60 and Fonseca 70. I’ve got Noval 63. Not a bad compromise!


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by benread
21:04 Thu 21 Dec 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 15th May 2018, for the Royal Wedding
Replies: 110
Views: 14002

Re: Tuesday 15th May 2018, for the Royal Wedding

I am a bit of a monarchist! Would love to come along. No idea what will accompany me at this stage!


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by benread
18:07 Tue 19 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1090
Views: 184825

Re: Port for sale by retailer

I managed to track down a branch of Aldi which had some bottles of the Maynard 1992 LBV in stock (available through their website too). I've given up trying to find a bottle of the mythical 40YO tawny @ £30 but I did also buy a "Maynard 100 Years of Port" pack consisting of 4 x 20cl bottles contain...
by benread
18:55 Thu 23 Nov 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Port and the Ashes
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Port and the Ashes

I get BT Sport included with my Virgin Media subscription so it feels ‘free’!


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by benread
01:13 Thu 23 Nov 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Port and the Ashes
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Port and the Ashes

Anyone else enjoying the fact Sky have lost their monopoly?

I’ve opened a Smith Woodhouse 1982 LBV to keep me going through the opening overs!


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by benread
20:26 Wed 08 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1981 Warre LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 585

1981 Warre LBV

Drunk 7th November 2017. Utterly fabulous. I’d say this is my sweet spot for maturity. Still plenty of body and fruit but elegantly so. Just becoming possible to see through a glass. I’d speculate that on 10 years time AHB might find this to his style. I think perhaps a Warre LBV vertical might be a...
by benread
21:26 Sun 29 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 52
Views: 8890

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Please may I order truffle mac & cheese followed by gammon with black pudding.

Thank you.


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by benread
20:59 Wed 11 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cheese with port. Advice required
Replies: 8
Views: 2132

Re: Cheese with port. Advice required

I did suggest a Sussex charmer but it is also quite hard to get hold of. The aged Parmesan was very good though.


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by benread
20:20 Wed 11 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19 Oct 2017; B&F; Mature V.P. or L.B.V., blind, ideally in decanters
Replies: 35
Views: 5259

Re: Thu 19 Oct 2017, B&F, Mature VP or LBV

Regrettably I am home alone next week.


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by benread
17:14 Fri 06 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cheese with port. Advice required
Replies: 8
Views: 2132

Cheese with port. Advice required

A friend is buying the cheese for a dinner tomorrow. We have a bottle of Krohn 1967 ( supplied by Tony direct to my friend ).

What cheese would people recommend. Indulgences welcome!


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by benread
13:05 Thu 28 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 28th September - Port at the Boot & Flogger
Replies: 35
Views: 6273

Re: Thursday 28th September - Port at the Boot & Flogger

For the record my (blind) bottle was decanted at 11.45 and will shortly be at the B&F for tonight’s tasting.


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by benread
13:02 Thu 28 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2015 Vintage Port Tasting: Leverkusen, Germany, 03 November
Replies: 1
Views: 1225

Re: 2015 Vintage Port Tasting: Leverkusen, Germany, 03 November

Sounds like a great event Axel. Regrettably my chances of a pass for that are very close to zero!


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by benread
08:30 Thu 28 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 52
Views: 8890

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Can I provisionally join you with a Noval ( need to confirm it is in the cellar!). Now to organise childcare!


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