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by JacobH
21:43 Sat 05 Mar 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Coravin
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: Coravin

Whilst I have nothing to add from personal experience there has been some discussion of this on the 'For the love of port' forum here . I did wonder how the sediment in port would affect this, so thank you for posting. Someone on :ftlop: suggests pouring from the coravin’ed bottle whilst keeping it...
by JacobH
16:14 Sat 05 Mar 2016
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Decanter Spain & Portugal Tasting, 27ii16
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Re: Decanter Spain & Portugal Tasting, 27ii16

flash_uk wrote:
JacobH wrote:
jdaw1 wrote:And if you wish to see TPF’ers, you know what to do.
Yes, fair enough. I will have a look at my diary!
Jacob

Some upcoming tastings you could sign up for:

The night before the BFT (21 April)
66@50 (19 May)
Thanks: I will certainly have a look.
by JacobH
16:14 Sat 05 Mar 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Coravin
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: Coravin

Welcome back JacobH - what's your excuse for not competing for the Doty Cup on the 17th?! Thanks. The 17th is a significant date for a significant other so I’m afraid that going Port drinking is always likely to be unlikely on that date. I’ll see if I can join in with some of the others in the comi...
by JacobH
14:24 Sat 05 Mar 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Coravin
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Coravin

I’ve seen a few mentions of coravins on :tpf: from when they were released but little discussion. I was therefore wondering what :tpf:’er experience with them has been? Despite initially baulking at the price, I bought mine in July, and am fully converted. A lot of the discussion on the web has been...
by JacobH
23:29 Thu 03 Mar 2016
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Decanter Spain & Portugal Tasting, 27ii16
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Re: Decanter Spain & Portugal Tasting, 27ii16

And if you wish to see TPF’ers, you know what to do . Yes, fair enough. I will have a look at my diary! (Valdespino: which had best fino I can remember) This fino ? Yes: that’s it. Apparently it is the only single-vineyard one left and the only one which is fermented in wood not steel. Lea and Sand...
by JacobH
23:14 Thu 03 Mar 2016
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Decanter Spain & Portugal Tasting, 27ii16
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Decanter Spain & Portugal Tasting, 27ii16

Decanter’s most recent big tasting was one of Spanish and Portuguese wines at its usual location, the Landmark Hotel, London. Massively more Spanish (61 producers) than Portuguese (19), it was also a little bit more “conventional” than I might have desired. For example there were as many Rioja produ...
by JacobH
12:20 Mon 03 Nov 2014
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Producing Rum the Grenada Way
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Re: Producing Rum the Grenada Way

This was perhaps the most unsanitary production facility I have ever seen I beg to differ. They are using a very clean white towel to keep the extra protein out. What more would you like? :roll: I agree with Andy. When the output is at 75% it is hard to see how anything more is needed to keep thing...
by JacobH
12:16 Mon 03 Nov 2014
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Francesinha
Replies: 1
Views: 873

Francesinha

For a Port-themed forum, it seems a shame that we are lacking a Francesinha thread. Has anyone :tpf: tried making one? Finding a good sauce recipe is a bit of a challenge. I tried with: some garlic; some chillis; half-a-bottle of lager; one stock cube; about three table-spoons of crushed tomatoes; b...
by JacobH
12:03 Mon 03 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Messias and Quinta do Cachão
Replies: 13
Views: 1928

Re: Messias and Quinta do Cachão

This thread appears relatively highly on Google when searching for Quinta do Cachão (there appears to be otherwise very limited information). I was wondering if some kind soul might therefore be willing to restore the correct accents to DRT’s post? Of course, I should note that Messias now seems to ...
by JacobH
11:53 Mon 03 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 1657

Re: New port barrel help

Compared to the alternative — opening 8ish year old LBVs as and when needed — was it worth the trouble? An interesting question. In terms of quality of Port: no. In terms of “is this a diverting thing to do”: yes. A bit like whether it is ever worth opening a bottle of tawny port when one can open ...
by JacobH
11:42 Mon 03 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2012 Declarations
Replies: 78
Views: 7475

Re: 2012 Declarations

If FG = F with respect to blend and assuming the method, care and skill required for producing both wines is the same for the two, what does that say about the margins for the two wines?In a way SFE is at least consistent in that they price the SQVPs in a similar way to their ordinary VPs, albeit w...
by JacobH
11:30 Mon 03 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port maturity question
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: Port maturity question

Although there are questions around the overall quality of vintages (1977 for example), I was wondering about members' opinions as to when a great - or even good - port will ultimately reach its drinking plateau, and when it will start its slide down. [...] There are certainly questions as to shipp...
by JacobH
22:10 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll
Replies: 15
Views: 1082

Re: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll

I'm finding this statement quite cryptic - any chance you could expound? From memory, the rules not regulate bottle sizes at all. The rules regulate labels. Labels can’t be bigger than actual bottle size, at least statistically, and must be a size on the list. But by all means, fill a 50l bottle, l...
by JacobH
22:01 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The 2014 Harvest
Replies: 101
Views: 6709

Re: The 2014 Harvest

An excellent comment on the 2014 harvest, The 2014 Douro Harvest: The Year of the Fox , by Paul Symington. I thought it fair and informative — a model of such things. Absolutely. Paul's comment about the quality of Touriga Nacional gives me even more hope for a 2014 Graham's Stone Terraces, as thos...
by JacobH
21:53 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 1657

Re: New port barrel help

I bought a barrel about a year ago to experiment with ageing some Port at home. I rather liked the idea of recreating some of the old English tawnies when pipes were left in warehouses and homes after shipping. I also thought it would be a good mechanism to allow me to pour a glass a Port without op...
by JacobH
21:38 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Marks and Spencer LBV
Replies: 2
Views: 444

1992 Marks and Spencer LBV

A recent purchase, thrown into a larger order because it was quite cheap. It was apparently bottled by “CD Vintners, Sociedade Vitivinicola” (can anyone remind me who they are?) from the “finest demarcated vineyards surrounding the village of Pinhäo”. Slightly unusually for a filtered LBV, it had 6 ...
by JacobH
11:05 Sun 28 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 3826

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Quinta do Noval Quinta do Silval was produced from the 1983 and 1984 vintages. I have no idea whether or not these were true SQVPs in the sense of being from grapes entirely grown within Quinta do Silval but if they were I suspect those grapes grew in the part of that quinta that now forms part of ...
by JacobH
21:46 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1069
Views: 149916

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Availability may be an issue, though: they said I had taken the last case of the Roeda back when I ordered it in late August. Might be worth giving them a ring to confirm what they have available.
by JacobH
21:42 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 3826

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

The answer to "The Silval Question" is a combination of territory and brand. As far as I recall Quinta do Silval once belonged to and was considered to be part of Quinta do Noval. That is no longer the case and part of the Quinta is now owned by the Magalhães family who use it as a hotel and also p...
by JacobH
17:02 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Liverpool Beer Festival 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1062

Re: Liverpool Beer Festival 2014

That’s an impressive looking beer festival. Is it in St George’s Hall? It makes me wonder why are so many in the South either in tents, a souless exhibition space or outside terrible pubs. I suppose a lack of serious interest! Circular presumably has the advantage of making the amount of crust consi...
by JacobH
16:56 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 3826

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Hm, in a way, all VPs of Quinta do Noval are SQVPs as there is simply only one quinta. But I get your point, Silval is more like Fonseca Guimaraens than Taylor Vargellas. I had a look at the label of the '99 Silval. It says "Silval Vintage Port Bottled and shipped by Quinta do Noval". Sorry, I wasn...
by JacobH
10:13 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 3826

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

Isn’t Quinta do Noval Silval a second-label rather than an SQVP? Whilst I think they did a SQVP in the past from Quinta do Silval, as with everything from Noval the key question is whether it says “Quinta d*” on the bottle or not. Some of the lighter 1991s are probably pretty good these days. It’s a...
by JacobH
10:03 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Liverpool?
Replies: 8
Views: 740

Re: Liverpool?

Anyone got recommendations for places (bars or restaurants) with half-decent port by the glass in Liverpool? I know quite a few really good restaurants on the south east side of Liverpool, about 200 miles from the city centre. Or just 30 minutes on the train to Manchester... The last time I was in ...
by JacobH
10:00 Sat 27 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The 2014 Harvest
Replies: 101
Views: 6709

Re: The 2014 Harvest

That’s a fair point. I dare say it’s hard for them to get enough grapes suitable for basic tawny production...
by JacobH
21:46 Fri 26 Sep 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2034
Views: 206657

Re: Apostrophe crimes

Sorry. I left this as long as I could. But there it still is. Here , Jacob created a thread entitled "Oporto and the Duoro " Hmm...I missed this. I didn’t realise we were moving on from apostrophe crimes to typing errors!! But anyway, I plead not guilty on the basis that Duoro, whilst unconventiona...