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by Andy Velebil
14:26 Sat 28 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec
Replies: 19
Views: 562

Re: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec

At this point I have no work obligations that day, so sign me up.
by Andy Velebil
22:45 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5380

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Wonderful seeing everyone. And thanks to Alex for organizing!
by Andy Velebil
05:41 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1530
Views: 331935

Re: Latest buy

Some Of those bottles obviously come from
Terrible storage. I looked at them and wouldn’t bid on anyone of those 55’s.
by Andy Velebil
15:50 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 22
Views: 1158

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

JacobH wrote:Is anyone else troubled by the suggestion that an ultra-English establishment like the Kingsman would be drinking a tawny rather than a Vintage Port?
Times are a changing...
by Andy Velebil
15:49 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1530
Views: 331935

Re: Latest buy

Feist is also either owned or was owned by BdV as far as I am aware. Is that a recent development? VintagePort.se says it was owned by Barros since the 1950s and then became part of Sogevinus in 2006 (presumably when they also bought Barros). Feist is imported and distributed by Sogevinus’ import a...
by Andy Velebil
02:16 Sun 22 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Should we be buying 2011 VP now?
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Should we be buying 2011 VP now?

There has been a rather large dip in production over the past couple decades. So the short answer is most likely, yes, newer vintages will be harder to find in the coming decades as a result. And as a result prices will probably end up raising as a function of age, scarcity and, if the trend hopeful...
by Andy Velebil
06:04 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Curious - wine port information
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Curious - wine port information

Alex's comments spurred me to look into it further. Seems "British Wine" is still made... Wine is a drink made from the fermented juice of fresh grapes. A wine takes its name from the country it comes from. Simple! So 'English Wine' is wine made in England from the juice of fresh grapes - and Englis...
by Andy Velebil
05:43 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5380

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I've found two bottles for the tasting at a store near me, 10 yr tawny and a regular tawny. I bought both for the tasting.

only one (regular tawny) showed on their inventory but they also had one bottle of the 10 yr when I arrived. Double win for a producer that isn't easy to find in my parts.
by Andy Velebil
15:28 Wed 18 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Curious - wine port information
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Curious - wine port information

I’ve never heard of your Port specifically. But “Fine Ruby” is a basic Ruby Port and not worth anything of value. It probably is still drinkable but how good is anyone’s guess.

Can you post a picture of the bottle/label? And any possible back label?
by Andy Velebil
15:41 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 870

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

Taylor&Fonseca94Box signed by Alistair.jpg This is also available in 0,75L... Given who they’re signed by these are not a current new release pair of bottles. The letter in the box says they will be at their best between 2010 and 2040 suggesting these were packaged before 2010. If not mistaken,...
by Andy Velebil
15:30 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market
Replies: 15
Views: 870

Re: TFP 1994 VP special release for US market

Axel P wrote:
Taylor&Fonseca94Box signed by Alistair.jpg
This is also available in 0,75L...
Given who they’re signed by these are not a current new release pair of bottles.
by Andy Velebil
15:22 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5380

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Wasn’t able to get the ‘88. Having a hard time finding a bottle near me but hopefully can pick up an LBV tomorrow.
by Andy Velebil
05:08 Sat 07 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: LBV Roundup

Regarding corks. Branding adds to the cost and then that batch of corks can only be used for a specific bottle. Why most wine companies around the world use generic corks for most wines bottled is the reduced cost and flexibility of use. It just makes fiscal sense for most bottles.
by Andy Velebil
06:22 Fri 06 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: LBV Roundup
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: LBV Roundup

3) Churchill

Appears to release LBV in two tranches, through merchants at around five years and ex lodge a decade later. The back labels placed on the ex lodge bottles suggest they should have been drunk already!
What do they put on the back label?
by Andy Velebil
06:19 Fri 06 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 22
Views: 1158

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 almo...
by Andy Velebil
19:02 Thu 29 Oct 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 5380

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I'm scheduled off that day, so may join you all if I can find a Rosa wine/Port between now and then. They're rather hard to find around my parts.
by Andy Velebil
19:31 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Auction Prices
Replies: 10
Views: 1011

Re: Auction Prices

Auction prices go in peaks and troughs, and have been running hot this year. Two other errors that are quite often seen are people bidding VP prices when the bottles are LBV, and bidding 12 bottle case prices when the case is 6 bottles.. Agree. Auctions here have been surprisingly hot for the econo...
by Andy Velebil
15:22 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Question of Label Differences
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re: A Question of Label Differences

Edit, the more I look at the labels, the last one is a late release. The label is a more modern version of it. That's a good point but I can't see any vintages after the 1985 that have those old style labels. I guess it might only have "late" in the sense of a second batch released in 1987 if that'...
by Andy Velebil
02:14 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Question of Label Differences
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re: A Question of Label Differences

It's a gray market bottle. Imported by someone else most likely. Or it was a late release and the importer info is on the back. Regardless, those all look like they have been in a flood with the water damage to labels. From time to time, insurance bottles tend to show up. I'd be wary of them. Edit, ...
by Andy Velebil
03:08 Thu 22 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1268
Views: 341601

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Glenn E. wrote:
21:19 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Doggett wrote:
19:14 Wed 21 Oct 2020
(if they still offer it at €100 for 100ml)
w8 wat?

How did they ever offer it for €750 per bottle?
I've had several glasses of it there. Don't know the exact measurement, but It was a good deal while it lasted.
by Andy Velebil
05:08 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: How to describe tasting notes? 77 Grahams
Replies: 6
Views: 954

Re: How to describe tasting notes? 77 Grahams

Don’t worry if you can’t nail down what the issue is with it. We all have those moments where we go “something odd with this bottle but I just can’t place it”. The important part is , as mentioned, you recognized there’s something off with it. That said, ‘77 Graham’s VP is a bottle with a storied pa...
by Andy Velebil
00:20 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Webinar with David Guimaraens and Charles Symingon
Replies: 4
Views: 895

Re: Webinar with David Guimaraens and Charles Symingon

Is someone able to record it? That’s a tad late at night this side of the pond for me to watch live.
by Andy Velebil
15:37 Sun 18 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2901

Re: Vintage 2020

David Guimaraens has also records a short YouTube Video about the 2020 Harvest. Much of the report mirrors what we have been discussing in this thread: a very hot year with the hottest July on record. The heat in the early Summer damaged some of the Tinta Barroca and the late August heat caught som...
by Andy Velebil
23:21 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1530
Views: 331935

Re: Latest buy

I was gonna buy one of those 4.5l of their 20 yr tawny for our new house warming party. Figured it would be super cool to pour for guests. Then the Covid drama hit 2-days after we moved in. No party, no bottle, no fun :(