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by Andy Velebil
16:35 Sat 27 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: UK available 40 year old tawnies
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: RE: Re: UK available 40 year old tawnies

Dow’s 40 is available in the UK. I hadn't realised this since the Dow website only goes up to the 30 year old. One wine merchant which sells it says that it was relaunched in 2019 having not been made for a few years. The bottles for all their aged tawnies have a new design so I wonder it they twea...
by Andy Velebil
03:19 Sat 20 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port
Replies: 0
Views: 147

1995 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port

Decanted about 5 hours at time of this note. The color is still a nice purple and holding nicely at a quarter century. Quite youthful nose full of plums and licorice. Starts out bright and high-toned with a thickness I don't normally associate with Taylor's. It quickly transitions to youthful plums ...
by Andy Velebil
15:26 Fri 19 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP
Replies: 22
Views: 1365

Re: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP

g-man wrote:FYI i'm in touch with Oscar and his importer. We're working out the details and potential timings right now.
Cool.
by Andy Velebil
16:14 Mon 15 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Queen's cellar
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: The Queen's cellar

Cool story and 1851 Cockburn’s as well!
by Andy Velebil
05:39 Thu 11 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP
Replies: 22
Views: 1365

Re: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP

Firstly, Let me declare an interest as I organised the tasting. - all the GSH packs have now gone. I have organized another tasting with Oscar Quevedo for 31 March - this will be a blend your own tawny - he is supplying four components that go into his 20 year plus the final blend. Should be a fun ...
by Andy Velebil
15:59 Mon 08 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP
Replies: 22
Views: 1365

Re: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP

Firstly, Let me declare an interest as I organised the tasting. - all the GSH packs have now gone. I have organized another tasting with Oscar Quevedo for 31 March - this will be a blend your own tawny - he is supplying four components that go into his 20 year plus the final blend. Should be a fun ...
by Andy Velebil
23:16 Fri 05 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Little known port identification
Replies: 13
Views: 805

Re: Little known port identification

Appears to be a 2 part mold bottle so not too terribly old. I’d hazard a guess it’s a Ruby of some sort based on the “rich” part. Value probably isn’t much. It was probably meant to drink decades ago. But should still be ok to drink just don’t expect greatness. Thanks Andy. I'll decant I suspect ra...
by Andy Velebil
23:13 Fri 05 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Little known port identification
Replies: 13
Views: 805

Re: Little known port identification

Appears to be a 2 part mold bottle so not too terribly old.

I’d hazard a guess it’s a Ruby of some sort based on the “rich” part.

Value probably isn’t much. It was probably meant to drink decades ago. But should still be ok to drink just don’t expect greatness.
by Andy Velebil
23:08 Fri 05 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wine fridges
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Wine fridges

wine fridges vibrate, and they remove moisture. I don't think that is true of all wine fridges. You get what you pay for :wink: Agree not true of all wine fridges. The better ones are made not to vibrate and to leave humidity. My current one is a bit too much humidity so I put a humidity reducer in...
by Andy Velebil
07:24 Thu 04 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?

To be clear. It is not prohibited to mix white grapes and red grapes to make Port. Matter of fact, this is done often before the grapes are trodden (by foot or mechanically) depending on what those grapes are being used for. Which is usually a tawny of some sort. The white grapes add needed elements...
by Andy Velebil
14:53 Tue 02 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wine fridges
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Wine fridges

In my experience owning a number of wine fridges over the years I’ve learned to avoid the “dual zone” ones. They just don’t last as long, by a good margin, as the single temperature zone ones.

As for the garage, how hot does it get in the summer time? And for how long is it that hot?
by Andy Velebil
05:41 Tue 02 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP
Replies: 22
Views: 1365

Re: Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Tasting with Charles Symington and VWP

JacobH wrote:PS. Which TPF member is responsible for the 5 pack per household limit?!
Now that’s funny (and maybe true?? Lol)
by Andy Velebil
05:39 Tue 02 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: The last 5 years: good luck or an improvement?

PS: is it possible to acquire the “white vintage port” anywhere? This question was asked during the Quevedo white port tasting. Oscar seemed to suggest that he was considering it. Under current regulations (last I was told), not possible as there is no such authorization for a white VP. That said, ...
by Andy Velebil
19:37 Thu 28 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 16
Views: 1816

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

- 2012 Chateau Musar White - Astonishingly good with a roast chicken. Needed the three hour decant. Interesting to hear. Took six each of the 1992, 2000 and 2012 Musar White last year, but haven’t started them yet. Suspect it’ll be a while before I get to the 2012s. Give the 1992's a good long deca...
by Andy Velebil
05:14 Sat 16 Jan 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 5060

Re: Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

If work permits I’d love to, date dependent. Pleas put me in the tentative Group.
by Andy Velebil
05:16 Tue 12 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel
Replies: 16
Views: 1816

Re: Lockdown Drinking - The Sequel

Very pleasant bottle of Hugel “Tradition” Riesling 2005 last night. Starting to show some maturity but no rush to drink up yet. Following up on @winesecretary’s Burgundy issues, opened two bottles of Musar 2000 over the weekend. First bottle excellent, second bottle slightly TCA impacted, and this ...
by Andy Velebil
06:56 Sun 10 Jan 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Re: Anyone know this Dow? Designation: "Very Very Old"

A "V.V.O." label implies tawny, as ruby Ports are bottled at a young age and so you would not label them VVO. I've never seen a label like that, though, nor am I familiar with anything of the sort from Dow. Agree with all That said. It has a very low fill and heavy signs of seepage, which is not a ...
by Andy Velebil
00:01 Wed 23 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1820 Ferreira
Replies: 15
Views: 5266

Re: 1820 Ferreira

AHB wrote:
22:10 Tue 22 Dec 2020
I'll be in for a visit to Bern's, probably with my better half. It's absolutely somewhere I want to visit at some point in the next 10 years.
Plan to fly to the west coast (as in LA) after. There isn't much else to do in Tampa. And my cellar is free :CC6666:
by Andy Velebil
23:48 Mon 21 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Exploding corks
Replies: 4
Views: 1264

Re: Exploding corks

Andy, I think there's been a misunderstanding. My 'We are all aware of the nineties/early noughties exploding cork phenomenon' was a port-cork-specific 'we'. I've virtually never had an exploding cork from anything other than selected ports from this particular era (nor from any other era of port)....
by Andy Velebil
23:40 Mon 21 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1820 Ferreira
Replies: 15
Views: 5266

Re: 1820 Ferreira

I've been to Bern's once. The cellar isn't as fully stocked as it once was, the internet fame has seen a large amount of the very good old rare bottles picked through. Still some amazing bottles though, one just has to look a little deeper and longer and pay a lot more now.
by Andy Velebil
18:07 Thu 17 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Exploding corks
Replies: 4
Views: 1264

Re: Exploding corks

This is an issue that has affected wines all over the world, from all regions. I don't think calling out certain producers that people happen to open is productive or proper. It's well established, as you mentioned, virtually all wines/Ports from this era have issues with corks disintegrating when b...
by Andy Velebil
22:43 Mon 14 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961
Replies: 25
Views: 3812

Re: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961

Related to the scandal. IIRC from various producers, in 1972 producers still had some left over spirit from the previous year so not all production was affected. By 1973 virtually everyone ended up with the industrial spirit. Which is why there are 1972's but virtually no 1973's.
by Andy Velebil
22:36 Mon 14 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Henekeys Port Wine - seeking information
Replies: 9
Views: 1869

Re: Henekeys Port Wine - seeking information

Value is hard to put on something like this. Wording such as that can be sorta true, depending on how much of the old Port they used to make the blend. And that they selected the wines "...many years ago..." indicates they had already blended this. Perhaps had some extra lying around and discovered ...
by Andy Velebil
03:05 Fri 11 Dec 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961
Replies: 25
Views: 3812

Re: Taylor’s [very old] Single Harvest 1961

Possibly that (I don't know the answer), possibly also that they didn't buy Krohn until 2013 so couldn't release the 1961 for its 50th anniversary. I won't be surprised if this is followed by 1962 and 1963 releases over the next 2 years. That’s true. The other problems with doing 50-year-old bottli...
by Andy Velebil
14:26 Sat 28 Nov 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec
Replies: 41
Views: 6508

Re: Pre-Christmas Virtual Get Together - 15 Dec

At this point I have no work obligations that day, so sign me up.