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by Andy Velebil
04:49 Fri 24 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "official" Vintage Port map (IVDP)
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: "official" Vintage Port map (IVDP)

There was no such thing as a "declared or classic year" prior to WW2. People just made VP when they felt it was good enough to sell to someone. The rest is just picking years out of a hat.
by Andy Velebil
17:28 Thu 23 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tarriffs on shipping port to the US
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: Tarriffs on shipping port to the US

It is confusing. The 100% tarriff was due to a digital service tax dispute with France (and some others that already have it). For now, it has been tabled and won't kick in. Though with Trump, who knows what may happen going forward on a day to day basis. The previous, and current 25% tarriff, is du...
by Andy Velebil
02:25 Wed 15 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1993 - A hunt
Replies: 21
Views: 3450

Re: 1993 - A hunt

DRT wrote:
19:38 Tue 14 Jan 2020
I also have six of these, bought for the same purpose.

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I've recently had the 1994 several times and it's mature but still quite nice. I hope those are doing as well, but the year wasn't so good...
by Andy Velebil
01:53 Wed 15 Jan 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Prime assortment for sale, auction or just a good home
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Prime assortment for sale, auction or just a good home

I have no skin in the game living across the pond. May I just add to those interested. Unwritten rule of wine forums is to not get into bidding war with other members. Never turns out well in the very small world of wine people on forums. Generally first reply gets first shot. Or Perhaps email each ...
by Andy Velebil
04:42 Mon 06 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 37316

Re: Pointless Statistics

Total stock of VP has now crept past the 6000 bottle mark with a collective age that now tops 200,000 years Tom, I think you might have failed in your objective of just over a decade ago of not going over 2,000 bottles :lol: That is a seriously impressive cellar you have. I am quite sure many Port ...
by Andy Velebil
04:40 Mon 06 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: BWW Best wine critics
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: BWW Best wine critics

Congrats Axel!
by Andy Velebil
20:54 Tue 31 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1983 Warres Port x 12
Replies: 8
Views: 1148

Re: 1983 Warres Port x 12

You will need to open case verify bottle condition and fill levels.

£70/bottle is very high. It’s significantly cheaper in the USA and our prices for older VP are always much higher than the UK for older bottles.

Not interested due to my location, just some friendly advice.
by Andy Velebil
16:35 Mon 30 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 1321

Re: Festive Drinking

So far during holidays I’ve opened a 40 Yr Quevedo Tawny and a 20 Yr Ramos Pinto Tawny and a bunch of dry wines.
by Andy Velebil
22:31 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: A market for fakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1428

Re: A market for fakes?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191204/2400007334c6cd27a31f7f4c21881a08.jpg Attached are pictures of 77’s recently sold through a reputable auction site that shows a very clear differential to what is on my bottle. I was hoping that there was a known standard, if you will, as to what label was p...
by Andy Velebil
22:20 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: A market for fakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1428

Re: A market for fakes?

Is she sure there are magnums? I’ve never seen the embossed logo on a bottle for mags. They did it for most of the 750ml bottles. I’d guess the label may be a reproduction applied after original came off. There are some things missing on it that should be there. Not totally uncommon. And the Selo a...
by Andy Velebil
21:43 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: A market for fakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1428

Re: A market for fakes?

Is she sure there are magnums? I’ve never seen the embossed logo on a bottle for mags. They did it for most of the 750ml bottles. I’d guess the label may be a reproduction applied after original came off. There are some things missing on it that should be there. Not totally uncommon. And the Selo ap...
by Andy Velebil
14:08 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2067
Views: 312387

Re: Apostrophe crimes

In fairness, from someone who has had to try to program one of those sign boards on more than one occasion, I can attest they aren't always easy and they don't always allow you to enter things the way you intended. And you shouldn't take pics when you are operating a motor vehicle.
by Andy Velebil
14:03 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: A market for fakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1428

Re: A market for fakes?

Oh and picture of any back label too, if there is one.
by Andy Velebil
05:26 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: A market for fakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1428

Re: A market for fakes?

Do you have pics of the overall full bottle and the Selo (the white strip over the top of the bottle)? That would help
by Andy Velebil
01:56 Sat 23 Nov 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1233
Views: 391137

Re: Software that makes placemats

Doggett wrote:Quite liked the spirals, flowers and crosshatching. Not sold on the stars but the bold defining of the main elements is good to my taste a la Flowers.
Ditto
by Andy Velebil
00:06 Mon 18 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered
Replies: 3
Views: 449

Re: 2007 Warre LBV Unfiltered

If you have a cold that is affecting your smell, that means it is also affecting your taste. Not an ideal time to taste any wine or to write one off.
by Andy Velebil
02:22 Sat 16 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Offley Colheita Port
Replies: 0
Views: 503

2000 Offley Colheita Port

Bottled 2019. I opened this yesterday so the note is a combo of both days. Still a rather youthful red hue. Soft rhubarb nose. Rather sweet intially followed by a wace of spirit and cherries then a good dose of menthol. Still some slight tannins that show up late on a rather clipped finish. A pleasa...
by Andy Velebil
04:04 Fri 08 Nov 2019
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Niepoort´s port 1957 for sell
Replies: 6
Views: 1028

Re: Niepoort´s port 1957 for sell

Hello and welcome. I’ve no interest in this bottle, but I’ll make a helpful observation. The prices you’ve quoted are the optimistic prices at which some wine merchants hope to sell. Which can be far above any measure of a fair achievable price. Which, for this, I’d expect to be high double-digits....
by Andy Velebil
00:40 Tue 05 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store
Replies: 12
Views: 2255

Re: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store

Thanks Andy. It's more than a bit confusing when different people give quite different scores. Specially since this bottle is going to be ageed for 30 years, and to me as port novice it's hard to figure out what port will age well. Though I think I have understood the concept of bottle ageeing, Im ...
by Andy Velebil
10:03 Mon 04 Nov 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store
Replies: 12
Views: 2255

Re: 2016 Vintages - what to buy and store

2015, 2016 and 2017 are generally declared years. 2016 is the weakest of the three. Take that, and some of what's on the internet, with a grain of salt regarding the VP's from 2016. While 2016 is now being compared to the other two, by itself it produced some wonderful Ports. I agree with AHB, Croft...
by Andy Velebil
09:06 Wed 23 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Organising Your Port
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

Re: Organising Your Port

akzy wrote:
18:16 Tue 22 Oct 2019
I'm rebooting this thread as I've started to lose track of what I have and I only have ~20 bottles of Port. Any new methods being used?

Slightly separate to this, I'm going to have to buy more storage - looking around the ~£1000 mark - suggestions?
Cellartracker.com is still the best IMO.
by Andy Velebil
14:40 Sat 12 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Marks & Spencer
Replies: 4
Views: 1047

Re: 2011 Marks & Spencer

Pedantic. Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers-Vinhos S.A.
by Andy Velebil
23:41 Thu 10 Oct 2019
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Portalegre Branco
Replies: 1
Views: 1439

2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Portalegre Branco

2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Portalegre - Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo, Portalegre (10/10/2019) This is a new wine from the Symington Family (of the Port fame) and from their newly purchased property in the Portalegre subregion of Alentejo. Had this for lunch, pop and pour, and was immediately take...
by Andy Velebil
22:31 Thu 10 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dow's 1977
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Dow's 1977

'77 Dow's does have a high TCA rate from the corks. As to buying it, that's a personal decision based on the risks you're willing to accept. FWIW, I don't buy much from that vintage anymore as it's not only Dow's that has issues with TCA, or bottle variation, from the poor quality corks. A real sham...
by Andy Velebil
14:53 Thu 03 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Acquiring young vintage port
Replies: 8
Views: 1522

Re: Acquiring young vintage port

Hello all What is the best way to acquire some of the recent 2017 vintage port here in the Midwestern US(Des Moines, IA) ? I just won a variety of about 112 bottles from the most recent Heritage Auction that's from the 70s to the 90s but would love to get some younger stuff I can age. Thanks! Chase...