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by Andy Velebil
03:18 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: RE: Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

Absolutely! I couldn't tell however if this is a digital picture artifact sometimes seen after image file compression..... I know what you mean, but don't think so - it matches the outline colours at the edge of the label too well, and lacks the blocking for compression artifact. It looks like some...
by Andy Velebil
10:54 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

Did anyone else also notice all the words look like there were cut and scanned onto this label from something else?
by Andy Velebil
19:54 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

I've taken some heat from a couple people about my outspoken views on just how many fakes there now are of Port. I'd be very careful buying any older Port at the moment. There is a lot more of it out there than people think, most of it showing up in Europe but now also in the States. Niepoort, Graha...
by Andy Velebil
17:16 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)

Hi Andy, I don’t mind sharing, but can I ask first why you want to know? I sent you a message. I only ask as the Port trade was quite small then and if you are perhaps interested, I'm sure between all of us here we could find out some fun facts of his time there to pass on to you. Cockburns was one...
by Andy Velebil
16:34 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)

flash_uk wrote:Sediment is perfectly normal. This is why the port needs to be decanted through a filter. Cheesecloth is great if you have some.
+1

What was your grandfathers name, if you don't mind sharing?


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by Andy Velebil
14:32 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?

DRT wrote:Are you suggesting that people in the port trade might embellish stories a little to add to the mystique of their products?

Surely not :roll: :lol:
Never ;) LOL!!!


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by Andy Velebil
14:31 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)

Where did you find it stored? 1950 is not a great vintage. Most I've had over the years have seen their best days already and have been on the decline. It's not a vintage I would spend much money on. Opening with family to enjoy together is probably the best way to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapa...
by Andy Velebil
02:48 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Cockburn
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: 2015 Cockburn

It's pretty well known the Cockburn's facilities were in pretty poor shape when the Sym's took them over. I don't think they've totally revamped everything there yet. I'd imagine it's gonna take a bit more time to get everything back up to tip top shape and return it to the former glory it once was....
by Andy Velebil
02:42 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?

A very rare find. As far as I a aware Fonseca have not made a 30 year tawny since losing a significant part of their cellared Ports when part of the lodge collapsed in 2001. Are you talking about the landslide from the neighbor? If so, That damage took out mostly lower end ruby stocks and very litt...
by Andy Velebil
19:45 Thu 19 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?

A very rare find. As far as I a aware Fonseca have not made a 30 year tawny since losing a significant part of their cellared Ports when part of the lodge collapsed in 2001. Are you talking about the landslide from the neighbor? If so, That damage took out mostly lower end ruby stocks and very litt...
by Andy Velebil
03:35 Thu 19 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Croft
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: 1955 Croft

I'm not AHB, he may or may not differ, in my experiences a good bottle of it should hold until 2025 with ease.
by Andy Velebil
21:22 Wed 18 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Kopke LBV 1981 in Magnum, collector's item?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Kopke LBV 1981 in Magnum, collector's item?

It appears to be a Tappit Hen bottle. Perhaps all they had was mag labels and that is what they used. Or it's a smaller Tappit Hen look-a-like. If a true Tappit Hen then it's rare for LBV to be in that style bottle. That won't make it valuable except to someone who may want it just for the bottle. I...
by Andy Velebil
21:18 Wed 18 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?

It appears to be a regular 30 year old tawny, but with a fancy name that was quite common in years past. It was bottled in 1977 and if stored well should still drink ok, however that's a long time for something not intended to be aged so long in bottle. I wouldn't expect a blockbuster this many year...
by Andy Velebil
06:20 Fri 13 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: 1992 Quinta do Vesuvio

Glenn
IIRC, it was 1989-1991 that was kept at the Quinta. Hence the wax capsules as the corks were feared to have started drying out.

1992, like the previous few vintages, weren't made in huge quantities and all are not easily found today in secondary markets.


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by Andy Velebil
14:04 Wed 04 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 20
Views: 541

Re: What do you have most of?

uncle tom wrote:
21:58 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Of VP, I bought heavily into the 2009 vintage, and the Skeffington '09 is the only VP I have over 100 bottles of..
Planning a big party for 2109? :lol:
by Andy Velebil
14:03 Wed 04 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's First Flight 2003
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: Graham's First Flight 2003

What airports are the question? Anyone know the price?
by Andy Velebil
17:22 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: 1977 Vintage Port

Axel P wrote:Actually I rated the wines in the 20 point-system which were transported to the 100 system without me knowing prior to the print.
That wasn't very nice of them.


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by Andy Velebil
17:29 Fri 29 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass Opacity
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: Glass Opacity

1985 Dow's VP. Black as black can get and I couldn't see through the bottle I opened yesterday.
by Andy Velebil
17:28 Fri 29 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: 1977 Vintage Port

A good article, thanks for posting. The only scores which surprised me were the Niepoort '77 in standard bottle, and the Warre '77 in Tappit hen; the former I would rate much higher comparatively, and the latter I think is (generally) much better than the standard bottles. Interesting read, and lik...
by Andy Velebil
16:32 Fri 29 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: 1977 Vintage Port

Very nice read. Yes, sad that '77 hasn't generally turned out so well in time. Mostly due to poor corks and not the fault of the producers. A bit of a play on words regarding the Cockburn though. They didn't "...applied....too late...", they were ordered not to make it and did so anyways. They could...
by Andy Velebil
10:10 Sun 24 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What have you got open this weekend?
Replies: 72
Views: 4106

Re: What have you got open this weekend?

AHB wrote:
23:35 Sat 23 Sep 2017
Just opened a Warre 1970 and settled down to watch a recording of the Thursday Night Football game between the LA Rams and SF 49'ers.
Fixed 88)
by Andy Velebil
01:59 Sun 24 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port
Replies: 59
Views: 4437

Re: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port

Regardless, they are brands that TFP owned, in whole or part, at one point and then dumped them some time after. Don't get me wrong, but it appears TFP doesn't want any more brands than their major ones (Taylor's, Fonseca, Croft). I will bet they sell off the name Krohn's in due course. Or just let ...
by Andy Velebil
21:51 Fri 22 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port
Replies: 59
Views: 4437

Re: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port

AHB wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:
15:38 Fri 22 Sep 2017
At least based on past history of the brands they've acquired and later done away with.
Such as?
Romariz, Morgan, Delaforce to name a quick few.


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by Andy Velebil
20:48 Fri 22 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How long will vintage port last?
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: How long will vintage port last?

Finally!! Well done on their part.
by Andy Velebil
15:38 Fri 22 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port
Replies: 59
Views: 4437

Re: International Launch of Taylor’s Rare Aged Tawny Port

The Krohn brand is not being killed off, as far as I am aware. In the UK, Krohn is represented by a separate agent to Taylor / Fonseca / Croft (which all come through Mentzendorff). The Krohn stocks of aged tawnies still in barrel are being commercialised under the Taylor name, but TFP have never m...