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by Andy Velebil
16:17 Wed 18 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Tasting

I’ve always struggled to identify what I smell and taste by reference to other things. Yes, it's a distraction beloved of wine writers needing to fill column inches. It also helps them convey an impression of expertise, when that is lacking. Too many people judge wines by their label and price tag,...
by Andy Velebil
11:30 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2016 Declarations
Replies: 15
Views: 686

Re: 2016 Declarations

Am I right in thinking none of QH, Mz or GC had an associated Quinta? I think that is quite significant. Anything produced under any of these brands would now be "a port wine produced from grapes/wines sourced from various places". What would be distinctive about say, Martinez versus Gould Campbell...
by Andy Velebil
11:19 Mon 16 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Crusted Port Wine Malvedos 1958 in Magnum format

It looks genuine to me. A little known fact is that in the early days of the use of the brand "Malvedos" the wines didn't come from the quinta - they were from vineyards in the Torto valley. This is probably from that era. And many of the grapes came from a number of adjacent vineyards which were n...
by Andy Velebil
13:30 Sun 08 Apr 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1938 full bottle of abercorn for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: 1938 full bottle of abercorn for sale

Your post wasn't deleted, it's in the Forum "SELLING PORT" for selling bottles. Some people have inquired about it. I would point you to that forum and your original post. http://theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=12371
by Andy Velebil
10:21 Sun 08 Apr 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 9 Bottles of Vintage Port For Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: 9 Bottles of Vintage Port For Sale

Hi Irl, As one of the few USA based folks here I'll chime in. First, the bottles location at this time of year makes shipping very problematic. Most areas, sans the northeast which seems to be perpetually frozen lately, is now entering the "Too hot to ship" season. So that will make selling them at ...
by Andy Velebil
00:28 Sun 01 Apr 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 4882

Re: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018

Please could I have no starter, special order sirloin on the bone cooked medium rare with skinny fries and a side of beans. No desert. Good call, I heard their desert is quite dry ;) lol Splendid. If you are going to notice others’ spelling, we can notice your apostrophes. Henceforth you are thread...
by Andy Velebil
19:07 Sat 31 Mar 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 4882

Re: Second wind for 1963s? Tuesday 10 April 2018

AHB wrote:Please could I have no starter, special order sirloin on the bone cooked medium rare with skinny fries and a side of beans. No desert.
Good call, I heard their desert is quite dry ;) lol


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by Andy Velebil
15:58 Wed 28 Mar 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: In-law invasion
Replies: 6
Views: 376

Re: In-law invasion

SCP wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:
12:01 Sun 18 Mar 2018
If needed, a plane ticket to OPO.
Possible improvement a one-way plane ticket to OPO
Hah!


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by Andy Velebil
17:27 Fri 23 Mar 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The philosophy of drinking old port
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: The philosophy of drinking old port

I assume you mean bottled in the 19th century, as Tawny's of this age are usually spectacular and bottle aged ones not so much as you describe. I tend to agree with your train of thought. I prefer to enjoy them with other very old Ports of somewhat similar age. As you mention, these tend to be more ...
by Andy Velebil
12:01 Sun 18 Mar 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: In-law invasion
Replies: 6
Views: 376

Re: In-law invasion

If needed, a plane ticket to OPO.
by Andy Velebil
19:33 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?

As Phil mentioned. There was no set rule to mandate a switch. One just had to use up what they had then move on to the new ones. It's quite rare for anything past about 74 to have the old Selo. But it is Port so exceptions abound. BTW, there are also '77 Niepoort's with the new Selo too.
by Andy Velebil
16:51 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace? That's Wolfgang wearing the outfit he had to put on for the final ceremony where he swore allegiance to the Queen, the whole Queen and nothing but the Queen. ...
by Andy Velebil
16:50 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Deep thought..
Replies: 12
Views: 703

Re: Deep thought..

I can't remember how many bottles of Fonseca 1970 or 1985 were filled in 1972 or 1987, but I know it was a lot — let's say it was 10,000 12 bottle cases of each. That means in 2020 we'd expect there still to be around 1,250 cases of each in 2020 / 2035. That seems reasonable. I have a case of F70 a...
by Andy Velebil
16:49 Fri 23 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Sandeman's Partners' Port, how old is this?

It is a basic (inexpensive) Ruby Port, bottled sometime around the very early 1970's or earlier. It is worth basically nothing. Depending on how it's been stored it may still be drinkable, but you better have a backup bottle just in case. These were made to be consumed within a couple years of being...
by Andy Velebil
04:36 Thu 22 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace? That's Wolfgang wearing the outfit he had to put on for the final ceremony where he swore allegiance to the Queen, the whole Queen and nothing but the Queen. ...
by Andy Velebil
20:18 Sun 18 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

DaveRL wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace?
I have no idea. If no one else knows I guess we'll have to look now :)
Hah. I figured it was someone famous. Guess not.


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by Andy Velebil
14:50 Sun 18 Feb 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018, at the B&F: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

Probably a stupid question, but being as I'm from this side of the pond and I don't know I'll ask. Who's in the picture above the fireplace?
by Andy Velebil
04:47 Fri 16 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

Bottling around the 80s I would assume. Earlier I suspect - these ones have driven corks, the later ones had T stoppers (and were not as good IMO) Agree with Tom. Oh and if you ever run across the old aged tawnies (10,20...) from Noval in the old bottles with the "lip". Skip them, time in bottle ha...
by Andy Velebil
06:39 Thu 15 Feb 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 15 Feb 2018: Mr. Wolfgang Starz
Replies: 82
Views: 2788

Re: Thu 15 Feb 2018: Mr. Wolfgang Starz

I can’t volunteer to print, unfortunately. I am a little less well organised for tomorrow night than usual. Is anyone expecting anything from me over and above the F63 I am bringing? No, other than the Croft 1945 you mentioned to me yesterday. He told me he was bringing a 1931 Noval Nacional. ;) Se...
by Andy Velebil
05:41 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Weds 14 March 2018, Blind, SQVP or a mature LBV
Replies: 60
Views: 1943

Re: Weds 14 March 2018, SQVP or a mature LBV

With regards to SQVPs , they are made quite similarly to VPs , with 2-3 years ageing in cask and no ftration prior to bottling. They are generally produced from the producer's finest vineyard in non declared years. I would be inclined to ignore the vineyard boundaries and say that a single quinta i...
by Andy Velebil
05:32 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: 1985 Graham

A number of 83/85's have been in an awkward stage for a while. About a year or so ago 85 Fonseca finally started to slowly come out of it. I'm still not convinced the majority of top ones from this vintage are fully out of it yet. So I've deferred opened them for some time and will probably give the...
by Andy Velebil
03:16 Sun 11 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Graham's Malvedos 1968
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Graham's Malvedos 1968

Malvedos should be quite nice. The others should be drinkable though probably nothing to write home about.


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by Andy Velebil
17:43 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 1364

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

I am watching this thread with interest, Tom. I can't help with the maths but I share your skepticism about temperature stability. A fine example is the cellars in VNG, which are about as thermally stable as my back garden. Whilst it seems to be true that bottle matured wines age slightly faster in...
by Andy Velebil
02:33 Mon 22 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cork Weevil
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Cork Weevil

That is why capsules came into being, to cover the cork and prevent various insects and rodents from attacking the corks. From what I understand now it's not the issue it used to be. I would again assume modern insecticides use has curtailed the issues and why many wines no longer use capsules.