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by PhilW
08:32 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9489
Views: 256038

Re: One quiz at a time

I am intrigued, but likely no closer than anyone else to determining the meaning/mechanism of this puzzle so far.
by PhilW
08:28 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19 Oct 2017; B&F; Mature V.P. or L.B.V., blind, ideally in decanters
Replies: 33
Views: 622

Re: Thu 19 Oct 2017; B&F; Mature V.P. or L.B.V., blind, ideally in decanters

Since I don't think anyone has said what you drank last night as yet: I would have proposed Warre for the monkey's guess of shipper the to get better coverage of likely LBVs as well as possible VP; and while normally would have guessed '70 for decent mature VP, but with the mini-'70 horizontal in a ...
by PhilW
08:15 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 25
Views: 499

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Unfortunately I can no longer make this evening which, given the theme, I am gutted about. Better move me to the "Would like to, but can't" list. Sorry folks, the Graham 1970 is now needed to console me in my sadness at missing what will be a collection of no doubt fabulous, vintage ports. I opened...
by PhilW
12:17 Sun 15 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?

Fonseca's choco is mentioned on their website in the history section, as an old Tawny delivered to Harrod's in 1916; see http://www.fonseca.pt/en/fonseca/history/1910-development-of-the-export-business/ If the bottle you have is very old, perhaps it might be one of these. If it is new, perhaps they ...
by PhilW
21:09 Wed 11 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cheese with port. Advice required
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: RE: Re: Cheese with port. Advice required

18 month old matured Comte for me please Well said that man - my favourite cheese :) Our local market has a 22 month old that is perhaps the best I've had (better than the 24/30/36month olds I've tasted). Talking to the cheesemonger, it seems that the season/time of year when it is made affects the...
by PhilW
10:13 Fri 06 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass Opacity
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Glass Opacity

While weighing is certainly viable for long term monitoring of bottles (and cases?) in your possession, I think the original post was more targeted at assessment of unknown bottles for potential purchase. I also considered ultrasound, but there would be a number of problems and risks: - with the spe...
by PhilW
09:34 Fri 06 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 Nov 2017, Sandemans and 1970s (for the Placemat Software’s 15th anniversary)
Replies: 40
Views: 3629

Re: Thu 30 Nov 2017, Sandemans and 1970s (for the Placemat Software’s 15th anniversary)

I would like to, but there is now a very strong possibility that I will be generally unable to make Thursday evenings during term-time; better down-grade me to maybe/reserve for now; will confirm either way once certain. Confirming I would not be able to make the date (can be removed from reserves).
by PhilW
07:45 Wed 04 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass Opacity
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Glass Opacity

I'd had the same thought. :) I figured the options would likely be x-ray, ultra-wide-band, or perhaps a CT/MRI scanner (plus some clever algorithms to determine air volume to convert from side view to show level in a bottle when turned upright from imaging while on its side). There does seem to be s...
by PhilW
13:08 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 10 Oct - A Gould Campbell vertical
Replies: 149
Views: 8302

Re: Tue 10 Oct - A Gould Campbell vertical

Food order please:
- Starter: Welsh rarebit
- Main: Chargrilled sirloin steak (black and blue) with hand-cut chips and grilled tomato
+ Béarnaise sauce
+ Brocolli (side)
[no dessert]
by PhilW
13:04 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 20
Views: 478

Re: What do you have most of?

Warre 1986 LBV and F70 top, then W70, W77 and F85 all in equal third.
by PhilW
11:32 Sun 01 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Mystery bottle of ruby port
Replies: 10
Views: 565

Re: Mystery bottle of ruby port

Thanks for letting us know. From the photo you posted it did look as though the colour had significantly faded (perhaps unsurprising given age and storage of a basic ruby), so am not surprised that the taste was slim. I did like the label though; would you mind if I added it to the VPID ? (image dat...
by PhilW
12:11 Sat 30 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 25
Views: 499

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Unfortunately can't make the date. Damn good theme, damnit!
by PhilW
16:42 Fri 29 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1977 Vintage Port
Replies: 8
Views: 292

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 like...
by PhilW
16:37 Fri 29 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass Opacity
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Glass Opacity

Some bottles can certainly be tricky; while I have only ever come across 2 bottles for which I could not determine a level with my best torch for the purpose, I realise that many merchants and auctioneers are less motivated in finding the ideal torch and/or the time per bottle (for the torch it's no...
by PhilW
08:51 Mon 25 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1982 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 149

1982 Croft

Bottle in good condition, decent colour and fill. Perhaps 50% opaque, red with orange. Simple, slightly over-sweet, short. Pleasant.
Rating: g-
by PhilW
17:39 Sat 16 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2005 Declarations
Replies: 17
Views: 2989

Re: 2005 Declarations

Also Quinta do Bucheiro 2005 VP, noted on St. John's college wine list 2013/14
by PhilW
13:13 Sat 16 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Need help
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Need help

by PhilW
09:42 Wed 13 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: YouTube of Cockburn Bicentennial tasting
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: YouTube of Cockburn Bicentennial tasting

It was a good video; there are a couple of other written reports on the same event around somewhere. Of significant interest to me also was the inclusion in the tasting of a 1969 Cockburn, which I has not previously known existed. Having had and enjoyed the unreleased '45 and '77 at a previous verti...
by PhilW
07:02 Mon 11 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 28th September - Port at the Boot & Flogger
Replies: 35
Views: 1057

Re: Thursday 28th September - Anyone Free?

No chance for me I'm afraid on this date. Hope to see folks again for the GC tasting, if reserve spots open up.
by PhilW
08:46 Sun 10 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 16981

Re: Handwriting questions

jdaw1 wrote:
21:07 Sat 09 Sep 2017
I’m saying “There might have been a 2½% discount.”
or a 2½% premium (perhaps for non-cash/credit).
by PhilW
20:29 Fri 08 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 16981

Re: Handwriting questions

Looks like the rest of the writing is in a different hand, unfortunately

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by PhilW
11:09 Fri 08 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 16981

Re: Handwriting questions

Not enough information; is there any further writing in the same hand to help?

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by PhilW
16:08 Sat 02 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1103
Views: 154907

Re: Software that makes placemats

jdaw1 wrote:
12:56 Sat 02 Sep 2017
DRT wrote:
12:39 Sat 02 Sep 2017
For the purposes of testing this you could force the software to output CMYK or RGB somewhere on the sheet.
Brilliant. Done. Old files replaced.
Surely the best approach would be a CMYK to RGB colour-space conversion performed in post-script? ;)
by PhilW
14:34 Fri 01 Sep 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1103
Views: 154907

Re: Software that makes placemats

jdaw1 wrote:
20:31 Thu 31 Aug 2017
Testing a deeper black: does CMYK print as a deeper black than RGB? Please print the first page of each and report back. Thank you
Very marginal, but CMYK very slightly darker and better defined than RGB as printed on Dell C1760nw laser.
by PhilW
11:48 Wed 30 Aug 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 7th September - Confirmed
Replies: 27
Views: 991

Re: Thursday 7th September - Confirmed

CPR 1 wrote:
21:10 Tue 29 Aug 2017
Any thoughts on suggested themes?
How about "At sixes and sevens" - any mature VP with 6 or 7 in the year, to start at 6 with food at 7?