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by PhilW
16:43 Fri 17 Nov 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Rare Port for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: Rare Port for sale

I am afraid that I am unfamiliar with the term "Colheita". Please elaborate for me. A Colheita port is essentially a tawny port made from a specific year (compared with most tawny ports which are blends from multiple years). However, I would guess that your Niepoort '52 is most likely a "Garrafeira...
by PhilW
14:04 Thu 16 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: (28 or 29) Nov 2017 - A Cálem (mini-)vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 178

Re: (28 or 29) Nov 2017 Cálem mini-vertical (60*-85)

idj123 wrote:
13:43 Thu 16 Nov 2017
Also have the 83 in storage but unlikely to be able to retrieve in time.
Thanks Ian - I'll double check I have the '83 (as I believe I have one bottle remaining)
by PhilW
13:28 Thu 16 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: (28 or 29) Nov 2017 - A Cálem (mini-)vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 178

Re: (28 or 29) Nov 2017 - TBD

Phil, the fact that you're up for these dates is a relievingly positive sign Indeed, though more a deferral than progress on the issue. I've been looking forward to the long awaited Ca vertical for some time but maybe given the likely number of attendees maybe it's worth keeping this one dry until ...
by PhilW
08:57 Thu 16 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 Nov 2017, Sandemans and 1970s (for the Placemat Software’s 15th anniversary)
Replies: 75
Views: 4810

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

jdaw1 wrote:
00:33 Thu 16 Nov 2017
DRT wrote:
00:05 Thu 16 Nov 2017
club mountains
Clubbing mountains to death would be particularly heroic. Do wear a cape.
Perhaps he will be visiting the latest trendy nightspot - Club Mountains - though whether their dress code allows capes...
by PhilW
17:31 Wed 15 Nov 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: I dont know anything about port and would like some help
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: I dont know anything about port and would like some help

Hi, and welcome to :tpf:; we can certainly try and help identify and understand what you have, if you're able to post some images. It would also be worth saying where you are located, and how/where the bottles have been stored, to help assess the bottles and provide advice on possible selling option...
by PhilW
13:06 Wed 15 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: (28 or 29) Nov 2017 - A Cálem (mini-)vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 178

(28 or 29) Nov 2017 - A Cálem (mini-)vertical

With the postponement of the Placemat tasting , would people be available/interested in an alternate tasting on Tue or Wed of that week? Date: Tue 28 or Wed 29 Nov - selected date will be confirmed this weekend based on attendee and room availability. Location: B&F - (just checked on 16/11) Red and ...
by PhilW
12:53 Wed 15 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 Nov 2017, Sandemans and 1970s (for the Placemat Software’s 15th anniversary)
Replies: 75
Views: 4810

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

This is being shifted to January. ok. If that means there is now no tasting planned that week, perhaps I should start a new one (on Tue/Wed)? I am likely to be either having or recovering from knee replacements in January so my place should be given to someone who can walk from the tube station to ...
by PhilW
19:42 Fri 10 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 Nov 2017, Sandemans and 1970s (for the Placemat Software’s 15th anniversary)
Replies: 75
Views: 4810

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

Well, it seems your options are to either change the venue, or change the date. Since people may have made arrangements already, changing the venue seems like the better choice (and AHB has provided some decent suggestions). If, on the other hand, you were to change the date... the Tuesday would loo...
by PhilW
19:39 Fri 10 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Butler Nephew
Replies: 0
Views: 89

1970 Butler Nephew

Opened this evening, because... why not! Dark (80% opaque), light nose of candy and vanilla. I *think* my first tasting of this wine. D+2h : Very (very!) sweet; seems much sweeter than Graham '70. Very full; clearly a well-kept bottle, with serious backbone - a la the best kept F70 - though not the ...
by PhilW
13:44 Wed 01 Nov 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 278785

Re: One quiz at a time

Pumpkin carver?
by PhilW
14:16 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 278785

Re: RE: Re: One quiz at a time

Interesting, I haven't heard of this before. If the radius of the earth is roughly 2^23m, then a translation from longitude/latitude for a single location to 3m x 3m accuracy would require a 2^46 (or less if not mapping oceans) value or less depe; presumably reducing this to 3 indexes of 2^15 (32k) ...
by PhilW
09:45 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 278785

Re: One quiz at a time

Some vague thoughts in case it helps anyone else. The thoughts I have at the moment are around conversion from word lengths, so "cafe humid palace" being 4 5 6 etc. Looking at all the above sequences in that way, they could all be times (4:56, 5:44, 15:46) or post numbers (456, 544, 1546) but having...
by PhilW
20:18 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1984 Warre LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: 1984 Warre LBV

Glad this showed well - I opened one recently which was good but not great at D+2, and after 24hr had degraded significantly to poor.
by PhilW
20:16 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 363

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

HattNoble wrote: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.
by PhilW
20:14 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 19 Oct 2017; Mature V.P. or L.B.V.; Boot & Flogger
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Thu 19 Oct 2017; Mature V.P. or L.B.V.; Boot & Flogger

I think Alex needs a new Monkey.
by PhilW
20:59 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 363

Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

It's certainly an odd one; my thoughts: - It is quite unlike any other RO/RCV label I have seen (noting that I have only seen a dozen or so pre-1950 RO/RCV labels, to be fair) - The capsule is surprisingly intricate for a fake which does not seem to match a previous bottling (as far as I am aware); ...
by PhilW
08:32 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 278785

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: 35
Views: 1122

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: 51
Views: 1738

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: 12
Views: 505

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: 399

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: 797

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: 75
Views: 4810

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: 797

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...