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by PhilW
14:16 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9500
Views: 257738

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: 9500
Views: 257738

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: 65

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: 221

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: 99

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: 221

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: 9500
Views: 257738

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: 799

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: 28
Views: 666

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: 341

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: 261

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: 579

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: 41
Views: 3702

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: 579

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: 150
Views: 8580

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: 559

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: 590

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: 28
Views: 666

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: 332

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: 579

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: 161

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: 20
Views: 3080

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: 391

Re: Need help

by PhilW
09:42 Wed 13 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: YouTube of Cockburn Bicentennial tasting
Replies: 5
Views: 506

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: 1208

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.