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by uncle tom
21:01 Fri 27 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1437
Views: 230483

Re: Latest buy

Bit of a turkey shoot on the auction circuit right now..

Have just bought a case (12) of T03 for a few pennies over £400 all-in - I think that's a shade less than the release price..
by uncle tom
09:19 Thu 19 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: 2015 LBV options

Stay safe; I presume you're yet to return. Yes - it's far too warm and sunny here for the bug to take hold, but that hasn't stopped the authorities getting into an illogical frenzy over it - yesterday they got the fire brigade to hose down the streets - goodness knows what that's supposed to achiev...
by uncle tom
07:51 Thu 19 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: 2015 LBV options

at a rate of one bottle per week I'm OK for about 11 years
At one bottle of port a week (of all types), I'm good for nearly 159 years..
by uncle tom
14:45 Tue 17 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March
Replies: 132
Views: 12141

Re: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March

How long do the producers need to starve the market of new VP production to clear the historical excess, and force secondary market prices above release prices? 2000 vintage prices are still about 40% below release prices, in real terms, without taking into account storage costs. After two decades o...
by uncle tom
10:32 Tue 17 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 7640

Re: Tom’s Birthday 1960 Horizontal, Tue 02 June 2020

Let's not be too hasty - this bug scare has gone a long way in the last seven days, and I'm hunching it will go a long way in the next seven as well.
by uncle tom
02:29 Sun 15 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March
Replies: 132
Views: 12141

Re: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March

I will probably be one of the 80-90% who have this mildly. I've been trying to make some sense of the numbers on this, notably the disparity between the number of recorded cases - currently one in about 70,000 population in the UK, and the percentage of high profile people saying they've tested pos...
by uncle tom
13:44 Tue 10 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: 2015 LBV options

nac wrote:
12:44 Tue 10 Mar 2020
Asda website currently has a Cockburn LBV (no mention of the vintage however) for £10 per bottle (reduced from £13).
A growing, and very annoying habit of the supermarkets is to assume that vintage dates don't matter.

I mostly boycott those doing this..
by uncle tom
09:34 Mon 09 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: 2015 LBV options

The distribution of Smith Woodhouse LBV in the UK appears to have stopped, it only appears to be distributed in the US now..
by uncle tom
07:12 Sun 08 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 LBV options
Replies: 29
Views: 2244

Re: 2015 LBV options

The Sandeman is now available, and showed very well when presented at the BFT last year.
by uncle tom
11:36 Thu 05 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March
Replies: 132
Views: 12141

Re: Y2K Tasting Tuesday 17th March

Sorry I won't be able to make this event - don't forget that Cockburn had a good result with this vintage..
by uncle tom
09:36 Tue 11 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Big Fortified Tasting 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 1871

Re: The Big Fortified Tasting 2020

It would be very informative if the producers could be coaxed into bringing their 2018 vintage offerings - SQ or otherwise. After a run of three good years, 2018 had a mountain to climb to look at all impressive. Extreme spring weather severely damaged yield, but the harvest period was benign. The r...
by uncle tom
09:27 Fri 24 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "official" Vintage Port map (IVDP)
Replies: 7
Views: 2560

Re: "official" Vintage Port map (IVDP)

2009 is a huge omission - 2015 is also notably missing.
And 1989? - no way - a very minor year..
by uncle tom
12:58 Thu 16 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1993 - A hunt
Replies: 21
Views: 6055

Re: 1993 - A hunt

I know of one single bottle of this that is owned by someone here who might be willing to open it
Certainly, but not just yet.

One of my house rules is that the last bottle from each vintage must be preserved until it's 200th year. That can also be the only bottle.

- Mark your diary for 2193
by uncle tom
08:18 Sun 12 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47055

Re: Pointless Statistics

So: for those of us who classify Vesuvio as a VP I long ago gave up trying to distinguish between VP and SQVP - there are several VPs that appear to have been made from a single quinta and some producers regard the quinta names as no more than brand names, and offer a blend of wines from different ...
by uncle tom
14:11 Wed 08 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47055

Re: Pointless Statistics

Only 38% of the total are "ready"
What is your definition of 'ready'?

For VP, mine crept forward over the years from 18 years to 21 and then 24 and finally to 24 'for investigative purposes' and 30 for mainstream drinking.
by uncle tom
11:55 Tue 07 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47055

Re: Pointless Statistics

Total stock of VP has now crept past the 6000 bottle mark with a collective age that now tops 200,000 years 48 bottles per year, more than 6000 bottles!! How old are you planning to be :o ?? I like to be optimistic! - I've also got 2200 bottles of non vintage port and 1200 bottles of wine to get th...
by uncle tom
08:59 Sun 05 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 47055

Re: Pointless Statistics

Yet again, I kept to my target of 48 bottles of VP drunk at home last year, with a collective age of 2161 years, an average bottle age of just over 45 years; topping the previous year's record of 44.1 years. The oldest vintage drunk was 1955 (3 bottles) and the youngest 1995 (1 bottle). As usual, I ...
by uncle tom
20:02 Sun 29 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 54
Views: 15318

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

The Burne Turner 1904 cork definitely has one line of branding on it, but i'm finding it impossible to make sense of it. I'm going to preserve this cork - as there a few of these bottles around, can people please urge the preservation of any future corks - perhaps with two to compare, all will revea...
by uncle tom
18:18 Thu 19 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 54
Views: 15318

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Salmon - check Lemons - check Steaks - check Chips and peas - check Ice cream - check Gravy - check Cheeses - check - (plus one en route) Biccies - check Mince pies - check Stollen - check 36 port glasses washed - check Two adoptee bottles - check My bottle - check Old bottle of claret for amusement...
by uncle tom
00:17 Tue 17 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 54
Views: 15318

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Half a pound should be plenty thanks - I refuse to quote cheese in metric measure..!
by uncle tom
21:11 Mon 16 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 54
Views: 15318

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Ten steaks it is then..

My usual cheese supplier is fresh out of Stichelton (unpasteurised Stilton) - have secured a wedge of Colston Bassett in lieu, but if anyone is passing a Neal's Yard shop, could they grab a half pound of Stich.. and I'll refund..
by uncle tom
22:36 Sun 15 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 54
Views: 15318

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Fire is well fuelled - in fact the wood is so dry, we are racing through it - might have to put green logs on the fire come the end of January..
by uncle tom
18:28 Sun 15 Dec 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash
Replies: 54
Views: 15318

Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Will be putting in the steak order tomorrow.

Unless anyone has dietary restrictions, the menu for all will be:

Smoked salmon
14oz fillet steak with chips and peas
Vanilla ice cream with gravy
Unpasteurised cheeses + biccies
Heston Mince pies and Stollen slices