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by uncle tom
15:02 Tue 10 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 10 Oct - A Gould Campbell vertical
Replies: 150
Views: 8492

Re: Tue 10 Oct - A Gould Campbell vertical

Am I just bringing the '34 - or is anyone adopting from me that I've forgotten...?

Feels strange to only bring one bottle..
by uncle tom
15:31 Fri 06 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass Opacity
Replies: 11
Views: 561

Re: Glass Opacity

My idea for ultrasound use was an upmarket variant of tapping the bottle - transmitting and receiving the sound via metal probes in contact with the glass, so as to reduce the scope for air transmission spoiling the reading. The capacitative idea though is very interesting, as the dielectric propert...
by uncle tom
16:54 Thu 05 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass Opacity
Replies: 11
Views: 561

Re: Glass Opacity

Could a device be developed that could "see" inside an unopened OWC to report back on the levels of each of the dozen bottles regardless of the opacity of the glass? I gave a lot of thought to this some years ago, and established that super powerful torches - even lasers - still fail to get through...
by uncle tom
15:22 Thu 05 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 622

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Quick, someone adopt the Niepoort!
Sadly 'the' is the operative word - I only have one bottle of Ni70, and want to be around when it's opened..
by uncle tom
19:34 Wed 04 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: What do you have most of?

A bit OT, but do you think T09 will outlive T11?

I think T09 has the potential to be one of those VPs that emerges as a true classic. It is an exceptionally dark and intense wine.
by uncle tom
17:43 Wed 04 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: What do you have most of?

Planning a big party for 2109?


I'm quietly confident that the '09s (and the Taylor in particular) have the depth and integrity to show very well, come their centenary..
by uncle tom
21:58 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: What do you have most of?

Of VP, I bought heavily into the 2009 vintage, and the Skeffington '09 is the only VP I have over 100 bottles of..
by uncle tom
21:46 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 622

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Regret this is a little too close to Bonfire Night for me..

..but have 30 different '70s in the cellar, so let me know if any adoption is needed
by uncle tom
09:24 Sun 17 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Volunteers sought..
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Volunteers sought..

There is 'stable' and.. a) 'stable - over very extended periods within the alcoholic soup of chemicals that undergoes a slow chemical transformation, known as wine' or b) 'stable within the chemical structure of a cork' The possibility of a slow degrading reaction between TCA and another chemical wi...
by uncle tom
19:21 Sun 10 Sep 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Volunteers sought..
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Volunteers sought..

Following on from a thread I started on another site - https://www.fortheloveofport.com/ftlopforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=40628 - Could I ask for volunteers to do something rather simple? Next time you open a bottle and find it to be unmistakably corked, please don't throw it down the sink, but put it ...
by uncle tom
08:51 Wed 23 Aug 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40
Replies: 28
Views: 1726

Re: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40

Add EDN to list - magnum, litre and bottle of Ni77 promised!
by uncle tom
09:45 Mon 21 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage countdown 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 255

Vintage countdown 2017

Well, the big news this year is just how early the vintage is. The winter was exceptionally wet, but from November through to May, every month was a little warmer than the long term average. June was slightly cooler however, and the searing temperatures seen elsewhere on the continent do not show up...
by uncle tom
22:54 Sun 20 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Voice of the Vintage (1938), Gaumont-British
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: Voice of the Vintage (1938), Gaumont-British

There is a massive amount or archive material in various forms that has never been catalogued or indexed into an internet searchable format. My factory site at Cambridge was a military installation during WWII and was probably surveyed by the Luftwaffe. Interested to know what it looked like at that...
by uncle tom
10:39 Sat 12 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Another way to tag bottles..
Replies: 0
Views: 233

Another way to tag bottles..

This is a rather neat way of tagging bottles.. Buy a stash of these el cheapo key rings: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Key-Ring-Tags-Mixed-Colours-Choose-from-5-10-20-50-100-200-tag-/310738820801?var=&hash=item48597a1ec1 Whip off the steel ring and replace with these 40 x 1.5 rubber bands, threaded thro...
by uncle tom
10:19 Tue 08 Aug 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Summer Thirst, Wednesday 9th August 2017
Replies: 51
Views: 2453

Re: Summer Thirst, Wednesday 9th August 2017

Regret I'm going to have to duck out of this event as I need to be driving to Heathrow to meet a certain little lady who's landing at 07.15 the next morning..

- Sorry chaps..
by uncle tom
10:22 Sun 06 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A day of three surprises
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: A day of three surprises

I suspect the 3rd was very gratifying!
Indeed, especially as they both have excellent levels still..
by uncle tom
09:21 Sun 06 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A day of three surprises
Replies: 4
Views: 371

A day of three surprises

Picked up a couple of boxes of (mostly) port from a house clearance sale on Friday, and yesterday got to have a look at them. Surprise 1 One of the bottles was an old (perhaps thirty years old) bottle of Taylor's white port. In addition to the selo the top of the bottle also had an old faded duty sl...
by uncle tom
17:35 Sat 05 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Mystery bottle of ruby port
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Mystery bottle of ruby port

would you recommend decanting it first due to the significant amount of sediment? Yes. Either stand it upright and undisturbed for 24 hours to let the sediment settle, and then pour the wine off the sediment in one go, stopping when the first sediment appears in the neck, or stick some clean cheese...
by uncle tom
23:09 Tue 25 Jul 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1957 Niepoort Colheita Port
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Re: 1957 Niepoort Colheita Port

I'm sorry your first reply is rather tardy, but your price expectation is much too high.

To give you an indication, I purchased a good bottle of this three weeks ago at auction for £85..
by uncle tom
17:18 Wed 19 Jul 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist

I vaguely recall being told many years ago that the standard CofE communion wine was a 50:50 mix of ruby port and tap water.

This would appear to fail the 'Vatican test' on two counts..
by uncle tom
11:14 Thu 06 Jul 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40
Replies: 28
Views: 1726

Re: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40

I don't have Pocas or Kopke, but can provide any of the others. I also have Morgan.
by uncle tom
12:59 Sat 01 Jul 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A reliable company to collect and forward bottles won at Auction
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Re: A reliable company to collect and forward bottles won at Auction

The Somerset company seems to be well in with Strakers - I've used them a couple of times for small stashes and the bottles have arrived promptly and well packed.

Seems very odd that there should be two similarly named companies trading in the same sector..
by uncle tom
14:26 Fri 23 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Ten years on
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Ten years on

So, TPF is ten years old, and with big thanks to Alex for organising things, we've had a couple of very enjoyable evenings in Porto to celebrate (and it's not over yet..) A lot of things have happened over the past decade, but one very basic one is that the 70's are now as old as the 60's were a dec...