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by uncle tom
09:45 Mon 21 Aug 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage countdown 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 51

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: 6
Views: 207

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: 82

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: 1343

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: 225

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: 225

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: 8
Views: 283

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: 239

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: 330

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: 23
Views: 920

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: 848

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: 209

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...
by uncle tom
16:47 Sun 18 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A tragic year for fires
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: A tragic year for fires

Portuguese death toll now up to 68 - mostly in the Coimbra area..
by uncle tom
10:18 Sun 18 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A tragic year for fires
Replies: 2
Views: 187

A tragic year for fires

"At least 25 killed in Portugal forest fire"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06 ... rest-fire/

The fire risk map currently shows most of the Douro as 'Maximo' risk and the rest 'Muito Elevado'

https://www.ipma.pt/en/ambiente/risco.incendio/
by uncle tom
22:12 Fri 09 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Election night
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Election night

Their being sufficient leftovers from the tasting, my 50s era bottle of Gilbey's tawny returned home unscathed this morning, after staying up to watch the election results come in for a full two hours longer than my lightweight associates, and then walking the three miles from St James' square to Li...
by uncle tom
17:10 Wed 07 Jun 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 6519

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

I won't be down for lunch as planned, but will endeavour to be on parade early enough to assist with setting up..
by uncle tom
14:49 Wed 07 Jun 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 6519

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

Why not!
by uncle tom
14:35 Wed 07 Jun 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 6519

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

The last projection that I saw had the Conservatives with the largest number of seats, but 16 short of a majority. They could, possibly, run a minority government but it would be unstable and fractious. A Labour / SNP coalition would still be 19 short of a majority. This could be an interesting tim...
by uncle tom
13:02 Wed 07 Jun 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 6519

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

Because the result of Thursday’s election isn’t clear in advance, I will need to return to the office in time for the 10pm exit polls. So, for me please, slightly small pours. Will you be working all night? Tom and I are likely to be at the other end of Regent Street from your office for most of th...
by uncle tom
09:17 Mon 05 Jun 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 6519

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

I'll be there midday to decant.
Barring surprises I can probably make it down early to lend a paw - fancy lunch?
by uncle tom
12:45 Sun 04 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 54
Views: 3683

Re: 2015 declarations

My impression is that they are not going to be squeamish about back to back Stone Terraces declarations, but that part of the strategy to eventually dethrone Nacional is to build up a catalogue of wines that is bereft of weaklings, by showing a greater willingness to blend away those vintages that a...
by uncle tom
09:33 Sun 04 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: UK Government Cellar List
Replies: 13
Views: 677

Re: UK Government Cellar List

I think they would get much better prices at Christies if they allowed the catalogue to say where the bottles had come from..
by uncle tom
14:57 Fri 02 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 54
Views: 3683

Re: 2015 declarations

I've not tried many, but so far none have been remarkable.

On my vintage weighting scale, which assesses both quality and significance and averages out at 1.0, I currently have it down as a 0.2

Previous years to score 0.2 include 1952, 1965, 1986, 1988, 2010 & 2012
by uncle tom
10:43 Fri 02 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: UK Government Cellar List
Replies: 13
Views: 677

Re: UK Government Cellar List

Curious that they have no port between 1948 and 1977 and nothing since 2000 I would happily swap some bottles of Dow '77 (Graded A1) for some of their Graham '35 (merely graded A) Is this cellar run by someone who knows something about wine? - or some unknown buggins from the department for straight...