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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: 230

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: 20
Views: 713

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: 689

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: 157

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: 137

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: 137

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: 272

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: 5745

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: 5745

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: 5745

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: 5745

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: 5745

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: 3164

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: 506

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: 3164

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: 506

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...
by uncle tom
09:08 Thu 01 Jun 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 54
Views: 3164

Re: 2015 declarations

I was surprised and disappointed that Graham did not bottle a 2014 Stone Terraces There was a sudden scramble to get those grapes in before the rain, and although the PR people played the line of them being 'harvested in perfect condition' it required a leap of faith to believe that. Graham are cle...
by uncle tom
23:23 Wed 31 May 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 5745

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

Menu - for me: Duck liver pate Sirloin steak medium rare w. Peppercorn sauce Alex has mooted the idea of an 'on after' to watch the election results come in, for which we might need: Port - perhaps those odd non-vintage bottles of little cost one sometimes acquires at auction that were supposed to h...
by uncle tom
10:12 Tue 16 May 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 5745

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

My TV67 is English bottled by BBR.
OK - I shall bring an OB

Interestingly, the label says it was bottled in Oporto in 1970 - a third year bottling.
by uncle tom
15:45 Mon 15 May 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Port Forum Port Bucket List
Replies: 39
Views: 2043

Re: The Port Forum Port Bucket List

Yet to have a Noval Nacional, let alone a 31
Try finding a reliable TN on NN31 from the last forty years that does not include a measure of disappointment..

That bird has flown I think - the regular N31 is still drinking extremely well though.
by uncle tom
15:26 Mon 15 May 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 5745

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

Do you have anything not listed?
Sadly not - but I do have both English bottled and Oporto bottled Vargellas - worth having both in the lineup, I would suggest.
by uncle tom
10:32 Mon 15 May 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017
Replies: 155
Views: 5745

Re: Thu 08 Jun - 67@50 2017

If there's still space, I'm game..
by uncle tom
10:17 Sat 06 May 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Port Forum Port Bucket List
Replies: 39
Views: 2043

Re: The Port Forum Port Bucket List

comforted the sick and afflicted of a Cambridgeshire village Before the nanny state outlawed claims that alcohol could be beneficial - 'Guinness is good for you' - ' Invalid port' etc.. - I wonder when it was that Port was first marketed as an aid to recuperation? (I actually think that Invalid Port...
by uncle tom
12:15 Tue 02 May 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 54
Views: 3164

Re: 2015 declarations

I suppose time will tell, but given the widespread problems with the 2016 harvest I think it is rather too early to be certain or even hopeful of a general declaration. My reasoning is that if the Syms and TFP were not confident that 2016 would make the grade, they would have declared '15. It does ...