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by uncle tom
09:58 Mon 24 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 21
Views: 752

Re: 2015 declarations

On a serious point though... with all the positive talk there was re the 2015 vintage... for most port houses not to declare and wait for the 2016, must mean the 2016 vintage is something our children and grandchildren etc will look back upon as sublime! After the 2015 vintage there was general con...
by uncle tom
09:37 Sun 23 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 21
Views: 752

Re: 2015 declarations

Rather over effusive in their descriptions of the 2015 vintage - if it was so good, why are they not declaring the blends..?
by uncle tom
05:52 Sun 23 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2015 declarations
Replies: 21
Views: 752

Re: 2015 declarations

TFP have declared Vargellas, Guimaraens and Roeda but are otherwise not declaring '15 it seems..
by uncle tom
13:24 Sat 15 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hail protection systems
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Hail protection systems

Picked up this interesting article in the Telegraph today: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/15/entire-burgundy-wine-region-covered-hi-tech-hail-shield-kill/ I'm speculating that this works better in Burgundy than Bordeaux due to the hillier terrain - if so, the Douro might be well advised to ...
by uncle tom
09:52 Sat 15 Apr 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40
Replies: 11
Views: 263

Re: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40

The timing is deliberately set to tie in with the Xmas bash and the 'elegant lunch' on the intervening day.

The grouping of three events is appreciated by those travelling from further afield.
by uncle tom
10:46 Mon 03 Apr 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 19th December - 77@40
Replies: 11
Views: 263

Tuesday 19th December - 77@40

With the Xmas bash pencilled in for Dec 21st, how about a repeat of the last two years, with a tasting on the prior Tuesday and an elegant luncheon on the Wednesday at Ottos? With 67@50 already scheduled, 77@40 seems a logical choice. I have seventeen '77s, although I would prefer not to be the sole...
by uncle tom
15:20 Sat 25 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Plastic capsules on 1960's bottles - cork failure?
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Plastic capsules on 1960's bottles - cork failure?

Assuming you mean those bulbous plastic capsules that are quite difficult to remove My experience is that it is the thin plastic capsules, rather than the bulbous ones, that are the principal culprit, and that the worst affected wine is the Croft '63. Essentially, the problem is that the capsule wo...
by uncle tom
11:00 Fri 10 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Earliest Port corks with branding
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Earliest Port corks with branding

I have a Feuerheerd 1896, sold to me a long time ago by Jeffrey Benson. It has no outward identification. He explained that he'd acquired a pair of matching unknown bottles and opened one which revealed its identity on the cork. Aside from that, the oldest bottle I've ID'd from a cork (I think..) wa...
by uncle tom
09:38 Thu 02 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacing corks
Replies: 41
Views: 1181

Re: Replacing corks

I was taught that the best way to get your head round questions of probability was not to dwell on the chances of something happening, but on the chances of it not happening. If you play Russian roulette with a six chamber revolver once, you have a 5/6 chance of survival. Play it twice and you have ...
by uncle tom
12:47 Fri 24 Feb 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Replacing corks
Replies: 41
Views: 1181

Re: Replacing corks

I researched this extensively a decade ago and ended up concluding that it is generally a bad idea. Part of the problem is getting old port corks out without breaking them - unless you re-cork very frequently, which must increase the risk of a corked bottle, this is hard to do. What I did succeed in...
by uncle tom
07:04 Sat 18 Feb 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..
Replies: 16
Views: 569

Re: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..

2024 - Imperial (Olympics) 2025 - two mags (odd year) 2026 - double mag (Work Cup) 2027 - two mags (odd year) 2028 - Salmanazar (Olympics) 2029 - two mags (odd year) 2030 - double mag (Work Cup) 2031 - two mags (odd year) 2032 - Imperial (Olympics) 2033 - two mags (odd year) 2034 - double mag (Work...
by uncle tom
08:47 Tue 14 Feb 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..
Replies: 16
Views: 569

Re: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..

The parties will not all be the same size.
Correct - the Olympic year parties will be bigger events.
by uncle tom
06:18 Sat 11 Feb 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..
Replies: 16
Views: 569

Re: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..

I’d love to accept, but expect to be ‘unavailable’ on that date.
You'll only be 96 - I'll be a sprightly 104..
by uncle tom
13:26 Fri 10 Feb 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..
Replies: 16
Views: 569

5th November 2064 - a Quevedo Salmanazar..

Nothing like planning ahead... I plan to launch a large format dinner each year on bonfire night when I finally retire from the fireworks business. The first is pencilled in for 2024, but might come sooner.. The idea is that on odd numbered years, two magnums will be on the table with a combined age...
by uncle tom
09:15 Sun 22 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crystal ball
Replies: 13
Views: 1055

Re: Crystal ball

That's what Winesearcher was telling me you could buy these wines for in December, including VAT and duty.
I used winesearcher too - the merchants offering at those prices all said 'excludes sales tax'
by uncle tom
07:34 Sat 21 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crystal ball
Replies: 13
Views: 1055

Re: Crystal ball

So today those same ports would cost £60, £65 and £53.
Should have added 20% VAT to those numbers.. :wink:
by uncle tom
09:04 Fri 20 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Crystal ball
Replies: 13
Views: 1055

Re: Crystal ball

The price gradient with gathering age has greatly increased over the last few years, part of the reason being mainly Chinese buyers buying anything that is old irrespective of quality - a trend that is much more noticeable in the Whisky markets, where bottles of ordinary mainstream blends that have ...
by uncle tom
08:48 Thu 19 Jan 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Portuguese cheese
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Portuguese cheese

Thanks for that - at least I was right about it being ewe's milk!

I see deSilvas stock Serra da Estrela at £32.50 for 900g (+£2.98 delivery) https://www.desilvas.co.uk/ but no sign of Queijo da Serra online in the UK.

In El Corte Inglés, Serra da Estrela is €28.95/Kg and Queijo da Serra is €19.90/Kg
by uncle tom
09:58 Wed 18 Jan 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Portuguese cheese
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Portuguese cheese

What is the cheese that is often served at Quinta dinner parties, that has to be spooned out?

Looking at the list of cheeses made in Portugal, I'm guessing it's probably one of the ewe's milk cheeses, probably Zimbro

- Anyone know for sure?
by uncle tom
11:00 Fri 13 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Port Forum Port Bucket List
Replies: 21
Views: 858

Re: The Port Forum Port Bucket List

Would love to do a matrix tasting of the principal shippers 1896/1900/1904/1908/1912

As for Dow '72, I can easily spare a bottle..
by uncle tom
11:34 Wed 04 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas wine and port
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Christmas wine and port

Christmas dinner reds were a venerable but robust 1955 Morey-St-Denis, Clos de la Roche Burgundy, and a magnum of 1998 Clos des Papes CDP - which seems to be at a good age for drinking now. Port was a 1924 Taylor - excellent colour, but a tad hot.. My last bottle of VP drunk at home this year was al...
by uncle tom
12:37 Sun 01 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 147
Views: 13737

Re: Pointless Statistics

With wich program do you manage your cellars?
I use Excel, aided by a raft of VBA code I've written myself
by uncle tom
17:03 Wed 21 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 147
Views: 13737

Re: Pointless Statistics

Are you a winetrader? Can you post a picture of your cellar? I'm not a trader in the sense that I trade to make a profit, but regularly supply bottles for tastings etc. I keep forgetting how to post photos on these forums - imagine three very crowded cellars, stuffed with racks and cases.. I don't ...
by uncle tom
12:52 Wed 21 Dec 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Pointless Statistics
Replies: 147
Views: 13737

Re: Pointless Statistics

I thought I'd been very restrained this year, but have still managed to buy 149 bottles of VP over the last twelve months.. As per may habit of the last few years, I am once again on track to quaff 48 bottles of VP casually at home - 46 down and 2 to go.. Total stock of VP now at 5,743, which means ...
by uncle tom
11:58 Tue 13 Dec 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tues Dec 13th 2016 - Noval vertical
Replies: 84
Views: 5596

Re: Tues Dec 13th 2016 - Noval vertical

No strikes on my line, but the signalling has gone down in sympathy.. :evil:

- Now waiting for a cab..

Decanting kit packed and ready - is someone in control of the placemats?

Hope to be on parade c.1pm