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by PopulusTremula
10:24 Tue 03 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 23
Views: 1437

Re: What do you have most of?

Undisputed first place - Graham 1994; then Fonseca 1985, Offley Boa Vista 1994 and Graham 1970, where only a few bottles differ between second and fourth place.
by PopulusTremula
14:12 Mon 10 Apr 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Replies: 0
Views: 309

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is "a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels." Anyone can submit an entry (or several) and the site is a treasure trove of exceptionally bad opening sentences of fiction. I would ur...
by PopulusTremula
05:13 Wed 05 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and literature
Replies: 255
Views: 26199

Re: Port and literature

In Our Game by Le Carré: I remember thinking, as the thousand-voiced choir of angels struck up inside my head, that if you're celebrating your emergence from the black light, a bottle of '55 Cheval Blanc and a large dose of Graham's '27 port make an appropriately celestial accompaniment. Great autho...
by PopulusTremula
13:36 Thu 30 Mar 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 294618

Re: One quiz at a time

A Broken Frame - Depeche Mode.
by PopulusTremula
09:57 Fri 10 Mar 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 80s Majors Matrix, Thursday 9 March 2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2011

Re: 80s Majors Matrix, Thursday 9 March 2017

Looks like a great evening, i have assumed a dark green shade of envy. Some observations from the score sheet: 1. No points awarded to any port from 1983. In fact, Phil's 1/2 point to T80 implies this was preferable to any wine from 1983. Was the competition too fierce or were the wines simply not t...
by PopulusTremula
10:39 Tue 24 Jan 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Vintages - Slow to mature but worth the wait...
Replies: 17
Views: 1905

Re: Port Vintages - Slow to mature but worth the wait...

Incredible work! I am looking forward to getting my hands on this.
by PopulusTremula
22:40 Tue 01 Nov 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tues Dec 13th 2016 - Noval vertical
Replies: 84
Views: 10062

Re: Tues Dec 13th 2016 - Noval vertical

Alas, i am now unable to attend because of work. My 94 and/or 97 are though, should they be required.

Magnus
by PopulusTremula
16:59 Mon 17 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Handwriting questions
Replies: 258
Views: 19732

Re: Handwriting questions

Alas, i am stumped. If only jdaw, before dreaming about opening the bottle, had also imagined a pencil and drawing paper with which to transfer the embossed details, however faint, onto the paper.
by PopulusTremula
06:45 Sun 16 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: JDAW dreams of Portugal - Harvest 2016
Replies: 51
Views: 4641

Re: JDAW dreams of Portugal - Harvest 2016

My silence should not be interpreted as anything other than eager anticipation of the next instalment, awaited with bated breath.
by PopulusTremula
14:24 Thu 13 Oct 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1994; Where's the value?
Replies: 16
Views: 1924

Re: 1994; Where's the value?

In addition to the sound advice above I would add Offley Boa Vista 1994, a port which I found over delivered when compared to price.
by PopulusTremula
20:19 Thu 22 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2014 - which birthyear port to buy?
Replies: 1
Views: 379

2014 - which birthyear port to buy?

No.2 child was born in 2014, and unfortunately the port gods did not smile as happily on that year as they did on 2011 when No.1 was born. I would be very grateful for any ideas of ports to buy where the grapes were harvested before the deluge. I note that Noval just released 1,000 cases but am comp...
by PopulusTremula
15:18 Wed 07 Sep 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tues Dec 13th 2016 - Noval vertical
Replies: 84
Views: 10062

Re: Tues Dec 13th 2016 - Noval vertical

Like SCP I am also not yet sure about whether I am able to attend, but the better half, in a moment of severe weakness, positively encouraged me to attend. I feel obliged therefore to do as I have been told.. Depending on the date I would very much like to join. Alas, I can only offer '94 and '97 bu...
by PopulusTremula
12:06 Mon 22 Aug 2016
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 16 Aug 2016, Boot & Flogger, Emergency
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Re: RE: Re: Tue 16 Aug 2016, Boot & Flogger, Emergency

You generally have a pretty high hit rate as a group if not consistently as individuals. Are you saying that, if there are enough guesses, usually one throw lands near the target? Sensing a trap along the lines of statistics, whether it is real or not, I am trying to say that together a handful of ...
by PopulusTremula
07:59 Mon 22 Aug 2016
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 16 Aug 2016, Boot & Flogger, Emergency
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Re: Tue 16 Aug 2016, Boot & Flogger, Emergency

The guesses for Croft 1960 stood out as wildly inaccurate, which is not in line with the abilities of you lot normally. Really? Have you been to our tastings? You generally have a pretty high hit rate as a group if not consistently as individuals. Compared to my own inability to tell chalk from che...
by PopulusTremula
18:46 Sun 21 Aug 2016
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 16 Aug 2016, Boot & Flogger, Emergency
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Re: Tue 16 Aug 2016, Boot & Flogger, Emergency

Looks like a nice evening was had, wish i could have been there. The guesses for Croft 1960 stood out as wildly inaccurate, which is not in line with the abilities of you lot normally. Was it really that youthful, and if so, how certain are you that the wine was what it claimed to be? I've only had ...
by PopulusTremula
15:35 Sun 21 Aug 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 121761

Re: Latest buy

Having just drunk and enjoyed a bottle of 1980 Warre (note here ) I happened to notice a half case for £150 in bond at Berrys. I almost wonder if it was a mistake, so overpriced are most listings on BBX. However I do not feel I can cavil at £25/bottle for a 36 year old port. Alright I know l shall ...
by PopulusTremula
15:31 Sun 21 Aug 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Cockburn
Replies: 2
Views: 648

Re: 1977 Cockburn

It was definitely a chunk of cork. The cork I pulled came out completely intact and had not been in long enough to acquire any stain or colouration.
by PopulusTremula
09:04 Sat 20 Aug 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Cockburn
Replies: 2
Views: 648

1977 Cockburn

Having been remiss in my port drinking of late, a bottle of Ck77 was offered like a paschal lamb. Decanting revealed (i) remnants of the old cork prior to recorking, (ii) a very pale port of approx. 30 % opacity, (iii) large flaky sediment on the subsequent rinse and most promisingly, (iv) an inviti...
by PopulusTremula
21:44 Thu 30 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Three new members of the Confraria
Replies: 23
Views: 3156

Re: Three new members of the Confraria

jdaw1 wrote:Rugged good looks all round.
Indeed, and the hubcaps on your chests are also impressive. Makes me think of Run Dmc and the clocks they wore on stage. [emoji6]
by PopulusTremula
15:49 Sun 26 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Three new members of the Confraria
Replies: 23
Views: 3156

Re: Three new members of the Confraria

Brilliant news! Congratulations to all three! Truly well earned.
by PopulusTremula
10:15 Fri 11 Mar 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2034
Views: 219073

Re: Apostrophe crimes

By Jove, that is a humdinger!
by PopulusTremula
11:51 Thu 04 Feb 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1376
Views: 121761

Re: Latest buy

12 Offley Boa Vista 1994. Everyone has their price, it is said, and 9% off appears to be mine. I had been succesfully resisting this for quite a while, and then Nickolls and Perks have a sale. I bought this from N&P some time ago at the pre-sale price, which i thought was attractive at the time. Ha...
by PopulusTremula
07:16 Sun 24 Jan 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Wine Journalism: A Rich Seam of Unmined Moaning
Replies: 41
Views: 5050

Re: Wine Journalism: A Rich Seam of Unmined Moaning

That's better. I have just remembered that entropy dictates that the universe is bound for nothingness, thus rendering all human endeavour ultimately meaningless. :D Surely the drudge of daily life ought to have made that blatantly clear without anyone having to resort to high brow academic finding...
by PopulusTremula
15:21 Thu 14 Jan 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 19th May 2016, 66@50
Replies: 66
Views: 7160

Re: Thursday 19th May 2016, 66@50

flash_uk wrote:
PopulusTremula wrote:Due to arrive in London the following day, the pain of missing this tasting is rather intensely felt!
Ah, shocker! :cry:
No chance to change flights?
Sadly not. Being let out for a weekend away on my own I had better not rock the boat...
by PopulusTremula
09:52 Thu 14 Jan 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 19th May 2016, 66@50
Replies: 66
Views: 7160

Re: Thursday 19th May 2016, 66@50

Due to arrive in London the following day, the pain of missing this tasting is rather intensely felt!