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by SD
02:48 Mon 05 Oct 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corks and bottles: Oporto versus London
Replies: 22
Views: 2387

Re: Corks and bottles: Oporto versus London

Perhaps "soft corks" are mentioned because most of the ports for sale were older, twenty-six or more years old when the corks are saturated with port and soft.
by SD
01:44 Thu 04 Jun 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Little Quiz: Which Quinta is this...?!?
Replies: 35
Views: 2937

Re: Little Quiz: Which Quinta is this...?!?

This are fabulous photos - hope you have more.

I consider myself lucky to have spent time in the Douro in the early 1980's because it has changed so much since then. But these are another age - which many of us have visited only by trying wonderful bottles.
by SD
18:33 Sat 23 May 2009
Forum: Reference
Topic: US Port Sales Volume
Replies: 4
Views: 4891

Re: US Port Sales Volume

Thanks for your reply. I was fairly sure that Cockburn Special Reserve was the biggest brand, but who is in the top five or ten?
by SD
22:41 Fri 22 May 2009
Forum: Reference
Topic: US Port Sales Volume
Replies: 4
Views: 4891

US Port Sales Volume

I am trying to find the market leaders by volume in the US - excluding vintage port since the sales vary so much when a vintage is declared. Judging by what I see in stores, Cockburn Special Reserve my be the biggest brand, but I would like to see some hard numbers of cases sold. I could buy the dat...
by SD
03:44 Fri 03 Apr 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Niepoort oddity
Replies: 39
Views: 5123

Re: Niepoort oddity

I was very surprised to see the picture of the Niepoort oddities. They have a vintage date but are bottled too early to be vintage port. From my memory vintage port must be bottled between June of the second year and January of the third year. The 1990 what? was bottled in March 1992, so it only had...
by SD
06:44 Fri 20 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Re: The Great TCA Debate

Thanks g-man for the link to an excellent review of TCA in Practical Winery. With the holidays and being busy at work I had not read that article yet, but it helps in this topic. The article points out how many things can lead to TCA production. I know of one winery that had so many causes of TCA in...
by SD
20:36 Thu 19 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Re: TCA developing

When I said TCA does NOT DEVELOP in the bottle I am referring to the normal process of buying a bottle of wine and seeing if it changes. I still challenge somebody to show me any reference to TCA DEVELOPING in the bottle after leaving the winery. I thought I was clear. I said: "I am referring to .....
by SD
08:51 Thu 19 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

TCA developing

I just looked up the definition of "DEVELOP" and its major meaning is: to grow, to increase, to build up, to originate. In wine the word DEVELOP has those meanings traditionally in the increase of bottle bouquet with time. The word DEVELOP also normally means in wine the CHANGES that happen with age...
by SD
18:32 Tue 17 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

As to the claim that TCA cannot develop in the bottle; you seem to be reading different books to everyone else here and elsewhere Derek Dereck please provide the name of even one book of the books you claim say that says TCA develops in the bottle. As a winemaker who reads extensively and goes to t...
by SD
18:06 Tue 17 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Sterile Filtration

In a normal filtration of a wine, wine is pumped through filter pads. These filter pads come in various pore sizes. In a rough filtration, wine goes through filter pads with large pore sizes. This takes out particles in the wine to turn a cloudy wine brilliant. Sterile filtration uses filter pads of...
by SD
22:03 Sun 15 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Niepoort vintage VA problems

I put away five cases of the 1985 Niepoort at release. The 1985 vintage was getting great press and I tried the young vintage with Dirk and was impressed enough to invest in it. Very sadly I have not had a good bottle since. I am patient with my ports and did not open a bottle for fifteen years. I w...
by SD
21:43 Sun 15 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

Andy, I have no proof as to Cockburn’s having a TCA problem within the winery. I’m sure Cockburn knows the actual reason for the TCA problem, but they are not telling, they do not even want to admit a problem exists at all. TCA is produced by the combination of chlorine and mold. Wineries are wet pl...
by SD
18:48 Sun 15 Feb 2009
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Great TCA Debate
Replies: 26
Views: 4167

The Great TCA Debate

Split by jdaw1 from Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame . From reading in multiple forums the worst offender by far for TCA is the 1983 Cockburn. The problem is TCA in the cellar, not bad corks. Thus in a case, if one bottle is bad all the rest will be. Most cases are bad, but multiple batches wer...
by SD
18:25 Mon 25 Feb 2008
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What is wrong with Quarles Harris?
Replies: 30
Views: 3868

Locally in Trader Joe's are several Quarles Harris ports. Earlier posts mentioned Quarles Harris as a supermarket brand and it seems that the Symington's are positioning the brand that way. It is their low end. I doubt we will ever see a high quality port like the 1977 Quarles Harris again. Quality ...