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by TLW
23:30 Mon 21 Oct 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Five Word Novel
Replies: 128
Views: 14581

Re: The Five Word Novel

the DNA test was positive
by TLW
05:01 Sun 06 Oct 2019
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Iowa! New to port.
Replies: 6
Views: 2211

Re: Hello from Iowa! New to port.

Excellent beginning. It is nice to know that there is another good collection in the Midwest (much of mine is in Central Illinois, a bit of a hike from Des Moines). It is very easy - and pleasant - to get hooked on vintage port, and I wish you many an enjoyable occasion, which I hope will result in ...
by TLW
04:47 Sun 06 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Auction haul!
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Re: Auction haul!

Excellent range of ports.
by TLW
06:24 Tue 06 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)
Replies: 20
Views: 3214

Re: What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

A bottle of 1994 Graham in early July. Wonderful as always, and more whence that came.
by TLW
01:18 Thu 18 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in movies, dramas and tv series
Replies: 10
Views: 4638

Re: Port in movies, dramas and tv series

"The Abbey Grange". In the 1986 Granada television production, Sherlock Holmes notices that one of three glasses of port had much more sediment than the other two, leading him to believe that the story he had been told about the chain of events was untrue.
by TLW
09:35 Mon 25 Feb 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 845

1994 Graham

Cork surprisingly crumbly. Decanted 8 hours. Opaque. Nose somewhat closed on first day. Spicy and rich, tasting of figs and chocolate. Long tannic finish. The second day was softer and rounder, making for a very pleasant drink. Many, many years still to go for this one.
by TLW
03:51 Sun 06 Jan 2019
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A reason to get up early
Replies: 595
Views: 66260

Re: A reason to get up early

Got to see the partial solar eclipse this morning in Tokyo - about a third, it seemed. Was lucky enough to see the full eclipse several years ago, as well.
by TLW
06:56 Mon 31 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale
Replies: 93
Views: 18579

Re: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale

The book arrived in Illinois on Christmas Eve, and looks excellent.
by TLW
15:51 Sun 09 Dec 2018
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A reason to get up early
Replies: 595
Views: 66260

Re: A reason to get up early

The brightest comet of 2018 will be visible to the naked eye over the next week - unless there are clouds in the way.

https://earthsky.org/space/46p-wirtanen ... e-dec-2018
by TLW
11:42 Mon 03 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 2
Views: 722

Re: 1963 Fonseca

Yes it was.
by TLW
17:44 Sat 01 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 2
Views: 722

1963 Fonseca

One of the bottles from the Bonham's sale. It has not done well, and the lot of them probably need to be rewaxed. The first two from the case were excellent, and the second two were not. The bottle had seeped signficantly, being down to bottom shoulder, and the cork crumbled to bits; the corks seem ...
by TLW
22:39 Mon 03 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale
Replies: 93
Views: 18579

Re: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale

Congratulations!

Order placed.
by TLW
05:46 Wed 11 Jul 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Staying at Quinta de la Rosa
Replies: 2
Views: 2145

Re: Staying at Quinta de la Rosa

Having stayed there last month, I can also say that the Quinta de la Rosa is a very pleasant place. We got the last room for the time that we were there, and it was quite comfortable. The restaurant is very good, breakfast was nice, and the staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful. Would be delig...
by TLW
16:17 Mon 25 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Quinta de la Rosa
Replies: 0
Views: 1177

2005 Quinta de la Rosa

At QdlR's restaurant. Not decanted, but straight from the freshly opened bottle - definitely needed a proper decant. Probably not fair given the circumstances, but nearly opaque, initially very alcoholic. Taste of prunes, not terribly well knit. My guess is that a proper decant with time in the deca...
by TLW
16:03 Mon 25 Jun 2018
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: I hate TAP
Replies: 3
Views: 2226

Re: I hate TAP

Me too I sit in Porto airport after my TAP 12:30 flight was cancelled, and after having waited two hours in line for a rescheduling. They offered me a 9:30 pm flight from Porto to Lisbon or a four hour bus ride to Lisbon airport. I was able to negotiate a spot on a 6:30 pm flight, which has been del...
by TLW
05:24 Sun 03 Jun 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Germany, 12 points
Replies: 5
Views: 2289

Re: Germany, 12 points

Congratulations!!!
by TLW
06:35 Tue 15 May 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Recommendations for travel to the Douro in late June
Replies: 4
Views: 3062

Re: Recommendations for travel to the Douro in late June

Many thanks for the suggestion, and will do so.
by TLW
04:48 Sat 12 May 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Recommendations for travel to the Douro in late June
Replies: 4
Views: 3062

Re: Recommendations for travel to the Douro in late June

Thank you for the suggestion. Indeed, the first time in Oporto.

I have booked the Quinta de la Rosa for now, and am looking forward to a couple of days of drinking wine, and watching the world go by.
by TLW
09:19 Sun 29 Apr 2018
Forum: Travel
Topic: Recommendations for travel to the Douro in late June
Replies: 4
Views: 3062

Recommendations for travel to the Douro in late June

My wife and I are considering our first trip to the Douro in late June for two or three nights, and would be grateful for recommendations as to where to stay, where to eat (wife is a serious foodie), wines to drink, and things to see. Neither of us drive, so we rely on taxis and feet. I saw the sugg...
by TLW
14:49 Fri 09 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Warre
Replies: 1
Views: 940

1983 Warre

Cork removed relatively cleanly, no seepage. About 70% opaque with a bit of bricking around the edges. Just after decanting, the nose is dusty and alcoholic, slightly sharp, with just a hint of fruit. Taste of prunes or plums on entry, not terribly powerful or spicy or complex, but pleasant, medium ...
by TLW
05:42 Fri 02 Feb 2018
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A reason to get up early
Replies: 595
Views: 66260

Re: A reason to get up early

It was mercifully clear in Tokyo, and the moon was indeed a red/orange, although it appeared to have been an incomplete eclipse at the time I saw it. However, I did see the total solar eclipse over Tokyo several years ago. That was good, too.
by TLW
00:01 Tue 30 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Fonseca
Replies: 1
Views: 812

1997 Fonseca

Eight hour decant, completely opaque. Nose mostly closed but a hint of prunes. Closed and very sweet for a Fonseca, almost treacle, again with prunes and figs, but without the spiciness I have come to expect from the house . After a couple of days, had opened up a bit, but was still not ready, and s...
by TLW
23:51 Mon 29 Jan 2018
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A reason to get up early
Replies: 595
Views: 66260

Re: A reason to get up early

Wow. Hope the skies are clear for a super blue blood moon, tonight.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue ... ing-jan-31
by TLW
09:36 Mon 01 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 560

1985 Taylor

Five hour decant, still mostly opaque.

Nose of licorice and spice.

Initially a bit closed but opened up with notes of licorice and figs. Very rich and spicy with excellent length. Glad that I have a great deal more of this.
by TLW
14:22 Sun 26 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 770

1970 Graham

Not sure if this was a relatively recent ex-cellars bottle or not. Slightly protruding cork which caused some - eventually unwarranted - concern. Opened with friends on a quiet Sunday evening, with figs and a good cheddar. Roughly 6 hour decant. Still fairly opaque, although a little bricking around...