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by TLW
22:39 Mon 03 Sep 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Book, ‘Port Vintages’, is for sale
Replies: 28
Views: 765

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: 882

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: 384

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: 932

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: 1079

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: 1678

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: 1678

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: 1678

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: 439

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: 591
Views: 43421

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: 411

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: 591
Views: 43421

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: 204

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: 326

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...
by TLW
10:33 Mon 13 Nov 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A reason to get up early
Replies: 591
Views: 43421

Re: A reason to get up early

Should be an impressive sight.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41956191
by TLW
08:46 Sun 05 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 478

1977 Warre

Opened a bottle for friends' birthday. Decanted about five hours before drinking. Although pleasant enough, and the bottle did not outlast the evening, a bit thin. Nose of currant and alcohol. Initially, a bit sharp at entry with alcohol, not soft and well knitted. Not a long finish. Time in the gla...
by TLW
08:34 Sun 05 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What do you have most of?
Replies: 23
Views: 3577

Re: What do you have most of?

Taylor 2009 Graham 1994 (there was a time when vast quantities were available for a remarkably low price) Fonseca 2009 Fonseca 2000 I kind of wish I had waited for the 2011 to come out, and bought more heavily then; then again, by the time the 2011 is mature, I will probably be well past ripe. Of wh...
by TLW
22:53 Sat 03 Sep 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Another question about buying port in the U.K.
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: Another question about buying port in the U.K.

It may also be worth considering buying port at auction, although I am uncertain as to the issue of duty to be paid in the Netherlands. Typically, wine at auctions carries a buyers premium including VAT of a little less than 20%, but the wines are duty paid. Often the prices are attractive, although...
by TLW
09:55 Fri 12 Aug 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A reason to get up early
Replies: 591
Views: 43421

Re: A reason to get up early

Hopefully will have a relatively clear night tonight in Tokyo for the Perseids. The cloud cover seems to be dispersing.
by TLW
04:29 Tue 02 Aug 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 376433

Re: One quiz at a time

1910
by TLW
22:52 Tue 05 Jul 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Fonseca Guimaraens
Replies: 0
Views: 5138

1991 Fonseca Guimaraens

Steadily working my way through a case of this, all of which have been very drinkable so far. No bad bottles. 12 hour decant. Slight hint of raspberry on the nose. Typical Fonseca spice, with a long finish. Whilst not an overpowering port, very drinkable, and I wished I had a couple more cases of bo...
by TLW
22:40 Tue 05 Jul 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Alcohol and health
Replies: 336
Views: 59123

Re: Alcohol and health

An outbreak of E. Coli affecting more than 100 UK people could be linked to eating contaminated mixed salad leaves, public health officials say. To date, 109 people are known to have caught the bug - 102 in England, six in Wales and one in Scotland. South-west England has been worst hit. E. coli O1...
by TLW
21:47 Thu 05 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and literature
Replies: 256
Views: 35340

Re: Port and literature

In the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Gloria Scott", Sherlock Holmes says, "One evening, shortly after my arrival, we were sitting over a glass of port after dinner, when young Trevor began to talk about those habits of observation and inference which I had already formed into a system..."
by TLW
12:02 Sun 27 Mar 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 749

1970 Graham

Oporto bottled. Drank this with a few friends in Tokyo after a wonderful dinner of roast lamb, potatoes and vegetables. Decanted about 10 hours before drinking. Still about 70% opaque, rich nose of currant. Full bodied, slightly peppery, great length, with still a fair amount of tannin. Absolutely m...
by TLW
03:34 Sat 30 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale at auction
Replies: 344
Views: 50676

Re: Port for sale at auction

Bonham's catalogue for this sale is now on their website. The big question is whether to buy more than one case. If I went for a 24 bottle lot, would anyone be interested in taking a bottle or two from me at, say, high estimate / 20 per bottle? Count me in for up to six bottles (fewer if they have ...