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by CaliforniaBrad
05:29 Tue 04 Apr 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 293460

Re: One quiz at a time

Gaggia?


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by CaliforniaBrad
14:01 Sat 18 Jun 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2034
Views: 218658

Re: Apostrophe crimes

While not specifically relating to punctuation, this seems to fit the thread:
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by CaliforniaBrad
14:34 Tue 14 Jun 2016
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Exhaustive list of fortified wine?
Replies: 5
Views: 2408

Re: Exhaustive list of fortified wine?

Andy Velebil wrote:Napa and the other wine regions in California
Finger Lakes wine region in New York
Pretty sure Oregon and Washington too
Basically any place in the US that has a winery has someone making a fortified wine.


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by CaliforniaBrad
19:34 Mon 13 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: England or Portugal bottled?
Replies: 5
Views: 1008

Re: England or Portugal bottled?

Is there a back label or indication of the year it was bottled?


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by CaliforniaBrad
00:28 Sat 11 Jun 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 7
Views: 2120

Re: 1995 Quinta do Vesuvio

The '95s as a whole seem to be entering maturity and, as I feel I always mention, can offer great value in the US for something in the "ready to drink" category.


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by CaliforniaBrad
14:06 Mon 06 Jun 2016
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2014 Weingut Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Trocken Rheingau
Replies: 5
Views: 1383

Re: 2014 Weingut Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Trocken Rheingau

I've noticed Vollrads had moved to the glass closure on their more affordable bottles. Their higher end stuff isn't available locally, so I can't say if they did so across their range. I've never had a bad bottle sealed this way, and the handful of Finger Lakes Pinots and Rieslings I've aged over th...
by CaliforniaBrad
04:34 Thu 26 May 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1878 Martinez
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: 1878 Martinez

Wow, at first I guessed the topic line was likely a typo, but it is not! What an experience such a wine must have been.


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by CaliforniaBrad
14:36 Tue 24 May 2016
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Bunghole / The Bung Hole
Replies: 12
Views: 2601

Re: The Bunghole / The Bung Hole

With a long history as wine merchants, it is perhaps not surprising that the names of many of our bars are inspired by wine terminology. The Bunghole Cellars is our popular wine bar on High Holborn — so what’s in the name… A bunghole is a hole bored into a barrel and capped with a large cork-like o...
by CaliforniaBrad
23:13 Mon 09 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7819

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

I was looking through the tasting notes on this site to see if there is an upper limit on the keeping qualities of LBV port. There are a few outliers (1927, 1958, 1961 and 1967) but it isn't until the mid seventies that there seem to be enough notes to give a clear picture of how they drink over ti...
by CaliforniaBrad
17:19 Sat 07 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7819

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

While I was generally not a big fan of their LBV's in the past, the 2009 Taylor's LBV is excellent. Worth trying it. IMO and experience Taylor's/Fonseca have, in recent years, been improving the quality of their mid-range products (Ruby Reserves, LBV, and tawny's with an indication of age). If you'...
by CaliforniaBrad
14:09 Sat 07 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7819

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

My trouble is that I associate LBVs with my wilderness years for port. Desperately awful wines which I am sorry to say Taylor still produces. There are good LBVs but they are not uniform. Taylor's LBV is aimed at a particular market. People who read and post on this board are probably not that mark...
by CaliforniaBrad
03:33 Sat 07 May 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?
Replies: 98
Views: 7819

Re: Which LBVs are worth cellaring?

I totally agree with the notion that there are many LBVs out there that can benefit from bottle aging. My personal favorites, in no particular order: Smith-Woodhouse Niepoort Crasto (partially because of its very attractive price) Noval (unfiltered) Warre (especially many over 20 y/o) Sent from my i...
by CaliforniaBrad
04:45 Wed 20 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is 30 a bad age for VP?
Replies: 21
Views: 1665

Re: Is 30 a bad age for VP?

My conclusion is that port sulks from time to time. +1 I agree with this but just think there are so many factors to consider when attempting to analyse this subject over half a century or more that there simply isn't enough reliable evidence to pin the pattern of sulking down to specific ages. I a...
by CaliforniaBrad
16:32 Sat 16 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Investigation for a PhD on Port
Replies: 11
Views: 1588

Re: Investigation for a PhD on Port

Taken!


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by CaliforniaBrad
16:26 Tue 05 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tuke Holdsworth
Replies: 8
Views: 788

Tuke Holdsworth

Mine were all Grocery Outlet as well. ~$25 for the 750ml and $10-$15 for the halves, when they had them. Only one or two vintages at a time, in no particular order. All the labels were this identical format/look: https://www.vivino.com/wineries/tuke-holdsworth/wines/oporto-late-bottled-vintage-porto...
by CaliforniaBrad
06:00 Tue 05 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tuke Holdsworth
Replies: 8
Views: 788

Tuke Holdsworth

A shame, I had pictures of a few relatively recent bottlings ('97, '99, 2000, '03 and '07) from ~2012 but it appears I've done away with them.

All were purchased from the same bargain grocery chain (I assume) Glenn procured his '80.


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by CaliforniaBrad
05:58 Tue 05 Apr 2016
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: June 25 2016 NYC 50s 70s tasting
Replies: 17
Views: 1932

Re: June 2016 NYC Cockburn tasting

That is close to a couple weddings the month before, but if a date is picked I'll look into it. A shame I broke out my '47 last year :-(.


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by CaliforniaBrad
22:49 Mon 04 Apr 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor 2011 LBV
Replies: 6
Views: 862

Re: Taylor 2011 LBV

Good to know, and that's a killer price!


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by CaliforniaBrad
06:14 Wed 27 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1972 Warre Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

What are the odds this was one of the "industrial alcohol" ports? Based on this: 89/100. I'd say approximately zero. I don't think that's necessarily the case. The industrial alcohol would have gone through taste testing before use and I've drunk a reasonable range of 1972 ports. I'm not convinced ...
by CaliforniaBrad
17:28 Tue 26 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1972 Warre Colheita
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: 1972 Warre Colheita

What are the odds this was one of the "industrial alcohol" ports?


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by CaliforniaBrad
05:41 Fri 22 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1988 Smith Woodhouse Madelena
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: 1988 Smith Woodehouse Madelena

Being it seems to be the best SQVP of my birth year, glad to see the couple examples I've had are representative.


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by CaliforniaBrad
06:09 Thu 21 Jan 2016
Forum: Travel
Topic: Telegraph Yeatman Hotel Offer
Replies: 1
Views: 1236

Re: Telegraph Yeatman Hotel Offer

Bummer, if only there was a US selected airport I'd be all over it for a trip with the wife.


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by CaliforniaBrad
04:19 Tue 19 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cooking with Port
Replies: 39
Views: 3297

Re: Cooking with Port

Not quite cooking but here goes. I have been suffering from a cold which has lingered rather, having had the usual suggestions of toddys and an unusual one of hot ginger cider from an auld fella, I found the following recipe in 'The wine quotation book'. Garlic Port; Chop a pound of garlic, put it ...
by CaliforniaBrad
07:38 Tue 12 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2014: the TPF blend
Replies: 56
Views: 4423

Re: 2014: the TPF blend

I think some of you need to go back and read the earlier pages of this thread. Especially this one.... An open question to those who are keen on this idea: Would you be happy for the shippers to amend your status from "Enthusiastic Consumer" to "Member of the Trade"? Just an opinion, but I could se...
by CaliforniaBrad
17:03 Mon 11 Jan 2016
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2014: the TPF blend
Replies: 56
Views: 4423

Re: 2014: the TPF blend

While getting a bit away from the original idea of a 2014 VP, perhaps a more feasible idea would be to blend a special TPF edition tawny. I suspect a producer or two with whom you are friendly with would entertain a blending demonstration and bottle a chosen blend of your collective taste. That remo...