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by AHB
19:25 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Dark & Smooth.
Replies: 11
Views: 5897

What, and waste good port?! No fear. I will leave the dark and smooths to those more suited to it than me.

But now you mention it, was there any Guinness in sight when you were necking that 1963 Fonseca?

Alex
by AHB
19:14 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3451

Interestingly, I have just come across bottles of De Krans Tawny and Ruby ports. £2.30 per bottle. Sadly, being slightly the worse for wear after having drunk through an imp of LBV, I am not really in a fit state to try either of them and report back my findings. Perhaps another day. Klein Constanti...
by AHB
19:02 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Definition: Veraison
Replies: 3
Views: 1467

Thanks

Alex
by AHB
18:56 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: TN Pick's Pick 2002 LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 1216

TN Pick's Pick 2002 LBV

This is the house port of the Butcher's Shop and Grill in Johannesburg. It is made by Anton Bredell, who also bottles and sells ports under his own name. Young and ruby colour. A surprising amount of sediment in the bottle. A nose of blueberries and a bit of unintegrated alcohol but the fruit domina...
by AHB
15:01 Mon 23 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Definition: Veraison
Replies: 3
Views: 1467

Definition: Veraison

Veraison is a term that I have seen mentioned in a number of texts and conversations, most recently by Fred in his thread at http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=405 (I would post a link but my BlackBerry won't let me). This is a term that I know I should know, but don't have a clear understa...
by AHB
20:05 Sun 22 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The City of York
Replies: 0
Views: 911

The City of York

Can anyone recommend to me a good wine retailer in York who carries a reasonable or good range of ports? Ideally someone based in the center of York.

Thanks

Alex
by AHB
19:53 Sun 22 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 16
Views: 3451

South Africa

I assume that if I taste anything over the next week that is made in South Africa - even if from Portuguese root stock brougt into the region many generations ago - then I have to post it here and not in the "proper Port" section?

Alex
by AHB
19:46 Sun 22 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Warres 1995 LBV. A simultaneous tasting?
Replies: 67
Views: 11335

I'm off on my travels again and didn't bring my bottle with me so won't be able to take part in the tasting.

However, please don't wait for me to be able to take part as this is likely to be sometime after the middle of September! My diary is truly horrible for the next 6 weeks.

Alex
by AHB
07:05 Sun 22 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #2 - 1st Sep 2007
Replies: 282
Views: 65414

I will be with you - but only in spirit. I've got so may travel commitments between now and the end of September (including some rugby watching visits to the continent) that I will absolutely not be able to make it to St Helens for TPF Offline #2. I hope you enjoy yourselves and have a fantastic tim...
by AHB
06:56 Sun 22 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: A Sad Loss
Replies: 19
Views: 5181

:lol:
by AHB
06:54 Sun 22 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Anybody watching U-20 world cup
Replies: 65
Views: 8754

Perhaps we should send him some port - if he drank more port then surely he would suffer fewer injuries.

What should we send him?
by AHB
19:54 Sat 21 Jul 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1
Replies: 21
Views: 9494

I wish I'd stayed on in London, as well. Although I did manage to catch my last train (just) I still only managed about 3½ hours sleep before having to get up to get my sorry self over to Heathrow just to sit and wait for 3 hours waiting for our designated take-off slot. God I hate Heathrow. I wish ...
by AHB
16:54 Sat 21 Jul 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1
Replies: 21
Views: 9494

Well at least Alan can add another 1963 vintage port to the list of birth year ports consumed.

Pity you didn't manage to drink the whole bottle between you all ... or did you?

Alex
by AHB
16:50 Sat 21 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sales data
Replies: 2
Views: 1181

I'm not an expert in the field of EU duty and VAT law, but my layman's understanding is that if you were to buy port ex-Quinta and ship it to the UK for your own consumption (either your own personal consumption or for the personal consumption of the people who are members of the cooperative that bu...
by AHB
13:57 Fri 20 Jul 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1
Replies: 21
Views: 9494

No-one did take photos, but we have all been suitably chastised. Perhaps on the next occasion. Tom - how about some scores. I'd be interested to see where you pitch your thoughts on the performance of the wines. All except the Offley '63 (late edit to add this to my notes above) and the Fonseca '66 ...
by AHB
11:07 Fri 20 Jul 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1
Replies: 21
Views: 9494

The Port Forum Offline #1

It was a real pleasure to meet up with a bunch of other port fans on Wednesday night and my thanks go to Alex K for making all the arrangements and to the staff - and Ian in particular - at the Crusting Pipe for making us as welcome as always. Julian's tasting notes and mats also went down a treat a...
by AHB
07:19 Fri 20 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1 - 18th July 2007
Replies: 66
Views: 20703

I'll post something in the Reviews section in a few minutes - keep watching.

Alex
by AHB
15:02 Thu 19 Jul 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Definitely
Replies: 18
Views: 2357

Alex,

Its not incorrectly spelt - its just spelt with a Northern Accent!

Alex
by AHB
12:41 Tue 17 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Supermarket Clearouts
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Alan, But the Fonseca 2003 is drinking beautifully at the moment... More seriously, I wasn't so much trying to gauge what people would be willing to buy as to what to put at the top of a letter, something along the lines of "I am a member of a port buying cooperative. Over the past 12 months we boug...
by AHB
08:40 Tue 17 Jul 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Supermarket Clearouts
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Supermarket Clearouts

It occured to me as I was driving home last night, idly thinking about the days of £5 Warre Traditional LBV from Asda and of £10 half bottles of Dow 1983 from Sainsbury, that the small number of people represented on this board might offer an attractive option for the UK supermarkets who want to qui...
by AHB
07:59 Tue 17 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1 - 18th July 2007
Replies: 66
Views: 20703

I am delighted to report that the tasting notes and place mats printed off beautifully, with the port place mats scaling up extremely well onto A3. In fact, we could probably have got everything onto the A3 place mats because the glass circles scaled up so well!

Thanks Julian.

Alex
by AHB
07:47 Tue 17 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1 - 18th July 2007
Replies: 66
Views: 20703

Derek,

Can you bring your spare Bacofoil with you to the pub on Wednesday? I've run out and probably won't have the chance to buy some between now and the Crusting Pipe.

Thanks,

Alex
by AHB
07:46 Tue 17 Jul 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Has anyone tried Banyuls?
Replies: 7
Views: 2075

I agree with Fred here, now that he has raised the subject of Maury. I recently had the opportunity to try a Maury from 1945, bottled in 1995. We tasted it against a Morgan 1945, a Warre 1970, a corked Dow 1985 and a Kopke 1996 Colheita. It was very pleasant. Ranked out of the 5 wines it was dead in...
by AHB
15:08 Mon 16 Jul 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Offline #1 - 18th July 2007
Replies: 66
Views: 20703

Julian et al I am only just catching up with weekend postings and don't have the chance to print off mats and notes for all until tomorrow morning. However, I will do so as early as possible (around 7:30am) and will advise if anything goes wrong. If all goes well then I will bring a big pile of big ...
by AHB
13:30 Mon 16 Jul 2007
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Timothy Taylor Landlord
Replies: 27
Views: 12394

I've been busy moving all my appointments for Wednesday forward in the day so I should be able to get over to Covent Garden between 4:30 and 5pm. I'll drag you out of the pub and into the Crusting Pipe for some proper drinking. But let me know the name of the pub just in case I get lost or delayed t...