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by Andy Velebil
17:43 Tue 06 Feb 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..
Replies: 36
Views: 3805

Re: The wine shed - a concept, and some horrible maths..

I am watching this thread with interest, Tom. I can't help with the maths but I share your skepticism about temperature stability. A fine example is the cellars in VNG, which are about as thermally stable as my back garden. Whilst it seems to be true that bottle matured wines age slightly faster in...
by Andy Velebil
02:33 Mon 22 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cork Weevil
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: Cork Weevil

That is why capsules came into being, to cover the cork and prevent various insects and rodents from attacking the corks. From what I understand now it's not the issue it used to be. I would again assume modern insecticides use has curtailed the issues and why many wines no longer use capsules.
by Andy Velebil
17:56 Tue 09 Jan 2018
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Not understanding the modern world
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: Not understanding the modern world

The New York Times, 5 January 2018, Winter Storm Pounds Northeast With Wind, Snow and Flooding : The shelves of some New York City grocery stores quickly emptied of milk, eggs and kale as New Yorkers stocked up for the storm, and grocers worried whether the next produce trucks would ever arrive. Mi...
by Andy Velebil
17:44 Tue 09 Jan 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!
Replies: 6
Views: 1406

Re: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!

Appears to have been bottled in 1979. A rather young bottling of this Tawny. Sadly, that too will affect the overall price of it and not in a good way. If this spent more time in barrel before being bottled that would be better. This is basically a young 10 year tawny that's been in bottle for a ver...
by Andy Velebil
14:40 Sun 07 Jan 2018
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!
Replies: 6
Views: 1406

Re: Porto Colheita 1968 - Envelhecido em Casco - OOPS!

I assume you're in the UK. If so your price is way high for that side of the pond. In the USA, this bottle stored as it was is probably worth around $150 max, in reality less. In the UK this would sell for less than that (in Pounds).
by Andy Velebil
12:02 Sat 30 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Good question. It just never had the poise and elegance that most of the others possessed. The other 1977 ports were soft, sweet and spiced with cloves with the acidity and tannins melding nicely together to deliver a very satisfying palate. The SW (and GC) we’re both unintegrated - everything was ...
by Andy Velebil
05:52 Fri 29 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: 1986 Taylor Quinta de Vargellas

Actually I find Vargellas has what I call "Vargellas spirit". It's a fairly normal thing for Vargellas to have some alcohol that shows. No idea what causes it but it's been there until all but some more recent vintages.


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by Andy Velebil
05:49 Fri 29 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Smith Woodhouse
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

How come it could never be described as balanced?


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by Andy Velebil
07:10 Tue 26 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Niepoort
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: 1977 Niepoort

I don't think this was ever bottled in a dumpy bottle...anyone ever seen it in a dumpy bottle?


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by Andy Velebil
01:11 Wed 29 Nov 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 5th June - Vintage with an '8' theme.
Replies: 115
Views: 15444

Re: Place holder for June 6/7th Vintage with an '8' theme.

Put me in the tentative list. It'll prob be a couple months before I know or not if I can get over the pond. But I've not been there in some time and this would be a good excuse too.


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by Andy Velebil
12:28 Sat 25 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1091
Views: 186611

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Waitrose Cellar have just listed Dow 2011 at £75 a bottle! With free champagne on black Friday http://www.waitrosecellar.com/wine-type/dow-2011-vintage-port A positive bargain, 230 bottles available at the moment if anyone is thirsty. Thx for the heads up Charles. One dozen duly secured. If you pla...
by Andy Velebil
03:19 Thu 23 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Coravin
Replies: 22
Views: 4280

Re: Coravin

From what I've read on other wine boards is Coravin works good until the bottle gets to about 2/3 to 1/2 full. Then the contents degrade quite quickly after that. So it works great for the first few pours.


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by Andy Velebil
15:59 Thu 09 Nov 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Funny translations
Replies: 2
Views: 1067

Re: Funny translations

You don't drink Port in the bathtub? LOL!


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by Andy Velebil
16:44 Wed 08 Nov 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Port and Madeira inquiry
Replies: 5
Views: 1327

Re: Port and Madeira inquiry

None of these are expensive Ports or Madeira. All are basically "lower to middle tier" and current equivalents sell for around $15-30 (USD), which probably means they sell for less in the UK. I assume you're in the UK based on the plug in the pictures background, that is. If well stored they may sti...
by Andy Velebil
16:50 Tue 07 Nov 2017
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Upgrade of Forum Software
Replies: 141
Views: 22323

Re: Upgrade of Forum Software

I get two different views, when not logged in and when logged in.

1- When not logged in all is normal

2- This is what I get when I log in. Noticed the extra phpBB logo. That is not there when I am logged out.
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by Andy Velebil
14:46 Fri 03 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Need help
Replies: 11
Views: 2280

Re: Need help

The LB is a basic ruby Port and I'd assume so is the Graham's. Basically worthless from a money perspective. They probably would still drink sorta ok but considering these are around 40-50 years old and a basic Port to begin with don't expect much.


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by Andy Velebil
05:54 Fri 03 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1927 Ramos Pinto LBV
Replies: 1
Views: 418

1927 Ramos Pinto LBV

Can I brag about this one? Cause I rarely guess a vintage correctly when served a Port blind.


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by Andy Velebil
10:03 Sat 28 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Re: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness

I've had some similar issues from dry wine corks from this era as well. So I don't think it's just a Vesuvio issue.
by Andy Velebil
19:02 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Dow
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: 1977 Dow

A good bottle!!!!! When this is good it's really good.


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by Andy Velebil
03:18 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: RE: Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

Absolutely! I couldn't tell however if this is a digital picture artifact sometimes seen after image file compression..... I know what you mean, but don't think so - it matches the outline colours at the edge of the label too well, and lacks the blocking for compression artifact. It looks like some...
by Andy Velebil
10:54 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

Did anyone else also notice all the words look like there were cut and scanned onto this label from something else?
by Andy Velebil
19:54 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: Possible fake 1927 VP in Belgium auction this weekend

I've taken some heat from a couple people about my outspoken views on just how many fakes there now are of Port. I'd be very careful buying any older Port at the moment. There is a lot more of it out there than people think, most of it showing up in Europe but now also in the States. Niepoort, Graha...
by Andy Velebil
17:16 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)
Replies: 8
Views: 1326

Re: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)

Hi Andy, I don’t mind sharing, but can I ask first why you want to know? I sent you a message. I only ask as the Port trade was quite small then and if you are perhaps interested, I'm sure between all of us here we could find out some fun facts of his time there to pass on to you. Cockburns was one...
by Andy Velebil
16:34 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)
Replies: 8
Views: 1326

Re: Cockburn Smithes & Co (1950)

flash_uk wrote:Sediment is perfectly normal. This is why the port needs to be decanted through a filter. Cheesecloth is great if you have some.
+1

What was your grandfathers name, if you don't mind sharing?


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by Andy Velebil
14:32 Fri 20 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?
Replies: 12
Views: 1577

Re: Fonseca Choco 30 years old?

DRT wrote:Are you suggesting that people in the port trade might embellish stories a little to add to the mystique of their products?

Surely not :roll: :lol:
Never ;) LOL!!!


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