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by RAYC
16:42 Thu 23 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Davy’s at Plantation Place, Wed 29th Oct 2014, Croft
Replies: 127
Views: 19651

Re: Davy’s St James’s, Wed 29th Oct 2014, Croft

I'm afraid it is unfortunately starting to look likely that i will have to withdraw, if that makes a difference to your ability to fit into the office...
by RAYC
13:11 Wed 22 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bonds for christenings / weddings etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 3320

Port bonds for christenings / weddings etc.

A nice development - the need for which has previously been discussed on this board. Interesting that they have chosen to stick to Malvedos (if Graham full blend is not declared) - it might have been nice to offer Vesuvio as an optional fallback instead but I can see why that might be more difficul...
by RAYC
10:49 Mon 20 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Replies: 128
Views: 26452

Re: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014

Is there any current plan for red wine over dinner? If not, should there be (rather than ordering at greater expense from the list on the day)?
by RAYC
19:03 Thu 16 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Davy’s at Plantation Place, Wed 29th Oct 2014, Croft
Replies: 127
Views: 19651

Re: Re-testing The Bung Hole, Wed 29th Oct 2014, Croft

Playing Devil's advocate, should we choose a theme that enables more of the attendees to bring their own bottles? Even something like the very first Bunghole tasting (link)
by RAYC
12:39 Wed 15 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 3129

Re: New port barrel help

New wood also absorbs a lot more at the outset I think it is more likely to be the smallness of the barrel, giving a larger surface area of port in contact with the barrel. Is this what you meant to say? A larger barrel will have a larger surface area of port in contact with wood. Presumably this is...
by RAYC
12:33 Wed 15 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Marks and Spencer LBV
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Re: 1992 Marks and Spencer LBV

jdaw1 wrote:
JacobH wrote:it had 6 years in the bottle
16?
barrel / tonnel, i think.
by RAYC
23:47 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Davy’s at Plantation Place, Wed 29th Oct 2014, Croft
Replies: 127
Views: 19651

Re: Croft, The Bung Hole, week starting Mon 27th October 201

I would love to attend. I will have a look at what is to hand, but I would imagine a 60 or 66.
by RAYC
20:41 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Replies: 128
Views: 26452

Re: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014

Starter: Smoked Salmon

Main: Fillet steak (rare) with tomato / basil side salad

Many thanks
by RAYC
13:09 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Replies: 128
Views: 26452

Re: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014

jdaw1 wrote:
RAYC wrote:Is this the Davy's Woolgate room that was tight for 8 people at the tasting last month, or a different room?
Not the boardroom. It is the big room that would struggle to hold 36 of us.
Well done - very good!
by RAYC
13:08 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 12 bottles of 1977 vintage port - advice please!
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: 12 bottles of 1977 vintage port - advice please!

A mixed case of 12 well-stored 1977s is interesting, particularly as it includes a Taylor and Fonseca. One of the various regional auctions (Straker Chadwick, Tennants etc.) would also be worth a look.
by RAYC
12:59 Tue 14 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Replies: 128
Views: 26452

Re: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014

A pity, though with hindsight the arrangements at the Bunghole were too good to last and we should be thankful for the 2.5 years we have had there. I suspect we will have to get used to paying more to hold central London tastings in future...but since the weekly event schedule of 2012 has dropped of...
by RAYC
16:29 Tue 07 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What type of port is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1230

Re: What type of port is this?

Barros normally put "colheita" or "matured in wood" for colheita/tawny, but then they also normally put "vintage port" if VP. Presumably not always on bottles destined for non-English speaking markets Indeed; I did not mean that it would always be in English. So in terms of explaining its absence o...
by RAYC
13:51 Tue 07 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What type of port is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1230

Re: What type of port is this?

Barros normally put "colheita" or "matured in wood" for colheita/tawny, but then they also normally put "vintage port" if VP. Presumably not always on bottles destined for non-English speaking markets - eg: barros.jpg Perhaps their Swedish importer did not provide a translation for "matured in wood...
by RAYC
11:29 Tue 07 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What type of port is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1230

Re: What type of port is this?

Doesn't look to me like an old style selo so a colheita bottled in the 80s?
by RAYC
15:51 Mon 06 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll
Replies: 15
Views: 2351

Re: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll

jdaw1 wrote:
uncle tom wrote:My understanding is that EU rules
…with a little cunning and imagination to see the loopholes, do not prohibit any size ≥ 18¾cl (and that might be 5cl, I’d have to check).
I'm finding this statement quite cryptic - any chance you could expound?
by RAYC
15:48 Mon 06 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 27 November - Berry Brothers Port Walk
Replies: 114
Views: 16082

Re: Thu 27 November - Berry Brothers Port Walk

DRT wrote:I need to reduce the number of Port nights I currently have lined up for November/December so have decided to withdraw from this.
DRT wrote:My own motivation.
You are making me feel guilty. Maybe i should return mine as well...
by RAYC
13:44 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A glass of port with DrDirk
Replies: 41
Views: 11401

Re: A glass of port with DrDirk

Need to confirm i am in the country but am keen. I have a couple of 83s i want to try again - Graham would be my top choice
by RAYC
11:15 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll
Replies: 15
Views: 2351

Re: Tappit Hen or Tregnum? - Poll

My understanding is that EU rules stipulate that wine bottles (other than miniatures) must be multiples or simple divisions of 75cL. Spirits though, are still mostly sold in 70cL I notice.. I think this only applies to wine bottles between 100ml and 1500ml (or 2000ml for spirits)...so larger format...
by RAYC
08:23 Fri 03 Oct 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1151
Views: 229223

Re: Port for sale by retailer

What are Corkr fine wine like to deal with? Anyone know? I have had no problems when ordering from them. The owner (Alexander) has some connection with Fells / the Symingtons (and used to act as UK importer for them before Fells, or before selling Fells to them....or something like that) and may ev...
by RAYC
16:00 Fri 26 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 8093

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

It is much harder psychologically to declare a £60 bottle duff. Excuses are made. Reputation intact. I don't think this chimes with my experiences. Dow 77, various 85s and Niepoort 97 (amongst others) all spring to mind as having less than stellar reputations despite falling into that category. If ...
by RAYC
22:58 Wed 24 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 3-4 value ports for a nice beginner-oriented tasting
Replies: 7
Views: 1289

Re: 3-4 value ports for a nice beginner-oriented tasting

Vesuvio 96 seems still to be available very cheaply in both the UK and US market and is a very good port (in my opinion) that is nicely approachable now even if still slightly on the young side. Vargellas 2001 is not in a good drinking phase in my view, though your mileage may vary
by RAYC
22:46 Wed 24 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?
Replies: 65
Views: 8093

Re: Is anything from the '90s worth opening today?

I really like Vesuvio 98 for current drinking - probably my favourite VP from the 90s for drinking right now. Of course, there are some Warre / SW LBVs in good drinking windows if you are not thinking solely of VPs. I have also had good luck with 99s - all of Sandeman Vau, Passadouro and Niepoort Se...
by RAYC
22:36 Wed 24 Sep 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2014 pre-Harvest Tour tasting, London, 9/23
Replies: 279
Views: 28097

Re: 2014 pre-Harvest Tour tasting, London, 9/23

A query on TN titles - I had always thought the "NV" prefix indicated a port that was not of a single vintage (ie TWAIOA, basic/reserve ruby, basic/reserve tawny, crusted etc) rather than "Not VP"
by RAYC
20:13 Mon 22 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Terroir and Port
Replies: 25
Views: 3004

Re: Terroir and Port

I thught I should also mention that when the Symingtons did their UK trade tastings for the 2011s, they also presented the component "SQVP" lotes that went into the final Graham 2011 blend (together with details of the percentage composition that single quinta lote contributed to the final blend). S...
by RAYC
18:46 Mon 22 Sep 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Replies: 128
Views: 26452

Re: Ramos-Pinto: Tuesday 21st October 2014

If there is still a space at this, I would love to attend (having managed to negotiate celebration of my mother's 60th to a different date...).

No problem if not.