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by PhilW
17:20 Thu 27 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Marks and Spencer BOB
Replies: 4
Views: 1427

Re: Marks and Spencer BOB

RAYC wrote:Anyone seen M&S starting to re-fill the shelves with VP yet? If so, what vintage?

I'm on the lookout for a 1989 if anyone sees it - around me last year i managed to find one bottle of it but otherwise it was all 1994.
Many other styles (tawny, ruby, white) but no VP at one local store here atm.
by PhilW
10:34 Wed 26 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1214
Views: 342681

Re: Software that makes placemats

jdaw1 wrote:What should be f[!]? I’m stumped. Suggestions please.
Perhaps:
f(h,w)=wh/(ah+bw) for all h>=H,w>=W else 0 (invalid)
where a,b are positive constants essentially defining the ideal ratio; a>b, perhaps a=kb where k>1.0, likely ~2.
by PhilW
10:26 Tue 25 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5046

Re: Tawny suggestion pls

Thanks for all the suggestions; I'll be picking up a bottle over the next couple of days ready for this weekend. I think I would definitely like to try a good 20yr tawny myself sometime (to see if I can be convinced) but that a 10yr is probably more suitable for this tasting to fit the right place i...
by PhilW
16:23 Sun 23 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 21258

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

jdaw1 wrote:When I am back at my computer this evening I will update. Meanwhile, perhaps other attendees could ensure that they have chosen.
Aye, both star (12 degrees) and bottle (also currently at 12 degrees) chosen and yearning to be opened...
BTW - What time are we aiming/booked for?
by PhilW
16:11 Wed 19 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Birth year port
Replies: 11
Views: 2907

Re: Birth year port

This discussion could be widened further by considering how misleading the terms 10, 20, 30, and Over 40 Years are given that they bear absolutely no relationship to the actual age of the wine in the bottle :? I thought I read somewhere that the indicated age must be less than the average age of th...
by PhilW
08:49 Wed 19 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1214
Views: 342681

Re: Software that makes placemats

The value "/NonDecanterLabelGlassesNumCopies 1 def" appears a few lines below the comment "% Non-Glasses Pages %". Changing this value to zero appears to stop the glasses pages from being printed. Is this as intended, or what is this variable intended to control? This might be slightly mis-placed, ...
by PhilW
17:08 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 2317

Re: TCA Taint removal

Unfortunately, nothing further from Filtrox on this, but then single-bottle processing isn't exactly their target market ofc.
Have another plan up my sleeve, will report back later.
by PhilW
17:05 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Churchill
Replies: 10
Views: 2583

Re: 1985 Churchill

:lol: If I say "I agree with Rob" again, do I sound like a politician? ;) His tasting note above is about the same as mine, though I've only had it three times so far, two of which were Rob's bottles :lol: I'd add that it's slightly softer than the more heavyweight such as F85, and slightly sweet, b...
by PhilW
09:52 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1214
Views: 342681

Re: Software that makes placemats

The value "/NonDecanterLabelGlassesNumCopies 1 def" appears a few lines below the comment "% Non-Glasses Pages %". Changing this value to zero appears to stop the glasses pages from being printed. Is this as intended, or what is this variable intended to control? Also, perhaps a trivial detail but -...
by PhilW
08:26 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Fonseca
Replies: 4
Views: 2255

Re: 1966 Fonseca

The darkest of the 66s (noticeably darker than the others); Very good overall, though not superb (as I had expected) and behind the Grahams for me.
by PhilW
08:23 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Dow
Replies: 4
Views: 1867

Re: 1966 Dow

Another very good port, light to medium colour, very fruity to taste with a gentle sweetness and slight hint of acidity, very well balanced; good.
by PhilW
08:21 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 2156

Re: 1966 Graham

Superb and my WOTN... and the only 66 against which I wrote no notes (oops!)... must have been enjoying it too much :D
by PhilW
08:18 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 1943

Re: 1963 Graham

Light to medium colour (typical 63), good flavour, quite complex; not too full, but lovely; My best of the 63s and 3rd choice for WOTN.
by PhilW
08:16 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 5
Views: 2513

Re: 1963 Fonseca

Light to medium colour (typical 63), slightly sweeter on the nose and slightly acidic; overall good, but perhaps not as good as it should have been; longer decant needed maybe? good.
by PhilW
08:14 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 4
Views: 1920

Re: 1963 Taylor

Light to medium colour, very slightly darker than the other 63s. Medicinal hint on the nose, very flat flavour in the mouth; a little wood, and hint of VA on the finish. Overall an obviously damaged port. Poor.
by PhilW
08:10 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Churchill
Replies: 10
Views: 2583

Re: 1985 Churchill

Agree with Rob - sounds like you had an unlucky bottle; I've been pretty impressed with the Ch85 I've had so far (enough to share a case purchase) and would rate it as a very good "pleasant drinking" VP; Not as good as F70, W77, G66 etc (can't comment on the G/Cr45 sadly) but very drinkable. Would b...
by PhilW
08:00 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5046

Re: Tawny suggestion pls

I haven't bought many tawnies; they've typically fallen into the same camp as LBVs for me i.e. each time I've tried I've thought "I should have saved my money for VP". That said, I've tried very few tawnies, hence the request for suggestion to ensure I had selected a typical 'decent' one (rather tha...
by PhilW
07:55 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 21258

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

jdaw1 wrote:On further thought, pre-Christmas we should go where we are known. I have never been to the Steak Exchange. Would that be a cause of upset to people?
Not for me - I like the Steak Exchange and am happy to return there again.
by PhilW
12:51 Mon 17 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5046

Re: Tawny suggestion pls

Thanks Rob - Warre Otima 10 looks like a good suggestion, my only concern being whether it would show enough Tawny character at that age to be representative? I notice that Warre also do an Otima 20, though I haven't seen it around (unlike the 10 which I've seen commonly). Most of the group who woul...
by PhilW
09:26 Mon 17 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5046

Tawny suggestion pls

Hi, I have a number of friends who would say they "love port", by which they mean they enjoy an occasional glass of whatever Ruby/LBV may be available at the end of an evening at a restaurant. We're planning to have a number of them over for a celebration in a couple of weeks and I thought why not t...
by PhilW
11:11 Fri 14 Oct 2011
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 11 Oct 2011, RAF Club, {D, F, G, T}×{’63, ’66, ’70, ’77}
Replies: 14
Views: 7053

Re: Tue 11 Oct 2011, RAF Club, {D, F, G, T}×{’63, ’66, ’70, ’77}

A very enjoyable evening and particularly good to meet some new TPF faces, as well as our special guests. It was my first time at the RAF club, which seems an excellent venue with plenty space, facilities, good food and helpful staff. The ports showed a marked difference in colour between the 66 and...
by PhilW
08:14 Fri 14 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Taylor
Replies: 4
Views: 2094

Re: 1966 Taylor

Light to medium and slightly yellow colour. Smelled of vinegar, tasted of paint stripper; absolutely foul and obviously a completely ruined port - undrinkable (and that's the edited version of my rather less polite tasting note from the night!).
by PhilW
22:02 Wed 12 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1214
Views: 342681

Re: Software that makes placemats

jdaw1 wrote:[*]Based on a suggestion of PhilW, BackgroundTextsGlassesPaintCode changed from 25% black to 6¼% black.
I would also suggest reducing their overall (font) size to 80% of current, and either increasing the line width by 40% or possible solid filling the characters (at 6.25 or 5%)
by PhilW
09:39 Mon 10 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wanted Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 16737

Re: Wanted Thread

Currently looking to buy some Offley 70 - would happily share a case with someone.
by PhilW
09:29 Mon 10 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1214
Views: 342681

Re: Software that makes placemats

I'd vote purist, warts and all as necessary; it's the record of the event, with any notes or additional links provided in the review thread(s), rather than the corrected/updated event arrangements. Once you start adding extra helpful links, you risk incremental feature creep (links to tasting notes,...