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by AHB
14:56 Fri 07 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

OK, I give in. It is the Cockburn 1927. I guess the perception of Cockburn being on the way back up is a personal one. I see the 1955 as a good port, but then a big gap until the very respectable 1983 with the 1991 also being perfectly acceptable. But I don't see them back up with the big boys like ...
by AHB
14:49 Fri 07 Dec 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, ¿Thu 03 Jan ’08?
Replies: 71
Views: 20841

Do I sense a monthly New York port tasting theme starting to appear?
by AHB
14:48 Fri 07 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: FTLOP Down?
Replies: 12
Views: 1600

No, it seems to be working fine now. No drink was involved when it wasn't working properly. I do find from time to time that I get the same error message but I have always assumed that it is simply because someone else has hit the refresh or submit button at exactly the same time as me. But I'm happ...
by AHB
07:57 Fri 07 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Nope.
by AHB
07:57 Fri 07 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellaring Port --- ideal temps/storage conditions
Replies: 18
Views: 4932

Re: leakage

I've read so much about cork failure/leakage in port bottles ... more so than I've ever read about other wines ... Is leakage common? I think that in the port world, leakers are probably given more discussion time per bottle than in the table wine world. We are always looking for an excuse to open ...
by AHB
07:41 Fri 07 Dec 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, ¿Thu 03 Jan ’08?
Replies: 71
Views: 20841

Extending the list of dates to Wednesday 13th or Thursday 14th of February would mean that I could join you all. Of those dates, Wednesday would be the preferable for me.

Alex
by AHB
16:41 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Not Delaforce, nor Hutcheson (when did they produce a decent vintage?) nor Hankey Bannister.

You are starting to worry me now. Perhaps this isn't a British shipper and I'm wrong...

Alex
by AHB
16:39 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellaring Port --- ideal temps/storage conditions
Replies: 18
Views: 4932

I should check for leakers, but I fret having to break open OWC's just for that purpose. I know it sounds a bit stupid, but try sniffing a case. I find that port when it seeps from a bottle and then dries out has a very intense smell and you can tell when you have a leakage problem just by the odou...
by AHB
14:50 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Nor Offley...
by AHB
14:41 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

It is a 1927, but not Sandeman nor Martinez...
by AHB
14:29 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: FTLOP Down?
Replies: 12
Views: 1600

Nope. I tried to go onto the forum and got my error message again.

Its odd, the connection works perfectly here but bombs for FTLOP.

Alex
by AHB
14:27 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: FTLOP Down?
Replies: 12
Views: 1600

I'm back on again too. Maybe it was me, maybe it was a blip.

Alex
by AHB
14:25 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

A hint, hmmm. Older than any of the ones included on my current death row, as listed in the poll above. Not as old as the one that Uncle Tom just added to his cellar, but roughly half as old. From a UK shipper, now fading in reputation but with the occasional decent vintage port. Will be taken out o...
by AHB
14:01 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: FTLOP Down?
Replies: 12
Views: 1600

I'm having trouble getting access to the FTLOP website. Is anyone else also having this problem at the moment (1300 GMT)? All I get is an error message saying that the webserver is down.

Thanks,

Alex
by AHB
13:53 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Niepoort
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

Re: Were you in the company of DRT? What did he make of it?

Sounds great. Were you in the company of DRT? What did he make of it? Sadly DRT and I were in Dublin on successive nights and not at the same time - poor planning, you could argue. However, DRT seems to believe that when in Dublin one should drink that dark and murky Liffey water that he refers to ...
by AHB
13:24 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Of cheese..
Replies: 19
Views: 2909

I rarely mix good port and good cheese, preferring both in their own company. However, I do enjoy good cheese (pasteurised or raw milk based) and particularly the soft cheeses along the lines of Brie or Camembert. In general, I thank my lucky stars that it does not take as long to mature a round of ...
by AHB
13:10 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 1994 - a leaker?
Replies: 10
Views: 2434

OK, back on topic. Traditionally, vintage port is stored to mature by lying the bottle on its side. The benefit of this, I believe, is that it keeps the cork moist and so improves the quality of the seal provided by said cork. However, given Tom's comment above of tall necks and low fill levels shou...
by AHB
12:58 Thu 06 Dec 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Michael Zimberg
Replies: 9
Views: 2537

My posting above now corrected :?

Alex
by AHB
22:46 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Julian has Admin rights
Replies: 28
Views: 5972

Julian Congratulations on your new appointment and good luck with all the onerous responsibilities that it brings. As part of these responsibilities, I hope you will not restrict your editorial license to simply deleting posts from Derek, but will also use your skills and expertise to fix any broken...
by AHB
22:28 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 1994 - a leaker?
Replies: 10
Views: 2434

I own a "couple" (note for Julian - ironic quotation marks) of bottles of the '94 Vesuvio and do not have a problem with leakers. As far as I am aware, this is the only bottle that I own that leaked and I am prepared to accept that once every now and again a bad cork slips through the net. The '92 V...
by AHB
22:09 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Admin PM's: An Admin Error by Derek T.
Replies: 4
Views: 1374

I want to know why I didn't get one of these PMs. I hope the Junior Assistant to the Deputy Vice President of the Under-Creator has not been abusing his powers and deleting messages he sent in error from my inbox. If he does this, how am I supposed to read them and cause him suitable embarrasment? A...
by AHB
22:02 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1091
Views: 187026

It never ceases to amaze me how successful Patrick Wilkinson appears to be at selling his ports at the prices on his list.

Pretty consistently, he is 30-50% higher than I am buying some of the same ports that he lists.

Alex
by AHB
21:42 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Michael Zimberg
Replies: 9
Views: 2537

Michael

Welcome to the forum and its inmates.

I am not the first to send you a Private Message!

Alex

Content above edited following Julian's next post below
by AHB
21:37 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The run-up to Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 2771

Andy

Santa has a different Portious treat in mind ... But you will have to wait to the end of December to find out what that is!

Alex
by AHB
21:32 Wed 05 Dec 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Niepoort
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

2000 Niepoort Vintage Port

Sold by the glass in a wine bar in Dublin, in the decanter for 2 days. Deep and opaque red colour, right into the rim. Swirling the glass leaves pink beading. Minty nose from the alcohol, with soft blackcurrants and vanilla custard underneath the mint. In the mouth the initial impact is of a sweet a...