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by Andy Velebil
02:48 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 5482

Re: Vintage 2020

There was a rain early during flowering that did a number on flowering for some grape varietals, Tinta Roriz seemed to suffer the worst.

Given Covid and a lack of people visiting and reporting it’s hard to get a feel how things are progressing.
by Andy Velebil
02:42 Tue 01 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What was your first vintage?
Replies: 18
Views: 4077

Re: What was your first vintage?

1966 Taylor’s VP. And then I was off and running with no turning back...
by Andy Velebil
23:57 Sat 29 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Looking for info on a bottle of Borges
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: Looking for info on a bottle of Borges

Tom brings up a good point. These old tawnies often end up with super fine sediment. Perfectly normal part of aging in bottle but it doesn’t look good when disturbed and it goes into suspension. It can take weeks to settle back to the bottom of the bottle. So if you move the bottle and it gets cloud...
by Andy Velebil
13:24 Tue 25 Aug 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Wine themed Films
Replies: 7
Views: 2968

Re: Wine themed Films

[*]Sour Grapes: 2016: 1h 25m: A film following Rudy Kurniawan's wine forging career.[/list] Just watched Sour Grapes now and I thoroughly enjoyed it. For all his fraud, it seems like he was an incredibly talented individual. Thanks for the recommendation! As are all con men. (Disclaimer: I’ve been ...
by Andy Velebil
13:16 Tue 25 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 13
Views: 3093

Foot treading and the plague

Many years ago I took part in a blind tasting of samples of the same grapes, one foot treaded, one Symington robotic lagar (the one that’s heated and simulates a human foot), and one regular mechanical treading. I did pick out each one, luckily. However, while a significant difference between regula...
by Andy Velebil
03:23 Tue 25 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Looking for info on a bottle of Borges
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: Looking for info on a bottle of Borges

Would appear to be what in today’s world is a Reserve Tawny. It’s an old bottle, very early 1970’s or older best I can tell. That said, old for what is a relatively inexpensive bottle is not a good thing. Appears to be bottom neck or top shoulder, but hard to tell based on angle being held. It shoul...
by Andy Velebil
20:42 Sun 23 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Foot treading and the plague
Replies: 13
Views: 3093

Re: Foot treading and the plague

All rubbish. Foot treading must go on for top end VP’s. how are we gonna have great VP’s the likes of Dow 1963/66/70/77/...2017, Graham’s 1994/97/..., etc without it? (For those that can’t understand the irony of my post, Dows since 1963 has been made with an autovinifier, and almost all the top Sym...
by Andy Velebil
02:32 Fri 21 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Vesuvio
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: 1992 Vesuvio

I just bought an OWC of this so good to hear how it’s coming along. I’ve put it into longer term storage.
by Andy Velebil
21:38 Sun 02 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: White Port
Replies: 40
Views: 10334

Re: White Port

I was very much into aged white Ports many years ago, long before they became popular. I used to ask every producer I visited and almost all said they had little to no old white Port. The old Casa Do Douro on the other hand used to have lots. I'm sure you can figure out how so many producers ended u...
by Andy Velebil
18:48 Sun 26 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?
Replies: 12
Views: 3690

Re: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?

Price vs. consumption of wine is massively exponential at every level. Increase the price, and consumption plummets. To try to support their agenda of claret equivalence, the port producers have dramatically reduced their declaration volumes in recent years, to try to support their pricing, but thi...
by Andy Velebil
14:36 Sat 25 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1294
Views: 404983

Re: Port for sale by retailer

idj123 wrote:GM06 now £16.80 (or at least it is at my local Sainsbury's).
Buy it all. How do they sell it so cheap? They certainly aren’t buying it that cheap.
by Andy Velebil
20:02 Tue 21 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?
Replies: 12
Views: 3690

Re: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?

I have a question first; What is the approximate percentage of total bottles that a typical producers retains after a release of a VP or SQVP? Is it 10%, 20%, more, less? Fantastic question. I do not think that many of the producers have a plan to have different badges of selling their Ports. With ...
by Andy Velebil
21:01 Mon 20 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?
Replies: 12
Views: 3690

Re: Vintage Port - Quo vadis?

I have a question first; What is the approximate percentage of total bottles that a typical producers retains after a release of a VP or SQVP?
Is it 10%, 20%, more, less?
by Andy Velebil
18:38 Mon 20 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Shipped by Sail
Replies: 5
Views: 2225

Re: Port Shipped by Sail

The wine import company is called PORT O' BRISTOL by Xisto Wines Ltd. Except for the white, the prices aren't too bad. I've not had the VP, but the 10 year is quite good.
by Andy Velebil
14:10 Sun 19 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How to preserve my port
Replies: 10
Views: 2642

Re: How to preserve my port

I appreciate that this is the modern practice for obvious reasons but wasn’t recorking done before access to canisters of gas without too many problems? I was going to suggest that if Chelse had needed to preserve the bottle and followed my suggestion the next port of call was a bottle of Private P...
by Andy Velebil
14:54 Sat 18 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: How to preserve my port
Replies: 10
Views: 2642

Re: How to preserve my port

Hi Chelse; I'm afraid I would not be as optimistic as Jacob's reply regarding the potential to be able to save this until November. Without trying to work out why the cork fell in, if we assume the wine is in perfect condition right now, the fact that the cork is no longer sealing the bottle means ...
by Andy Velebil
04:02 Fri 17 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411328

Re: Latest buy

nac wrote:3 bottles of G77. Worked out £90 all in per bottle, which I think isn’t bad.
Very good price, on this side of pond anyways.
by Andy Velebil
19:22 Thu 16 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411328

Re: Latest buy

uncle tom wrote:
17:33 Thu 16 Jul 2020
Bonhams sale today ran out of steam towards the end..

I scored a small lake of the well regarded SW97 in owcs (dozens) - PM me if interested in a case..
Darn good VP. Well done!
by Andy Velebil
20:42 Wed 15 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411328

Re: Latest buy

uncle tom wrote:
19:53 Wed 15 Jul 2020
I thought that might grab your attention Andy - have you had/own that wine..?
No. Never seen a bottle in person.
by Andy Velebil
19:06 Wed 15 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411328

Re: Latest buy

At last! My first bargain of the year.. 8 bottle lot, six asst. 80's era Mz VP, one Crasto '85 VP, but the star turn, an uber rare RCV 1973 colheita. Cost: £220 hammer.. 73 my year..cool! I've had mixed experiences with the 85 crasto VP. Early on it was holding but lately it has gone rather pale an...
by Andy Velebil
04:38 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port
Replies: 13
Views: 5735

Re: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port

Lets be honest and call it what it is, with the notable exception of 1985 Fonseca, 1980-1985 was not a great period for the Fladgate Partnership's Vintage Ports. *cough* 1987 Taylor Vargellas *cough* Oh wait, you cleverly cut it off at 1985 instead of saying "the 80s" as we usually do. :wink: :lol:...
by Andy Velebil
01:57 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles
Replies: 6
Views: 2754

Re: Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles

I think easier recycling and reduced shipping weights are more likely target benefits. Can't say I have ever seen anyone walking around a nightclub with a bottle of whisky, but it's been a while since I was in a nightclub :roll: I certainly think this is one big aspect of it. The costs of glass bot...
by Andy Velebil
01:52 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port
Replies: 13
Views: 5735

Re: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port

Fonseca May have, temporarily, lost some oomph as IMO it is in a phase right now, but 1985 Taylor will never be great. Good yes, great no. Andy, imho I miss some words after "Taylor will...." : "in my humble opinion". There is no absolute verdict (unless your name is Donald Trump ofcourse)!! That w...
by Andy Velebil
04:54 Mon 13 Jul 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port
Replies: 13
Views: 5735

Re: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port

Fonseca May have, temporarily, lost some oomph as IMO it is in a phase right now, but 1985 Taylor will never be great. Good yes, great no.
by Andy Velebil
04:52 Mon 13 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Cross-atlantic tasting
Replies: 5
Views: 3540

Re: Virtual Cross-atlantic tasting

I should’ve able to do this this Friday at proposed time of 1230 PST (3:30pm eastern). Do advise as soon as possible.