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by Andy Velebil
06:19 Fri 06 Nov 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 22
Views: 4741

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Interestingly enough, I first heard about this not through Taylor Fladgate's social media channels, but from a cinephile friend's posting. I personally haven't seen this kind of a partnership before, and I think it is an interesting way for a port house to try to reach younger demographics. It almo...
by Andy Velebil
19:02 Thu 29 Oct 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist
Replies: 95
Views: 23724

Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

I'm scheduled off that day, so may join you all if I can find a Rosa wine/Port between now and then. They're rather hard to find around my parts.
by Andy Velebil
19:31 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Auction Prices
Replies: 10
Views: 2921

Re: Auction Prices

Auction prices go in peaks and troughs, and have been running hot this year. Two other errors that are quite often seen are people bidding VP prices when the bottles are LBV, and bidding 12 bottle case prices when the case is 6 bottles.. Agree. Auctions here have been surprisingly hot for the econo...
by Andy Velebil
15:22 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Question of Label Differences
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

Re: A Question of Label Differences

Edit, the more I look at the labels, the last one is a late release. The label is a more modern version of it. That's a good point but I can't see any vintages after the 1985 that have those old style labels. I guess it might only have "late" in the sense of a second batch released in 1987 if that'...
by Andy Velebil
02:14 Sat 24 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A Question of Label Differences
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

Re: A Question of Label Differences

It's a gray market bottle. Imported by someone else most likely. Or it was a late release and the importer info is on the back. Regardless, those all look like they have been in a flood with the water damage to labels. From time to time, insurance bottles tend to show up. I'd be wary of them. Edit, ...
by Andy Velebil
03:08 Thu 22 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1294
Views: 405022

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Glenn E. wrote:
21:19 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Doggett wrote:
19:14 Wed 21 Oct 2020
(if they still offer it at €100 for 100ml)
w8 wat?

How did they ever offer it for €750 per bottle?
I've had several glasses of it there. Don't know the exact measurement, but It was a good deal while it lasted.
by Andy Velebil
05:08 Wed 21 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: How to describe tasting notes? 77 Grahams
Replies: 6
Views: 1553

Re: How to describe tasting notes? 77 Grahams

Don’t worry if you can’t nail down what the issue is with it. We all have those moments where we go “something odd with this bottle but I just can’t place it”. The important part is , as mentioned, you recognized there’s something off with it. That said, ‘77 Graham’s VP is a bottle with a storied pa...
by Andy Velebil
00:20 Tue 20 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Webinar with David Guimaraens and Charles Symingon
Replies: 4
Views: 1656

Re: Webinar with David Guimaraens and Charles Symingon

Is someone able to record it? That’s a tad late at night this side of the pond for me to watch live.
by Andy Velebil
15:37 Sun 18 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 5482

Re: Vintage 2020

David Guimaraens has also records a short YouTube Video about the 2020 Harvest. Much of the report mirrors what we have been discussing in this thread: a very hot year with the hottest July on record. The heat in the early Summer damaged some of the Tinta Barroca and the late August heat caught som...
by Andy Velebil
23:21 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411352

Re: Latest buy

I was gonna buy one of those 4.5l of their 20 yr tawny for our new house warming party. Figured it would be super cool to pour for guests. Then the Covid drama hit 2-days after we moved in. No party, no bottle, no fun :(
by Andy Velebil
17:16 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

Because you’ve heard a off-the-cuff opinion doesn’t make it a fact or reality. Andy, this was not an 'off the cuff opinion' it was several well known producers I happened to be sharing a table with, who were not only of one mind on the subject but were serious about making it happen. Whether they s...
by Andy Velebil
15:25 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

The fact Tom has had one conversation with someone, regardless of the company, doesn’t negate the hundreds (if not more) producers in the Superior that would be put out of business if they revoked that area. It wasn't one person, and it wasn't the British shippers, but they did appear to be engaged...
by Andy Velebil
00:00 Fri 16 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

If we are speculating about pruning the region, I would have actually thought the stronger argument was at the other end. I’ve read one producer say that the Baixo Corgo is too cold for fortified wines and I could see an argument for the downstream end of that being reserved for Douro DOC rather th...
by Andy Velebil
18:40 Thu 15 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

That last part isn’t going to happen now...or ever. If you'd heard the conversation, and saw who was advocating it, you wouldn't say never.. Seeing as Vargellas and Vesuvio are both in the Douro Superior, I'm going to go with never. The fact Tom has had one conversation with someone, regardless of ...
by Andy Velebil
15:03 Thu 15 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

I don’t know why the cut out you mention. My understanding is that the areas excluded within the general demarcated area, are areas where the surface geology is not schist (mostly granite, I believe) However, some sandy soils, most notably the Nacional vineyard at Noval; are allowed to remain, poss...
by Andy Velebil
21:06 Tue 13 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

Given the comment, It should be noted that the demarcated region has expanded over the years. The original was rather small compared to what it is now. Quinta do Crasto has a couple of the original limit markers still on their property to give you an idea. There have been new projects in the far ea...
by Andy Velebil
19:18 Tue 13 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

What strikes me about that classification system is that location, location, location is key to high classification: 901 plus-points (and 980 minus-points) available. Soil and viticulture only add up to 660 plus-points (but up to 2,000 minus points). So, to put it another way, bad viticultural prac...
by Andy Velebil
05:06 Sun 11 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Wine Show series 3
Replies: 2
Views: 1523

Re: The Wine Show series 3

Their pronunciations of the grapes and wine names are pretty funny. They're trying but obviously haven't quite got them down. We've all been there.
by Andy Velebil
04:56 Sun 11 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP
Replies: 44
Views: 7584

Re: Beneficio and emergency measures of the IVDP

Or you just sell your Benefico "paper" to another company and they make more really good Port thanks to your paper and you do something else with your grapes (table wine, family reserve, toss them, whatever). Sometimes the paper is worth more to another company than your grapes.
by Andy Velebil
14:55 Wed 07 Oct 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1621
Views: 411352

Re: Latest buy

nac wrote:
uncle tom wrote:
13:01 Wed 07 Oct 2020
Impressive bottle, although the fill level looks really mean..
I'd wondered about this as well. Think I'll get C&B to ask Symingtons for an opinion.
It’s normal, They’re all filled like that. Even the 20 yr Graham’s Jeroboams are filled the same.
by Andy Velebil
08:41 Sat 26 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Favourite corkscrews
Replies: 11
Views: 3224

Re: Favourite corkscrews

For general use in new corks the cheap $2 waiters corkscrew from my local Trader Joe’s is awesome. My favorite and it happens to be cheap. It’s the same one that most port producers sell/use with their logos on them. The super expensive French Laugindal (spelling?) I have sucks compared to the $2 on...
by Andy Velebil
08:37 Sat 26 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo Port Advent Calendar
Replies: 10
Views: 2043

Re: Quevedo Port Advent Calendar

Speculation...perhaps the increased cost is due to shipping a non-standard shaped/sized box set. And the fact it’s probably hand assembled, a time consuming endeavor with that many small bottles.
by Andy Velebil
18:57 Thu 24 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2018 Declarations
Replies: 71
Views: 22849

Re: 2018 Declarations

I hadn’t noticed before how declarations by smaller producers dribble out throughout the year. It seems to me that they are missing a bit of a trick here, publicity wise, since the wine press only really covers Port in April and at a Christmas. If it’s not possible to get the declarations out early...
by Andy Velebil
14:54 Tue 22 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: Experiences on WineBid

the issue I'm facing now is whether it's worth money now to buy individual bottles of the newest vintages at retail when the 1990s vintages at retail sell for sometimes half the price of the 2016s. This is a weird thing that goes back about forty years now. VP at release goes either nowhere in pric...
by Andy Velebil
22:12 Mon 21 Sep 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Experiences on WineBid
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: Experiences on WineBid

What Glenn has said. Plus... In the past I've had issues with heat damaged bottles from them. They were not very good at screening bottles they took to sell. They have a new CEO/President/whatever his title is that has been doing a very good job of improving the company. I don't use them a lot as th...