What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

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What was the last bottle of VP you opened, and when did you open it? (VP in the summer?)

Post by PhilW » 12:58 Fri 02 Aug 2019

There is a general impression of drinking less VP during the summer months, whether switching to tawny, white or other drinks; but I wondered whether that is really true amongst TPF, since we can be a somewhat unrepresentative group in some respects. I have a hunch that given any small excuse, some (many?) of us will still drink VP - perhaps even older bottles - through the summer.

With the last few weeks being warmer, and it now being August, I'm therefore interested to see whether TPF-ers are still drinking VP during the warmer season or not. So, quick poll:

What was the last bottle of VP you opened prior to today (2nd August 2019), and when did you open it?

PW:
- Fonseca '85 opened 26th July
I still enjoy sharing VP through the summer with friends when suitable opportunities arise; overall I drink a little less VP in the hot months, and a little more tawny/white, but it's not a massive switch for me.

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Post by winesecretary » 14:50 Fri 02 Aug 2019

[Excluding, as not VP, the half bottle of Graham Malvedos 2001 (luscious) consumed with a friend on Tuesday 30 July] the last was the bottle of Warre 1977 consumed with two friends on Friday 26 July (pale now, and, in bottle size, I think towards the end of its drinking window, but a lovely fragrant wine with a persistent cherry finish).

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Post by CPR 1 » 15:24 Fri 02 Aug 2019

PhilW wrote:
12:58 Fri 02 Aug 2019

What was the last bottle of VP you opened prior to today (2nd August 2019), and when did you open it?
The answer to this question is Ck63 on the 27th July, but I also feel I should declare a G80 that is in the decanter for tonight, although not strictly meeting the criteria given as opened at lunch time today.

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Post by DRT » 17:38 Fri 02 Aug 2019

Warre 1970 on 1st August. There is none left.
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Post by /2alph » 18:36 Fri 02 Aug 2019

Im right now on a bottle of Cockburn Canais 2010

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Post by SCP » 21:00 Fri 02 Aug 2019

A bottle of Vesuvio 1992, opened and enjoyed over the first couple of days of the Tour de France (watching highlights)

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Post by AHB » 21:08 Sat 03 Aug 2019

I have a bottle of Fonseca 2001 LBV in the fridge and in my glass at the moment. The last bottle of Vintage Port I opened was on 9 July when I opened a bottle of Warre 1963.

I clearly do drink more non Vintage Port in the summer - since opening the Warre 1963 I have opened and drunk a Barros 1998 Colheita, a Fonseca Terra Prima, a half bottle of Kopke 20YO White and my current Fonseca 2001 LBV.
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Post by Christopher » 16:44 Mon 05 Aug 2019

Croft 82 over the weekend.

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Post by JAG321 » 00:33 Tue 06 Aug 2019

Smith Woodhouse 1970 over the weekend and Graham’s 1963 at Hawksmoor tonight. Enjoyed by all. Less in Summer.... but did you not think that Autumn is coming early this year?

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Post by TLW » 06:24 Tue 06 Aug 2019

A bottle of 1994 Graham in early July. Wonderful as always, and more whence that came.

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Post by Alex M » 09:01 Tue 06 Aug 2019

F85 one week prior to the heat.

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Post by flash_uk » 09:23 Tue 06 Aug 2019

Christopher wrote:
16:44 Mon 05 Aug 2019
Croft 82 over the weekend.
How was the Croft '82 Christopher? I have a few of these - in my handful of previous tastings it has been quite mature and delicate.
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Post by Andy Velebil » 13:29 Tue 06 Aug 2019

The last one I opened was a 1963 Warre's VP just over a week ago. Granted, it was not my bottle but I did open it, decant it and then drink some of it. Does that count?

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Post by AHB » 20:25 Tue 06 Aug 2019

I've just opened a bottle of Warre 1970 - but then it is lashing down with rain at the moment, and quite cool.
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Post by nac » 13:43 Thu 08 Aug 2019

Ferreira 1945 last week. Bit of seepage, but still very good.

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Post by PhilW » 10:24 Fri 09 Aug 2019

Well; I honestly wasn't sure which way this would go, given the apparent reticence sometimes noted in previous discussions on whether to organise tastings in the summer months. However, TPF members have come through magnificently, clearly demonstrating that many if not all of us are more than happy to open old VP even during the warmer months of summer, clearly dispelling any potential "we don't drink VP in the summer months" rumour.

Thank you for all the replies :990033:

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Post by AHB » 18:56 Sun 11 Aug 2019

Are you suggesting that we to organise a tasting in what is left of August?

Is anyone going to be in Cornwall between 30 August and 5th September?
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Post by DRT » 12:48 Mon 12 Aug 2019

A Fonseca 1970 was decanted this morning. It looks and smells delicious.
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Post by uncle tom » 15:40 Wed 14 Aug 2019

A few days ago I opened an odd bottle of Croft '75 and I'll probably pop my next victim, a leaky Vargellas '84 tomorrow.

The only issue with VP in high summer is the importance of not letting the decanter get too warm.
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Post by Axel P » 18:23 Thu 15 Aug 2019

Today a bottle of Warre 1963. I have bought some 50 bottles in France and wanted to check the quality.

FANTASTIC.

When I open VP in Summertime, I always keep the bottle on ice or in the fridge.

A good start before leaving to the Champagne tomorrow.

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Post by DRT » 00:08 Fri 16 Aug 2019

Axel P wrote:
18:23 Thu 15 Aug 2019
Warre 1963 ... I have bought some 50 bottles ... FANTASTIC.
Lucky boy! 88)
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