A TPF tasting panel?

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uncle tom
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A TPF tasting panel?

Post by uncle tom » 00:26 Tue 25 Sep 2007

This is an opening shot.

Port producers provide samples for journalists as a matter of routine when a new vintage is declared, but they then have to suffer the indignity of self important writers passing loose judgement on their wares - who often have little knowledge of the product, and may have been corrupted by the largesse of another producer...

In additiiton, even the most respected critics have the dilemma that theirs is only one opinion...

To my mind, the collective opinion of a group of port enthusiasts, tasting wines in an entirely objective and disciplined manner, without knowledge of the previous reputation of the producer - would present one of the fairest assessments of a newly released wine.

Who would be interested in participating - not only in the drinking, but also the mailing of producers, receiving and preparing the wines, and documenting and publishing the results?

Tom
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Post by Frederick Blais » 02:55 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I can't say many journalist are receiving samples. I'd say many are attending events with many ports opened the same day.

For the pannel, I guess you are looking for people in mainly based in England :cry:

I like the idea though so if you need help getting in contact with some houses and producers, let me know and if I can do something I'll be glad to help.

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Count me in, if it can be done from New York

Post by jdaw1 » 06:24 Tue 25 Sep 2007

Count me in, if it can be done—at least in part—from New York.

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Post by AHB » 08:08 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I think this is a very interesting idea. I tried to organise something with BB&R to allow UK based FTLOPers to taste the 2003 vintage samples that they had received but there was not enough support at the time.

I'm certainly interested and willing to pitch in and help.

Alex
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Post by DRT » 08:22 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I would certainly be interested.

Derek
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Post by KillerB » 08:44 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I'd turn up for the opening of a window so let me in.
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by ajfeather » 12:27 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I would be able to commit some time to this

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Post by Andy Velebil » 12:58 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I think you will need a yanks point of view....for that I volunteer my palate :P

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Definitely

Post by Axel P » 13:07 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I got some good contacts to the port business and Im very happy to help organizing (and participating) if it fits in.

Axel

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Post by Conky » 13:59 Tue 25 Sep 2007

I suppose I'll buck the trend, and say it's a great idea, but I dont like really young Ports!
I don't suppose anyone would want an opinion on a Fonseca 48, or a Martinez 27, but if they do, I'm available. :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Post by uncle tom » 14:11 Tue 25 Sep 2007

With the help of a toothbrush to periodically de-coke my teeth, and a standby glass of water to flush the system from time to time, I would regard a horizontal tasting of new wines to be an interesting exercise.

However, I would not contemplate buying young bottles for that purpose.

Tom
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