Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

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Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by AHB » 10:20 Thu 22 Oct 2020

I took part in the 67 Pall Mall la Rosa tasting last week and was frustrated by the fact that so many of the interesting snippets Sophia was looking to share with her audience were lost due to the interruption in Sophia's wifi.

Would anyone be interested in taking part in a Port Forum version? A slight variation would be that we don't send out and share samples but instead each of us buy a bottle of la Rosa wine or Port and let Sophia know what we each have. The wines we're drinking can form a structure for the tasting, but the real purpose is just to have the chance to chat with Sophia and learn more about la Rosa and the family history.

If enough people are interested, I'll reach out to Sophia and see if she has some time she could give us. If you're interested, please reply to this post.

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  2. CPR - 1988 Vintage Port
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  4. BMHR - 20YO Tawny
  5. NAC - Tawny, 1988, 1994, 2015 (Waitrose blend) Vintage Port
  6. SCD - Tawny, 1988, 1994, 2015 (Waitrose blend) Vintage Port
  7. JGH - 2016 Tinto and 2016 douROSA
  8. TC - 1992 Vintage Port
  9. PW - Tawny, 1988, 1994, 2015 (Waitrose blend) Vintage Port
  10. GEAG - Tawny, 1988, 1994, 2015 (Waitrose blend) Vintage Port
  11. MPM - 1994 Vintage Port
  12. JMK - 2018 DOC, 2015 LBV
  13. MC
  14. WS1 - Tawny Port
  15. WHW - 1963 Vintage Port
  16. ADV - Tawny Port, 10YO Tawny Port
  17. JDAW - Tawny, 1988, 1994, 2015 (Waitrose blend) Vintage Port
  18. DG - 1991 Vintage Port
  19. Rich_n - 2014 LBV
  20. AP - 2011 Vintage Port
  21. IDJ - 1988 Vintage Port
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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by CPR 1 » 10:43 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Great idea - yes please

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by akzy » 11:04 Thu 22 Oct 2020

That'd be really fun! I'm keen.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by benread » 12:24 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Yes please. With enough notice we could order direct from them as an option too.


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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by nac » 12:27 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Please.

Previously mentioned that recently acquired some of the 88 and 94. Could potentially send out a few samples of each. Would be happy to do this at cost.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by Doggett » 12:59 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Yes from me please... depending on when, what and how.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by JacobH » 13:15 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Sounds like a very good idea. Would certainly be interested. Thank you very much for suggesting it.
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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by PhilW » 14:53 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Sounds good.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by forest26 » 17:39 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Yes definitely. I do have some 88/90/91/92/97 vintages. Opened a 92 last week - very good.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by winesecretary » 18:25 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Yes please

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by flash_uk » 19:57 Thu 22 Oct 2020

Yes please.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by Justin K » 21:33 Fri 23 Oct 2020

Yup

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by M.Charlton » 14:27 Sat 24 Oct 2020

Yes please.

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Re: Interest in an online tasting with la Rosa?

Post by AHB » 16:13 Tue 27 Oct 2020

I've updated the first post with the list of poeple who have expressed an interest.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by AHB » 10:38 Thu 29 Oct 2020

Sophia has said that she would be delighted to take part in a Zoom or similar tasting with us. I have tentatively suggested Tuesday 24th November but if this date causes anyone a problem then please let me know.

Sophia has asked that we be more interactive than was possible with the 67 Pall Mall tasting. That susggests to be that we run a Zoom conference call rather than a webinar.

Sophia has also asked that we let her know what wine(s) and/or Ports we will be drinking to allow her to prepare and structure the tasting. I've bought a bottle of la Rosa 1997 Port from Vintage Wine & Port to use for this tasting. Please post here as and when you decide what you are going to taste so I can let Sophia know.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by akzy » 10:57 Thu 29 Oct 2020

Thanks for arranging this Alex! I have a bottle of la Rosa 2015 VP (Waitrose blend).

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

Post by flash_uk » 11:50 Thu 29 Oct 2020

A bottle of the 1994 VP for me.

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

Post by AHB » 13:45 Thu 29 Oct 2020

akzy wrote:
10:57 Thu 29 Oct 2020
Thanks for arranging this Alex! I have a bottle of la Rosa 2015 VP (Waitrose blend).
I'm really pleased about that choice. I have a couple of bottles at home but never tried it so will be really interested to hear your thoughts and also hear what Sophia can tell us about it.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by winesecretary » 16:25 Thu 29 Oct 2020

Splendid. 1991 VP for me.

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

Post by Doggett » 16:32 Thu 29 Oct 2020

Can Will W please be added to the list. The lucky boy is enjoying the terrace at La Rosa as I type and will be grabbing something appropriate from their stocks.

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

Post by benread » 16:58 Thu 29 Oct 2020

My options are a 20yo Tawny or the Extra Dry white. It will be the 20yo Tawny for me.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by WS1 » 17:09 Thu 29 Oct 2020

Hi,

if still possible I would like to attend too.

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

Post by AHB » 17:10 Thu 29 Oct 2020

Plenty of space Wolfgang; I'll also add Will to the list
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by Andy Velebil » 19:02 Thu 29 Oct 2020

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.

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

Post by CPR 1 » 21:46 Thu 29 Oct 2020

I will be drinking a 94

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