Informal pre-Christmas tasting - 17th Dec

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Informal pre-Christmas tasting - 17th Dec

Post by rich_n » 17:28 Sat 12 Oct 2019

I shall be in the vicinity of London (Amersham) from mid December onwards and wanted to float the idea of a casual tasting in the run up to Christmas (but obviously not a competitor to the official TPF Christmas drinks). I was thinking it might be powered by the M&S bargain VP bonanza we've seen over the last month or so. Any interest in this? Suggestions that might improve it beyond my vague suggestions above?!

The preference seems to be blinded bottles, so do we want to confirm the ports beforehand just to avoid multiples of the same? It seems unlikely if folks decide to get creative with the theme, but given the youth of my collection there is a possibility that I and others may elect to bring something from our recent M&S hauls (although I may have other options available). Alternatively given many of us now have those bottles in our cellars we may wish to avoid drinking something that's been readily available.

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Date and Time
17th Dec, 1800 for 1830 start

Theme
"A port that cost you less than £25"

Attendees (in order of response on this thread)
  1. rich_n
  2. CPR 1
  3. winesecretary
  4. akzy
  5. AHB (tentative)
  6. flash_uk
  7. idj123
  8. Uncle Tom
Reserves
  • CMAG
  • RGO

Draft of the the placemats (and in list of placemats).
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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by CPR 1 » 20:09 Sun 13 Oct 2019

Date dependant I am game ;-)

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by winesecretary » 21:36 Sun 13 Oct 2019

My port-drinking for the week of the 9th will be on Monday 9th, for the 1991 horizontal. But I would be up for something in the week of the 16th. 'A port that cost you less than £25' could be a theme. Just on what I have purchased in the past month I would have four options for that immediately to hand, none of them horrific.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 23:46 Sun 13 Oct 2019

Date-dependent, include me in.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by akzy » 09:09 Mon 14 Oct 2019

I should be fine for most of December so I would be keen to join.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by AHB » 16:41 Mon 14 Oct 2019

We have the 1991 Horizontal on 9th December, we also have the Christmas bash on 19th December.

Traditionally we have also had a tasting in London on the Tuesday before the Christmas bash, which would be Tuesday 17th, but no-one has started to organize such an event. That would be an excellent date for a tasting and I rather like the theme of "a Port which cost you less than £25" - and I like that much more than the theme which George might have intended to suggest of "a Port which cost less than £25 to buy in 2019"
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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by AHB » 16:42 Mon 14 Oct 2019

PS - if being organized for Tuesday 17th please count me in (but as tentative).
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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by winesecretary » 17:10 Mon 14 Oct 2019

I confirm that I was suggesting AHB's preferred "a Port which cost you less than £25" and was very carefully not suggesting "a Port which cost less than £25 to buy in 2019". Albeit I obscured my intention by immediately mentioning that I have four candidates that fit either interpretation. Like AHB I also like the 17th as a date, if a venue presents itself.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by flash_uk » 19:20 Mon 14 Oct 2019

Count me in, date dependent. 17th works for me if that is chosen.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by CPR 1 » 19:40 Mon 14 Oct 2019

Sounds like a plan is coming together, great theme and 17th works for me if chosen.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by AHB » 10:14 Tue 15 Oct 2019

winesecretary wrote:
17:10 Mon 14 Oct 2019
I confirm that I was suggesting AHB's preferred "a Port which cost you less than £25" and was very carefully not suggesting "a Port which cost less than £25 to buy in 2019". Albeit I obscured my intention by immediately mentioning that I have four candidates that fit either interpretation. Like AHB I also like the 17th as a date, if a venue presents itself.
I applaud the theme and the care with which it was phrased.

I also now regret opening a bottle of Martinez 1970 which I drank at the weekend. This cost me £23 when purchased in 2009 and would have been an ideal bottle for this tasting. Never mind, I am sure I can find something else suitable.
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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by DaveRL » 17:28 Tue 15 Oct 2019

Yes please, and I like the theme. I'll have a dig. Thanks

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 18:09 Tue 15 Oct 2019

Blind or sighted?

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by Axel P » 18:21 Tue 15 Oct 2019

I would like this, too, but can we also have something nice afterwards (1 or 2 glasses...)

Count me in.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by CPR 1 » 20:22 Tue 15 Oct 2019

jdaw1 wrote:
18:09 Tue 15 Oct 2019
Blind or sighted?
I say blind - much more fun with this theme

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by rich_n » 20:54 Tue 15 Oct 2019

Wow, I stepped away from this thread and it looks like we already have a plan! I can happily say I'd be available on the 17th and love the "less than £25" theme.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by CPR 1 » 21:08 Tue 15 Oct 2019

rich_n wrote:
20:54 Tue 15 Oct 2019
Wow, I stepped away from this thread and it looks like we already have a plan! I can happily say I'd be available on the 17th and love the "less than £25" theme.
All we need now is the venue. Unless other options being considered suggest calling B&F asap to see if they have room as they will be very busy with Xmas bookings that week.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by AHB » 22:24 Tue 15 Oct 2019

Rich - are you happy to give the Boot & Flogger a call and ask if they have a room or other space which can accommodate us that night?
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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by rich_n » 15:20 Wed 16 Oct 2019

AHB wrote:
22:24 Tue 15 Oct 2019
Rich - are you happy to give the Boot & Flogger a call and ask if they have a room or other space which can accommodate us that night?
I haven't done this before, what do I need to ask for? Do we have a specific contact? I'm happy to call but if someone who has a regular contact there is willing to speak with them I'd be more than happy to shirk responsibility!

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by CPR 1 » 21:36 Wed 16 Oct 2019

No problem, I have spoken to Chris and we have got the green room downstairs, a little squeeze but it is Xmas.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by AHB » 21:42 Wed 16 Oct 2019

Rich - if you're happy to act as the organiser for this tasting, the next thing to do is to edit your first post to include the usual details:
Date and Time
Theme
Attendees

Since we're in the Green Room I would recommend limiting numbers to 8 to fit round the table reasonably easily.

If you'd prefer one of us to do this, just let us know.
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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by idj123 » 08:59 Thu 17 Oct 2019

If there is space (which there now may not be) then count me in; if not then reserve list please.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by rich_n » 13:05 Thu 17 Oct 2019

AHB wrote:
21:42 Wed 16 Oct 2019
Rich - if you're happy to act as the organiser for this tasting, the next thing to do is to edit your first post to include the usual details:
Date and Time
Theme
Attendees

Since we're in the Green Room I would recommend limiting numbers to 8 to fit round the table reasonably easily.

If you'd prefer one of us to do this, just let us know.
Thanks and done. Happy to take further direction as necessary as a novice!

@CPR1 thank you for booking the room, very much appreciated.

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting

Post by akzy » 20:14 Thu 17 Oct 2019

The 17th will likely work for me.
AHB wrote:
16:41 Mon 14 Oct 2019
That would be an excellent date for a tasting and I rather like the theme of "a Port which cost you less than £25" - and I like that much more than the theme which George might have intended to suggest of "a Port which cost less than £25 to buy in 2019"
For me, both of these suggestions are the same :)

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Re: Informal pre-Christmas tasting - 17th Dec

Post by Axel P » 14:58 Tue 22 Oct 2019

Why would I be on the reserve list?
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