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Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 15:56 Wed 25 Mar 2020
by CPR 1
AHB wrote:
15:49 Wed 25 Mar 2020
There is an almost irresistible temptation to having a decanter of Port sitting on my desk while I am working from home.

Do I need to open a cellar defender to ensure my decanter survives intact to 19.30?
Good idea - make it a magnum?

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 16:00 Wed 25 Mar 2020
by nac
AHB wrote:
15:49 Wed 25 Mar 2020
There is an almost irresistible temptation to having a decanter of Port sitting on my desk while I am working from home.
Deliberately working as far away as possible from temptation.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 16:05 Wed 25 Mar 2020
by nac
AHB wrote:
15:49 Wed 25 Mar 2020
Do I need to open a cellar defender to ensure my decanter survives intact to 19.30?
Given that you don’t have to share it with the rest of us, what harm is there in starting (a bit) early?

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 16:58 Wed 25 Mar 2020
by AHB
I suppose that would give me a chance to right a full and proper tasting note between now and when we finish our tasting.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 17:08 Wed 25 Mar 2020
by winesecretary
Mine decanted 1300 today- an advantage of working at home is that decanting at crack of dawn before going to work is not a logistical necessity.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 19:55 Wed 25 Mar 2020
by flash_uk
Folks, I might be 15/20 mins delayed opening the video call.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 08:56 Thu 26 Mar 2020
by AHB
Thanks to everyone for last night, I needed that chance to decompress and catch up with friends.

For the record, please could people post what it was they were drinking last night. I opened a bottle of Dixon’s Double Diamond 10 Year Old Tawny and sent sample bottles to those I could. I also drank a (magnificent) Vesuvio 1994 at home.

Stay safe everyone.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 10:57 Thu 26 Mar 2020
by CPR 1
A great evening and must enjoyable - thank you all.

I drank a delicious Warre 66

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 11:28 Thu 26 Mar 2020
by jdaw1
Tesco 2007 (Symington).

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 13:10 Thu 26 Mar 2020
by nac
Yes, a most enjoyable evening. My Quinta do Vale Dona Maria 2000 was quite a pleasant drink.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 17:44 Thu 26 Mar 2020
by Glenn E.
I desperately wanted to join in, but since I'm officially working from home and it would have been during the middle of my work day I felt it best not to. That plus I don't have a camera on my computer so wouldn't have been able to fully participate anyway.

Sounds like a great way to hold a virtual tasting, though! I may steal the idea... :-)

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 20:36 Thu 26 Mar 2020
by flash_uk
A fabulous evening! For anyone else thinking about this format I thoroughly recommend. Worked best I think, because we all knew each other well beforehand. The real "ah-ha" for me, was that we spent far more time actually talking to each other rather than concentrating on tasting 14 different glasses of port.

I was tasting a lovely FG87.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 00:22 Fri 27 Mar 2020
by winesecretary
It was enormous fun. I must confess it was my first video-conference on Zoom ever (although I have had three more today, two of which also involved cats intruding, although neither in my view as fine as Charles's). I got to meet (virtually) Simon for the first time, which was great, and our intended guest for the original tasting (Joao) also kindly joined us for a while. And I slept for ten hours afterwards, which in these difficult times is an achievement, and which has today allowed me the mental bandwidth to solve a knotty problem on a very big case. I am also grateful for the tolerance shown to my rabbiting on about aeroplanes past.

I drank a quite pleasant sample from AHB of the Dixon's Double Diamond, and rather more than half of a slightly disappointing 1983 Taylor, the remainder of which was better this evening, having filled out a little. Days-long decant for this one required, as per uncle tom's warning from years back.

Re: Online Tasting - Wed 25th March 2020

Posted: 08:47 Tue 31 Mar 2020
by Doggett
a wonderful evening and a very welcome respite from these strange times. Great to meet George, and also briefly Joao. As Mike says, there was far more time talking with each other than concentrating on the ports. The varied a wide range of topics was most entertaining, and by no means was dominated by the Covid Cloud. Thanks to Alex for his Dixon’s DD sample. I am glad to have tasted it but it was no match for a Maynard’s 10YO tawny I had open at the same time, although maybe it is unfair to judge a film canister sample that has arrived only hours before by Royal Mail, so I will keep an open mind until sampled again.

I was drinking a commemorative bottle of Smith Woodhouse Rich Old Vintage Character Port - “OLD OPORTO” 1784 - 1984 Bicentanary (70cl)

Thanks again to all and well done to Charles for his formal wear!