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

Post by JacobH » 21:23 Sun 15 Nov 2020

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Struggled to find as I very seldom come across this brand. Found out the agent is JN Wines and managed to get Quinta De La Rosa 2018 and LBV 2015. Have never tasted anything from this company.
This reminds me that when I was buying the wines for our wedding I had to get the de la Rosa ones over from Northern Ireland from JN Wines: I think we could have got the de la Rosa tinto in GB but only from Berry’s where the price was outrageous (something like a 30% premium on JN Wines). It’s odd that they have such a substantial contract to producer Waitrose-branded wines / Ports (and similar ones with Harvey Nicks and Berry’s etc.) but so little makes it here exclusively under their own name.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 21:35 Sun 15 Nov 2020

JacobH wrote:
21:23 Sun 15 Nov 2020
Justin K wrote:
23:28 Thu 12 Nov 2020
Struggled to find as I very seldom come across this brand. Found out the agent is JN Wines and managed to get Quinta De La Rosa 2018 and LBV 2015. Have never tasted anything from this company.
This reminds me that when I was buying the wines for our wedding I had to get the de la Rosa ones over from Northern Ireland from JN Wines: I think we could have got the de la Rosa tinto in GB but only from Berry’s where the price was outrageous (something like a 30% premium on JN Wines). It’s odd that they have such a substantial contract to producer Waitrose-branded wines / Ports (and similar ones with Harvey Nicks and Berry’s etc.) but so little makes it here exclusively under their own name.
Perhaps a topic to raise with Sophia on the 24th?
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Post by Axel P » 20:12 Wed 18 Nov 2020

Great topic. Had a telefone chat with Ana Rosas today and she also could not explain why there is no 66 RP. It was a tough time for the company, they had to sell certain Quintas and focussed on Tawnies.


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Post by Andy Velebil » 05:43 Thu 19 Nov 2020

I've found two bottles for the tasting at a store near me, 10 yr tawny and a regular tawny. I bought both for the tasting.

only one (regular tawny) showed on their inventory but they also had one bottle of the 10 yr when I arrived. Double win for a producer that isn't easy to find in my parts.

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

Post by rich_n » 11:53 Thu 19 Nov 2020

Good news! It seems I've managed to persuade my local wine shop to ship over a bottle of the 2014 LBV from their other store location. It should arrive on Tuesday afternoon so if that works out I will be drinking that. Otherwise I'll be sampling something of a different brand.

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Post by Axel P » 15:54 Thu 19 Nov 2020

I have a vast range of Sophia's Ports, but think that I will retaste 2011 as no one else does.

Maybe I will "coravin" a glass of 94 afterwards.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 19:02 Thu 19 Nov 2020

rich_n wrote:
11:53 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Good news! It seems I've managed to persuade my local wine shop to ship over a bottle of the 2014 LBV from their other store location. It should arrive on Tuesday afternoon so if that works out I will be drinking that. Otherwise I'll be sampling something of a different brand.
Excellent, I'll put the 2014 LBV on the list as the wine you'll be drinking. If it doesn't arrive in time then at least you might get to hear a litle more about it.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 19:06 Thu 19 Nov 2020

I've updated the list of what people will be drinking, missing only Will and Mike C.

Those of you I do not regularly email, please drop me a private message with your email address so I can invite you to the Zoom call with Sophia on Tuesday.
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Post by rich_n » 21:16 Thu 19 Nov 2020

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rich_n wrote:
11:53 Thu 19 Nov 2020
Good news! It seems I've managed to persuade my local wine shop to ship over a bottle of the 2014 LBV from their other store location. It should arrive on Tuesday afternoon so if that works out I will be drinking that. Otherwise I'll be sampling something of a different brand.
Excellent, I'll put the 2014 LBV on the list as the wine you'll be drinking. If it doesn't arrive in time then at least you might get to hear a litle more about it.
Thanks Alex.

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Post by Axel P » 17:43 Fri 20 Nov 2020

I think Sophia would be impressed by the lineup we are having in total. Time to get over Covid and have a proper glass of everything in good company.
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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 21:26 Fri 20 Nov 2020

The Zoom link and invite has just gone out to everyone. If anyone has not received it, check your junk and then post here to say it's not arrived.
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Post by idj123 » 19:18 Sun 22 Nov 2020

Could I change horses please? Was in Waitrose today and purchased a bottle of the Waitrose blend 2017 VP and so I will opt for that instead (as I don't believe that anyone else has).

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Post by JacobH » 19:29 Sun 22 Nov 2020

idj123 wrote:Could I change horses please? Was in Waitrose today and purchased a bottle of the Waitrose blend 2017 VP and so I will opt for that instead (as I don't believe that anyone else has).
You shouldn't have said that! Now I'm going to have to make an emergency trip to Waitrose for [my essential shopping and] a 2017 to add to the 2015...
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by idj123 » 19:39 Sun 22 Nov 2020

JacobH wrote:
19:29 Sun 22 Nov 2020
idj123 wrote:Could I change horses please? Was in Waitrose today and purchased a bottle of the Waitrose blend 2017 VP and so I will opt for that instead (as I don't believe that anyone else has).
You shouldn't have said that! Now I'm going to have to make an emergency trip to Waitrose for [my essential shopping and] a 2017 to add to the 2015...

Not in the 20% and 25% discounts I mention elsewhere but I didn't think that £34.99 was too bad.

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

Post by Alex Bridgeman » 21:23 Sun 22 Nov 2020

idj123 wrote:
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Could I change horses please? Was in Waitrose today and purchased a bottle of the Waitrose blend 2017 VP and so I will opt for that instead (as I don't believe that anyone else has).
Sure, no problem at all.

Sophia already has a list of who is drinking what so I think it best if you mention on our call that you have an extra (or different) bottle.
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by uncle tom » 17:07 Mon 23 Nov 2020

I've rather neglected this section of the forum over the past few months..

..I do have a couple of bottles of old De la Rosa LBV that Sophia sent over at the beginning of the year - waiting for a tasting occasion that has not been possible to arrange yet.
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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 21:38 Mon 23 Nov 2020

uncle tom wrote:
17:07 Mon 23 Nov 2020
I've rather neglected this section of the forum over the past few months..

..I do have a couple of bottles of old De la Rosa LBV that Sophia sent over at the beginning of the year - waiting for a tasting occasion that has not been possible to arrange yet.
Tom, I'll email you the Zoom link

And please reply to my earlier email, and text...!
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Post by JacobH » 22:05 Mon 23 Nov 2020

idj123 wrote:
19:39 Sun 22 Nov 2020
JacobH wrote:
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idj123 wrote:Could I change horses please? Was in Waitrose today and purchased a bottle of the Waitrose blend 2017 VP and so I will opt for that instead (as I don't believe that anyone else has).
You shouldn't have said that! Now I'm going to have to make an emergency trip to Waitrose for [my essential shopping and] a 2017 to add to the 2015...
Not in the 20% and 25% discounts I mention elsewhere but I didn't think that £34.99 was too bad.
It explains why the 2015 was £10 off at £25: they were obviously trying to clear it out before stocking the new vintage! I think we will run all four wines (2 × DOC and 2 × VP) through the coravin: should make for an entertaining tasting!
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Post by Axel P » 08:38 Tue 24 Nov 2020

Much looking forward to seeing you all tonight. Will be a tough wine of the night choice :-)
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Post by Alex Bridgeman » 09:36 Tue 24 Nov 2020

Please could you post here the time when you decant your wine for this evening’s tasting. Seeing Rich and George post elsewhere made me realise it would be nice to have a record.

I decanted my 1997 VP at 08.30.
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Post by Axel P » 12:07 Tue 24 Nov 2020

Popped the corc at 10, will decant the 2011 now.
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Post by Andy Velebil » 14:15 Tue 24 Nov 2020

I have two tawny’s so no pre decanting needed.

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Post by rich_n » 15:06 Tue 24 Nov 2020

AHB wrote:
09:36 Tue 24 Nov 2020
Please could you post here the time when you decant your wine for this evening’s tasting. Seeing Rich and George post elsewhere made me realise it would be nice to have a record.

I decanted my 1997 VP at 08.30.
I decanted the 2014 LBV at 10:30pm last night.

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Post by uncle tom » 17:44 Tue 24 Nov 2020

I'm going to save the sample bottles for a future occasion when they can be properly shared.

As no-one else seems to be opening one, I'll pop a Rebello '66..
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Re: Tue 24 November 2020 - A Tasting with Sophia Bergqvist

Post by akzy » 18:30 Tue 24 Nov 2020

2015 VP (waitrose) decanted at 9;15 am this morning.

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