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by Alex Bridgeman
19:12 Tue 28 Mar 2023
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1989 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 0
Views: 5

1989 Cos d’Estournel

Some years ago I bought a case of halves of this wine. I have 7 (out of 24) left.

It’s a lovely, rich mature claret. Full of savoury fruit, with a touch of tannin. It’s going extremely well with meatballs, chips and Heinz baked beans!
by Alex Bridgeman
18:33 Tue 28 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

flash_uk wrote: 12:50 Tue 28 Mar 2023 Could I also get invite...thx!
hadge wrote: 10:58 Tue 28 Mar 2023 please can you send me an invite, just in case i can join later in the evening. thanks
Done. Should be in your mailboxes now.
by Alex Bridgeman
10:13 Tue 28 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

Invites have gone out by:
  • email to those whose email addresses I know,
  • where I don't know your email, by WhatsApp where we are in contact that way, and
  • private message on TPF where I have no other way to contact you
by Alex Bridgeman
10:06 Tue 28 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

I have a free Zoom account, which gives me the ability to host meetings for up to 40 minutes. Given Glenn has a meeting running until 11am / 7pm UK I'll set up a meeting for us to get together at 6.30pm UK. Once Glenn is finished, we can switch over to his account and continue for as long as we want...
by Alex Bridgeman
23:12 Mon 27 Mar 2023
Forum: Other Fortified Wines
Topic: 2002 Blandy Sercial
Replies: 0
Views: 26

2002 Blandy Sercial

Bottled in 2016 in a 50cl bottle. Sercial is normally a little too dry and a little overly acidic for my palate but today I fancied something bold and assertive and this is just hitting the spot. Iodine and sea spray on the nose, but on the palate the wine has a wonderful baked golden raisin fruit a...
by Alex Bridgeman
23:08 Mon 27 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

forest26 wrote: 18:45 Mon 27 Mar 2023 Alex - please can you send me a link. I will be with João in q St Luiz that evening - would be nice to say hello
That's just showing off!

I'm sending the link out tomorrow. I'll make sure that I include you on the list.
by Alex Bridgeman
19:40 Sun 26 Mar 2023
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1494
Views: 561789

Re: Port for sale by retailer

I’ve just come home after a few days in Cornwall. Whilst there, I visited 5 shops selling fortified wines. The first was Ellis Wharton Wines in Indian Queens. A relatively new shop but run by someone who loves their fortified wines. A great choice of Port (Warre 1985 @ £90, Kopke 2003 Colheita @ £42...
by Alex Bridgeman
08:51 Sat 25 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

Is anyone willing and able to host us on Zoom, and to send out the Zoom invites? I have a paid account and am happy to host, but it might degrade performance to have the host in Seattle and just about everyone else in London. :lol: I'm not sure that I have contact information for everyone, though, ...
by Alex Bridgeman
08:48 Sat 25 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

Could I be put down as a “maybe”? I’m currently down to be either in Leeds or Birmingham during the day so I am not sure I will make it home in time but will try to join you if possible. If you’re travelling by train, you would not be the first person to take part in one of our Zoom calls whilst en...
by Alex Bridgeman
23:16 Wed 22 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends
Replies: 35
Views: 802

Re: Thu 30 March 2023 - An Online Tasting with Friends

Yes, this is definitely still on! I dropped out of the Cavadinha tasting partly because I could still see people on the 30th. It's a loose theme. Open something that you'll enjoy while chatting to friends. I shall probably use the evening as an opportunity to finish up some bottles I've got open at ...
by Alex Bridgeman
16:23 Mon 20 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cavadinha, Tue 28th March 2023, B&F
Replies: 53
Views: 4909

Re: Cavadinha, Tue 28th March 2023, B&F

Apologies, but I’m not going to be able to make it to the B&F on the 28th.
by Alex Bridgeman
16:59 Fri 17 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuke Holdsworth vertical (? TBC perhaps 21st Nov 2023)
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Re: Tuke Holdsworth vertical (? TBC perhaps 21st Nov 2023)

Definitely. My experience with TH is limited but I’ve been impressed.
by Alex Bridgeman
16:58 Fri 17 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Cavadinha, Tue 28th March 2023, B&F
Replies: 53
Views: 4909

Re: Cavadinha, Tue 28th March 2023, B&F

Is this going to go ahead? With the industry guests?

I ask as I have an early start and a long day of work (yes, I know I’m retired) the following day.
by Alex Bridgeman
14:53 Fri 17 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?
Replies: 17
Views: 407

Re: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?

OK. We’ve located sources of all three special editions, Tom has a bottle with some antiquity. Anyone volunteering a bottle of recently purchased Six Grapes? I now have bottles of the Old Vines and Vila Velha editions at my house. Ian has River Quintas. I’ll check some dates and post some options i...
by Alex Bridgeman
21:54 Wed 15 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?
Replies: 17
Views: 407

Re: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?

OK. We’ve located sources of all three special editions, Tom has a bottle with some antiquity.

Anyone volunteering a bottle of recently purchased Six Grapes?
by Alex Bridgeman
23:26 Mon 13 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ferreira vertical sept 2023
Replies: 19
Views: 376

Re: Ferreira vertical sept 2023

Yes please.

I can’t do 5th Sep but and free for most of the rest of the month.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:26 Mon 13 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Ruby Port Tasting - Date TBC - B&F
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: Ruby Port Tasting - Date TBC - B&F

Ah. I have just realised that the parameters of this tasting prevent us from using this event as the basis for the Six Grapes tasting (the special edition versions cost £40+).
by Alex Bridgeman
23:23 Mon 13 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?
Replies: 17
Views: 407

Re: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?

There’s enough interest. I’ll propose a date shortly.

Ian - given you’ve got the River Quintas version, what dates in March could you not make?
by Alex Bridgeman
01:10 Sun 12 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?
Replies: 17
Views: 407

Anyone interested in a Six Grapes Tasting?

Grahams have so far released 3 special editions of Six Grapes - Vinha Velha, River Quintas and Vila Velha. I bought some Vinha Velha. Vila Velha is still available. If someone else bought River Quintas would there be any interest in holding a Graham Six Grapes Tasting with the three special editions...
by Alex Bridgeman
01:00 Sun 12 Mar 2023
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cockburn Special Reserve
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: NV Cockburn Special Reserve

Nope. I give scores on an absolute basis.

So an 86 for Cockburn Special Reserve means I think it to be as good a glass of wine as a bottle of Malvedos 92 which I also give 86 points. Both are scores based on my impression of the wine at the time of tasting, rather than its potential at its peak.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:54 Fri 10 Mar 2023
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 2020
Views: 611837

Re: Latest buy

hadge wrote: 22:42 Fri 10 Mar 2023 1x Graham 1985 Mag
2x Dow 1985 Mag
You are the mag man. Nice finds.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:05 Fri 10 Mar 2023
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 83@40 2023 - May 25th
Replies: 40
Views: 2178

Re: 83@40 2023 - May 25th

It’s in the diary!

Are you looking for contributions towards the line-up?
by Alex Bridgeman
16:19 Wed 08 Mar 2023
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 101

1970 Croft

Decanted at 12.00, drunk at 20.00. Deep red, mature in tone; 50% opaque. The nose is a little smelly, unpleasant bottle stink. The wine is better on the palate where the bottle stink is less pronounced, but despite being less pronounced the bottle stink dominates the red cherry fudge palate. The bot...
by Alex Bridgeman
16:17 Wed 08 Mar 2023
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Cockburn Special Reserve
Replies: 3
Views: 322

NV Cockburn Special Reserve

The most poured Port in the UK. Average age of about 4 years, filtered before bottling. Gentle Ruby colour. Smooth fruit nose, sweet fruit palate with a gentle grip. Warm cinnamon drops finish. A comforting and reliable glass.  86/100. Tasted 21-Feb-23. Open 4 hours.
by Alex Bridgeman
16:16 Wed 08 Mar 2023
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Churchill Tawny 20YO (bottled 2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 62

NV Churchill Tawny 20YO (bottled 2021)

Bottled 2021 in 75cl. Strawberry toned amber colour, 20% opaque. Honey and VA on the nose. Smooth on the palate; honey and nuts on the palate with good acidity. Warm honey palate with a little orange and apricot. Nutty finish. Nicely blended and enjoyable, not a big and burly wine but balanced and p...