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by Alex Bridgeman
14:30 Wed 10 Apr 2024
Forum: Travel
Topic: Porto this weekend
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Porto this weekend

I’m trying to think what’s new since 2020. I stayed at the Lodge a few weeks ago. It was pleasant enough and Alexandra in the bar was keen to share what she knew and to learn more about Port. The 1756 restaurant has a good reputation, but I’ve not eaten there. I know someone who stayed a couple of n...
by Alex Bridgeman
14:17 Wed 10 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Graham (or Malvedos) vertical, Tue 14 May 2024
Replies: 104
Views: 443382

Re: Graham (or Malvedos) vertical, Tue 14 May 2024

I’d rather do the GMs separately, not mixed in with the Graham vertical.

I think the list Martin has proposed is based on what has been offered to him. For example, no-one has offered a bottle of 1957 nor anything older than 1955.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:30 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2022 Declarations
Replies: 1
Views: 135

2022 Declarations

It's time to start gathering together all we learn abouts Vintage Ports made from the 2022 harvest.

So far I have heard declarations have been made by:
  • Niepoort
  • Quevedo
  • Sogrape
    • Ferreira
    • Offley
    • Sandeman
by Alex Bridgeman
17:26 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 2101
Views: 860808

Re: Latest buy

Not seen this before, but that is an interesting bottle.

Julian has copies of lots of the historic Wine Society catalogues. He might be able to give some more details on it.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:21 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1982 Smith Woodhouse LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 83

1982 Smith Woodhouse LBV

Bottle matured LBV, bottled in 1986 (as stated on the cork). Mature ruby red appearance, looking to be in early maturity; 50% opaque. Cherry cough drops on the nose, mixing sweet fruit with a touch of menthol. On the palate this is so impressive. Lively and light-footed, the fruit dances around the ...
by Alex Bridgeman
09:52 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Travel
Topic: London in May
Replies: 17
Views: 21517

Re: London in May

Seckfords is easy to get to by train - it takes about 95 minutes from Liverpool Street. The warehouse is about a 10 minutes walk through a lovely riverside park from Melton train station. You could easily do it as quite a pleasant half day excursion. Assuming you were talking about the Bovington Tan...
by Alex Bridgeman
09:40 Tue 09 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers
Replies: 55
Views: 1857

Re: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers

W47 (JDAW) The Warre 1947 is high shoulder, bottler unknown (though it came from Alex B. , and it might be that a different bottle of the batch had a label). Was this one of the bottles from the parcel bought at Bonham's on 17 March 2009? With the white foil capsule? If so, I kept two bottles from ...
by Alex Bridgeman
19:56 Mon 08 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tues 8th October - Old v New & Undisturbed
Replies: 20
Views: 484

Re: Tues 8th October - Old v New & Undisturbed

Sadly, not for me although I love the theme.
by Alex Bridgeman
20:20 Sun 07 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Existential dilemma
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Existential dilemma

None of us here have anything other than a minor, passing interest in an obscure red wine from a tiny part of a small country on the western fringes of Europe.

That is what I have consistently told my wife, and myself. I can stop any time I want to.
by Alex Bridgeman
19:29 Fri 05 Apr 2024
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Non Festive Drinking
Replies: 119
Views: 24849

Re: Non Festive Drinking

Beautiful mature claret
Beautiful mature claret
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We decided to open red wine to go with our salmon steaks this evening.

By golly, this is astonishingly good mature claret at its absolute peak of perfection. Full of fruit, gentle of grip and hauntingly long.
by Alex Bridgeman
14:56 Thu 04 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Big Fortified Tasting 2024 - Volunteers Welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 1806

Re: The Big Fortified Tasting 2024 - Volunteers Welcome

Anyone who thinks they have volunteered but hasn't had an email from me, please let me know.

Anyone who has had an email from me, but hasn't replied, please reply so I know you're still able to help.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:30 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: The Port Forum Babies and their Vintages
Replies: 85
Views: 104516

Re: The Port Forum Babies and their Vintages

Belated congratulations to Zak and Iona on the birth of their twins in February. I’m told that mother, father and children are all well, if rather tired.
by Alex Bridgeman
23:27 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Port and the Ashes
Replies: 14
Views: 17786

Re: Port and the Ashes

It may not be the Ashes, but Croft 1977 is a wonderful Port to sip whilst watching (highlights of) the last couple of matches of the IPL.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:50 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Croft
Replies: 1
Views: 143

1977 Croft

IMG_6905.jpeg Croft 1977, decanted 4.5 hours. This is a Port in a lovely place at the moment. Glowing, polished ruby in colour and so expressive on the nose! The nose brings sweet cherry fruit, layered with mace and allspice, and so much more. Tobacco, aniseed and dried cranberry on the palate - br...
by Alex Bridgeman
22:47 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1957 Graham
Replies: 22
Views: 977

Re: 1957 Graham

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This is the highest resolution I can post here.

But whatever the bottle is — you have a bargain!
by Alex Bridgeman
22:41 Wed 03 Apr 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers
Replies: 55
Views: 1857

Re: Thursday 11th April - Decanting Experiment plus some drinkers

It’s looking unlikely that I will be able to attend.

If I can, it will be a last minute decision — in which case I will order on the day.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:09 Sat 30 Mar 2024
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1539
Views: 850675

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Waitrose is having their “buy 6 bottles and get 25% off” sale.

So I’ve just bought my summer supply of Kopke 10YO White and Kopke 2010 White Colheita.
by Alex Bridgeman
21:51 Sat 30 Mar 2024
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1994s, B&F, Tue 26 Mar 2024
Replies: 20
Views: 802

Re: 1994s, B&F, Tue 26 Mar 2024

jdaw1 wrote: 17:26 Fri 29 Mar 2024 From the 1994 horizontal in 2019:
Alex Bridgeman wrote: 15:57 Thu 20 Jun 2019I have a couple of cases of the Martinez. I think I'll pull one out next year for drinking over the next few years.
Did you?
No, I never got round to it. I did pull the SW94 halves though.
by Alex Bridgeman
17:46 Thu 28 Mar 2024
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 1994s, B&F, Tue 26 Mar 2024
Replies: 20
Views: 802

Re: 1994s, B&F, Tue 26 Mar 2024

Many thanks to Julian and Alex for organisation and to Martin for placemat printing. Great to see everyone, and enjoy your company! The scoring sheet quite correctly shows Vesuvio wiping the floor. Thanks to Anthony Symington for a fabulous magnum of the stuff. Overall, I was really quite disappoin...
by Alex Bridgeman
16:21 Tue 26 Mar 2024
Forum: Other Fortified Wines
Topic: A Rare Wine on a Rare Date - Carcavelos back to 1906
Replies: 4
Views: 522

Re: A Rare Wine on a Rare Date - Carcavelos back to 1906

I’ve just realised I posted this in the “Other Wines” forum and not in “Other Fortified Wines”.

Now corrected.
by Alex Bridgeman
10:27 Tue 26 Mar 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024
Replies: 109
Views: 22526

Re: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024

Fonseca and Vesuvio both opened last night about 19.00, decanted this morning at 09.00 and will be returned to their bottles around 13.00 before I head into town.

I’ll aim to be at the B&F around 17.00 but might be half an hour earlier.
by Alex Bridgeman
22:29 Mon 25 Mar 2024
Forum: Other Fortified Wines
Topic: A Rare Wine on a Rare Date - Carcavelos back to 1906
Replies: 4
Views: 522

A Rare Wine on a Rare Date - Carcavelos back to 1906

Bottle line up.jpg On 29th February 2024, Jörg Lewerenz – the owner of Quinta da Corrieira in the Carcavelos wine region of Portugal – organised a remarkable tasting of a selection of 9 wines curated to show the historic and modern interpretations of this region. The history of Carcavelos is a long...
by Alex Bridgeman
20:17 Mon 25 Mar 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024
Replies: 109
Views: 22526

Re: 1994s, Tue 26 Mar 2024

Julian would probably object. He hates us having too much Port.

Me, I just hate 1990s corks. Bloody Fonseca cork exploded into tiny fragments, even after being loosened with the JDAW cork impeller.
by Alex Bridgeman
00:41 Fri 22 Mar 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Free to share a bottle? 18/04 or 26/04 2024
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Free to share a bottle? 18/04 or 26/04 2024

I'll be in London between the 21st and the 24th. I'm attending the BFT, but other thanrr that I'm free. I’m not usually good company that close to the BFT. It gets pretty all-consuming for the week when it’s on. Sorry. More than reasonable, it's a big event! And we did see each other a couple of we...
by Alex Bridgeman
00:36 Fri 22 Mar 2024
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Free to share a bottle? 18/04 or 26/04 2024
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: Free to share a bottle? 18/04 or 26/04 2024

MigSU wrote: 16:39 Wed 20 Mar 2024 I'll be in London between the 21st and the 24th. I'm attending the BFT, but other thanrr that I'm free.
I’m not usually good company that close to the BFT. It gets pretty all-consuming for the week when it’s on.

Sorry.