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by Will W.
23:59 Sat 04 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 27433

Re: Another virtual tasting

Current draft of the paperwork has been updated. My initials are WHW Fixed. Google was not unambiguous — but I chose wrongly. “William”, or “Will”? "Will" or "Bill," in accordance with others' preferences; most call me Bill. "William" conjures visions in my mind of short pants and propeller beanies.
by Will W.
23:50 Fri 03 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 27433

Re: Another virtual tasting

Current draft of the paperwork has been updated. Should there be space - or rather, the necessary bandwidth - I would be delighted to join. Added. I’ve guessed your initials to be WTW: if wrong, please correct. Thanks so very much J. My initials are WHW, though I'll change my middle name to Taylor ...
by Will W.
22:15 Fri 03 Apr 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Another virtual tasting
Replies: 65
Views: 27433

Re: Another virtual tasting

Should there be space - or rather, the necessary bandwidth - I would be delighted to join. I have not yet had the chance to meet any of you - to my great regret - though I did have a lovely chat with Oscar Quevedo at his property, last summer.
by Will W.
01:20 Sun 22 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Quinta de Roriz
Replies: 0
Views: 2046

1999 Quinta de Roriz

By any standard, your correspondent has a great deal to learn, most especially where port wine is concerned. Notwithstanding his having advanced deep into middle age, he has not yet reached the point in life at which he feels himself ready to counsel younger men that there is nothing that he does no...
by Will W.
20:20 Sat 21 Mar 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - Weds 8 Sept 2021
Replies: 62
Views: 19302

Re: VE-Day Tasting?

VJ Day falls on 15 August.
by Will W.
22:46 Thu 05 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Delaforce
Replies: 0
Views: 4251

1970 Delaforce

Your correspondent was looking forward to the dinner party on 01 March 2020: friends of friends from the New World – port neophytes both – were in town and most anything would do. And Her Ladyship, who had a head cold, declared magnanimously that, under the circumstances, she had no preference with ...
by Will W.
22:33 Thu 05 Mar 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Delaforce
Replies: 0
Views: 4188

2000 Delaforce

In the glass, the contents of this bottle, consumed on 24 October 2019 after a nine-hour decant, presented the eye with enticing, semi-opaque, chestnut-burgundy hues crowned with a clear rim. The nose was somewhat restrained although earth, minerals, floral notes, stewed red fruits and spice were al...
by Will W.
22:50 Thu 20 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1989 Champalimaud
Replies: 0
Views: 4682

1989 Champalimaud

The Montez family traces its presence in the Douro Valley to the fourteenth century, where it became linked by marriage to the Champalimauds in the early-nineteenth century. Montez Champalimaud LDA was founded in 1922, presumably in the context of the 1920 purchase of 900 hectares of seaside propert...
by Will W.
00:53 Wed 05 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Newman’s Celebrated Port
Replies: 1
Views: 3047

NV Newman’s Celebrated Port

The Newman family, which ultimately lent its name to the port wine described here, is known to have been active in Totnes and Dartmouth as early as 1395, where it was engaged in the trade of English salt fish and cloth for Bordeaux wine. A later generation of Newmans had, by 1589, become involved in...
by Will W.
09:33 Sun 02 Feb 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Rebello Valente
Replies: 0
Views: 3761

1970 Rebello Valente

According to the esteemed J.D.A. Wiseman in his totemic Port Vintages: The Chronicle of Vintage Ports, from the Beginning , this Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling could be acquired from that wine merchant in May 1974 for the princely price of GBP 3 per bottle – about GBP 47 today, according to the Bank...
by Will W.
19:35 Fri 31 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Calem
Replies: 0
Views: 3913

1983 Calem

Formerly a family firm founded in the mid-nineteenth century, Calem is today part of the Sogevinus stable. Portugal served historically as the principal point for the retail sale of Calem wines; and, whilst distribution of its more recent vintages is a great deal wider, Calem vintage ports and colhe...
by Will W.
14:33 Wed 29 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 136
Views: 80720

Re: A 1970 horizontal, Tiers 1 & 2, Friday 9 October 2020

Myself and sidekick confirmed, should space ultimately come open for us.
by Will W.
22:49 Sat 25 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1960 Burmester
Replies: 1
Views: 1977

1960 Burmester

Absorbed into the Sogevinus stable in 2005, the Burmester name has been associated with the production of port wine since 1730. Older Burmester colheitas as well as vintage ports are ubiquitous on the aftermarket in Portugal as well as in northern Europe; in particular, in the Netherlands. Using Bor...
by Will W.
22:12 Sat 25 Jan 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 3824

1970 Graham

This bottle was drawn from a case purchased privately through The Port Forum and made for the first 1970 Graham’s which your correspondent had ever tried. It did not disappoint, not least on the first day of 2020. In the glass, the wine showed the eye a maroon hue infused with chestnut, which belied...
by Will W.
13:47 Thu 23 Jan 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A 1970 horizontal, Flights 1-4, Friday 9 October 2020
Replies: 136
Views: 80720

Re: 2020 - A 1970 horizontal

Should space ultimately become available, myself and one other would like to join. We have multiple bottles of Niepoort, Rebello Valente, Delaforce, Dow's and Graham's in the cellar, if any of that is needed. I can state with certainty that only the Dow's and Graham's have come from the same case.
by Will W.
18:52 Tue 31 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Festive Drinking
Replies: 21
Views: 10041

Re: Festive Drinking

I schlepped a 1966 Kopke colheita along with a 1936 garrafeira particular - the only 1936 that I have ever been able to find - to the New World, these being the birth years of my sister and mother. The '66 was superb, as ever; the '36, which I had likewise tasted in the past, had assuredly been in t...
by Will W.
18:30 Wed 04 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 21
Views: 10398

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

How do you mean "fake," Alex? My thinking on the fly is this: The label is homemade nonsense, though such (poor) quality is hardly unusual in the unregulated (by the IVDP) market in Portugal. The question is whether the contents are what the label claims, which is something that I most certainly am ...
by Will W.
22:43 Tue 03 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 21
Views: 10398

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

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by Will W.
00:01 Tue 03 Dec 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 21
Views: 10398

Re: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

There is a popular website in Portugal named CustoJusto (www.custojusto.pt) at which the Portuguese, as is their wont, advertise for sale all manner of goods, most of them rubbish. Stated succinctly, CustoJusto is a down-market, cyber, car boot sale, the one redeeming feature of which is a section d...
by Will W.
23:53 Wed 30 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels
Replies: 21
Views: 10398

Cellar Defenders without Selos or Labels

Picking up the cellar-defender thread which appeared at The Port Forum in July 2019, it might be of interest to some readers to set out, from time to time, the impressions of members upon consuming inexpensive ports sold without selos or, for that matter, without labels. By way of a start: A 1978 co...
by Will W.
14:18 Mon 12 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Messias Cachao
Replies: 2
Views: 1531

Re: 1980 Messias Cachao

Much of the characteristics you have described of this bottle remind me of the damage a bottle will suffer if exposed to too much light - the murkiness, the colour and the loss of all flavours except a little honey. Could this have been a bottle which was stored badly - but not too badly - before i...
by Will W.
22:59 Fri 09 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Gonzalez Byass Tawny
Replies: 0
Views: 1970

NV Gonzalez Byass Tawny

Careful readers of TFP may recall that your correspondent purchased recently the bottle in question in the mistaken belief that he was acquiring a 1960 colheita. It was quickly pointed out to the neophyte (i.e., the author of this tasting note), who had forgotten about the somewhat unique symbol fou...
by Will W.
22:37 Fri 09 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1984 Calem Foz
Replies: 0
Views: 1858

1984 Calem Foz

Quinta da Foz will be known, at least by sight, to anyone who has visited Pinhao, situated as it is at the confluence of the Pinhao and Douro Rivers. Owned by Calem for well over a century, the property was sold to an Angolan general in 2010. Or so it is said. Had your correspondent been aware in hi...
by Will W.
22:33 Fri 09 Aug 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Messias Cachao
Replies: 2
Views: 1531

1980 Messias Cachao

Messias Cachao vintage port is ubiquitous on the Portuguese secondary market; your correspondent, attracted by the very favourable prices at which examples from the 1970s and 1980s can be acquired for mid-week quaffing, has consumed six or eight such bottles over the last couple of years. As a gener...
by Will W.
19:28 Fri 26 Jul 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 120
Views: 121099

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

A slightly-corked Burmester 1984. This was not the first time that I have found Burmesters of both the 1984 and 1985 vintages to be corked out of the relatively small number opened over the last three years. When these years are not flawed, they make for inexpensive, albeit pleasant second-tier wine...