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MigSU
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No, never.
I must say I find the label quite interesting.
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Alex Bridgeman
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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.
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
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From two separate auction houses (one Irish and one English):
Graham's '77 x 1
Graham's '63 x 1
Graham's '70 x 2
Fonseca Guimaraens '82 x 1
Fonseca Guimaraens '85 x 1
Dow's '70 x 4
Dow's '80 x 1
Dow's '83 x 1
one Rioja '95 and two Barolos '56 & '66 (cos I like old Barolos)
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Justin K wrote: 18:02 Tue 16 Apr 2024 From two separate auction houses (one Irish and one English):
Graham's '77 x 1
Graham's '63 x 1
Graham's '70 x 2
Fonseca Guimaraens '82 x 1
Fonseca Guimaraens '85 x 1
Dow's '70 x 4
Dow's '80 x 1
Dow's '83 x 1
one Rioja '95 and two Barolos '56 & '66 (cos I like old Barolos)
Nice selection.
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Quarles Harris ‘70 x 1
Royal Oporto ‘70 x 1
€75 all in but a L&M buy.
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nac wrote: 11:09 Tue 09 Apr 2024From checking the Mutuals Public Register it appears that the Wine Society were at Holles Street between August 1929 and October 1940, so it's probably a 1930s bottling.
Cockburn’s Full Dry was in Wine Society catalogues, intermittently, from about March 1912, at 24/- per dozen (ten metric pennies per bottle).

From October 1912 (all pictures, contrast much enhanced):
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From March 1924:
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From June 1937:
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1 x Smith Woodhouse 1947 (has a "British Transport Hotel Services" label, so assume bottled by them?)
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nac wrote: 11:51 Tue 04 Jun 2024 1 x Smith Woodhouse 1947 (has a "British Transport Hotel Services" label, so assume bottled by them?)
Need a picture for this one for the VPID please.
None of the BTH-labelled bottles for which I have images state whether BTH was the bottler, and the only capsule images I have are either blank or just have e.g. "Offley Boa Vista 1970" on them, so maybe/maybe not bottled by them (my guess would be not, but only a guess). Might be worth asking Alex to check his cork notes.
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British Transport Hotels were a bulk importer and bottler of Ports during the time British Rail was in existence, so 1948-1970 for Vintage Port (I'm not sure if they imported and bottled non VP after 1970). From my experience, they made a pretty decent fist of the bottling. They may have - but I have no evidence either way - outsourced the bottling to someone competent.
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
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rich_n
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After the 1977 tasting I spotted 3 cases of Graham 1977 in an auction and managed to acquire one of them, which is now in storage with a friend in Cambridge until I get over that side of the country. I maybe paid a little over the odds but happy to do so for a port that was my 2nd favourite on the night.
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On a recent trip to Portugal I seem to have acquired bottles of:
  • Kopke 10YO White
  • Kopke 2003 White Colheita
  • Kopke 50YO White (half bottle)
  • Kopke 1965 Colheita
  • Kopke 1963 Colheita
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
MigSU
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Ooh, that 50yo white is such a treat.
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Alex Bridgeman wrote: 15:36 Mon 24 Jun 2024 On a recent trip to Portugal I seem to have acquired bottles of:
  • Kopke 10YO White
  • Kopke 2003 White Colheita
  • Kopke 50YO White (half bottle)
  • Kopke 1965 Colheita
  • Kopke 1963 Colheita
As one does. And indeed, that 50YO White is wonderful.

I'm almost out of the 2003 White Colheita, but picked up some of the 2008 to bolster stocks on my trip.
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Alex Bridgeman wrote:On a recent trip to Portugal I seem to have acquired bottles of:
  • Kopke 10YO White
  • Kopke 2003 White Colheita
  • Kopke 50YO White (half bottle)
  • Kopke 1965 Colheita
  • Kopke 1963 Colheita
I seemed to have miraculously acquired
1937, 1974 Kopke and 2003 Kopke Branco. It’s a miracle!
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Alex Bridgeman wrote: 15:36 Mon 24 Jun 2024On a recent trip to Portugal I seem to have acquired bottles of:
  • Kopke 10YO White
  • Kopke 2003 White Colheita
  • Kopke 50YO White (half bottle)
  • Kopke 1965 Colheita
  • Kopke 1963 Colheita
But you aren’t buying Port anymore. So this is impossible. Somebody must have hacked into your account to make this manifestly false claim.
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jdaw1 wrote: 20:58 Mon 24 Jun 2024
Alex Bridgeman wrote: 15:36 Mon 24 Jun 2024On a recent trip to Portugal I seem to have acquired bottles of:
  • Kopke 10YO White
  • Kopke 2003 White Colheita
  • Kopke 50YO White (half bottle)
  • Kopke 1965 Colheita
  • Kopke 1963 Colheita
But you aren’t buying Port anymore. So this is impossible. Somebody must have hacked into your account to make this manifestly false claim.
Except he didn't say that he bought them, only that he and Andy both "acquired" bottles.
Perhaps they raided a cellar, or the Kopke fairy visited them while they slept, and they shared the spoils?
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Thanks to some wiser heads than mine providing some useful insight on the 1991 vintage I acquired 12 bottles of the Dow from auction as a "drink now" port. Can't complain at a smidge under £36 a bottle all in. OWC and bottles all look in good nick.Image
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That's a great price.
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Alex Bridgeman
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That really is a good price for a rather tasty Port that’s drinking very nicely at the moment.
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
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rich_n
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Alex Bridgeman wrote:That really is a good price for a rather tasty Port that’s drinking very nicely at the moment.
Thanks for your confirmation that it was worth a look!
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I've just bought some S20 year tawny mostly for the bottles so I'm a bit more organised for the next double blind sillyness .... However it has the advantage (??) that Mandy has decided she quite likes it and I'm watching the first bottle rapidly empty .....
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mcoulson wrote:I've just bought some S20 year tawny mostly for the bottles so I'm a bit more organised for the next double blind sillyness .... However it has the advantage (??) that Mandy has decided she quite likes it and I'm watching the first bottle rapidly empty .....
That's a fantastic excuse to buy a very tasty port!
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mcoulson wrote:I've just bought some S20 year tawny mostly for the bottles so I'm a bit more organised for the next double blind sillyness .... However it has the advantage (??) that Mandy has decided she quite likes it and I'm watching the first bottle rapidly empty .....
A good tawny. And the bottles with the glass top are perfect for reusing. And no worries about TCA from glass stopper too!
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12 x 1977 Dolamore Crusted Port won at auction for $12.75 per bottle.
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@ Mike J.W. - that’s a fabulous bargain. How on earth did it happen?
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