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Any decent port on offer?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by muzzer, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    ^ Theatre...


    Slumming it...
  2. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Battling with his furnace

    If anyone out there is in the market for a couple of bottles ^^^ I might be able to help...!

    At the other end of the scale the nice man from Sainsbury’s has just delivered my £11.50 Graham’s Crusted - yippee!
  3. rdf

    rdf pfm Member

    '77 was a good year alright. Properly good port is getting ridiculously expensive these days. It's certainly not the bargain it was.
  4. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Amazon are doing Grahams 6 Grapes at £13.09 with free delivery if you have Prime.
    Suffolk Tony likes this.
  5. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Box-swapper extraordinaire

    We bought six (well, it is nearly Christmas!), and decanted one this evening for a taste.

    Very nice indeed. Not quite the depth of a vintage, but for £11 or so, stonking good value. Thanks for the heads up.
  6. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Battling with his furnace

    Glad you enjoyed it! It really is crazy value at that price - I’ll probably pick up another couple of bottles before the offer closes on December 12.
  7. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony pfm Member

    Ta! Ordered some today.
  8. eguth

    eguth pfm Member

    I buy vintage port enprimeur, and also some single quinta. I usually do not like LBV and prefer plain ordinary ruby for a casual sniff. However, this year my local ALDI sells Maynards LBV for under £10, so I had a go, and ended up with two more bottles. It should be decanted, and even with just a cork in the bottle will last 3-4 days, no problems at room temp.


    Maynards is a very old Port House. I believe it was founded before the 17th century.
  9. gassor

    gassor "There may be more posts after this."

    TAylors First Estate Reserve usually about £11-£13 is now £8.00 in Asda and very nice it is too.
  10. eguth

    eguth pfm Member

    Thanks for this. I went to my local Asda (not a shop I like to frequent) and bought two. Good drop of port- I have had it before.

    It it not well known that you can lay down ruby for a year and it will improve (slightly). I have done this. Andrew Jefford (an authority) disagrees.

    I'll pop down for another two in due course, and stash it in my wardrobe on top of the obsolete trousers for use next Xmas. Prices will go up next year- trust me.
  11. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    I have always felt that, whilst there are uses for Ruby Port, actually drinking it isn't one of them. It can put some heart into your casserole, I guess.
  12. gintonic

    gintonic Pussy Lover

    Having spent a good few summers in the winery's and with the port makers of the Upper Douro Valley, I agree. Ok for using in cocktail making as well.

    If you talk to the people in the houses at Grahams, Taylors, Kopke, Fonsecca etc etc, they make a huge effort to brand and produce product specially to sell in the UK - using specially selected titles like "reserve", "special edition", "First Estate" - which when you decode them are meaningless.
  13. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

  14. eguth

    eguth pfm Member

    There are differences in taste between various ruby ports, some of them significant. Its a matter of personal taste and preference. I would not dream of putting ruby into a casserole or stew unless the recipe specifically called for port. I always use the dregs after decanting vintage port for this purpose. If anyone knows of any better use for it I would like to hear it.

    In my opinion, a good ruby is a lot better than a mediocre one, and a far cry from that which used to be on tap in British pubs during the 60s.
  15. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    MMM USB-C.

  16. gintonic

    gintonic Pussy Lover

    just opened a bottle of this for cooking with.


    for an LBV that has been hanging around for far too long in the bottle, it isn't bad. My dad gave it to me a few weeks ago, it had been sat in the back of a cupboard for about 10+ years when some he knew gave it to him. Taylor's don't usually filter their LBV so it is intended to be drunk upon release. This shouldn't bottle age, but hanging around in the bottle has not appeared to have done it any harm.

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