It was a tough week of all Vintage Port drinking, last Sunday in Los Angeles, (Bel Air). While I did not open these, I was the official photographer and one of two scribes, the other from WS mag. All were opened by the owner, with Port tongs ...one of the world's most renowned Port collectors. He brought 3 of each of these, except with the oldest VP here, where there were 2 and otherwise, in come cases he substituted mags for 750s. Absolutely the best Port tasting I've attended since the one here in 2013; both I'll never forget. It will be written up in the newsletter and for The World of Fine Wine magazine and will also be written by a different journalist, in WS.
Here was the list in order of consumption by flight, starting with 40 year old youngsters and one outlier:
1997 Quinta do Noval Nacional - sent by C. Seely for this event
1947 Taylor's "Special Quinta"
Mystery Port Magnum - turned out to be a 1948 Graham's
1927 Rebello Valente
1927 Tuke Holdsworth
1927 Croft -magnum
Champagne break in the action. A great palate cleanser!
From there I went to a friend's home for a wine dinner and to watch the Oscar's which took place only a few miles away. Small crowd with eclectic yet excellent bottles and figuring there was a need for a dessert wine, I brought a bottle of Krohn's 30 year old Tawny for this group to sip on during the last 3 awards.