Andy Velebil wrote:Bartholomew,
It's no small task starting an import company, so what made you decide to start one?
Glenn E. wrote:Hi Bartholomew,
Do you feel that the current 3-tier system for importing and distributing wine in the US still has value, or should we scrap it and find a different system?
If you believe it still has value, could you explain how it helps consumers? But if you feel it should be scrapped, what kind of a system should we switch to?
Roy Hersh wrote:Bartholomew will be here on Monday and I hope you'll all have great questions for him!
I'll start with this one:
What is your first memory of drinking Vintage Port and do you remember which it was?
David Spriggs wrote:Hi Bartholomew,
Thanks for doing this! When we were in Madeira last May, Justino's tased us on both your wines and theirs. Contrary to what I had been told previously - that the Broadbent wines were just a relabel of the Justino's - your Broadbent Madeiras are quite different from the Justino's. What are you looking for in your Madeira's when making your blends?
Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:
I still want a ride in your cop car!
Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:Wine Spectator is did not score well, yet subsequently has been almost universally praised, including Roy Hersh's review, as the finest of all the 10 year old Malmseys. Roy, himself, recognized the improvement, which was the most valued recognition I could hope for.
Marco D. wrote:Hi Bartholomew,
In 2001 I attended a Madeira tasting you and Paul Costigan (of The Rare Wine Company) hosted at Citizen Cake in San Francisco. One of the wines I enjoyed was the Broadbent Terrantez Old Reserve, a wine that seems increasingly difficult to find. Is this wine still being produced?
Also, what was the most memorable Madeira you recall tasting?
Andy Velebil wrote:Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:
I still want a ride in your cop car!
The cop car is waiting for your next visit to L.A., just let me know.
When you decided to make a Vintage Port, what led you to chose Dirk Niepoort to make your Ports? Are there any plans to make a Tawny with an indication of age or a Colheita Port?
Moses Botbol wrote:Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:Wine Spectator is did not score well, yet subsequently has been almost universally praised, including Roy Hersh's review, as the finest of all the 10 year old Malmseys. Roy, himself, recognized the improvement, which was the most valued recognition I could hope for.
I adore the your 10 year Malmsey and it is the best out there for the money or 10 year age bottles. No way is it like the regular Justinho and whomever said that did not have them side by side or is talking not from their mouth...
Why did you keep the Justinho's t-cork instead of branding your own?
Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:The Broadbent Old Reserve Terrantez is an unusual wine...
Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:I am particularly excited about our Broadbent Auction Reserve.
Marco D. wrote:Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:The Broadbent Old Reserve Terrantez is an unusual wine...
Wow... thanks for that superb summary on the history of that wine. It's great to have it archived here on Roy's forum. For a stroll down memory lane, here is a pic from the Citizen Cake tasting:
Just out of curiosity, what is your "short list" of the best bottles of Madeira you've tried?
Glenn E. wrote:Bartholomew Broadbent wrote:I am particularly excited about our Broadbent Auction Reserve.
It is one of the only Ruby Reserve level Ports that I drink! I keep several half bottles around for those days when I don't want to open a full bottle of something, yet still need a glass of Port. I tried several reserves before finally stumbling upon your Auction Reserve, and it has been a staple ever since.
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