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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Roy Hersh     » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:32 pm

Hi Markus,

Please do not be shy about asking questions on anything you want to know. You have come to the right place. We like having friends who are new to Port as much as the more advanced Port aficionados that frequent the place. I hope to get to your country one of these years. We've had lots of participation from Finland's Port lovers. On our FB page too!

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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Albert Bouffard » Wed May 10, 2017 6:32 pm

Hi there Roy,

I came upon your site while researching an old port I'm thinking about buying. What a great resource! I am fairly deep into old Bordeaux but don't know much about port, though I love it. I am certainly looking forward to learning more!

I post on cellartracker and instagram as englishman's claret and englishmans_claret, respectively.

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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Andy Velebil     » Thu May 11, 2017 8:56 am

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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Glenn E.     » Thu May 11, 2017 10:40 am

Hi Albert, welcome!

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I hope you'll find that we have a great community here with a lot of first-hand knowledge. Thanks for joining us!
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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Julian T » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:36 pm

Hi Everyone

I am a Port newbie, 36 yo and resident in Singapore but who also spends a fair bit of time in Malaysia.

I was bitten badly by the VP bug in April during my first ever visit to Portugal, in the form of the 2011 Quinta do Sagrado. I have since been trying to build up a little collection of the recent classic vintages, especially 2011, 2007 and 2003. There is no real Port culture here and availability is very poor, so I have done all of my buying through Berry Bros' online auction service, where the offerings are limited mostly to younger vintages, major shippers and collectibles. My best buys so far have been a case each of 2007 Dow's magnums and 2011 Taylor's Vargellas Vinha Velha.

We have a specialist Port retailer here now called Colheitas, but as the name suggests, the bulk of its range is Colheitas and tawnies, not VPs. I hope it is a sign that things are improving in terms of a nascent Port culture, but I still can't find many (OK, any) people with whom to share a nice glass of VP, which is a shame.

I started lurking here only this week, and am so glad to have found this thriving community of Port lovers. I hope in time to be able to contribute something to the discussions.
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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Eric Menchen     » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:10 am

[welcome.gif] to the forum Julian.

I think there might be another forum member from Singapore, and I think there is at least one from Hong Kong. Now I know you aren't in Hong Kong, but I mention that because it is also a potential source of wine for you that is closer than London. There are a good number of auctions there. I've even purchased from Hong Kong through a couple of auction houses. For me I wait for a consolidated shipment by the auction house from there to the US.
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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Glenn E.     » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:32 pm

Hi Julian, welcome!

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As Eric said, I'm pretty sure we have at least one other member in Singapore, but off the top of my head I can't remember who it is. It's such a modern city, I'm surprised that there isn't a larger Port culture there! Maybe you can get it started? :)
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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Andy Velebil     » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:24 am

Hi Julian and welcome to the Forum!

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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Julian T » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:58 pm

Hi Eric, Glenn and Andy

Thanks very much for the warm welcome! [cheers.gif]

Eric, thanks for suggesting Hong Kong. Are your HK auctions run by US auction houses, by any chance? I've spoken to a couple of retailers in HK and they have told me they don't consolidate purchases for shipping to Singapore, and privately-organised airfreight is horrendously expensive.

Glenn, I wish I could! I think the weather here (hot and humid all year round) may have something to do with it, as well as the mark-ups imposed by importers and retailers. For example, the best price (wholesale) I can get here for a Sandeman Ruby is around 23 USD, so I get a bit envious reading about "cellar defenders" on the forum. But we all need to start somewhere...
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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Eric Menchen     » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:30 pm

Julian T wrote:Eric, thanks for suggesting Hong Kong. Are your HK auctions run by US auction houses, by any chance? I've spoken to a couple of retailers in HK and they have told me they don't consolidate purchases for shipping to Singapore, and privately-organised airfreight is horrendously expensive.
Yes, those are. Christie's, Zachy's, and Acker I think all do HK auctions, but will ship back to the US. Although Christie's isn't really a US auction house, but UK based with auctions all over the world. I had imagined that even if you shipped from HK it would be cheaper than London, but that was just my imagination, perhaps inspired by some logical thing like distance. Oh, and Christie's has always had high shipping rates in my experience compared to the others.
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Re: Lots of new faces ... please introduce yourself

Postby Al B.     » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:10 pm

Depending on the quantities you buy, you might even find it cheaper to buy in the UK (auction or from an in-bond retailer) and have one of the major courier companies (DHL / UPS/ FedEx) pick up and ship to Singapore at your cost. Cuts out the margin the auction house makes on the shipping costs.
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