I was fascInated to see the wine Legends article on sandeman Vintage Port 1945 (November 2018). I was commissioned from the Royal Military academy sandhurst in the summer of 1967 and my Royal signals Young Officers’ course immediately thereafter was the first to be held at the new corps HQ in Blandford, dorset. the previous corps HQ Officers’ Mess was at catterick Garrison in north Yorkshire. the latter had cellars, whereas the former, being newly built, did not.
this turned out to be excellent news. a large stash of vintage Port (1918 and 1945) had to be transported by army truck from catterick to Blandford to ensure that it would not fall into the clutches of the regiment inheriting the Mess! Its ability to travel or not gave some cause for concern, and it also presented a storage problem on arrival.
It was thus decided that it could be sold to those who were there at the time, for the cost at which it stood the corps Mess in the books! the result was that, poor as we were as subalterns, three of us were able to club together easily to buy and share a bottle every three days for the three-month duration of our sojourn. the sadness with hindsight is that none of us had either the foresight or the means to invest in a few cases for the future. Peter J Reed, Farnham, Surrey