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by Ian Sutton
August 9th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1710

Re: What is Torrefaction?

Torrefazione is certainly an expression I see associated with Italian coffee roasters. The term *might* be more generally about roasting (but not roasting meats which has other expressions). I've never dug deeper.
by Ian Sutton
August 6th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

I have had bottles of their normale from the 60s and 70s that have been stellar. are the wines made the same way today? I can't be sure, but it's well documented that Aldo Vacca sees the wines as having a shorter drinking window than we traditionally think of for those wines from the 60s and 70s. M...
by Ian Sutton
August 6th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4212

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

I have been reading a number of posts lately by members calling out others for posting about something they perceived to be too elite. I'd say it's not the "what", but rather the "how". Done with the passion of a wine enthusiast, I'm sure this will shine through. Done with the passion of someone wa...
by Ian Sutton
August 4th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 108
Views: 5960

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Hands off our wines!!!!
by Ian Sutton
August 3rd, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 2048

Re: Piemonte Tastings

Hi Michael Arranged in advance, yes perfectly feasible but costly. Plenty of taxis in Alba (which is convenient for Treiso), but very few in Barolo villages and no public transport there either. I think the Barolo drivers are mostly employed as private drivers doing tours for those with the money to...
by Ian Sutton
July 30th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 16
Views: 491

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

It's been a while, and I don't think I took notes, so just general comments on Stockholm Really enjoyed it, a great place to walk around, but also with wonderful options of ferry rides to specific islands, plus a good metro/train network if wanting to branch out further. It is expensive, so factor t...
by Ian Sutton
July 21st, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 21
Views: 905

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

I think the problem with Rick Steves wasn't his taste, but rather his success. The guides tempted people away from 'The big 3', but now his second and third level favourites are now grossly over-touristed and that does take significant charm away from them. That lady is as much the problem as Rick S...
by Ian Sutton
July 18th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 21
Views: 905

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

Hi Sally If wanting to go to Tuscany, I'd suggest northern Tuscany to ease the effort of driving (and that might mean skipping Siena - not a huge loss IMO). Lucca certainly has great interest (and a wonderful wine shop with cellar). Carrara something different, being the source of some very famous m...
by Ian Sutton
July 14th, 2019, 2:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lafon with joy as I drink this one—1999 Volnay Santenots
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: TN: Lafon with joy as I drink this one—1999 Volnay Santenots

Maybe I should start thinking about opening my bottle of 1993?
by Ian Sutton
July 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13611

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Perhaps it will give them additional time to work on MyWines?
by Ian Sutton
July 4th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13611

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Although this forum's early years had plenty of train wreck threads fuelled by some strong personalities - all in a very similar vein to the Parker/Squires board, it's eased back over time on the number of such threads. I think it's more welcoming now.
by Ian Sutton
June 29th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Fred
I've not been to either, but know Camogli is also appreciated by many, so that's another consideration. Logistically nothing between the three, so I'd be now looking at what accomodation jumps out as exciting & if so, that will make the difference.
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
June 25th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Loved your post Dave, and I particularly want to reinforce the idea of combos, be that two locations that allow for a compare and contrast, or just two very different experiences (Venice + Lakes). I must admit that if the flights are set in stone, then Florence & Tuscan countryside is a very sensibl...
by Ian Sutton
June 24th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Fred My view is that there is too much travel time and too little time to see what you'd want to see / take in the culture of where you are. That said I definitely lean towards Slow Travel mindset (and post on the Slow Europe travel forum). Does Florence appeal? It does for huge numbers (though n...
by Ian Sutton
June 24th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 2876

Re: Essential Italy: the less obvious list

In the north September is typically pleasantly warm in September, but can range between a little cool and quite hot (if you'll excuse the broad terminology). We've even had genuinely warm, bordering on quite hot days into October, but these have been for 1-2 days. For me slightly cooler makes it eas...
by Ian Sutton
June 23rd, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 2876

Re: Essential Italy: the less obvious list

David- we have a trip the first week of Sept. We start in Florence and then head to Serralunga for 3 nights 2 days before heading to the coast and working our way back to Tuscany. Interested in why not north at this time of year ? Thanks Given sept/Oct, I’d definitely go south rather than north... ...
by Ian Sutton
June 16th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 12
Views: 703

Re: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?

Might be literally 1/4 of a magnum, or the more jocular term we sometimes use for a half bottle
by Ian Sutton
June 1st, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Alan
Have we all wasted our time on this thread?

I am very happy to post suggestions for people wanting to have a really great Italian holiday, but as you've not posted on this thread since the original post, I get the impression you've just wasted our time. I hope that is not true.

Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
May 31st, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 2048

Re: Piemonte Tastings

Castino! There is a very good walking group there and some wonderful walking. I'll be interested in how you get on staying there, as we've thought about returning to stay for a few days. The vineyards are split across multiple owners, so access has to be open. Thus in all the walks we've done, we've...
by Ian Sutton
May 29th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 2048

Re: Piemonte Tastings

Hi Rob I'd echo Keith's comments about Barbera being made at pretty much every producer that also makes Barolo or Barbaresco, and also echo the advice to keep the logistics simpler and reduce the driving to a minimum - indeed I'm a big fan of plans that allow for walking to/from/between producers if...
by Ian Sutton
May 14th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Alan
Are you still reading this?
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
May 8th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1564

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Alan Anything in particular that would make the trip perfect for you? e.g. - Historic or vibrant city vs. attractive coastal / rural scenery? - warmer or cooler? - Any activities that appeal e.g. walking, cycling, train journeys, opera or other events etc? - Any airports that make a convenient en...
by Ian Sutton
May 3rd, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stupid poll time
Replies: 19
Views: 866

Re: Stupid poll time

Alan Eden wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 1:31 pm
Would you rather
[Leslie Phillips mode] Rather! [/Leslie Phillips mode]
by Ian Sutton
April 22nd, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE
Replies: 51
Views: 2442

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE

Hi Blake Utterly brilliant. Fine work and even though I've been to Amsterdam on a number of occasions, there is much insight here I've not got myself. One minor challenge - bikes first? I'd say above all else, trams first. They can't swerve, and do take some stopping (though that then invokes the 'b...
by Ian Sutton
April 3rd, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wining and dining in Torino
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Wining and dining in Torino

Hi Ilkka Great to see you enjoyed my favourite city, and also Taverna dell'Oca - I think your description is spot on. It's not ultra-polished, the wine list is good but not great (Tre Galline and the sister place Tre Galli are both exceptional). However there is an inner warmth about the place that ...
by Ian Sutton
March 31st, 2019, 1:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: TN: 1996 Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Hi Levi
I'm sure that wasn't at all John's intention, so would you be able to find some time to explain the ownership changes that happened a while back at Prunotto (Antinori ownership IIRC) and how Poderi Colla then emerged, that would be good.
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
March 18th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Amalfi in March

Agreed re: avoid having a car. Whilst it is possible, you'll be nearing peak season, where in addition to the hair-raising routes, the coastal road can become a logjam of cars. The Sita buses are excellent (and the sound of their horns will stay with you long after the holiday - as does the sound of...
by Ian Sutton
March 17th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Amalfi in March

Hi Dennis If you planned to be off out and about doing lots of day trips, then Capri would be a very bad choice. However if you wanted a stay that allowed you to explore the island (and it's coast) at your leisure, and enjoy the town in the morning and evening without the day trippers, then it might...
by Ian Sutton
February 24th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2173

Re: Tuscany

Hi Paul I must admit that Perugia jumped out as somewhere to give a glimpse of Italy without the tourist hordes. If your wife likes chocolate, then that might help influence her towards Perugia. FWIW I didn't enjoy Siena, as whilst we found it reasonably easy to escape the obvious tourist concentrat...
by Ian Sutton
February 17th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Piemonte

Last request: Good producers to visit. Here we are looking for friendly and hospitable visits with good wine. I know all(err, most depending on who you ask) the big names and if any fall on this list and are accessible that is great as well, but wasn't planning on more than maybe one. And by big na...
by Ian Sutton
February 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

Another agreement with Andrew's suggestion. Go somewhere exciting for the kids and find a decent wine shop on the way. Treat yourself to a nice bottle (or more) and drink one of those good bottles when back after the day trip and you can put your feet up and enjoy it. p.s. FWIW we have been to Rheim...
by Ian Sutton
February 5th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2459

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

Sorry to hear this and thanks for letting us know. If you are in touch with his family, please pass out condolences on, and that he'll be warmly remembered here.
by Ian Sutton
February 5th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2067

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Fully agree that with associated food, many wines really come to life, no more so than Lambrusco with cured (and naturally fatty) cured meats. The sum definitely greater than the parts.
by Ian Sutton
February 3rd, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Piemonte

Hi Will If staying in reasonably easy driving distance of the wine regions appeals, whilst in good countryside, then it would be good. Personally if wine is to be the focus, I'd absolutely want to be based in one of the villages, such that on at least one day the car could be left parked up giving t...
by Ian Sutton
February 3rd, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2067

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Learning Italian wines in one year is much akin to 'seeing' Italy on holiday in a 3 week visit. Yes some famous places will be visited, but the real Italy runs deeper than that. However in the spirit of learning, I've put the regions in 'an' order to suggest how the learning might go • Tuscany & Emi...
by Ian Sutton
January 31st, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 12695

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

So wine is being ruined by people paying stupid prices for wine AND by people refusing to pay stupid prices for wine.
by Ian Sutton
January 31st, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Piemonte

I like that you're considering a house or apartment, and although it's not the highest concentration of food shops, there is enough good stuff to see you right. Monforte is certainly a good option, and the small central supermarket was decent last time we were there - it was basic, but all the bette...
by Ian Sutton
January 3rd, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Amalfi in March

Paestum and Herculeum don’t require cars, easy to get to by train. Pompeii not as easy. That's assuming you're on the different train lines (Circumvesuviana/Marozzi for Herculaneum and the mainline route for Paestum). Sorrento is on the former, but not the latter. Pompeii station is on the former l...
by Ian Sutton
January 1st, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can all kiss my Welsh ass
Replies: 75
Views: 6168

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

I am feeling really let down. 0330 PST and no Welsh ass kiss posts. Oh, well, kiss my Irish ass!!!! I'm here to apologise on behalf of Alan. It's been a really hectic time since he made the offer to the forum, and the queues have frankly been astonishing. Apart from a small minority who insisted on...
by Ian Sutton
January 1st, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine books on Amazon, Great value used
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Re: Wine books on Amazon, Great value used

Then donate to a local library book sale. Unless they are dead at retail. I think Binnys still sell them. I agree Alan, plenty well worth looking out for, but I also need to remember to cull. My copy of 'The new Italy' is being thrown out this week, a very poor book, completely missing the concept ...
by Ian Sutton
December 31st, 2018, 6:07 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Amalfi in March

The walking is brilliant, up and down LOTS of steps (e.g. ~ 1200 from Ravello down to Amalfi). The Julian Tippett pcoket walking book (in the sunflower series) remains very useful. It's not super-detailed on directions, but it's good enough. Do however take good care if it's wet, as those steps beco...
by Ian Sutton
December 29th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books about Tuscany
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Books about Tuscany

I think the World of Fine Wine book on Tuscany might appeal. The usual great photography (too much for my tastes, but for the target audience it might be perfect); bite size profiles, history and geography. All very easy to digest. It is however a wine book, rather than a regional guide, regional wi...
by Ian Sutton
December 29th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can all kiss my Welsh ass
Replies: 75
Views: 6168

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

Alan Eden wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 7:57 am
Oops, reminder to myself, dont post when blitzed !!!

Sorry
:) Hope the hangover isn't too bad
by Ian Sutton
December 27th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 90
Views: 5105

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Hi Michael The other angle, might be to buy some wines from producers that make lighter / more approachable wines, or indeed some Langhe nebbiolo wines (which seem better than ever at the moment). The added advantage, is these should be cheaper than fancier producers in more open vintages (and for '...
by Ian Sutton
December 25th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2586

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Hi Bruce That sounds like it addresses many of the criticisms of the massive sea-going cruise liners, plus I daresay the quays on the river were more appealing than most sea ports & closer to the town/village/city centres. I do like my own space and my own schedule, plus embedding myself more in a l...
by Ian Sutton
December 25th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 8763

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

Good lord. Is this really the best forum for these discussions? Is it not possible to iron out your differences, or if not, bitch-slap each other, in PMs? This is seriously not consistent with what I understood, as an outsider, to be the Christmas spirit. Agreed. I've no interest in their spat.
by Ian Sutton
December 25th, 2018, 3:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline protocol
Replies: 55
Views: 2154

Re: Offline protocol

For me, offlines are about sharing with each other, so the thought of what is described seems the very opposite of the concept of an offline. However, should that person feel strongly about it, I'd recommend they buy a coravin, pungo or similar, then at the offline take another bottle along as norma...
by Ian Sutton
December 24th, 2018, 3:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1589

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Unless we're prepared to write of the disappointments, the highlights are like the icing without the cake. It's an honest negative review, without any axe to grind. The feedback is you've handled the situation really well (IMO). It was also good to call out that you read Galloni's note after you'd c...
by Ian Sutton
December 23rd, 2018, 5:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Woman alone in Rabat.
Replies: 26
Views: 1121

Re: Woman alone in Rabat.

I am not advocating entrenching myself from others. I am saying that I, as a white US female, blond hair and blue eyes, would stand out more and I believe there is a higher level of risk for me. I feel I am naturally more vulnerable than the general population on this forum. It's like a common sens...

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