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by Ian Sutton
February 15th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 362

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: 2164

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: 1520

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: 22
Views: 583

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: 1520

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: 321
Views: 9355

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: 22
Views: 583

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: 10
Views: 317

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: 71
Views: 4040

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: 411

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: 10
Views: 317

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: 326

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: 71
Views: 4040

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: 73
Views: 2518

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: 41
Views: 1606

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: 7823

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: 1875

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: 1490

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: 857

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...
by Ian Sutton
December 19th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7823

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

We ourselves can be part of the problem, getting caught up in the latest 'rising star', or following the crowd in buying a board darling. That can go for regions such as Cornas, or individual producers (perhaps PYCM jumps out as one where interest has snowballed). It can be us that starts the price/...
by Ian Sutton
December 19th, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??
Replies: 59
Views: 3541

Re: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??

A quick look at CT; producers ordered by bottles purchased, then scanning down to see which I don't expect to buy from again: 5th place - Penfolds . A combination of realising I didn't like the style that much (unlike Aussie critics) and rapacious price increases make this an easy ignore. A lesson i...
by Ian Sutton
December 19th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7823

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

Long, long reply, after reading the whole thread... ...Eff the speculators. Find something else. It’s out there. Dan Kravitz I abbreviated the quote, but wanted to specifically thank Dan (and others earlier in the thread) for a great summation. All I have to do is type in my "+1!" [cheers.gif] and ...
by Ian Sutton
December 18th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Woman alone in Rabat.
Replies: 26
Views: 857

Re: Woman alone in Rabat.

Hi Paul No specific advice, but this current news story is sadly relevant. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-46597369 Certainly worth taking advice from your foreign office, who should be able to give very useful advice, especially on whether this is merely a one-off incident that could happen...
by Ian Sutton
December 18th, 2018, 1:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm DONE - Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 66
Views: 2746

Re: I'm DONE - Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

The vinous equivalent of supersize me!
by Ian Sutton
December 17th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7823

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

Victor Hong wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 9:08 am
A speculator is anybody who likes what I like, but will pay more money for it. Demonization is the solution to envy----at least, until the shoe goes on the other foot.
[cheers.gif]
by Ian Sutton
December 17th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7823

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

I’m buying the new crop of highly rated Ports. Most have a best from date of 2030! I’ll be lucky to make it there! My children can enjoy them. Same as some of the big name 2015 CdP I’m buying in mag. Good investments or good drinking for my kids! Respectfully, I'm hard pressed to think of a worse w...
by Ian Sutton
December 17th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test
Replies: 63
Views: 2675

Re: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test

* You select a wine in a restaurant because you’ve never heard of it before. FALSE. I personally think that's a terrible way to order a wine. What is so terrible about that way of ordering wine? I think it very much depends on the aspirations of the restaurant. Where the wines are an afterthought, ...
by Ian Sutton
December 17th, 2018, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7823

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

I can't change the free market, though I'm more likely to buy Bairrada, Chinon, Roero or Vespolina than switch to Bordeaux. After all it's only a handful of years ago that many of us were saying Bordeaux had jumped the shark in terms of rapacious pricing. For me there is still poor value in that reg...
by Ian Sutton
December 16th, 2018, 2:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?
Replies: 119
Views: 5806

Re: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?

It’s not on WB’s servers - it’s malware on your device. Googling it shows a myriad of articles on it Todd, I agree it’s not on WB’s servers. But it’s most likely what others have said - not malware on our client devices but coming from the third party ad servers and some of the ads they are passing...
by Ian Sutton
December 14th, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All roads lead to spoofy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1266

Re: All roads lead to spoofy?

It's great to have a palate that can appreciate a wide range of wines, and an attitude that puts enjoyment ahead of dogma. Tonight I'm drinking a glass of 2004 Penfolds St Henri. Nowhere near the heart of my wine interests these days, but also far from their most archetypal 'prestige' red style, and...
by Ian Sutton
December 10th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN. Visit in Montepulciano - more wines
Replies: 14
Views: 613

Re: TN. Visit in Montepulciano

Mattias Hansen wrote:
September 2nd, 2013, 8:07 am

I think many underestimate the cellaring potential (and requirement) for Vino Nobile.
I very much agree [cheers.gif]
by Ian Sutton
December 10th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3082

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

I tend to agree with Michael on this one. I have never been a fan of Chianti but Brunello yes. Never found a Chianti that I would consider profound. Mostly "house" wines to me. Conversely I've had a very poor success rate with Brunello. Significantly more dull/poor bottles than enjoyable/exciting o...
by Ian Sutton
December 9th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 50
Views: 1786

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

As you say, lots of variables and lots of variation. It's been as high as 23, but I answered 1, because I am a vinous magpie at heart, enjoying trying lots of different wines, so multiples are only really where I'm convinced I'd love the wine e.g. a combination of one or more of wine appellation / p...
by Ian Sutton
December 9th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3082

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Like others, I find plenty to like in Chianti (and some to dislike). I had a lucky introduction, taking a punt on a couple of mature lots at auction, and finding some gems already pre-matured. Don't expect Brunello (unless the new Gran selezione wines are heading that way) or Vino Nobile. For me Chi...
by Ian Sutton
December 9th, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test
Replies: 63
Views: 2675

Re: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test

I found the article to be rather supercilious in the manner of "I'm a wine geek, and aren't I much cooler than that stupid wine snob". That especially rang true with the final 'question', which is very much an arrogant assertion about 'our club' being popular (and frankly I don't agree with it). I'd...
by Ian Sutton
December 8th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3082

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Nathan Smyth wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 8:39 pm
PARKERIZED Chianti: 2009 Selvapiana Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva
I'm surprised by this comment. I would have thought it would have been far too rustic and far less luscious than would fit the bill for the Parker ideal
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1495

Re: We're not normal : )

OT Sometimes I feel happy to be Italian. Here is a very partial list of wines under 30$ (27 €) in my supermarket: Produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Adriano barbaresco Nervi gattinara Banfi brunello di montalcino Sella e Mosca marchese di Villamarina Mastroberardino Taurasi Ratti nebbiolo Ochetti...
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 375

Re: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010

I'd definitely like to try their Vespolina - indeed I wonder whether in 5-10 years the grape might make a real name for itself. Ian, I like them, But if I were a Novarese wine grower, I’d mainly plant Nebbiolo. And to paraphrase Tom, I don’t see this grape being planted up and down the coast of Cal...
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: TN: 1992 Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT

Hi Kevin
Thanks for the note, and I must admit it rings true to the one experience I had with this wine, where it was easy to call it 'fine wine', but it just seemed to be polished (and veneered) into anonymity. In no way a bad wine, but one that was more forgettable than I had hoped.
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1151

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

Hi Alan I do very much understand what you're saying, and it takes me back to the first tasting group I joined. I knew the square root of zero about wines back then, so they didn't need to be blinded. The one game we played, was to "guess the price of the bottle" and that was such a great way of foc...
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1495

Re: We're not normal : )

OT Sometimes I feel happy to be Italian. Here is a very partial list of wines under 30$ (27 €) in my supermarket: Produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Adriano barbaresco Nervi gattinara Banfi brunello di montalcino Sella e Mosca marchese di Villamarina Mastroberardino Taurasi Ratti nebbiolo Ochetti...
by Ian Sutton
December 4th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode
Replies: 27
Views: 1417

Re: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode

It reads well, with a fair voice for people at different ends of the spectrum.
by Ian Sutton
December 4th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 375

Re: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010

I'd definitely like to try their Vespolina - indeed I wonder whether in 5-10 years the grape might make a real name for itself.
by Ian Sutton
December 4th, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 65
Views: 1771

Re: Futures

I need to educate myself more on the typical times different wines can age. Any thoughts on a rough timeline list for a variety of wine? This is a complex question because wine aging goodness is highly dependent on your subjective tastes/preferences. For example I’m drinking a 1996 Chablis tonight ...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 65
Views: 1771

Re: Futures

I think mostly I cellar that closely resembles my wife’s and I taste. Which is a very good strategy indeed! Why not have a buying strategy that goes something like... When you try a wine and really enjoy it, commit to buy 2-3 more of it, or 2-3 more from the same region. Let the growth happen natur...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 375

Re: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010

Fara-Sizzano-Ghemme are all on the same pretty straight road (SP299) and it's only 5.5 km between them. Plenty of argument that they ought to get amalgamated, but history will I'm sure hold out. Gattinara about 5km from Ghemme as the crow flies, but it's a bit further by road in order to cross the S...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1452

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

A difficult question. I suspect the same, on the grounds that ability to drink more in a session would start off being attractive but would quickly lose interest. Sometimes the effect is pleasing, having a relaxing evening with friends and letting the slow effect of the alcohol help that relaxation,...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 65
Views: 1771

Re: Futures

Hi James Welcome to the forum. At $1000 for around 20 wines, you should be able to get some decent wines, though one problem with futures is it's limiting you to 12 (or these days perhaps 6) bottles of a single wine, so you don't get a lot of variety. Predicting what you'll like in the future is qui...
by Ian Sutton
December 2nd, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 390
Views: 55290

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco

J Dove wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 4:50 pm
I've had a couple of bottles of the 2006 Kye from Vajra in the past few weeks. It's drinking great...
Hmm - I do keep meaning to buy a bottle of this to try, preferably pre-aged.
by Ian Sutton
December 2nd, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New to boards
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: New to boards

Welcome Daniel, and feel proud that you stand by your tastes, even if the style of those fruit bombs gets dissed by others (including me on occasions). Sorry I can't help on the Champagne question, as it's one area that rarely excites (I really like Krug, but it's priced beyond what I'm happy to pay...

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