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by Ian Sutton
May 20th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portugal - Colares, Alentejo and Algarve recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Portugal - Colares, Alentejo and Algarve recommendations?

We've stayed with friends in Tavira and liked it very much. Restrained charm, good food / reasonably priced. Not a beach resort, but with some lovely walking in dunes / past the salt pans / lots of birdlife. There are beaches in very easy driving range and IIRC there is a river ferry that ends up at...
by Ian Sutton
May 11th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: another glassware question - grenache
Replies: 19
Views: 883

Re: another glassware question - grenache

I tend to consider any brand of spit bucket suitable for Grenache, and try to avoid potential contamination from myself on its way to said receptacle [wink.gif] Joking aside, probably something that doesn't accentuate the perception of alcohol and avoids over-emphasising the jammier aspect of the fr...
by Ian Sutton
May 5th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon
Replies: 23
Views: 945

Re: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon

Never heard of Molveno so I googled it and wow, that’s where I am going whenever it is possible again! Pretty much "wow!" was all I could say when first looking at the view from the apartment (and practically every apartment will have such a view). Mountains, lake, some village, and no filler. Typi...
by Ian Sutton
May 5th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon
Replies: 23
Views: 945

Re: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon

FWIW the standard 'Foradori' (what was Teroldego Rotaliano) can be just as appealing as the Granato in youth, though the Granato should shine a decade or more down the line. Both are aged in wood, so feel very normal (natural wines, but you'd struggle to guess). I think the natural wine persona come...
by Ian Sutton
May 3rd, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon
Replies: 23
Views: 945

Re: TN: 2015 Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon

Sorry, I just saw this. I was partial to the Nosiola and my wife was partial to the Manzoni. So we buy both. The tasting was a great experience. DA906631-FED0-4066-82F8-33F09BDAF3B1.jpeg 0CC69603-92C0-464F-A3B2-4E408D914FAE.jpeg and it was in that very seat you occupied, that we had a discussion ab...
by Ian Sutton
April 26th, 2020, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Re: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Markus S wrote:
April 25th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Pop if you must. At $300/bottle, I'd probably let it develop some more though.
+1
by Ian Sutton
March 26th, 2020, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1802

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Best hack - a proven track record. It's far easier to predict future greatness, if the previous releases showed this. Even if you've not tasted that label (or indeed neither have others because it's a new label) comparisons are very useful. e.g. taste a Hunter Valley Semillon and find it's somewhat ...
by Ian Sutton
March 25th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

Re: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?

in very simple terms, without knowing the specific wine

06 if you want to cellar it for a decade or more
07 if you'd be likely to drink it sooner
by Ian Sutton
March 23rd, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 34
Views: 2432

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

Posted at 15:4915:49 (BBC) Loss of smell and taste - new symptoms? Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News There have been increasing numbers of people reporting a lost sense of smell and taste on social media. Some have tested positive for the new coronavirus, while others who haven’t had a test w...
by Ian Sutton
March 23rd, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 34
Views: 2432

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

...since true ageusia (inability to taste basic tastes) is a completely different story and I don't know if you can get that from the Coronavirus as well. It's been in the news yesterday. Reports from France and Iran of this being a reasonably common (but not universal) symptom. Also shared by the ...
by Ian Sutton
March 23rd, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 34
Views: 2432

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

plenty of people under stress at the moment, so cut each other some slack please

... and if you think someone is being an *sshole, don't be an *sshole back.
by Ian Sutton
March 14th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 277
Views: 7942

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 1:51 am
Very famous producer:
late to the game - I'd guess Gaja, making a point of crossing out the G in DOCG (and if not them, then Borgogno for their protest label)
by Ian Sutton
February 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3178

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Gerhard P. wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 4:45 am

As always bottle condition is critical ...
Indeed - I was going to say look for a good level and where practical a good colour
by Ian Sutton
February 11th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Single Ticket Global Travel
Replies: 3
Views: 988

Re: Single Ticket Global Travel

Historically called round the world tickets. Most have a restriction on the total number of flights, but also no backtracking. Historically they weren't much more than 3 single tickets, so if you were already planning two separate locations, this was often a cost-effective way to add in a 3rd and 4t...
by Ian Sutton
February 3rd, 2020, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6829

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Andy Sc wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 4:49 am
Otto Forsberg wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 2:29 am

Forceberry. https://www.cellartracker.com/user.asp? ... ide=153713
btw, nice notes, very informative and detailed. Love it.
Agreed - and either our tastes align remarakbly often, or Otto drinks a lot of wine [wink.gif]
by Ian Sutton
February 1st, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1600

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

On another thread, there was some evidence that some people still enjoy the 'Parkerised' wines and like how they are ageing. I don't doubt them (for their palate). The wines aren't shit, though to my palate they almost certainly would feel that way. So please let us be slightly more restrained when ...
by Ian Sutton
January 24th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 131
Views: 9649

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

Not wanting this to descend into personal attacks (please) FWIW I do find it interesting that we appear to have very differing opinions on these wines. In such situations it helps to have a good detailed TN, as they can often hint at why we're taking differing views. e.g. a taster might talk about a...
by Ian Sutton
January 23rd, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 59
Views: 4841

Re: Ian D’Agata Departs Vinous

Huge loss for Vinous. Second to none on most Italian regions, very curious to see where Ian will be next. Nobody can fill those shoes. Absolutely. I don't like the hype that Antonio tries to generate, whereas I find Ian's writing more genuinely passionate. Congratulations to Eric, a good business o...
by Ian Sutton
January 23rd, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

anyone do a ferry from milazzo to the aeolian islands? is it a place to spend a night? Yes, though a few yers ago. We stayed a week on Lipari, but also used the opportunity to visit Vulcano, Stromboli and Panarea. Spending the night, no I'd say that's missing the point. You're getting the chilled p...
by Ian Sutton
January 17th, 2020, 3:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

I do very much agree with Barry's view that 'less is more' i.e. the more you try to cram in, the less enjoyable the holiday becomes. I may disagree on hotels (I spent too much time in them through work), so tend towards the more personal touch of agriturismo and/or the flexibility and space of apart...
by Ian Sutton
January 16th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

Hi Mark My experience is limited in Sicily (a night in Catania and a week on Lipari). However - Instead of hotels, do consider Agristurismo accomodation, as it's often very good, very hospitable and very good value. In particular, staying on a wine estate can be ideal. Where these places serve eveni...
by Ian Sutton
January 15th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 3055

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

oops! Great to hear you had a super holiday though
by Ian Sutton
January 15th, 2020, 5:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 38
Views: 3224

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Alan, I didn't spend the time reading everyone's comments, but we spent some time this summer in Italy. I will say that I really liked Livorno on the coast. We feel like a 2-3 day trip does it justice. Saying that, we spent a week in Rome doing the major tourist things and just feel like we need to...
by Ian Sutton
January 13th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

I'd certainly favour somewhere which didn't involve a flight transfer, and ideally one which is only a 2-4 hour drive or train journey from your commitment in Andalucia. Longer than 2 hours so that you're not left waiting for your room/apartment, shorter than 4 hours because such long transfers wipe...
by Ian Sutton
January 8th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 269
Views: 12589

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Indeed John - and I'm a huge fan of 'nduja, either as fresh or from a jar. Stacks of flavour and not just heat, though it does pack a punch as well.
by Ian Sutton
January 8th, 2020, 2:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Interesting Italian wines with dinner
Replies: 8
Views: 1160

Re: TNs: Interesting Italian wines with dinner

Loren, others probably know a lot more than I do, but as I recall the Sgarzon is a single vineyard Teroldego fermented and partially aged in terra cotta amphoras, whereas the Granato is a blend of her best grapes from 3 vineyards and is fermented and aged in wood. There are probably other factors a...
by Ian Sutton
December 2nd, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2266

Re: Floral barolo recs

There is a specific nebbiolo grape (sub-variety?) which is meant to give more floral wines. I can't remember the exact grape name but recall Ian d'Agata talking about it being mostly removed from the vineyards, but historically being more prevalent - IIRC the grape was Nebbiolo Rosé and some produce...
by Ian Sutton
November 29th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3483

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Hi Jozef
IIRC it's the Vajra Kyè that is vinified like a Barolo.
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
November 29th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3483

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Ignoring the instructions completely, I think I'd go for the 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Freisa! Alternatively for something marginally closer to maturity, something that appeals from the AR.PE.PE range under Lombardy. Hopefullly others can comment on producers, but I think 2011 Barbaresco is a decent i...
by Ian Sutton
November 11th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Vintage Wine Acceptable Condition
Replies: 4
Views: 2251

Re: Vintage Wine Acceptable Condition

Knocking on 35 years is certainly enough age that there should be an acceptance of minor ullage, though there are still some who expect the level to still be in the neck). For me, top shoulder or very top shoulder would not be a cause for concern, nor an excuse to argue for a discount Upper shoulder...
by Ian Sutton
November 10th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2272

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

"More recently, the wine reviewing world has become populated by tasters who award wines absurdly high scores that those wines have no chance of ever actually living up to." is this one of those statements that sounds true, but really cannot be verified because it's so vague and open-ended? Stock i...
by Ian Sutton
November 3rd, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 4173

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Anton D wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 5:21 pm
I shun white Burgundy now.
Ditto (just as I was about to start exploring). I still buy Macon wines, which seem to mature just as well as before, but barring the very occasional Chablis, I simply don't buy enough to have anything (white) mature in the rest of Burg.
by Ian Sutton
October 21st, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long can a Finish Last?
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: How Long can a Finish Last?

I'm told that Indian Paan liqueur has one of the longest finishes of any drink. Not in a good way though.
by Ian Sutton
October 19th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 72
Views: 4202

Re: Aglianico

Hi James In terms of what you've liked, there is plenty of it, so hopefully anything new merely adds onto the good stuff. Aglianico certainly worth trying, and with age on if possible (for Taurasi). Plenty of regional variation though, so a grape that you can explore in a similar way to Nebbiolo in ...
by Ian Sutton
October 16th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 22
Views: 2379

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

The basic Serralunga bottling is decently made but very much at the ' commercial end' of the the spectrum. Similar interest / staying power to some of the better (but not the best) Langhe Nebbiolo wines (IMO). If priced at the level of a good langhe nebbiolo, then it's good to buy for short-medium t...
by Ian Sutton
October 10th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 5564

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

you ever tried 'Marchesi di Barolo' ? In general I'd not recommend them. We've had some good older bottles from when negociants ruled, and they were a big negociant. These days I find neither interest or value in their wines. Very tourism focused at the winery as well. I'd love to see a resurgence,...
by Ian Sutton
October 10th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 5564

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

modest intentions. Not actively chasing anything, but might pick up the odd bottle in time, or if we head over to Italy next year.

I'm in the nice position that I've got a good amount of nebbiolo in the cellar already, so no huge urgency to top it up.
by Ian Sutton
October 4th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well
Replies: 15
Views: 1319

Re: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well

Hi Claus Many thanks for that. Nice to know the visual charm is backed up 'on the ground'. Yes Timorasso a favourite white of ours for a few years now, though I do lean towards the lower alcohol versions and mostly avoiding those at 14.5+% where it can feel hot and heavy for my palate. Ruché also a ...
by Ian Sutton
September 29th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 2403

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

A very good point about the change. For us, often having a holiday in Italy (or elsewhere in the euro-zone) every year, we'll always come back with a selection of small change. Unlike holidays pre-Euro or elsewhere, we don't bother to get rid of change on the last day / at the airport. It becomes ve...
by Ian Sutton
September 28th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well
Replies: 15
Views: 1319

Re: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well

Hi Claus I'd be interested in your thought on Tortona itself and the area around it. The wines of course are a great draw (and interesting to see a prestige / single vineyard bottling from a producer at the value for money end of the spectrum). I did catch sight of the city / surrounds from the TV f...
by Ian Sutton
September 25th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Variety and Aging
Replies: 27
Views: 1077

Re: Grape Variety and Aging

Hi Mike ... and welcome to the world of variety vs. varietal, something that has occupied far too much space on this little corner of the internet! [wow.gif] I hope that thread drift doesn't make us come across like a load of old pedants Regards Ian * The fact that many of us are isn't the point [wi...
by Ian Sutton
September 25th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Variety and Aging
Replies: 27
Views: 1077

Re: Grape Variety and Aging

Welcome. The track record of the same wine/producer over history is the best gauge. This plays into all the points mentioned above. Yes, there are two ways to do this 1) Study the structure (tannins, acidity) judge how much depth the fruit has, then understand the grape and what happens to wines ma...
by Ian Sutton
September 24th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 2403

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

If you do have time planned in Torino, rather than it being simply an airport or train station entry point, then do let us know. Many of us have been there, and personally having had >10 visits now, my love of the city is pretty obvious.
by Ian Sutton
September 22nd, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 2403

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

Hi Justin Plenty of options, but if heading down to Florence afterwards, then the obvious suggestion of the Langhe region also feels the best one (though for a more under the radar option with whites the equal of the reds, Tortona is worth a thought). www.langheroero.it tourist site is a wonderful r...
by Ian Sutton
September 15th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Anyone want to help me pick bottles based on QPR?
Replies: 6
Views: 3945

Re: Anyone want to help me pick bottles based on QPR?

Hi Jordan Tastes can differ dramatically so one person's perfect QPR ir another's dreadful rip-off. People new to the hobby often turn towards leading critics to guide them to great qpr, but that's a flawed approach for that very reason. What can someone do then? - Read for information, rather than ...
by Ian Sutton
September 15th, 2019, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 5221

Re: Barolo Sediment

In my opinion there is no need to stand up the bottles. The far easier method is to buy a wine cradle and retrieve the bottle from the cellar in the cradle and decant with the bottle still in that position. I have never had an issue with sediment with this method. That may be true, but you're repla...
by Ian Sutton
September 14th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 5221

Re: Barolo Sediment

I'm in agreement with Ashish.

I'd probably accept it for a younger Barolo/Barbaresco, when less sediment has preciptated out. Not for an older one though.
by Ian Sutton
September 8th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 38
Views: 3224

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

I, too, am looking for some advice. My wife and I went to Italy in March of 2017, and dis the typical major route - Rome, Florence, and Venice. We loved it so much, we decided to book another trip to Italy next March; however, this time we are flying in/out of Milan. We only have 7 nights, so we ar...
by Ian Sutton
September 8th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 7346

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Hi all
Someone reported a problem accessing the link to the HRH Jancis article above. If the link doesn't work, might be worth a google search for Jancis Robinson lightstrike
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
September 8th, 2019, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 7346

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

GregT wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Someone needs to find better reading material! Don't worry about the light. Nothing is happening to the wine because of it. Ever go into a wine store?
https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles ... htstrike

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