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by Ian Sutton
June 16th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 11
Views: 484

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: 15
Views: 674

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: 6
Views: 531

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: 6
Views: 531

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: 15
Views: 674

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: 15
Views: 674

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: 783

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: 2101

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: 261

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: 233

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: 1056

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: 1056

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: 1718

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: 1172

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: 644

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: 2310

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: 1757

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: 1172

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: 1757

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: 11517

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: 1172

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: 1056

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: 4187

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: 420

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: 1056

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: 343

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: 4187

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: 4337

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: 2344

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: 8042

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: 1927

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: 1513

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: 991

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: 8042

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: 3758

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: 8042

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: 991

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: 2811

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: 8042

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: 8042

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: 2780

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: 8042

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: 5998

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: 1358

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: 677

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: 3331

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: 1921

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: 3331

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: 2780

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...

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