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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: 20
Views: 1504

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: 4724

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: 4724

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: 1125

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 Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 531

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: 1125

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: 943

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: 943

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 Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 531

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 Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 531

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: 4
Views: 1048

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: 77
Views: 3030

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: 77
Views: 3030

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 Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2065

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: 122
Views: 5999

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: 122
Views: 5999

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
by Ian Sutton
September 7th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 50
Views: 2872

Re: Amore for Amarone?

I really enjoy Amarone. They are either very well balanced and exactly what I’m looking for, or they are heavy, almost syrupy, prune juice. Haven’t had the opportunity to taste or buy a really high end Amarone. I usually stick to what I know I like..Tommasi, Allegrini,Accordini... Yes, in addition ...
by Ian Sutton
September 2nd, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2615

Re: Tuscany

I didn't taste at Ornellaia. They charge 100E to taste and refused to let my pregnant wife join for a lesser fee. This was offputting to me. I guess it's the double whammy, of famous winery and in Tuscany, where there are enough tourists to pay the entry fee. So different to most of Italy, and it i...
by Ian Sutton
August 28th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8196

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

I think we'll be open to offers on the crown jewels soon...
by Ian Sutton
August 26th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2327

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

I think it's clutching at straws. A much bigger problem IMO is the number of fat and alcoholic versions. Strident aromas for sure, but on the Hugh Johnson scale, a sip is enough. A shame as the rare leaner / less alcoholic ones can be a far more appetising prospect. I know you are probably being to...
by Ian Sutton
August 24th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2327

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

I think it's clutching at straws.

A much bigger problem IMO is the number of fat and alcoholic versions. Strident aromas for sure, but on the Hugh Johnson scale, a sip is enough. A shame as the rare leaner / less alcoholic ones can be a far more appetising prospect.
by Ian Sutton
August 23rd, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 114
Views: 7742

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

1996 was a super vintage in South Australia, and while '98 gets all the raps, in my mind '96 was the better year overall (though a lot of the winemakers were very fond of the 1999). The problem I had with a lot of early to late '90s Aussie Shiraz that I cellared (though not all in fairness) was tha...
by Ian Sutton
August 22nd, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: James Suckling loves pizza. So do I.
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: James Suckling loves pizza. So do I.

I love the way the start pizza looks. Couldn't figure out what the third guy was using on his bench. He had corn meal, flour, and it wasn't clear what the brown was? Looks grittier, possibly semolina flour though that typically is a little lighter in colour (but then the normal flour looked darker ...
by Ian Sutton
August 9th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1918

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: 627

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: 4492

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: 140
Views: 8196

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: 2917

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: 27
Views: 1428

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: 1671

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: 1671

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: 921

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: 14045

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: 14045

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: 36
Views: 2065

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: 36
Views: 2065

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: 36
Views: 2065

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: 3116

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: 3116

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: 13
Views: 861

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: 36
Views: 2065

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: 2917

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: 2917

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: 36
Views: 2065

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: 36
Views: 2065

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: 887

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: 58
Views: 2750

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: 375

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: 293

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

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