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I have 40 year`s experience tasting, collecting and enjoying wines as an amateur enthusiast. Bordeaux and Port are my particular loves and I regularly buy and sell at auction. I have a good library and frequently participate in on-line discussions. I can only help with valuations, buying or selling if you tell me where you live as there are many variations around the world.

Experience in the area

I would not feel confident answering questions on German wines or those of the USA, South Africa or Australia. But please check my prestige rating and browse "Browse Past Answers" at the top of this page to see if I'm the one you want to help on everything else! (PLEASE don't forget to tell me where you are if you want my estimation of value or help buying or selling!)


I also participate regularly on several other discussion groups.

What do you like about this subject?

The infinite variety of wines.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To keep filling gaps in my knowledge and to help others to share the joys of discovery and the pains of disappointment.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Did you know that there are many thousands of grape varieties used to make wine - but that many of them are different names for the same thing!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Sometimes the price and value of wines is driven more by marketing hype than by quality.

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Recent Answers from David Ling

2016-11-13 Port wine served at French state dinner?:

Hi Paul,    Thanks for coming back with that link. I'd be rather more confident about possible enjoyment from drinking this if it really was a Tawny as good quality wines in this style sometimes age well

2016-11-12 Port wine served at French state dinner?:

Hi Paul,    This looks genuine to me but I can find no reference to 'Commendado' as a brand name, although Feuerheerd’s ( is a well-known

2016-11-07 Port valuations:

Hi Ian,    This is a nice group so I don't think you'll have any problem selling. Assuming the bottles are all in good condition in terms of levels and capsules I think you could hope for auction bids

2016-10-27 Was wondering about the age of the bottle and its contents and what it may be worth:

Hi David,    Sorry but I can't read the text, but I don't think it has any value as it wouldn't be lawful for you to sell this privately and I don't think any merchant or auction house would be interested

2016-10-23 1970 Vino Rossi Wine:

Hi Elizabeth,    I think the giver hoped you'd celebrate your first anniversary by opening this as there is no possibility that it will still be enjoyable at your 50th.    It has no value as it wouldn't


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