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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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Dave01/17/17101010I knew I'd asked a real 'toughie' .....
Robert Baum12/27/16101010Thank you for the quick response - .....
Ian 11/07/16101010Thank you for such a prompt and .....
SHIHN JEN09/21/16101010 
Jonathan08/25/16101010Thank you, David. I may just drink .....

Recent Answers from David Ling

2017-01-10 old chianti:

Hi Dave,    I'm sorry but 'probably undrinkable' is putting it gently.    Few Chiantis are made to keep longer than about 5 years so there really isn't any possibility of pleasure from drinking them.

2017-01-10 Interesting port?:

Hi Dave,    I agree but it would require research beyond my field to find if TFB had a son (TAB) who joined him in the firm.    I don't think this is modern labelling but I can't read the text so please

2017-01-09 Interesting port?:

Hi Dave,    Sorry but I can find no reference to Buxton's Port anywhere     However, I've come across a biog of Thomas Fowell Buxton that you might like to see:

2016-12-27 Korbel cuvée 1993 inaugural:

Hi Bry,    I'm sorry but there is no such thing as American Champagne, whatever the clever (?) marketeers behind this heavily-promoted brand of Californian sparkling wine would have you believe. (Champagne

2016-12-25 Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin:

Hi Bob,    Sorry but I don't have access to Veuve Clicquot's barcode database so I can't tell you much about the bottling date - except that it must have been later than the mid-80s as that's when barcodes


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