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S2 EP3: IAN RANKIN - show notes


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S2 EP3: IAN RANKIN - summary

Olly met Ian in Edinburgh to discuss wine, fiction, Edinburgh, whisky, beer, pubs and much more - it's a wonderful booze-infused chat that is stuffed full of interesting anecdotes.

S2 EP3: IAN RANKIN - timeline

  • 02:16 - 1982 was a top-quality vintage in Bordeaux
  • 02:23 - 'ullage' is a term used to describe the level of liquid in a wine bottle
  • 02:44 - a 'cave cooperative' is a collective winery owned by a group of grape growers
  • 03:13 - the photos that Ian shows Olly are all reproduced here:
  • 03:42 - Ian studied English at Edinburgh University
  • 05:00 - pompage is French for pumping, which is used to move wine between tanks, barrels and bottles
  • 05:15 - vendange is French for harvest
  • 06:49 - Olly refers to Bacchus and Ariadne, by Titian
  • 07:57 - Inspector Rebus is Ian Rankin's most famous fictional character
  • 08:22 - Valpolicella and Lambrusco are Italian red wines, which are normally inexpensive
  • 08:29 - Blue Nun is a German wine brand that was very popular in the 1980s
  • 10:24 - the Cameo Picturehouse is a cinema in Edinburgh, where Olly used to work
  • 10:56 - Knee Deep In Claret was published in 1994
  • 11:03 - In Bordeaux, négociants are middleman who sell wine between châteaux and wholesalers
  • 11:39 - Gillespies is a type of stout, formerly brewed in Scotland
  • 12:24 - Alexander McCall Smith is another Scottish author, who lives on the same street as Ian
  • 12:55 - Will Lyons is a British wine writer and fine advisor for London wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd
  • 13:38 - Tales Of The Unexpected is a collection of short stories written by Roald Dahl, which were turned into a television series with a well-known theme tune
  • 14:57 - some of the drinks Ian first encountered were Warnink's Advocaat, Bells, Glayva and Southern Comfort
  • 15:27 - one of Olly's earliest drinks was Malibu and pineapple
  • 16:16 - Ian and his wife moved to the Dordogne region of France.
  • 16:26 - Cahors is a famous red wine of the southwest of France
  • 16:31 - Corbières and Minervois are also wine regions in southwest France
  • 16:46 - Caesar's Vast Ghost is a book written by Gerard Durrell
  • 18:52 - The Oxford Bar is the pub where Ian's fictional detective Inspector Rebus drinks
  • 19:11 - Ian has an Edinburgh app and has endorsed several Rebus-themed walking tours
  • 22:16 - Cromarty is a town in the north of Scotland


S2 EP3: IAN RANKIN - production notes

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