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by Rich Salsano
February 14th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 1238

Re: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting

I am still good for Thursday 2/27. If we are short on attendees, I might be able to get a fellow wino to join us. Haven’t decided on a wine yet but will give that some thought.
by Rich Salsano
February 13th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

We loved our stay at the Antique Hotel Split. Basically feels like you are staying in Diocletian’s Palace. Small place with only a few rooms but well attended and great location. I am sure I have some restaurant recommendations for Dubrovnik and Split but need to go back and check. Will post tomorrow.
by Rich Salsano
February 11th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 207
Views: 12869

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Cooked a picanha yesterday. I threw it in the freezer since I knew I wouldn't get to it within a week. Threw it in the fridge 2 days before cooking, sous vide for 3 hours @ 129F, then fired up the gas BBQ grill, placing a cast iron skillet on the grates. After searing the bottom, I rotated renderin...
by Rich Salsano
January 30th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scavino Sorriso Bianco
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: 2017 Scavino Sorriso Bianco

That’s a delicious wine for sure. I typically don’t see it offered many places though. I had it a couple of times while over in Piedmont and really dug it. I remember it having a really silky texture for a white wine.
by Rich Salsano
January 29th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 1238

Re: NYC: 2/18 6:45 PM & 2/26 6:30 PM Kochi - Theme: Wines to match 9 course tasting

I can’t do Wednesday’s but would be in for 2/18.
by Rich Salsano
January 29th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 1238

Re: NYC Hells Kitchen: Kochi - Theme: Wines to match 9 course tasting

Sounds interesting. Have heard great things about the restaurant. Would be interested as well, date dependent.
by Rich Salsano
January 26th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2554

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

Being walked through a 5 vintage vertical of Lapierre Morgon by Matthieu at their winery in Beaujolais, inclusive of stories about each vintage. And it just so happened MS Brian McClintic was there for that tasting as well.
by Rich Salsano
January 23rd, 2020, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barbera vs Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 910

Re: Barbera vs Zinfandel

Martinelli zin is closer in style to port for me. Not a fan of the wines and definitely not for pairing with food. Besides generally being overripe, they usually seem flabby to me and serving with food, especially anything with acid like tomatoes, just amplifies that. Barbera is a perfect match on t...
by Rich Salsano
January 22nd, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Failla Syrah Estate Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2016 Failla Syrah Estate Vineyard

Love this wine. Just had the 2014 a couple of weeks ago. Rocking.

Thanks for the TN.
by Rich Salsano
January 19th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16503
Views: 430537

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Adam Noble wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Drinking a Blind Pig IPA I brought back from SF. I'm not an IPA guy, but I like this and I like it more than I do Pliny (either one). This is more balanced and a nice to sip with some instant pot butter chicken and palak paneer.
I think many folks, myself included, prefer Blind Pig to Pliny.
by Rich Salsano
January 2nd, 2020, 3:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour
Replies: 18
Views: 1430

Re: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour

I would absolutely recommend Wine Tours in Tuscany. Ask for Donatella. I have sent numerous people her way in the past. She does day long tastings in Chianti and Montalcino, typically of smaller family run wineries. I think the tours typically leave out of Siena but you can get there easily from Flo...
by Rich Salsano
December 31st, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Krakow
Replies: 8
Views: 608

Re: Krakow

Here are links and brief descriptions from our Krakow itinerary. The polish donuts at the place listed below are a must (we went just about every day, sometimes twice in a day!) [wow.gif] and for dinners, we had very good meals at the 3 places listed below. Starka had a bunch of local Polish beers o...
by Rich Salsano
December 29th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Krakow
Replies: 8
Views: 608

Re: Krakow

I have some Krakow recommendations for sure. We were there a year and a half ago. Let me dig them out and I will get back shortly.
by Rich Salsano
December 27th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Planning a trip to Argentina
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Planning a trip to Argentina

Hello all. I did a quick search and there are only a couple of Argentina related threads on the forums so I figured I would start a new one to generate some discussion. We are planning to go to Argentina (likely in April) and wanted to get some thoughts from anyone who has traveled there. It looks l...
by Rich Salsano
December 7th, 2019, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 x 2008 Nebbiolo’s with Shocking Results
Replies: 19
Views: 2046

Re: 2 x 2008 Nebbiolo’s with Shocking Results

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Check out Idlewild for some really neat Cali Nebbiolo.
Agreed. Tasted there in September. Really well made wines.
by Rich Salsano
November 25th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 24
Views: 1745

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

Glad to hear as I have a few bottles in the cellar. I would also add their relatively new Boatman 100% zin is closer to this style than most of their other zins. We just had it last night and it was incredibly fresh, bright and sort of light on its feet. Pure fruit and not much new oak.
by Rich Salsano
November 23rd, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4795

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

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Today was delivery day as well. 6 cases from Flatiron. [whistle.gif]
by Rich Salsano
November 10th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16503
Views: 430537

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

A slew of Tree House regulars like Green, Julius, Bright (w citra and w Nelson), but the current batch of Curiosity 80 and Super Treat are really great. Both are juicy, super fluffy and smooth with Super Treat having a cotton candy type flavor to it and Curiosity 80 having a bit more chewy floral ho...
by Rich Salsano
October 21st, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 141968

Re: New York City Restaurants

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 1:58 pm
Crown Shy received a star.

Put together a wine dinner there last week - food was excellent, service great and wine service even better with high end stemware.
Yup. Fantastic experience there recently.
by Rich Salsano
October 4th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 141968

Re: New York City Restaurants

This is probably mentioned already but Crown Shy should be at the top of must try spots in nyc at the moment. Went for the first time last night and was really impressed. Killer cocktails, inventive food prepared almost flawlessly (short rib was over seasoned is my only minor complaint) and a really...
by Rich Salsano
September 21st, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 141968

Re: New York City Restaurants

Sad to report Bar Uchu (not the Sushi part) has closed. I LOVED that place. So bummed. These small restaurants open with great young chefs and it works for awhile because they do not need to do much business to avoid losing money but then they realize you can never make money with an 8-12 seat rest...
by Rich Salsano
September 21st, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4877

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Some random “outsider” observations from the wife’s trip: I cannot wait to taste that $90 cabernet franc. Someone did not tell my wife about the dangers of shipping wine cross-country in mid-summer, and allowing a box of wine to sit in the hot afternoon sun on our doorstep. Wines do not show up to ...
by Rich Salsano
September 9th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2724

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

You definitely do not owe double taxes. Most states offer reciprocity for taxes paid to another state.
by Rich Salsano
September 7th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 7031

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Try putting some sodas and/or water in there for awhile and taste. Is it different from normal? Then it's the cooler. Probably a small freon leak, which would also effect the temperature swings. I had a small fridge at my shop do this. Water, Pepsi, Gatorade, and beer that came out of that fridge t...
by Rich Salsano
September 7th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 7031

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I would want to understand what is causing the temperature to fluctuate 12 degrees in 2 hours. Something doesn’t seem right. Forget the wine for a moment. If your compressor runs and gets the internal cabinet temp down to 47 degrees, what are the external conditions that would somehow cause the temp...
by Rich Salsano
September 6th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2724

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

I was asked today to pay sales tax on an order I placed from a California winery in February 2019. Is it reasonable to pay sales tax for a transaction 6 months ago? Who is asking, the winery or the state? Yeah. That’s the question I have as well. If the state, pay it. If the winery, you can decide ...
by Rich Salsano
September 4th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 55
Views: 4053

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Robert M yers wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 7:05 am
Joe, almost 2% of your posts are exact duplicates of themselves. I can’t figure it out, Can’t you hold yourself back from such indulgence?

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by Rich Salsano
August 30th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 207
Views: 12869

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ethan Abraham wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 7:37 am
I'm going to let you all in on a secret....lamb saddle from flannery.
Just ordered a couple.......
by Rich Salsano
August 28th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 2081

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Reds
Nebbiolo
Pinot Noir
Gamay
Syrah (Sangiovese close call)

Whites
Riesling
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc

Really stops there for me but if I had to list a 4th favorite white wine it would likely be Sauvignon Blanc (or one of many different Italian white varietals like Arneis, Verdicchio, etc)
by Rich Salsano
August 26th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 4421

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

Sales tax is a trust fund tax and the state will come down hard on companies and individuals (officers) who willfully evade collection or payment of the taxes over to the state taxing authorities. Fraudulent penalties are likely to be imposed. Jail time (while possible in NY) seems unlikely unless r...
by Rich Salsano
August 24th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Mickelson likes wine
Replies: 37
Views: 3003

Re: Phil Mickelson likes wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 9:51 am
ClarkstonMark wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 9:50 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 3:13 am
Anyone else notice anything interesting about that picture?
Phil shaves his chest hair?
Nah man, when you got Phil-$$, you go full laser.

Keep trying.
He’s not wearing his KPMG hat.......
by Rich Salsano
August 22nd, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs
Replies: 60
Views: 7887

Re: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs

Just had a lovely 2016 Foillard Corcelette last night. Delightful nose of smashed fruit leading to a palate of slightly crunchy red fruit and medium acidity. Not profound, but just a pleasure to drink on a Wednesday night. Corcelette is one of my favorites regardless of vintage. Drinking pleasure i...
by Rich Salsano
August 20th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1405
Views: 74490

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Anything out of ordinary with your chimichurri prep? TIA Pretty standard Parsley Cilantro Raw Garlic EVOO Red Wine Vinegar S&P I approve of some cilantro in there but without any lemon or lime you are to be admonished severely. Citrus is absolutely required. Disagree. Red wine vinegar addresses tha...
by Rich Salsano
August 19th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?
Replies: 6
Views: 704

Re: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?

For Tuscany, you should reach out to Donatella at Wine Tours in Tuscany. She is amazing. Has lots of connections with small, family run wineries in Chianti and Montalcino. You can pass my name along if you end up contacting her. I have sent several people her way over the years.
by Rich Salsano
August 19th, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 26
Views: 1645

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Sounds like I'll only pick up a British sparkling while in London then and save the rest for my other stops. Anyone got any suggestions for wine shops in Lyon, Turin/Piedmont, or Munich? For sure check out Muraato in Lyon and La Vite Turchese in the town of Barolo. Ask for Stefano if he is in. You ...
by Rich Salsano
August 14th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4877

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Schramsberg, Ehlers Estate, Chappelet (the garden tour and tasting is really quite nice), Alpha Omega, Stony Hill, Failla (for delicious Sonoma pinots and chards but with a Napa based tasting room), Matthiasson.
by Rich Salsano
August 9th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3598
Views: 348103

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

M a t t W e i n s t e i n wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Today's mystery pinot should be the Angela Estate “Abbott Claim” 2015, for any interested. Would be a good price for $16-17 delivered.
Agreed. Requested 6. Great price.
by Rich Salsano
August 2nd, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1673

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Thanks everyone. Jeanty it is!
by Rich Salsano
August 1st, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1673

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

I’m actually in Napa in late September as well and have one night free for dinner. Having never been to Bouchon or Bistro Jeanty, which one should I go to? Menus sort of look similar with some variation but both have all the French bistro classics. Otherwise, I was planning on going back to Press wh...
by Rich Salsano
August 1st, 2019, 2:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low acidity, dry, but not super-dry wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 798

Re: Low acidity, dry, but not super-dry wine?

Your go-to wines are Italians, primarily from Piedmont, but you are looking for low acid reds? That sort of seems odd. What makes you think you like wines with low acidity?

Acidity doesn’t translate to dryness for me. More so it’s tannin that’s the culprit.
by Rich Salsano
July 26th, 2019, 3:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Re: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland

We loved Grillmarket or Grillmarkorinn (traditional spelling) in Reykjavik.
by Rich Salsano
July 21st, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy

I just had this within the last week. Loved it. I got a nice umami soy sauce note on the nose when we had our bottle but overall the fruit was the star.
by Rich Salsano
July 14th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4399

Re: Wines of Etna

... Occhippinti. ... style-wise, would you say they are still in that bright red fruit type category? ...Ive always worines are gonna be bigger than I want from Sicily, always assumed Etna was so nice due to elevation over a very hot island. Lower elevation than Etna. Different, not bigger. Try the...
by Rich Salsano
July 14th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4399

Re: Wines of Etna

Need to include Occhippinti in this discussion as well.
by Rich Salsano
July 13th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 118
Views: 9838

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

... And, motivated, popped a 2017 Thivin. It’s fantastic. Ordering yet more. I accidentally have almost killed the whole bottle through dinner and reading news. Just had this. I’m not a big Beaujolais guy, but I loved the 2017 Thivin CdB. Must... get... more. What’s the scoop with the Reverdon bott...
by Rich Salsano
July 10th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3228

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Matthiasson is another great suggestion! I attended their member pickup party once as a +1 and was impressed by the wines and the vineyards. Thanks for reminding me, it was a great visit! You’re welcome! I am a wine club member there and love the variety of wines. Their style is right in my wheelho...
by Rich Salsano
July 10th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 43
Views: 2746

Re: Reccos for London & Amsterdam

Reporting back from a trip to London and Amsterdam last month. Petit Pois Bistro in London -near Shoreditch -was a nice mid priced French bistro I would recommend and return to. I followed Lionel Nierop's suggestion above (thank you) and visited Andrew Edmunds. Hand written daily menu, great half-b...
by Rich Salsano
July 10th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3228

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

These were all mostly mentioned already but: Stony Hill - although I would argue they are possibly more known for their white wines than cab Smith Madrone Matthiasson - Steve’s wines are phenomenal and his cab and merlot and Bordeaux style “red” are all what I would consider old school There may be ...

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