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by mike pobega
May 18th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 34
Views: 1406

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Owner/winemaker-no tip. It's bad form. If I gave Thomas Rivers-Brown a C-note at the door, he'd run me over with an exotic car and I'd be full of Rutherford dust........
Employee does an awesome job, tip. I am sure always appreciated.
by mike pobega
May 9th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

Thanks for the info.
Appreciate you taking the time.
by mike pobega
May 7th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

Thanks to all the focused responses.
I will chance it and not Coravin.
Worst case is I dump and order the Meomi/Caymus/Spy Mountain from the list. Lol
by mike pobega
May 7th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

On another note, I have hosted over 75 wine dinners in my time and I wish I had a Coravin to test soundness of bottles I brought. I think it is one of the best features of the Coravin. My buddies that had one and used it before those dinners never brought a corked wine to any of my dinners from mile...
by mike pobega
May 7th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

no experience but who would anyway? but why check wine on a plane that has been Coravined? you must have other bottles [pillow-fight.gif] 1st world problems, jumped the shark, WTFCs cheers Interesting response. Thanks I guess. Let me see, what if I were going to Cuba with my brother on a cruise shi...
by mike pobega
May 7th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

Hi Vic, hope you're well.

Considering these are going into the luggage hold of the aircraft, it will be impossible to keep them upright. Gone are the 'carry-on wine' days.
by mike pobega
May 7th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Question about flying with a wine that has been sampled with a Coravin

Just got a model II and was curious since I am bringing 4 bottles on a flight for my Cuban cruise. My thinking is the added air pressure could push wine outwards. Anyone have experience? Thanks.
by mike pobega
May 1st, 2019, 2:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice deal on Laguiole en Aubrac corkscrews at Drop
Replies: 28
Views: 954

Re: Nice deal on Laguiole en Aubrac corkscrews at Drop

Nice deal. I have one and it's a beauty.

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought, it figures
by mike pobega
April 26th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7007
Views: 397290

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Grabbed 4 bottles of Barolo/Barbaresco. Never had I seen the Lutum come back around.
by mike pobega
April 26th, 2019, 2:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1381

Re: Why are you into wine ?

I suppose I got really into wine originally through my ex-wife. She had (half!) a big, kind of show-off cellar. But then I found out that I have a really sharp palate, and the more I drank, the more I liked what it made me think about. I do like to think about the life of wine, how it’s a living thi...
by mike pobega
April 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy wine shop recs
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: Italy wine shop recs

Rome: Great wine bar. have lunch among thousands of bottles of wine. friendly helpful staff. by piazza popolo https://www.yelp.com/biz/buccone-roma?osq=buccone by Campo di Fiori https://www.spottedbylocals.com/rome/il-vinaietto/ https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d779059-Reviews-C...
by mike pobega
April 23rd, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CH Lot 669 2014 SRH Chardonnay Sandhi? (Confirmed)
Replies: 31
Views: 2260

Re: CH Lot 669 2014 SRH Chardonnay Sandhi? (Confirmed)

Anyone else have a bottle that confused them? I really like the SRH bottling from Sandhi and it hasn’t been that long since I had one. The bottle I had of this tasted a bit all over the place. Had a lot of new oak on the nose and flavors were not focused as I would have expected. I typically get th...
by mike pobega
April 16th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 434
Views: 42177

Re: Official WTSO thread

The 2010 Azienda Virna Di Borgogno Barolo Riserva for $30 was a great deal. Grabbed two, tasted and grabbed 4 more.
by mike pobega
April 14th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Renaissance

Where's Keith when you need him. :)
by mike pobega
April 13th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1213
Views: 63016

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Here's the others
by mike pobega
April 13th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1213
Views: 63016

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Made a bunch of pies for friends yesterday but in my mind the Detroit (a new style for me) was the star. New Detroit pan just arrived the day before and I could not nor try it.
by mike pobega
April 5th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1166

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

I'd opt shipping and travel easy.
by mike pobega
April 3rd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1213
Views: 63016

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

lol. Sandler Pinot that arrived the day before.
by mike pobega
April 1st, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1213
Views: 63016

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

My latest high hydration (about 78%) dough is awesome and perfect for my Sicilian pie. It's also good for taglia and pinsa.
675 gm Mulino Marino Manitoba flour
125 gm Maiorca ancient Sicilian flour
50 gm Spelt flour
590 gm/ml room temp water
4.5 gm fresh yeast
20 gr sea salt
16 gm olive oil
by mike pobega
April 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 59992

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Saturday. Sicilian Pizza
Sunday for lunch on Monday. Sausage and potatoes
Sunday for Sunday. Veal chops

Busy weekend.
by mike pobega
March 30th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Concierge package NFP?
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: Concierge package NFP?

Rivers Marie From: CONCIERGE PACKAGE SERVICE From: CONCIERGE PACKAGE SERVICE Tracking Number: 1Z977F2WA84xxxxxxxxxxx Ship To: 18 xxxxx Rd xxxxx, NY 1xxx2736 US Number of Packages: 1 UPS Service: UPS GROUND Scheduled Delivery: 03/18/2019 Signature Required: Adult must be at least 21 years of age Refe...
by mike pobega
March 30th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cortada Alta Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 430

TN: 2017 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cortada Alta Vineyard

My first true/near pobega of the season. I always look forward to new bottlings from those I know well. Sandler has done it again. 2017 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cortada Alta Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (3/30/2019) The color is electric ruby: vibrant and ne...
by mike pobega
March 29th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2273

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

I started a buying freeze in January. Yesterday I received my 57th bottle. Pending is 14. Lol
by mike pobega
March 28th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2491

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

I got 3 at retail for $56 per. Decent deal I do believe.
by mike pobega
March 26th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 434
Views: 42177

Re: Official WTSO thread

Is it me or was that 2010 Virna Barolo Riserva a decent deal for $29.99?
by mike pobega
March 15th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Mathematically challenged. :)

Not sure where all the anger comes from. We're just chatting here. So angry.
by mike pobega
March 15th, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

The way I read it is if your state did NOT require WineBid to collect taxes, California would be happy to pick up their 'slack'. Lol Bid price + 17% + 7.25% (9.50% in LA?) + Shipping costs = auctions not being your best option if you are budgeting yourself. Luckily I don't need to budget but I also ...
by mike pobega
March 15th, 2019, 2:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Selling previously owned and previously tariffed wine is a niche business and the wines should be tax exempt in every state. I get the 'tax us to death' thing, hell I live in NYC but I think this is a bit much and I did not know CA always paid tax. Cheerios.
by mike pobega
March 14th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

To our valued customers: As many of you know, the U.S. Supreme Court has been actively involved in issues impacting our business. Specifically, the Wayfair case last year enabled states to legislate new tax collection procedures for sales completed over the internet, and the pending Tennessee versu...
by mike pobega
March 14th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 434
Views: 42177

Re: Official WTSO thread

Here's a tip. If you already purchased anything still in stock (Loring) from WTSO you will sooner or later be offered to buy more from a secret link emailed to you. It's a really cool feature WTSO now offers. I have 8 more Cargassachi coming to me for $29 per. (BTW, It's SPECTACULAR)
by mike pobega
March 13th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO 2012 No Girls La Placiencia Vineyard Tempranillo
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: ISO 2012 No Girls La Placiencia Vineyard Tempranillo

Amazing how I can reach out for these on a Thursday and have them in hand by the following Wednesday. Thanks Rob!
by mike pobega
March 13th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2129

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Gotta love this dudes f**king energy and moth** f**king drive.
by mike pobega
March 13th, 2019, 2:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...
Replies: 28
Views: 1632

Re: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...

The bigger number may actually be Posters to Lurkers..
by mike pobega
March 12th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Harrington Wines - Two “Short & Simple” BD10 Offers - Offers extended to Monday!
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: Harrington Wines - Two “Short & Simple” BD10 Offers - Offers extended to Monday!

I had the good fortune of tasting the Nebbiolo and Syrah last evening and to have met Bryan. He seems like a good dude with some great passion and knowledge. I will certainly visit when I go west as well. Both wines were quite good and I especially enjoyed the Nebbiolo which I know can be a bear to ...
by mike pobega
March 11th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vietti Castiglione - pretty but very lightweight
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2014 Vietti Castiglione - pretty but very lightweight

Had the 2013 yesterday from half bottle. Nice and fragrant. Purchased more 5 minutes after opening.
by mike pobega
March 8th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring
Replies: 14
Views: 635

Re: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring

I like how this thread could be about how we have all met Brian so I will start. I was doing a H.A.L.O. jump from 40,000 feet above Vegas and I had seen a bright light coming in from the west.... Actually, Brian was kind enough to visit with my CLONYC group twice (CLONYC 49 & CLONYC 51). The wines, ...
by mike pobega
March 8th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 59992

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Maniche pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes.
by mike pobega
March 8th, 2019, 2:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO 2012 No Girls La Placiencia Vineyard Tempranillo
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: ISO 2012 No Girls La Placiencia Vineyard Tempranillo

Hi Jeff & Jon. Thank you for your offers. I am covered with 2. I appreciate you both reaching out.
by mike pobega
March 7th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Replies: 19
Views: 789

Re: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

Outlet. As much as 50% off at times. First quality.
by mike pobega
March 7th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO 2012 No Girls La Placiencia Vineyard Tempranillo
Replies: 5
Views: 379

ISO 2012 No Girls La Placiencia Vineyard Tempranillo

Hi. Looking for two. Let me know.
Thank you
by mike pobega
March 6th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please
Replies: 86
Views: 3032

Re: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please

1- 2012 No Girls was just a joy from the first sniffy sniff. 2- 2008 Produtorri Barbaresco Paje was awesome, just like my previous two openings. Glad to have more. 3- 2006 Barolo Preda started slow but after an hour became fragrant and just beautiful. 4- 2006 Kistler Chardonnay Dutton. So pretty, so...
by mike pobega
March 6th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please
Replies: 86
Views: 3032

Re: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please

Dan, BIG KUDOS! Another quite successful DiFaras thing. It was fun seeing everyone and making new friends. The pizza was flowing maybe as quick as the wine. Dom's son does a great job. Dom is slower and last night the contrast was HUGE. I have figured the DiFaras allure out: it's NOT the regular che...
by mike pobega
March 1st, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1213
Views: 63016

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Here is my latest Taglio 10 minute autolyse. Delayed oil. Mixer for 14 minutes. 3 hours rest/48 first (refrigerator) & 24 hours second (refrigerator) but I think I will stop this first step at 36 hours as I see many bubbles. (tomorrow morning) do the 6 fold and ferment for another 24. 900 grams Anna...
by mike pobega
February 27th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1213
Views: 63016

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Greg, I expect more pics tonight.
Hope you are well.
by mike pobega
February 19th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 59992

Re: What did you cook tonight?

A change up for me. Udon with roasted short ribs.
by mike pobega
February 17th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 1
Views: 236

TN: 2011 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

2011 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (2/17/2019) What a beautiful graceful and elightful wine. It didn't start out like that! Almost went down the drain. Open this at 12:30 and first pour I get no no whatsoever. The palate was bretty and funky. What I did noti...
by mike pobega
February 17th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 59992

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Found some fresh ricottini locally and decided to make fried calzones. Fresh riccotini (drier than fresh ricotta), fresh mozzarella and a bit of parmigiano-reggiano.

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