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by mike pobega
March 29th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1242
Views: 73727

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

My wife is not a fan of char like myself and nearly the whole pizza loving world is, so this one is what I call the happy medium. It is probably one of the best pizzas I have made in the last few years and believe me, I have made a few. Simple: My 48 hour dough of 600g Caputo Americana and 200g Maio...
by mike pobega
March 28th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1242
Views: 73727

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I have not made dough since right before New Years eve and have only had pizza maybe 3 times since. SInce December 23rd I have lost 17 pounds and dropped about 20 points on my sugar, so something is working I guess. Seemed like it was as good a time to dive back in. Nothing special, just a plain old...
by mike pobega
March 26th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maybach for CORONAVIRUS RELIEF RELATED CHARITIES
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Maybach for CORONAVIRUS RELIEF RELATED CHARITIES

Hello Members. Below is an idea how our winery can support charitable organizations working on the front lines for covid19 related relief. Normally at this time of year our warehouse is busy fulfilling out-of-State distributor orders. But this Spring nearly all of our distributors have been unable ...
by mike pobega
March 24th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7386

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I have a different take, Jeff. I have rescheduled my trip for October 26-November 7th. I suspect things should be as near normal by then, or at least I hope so. Seven months from this week. I have my AirB&B in place. The tickets will follow after this situation calms. The way I see it, Italy can use...
by mike pobega
March 19th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 23
Views: 960

Re: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Night two and I know what this reminds me of now.
Littorai Les Larmes.

Well done Michael! I just requested a Heli-12 pack
by mike pobega
March 18th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: **UPDATED**: Franny Beck SCREAMING EAGLE Case Deal and 20% on two bottles and up with free shipping on 6 bottles
Replies: 13
Views: 1969

Re: Franny Beck SCREAMING EAGLE Case Deal and Club Discounts w/code

Just noted on this earlier today (Just got it today too!). It's awesome. Purple tinged 'majesty' edges, this has some prettiness on first sight. Fragrant and hi-toned blue/red fruitson nose; quite fragrant at that. Palate shows some deeply entwined cranberries, sassafras and orange peel which I do '...
by mike pobega
March 18th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1149

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

Mike Pobega might remember exactly when, but at a SLONYC dinner many years ago, we attempted to stream the event. As I recall, there were some technical difficulties. But we were ahead of the curve, apparently. North Square, 12 of us and yes we were. 11 years https://clonyc.blogspot.com/2009/09/slo...
by mike pobega
March 18th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 23
Views: 960

TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/18/2020) My first 'me' of the season. I was very excited to try this since hearing about them this past Berserkerday. FEDEX brings at 1:30 and I waited the obligatory 1 hour to insert my Coravin. Purple tinged 'majesty' edges, this has...
by mike pobega
March 13th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your favorite CT bottle photos?
Replies: 6
Views: 501

Re: What are your favorite CT bottle photos?

These is my Myriad, there are many like them but these are mine. lol
by mike pobega
March 12th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Franny Beck: Maybe the Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever! EXTENDED
Replies: 107
Views: 5105

Re: Franny Beck: Maybe the Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever! EXTENDED

Which brings me to the most important question of the morning: as mine will be inbound next week, which should I share with the FedEx driver upon arrival?
by mike pobega
March 10th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7386

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I will be rebooking Italy for October 25-November 7th
by mike pobega
March 9th, 2020, 2:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7386

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Delta just changed its options and my kids tickets are much less flexible than mine. I will reimburse my kids and add Delta to my ban list quite soon. 4 hour wait for a call back right now.
by mike pobega
March 6th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1418

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

The Booker Tempranillo EXT is awesome.
by mike pobega
March 1st, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7386

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I have lost my 14 month planned Rome/Modena/Bologna/Orvieto/Casserta/Naples trip to the Coronavirus yesterday. Was March 31-April 15. Sad as it was with both of my adult children. Delta gave a full value voucher until end of year so they were great. My biggest hit was small tour operations in Modena...
by mike pobega
February 22nd, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5633

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

I have seen someone pour from the dump-decanter (many varietals mixed) and taste what was believed to be Lafite. Unreal.
by mike pobega
February 21st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 50
Views: 2103

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

The guy who tunes up my heating system in October. Yes, here's that Nero D'Avola I ain't liking these days. My haircutter Giuseppe that loves jug wine, here you go-Joe, try this Barbaresco that's not spinning my fagiole anymore. The guy that tunes up my A/C in April, have this Pinot Noir I have fall...
by mike pobega
February 17th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Steakhouse wine, pick one
Replies: 23
Views: 1808

Re: Steakhouse wine, pick one

Would definitely do any of the Cabs on your list. 14 MACDONALD is awesome but needs a 6 hour double decant which you don't have.
by mike pobega
February 16th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1420
Views: 77266

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I tried my hand at the Momofuko SSam Bar Brussel Sprouts. Pretty pretty good. Like any great dish, it's all about balance and I need to fine tune a bit next time.
by mike pobega
February 14th, 2020, 2:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 551
Views: 58450

Re: Official WTSO thread

I went from 130 bottles last year from Winelibrary alone to 6, maybe 10 once my LibraryPass ended.
I am giving most almost ALL of that business to WTSO. They have really stepped up their game in the last few years.
#freeshippingmatters
by mike pobega
February 11th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Brick and Mortar Pinot Noir Cougar Rock Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 176

TN: 2016 Brick and Mortar Pinot Noir Cougar Rock Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2016 Brick and Mortar Pinot Noir Cougar Rock Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (2/11/2020) Grabbed a deal on WTSO and Just HAD to try it. Pretty on pour, light color with pretty purple tinges. Nose of exotic tea, baking spices with a tiny note of orange peel which I really dig. Creamy red ras...
by mike pobega
February 11th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Short Ribs
Replies: 31
Views: 1408

Re: Short Ribs

Braise or pressure cooker. Like Mike, I also like to let them sit overnight and defat the next day, but if you are pressed for time, you can pour off most of it after a short cool down just by eyeballing. Daniel Boulud's years old recipe with celery duo is an excellent all purpose prep. Threw the p...
by mike pobega
February 11th, 2020, 2:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Short Ribs
Replies: 31
Views: 1408

Re: Short Ribs

I myself find a low slow braise works best for these. 3 hours at 300 is perfect. Let chill over night, remove fat and 30 minutes roasted at 375-385 and these will just fall apart. I like to braise in red wine (Barolo?) after a decent salting and a roll in flour and quick brown all sides. Baby carrot...
by mike pobega
February 9th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Brunch at Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Brunch at Momofuku Ssäm Bar

First opportunity to get to SSam Bar and I won't put too much time between now and my next. We decided to do everything family style. We started with a few orders of each, Steamed Buns (pork belly) and Shiitake Buns. These were both amazing. I am a big fan of anything pork belly. A great start indee...
by mike pobega
February 9th, 2020, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Gaja Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: TN: 2009 Gaja Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Sherri, thats funny. I did just pick this up from FEDEX on Wednesday, so I also threw caution, and travel shock to the wind.
Robert, I agree.
Rich, you are right about the bricking.
Great wine. Wish I had more.
by mike pobega
February 8th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Gaja Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 6
Views: 423

TN: 2009 Gaja Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

2009 Gaja Barbaresco - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (2/8/2020) Coravined & sampled 4 hours before opening at Momofuko Ssam Bar. Made me smile. Deep color that showed some age that I almost thought we had an issue just on sight. I was wrong. Nose of pure red raspberry and fragrant dried cranb...
by mike pobega
February 5th, 2020, 1:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE
Replies: 97
Views: 8251

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE

Andrew M wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 9:44 pm
I assume this needs a decant? If so, how long?
Good to do but not necessary. I am using my Coravin right into a small decanter and right into glass.
by mike pobega
February 4th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: David Sturek A++
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: David Sturek A++

Yeah, my 2009 Gaja arrived today in top shape. Quick and easy seller. Thanks!
by mike pobega
February 4th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE
Replies: 97
Views: 8251

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE

Just opened my fifth bottle leaving me 13. I just went back for six more. I thought this was closing but when served at the right temperature, this is quite amazing. 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (9/11/2019) Such a pretty wine; balanced and fragrant....
by mike pobega
February 4th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 325
Views: 24934

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Maybe just me. I had two Giacosa's in the cart and decided not to pull trigger a few times over the last couple of days.
by mike pobega
February 4th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 325
Views: 24934

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Historically 20-30% higher, so, yeah, $100 off $300 is a wash.
by mike pobega
February 2nd, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!
Replies: 161
Views: 17567

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!

While it has been touched upon in other threads, I want to share another personal story that has been sent to me, showing just how significant BerserkerDay can be for a small winery. It really has become a way to champion tiny producers, and connect eager wine lovers with promising young winemaking...
by mike pobega
February 1st, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 79
Views: 3836

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

2015 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon "1886"
by mike pobega
January 31st, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne with Omakase
Replies: 24
Views: 894

Re: Champagne with Omakase

Doesn't Champagne just go with EVERYTHING?

:)
by mike pobega
January 30th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)
Replies: 14
Views: 692

Re: TN: 2010 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)

'11 was always the odd bird in Steve's flock.
To me, it was atypical Coombsville and it was probably due to a few things happening all at once the largest influence was vintage and maybe oak treatment, but what do I know. He has always kept it close to his heart.
by mike pobega
January 29th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)
Replies: 14
Views: 692

TN: 2010 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)

2010 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville (1/29/2020) What an amazing expression of pure Napa Cabernet this is. Steve must be quite proud. Dark and ominous without much brown edges, this has a nose of pure black cassis and cardamom with just a bit of pen...
by mike pobega
January 29th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9097

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

AndrewH wrote:
January 29th, 2020, 7:34 am
I did well . . . at moderating my purchases somewhat. Cabot, Soujourn, Sandler, Ladd, Liquid Farm, and Ridge . . . .with the last one arriving today! [paging Mr. Pobega . . . ]
lol. Go nuts. I'd start with the Sandler ...
by mike pobega
January 28th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9097

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

I'm a 'middle-world' guy and am quite happy with the SALT Vine (3) and Franny Beck Pinots (6) i grabbed. I like to try new wines during this celebration. The really good news is that there were no Barolo & Barbaresco offerings as I have spent the last 2 years acquiring all I could, upwards of 150 b...
by mike pobega
January 28th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9097

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

I'm a 'middle-world' guy and am quite happy with the SALT Vine (3) and Franny Beck Pinots (6) i grabbed. I like to try new wines during this celebration. The really good news is that there were no Barolo & Barbaresco offerings as I have spent the last 2 years acquiring all I could, upwards of 150 bo...
by mike pobega
January 27th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Franny Beck: Maybe the Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever! EXTENDED
Replies: 107
Views: 5105

Re: Franny Beck: Maybe the Greatest Berserker Day Offer Ever!

After much deliberation on where my Pinot dollars are going, I have pulled the trigger on the Showcase 6 pack pinot. First time and excited.

Cheers!

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