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by mike pobega
September 15th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 27
Views: 2625

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

Jeff, I am assuming, and probably rightly so that the Pora and Paje (2 of my favorites usually) will be amazing. I did not taste them. Sorry for confusion.
by mike pobega
September 14th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 126
Views: 10062

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Cool letter.
I remember this controversy during the Robert Mondavi sons year. Greed needs to be beat here. The Mondavi brothers, and now Constellation needs to be put into check.
by mike pobega
September 13th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 27
Views: 2625

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

Based on what I tasted two nights ago and finished tonight (Coravin), I think the 2015 Pora and the Paje are not to be missed. I will get 6 of each.
I can't imagine these will be anything in the $56 range though...
by mike pobega
September 12th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 126
Views: 10062

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I was HALO jumping with Alex last week and we had a chance to taste through his whole lineup starting with his 2008 and ending with each enjoying a cluster of 2019 grapes. The 2018 was breathtaking. His 2017 sublime and the 2016 incredible.

:)
by mike pobega
September 11th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 27
Views: 2625

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

The 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 'Normale' is crazy good. Just grabbed 6 more. First tine around, $32.95, one week later, $34.95. Same source.


Yes, I Pobega'd it. Don't do that too much (or at all!) with Italian wines....lolol
by mike pobega
September 8th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

Fred, I am following you on FB. Looks like a wonderful time. Glad you are enjoying.

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by mike pobega
September 2nd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 939

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Do the under-counter microwave option as I did. It's AWESOME
by mike pobega
August 28th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1340

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

Thanks for responding back with your choice and result.
Cheerios
by mike pobega
August 26th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1340

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

I have had the Roagna Paje Barbaresco 2012 a few times and with some air, its awesome. Maybe 30 minutes in decanter.
by mike pobega
August 25th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 694

TN: 2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (8/25/2019) This is beautiful. Ok. I'll go a wee bit deeper. Color is intense and nose needs a bit of coaxing, but when you taste it you know it's amazing. Deft, poised, focused and pure. The black/blue blue fruit profile shows ...
by mike pobega
August 24th, 2019, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7170
Views: 433472

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

I got three. Will keep an eye out for the 2005 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2005
2012 Tenuta Carretta Bric Paradiso Roero Riserva Nebbiolo
2009 Manzone Barolo Gramolere Riserva
2016 Lutum Chardonnay Durell Vineyard
by mike pobega
August 22nd, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 2725

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

Pay your taxes. I do, you do, hopefully we all do. No sympathy for the double fisted greed of such businesses. $35 pies and crying broke. Must cost $3-$4 to make that pie. Certainly not reinvesting in the decor. BTW, probably the dirtiest kitchens I have ever seen.
by mike pobega
August 22nd, 2019, 2:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: James Suckling loves pizza. So do I.
Replies: 5
Views: 1273

Re: James Suckling loves pizza. So do I.

Great video. I will be visiting Franco Pepe in April at his Caiazzo restaurant. I'm excited.
The brown looks like either Spelt or a coarse whole wheat flour mix to me. I get it, the texture added that is.
by mike pobega
August 21st, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 471
Views: 48211

Re: Official WTSO thread

I am in as well.
by mike pobega
August 20th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Your entry or the photo is wrong as it shows the Reserve. Nice note
by mike pobega
August 16th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley? - SF Chronicle
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Re: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley? - SF Chronicle

Mike Smith WON'T let that happen. :)
by mike pobega
August 4th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7170
Views: 433472

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

Lutum Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict 2013 right now. $30
by mike pobega
July 26th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary’s Wine & Marketplace coming to former Dean & DeLuca space in St. Helena
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace coming to former Dean & DeLuca space in St. Helena

Great news for Napa. Good customer service, friendly relations with winemakers will create a win-win for those in Napa and Gary's
Congratulations!

https://napavalleyregister.com/news/loc ... 4ac30.html
by mike pobega
July 24th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 368

TN: 2010 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2010 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley (7/24/2019) This has aged beautifully. Nose of deep dark black cherries and blackberries. Color shows youth and vigor. Palate shows some dense black fruits as well with tremendous verve and lift. There is still a mace...
by mike pobega
July 24th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Clemente on Saturday November 9th
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Dana Point/Laguna Beach/Capistrano on Saturday November 9th

New plan: I am staying in the pier bowl area in San Clemente for those 4 days. One block from pier. Stoked I am. Love it there. May take up surfing......
by mike pobega
July 22nd, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8478

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Terrible news. Always liked the guys passion. Gonna miss his persona. Condolences to his family and friends.
by mike pobega
July 21st, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Clemente on Saturday November 9th
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Dana Point/Laguna Beach/Capistrano on Saturday November 9th

Frank, if it could work, we can do earlier. No way I miss hanging with you.
Todd, hope so this time.
Steve, sounds good.

I am actually in the Capistrano beach area, close to Dana and on Coast Highway.
Looking forward. I love Orange County in the Fall.
by mike pobega
July 21st, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy
Replies: 3
Views: 359

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

I am the crowd...
I enjoyed mine as well. Great value and quality from Sandler, always.
by mike pobega
July 14th, 2019, 3:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EuroCave versus Vino Temp Cooler unit - any thoughts or experience to determine?
Replies: 39
Views: 2160

Re: Hisense Cooler unit - any knowledge or experience?

Eurocave. I have been buying since they first hit these shores in about 1981
As a matter of fact, THAT first unit is still in use in my buddy's garage. It only had one compressor change in about 1995. 28 years and that ain't so bad!
by mike pobega
July 12th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1678

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

Wine with acidity. Ask Bob Mondavi. :)
by mike pobega
July 8th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Clemente on Saturday November 9th
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Dana Point/Laguna Beach/Capistrano on Saturday November 9th

great. I will touch back here at about 1 month out.

Hi Mike!
by mike pobega
July 1st, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Extended Age 22 Months
Replies: 2
Views: 500

TN: 2016 Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Extended Age 22 Months

2016 Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Extended Age 22 Months - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (6/30/2019) This is the wine I would ask for on death row. Dark. Real dark. Purple tinged edges. Nose of pure sassafras and cool boysenberries. Coaxing brings blueberries and maybe some blackberrie...
by mike pobega
June 30th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Clemente on Saturday November 9th
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

San Clemente on Saturday November 9th

I will be in Dana Point if anyone wants to get together for a dinner/byo or whatever it is you guys do there in paradise. I can FEDEX a bunch of stuff west.
Figure from 8pm onward
by mike pobega
June 22nd, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident
Replies: 11
Views: 1125

Re: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident

Wonderful short term tool. Can't imagine placing a bottle back into the cellar for the longer run. My Coravined bottles stay on counter and are gone with 2 weeks or less. Last nights 2008 Jones Sisters is still fresh after a week.
by mike pobega
June 21st, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident
Replies: 11
Views: 1125

Re: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident

Seems that somehow this wine was tainted by Coravin. I have been told that some people blow into the needle to clear of any residual wine after use. Maybe a microbe of saliva or other foreign substance that the needle may have come into contact with is the culprit.
by mike pobega
May 21st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pairing for Peking Duck
Replies: 58
Views: 2672

Re: Best Pairing for Peking Duck

Pinot Noir.
by mike pobega
May 18th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2595

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: 1162

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: 1162

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: 1162

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: 1162

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: 1162

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: 1162

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: 32
Views: 1388

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: 7170
Views: 433472

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: 1627

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: 692

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: 2480

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...

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