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by mike pobega
February 26th, 2021, 2:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1875
Views: 104637

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Zuppa di Mussels
by mike pobega
February 25th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Todays Neapolitan.
by mike pobega
February 22nd, 2021, 2:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

From the weekend. Straight up Neapolitan pizza.
I ordered a Bartello oven for the Spring. Should be fun.
by mike pobega
February 18th, 2021, 2:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3976

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

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by mike pobega
February 17th, 2021, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I get the Soldera glass??
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: Can I get the Soldera glass??

Sorry, can't help with this specific glass but I do recommend the Conterno Sensory glasses. It's very special.
by mike pobega
February 16th, 2021, 3:12 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please
Replies: 97
Views: 5944

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

Yeah, I miss this unpretentious and fun loving pizza & wine group. Here's to all of you champagne.gif and until we laugh, drink and eat again, Cheers!
by mike pobega
February 15th, 2021, 2:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3976

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Club Med is nice. So is Sandals.


cheesehead
by mike pobega
February 14th, 2021, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 786
Views: 89241

Re: Official WTSO thread

I would not want to have WTSO's shipping bill at the end of the month. lol
by mike pobega
February 14th, 2021, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 786
Views: 89241

Re: Official WTSO thread

I am on a different path with them. I find the latest offers of Barolo, Brunello and Barbaresco pretty good for drinking, and that's what we do, no? Since this pandemic started, it has really been the ONLY retail I have been doing. I have purchased 126 bottles since April 1, 2020. None were Napa Cab...
by mike pobega
February 8th, 2021, 5:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

No Words.
by mike pobega
February 5th, 2021, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?
Replies: 60
Views: 2279

Re: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?

Toast with Dom. Drink with the Dr.
Congratulations!!
by mike pobega
February 2nd, 2021, 5:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Today's Detroit pizza.
by mike pobega
February 2nd, 2021, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Somebody Feed Phil
Replies: 35
Views: 1607

Re: Somebody Feed Phil

The Italy trip was fun, reconnecting with people after many years. Seeing his whole family was nice as well. Unfortunate about his moms passing, she seemed very much into his exploits. He certainly is not food 'pro' but there seems enough of those and sure, he's a bit goofy but his passion seems rea...
by mike pobega
February 1st, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5650

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

No Girls.
You should try the Tempranillo. It's amazing and the story to the name is more historic than just tacky.
by mike pobega
January 31st, 2021, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Replies: 1
Views: 218

TN: 2018 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

2018 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (1/31/2021) So pretty and pure. Color is electrifying bright cranberry. Nose of strawberries. Palate shows such a lighter than air in mouthfeel Pinot Noir that also shows tremendous de...
by mike pobega
January 22nd, 2021, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Proof that coravin does not corrupt
Replies: 45
Views: 2406

Re: Proof that coravin does not corrupt

Interesting. Just last evening I finished a bottle of Brunello that I had coravined on Monday evening. The sampling Monday showed tight and ungiving while last evening's sampling was evolved and beautiful. I think there must be some air in there, how much, who knows.
by mike pobega
January 21st, 2021, 1:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

96 hour dough (Pinsa flour) 70% hydration, fresh mozzarella, fresh ricotta and half fresh hot Italian sausage.
by mike pobega
January 19th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 1
Views: 440

TN: 2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (1/19/2021) Color is still a faint but electric crimson. A pretty and fragrant nose of frangipani and crushed cranberries. Mouthfeel is bold and forward leaning and todays sampling (5th time) I do notice a bit ...
by mike pobega
January 16th, 2021, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 177
Views: 18470

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

Rodrigo F. wrote: January 16th, 2021, 2:37 pm I just caved in and pulled the trigger on 1 of each of the 4 Occidental offerings. My palate is very in line with AG so those scores gave me too much fomo... Shipping is no joke though $54 for 4 bottles to NYC!
You purchased 2019 Rivers Marie Pinot today From Rivers Marie?
by mike pobega
January 15th, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Chris, I do not work with a starter/mother yeast.
by mike pobega
January 15th, 2021, 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021

Interesting question. I am the eternal pessimist but for the Eternal City the I must remain optimistic. I suppose I will know more by June and can make a determination on what my expectations can be once I see a bigger picture.
by mike pobega
January 15th, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 177
Views: 18470

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

Clarice
Sandler
Loring
Beau Marchais
by mike pobega
January 15th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 177
Views: 18470

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

Cool. Understood. I guess I was attempting to be emphatic about how great the 2018 SC actually is. Most of the reason I have the reputation is I could never understand storing untasted wine that turned out to be just ho-hum about a few years down the road so I always give up a bottle to science unle...
by mike pobega
January 15th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 177
Views: 18470

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

Not exactly understanding the question, but my statements are usually for everyone! (per tutti!).
'right off the truck (figuratively)' helps no one, especially the author.
Cheers
by mike pobega
January 15th, 2021, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4423

Re: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

Wow, looks like a mother sauce. Espagnole to be exact.
by mike pobega
January 14th, 2021, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release
Replies: 177
Views: 18470

Re: Rivers-Marie ‘19 Pinot Release

I had the 2018 RM SC right off the truck (literally) and had to secure more right away. Within a few weeks I had rounded up 12 more. Not easy.
by mike pobega
January 13th, 2021, 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021

After my last trip fizzed due to covid, I have resumed a plan once again. 15 days in Rome as my 'base' and side trip up and down. The first one is two nights in Montalcino or Montepulciano. I have both booked with full ability to cancel either. I just need to decide how close I want to be to the rai...
by mike pobega
January 13th, 2021, 2:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Tonight (15 minutes ago) Margherita pie is at a point that makes me smile. 716 grams Pinsa flour (above) 505.67 ml cold water 20.58 grams sea salt 6 grams of olive oil 2 grams dry yeast 70% hydration 5x 255 gram dough balls Made this dough 10 days ago. it has sat in fridge since Sunday evening, Janu...
by mike pobega
January 13th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20999

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

The wine is awesome. I am lucky to have four vintages in my cellar and I hardly buy any Cabernet these days. 2/3 tops.
by mike pobega
January 11th, 2021, 3:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Flour Mulino Marino Manitoba @Eataly Caputo Americana @Amazon Sicilian Maiorca @ Gustiamo.com Oltegrano Flour Romana (La Pinsa) @Amazon Spelt flour for Roman style pizza Search throughout the last 31 pages here for usages. https://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php I have multiple stones. 3/4 inch ...
by mike pobega
January 8th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 786
Views: 89241

Re: Official WTSO thread

Interesting tasting offered now at $79. Three Expressions of the Noble Grape, Sangiovese. The Brunello is a 2011. that Brunello was solid QPR a few years back when they listed it by itself. It was $33 in Feb of 2019. It's been almost 2 years since I had it, but it still had plenty of life left. I h...
by mike pobega
January 8th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Tenuta Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 2
Views: 265

TN: 2011 Tenuta Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino

A very recent purchase from WTSO. I just went back for three more. Repurchase price is $42.99 2011 Tenuta Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (1/8/2021) Super fragrant nose of macerated blueberries and boysenberries. With coaxing, hints of orange ...
by mike pobega
January 4th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Todays lunch. Detroit pizza with imported Finocchiona Salami and Tabasco sauce. The dough is my own made on Thursday evening. 70% hydration made with 3 different flours: Manitoba (350g), Maiorca (75g) and Pinsa mix from Molino Dallagiovanna (325g). 15 minutes at the bottom of my oven (heated from to...
by mike pobega
January 2nd, 2021, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glass Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: Wine Glass Help?

Currently my favorite glass for older Nebbiolo is the Conterno Sensory. I have one and am buying another. For Pinot Noir is still the Riedel Veritas New World Pinot Noir, and I have tried almost every Pinot glass available. I have 6 For Cabernet I now use the Eataly glass pictured below. They are no...
by mike pobega
January 1st, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Beau Marchais Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Ouest
Replies: 1
Views: 184

TN: 2019 Beau Marchais Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Ouest

2019 Beau Marchais Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Ouest - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (1/1/2021) Wow, Holy f*ck is my first three words after tasting this. Where do I go from here? OK, I will try. Darker than the Soberanes, this is Clos Pepe fruit and its shows. Perfumed nose of blue and ...
by mike pobega
January 1st, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 786
Views: 89241

Re: Official WTSO thread

Interesting tasting offered now at $79.
Three Expressions of the Noble Grape, Sangiovese.
The Brunello is a 2011.
by mike pobega
December 31st, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1813

Re: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

I think we are at the plateau of winemaking throughout the world. Not many of the new crowd will ever experience 'off' vintages like my crowd did in the early 80s.
by mike pobega
December 31st, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 73
Views: 3139

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

I once had a perfectly stored magnum of 1967 Lafite Rothschild that was singing. Purchased in 1985 at the old Sokolin store from William himself. This goes back to a time when I actually drank that stuff.
by mike pobega
December 31st, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1813

Re: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

Maybe it's me and maybe I have not paid attention to Brunellos for 10 years, but these wines are at such a higher level of overall quality with a nod toward the quality of fruits combined with purity that I can't remember similarities in the past. There was a time in the early 2000s that I must have...
by mike pobega
December 31st, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1813

Re: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

Good stuff here. Interestingly enough, some of those Chianti's mentioned up top are in the $55 range. The Brunellos I noted were $28-35 Yesterday I picked up my recent order from FedEx. It was the 2013 Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Firma from WTSO. In true form, I popped my Coravin and sipp...
by mike pobega
December 30th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1813

Re: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

J. Migone wrote: December 30th, 2020, 3:10 pm I can't! I agree with you. Most of the 2015 and 2016s have been amazing. Chianti and Rosso as well. Trying to get my hands on some more Fuligni.
I have two of the 2015 Fuligni Brunello on the way from WineSpies.com $89 seemed fair.
by mike pobega
December 30th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1813

2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

:) Of the sampling of about 6 I have had so far, I am really loving what these have to offer and I am not even speaking of the big boys. Here are some I have recently enjoyed. 2015 Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino 2015 Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino 2015 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino C...
by mike pobega
December 24th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Beau Marchais Pinot Noir Soberanes
Replies: 0
Views: 180

TN: 2019 Beau Marchais Pinot Noir Soberanes

Merry Christmas! 2019 Beau Marchais Pinot Noir Soberanes - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (12/24/2020) Nose of high toned fresh red fruits with exotic red raspberries forefront. Palate displays, no, celebrates some of those fresh red fruits with pretty floral notes with slight...
by mike pobega
December 16th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

This one I call the 'compromise'. Wife wanted fresh tomato and I wanted passata.
Dough is 78% hydration and five days in fridge. I used Molino Dallagiovanna La Pinsa flour which is a proprietary blend made for Pan/Pala/Pinsa styled pizza.
by mike pobega
December 15th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20999

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Interesting. Considering the first wave email was in September 2020. The 15th to be exact. Dear Friends and Family, We are excited to announce that our 2017 MACDONALD Oakville Cabernet Sauvingon will be released on Tuesday, September 15th. Only 392 cases were produced. We will be sending the offer f...
by mike pobega
December 13th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 786
Views: 89241

Re: Official WTSO thread

A few winners from the WTSO lately as per....me. :)
Worth seeking out if you send them an email

2015 Serre dei Roveri Barolo, Graceful and precise
2016 Boasso Barolo Cru Gabutti, nice structure and all Barolo character
by mike pobega
December 7th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Thanks Tim. Once I stopped trying to get my grill hot and actually learned to 'read/manage' the heat, I was all over the place myself. I use a Weber S330 with a stone and a screen. The stone gets about 650 and I place pie on with super peel. No more uneven pies. It rolls off as I make it. Once the b...
by mike pobega
December 7th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1577
Views: 95179

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Just now, like 20 minutes ago...

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