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by Tim Heaton
November 11th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2150

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

"Open container laws are motor vehicle laws"

really? So it has nothing to do with walking in public with an open container of some alcoholic beverage?

rhetorical
by Tim Heaton
November 7th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano
Replies: 6
Views: 293

TN: 2016 Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano

Some may see a bottle of wine from this region, and, seeing its price point, make the safe pivot into Chianti Classico - that could be unfortunate, as this wine, like several others from the area, is just lovely. In no way do I disparage CC, rather I suggest this (mostly) little known area. After on...
by Tim Heaton
November 7th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florence & Rome
Replies: 18
Views: 1300

Re: Florence & Rome

Always reliable, and tucked away from the tourist paths, lunch today (first time, have always visited for dinner) with a friend at Osteria del Porcellino was quite good: mixed crostini, and a plate of pici pasta with duck ragù. Place is 95% locals this time of year, and it was completely full. Highl...
by Tim Heaton
November 6th, 2019, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 613

2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.

Today is roughly the mid-way point of my 3 month stay in Italia. To this point, I've spent the majority of my time in Chianti Classico zone, though I've had 3-14 day visits in Langhe, Umbria, Lazio, and even a brief moment in Liguria (to help celebrate a fellow board member's nuptials). Having met w...
by Tim Heaton
November 4th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

Strasbourg
by Tim Heaton
November 1st, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 925

Re: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

thanks everyone for your time, very nice of you. I've shared this with our daughter, kind of prepared her. She understands, but ever since that first jar of Rao's years ago at home, she's still starstruck with their products. No dad wants to say "sorry kid", not happening", but here we are; she unde...
by Tim Heaton
November 1st, 2019, 1:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 925

Re: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

thank you to all that have responded/PMd. I'm guessing we (ok, my daughter) might roll the dice and try the bar, though she's just turning 19, and so she'll be pretty bored at the bar watching others eat - at some point, anyway. She's making all A grades so far at UC Boulder, and so even if we don't...
by Tim Heaton
October 31st, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 925

Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

Some may know that I'm in Italia Oct- Dec. I fly into JFK on 12, and our daughter, who is 18 has asked if she could meet my there (she's a freshman in Boulder). Rao's is, I suppose, notoriously difficult to get into, so I'm asking if anyone here might have a way that the 2 of us might be able to che...
by Tim Heaton
October 31st, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1628

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

I find the whole category "Natural" wines confusing. As far as I know, there is no formal definition so I have no clue what "Natural" wine is. Is it anything but a marketing term to attract Millennials to wine? From the reading I have done, there is a wide disparity in the dos and donts of making a...
by Tim Heaton
October 29th, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: visit to Paolo Bea
Replies: 6
Views: 637

visit to Paolo Bea

Really wonderful time this morning, with nearly equal parts of it spent with Sergio (agronomist), and Giampiero; learned quite a lot, including that Paolo's driving license was recently renewed, even at 90 years. As Sergio and I made our way from the new cellar to the old one, under the home of Paol...
by Tim Heaton
October 28th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 428

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

In Perugia, have had good/very good successes: Osteria a Priori Locanda del Morlacchi Il Cantinone Antica Trattoria San Lorenzo Simone Ciccotti weather begins to really change tomorrow, as you know. I think the rain here (I'm near Spello just now) will begin in about 36 hours - and at this point it'...
by Tim Heaton
October 27th, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 428

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Sitting in the Piazza della Republica (Orvieto), now, just having had a great (caffè Vergnano at cafe dolceamaro) start to the day after driving over early this morning from Assisi/Spello. In Orvieto I can strongly recommend Antica Cantina, and Trattoria del Moro Arrone. don't miss the falls, if pos...
by Tim Heaton
October 18th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 21
Views: 971

Re: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?

another vote for N'Ombra de Vin Via S. Marco, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy +39 02 659 9650 https://maps.app.goo.gl/hPsCeHB766e3zVzK8 quite a good selection for the average wine geek, prices are competitive. I visit 2-3x/yr, and always leave with a few things. Peck is wine porn - for all but the 1%. OK ...
by Tim Heaton
October 16th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1287

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 12:11 pm
I third the recommendation of Schiopetto. A good wine, and not just “good for pinot Grigio”
excellent recommendation, all sustainably grown, too.
by Tim Heaton
October 16th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1287

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

this, of course

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A bottle of Borgo del Tiglio Collio Studio di Bianco with a few years of age can make lots of folks pretty happy. (even if it's a white blend)
by Tim Heaton
October 12th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 901

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

2014 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Poggio, superb 2014 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino, brilliant any of the Produttori, including the classico 2014 Lisini Brunello, drank again 2 nights ago in Priocca, fantastic after 1 hr of air 2014 Giorgio Pelissero ...
by Tim Heaton
October 8th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Truffles and Barolo
Replies: 4
Views: 906

Re: White Truffles and Barolo

I'm sitting in Barolo now, waiting for an (my only, to pick up my wines) appointment at CBM. Some have already finished, some began only today (was in Ovello this morning). Most Nebbiolo that's not already harvested, should be within next 10 days. Have been tasting in vineyards since 1 week ago; som...
by Tim Heaton
September 29th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Spatlese
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: 2001 Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Spatlese

loved it, Patrick, thanks for sharing!

the nose was equal parts intoxicating, and beguiling complexity; the palate, sheer joy, and so damn good/versatile with food
by Tim Heaton
September 27th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute change of program, NYC, tomorrow (28) night.
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Last minute change of program, NYC, tomorrow (28) night.

Making my move back to Italia for another 3 months (arrive Tuesday, return home 18 Dec.), and passing through New York City for a few nights. However, a change of plans has me solo tomorrow night (I'm in Denver now), and I'm wondering if anyone has any availability or interest for dinner tomorrow ev...
by Tim Heaton
September 6th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 1
Views: 362

TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=3228056 Association (Viticoltori di) San Donato in Poggio (Castello della Paneretta, località Monsanto II, Barberino val d'Elsa, FI): Very impressive, and after some minutes with this, my mind keeps echoing 'mini Cepparello'. Generous, yet structured, th...
by Tim Heaton
September 6th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) - Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: TN: 2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) - Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Brian, sorry you got a hold of a bad bottle. I've had many of that bottling over the years and all of them have been energetic and pleasurable, not to mention a fine surprise from Giorgio.
by Tim Heaton
September 6th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blockchain fraud solution
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Blockchain fraud solution

seems pretty brilliant to me, congrats, Maureen https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/09/wine-vault-opens-the-fight-on-fakes "The process starts by entering the details of a bottle into the Chai Vault system via the company's TCM inspection protocol, which lists 90 individual identifiers, from produc...
by Tim Heaton
September 4th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FranceCave Shipping Damage
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: FranceCave Shipping Damage

pretty obvious forklift incident, good luck
by Tim Heaton
August 26th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1438

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

Which to open? Treat yourself to a great Champagne. Which is another way of saying that the aforementioned, save the PdB, which will show nicely but not wonderfully, are many, many years away from true enjoyment. Patience isn't always so easy 😔
by Tim Heaton
August 15th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1615

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I like my vinguard valise. Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV. I've never gotten more than 10 bottles in a VGV, ever, which is why we stopped distributing them at The Wine Check. A case of wine is typically 40-44lb, and the VGV is 13-14lb. Vino Vo...
by Tim Heaton
July 24th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance

John Morris wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Most important thing I learned at the LDM imports tasting last year is that the stress is on the second syllable. It's tear-AHL-deh-go.
teh-rohl-deh-goh
by Tim Heaton
July 15th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3754

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Lambrusco di Sorbara
by Tim Heaton
June 22nd, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 30
Views: 2103

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

Most Cru Barolo from 2013 vintage
Most Brunello wines from 2013 vintage, especially from traditional producers.
Franz Hirtzberger wines from just about any vintage you can find right now
by Tim Heaton
June 18th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 2039

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

Hi, Paul if you're not able to book Roscioli, my recommendations are to look at Emma and/or Per Me - Giulio Terrinoni. Both are very likely to exceed your expectations. To answer your question, no, I've not done the Taste the Legends option; not something I'd ever consider outside of my home, or wit...
by Tim Heaton
June 17th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3388

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

" still dont get the result, i understand that zero alcohol wine tastes like crap so nobody would drink it"

- which is to say you understand nothing
by Tim Heaton
June 10th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Denver and/or Casper, WY Wine Shop Recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: North Denver and/or Casper, WY Wine Shop Recommendations

small detour from I-25 & C470 interchange
Total Beverage
9359 Sheridan Boulevard #A, Westminster, CO 80031
(303) 426-4800
https://maps.app.goo.gl/FFVibazp9EBwywnDA
they will have what you need/want
by Tim Heaton
June 6th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 21
Views: 2711

Re: London Recos

Le Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly - close to everything
Sketch, for a dinner to remember
by Tim Heaton
May 24th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 853
Views: 40736

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

In the wake of Parker’s retirement, and clearly wanting to out-do Leve and his liquid sex, Lisa Parody Brown now brings us sex on a rug: 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2018 Pontet-Canet is made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Picking ...
by Tim Heaton
May 17th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2622

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

brodie thomson wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Only in the United States is this even a question.
bingo [winner.gif]
by Tim Heaton
April 30th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 853
Views: 40736

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

"The 2017 Ausone is a total stunner. That's all there is to it . 95-98 points" Antonio Galloni ...at a loss for words? This might honestly be his best note to date! He didn't wade too deep into the miry lexicon. and, by covering 4 of the possible 12 points, he blanketed a lot of territory. But real...
by Tim Heaton
April 30th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 593
Views: 30075

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Jim Erwin wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 6:07 am
YTD +41
Mar 2019
Purchased 34
Consumed 28
Net Mar 2019+6
ahem...we talked about this, right?
by Tim Heaton
April 22nd, 2019, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy wine shop recs
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: Italy wine shop recs

If you’re willing to drive, it’s less than an hour from Florence to Lucca, I recommend Enoteca Vanni (http://www.enotecavanni.it). Looking through their underground cellar, I found many, many good/aged buys. Parking isn’t great in Lucca; but worth it. small world, visiting this enoteca today as i u...
by Tim Heaton
April 15th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu
Replies: 70
Views: 5637

Re: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu

Great notes Howard! Regarding Brovia, I thought Alex’s wife was the winemaker? Definitely Alex is the winemaker. His wife's family are the historic owners, but Alex is winemakers. I've tasted with him several times - truly wonderful guy and some fantastic wines! I don't think that's right. I think ...
by Tim Heaton
April 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2126

Re: Florence recommendations

re : OP, in San Gimignano, consider: Cum Quibus Ristorante, Il Ceppo Toscana, and Montenidoli for winery.
by Tim Heaton
April 14th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2126

Re: Florence recommendations

Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enoteca sufficient? I strongly recommend the Osteria. The place is comfortable from beginning to end - service, atmosphere, selections, food, etc. I go there several times a year, and I leave planning my return. Which pretty ...
by Tim Heaton
April 14th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4222

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I'm in Sondrio/Valtellina tonight, supposed to get to 1C or so; I think they'll dodge a bullet as things will likely warm from tonight forward.
by Tim Heaton
April 13th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute

Koehler-Ruprecht (with lunch today in sunny, warm Tirano)
Darting
Knipser (the Syrah and **Chardonnay can be special)
by Tim Heaton
April 9th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 729

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Ciao, Brodie
enoteca Dal Zovo Oreste, if you prefer the convenience of centro, is probably your best bet.

Leaving Verona tomorrow, 12th, and probably final VinItaly for me. Happy hunting to you.

Also, check out La Piazzetta if looking for a new resto.
by Tim Heaton
April 8th, 2019, 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2126

Re: Florence recommendations

Enoteca Pitti e Gola in Florence - they also have an Osteria. Fun team and a good wine stop. My favorite wine bar in the world. I recommend it every chance I get, and have never had anything other than great feedback... Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enote...
by Tim Heaton
April 8th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 554

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine - France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru (3/31/2019) Opened at Granor Farms. This wine is made from 60 year old vines grown on granite soil in the Schlossberg Vineyard. I purchased this on sale for $25. Pale straw color. This was a well bala...
by Tim Heaton
April 7th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 729

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Been coming since 1991 (in Veneto now), about 4-5 months each year, with current favorites:

Enoteche a Milano: HIC ENOTECHE (Spallanzani), CANTINE ISOLA, VINOIR, N'OMBRA DE VIN, BICERIN, PECK
by Tim Heaton
April 3rd, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2847

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Of those handful of Nascettas I've had, Germano's have been the best. Rivetto and Diego Conterno Nascettas have been very good as well, while San Silvestro's Ghercina Naschetta was a rather uninteresting effort. Then I've tasted some wines that fit somewhere there in-between, but I've yet to taste ...
by Tim Heaton
April 3rd, 2019, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6427

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

PnP one of these tonight. Jammy, pretty thin mid-palate to finish for me. Nothing amazingly special but easy enough to open for a party or casual dinner. I agree. So you are not seeing this wine at 94 points? I have never thought much more than an 85 for this wine on any vintage. that's rather the ...
by Tim Heaton
April 1st, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2847

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Top? Don't really think in those terms as simple wines with soul and beauty can be tops in the proper setting. As an example, today I am in Sirmione, and a Turbiana (2016, 2013, and a late-release 1999), and a Chiaretto flat out knocked my socks off on a warm early Spring day. So for today, they wer...

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