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by T. Melloni
July 28th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joy.......Vilmart
Replies: 24
Views: 1186

Re: Joy.......Vilmart

That bottle of Vilmart was in good company. LOL 2004 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (7/28/2020) Blind: This was perfect for an afternoon with friends. There's a solid core of ripe fruit mid palate, no apologies need as there's plenty of...
by T. Melloni
July 28th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 91
Views: 7800

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Just bought four. I know that most comments refer to washing the glasses in the dishwasher. For the Glasvin as well as Grassal. I just find it hard to do so.
So I end up breaking them by hand washing.
by T. Melloni
July 27th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 57
Views: 4237

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

I thought that I only had Kutch remaining but this thread reminded me that there are others on my list.
by T. Melloni
July 24th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 1956

Re: Is this a wine?

From their site: This wine is fermented spontaneously. Other Information: Cobolorum means “goblin,” which is our affectionate nickname for the Kick On Ranch Riesling vines. We call this undisgorged, no-added-anything pét-nat our Naughty Goblin Bubbles, as it must be kept very cold or it may leap out...
by T. Melloni
July 18th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 91
Views: 7800

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Thanks. Will give them a try as it seems too often that I find ways to break my Grassls, Zaltos Riedels, Schott-Zweisels. Just the generic thick Corning glasses don't seem to break. Why is that? (Rhetorical question; attempt at humour).
by T. Melloni
July 18th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 91
Views: 7800

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Is the $25 per stem for a set purchase still on?
Asking for my imaginary friend as I certainly don't "need" (but still want) more wine glasses.
by T. Melloni
July 10th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1776

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

I opened one the day after arrival. Light pink in color. Nose and flavor profile of fresh watermelon, pomegranate, hint of orange peel zest, light floral note too. Quite expressive and enjoyable. Had more depth than so many roses out on the market. It was delicious. On the cost side: $35 is higher t...
by T. Melloni
July 2nd, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: TN: 2016 Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah

Nice note. I bought some from Berserker Day this past January - I recall that the offer was for a 3-year vertical. I opened one soon after arrival that I think was the 2016; I gave a second one to a friend and am holding on to the third bottle of the set. As you say..."I really enjoyed it .... A goo...
by T. Melloni
June 26th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1688

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

Jay - What is your response when they say "My friend X wants to become a lawyer. What do you recommend?"
by T. Melloni
June 26th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 05` Cristal and 95` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: 05` Cristal and 95` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

Chris Seiber wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 9:16 am
I could have guessed the thread author just from seeing the two wines. Glad you had a great experience and thanks for sharing.
Ha! I had the same thought.
And then happy to read the notes and see the pictures.
Salud!
by T. Melloni
June 16th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1776

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

Price is $35 per bottle. I understand they will pick up the costs of shipping for an order of 6. From the email: 2019 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR \ SONOMA COAST Grapes were sourced from the Senna Vineyard just outside of Occidental with equal proportions of Calera and Swan from shallow sandstone soils. We pi...
by T. Melloni
June 9th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?
Replies: 38
Views: 1736

Re: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?

I have not yet had the experience of having a friend proudly pour a wine that I thought was dead/flawed or simply 'yucky.' I did have a friend at my home for a party where I put out many different bottles of wine and unable to taste each one upon opening. Later in the evening, my friend was extollin...
by T. Melloni
June 9th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 97
Views: 7521

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

As an old thread gets resurrected, we are reminded of change over time.
'Boots' Brounstein passed away in July of 2019.
Then Maison Louis Roederer buys Diamond Creek in March 2020.
by T. Melloni
June 8th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)
Replies: 13
Views: 773

Re: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)

I recently spent a week on a sailboat and was in charge of meals. In a way, that may be similar to vacation time share cooking - with carry-in provisions, limited spices, and adequate but less than ideal stove, cooking utensils, knives, etc. And where you don't want to spend heavy time in the kitche...
by T. Melloni
May 21st, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Mark and Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards--Thursday, May 28th 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 15
Views: 494

Re: Zoom Event--Mark and Jeff Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards--Thursday, May 28th 5PM PT / 8PM ET

Folks, I caught with Jeff Pisoni today to discuss the Zoom event and how they're adjusting, like all of us to this shift in everything. What we decided is to adjust the event with them, too. What we want to do is put off the Zoom for 5/28, and instead we'll put something on for the release in Septe...
by T. Melloni
May 15th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CBS This Morning - 5/16 w/ Dirty and Rowdy
Replies: 17
Views: 1538

Re: CBS This Morning - 5/16 w/ Dirty and Rowdy

Excellent!
Look forward to it.
by T. Melloni
May 15th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs (via Zoom tasting): Rhys, Kutch, Thomas and a couple Brunellos
Replies: 23
Views: 826

Re: TNs (via Zoom tasting): Rhys, Kutch, Thomas and a couple Brunellos

I'm glad this is taking off. I see it all over facebook and instagram too. I feel like a proud papa watching their kid get at diploma Nice. I think the concept is a good one and I will give it a try. You going to give this a name? Perhaps Fushare? Futasting? Fuzoom? Quite an interesting line up - I...
by T. Melloni
May 8th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Loring - AVA Pinots Added - 30% Off - Free Ground Shipping!
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: Loring - AVA Pinots Added - 30% Off - Free Ground Shipping!

Brian Loring wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 1:38 pm
We just added the 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills Pinots to our offer.
and just like that . . . poof . . .
Order in.
Hope all is well.
Only been a customer since around 2007. Not as long as Mister Bu3ker but still, in Llama years, that is a long time.
by T. Melloni
April 30th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 129
Views: 4628

Re: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--you pick the date

Two nice people and, from personal experience at a wine tasting, listening to the back and forth between father and son will be a treat.
Thanks to all for making this happen.
by T. Melloni
April 29th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grilled cheese the right way
Replies: 10
Views: 1042

Re: Grilled cheese the right way

. . . Home made mustard on your bread (sorry, low carb white bread for health reasons) . . . But with bacon. For health reasons. [Insert appropriate emoji here] Reminds me of a time I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with Parmesan fries at some Todd English restaurant in some nondescript airport food c...
by T. Melloni
April 28th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Roasted Potatoes
Replies: 32
Views: 1731

Re: Roasted Potatoes

The real question is whether ketchup (catsup?) is allowed or served on the table with roast potatoes.

For me, if there are herbs, butter or any special combination of spices . . . then NO.
If they are just roasted potatoes, then Yes Please! Heinz Organic - Non-Corn Syrup version.
by T. Melloni
April 28th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Roasted Potatoes
Replies: 32
Views: 1731

Re: Roasted Potatoes

I like russet potatoes. Cut into 1.5' x 2" pieces (with or without peel) and place in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes. Drain, and put back in the pot to dry out any excess water. Then coat the potatoes with olive oil and let sit. Pour out onto a metal tray; ro...
by T. Melloni
April 24th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So We Built a Joseph & Curtis Wine Cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1419

Re: So We Built a Joseph & Curtis Wine Cellar

Wow. Impressive. Happy for you.
That is beautiful.
by T. Melloni
April 24th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 111
Views: 3586

Re: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

I believe we are opening a 2017 Myriad Las Madres whole cluster, 2017 Ancillary El Diablo Chardonnay, 2017 Quivet beckstoffer Las piedras cab and a 2017 Myriad beckstoffer Dr Crane Elysian. But mike is making the final call on this when he gets hone from bottling I pulled out a 2017 Myriad Las Madr...
by T. Melloni
April 24th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 111
Views: 3586

Re: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

As an acknowledgement and thanks to our health care providers, I will open a Dr. Crane.
2010 Myriad Dr. Crane.

Had a 2009 Myriad Petit Verdot standing up but I think the good Doctor is needed.
Thank you Dr. George Belden Crane.
by T. Melloni
April 24th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Kelley Fox Wines – Two great offers with Free Shipping
Replies: 21
Views: 4455

Re: Kelley Fox Wines – Two great offers with Free Shipping

I was pleased with the Kelley Fox wines I bought for Berserker Day. I added a four pack of Maresh. Very interested to try these across the board and maybe even taste alongside an Arterberry Maresh Maresh. I think I recall someone writing on this board that they wished Jim Maresh would make as good a...
by T. Melloni
April 18th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 111
Views: 3586

Re: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--You Vote For The Date

Wow. Thank you. They seem like really nice people and I know they made major contributions to Falltacular. Plus, I have many bottles of wine with the name "Myriad" in my cellar. Looking forward to this wine. My wife and daughter each get a kick when I go into my office to sit in on these Zooom meeti...
by T. Melloni
April 18th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3527

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

I am fine with no capsules. Don't think that it affects long-term storage.
I do like seeing the vintage on the top of the cork, however, when there is no capsule. That is not a big concern; it is just a preference.
by T. Melloni
April 17th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.
Replies: 63
Views: 3004

Re: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.

Josh Grossman wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 12:38 pm
My shipment today would have been hard to hide. Maybe they wouldn’t notice another room made of wine boxes? [truce.gif]
Wow! That is impressive.
Good for you.
by T. Melloni
April 16th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5389

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

Started early. It was 5PM! Just happened to be Eastern Time Zone. 20200416_175326.jpg Sorry for the sideways pic. 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (4/16/2020) Pop and pour. Served a initially at a cool cellar temperature and allowed to warm...
by T. Melloni
April 15th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 806
Views: 29729

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I have to say that, although I do not smoke, I really dig the photos and descriptions - whether Randy's hand working through store inventory or Jason sitting in the sun and enjoying life.
Thanks.
by T. Melloni
April 15th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5389

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

Kevin/Jeff - Thanks for being part of the community and agreeing to participate in the Virtual tasting.
Any thoughts on the 09 Swan?
Or should I pull one of my 12s (Bearwallow/Skyline/Shoe/Alpine) as that seems to be a focus here?
by T. Melloni
April 15th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2215

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I've learned that most of you know way more about IPAs than I do, so I feel I'm in good company. I'm afraid my subject heading was misleading, with the word "strong." I was not referring to high alcohol IPAs. The ones I like have strong flavors , fruit and hops, but I avoid those over 6% or so. So ...
by T. Melloni
April 14th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5389

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

I found that I have a couple of 2009 Swan Terrace, so that will be my choice. Seems right.

Looking forward to this.
by T. Melloni
April 9th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5389

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--- With Kevin H and Jeff B....vote for the day you prefer

I prefer Thursday, but plan on attending either day.

Thank you.
by T. Melloni
April 7th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9767

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Ready to open a 2010 Panek. Hopes are high.

Am I the only one who starts to sing David Bowie's Panic In Detroit, when I open one of these?

by T. Melloni
April 1st, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9767

Re: Rivers-Marie: any interest in a WB Zoom event next week?

Wow, there is a lot of interest here. Excellent! Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui are both in for the event. That's another excellent! So, we need to decide...which day next week? We have two options, which will be TUESDAY (4/7) or THURSDAY (4/9) , time will be 5PM PT / 8PM ET. Excellent indeed. ...
by T. Melloni
March 27th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KUTCH Virtual Tasting with Jamie Kutch, This Friday @ 5PM PT/ 8PM ET
Replies: 107
Views: 3048

Re: KUTCH Virtual Tasting with Jamie Kutch, This Friday @ 5PM PT/ 8PM ET

Thank you Frank for being the catalyst for this event. Quite informative and fun. I had forgotten about this and while cooking dinner (salmon in a butter and lemon caper sauce, with a side of spaghetti with lentils, in case you were wondering), I went to log in to surf and saw that this was on. Dinn...
by T. Melloni
March 23rd, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KUTCH Virtual Tasting with Jamie Kutch, This Friday @ 5PM PT/ 8PM ET
Replies: 107
Views: 3048

Re: KUTCH Virtual Tasting with Jamie Kutch, Date/Time TBD

I like this idea and would like to participate.
Friday or Saturday are both fine.
Thanks for organizing this.
by T. Melloni
March 19th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Patricia Green Cellars Muscat (what?) and mixed Pinot Noir case. Free shipping.
Replies: 86
Views: 7314

Re: Patricia Green Cellars Muscat (what?) and mixed Pinot Noir case. Free shipping.

We went back in and re-fixed the Muscat ordering. Not sure what’s up. Lots of ghosts in the machine this week out here. Should work now. If not always call or email. Thanks. Finally worked and I avoided calling, although I was a bit curious to see how you would try to walk me through the order in t...
by T. Melloni
March 18th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ceritas Rivina 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: TN: Ceritas Rivina 2018

After reading Adam's note, I decided to try one of mine. This arrived about 1 week earlier. I regularly buy and drink Ceritas wines - pinot and chardonnay. They are well made wines, reflective of site, and customer service is strong. The people behind Ceritas seem like nice people. I opened the bott...
by T. Melloni
March 15th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report
Replies: 23
Views: 2098

Re: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report

Thanks for the reviews and the article.
I have seen positive comments, and, although my sample size is limited, have had good experiences with 2015 Chianti so expectations were high for Brunello. Seems like there are some great wines to be had.
by T. Melloni
March 15th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Patricia Green Cellars. Two unique Pinots, tax deductible purchase, small amounts remain.
Replies: 39
Views: 2590

Re: Patricia Green Cellars. Two unique Pinots, tax deductible purchase, small amounts remain.

Just received the shipping notice. I had forgotten this WB XI (WB 11) purchase and after reading back Jim's original post, remembered that these wines sound fantastic. Happy they are on the way.
The history behind them, and the charitable angle, is wonderful.
Thank you.
by T. Melloni
March 13th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your favorite CT bottle photos?
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: What are your favorite CT bottle photos?

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Kutch CT Photo
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Kutch CT photo
I like the photos taken fresh from the shipper box.
by T. Melloni
March 11th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21283

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Interesting to see the charge date of May 2020 for the 2019 vintage.
Past years it has been mid-March. Two month delay is fine by me.

$141 per bottle for the 2019.

Historical prices:
2018 was $132;
2017 was $124;
2016 was $115;
2015 was $110.
by T. Melloni
March 10th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once and Future Save the Date
Replies: 39
Views: 2416

Re: Once and Future Save the Date

Just when I thought I was out, they pull be back in.
by T. Melloni
March 6th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12130
Views: 453757

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 KB, Kanzler Vineyard The thread about ageability of Cali Pinots got me concerned. Glad to report this one is drinking beautifully. After reading some of that thread, I had a similar thought to check in on some of my few remaining Kosta Browne pinots. I opened a 2014 KB Russian River and was no...
by T. Melloni
March 6th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12130
Views: 453757

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over the last two nights I enjoyed the 2015 Rivers Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast Pop and pour. Tasted over two days, with the wine being sealed with a VacuVin and refrigerated overnight. Crimson-ruby color. Nos...
by T. Melloni
March 6th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4610

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

The notes on the 2018 Kutch Trout Gulch remind me that initial impressions can be off and sometimes you need to spend time with a bottle to really taste the wine, over time, as it opens up and reveals itself. I tasted the 2018 Trout Gulch early on in the day at Falltacular; I think the bottle had ju...
by T. Melloni
March 5th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with all the thread dredging?
Replies: 27
Views: 1387

Re: What's with all the thread dredging?

At the Falltacular after-party, I was talking with one long-time member of this community. He indicated that he does not participate much in the Wine Talk threads anymore as he feels so many topics have been hashed over for years and there is not much for him to add that he has not already posted in...

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