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by T. Melloni
December 12th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1431

Re: You ever get free wine?

No, but as CRS sets in I have had wine that I bought, paid for, and forgot, delivered to me. What do I win for being the idiot who explains the joke? CRS . . . Catholic Relief Services? Congressional Research Service? Center for Rural Studies? Center for Resource Solutions? Controlled Release Socie...
by T. Melloni
December 7th, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What to do with organic virgin coconut oil?
Replies: 10
Views: 233

Re: What to do with organic virgin coconut oil?

I think you can substitute coconut oil for butter or other oils.
We have used it for pancake and waffle batter, oatmeal raisin cookies, and chocolate chip cookies.

I have also used it when frying meat or vegetables with a curry paste for Thai curry.
by T. Melloni
December 4th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11692

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 10:34 am
Ugh. Utter and total failure.

28 Consumed (traveling most of the month)
106 Purchased

Why do I keep up this fiction?
I think you need to keep the purchases up if you want to "ostensibly" drink for free.
Otherwise, the mathematics turn against you.
by T. Melloni
December 4th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 6769
Views: 373107

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

Anybody have any thoughts on current offer - Black Kite Pinot Noir Kite`s Rest Anderson Valley 2014 $29 FS on 4 I am tempted. I am a fan of the Black Kite pinots, although the last ones I opened were from 2012. The wines are on the bigger, richer side but with sufficient acidity that you would expe...
by T. Melloni
December 4th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2289

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Jason Hagen wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 4:28 pm

The Ridge tasting note:

Nose: Gratitude, encouragement and hope.
Palate: Generosity, love, and proof that this is a wonderful community.

Peace,

Jason
Wonderful.
This should be a part of every tasting note.
Jason - I wish you strength as you face your health challenges.
by T. Melloni
December 2nd, 2018, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2289

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Opened a Radio Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel. I was impressed. This was my first RC from this vineyard. 2014 Radio-Coteau Zinfandel Lemorel - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/2/2018) Pop and pour and initially tasted without food. Color: ruby purple color. Clear. Nose shows ripe blackberr...
by T. Melloni
November 30th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1926

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Anything with "crushing" reeks of John Kapon and Twelve Angry Men.
by T. Melloni
November 30th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1926

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Inceptive inquisition.
Embryonic exploration.
Grape juice drinkin'.

As to earlier vintages, anyone have the 02 or 04 recently?
by T. Melloni
November 29th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2250

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

I have a good sized shelf of magnums resting in 55 degree slumber. I wonder when and under what conditions they will be opened.
If they were four 375ml bottles, they would be empty and picked up long ago in a blue recycling bin.
by T. Melloni
November 28th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Four pages and lots of great wines opened, impressions recorded, and photos shared.
And money raised, for a worthy cause.
Wonderful.
Thank you Frank.
by T. Melloni
November 28th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

It is still the 28th so I guess this counts: 2016 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (11/28/2018) Pop and pour and tasted without food. Ruby garnet color. Cloudy. Wonderful floral nose, and hints of cherries and wild strawberries. Slight hint of woodsmoke. Beau...
by T. Melloni
November 27th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

...another one. 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/27/2018) Pop and pour and tasted with food (ground turkey tacos, in case you were wondering) and then on its own. Followed for about 3 hours. Ruby garnet color. Nose offers up some ...
by T. Melloni
November 20th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...
Replies: 67
Views: 2341

Re: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...

I've had quite a bit of trouble distinguishing stems/no stems in pinot (e.g. Fourrier destems but sometimes tastes green and stemmy to me). It was a subject that was brought up at dinner last night (mostly in the context of whether such a thing as "ripe stems" exists and whether it makes a differen...
by T. Melloni
November 20th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

As DJ Khalid would say... another one: 2014 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard Dundee Hills - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (11/20/2018) Pop and pour. Tasted on its own and then with food (pho ga, with spongy chicken meatballs, in case you were wondering). Then contin...
by T. Melloni
November 19th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Happy to add another wine to the thread. I decided to pull a bottle from the deep, hidden part of the cellar, all to add to the benefit of Laura's House. IMG_2139.JPG 2008 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (11/19/2018) Pop and pour. Cork broke in...
by T. Melloni
November 19th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Success with leaking corks, but sound wine?
Replies: 28
Views: 747

Re: Success with leaking corks, but sound wine?

I received a shipment from Arnot-Roberts that contained a bottle of wine with a hairline crack that had leaked a bit of wine, and was caught in the styrofoam shipper. The wine was the 2013 Legan Vineyard (Santa Cruz Mountains) Pinot Noir. I pulled the cork and tasted the wine. It was wonderfully bri...
by T. Melloni
November 18th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

I will jump in and add a note and photo. With all this talk about Walter Scott wines on this board, I decided to open a new arrival to the collection. 2017 Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (11/18/2018) Pop and pour and initially tasted on its own. later paired ...
by T. Melloni
November 16th, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

I love squid ink pasta. It goes against so many culinary rules but is still fun to eat, especially in a seafood based sauce.
Hope you take and post some photos.
by T. Melloni
November 16th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

Is it advisable to process the eggs that much? I followed Marcela Hazan's directions, and she just said to beat the eggs with a fork for a few seconds. I think Marcella's directions are for making a well on your work surface, and beat the eggs in that well. I don't read her instructions as a cautio...
by T. Melloni
November 16th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Loring wine on WTSO
Replies: 16
Views: 1291

Re: Loring wine on WTSO

b. c@stner wrote:
November 16th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Loring 2016 Santa Barbara County up now for $16.99
"And like that ... he's gone."
by T. Melloni
November 16th, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

I am thinking about doing something similar with beet powder. After watching videos of Salty Seattle and colored pasta, I think I will reconstitute the powder first using either water or egg.

by T. Melloni
November 15th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 80
Views: 2832

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

Petitioner and Respondents have given blanket consents to the filing of any amicus curiae brief and without regard to the position taken or the party supported by the brief. As indicated above, the value WB can bring is the interests of individual consumers. The underlying decision by the District C...
by T. Melloni
November 13th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Especially for you, Frank---I almost never open a bottle alone, but this is a special case 2013 Kutch McDougall Pinot Noir Nose opens with tangible red raspberry and cranberry fruit, just a trace of forest floor underneath. This, on pop and pour, is really hitting its stride as a verve-driven raspb...
by T. Melloni
November 8th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 119
Views: 3642

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

I will add my voice to the recommendation to explore Portugal, and particularly the wines from Alentejo. The wines tend to be blends of three or four varieties and are food-friendly, and can be enjoyed both young and with some bottle age. Esporao is one of my favorites from the region. While no long...
by T. Melloni
November 7th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4586

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

I am glad that you continue the tradition and that it is for Pinot Noir and not Champagne, your new love, as I have only a few bottles of Champagne in my collection.

With Pinot Noir, and the 13-day window, I can draw some coin from your wallet for Laura's House.
by T. Melloni
November 6th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines of 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2451

Re: Best wines of 2018

Interesting to look at the wines I consumed this year and see which ones I noted as having my highest personal score (each a 94 if anyone is curious). 1997 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT 2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch 2012 Saxum James Berry Vineyard 2013 Moccagatta...
by T. Melloni
November 5th, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: MacDonald Retrospective New York Offline UPDATED JANUARY 2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2425

Re: MacDonald Retrospective New York Offline UPDATED JANUARY 2019

I'd like to play. I can contribute a 14 or 15.
Could also bring something from the neighborhood if we want to broaden the field (such as a Myriad Dr. Crane or an Opus One).
by T. Melloni
November 2nd, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11692

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Cellar inventory reduction plan?

LOL!
by T. Melloni
October 31st, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 6769
Views: 373107

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

Curious if anyone is taking a chance on the 12-bottle mystery case currently offered at $192.
by T. Melloni
October 29th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER
Replies: 150
Views: 5204

Re: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER

CJ Beazley wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 10:01 am
2004 Rochioli West Block.
Interesting - one of mine was the 2004 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard.
by T. Melloni
October 25th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: MacDonald Retrospective New York Offline UPDATED JANUARY 2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2425

Re: MacDonald Retrospective/Pay it Forward New York Offline

Dan Hammer wrote:
September 16th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Youhoo Jay.

Any update for us?

Dan
Is this what is meant by "The Hack Gap?"
by T. Melloni
October 18th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found a new use for my Vinoscraper...
Replies: 12
Views: 572

Re: Found a new use for my Vinoscraper...

What's the story behind the bottle of Fetzer? 1980 Fetzer PS. We drank this back in 2007 at Eldon Gath's house, who had a big-ass PS event that a lot of us went to here in the OC. I hung onto it because a # of people signed the label, a kind of tradition I use sometimes to memorialize good things. ...
by T. Melloni
October 17th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found a new use for my Vinoscraper...
Replies: 12
Views: 572

Re: Found a new use for my Vinoscraper...

What's the story behind the bottle of Fetzer?
by T. Melloni
October 3rd, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle a la Pobega via Tex = OMG!
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Re: La Pelle a la Pobega via Tex = OMG!

Anton D wrote:
October 3rd, 2018, 11:29 am
OK, OK...I took BillTexLandreth's sage advice and checked out La Pelle wine.
He moves markets:
La Pelle: "OUR 2018 FALL RELEASE IS SOLD OUT
WE CURRENTLY HAVE NO ALLOCATIONS AVAILABLE"
by T. Melloni
October 3rd, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caterwaul, new project from Rivers Marie with Regusci Vineyard fruit
Replies: 69
Views: 6616

Re: Caterwaul, new project from Rivers Marie with Regusci Vineyard fruit

I am intrigued by the "2016 Caterwaul Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - $150/3-pk." I have seen a few other top producers adding a Napa Valley appellation wine to their offerings at a reasonable price (i.e. much lower than their SVD price). Pott Wine recently had its Napa Appellation wine at $60 and Di Cost...
by T. Melloni
September 25th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How to handle FOMO
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: How to handle FOMO

How to handle FOMO? Don't participate in WB. Group discussions about moments of ecstasy with a particular wine or how the planets aligned when they tasted their first bottle of 2012 Chateau d'Raisins broyés can spark interest in wines for which you otherwise would never have known existed. This boar...
by T. Melloni
September 19th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)
Replies: 320
Views: 18945

Re: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)

. . . I had the 2012 Kutch Falstaff a month ago, and it was singing. Two friends who had never tried Jamie’s wines were smitten with it. My note from a blind tasting almost three years ago and I found the wine to have a noticeable herbal/green/whole cluster element. I still liked the wine. Curious ...
by T. Melloni
September 19th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9836
Views: 437253

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
A new wine called Too Much.
Ever hear of it?
I bought Too Much Wine.
by T. Melloni
September 19th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CT microbrews
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: CT microbrews

Thimble Island Brewing in Branford CT should also be on the list.
by T. Melloni
September 18th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC
Replies: 36
Views: 1006

Re: TN: Frenchie's Grower Bubbly Event In the OC

Thanks for the tasting notes and the photos.
Sounds like a fun time and an interesting selection of wines.
"A nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy."
by T. Melloni
September 17th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7 ways to open up a wine bottle without a corkscrew or 7 ways not to
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: 7 ways to open up a wine bottle without a corkscrew or 7 ways not to

I once used a letter opener. Like a one-sided Ah-so.
Slowly slid the opener in and levered the cork out.
by T. Melloni
September 17th, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)
Replies: 320
Views: 18945

Re: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)

And since we are resurrecting the dead, I offer this: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=109595 If you put aside the nasty tone and comments from some members in that thread, there was useful info from Jamie, Larry and Marcus. While David Z's persona on the board was occasional...
by T. Melloni
September 17th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)
Replies: 320
Views: 18945

Re: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)

I see balance as subjective except at the extremes of the spectrum. Individual preferences for acid, fruit, tannin, and alcohol vary. Some find Burgs or Barolos that most would swoon over to be too acidic for the amount of fruit. Some swoon over Napa Cabs or Chateauneufs that others find too alcoho...
by T. Melloni
September 17th, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7 ways to open up a wine bottle without a corkscrew or 7 ways not to
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: 7 ways to open up a wine bottle without a corkscrew or 7 ways not to

Pump It Out - "You take a bike pump that has a needle attached and plunge it through the cork, penetrating all the way through until the needle reaches the air between the cork and the wine. Then you pump air into the bottle. As you pump, the cork should slowly move out of the bottle from the air p...
by T. Melloni
September 17th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)
Replies: 320
Views: 18945

Re: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)

I am glad this thread was resurrected and not just so it can be added to the Hall of Fame list. Implicit in the notes is the question whether a wine that clearly shows stem inclusion can be considered balanced. If the use of stems is noticeable, even if the taster enjoys that profile, is the wine un...
by T. Melloni
September 14th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 24
Views: 1295

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

I bought some last week. There was a thread on the 2016 Pott Napa cab and someone asked how it compares to the Di Costanzo Di Co. I went to the site and bought some (apparently sneaking in before the offering went live). It will be interesting to try the two side by side as they represent (relative...
by T. Melloni
September 13th, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 24
Views: 1295

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

I bought some last week. There was a thread on the 2016 Pott Napa cab and someone asked how it compares to the Di Costanzo Di Co. I went to the site and bought some (apparently sneaking in before the offering went live). It will be interesting to try the two side by side as they represent (relativel...
by T. Melloni
September 7th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9836
Views: 437253

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I bought some Pott.

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