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by T. Melloni
September 13th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8613

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

In the past year since this thread started, I add: ... 2016 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast. T, cool call out on the 2016 Kutch. I know a # of us have flagged the 2014 as outstanding, but that 2016 has some of the 2014 feel in it too. What about the 2016 do you dig? Yes, that 2014 Kutch Santa Cruz Ch...
by T. Melloni
September 13th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 1187

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

Todd Hamina wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 3:51 pm
A billiard ball, and a sturdy sock with which to swing it.
I thought I was the only one.
by T. Melloni
September 13th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 169
Views: 13422

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

When I worked in a summer camp, girlfriends would send letters scented with their perfume. After reading all the notes about "the letter" from Graeme and Alex, I went back to give my letter a whiff and see if they perfumed it with some 2016 juice. Naaahh. All I got was a slight hint of the Old Spice...
by T. Melloni
September 12th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 1187

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

I enjoyed reading these suggestions - some of which I follow; others I just scratch my head and wonder why. I often carry in my luggage a small cotton towel (wash cloth size) for spills, drying hands (lots of places do not have hand dryers or towels), or even cleaning a bench, seat, etc. Similar to ...
by T. Melloni
September 12th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 35
Views: 2572

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

Bump as starting/contributing to threads on incoming mailers/offers is apparently a time honored WB tradition. I enjoyed the 2016 Di Co and thought it was a good value for the quality and source of the wine. Now here comes the 2017 version. From the mailer: It is with great excitement that we share ...
by T. Melloni
September 12th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2958

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

I revisited the 2011 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir last night, after refrigerating the half bottle saved when the original bottle was opened. This remains fresh, vibrant, with wonderful acidity, and tart, fresh sour cherry/cranberry fruit. Still delicious. Six years ago when I tasted this soon after...
by T. Melloni
September 11th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2958

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

As a general matter, when I receive an email with an offer from a producer from whom I previously purchased, I often pull a bottle and check on an older wine to see if I still want to purchase. Does their wine still provide pleasure, intrigue, interest? In this case, I pulled the last of my 2011 Ku...
by T. Melloni
September 11th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8613

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

In the past year since this thread started, I add: 2016 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard 2016 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard 2010 Littorai Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard 2016 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast. I generally drink limited amounts of Cha...
by T. Melloni
September 11th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2958

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

As a general matter, when I receive an email with an offer from a producer from whom I previously purchased, I often pull a bottle and check on an older wine to see if I still want to purchase. Does their wine still provide pleasure, intrigue, interest? In this case, I pulled the last of my 2011 Kut...
by T. Melloni
September 6th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2958

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Chris Seiber wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 10:20 pm
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Looks delicious.
How did the milk pair with the salmon?
by T. Melloni
September 3rd, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2958

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Speaking of the wines, as I recall, I enjoyed the 2017 Kutch Trout Gulch Chardonnay tasted at Falltacular. Bright citrus/green apple and a beautiful floral nose. Nice saline touch too. As for Bohan - that has not impressed me as much as the other wines. Even with all "those points." I have a similar...
by T. Melloni
August 30th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 145089

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Recently had the '16 North Coast and enjoyed it greatly. Quite approachable and given the bright acidity, it enticed some guests to gulp rather than sip.
by T. Melloni
August 30th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 991

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

I went through a major home remodel about 6 years ago. My kitchen was a big piece of the expense since I love to cook. Things I love: 1. Capital Stove - I have the 6-burner Capital Precision stove. No griddle. Happy to have no griddle - I use a cast iron portable griddle if needed. No electronics ot...
by T. Melloni
August 28th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 41
Views: 1697

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Another + 1 for Marea's Fusilli with bone marrow and octopus. Best of Class!

EMP's carrot marshmallow is another Best of Class, albeit an awfully small class.
by T. Melloni
August 28th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 145089

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Opened a 2016 Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch Pop and pour. Tasted initially with food (chicken-tomato soup with acini de pepe, in case you were wondering) and on its own. Dark purple color. Opaque. Nose shows a slight chemical smell - VA? Then blackberries, and spice notes, violets and black pepper. Ric...
by T. Melloni
August 26th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3300

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Edited for politics

-supreme ruler

Oooops. Sorry.
by T. Melloni
August 24th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: looking for cheap wine decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 829

Re: looking for cheap wine decanters

dcornutt wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 7:35 am
Warren Taranow wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 9:44 am
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=149154&hilit=decanter

I love the 1L Erlenmeyer flask.

WT
I love these for measuring wine for one person consumption. Great for decanting too.
Yes, 1L for one person consumption. I like the way you're thinking.
by T. Melloni
August 22nd, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434580

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

Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Mazzei 2015 is now up. I thought I bought the "last bottle" back in June of 2018.
Anyway, I bought some more. Signore Lapo Mazzei passed away today at his Fonterutoli estate. He was 94. I'll toast him with a glass.
by T. Melloni
August 19th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years
Replies: 26
Views: 1042

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years

Each choice looked worse the more I read. "Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. We persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results." Consistent results - ...
by T. Melloni
August 17th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Tea Smoked Salmon
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Tea Smoked Salmon

That sounds fantastic. I will give it a try.
Thanks for sharing.

PS - Your miso-honey glazed asparagus with poached egg makes frequent appearances on my dinner table.
by T. Melloni
August 14th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Radio-Coteau Chards '13...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Re: TN: Two Radio-Coteau Chards '13...(short/boring)

Thanks for posting. It is good to see Radio-Coteau get some attention here. I will echo that these are lovely, balanced wines. I am particularly fond of their wines from the Savoy Vineyard (Pinot and Chardonnay) . According to my cellar list, I have a 2012 R-C Savoy Chardonnay hidden someplace. I ne...
by T. Melloni
August 13th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 1850

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Josh Grossman wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 8:21 am
1. Larousse Gastronomique
This is a great book and one I used often when starting to explore and expand my cooking skills.
will have to find my stained and dog-eared copy and revisit it soon.
by T. Melloni
August 9th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 1850

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

... Most nights, we don't use a cookbook or recipe. But I wouldn't know anywhere near as much as I do about how to build bases for different cuisines, combine flavors, what technique applies best to what cuts of meat or which vegetables, the order of operations (if you will), and so many other thin...
by T. Melloni
August 9th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2899

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Congratulations.
That is a large quantity of wine. I hope you get to enjoy every bottle, shared with family and friends.
But not all at once. Please, take your time.
by T. Melloni
August 2nd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 2883

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 6:12 am
We have been pounding Revision for 2 years as our local guy was a very early OR supporter of theirs. Disco Ninja was crazy fine.

This is Three Magnets High Road out of Olympia, WA. Sweet mother of God it was fantastic.

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Wow. Looks more like Kombucha.
by T. Melloni
August 2nd, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 140
Views: 26784

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

Article in Washington Post today: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/a-man-told-wine-fanciers-hed-store-their-pricey-bottles-instead-he-sold-them-and-pocketed-proceeds/2019/08/02/317a9a62-b241-11e9-951e-de024209545d_story.html?utm_term=.e0790868dc3b I like the comment: "My wine coll...
by T. Melloni
August 2nd, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 241
Views: 17089

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Let me add my voice to the chorus singing the praises of Chris Freemott and the Grassl Glass. I have bought and use the Liberte, 1855 and the Cru. They are light in weight, elegant and fun to use trying wines in each glass to discern differences in presentation. The base is large in comparison to ot...
by T. Melloni
August 2nd, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 140
Views: 26784

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

Article in Washington Post today: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/a-man-told-wine-fanciers-hed-store-their-pricey-bottles-instead-he-sold-them-and-pocketed-proceeds/2019/08/02/317a9a62-b241-11e9-951e-de024209545d_story.html?utm_term=.e0790868dc3b I like the comment: "My wine coll...
by T. Melloni
August 1st, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

The descriptions of the 17 Horseshoe Chardonnay had me salivating, so I opened the 2014 version of the wine. Surprising to see the 17 weighing in at 12.5% with the 2014 at 13.6%. The 2014 has a slight sweetness and round, full mouthfeel (glycerin) from the riper fruit/higher alcohol. Anyway, it is d...
by T. Melloni
July 31st, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Wow. Looks like a great trip. I appreciate the plan to have just two wineries to visit over the course of two days - allowing time to fully taste and explore the wines. If I could design a visit, spending time at Rhys and with Jamie Kutch would be ideal. Both occupy much space in my cellar. Thanks f...
by T. Melloni
July 31st, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NY City 9/14 or 9/15?
Replies: 45
Views: 1799

Re: NY City 9/14 or 9/15?

Loren - You should connect with Jay Hack for his tailgate festivities. They look and sound epic.
by T. Melloni
July 31st, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 2164

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

I have only been to EMP two times, with each a memorable and wonderful experience. Food, service, atmosphere - all fantastic.
Daniel Humm was gracious and kind, even providing a short tour of the kitchen for me and my teenage kids on a busy Saturday evening.
I look forward to returning some day.
by T. Melloni
July 18th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2015 Kutch Wines....Done Blind With The OC Gang
Replies: 20
Views: 2219

Re: The 2015 Kutch Wines....Done Blind With The OC Gang

Reading this thread was the catalyst for me to open my 2015 Kutch Falstaff. I have a fair amount of Kutch wines in the collection and have enjoyed seeing Jamie's development in his winemaking. An additional catalyst was FM3's comment on my CT note on the 2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast appellation pinot whe...
by T. Melloni
July 11th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Back from Sicily and was really impressed. Lovely part of Italy - very diverse and easy to get around. We ended up with the following itinerary: 2 nights in Siracusa 3 nights in Taormina 2 nights in Sciacca at Verdura 2 nights in San Vito Lo Capo 2 nights in Palermo Could have easily spent another ...
by T. Melloni
July 2nd, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard
Replies: 17
Views: 1656

Re: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard - $89?

The price of the A-M Maresh Pinot has remained at $69/btl (same as last year). Shipping used to be included in the price, however. Now there is a flat $25 shipping fee. For me, as I generally buy just 3 bottles, that translates to about a $8 per bottle increase. And at present time, there are no Dun...
by T. Melloni
June 26th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9295

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The 'dormant' Commerce Clause is defined by milk, wine and garbage.
by T. Melloni
June 24th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9295

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I thought people on the Supreme Court like beer? newhere [smileyvault-ban.gif] We know one likes beer. Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg were known to enjoy a glass of wine together from time to time. News reports had them sharing Opus One before the last State of the Union address that Justice S...
by T. Melloni
June 24th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9295

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Jim Brennan wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 7:26 am
Doesn't look like anything today on wine either.
Today's decision in Iancu v. Brunetti is an interesting one. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/1 ... 2_e29g.pdf
Funny how a full spectrum of Justices get FUCT under the First Amendment.
by T. Melloni
June 21st, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DELETE THREAD
Replies: 32
Views: 2413

Re: DELETE THREAD

Bump.
I read the Forum Rules and the only way one can leave after starting and deleting their own thread is the member must write an Open Letter.
by T. Melloni
June 20th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 2883

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

... My fav's: Frost - Really Pale Ale Upper Pass - First Drop Hillfarmstead - Edward Hillfarmstead - Susan .... Good choices. Tree House mentioned above is among the top. Wonderful hazy IPAs, each with a unique flavor profile. Some lean tropical, others more stone fruit, and some heavy grapefruit/c...
by T. Melloni
June 14th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 2686

Re: True Confessions

Craig G wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 8:44 am
T. Melloni wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
I do not like bacon.
@#$%& communists.
I thought that was reserved for people who put ketchup on hot dogs.
by T. Melloni
June 13th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine deal I have seen in LONG time
Replies: 13
Views: 1638

Re: Best wine deal I have seen in LONG time

Hunter Fuzzell wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 2:02 pm
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For the Gulf Coast guys, some of the Rouses are clearing out their wine.
Nice. The coffee probably costs more than the wine.
by T. Melloni
June 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 37
Views: 2686

Re: True Confessions

My guilty pleasure: slices of American cheese wrapped around a sweet gherkin.

Another confession: I do not like bacon.
by T. Melloni
June 10th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 3219

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

Philip - I am not sure of the usefulness of the linked story to your top-down processing work, but I much enjoy the work Lettie Teague did with Chris Camarda (Andrew Will winemaker/owner) in creating a 1982 Mouton and deceiving a group in a wine tasting. https://www.foodandwine.com/articles/wine-sca...
by T. Melloni
June 6th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2137

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

I was an early buyer of the wines but got burned with the 2008 Anderson Valley Pinot. Smoke taint was quite significant. I contacted the winery and the response was basically a shrug. The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Or perhaps that was the wine. I stopped buying for a short while ...
by T. Melloni
June 6th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Different
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

Re: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Different

I stopped buying Newcastle years ago when I learned that the toasted malt color in the Newcastle Brown Ale was caramel coloring. There are claims that artificial caramel coloring (made from ammonia) is carcinogenic. Heineken USA (owner of Newcastle) apparently stopped using artificial caramel colori...
by T. Melloni
June 5th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's on your weekly shopping list?
Replies: 21
Views: 2150

Re: What's on your weekly shopping list?

Good topic.
Reminded me of the thread on items in your fridge that are probably not in others. Took me a while to find it - Apparently, WB has a 'search' function. Who knew?
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7672&hilit=pantry#p104555
by T. Melloni
June 5th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Bedrock Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: TN: 2015 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Bedrock Vineyard

... When the wine comes from the Bedrock vineyard, the Bedrock Wine Co baggage comes along for the ride.... What's the baggage? And by that, I mean other than the father-son, historical wine-making element. The perception of the Bedrock version of the wine. Ah, OK. Understood. The term 'baggage' ha...
by T. Melloni
June 5th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Bedrock Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: TN: 2015 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Bedrock Vineyard

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
June 5th, 2019, 4:58 am
... When the wine comes from the Bedrock vineyard, the Bedrock Wine Co baggage comes along for the ride....
What's the baggage? And by that, I mean other than the father-son, historical wine-making element.
by T. Melloni
May 31st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?
Replies: 69
Views: 5768

Re: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?

According to the good Prof. Parzen, these beneficial effects are not just for bordeaux, or even red wines, any more. Shitting good. That’s what I love about natural wine. Did you really have to bump this thread? Of all the posts in all the forums in all the WB world, you walk into this one. I can o...

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