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by T. Melloni
June 14th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 32
Views: 949

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: 1414

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: 32
Views: 949

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: 2769

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: 1801

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: 311

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: 20
Views: 707

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: 601

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: 601

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: 5324

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...
by T. Melloni
May 30th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A legit wine for Neal Mollen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1289

Re: A legit wine for Neal Mollen!

Legit in a 375 ml bottle.
McPherson Square.
Bottle hidden in a brown paper bag but Neal knows who's with him, sharing life's secrets to all park residents, humans, pigeons and squirrels alike, dictated with the same urgency of dissonant chords on a piano that only he can hear.
by T. Melloni
May 30th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 3612

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

I recall that Brounstein was a pioneer in moving California wine prices significantly higher in the 1990's based on his view that Diamond Creek wines were worthy of First Growth prices. I may be mistaken but I remember a Wine Spectator interview in which Brounstein described why he was pricing his w...
by T. Melloni
May 30th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 13
Views: 812

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

I choose to pay in local currency as I understand my credit card bank exchange rate (e.g. Euros to Dollars) is more favorable than the exchange rate used by the merchants and its bank (called Dynamic Currency Conversion). The same holds true for ATM withdrawals. The Dynamic Currency Conversion (conv...
by T. Melloni
May 18th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contrary to many others, I have no love for Bob Parker...
Replies: 19
Views: 1316

Re: Contrary to many others, I have no love for Bob Parker...

Miran - Thank you.
That was humorous; not quite helicopter funny, but humorous nonetheless.
Salud!
by T. Melloni
May 17th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 6
Views: 487

Re: TN: 2012 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

So many threads on Monte Bello suggesting that everyone wait decades before opening a bottle misses the point that these wines can be wonderful in the early stage, the mid-term, as well as the long-run. Just different types of delicious.
by T. Melloni
May 6th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great review of the original Williams Selyem and a derivative winery, WesMar
Replies: 18
Views: 1039

Re: A great review of the original Williams Selyem and a derivative winery, WesMar

Blake - Thanks for raising awareness of this project. Just what I needed - another source from which to buy wine. I just bought a few based upon the Prince's notes. All 2016's. Kirk reached out to personally thank me for the purchase and to find out how I learned of WesMar. I told him: Blake, WB and...
by T. Melloni
May 3rd, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1249

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I can't do it as a poll because you can't have 49 choices (no winery in Alaska last time I checked, so please make a list of any states that have not already been listed. I will start it off with my list, which I think covers all the obvious ones plus a few more. I have had good wine from CA, WA, O...
by T. Melloni
May 2nd, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1249

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Jay - When you use the word wine - I assume that is any fermented beverage using fruit as the base and not just fermented grape juice.
So I will add Maine - for its blueberry wine. (Very different than the blueberry wine you served at one of your prior WB events).
by T. Melloni
May 2nd, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1249

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

For me - the obvious - CA, OR and WA. Also, NY. Most recently, Forge Cellars . They have a delicious late harvest but super dry Riesling and a Pinot Noir that are so different than most Finger Lakes wines. Worth looking for. I met the winemaker last year and he described how they let their Riesling ...
by T. Melloni
April 30th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1260

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Thanks for the tasting notes - David and Tom. I had quite a few Carricante wines when I visited Sicily a few years ago (the Cottanera Bianco stood out as a favorite). Many were blends, however. So I am looking forward to tasting the Aeris. It will be interesting to see, with the suggestive element f...
by T. Melloni
April 17th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA: 25% off Flannery CA Reserve Ribeyes, Through Fri., 4/19/19
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: PSA: 25% off Flannery CA Reserve Ribeyes, Through Fri., 4/19/19

I didn't think I needed more beef but apparently I did because I ordered some.
by T. Melloni
April 12th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.
Replies: 28
Views: 1701

Re: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.

Do I put this in the cellar photo thread? How about the cellar reduction plan thread? Or the WBA thread? What's a person with a buying problem to do? 0412191022.jpg Post you real cellar photos. Not that amateur stuff after the maid cleans up and the junior associates finish indexing out. Jay - Goes...
by T. Melloni
April 11th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 414
Views: 36355

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I will add a word of appreciation to those posting photos of their cellar. Much fun to see the variety of styles. I am confident that I am not the only one who also looks at the bottles to try and discern some of the wines in the various cellars. As General Sternwood said, "nice state of affairs whe...
by T. Melloni
April 10th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prop 65 Warnings in packages
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Re: Prop 65 Warnings in packages

Ed - As a reference point, Williams Selyem had the Prop 65 Warning on the Shipment Contents statement included in the shipping box with the wine.
Did not include a BPA warning.
by T. Melloni
April 5th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)
Replies: 23
Views: 2159

Re: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)

Scarecrow may have the best wine in the world but has the worst OWCs (according to a few WB people who buy Scarecorw).
I love Bono too, but Cher was the better partner in the band.
by T. Melloni
April 5th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3035

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

I am not in the wine business (although my wife has said my wine 'collection' looks like I run a wine store). I find this interesting. It is not about the wine, but rather the transaction. The fact that I am interested in the general genre of products these two conglomerates sell makes this interest...
by T. Melloni
April 1st, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27
Replies: 74
Views: 2435

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

For decades, people will be talking about and reminiscing about this event so DO NOT miss it. The last time we had a smaller group, so there were only 61 bottles. . . . A smaller group, so we only had 61 bottles: Berserkerfest bottles (00766270x9F683).jpg Berserkerfest bottles (00766270x9F683).jpg ...
by T. Melloni
March 29th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 459
Views: 34381

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

slada wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Anyone try any of the 2017 Sandler pinots yet?
I will open a Berserker Day BD 10 - Tenth Anniversary Cuvee this weekend.
Very much enjoy Ed's wines and like the fact that he gives a nod to the WB community.
by T. Melloni
March 14th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11954

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Your Monte Bello Futures reservation for the 2018 vintage has been charged. Your wines will be available in the spring of 2021.
2021!
"So far away . . . It would be so fine to see you at my door; Doesn't help to know you're just time away."
by T. Melloni
March 11th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7706

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

The 2016 Grimm's Bluff Suavignon Blanc Reserve that I enjoyed at Falltacular 2019 is reason enough to be drinking Sauvignon Blanc. A delicious wine. I think I am not alone in finding this was a nice surprise for a new wine (to me).
by T. Melloni
March 11th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring

Brian - Happy Birthday. Sorry I did not get to meet you at Falltacular but I did get a chance to taste all of your wines that were poured during the day.
by T. Melloni
March 9th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts
Replies: 26
Views: 1962

Re: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts

Arnot-Roberts cabs need time, but with some years of bottle age are wonderful expressions of the grape and site.
A-R's syrah wines are wonderful as well.
But for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, I think Ceritas makes some of the finest, elegant wines coming out of California.
by T. Melloni
March 8th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7034
Views: 400855

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

Nick F. wrote:
March 8th, 2019, 10:04 am
Salmon Champagne Cuvee Selection Montgolfiere NV

$30

any thoughts?
The Drunken Cyclist likes it. (See https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp? ... 98cc7ddfc9)
by T. Melloni
February 22nd, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4424

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

I took notes on about 45 wines. What? Don't know how that happened, other than I was inadvertently three hours early to the event, helped a bit with setup, and got to taste pre-admission. Once Frank poured a taste, the early work crew followed the lead. I am still working on typing the notes into Ce...
by T. Melloni
February 22nd, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt Lake City Dinner Recs?
Replies: 10
Views: 843

Re: Salt Lake City Dinner Recs?

Is Squatters Pub any good? I don't know about the pub, but the beers were good. I bought a few at the Wasatch Brewery Brewpub in Sugar Hill area. You could buy the full beers for "take away." Bought a Polygamy Porter and Hop Rising Double IPA, and a few others. The beers were all good but nothing p...
by T. Melloni
February 18th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 5135

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Perspectives of a Newbie Wow. Thank you Frank. The energy, effort, planning, and commitment it takes to put on a successful and wonderful event as Falltacular is significant. Your enthusiasm and passion for supporting Laura’s House and its mission energizes a large and diverse community to get behi...
by T. Melloni
February 6th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1171

Re: Piemonte

In Alba, I recommend Osteria Lalibera.
http://lalibera.com/
I was there a few months ago and enjoyed a wonderful meal; service was good and the wine list extensive with most selections reasonably priced.
by T. Melloni
February 3rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1154

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

Such different wines, but I understand the predicament. Personally, I actually preferred KB appellation wines over their SVDs. I was a buyer from around the 2005 vintage until 2014. In many years, I did not see much distinction with the SVD wines. Now, granted, I did not taste them side my side so m...
by T. Melloni
February 2nd, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro

Helicopters are dead at retail. Only for Millenial lawyers. Which is in and of itself unfair. There are new statistics that by 2030 only one in a million law firm associates will ever make partner. [stirthepothal.gif] [berserker.gif] Actually, I think the statistic is that by 2030, only 1 in a mill...
by T. Melloni
February 1st, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 102
Views: 3090

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

I finally bit on the bait dangling on the Tercero BD10 hook.
Bought some of the 2018 Mourvedre Rose. Thank you Larry. And thanks to all the enablers on this site.

Got to get my Rose before the millennials ruin that! [insert appropriate emoticon here]
by T. Melloni
February 1st, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Granada - Nerja - Sevilla - Córdoba
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Granada - Nerja - Sevilla - Córdoba

Thanks. I looked at some of the photos (Trip Advisor/Google Maps) for the places listed.
I am now hungry. Looks great.
by T. Melloni
January 30th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro

Sorry, T, I was joking about the "horse terroir". To bad, since they have an airstrip. ;) Yes, I did get the joke. My last visit was something like 15 years ago and I remember more about the horse stable and the horse riding instructor than I do about the wines. She cautioned us to ride slowly thro...
by T. Melloni
January 30th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro

The other high end markets were tied up. They had to shoe him in at Central Market. James Suckling used to live in Il Borro. Don't know if he still does. When he said "I live in Tuscany," Il Borro is where he lived. The Ferragamo estate at Il Borro is beautiful. I stayed at their Villas a couple of...
by T. Melloni
January 30th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years
Replies: 31
Views: 2856

Re: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years

I was a buyer from the 2004 vintage to the 2014 Vintage. I much enjoyed the wines and have a few bottles remaining. Over that time period, the rich, sweetness of the wine seems to have been dialed back, allowing some more spice notes to come through. . I found, however, that, in some vintages, the S...
by T. Melloni
January 30th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Ferragamo at the Grocery Store - Il Borro

The other high end markets were tied up. They had to shoe him in at Central Market. James Suckling used to live in Il Borro. Don't know if he still does. When he said "I live in Tuscany," Il Borro is where he lived. The Ferragamo estate at Il Borro is beautiful. I stayed at their Villas a couple of ...
by T. Melloni
January 29th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 32
Views: 1848

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

DanielP wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 11:29 am
A note on the 2016 Farella release - weren't these under 100 bucks last vintage?
Yes. The 2015 and 2014 Vintage was $95.
.
by T. Melloni
January 29th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 3181

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Impressive purchases by all the contenders.
Congratulations!
by T. Melloni
January 29th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Granada - Nerja - Sevilla - Córdoba
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Granada - Nerja - Sevilla - Córdoba

Will be travelling to southern Spain at the end of February and looking for some recommendations for good food and interesting sights and activities. I have hotels booked, mostly Paradores. Travel itinerary includes Granada, Nerja, Sevilla and Córdoba, before departing out of Madrid. Will spend a da...

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