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by MitchTallan
February 23rd, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5617

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

SQN
Screaming Eagle
The Prisoner
Ghost Horse

Obviously my reaction is not just the name in a vacuum but the name combined with the baggage that comes with the name, all of this being in my mind and not something I expect anyone else to agree with.
by MitchTallan
February 22nd, 2021, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 32
Views: 1809

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

Definitely modern style CdP. Usseglio (both Pierre and Raymond), Chateau de Papes. Usseglio Mon Aieul is sure to please.
by MitchTallan
February 22nd, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence

nice bike collection Ha. That is a third of it. My customs include a Landshark, JP Weigle, Doug Fattic, Vanilla-Speedvagen, and Rob English. Former team issue bikes include a Madone (laid up by hand in Waterloo, not Taiwan), Bianchi Carbon, Torelli Carbon, and Orbea XLRator. And then there are abou...
by MitchTallan
February 21st, 2021, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Illahe (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 634

Re: TN: 2008 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Illahe (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Never been a huge fan of Illahe. I visited Russ when he had his first vintage in barrel (the 2007) and he did not seem all that enthusiastic about the vineyard or fruit.
by MitchTallan
February 21st, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence

Jim and Barbara died, their son Sheldon took over and no one seems to be discussing them any more Their website shows nothing more recent than 2016 cab and merlot. It seems that fires and the decision to rip out much of the merlot and replace it with cab franc is hindering things. Truth be told (wel...
by MitchTallan
February 21st, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence

Regular bottling.
by MitchTallan
February 21st, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence

Welcome. Despite the warm vintage, it's a beautiful wine with no signs of torrefaction, glop, or overripeness.
by MitchTallan
February 21st, 2021, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence
Replies: 12
Views: 713

2001 Paloma Merlot, 2003 Karl Lawrence

After doing a cellar clean out and expansion, I found these and picked them to bring to dinner out with friends. Our waiter tried to use a standard corkscrew despite my warning him that the corks would likely break. Both did, but just in two solid pieces so no harm done. The Paloma has turned into b...
by MitchTallan
February 17th, 2021, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: Bottle Variation Question

All depends. I think of Thomas which I have bought every year since 2004. In the case of Thomas, it has to be something about the cellar practices up to and including bottling.
I also think of Pegau, which involves cellar practices combined with grey market shipping and storage.
by MitchTallan
February 16th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 741

Re: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard

If you haven't seen his "wine star" talk from the 2017 NY Wine Experience, seek it out. He was introducing 13 Reva then, but his talk was really about the whole Alban philosophy. He is an excellent speaker and a snappy dresser. An excerpt of the talk is on youtube. Yes, as those of us old...
by MitchTallan
February 15th, 2021, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIX
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIX

Love reading all of your notes Marc-on the wines I know your notes perfectly describe my own impressions. Bedrock....
by MitchTallan
February 8th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Replies: 18
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 1994 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

I used to buy Westrey regularly. Just about everything they made. I never let mine go 10 years out and I never had a tasting experience similar to the one you describe Marcus. I liked them. But only that. I would guess I started buying around vintage year 2005 or so. Never saw the prior label in the...
by MitchTallan
February 2nd, 2021, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday Larry Schaffer
Replies: 31
Views: 909

Re: Happy Birthday Larry Schaffer

Happy bd Larry.
by MitchTallan
February 1st, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7542

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Just my too sense. I have opinions but don't claim to be right. With the usual caveat aside, this is absurd. Otherwise, Napa has suddenly eclipsed Bordeaux and Burgundy as the best wine region in the World. Millions of wealthy Asians, Europeans, and other world citizens vote with their money and say...
by MitchTallan
January 31st, 2021, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Delectus Petite Sirah
Replies: 0
Views: 154

TN: 2001 Delectus Petite Sirah

TN: 2001 Delectus Petite Sirah This note will be as simple as the wine. Very dark inky color, sweet oak on nose, heavy, smooth, sweet, and plodding in the mouth. Nearly no pet character,. This was a virtual clone of a Pride or Switchback Ridge. I know this stye of wine has fans. It was not crap per ...
by MitchTallan
January 28th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Ridge... Donn Reisen
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

Re: Speaking of Ridge... Donn Reisen

OK, I will bite. The first time i met Don Riesen was in the summer of '90. Lynn was expecting our oldest son. We were visiting friends living in Valejo. They had not yet caught the wine bug. I told my buddy I was going to drive to Ridge to check them out. He had no knowledge of Ridge or interest. I ...
by MitchTallan
January 26th, 2021, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SortaTN: Three Compromised SQN Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1305

Re: SortaTN: Three Compromised SQN Reds...(short/boring)

Were these stored in your garage Tom? I have 50 year old bottles of port and Bordeaux that have intact corks and little in the way of ullage. They have all laid on their sides all of these years. I could make some crack about rocket fuel but I suspect the SQN ETOH levels are no higher than typical p...
by MitchTallan
January 25th, 2021, 11:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 183
Views: 9756

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Sorry to express a negative view. I think this entire enterprise-promoting a credit card as part of BD-is most unfortunate. For many reasons including those expressed by Emily, but more. This is the cherry on top of the tabulation as to who spent the most on BD. While a lot of people are hurting. Th...
by MitchTallan
January 24th, 2021, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 177
Views: 15103

Re: New Espresso Machine

but what i rellay want is.... http://www.slayerespresso.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/single-group-angle-small.jpg So let's just say 10K fell out of the sky for your Slayer, where would you put it? It appears too large for any normal kitchen counter. And you live in NYC iirc-d'you have space for i...
by MitchTallan
January 22nd, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 19
Views: 2043

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

I consider Tom a personal friend as I got to know him at three HdR's in the good old days and I once had the honor of hosting him for a fun evening when he was in my town for a fencing tournament. My one exception to his being neutral/unbiased is as to Alban. I don't like Alban's pricing or policies...
by MitchTallan
January 22nd, 2021, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 19
Views: 2043

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

I was subjected to the '18 last night. I would never have guessed pinot noir let alone Oregon pinot noir. Tom's note is spot-on except it resembled a fat simple syrah. You know something is wrong when the back label simply states "prime vineyards on Oregon's coast" and "made in Califo...
by MitchTallan
January 14th, 2021, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)
Replies: 23
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)

Tom-yes, pretty silly of me. Six bottles would have likely been four too many.
Chris-great note. i hope the '18 is better.
by MitchTallan
January 14th, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)
Replies: 23
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)

Anyone on ATP go for the Wild Cattle Ranch offer? The vineyard is owned by Ridge's COO and the vines are 20 years old or so. Despite the 14.7 which for me is rocket-fuel territory I went for a case. I think it is the first time Ridge offered a vineyard designate from this vineyard which leaves for q...
by MitchTallan
January 10th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '99 Torii Mor Amelia Rose Cuvee
Replies: 0
Views: 102

TN: '99 Torii Mor Amelia Rose Cuvee

Yesterday I took on the project of clearing my cellar of all the bottles blocking my way to my wine racks. Once I accomplished that I went looking for this '99 Torii Mor Amelia Rose because I remembered that even years ago it exhibited seepage and a ballooned capsule. The cork was slightly depressed...
by MitchTallan
January 8th, 2021, 7:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 39
Views: 1864

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

Like Don, I have the Rocky Roncillo and he is absolutely correct that it is a pain to sit there and hold down the grind switch (which takes a lot of pressure to hold down), but it is built like a tank. This thing has a monster motor, massive disc grinders, and taken care of will last forever. I am d...
by MitchTallan
January 5th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back in the biz
Replies: 49
Views: 3457

Re: Back in the biz

Congrats Larry! Someone above said "fairly prestigious". I take no offense but in my book there is nothing more prestigious. Many years ago Ridge has just one person in charge of the tasting room and location retail and I believe and her name was Darla or something like that. Old Geezer Hi...
by MitchTallan
December 31st, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56580

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

This was inevitable but I am very happy for Marcus and Megan.
You see, there are some winemakers who are so down to earth, so generous with their time and on top of that, they really reach out mentally to connect with the customer/visitor, and they are rare. Marcus is one of them.
by MitchTallan
December 28th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 33
Views: 7072

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

My most used piece of equipment in my kitchen is my cast iron skillet that belonged to my grandmother (she would have been 113 if still alive). Ours too Nola, it is always on top of our six burner waiting for it's next use. After thirty years, ours developed a thick crust of crud along the wall tha...
by MitchTallan
December 28th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 33
Views: 7072

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

We have the Cuisinart only because it was on sale from Macy's on Black Friday for $150 delivered. Cuisinart makes three maybe four, and ours is the second one from the bottom. It's a piece of crap. It does work on wings, but I think mine on the Weber or BGE are much better. French fries are not good...
by MitchTallan
December 28th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 325
Views: 24498

Re: Grassl Glassware

FWIW (zilch) I am totally satisfied with the explanation and wish to thank Chris for the great deals he extends to us Berserkers on BD. These are by far my favorite glasses and I have experience with every major brand. I know Zalto fans are likely to disagree and that is fine with me.
by MitchTallan
December 26th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Patricia Raquin Chablis VV
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: 2018 Patricia Raquin Chablis VV

Never heard of this producer, but have had chicken marbella multiple times, love it BBQ'd. Negociant. Kysela imports it. ChickMarbella is ok. Weird but true-my wife always made fun of my grandma Sylvia-behind her back-for always making "Chicken Hawaiian"-a Betty Crocker or Better Housekee...
by MitchTallan
December 26th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Patricia Raquin Chablis VV
Replies: 4
Views: 299

2018 Patricia Raquin Chablis VV

OK, I maybe should said TN first but I don't want to start off with that and instead prefer to make the observation that there is no mention of this wine in all of this Board's archives. I found it on a retailer's shelf and I am willing to admit that I was drawn to the unusual bottle shape, somewhat...
by MitchTallan
December 25th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 325
Views: 24498

Re: Grassl Glassware

Has there been a change to the Grassl glasses? I have two 1855s from earlier this year that are excellent. Received two more, plus two Mineralite’s, for Xmas from my wife. New ones are an ounce heavier, much wider of stem and lip, and not nearly the same feel. I am glad you asked-I just ordered 4 o...
by MitchTallan
December 10th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 107
Views: 9145

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

After seeing a video on Eater.com where the chef was clearly using meat from 44 Farms (you could see the box in the background) I ordered from them. A brisket and several steaks-NYStrip and Ribeye. Amazing quality. I know it is sacrilege to say on this Board but the two times I ordered from Flannery...
by MitchTallan
December 2nd, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your goto dry rub recipe?
Replies: 20
Views: 2135

Re: Your goto dry rub recipe?

I made up a new one for my brisket served alongside turkey on Thanksgiving and it was good. 1 part Chipotle powder 1 part black pepper 1 part paprika 1 part kosher salt 1 part mustard powder Having fresh and high quality spices is important. I bought this https://www.amazon.com/Spice-Way-Ground-Chip...
by MitchTallan
November 25th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 8184

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

A lot. Of wine. Champagne, then cru bojo and zin. Then a riesling or two. Just six of us but our older son is getting married and they just bought their first house. Younger son is tearing it up in Ph.D program where he is being paid and tuition is paid for. We have much to celebrate. We have much t...
by MitchTallan
November 23rd, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 4358

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Happy 55th my friend.
by MitchTallan
November 20th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help, I need some new pots
Replies: 29
Views: 2112

Re: Help, I need some new pots

I bought the black anodized exterior All-Clad twenty years ago-pretty much one of everything. They have never let me down. They get banged around and abused. They go off the six burner Thermador range and into the oven often. There may be better-haven't tried them all-but they are well designed. Mos...
by MitchTallan
November 19th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: No tagines?

Thanks Jay.
Here in Columbus OH we have a Jewish Moroccan family with three beautiful daughters. Two of them married wealthy Jewish men and the third married for love. My wife is friends with all three.
I printed up your recipe.
by MitchTallan
November 17th, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: No tangines?

My cast iron Chinese-made poor-man's-alternative to Le Creuset Tagine arrived yesterday along with a set of seven Moroccan spice blends. It feels like Chicago today-40 degrees and blustery. I read a bunch of tagine recipes and intend to just synthesize the concepts and make it up as I go. I have dri...
by MitchTallan
November 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: No tangines?

Don't misinterpret me Martin. Four years ago I asked you to stay. I don't think you have any reason to apologize. That is all I can say in this forum.
by MitchTallan
November 16th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: No tangines?

Yeah that occurred to me-I am the confused one. Tagine. I am dumb.
by MitchTallan
November 16th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: No tangines?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: November 16th, 2020, 5:14 am Spelling it tagine (without the middle 'n') might help with searches. ;-)

We have a clay version, but almost never use it.
I did a search under "tangine" my friend. Same result. Bupkis.
by MitchTallan
November 16th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

Re: No tangines?

Martin Zwick wrote: November 16th, 2020, 6:25 am I have a black Tagine since around 10 years by Emile Henry from France. I can recommend!

https://www.emilehenryusa.com/collections/tagines
I am glad that you are still with us Martin (as much as I can say without belonging in the politics forum (or is it "politic" singular)),
by MitchTallan
November 16th, 2020, 5:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1610

No tagines?

I check the Eater website regularly. They have an article on tagines up presently. Did a search-no one has brought one up other than me and that reference was not on point. I have a Romertopf which I have not used for years. I should. I've got a cast iron tagine coming. Hopefully I will use it. Clay...
by MitchTallan
November 14th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville
Replies: 46
Views: 4753

Re: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

Lytton Springs is too dark and clunky for me.
Agreed. It used to be quite good but more variable. Now I find it too ripe, sweet, and monolithic.
Back in the '80's and '90's I recall the LS being more consistent and some Geezers being lean and tannic.
I suspect it is the warmer climate.
by MitchTallan
November 13th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville
Replies: 46
Views: 4753

Re: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

$55 is a really nice restaurant price. I joined Columbus's Athletic Club back in February. It is the only restaurant my wife and I will go to indoors. All of the wine on their list is pretty much retail plus $10. They have a fair amount of hard to get wine too. Saw three different Saxums. But those...
by MitchTallan
November 13th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville
Replies: 46
Views: 4753

TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

Last night I found this on a local wine list for $55. No particular descriptors come to mind and I am pretty much past trying to describe wine with the typical wine verbiage. I am posting to say this-it is an utterly special Geezer. It is not as voluptuous as the '13 but it shares the immediate appe...
by MitchTallan
November 8th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1626
Views: 106555

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

I think it is likely that the tariff on French wines tied to French subsidy of Airbus will go "poof"

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