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by George Tita
March 8th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1274

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

Apologies... been off the board a couple of days and did only a quick scan.
Thanks for merging, Todd!
by George Tita
March 8th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1274

Mathematics of Wine Legs

Besides running Tanaro River Imports for the last 10 years, my day job is as a professor at UCI in Criminology... Even though I myself am not a mathematician, I do a lot of work on mathematical models of crime patterns and the like, and one of my co-authors is a famous UCLA Mathematician, Andrea Ber...
by George Tita
February 20th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7474

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

This was my first offer after a 9 + year wait. Excited to finally be On the list! There was a disclaimer that I’m being told is new.. “The ordering period will remain open until Wednesday, March 6, 2019 or as quantities allow. We anticipate that some of the wines may sell out prior to the conclusio...
by George Tita
February 16th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gianfranco Soldera has passed
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Gianfranco Soldera has passed

Divisive person, divisive wines... But the evening some friends and I opened '96, '04, '06 of the Soldera Brunello was an evening to remember - those wines were thrilling.
by George Tita
February 6th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else get an email from SQN last week?
Replies: 14
Views: 1075

Re: Anyone else get an email from SQN last week?

when did you join the list?
by George Tita
February 6th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone else get an email from SQN last week?
Replies: 14
Views: 1075

Anyone else get an email from SQN last week?

Basically asking if I was still interested...

I was placed on the waiting list on August 27th, 2009.
by George Tita
September 25th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta -- restaurant recs?
Replies: 15
Views: 879

Re: Atlanta -- restaurant recs?

I will be returning to ATL for a conference in November and have had great times at Miller's Union, the late/great Cakes and Ale (What happened there?), Bacchanalia.. I had fun at Empire State South, but wasn't overly impressed... So I ask, is it "Gun Show" all the way for fun/eclectic food? What el...
by George Tita
July 16th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disquieting early 2018 European vintage report
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

Disquieting early 2018 European vintage report

Supposedly golf ball sized hail in Barbaresco yesterday...
by George Tita
May 16th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NoK '15 Release
Replies: 16
Views: 2128

NoK '15 Release

I'm also curious about this wine...
by George Tita
April 30th, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking
Replies: 43
Views: 2604

Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking

First, congrats to you both! As a former smoker, I had similar experience. My enjoyment of bigger styled wines diminished greatly. Cigar/cigarette smoke seemed to enhance the enjoyment of oaky cabs. Now, without the tobacco, "cigar wines" have lost their appeal.
by George Tita
April 21st, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)
Replies: 59
Views: 2934

Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche

I've liked Bondonio's pelaverga the few times I've had it. Disclaimer, I import the tiny amount that he allocates to me and its stunning. Of course you won't know it's pelaverga without a bit of inside knowledge - because he is in Barbaresco and not Verduno, he can't label as such. Therefore, "ross...
by George Tita
April 20th, 2018, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)
Replies: 59
Views: 2934

Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche

I've liked Bondonio's pelaverga the few times I've had it. Disclaimer, I import the tiny amount that he allocates to me and its stunning. Of course you won't know it's pelaverga without a bit of inside knowledge - because he is in Barbaresco and not Verduno, he can't label as such. Therefore, "ross...
by George Tita
February 8th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Email
Replies: 100
Views: 8667

SQN Email

R. Gleiberm@n wrote:Signed up 8/24/09. Got my first allocation 2/5/18. I'm all in. I love the stuff.
I signed up on 8/28/09... nada...
by George Tita
December 2nd, 2017, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massimo Camia in La Morra?
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Massimo Camia in La Morra?

I've always been a "Cesare guy" myself, but has anyone eaten at the new restaurant at Damilano? Wine list looks solid, not of More e Macine or Centro Storico proportions, but solid...

thanks!
by George Tita
July 29th, 2017, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 31
Views: 3552

More breaking news from Piemonte...

I'm still here. Only reporting what I was told. And to what I was drinking, finished a day of tasting w Selosse Initial, which was so deliscious.
by George Tita
July 24th, 2017, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 31
Views: 3552

More breaking news from Piemonte...

Well this is just too much of a coincidence... here I am in More e Macine and the same source that told me about the Vietti sale nearly a year ago to the day tells me that the same buyer snapped up Bruno Giacosa today.

Things sure are a changin in the Langhe...
by George Tita
January 29th, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas on an aged killer Brunello
Replies: 22
Views: 1797

Ideas on an aged killer Brunello

Call Jamie at Chamber Street in NYC. They often have some old in stock or on the water.
1990 Corte Pavone and 88 Sassetti Pertimali are two of my all time favorites.
by George Tita
November 24th, 2016, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alba is flooding...
Replies: 3
Views: 785

Alba is flooding...

To all the folks that have friends, family, and suppliers in and around Alba, here's hoping for the best as historic levels of flooding are expected tonight into tomorrow. The Tanaro might flow into Alba Centro, something that hasn't happened since 1994 (so I'm told.) Anyway, here's hoping that ever...
by George Tita
July 12th, 2016, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

No victory lap, Howard... I'm kinda disappointed. I can't believe that the money is going to help increase quality. I don't think you can throw money at Nebbiolo to make it better. This isn't Napa, afterall! :)
Besides, I don't think they have to apologize for their past quality.
by George Tita
July 12th, 2016, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

I didn't want to keep pushing, but there were too many folks telling me the same story. Folks aren't surprised given the price, but not exactly thrilled... Lots of worry that this is the beginning of the "tuscanization" of Piemonte. Minchia, indeed... At MXP... Decided to come home now that my crack...
by George Tita
July 11th, 2016, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

Thanks Ken! That puts the rumor to rest for me.
by George Tita
July 10th, 2016, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

Ha! I left myself open with the typo, good job! So, if the "street" is correct, the buyer is the same person/group that tried to buy the vineyards in monforte that Roberto Conterno would have none of... 60M € was the selling price and Luca will stay on for 5 yrs. I guess time will tell if what I'm h...
by George Tita
July 10th, 2016, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

Herring the same story from multiple sources... Not saying they are correct but there is definetly chatter among the local producers...
by George Tita
July 10th, 2016, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

Herring the same story from multiple sources... Not saying they are correct but there is definetly chatter among the local producers...
by George Tita
July 9th, 2016, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

Maybe this is why Ken V was in town?? ;)
by George Tita
July 9th, 2016, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news from Piemonte...
Replies: 72
Views: 8943

Breaking news from Piemonte...

Vietti sold the cantina and vineyards to an American?
That's the dinner conversation here this evening in verduno... Anyone else with more details or confirmation?
George
by George Tita
March 29th, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Older (mostly 08-10) Kistler Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 292

FS: Older (mostly 08-10) Kistler Chardonnay

I'll go 10% a mixed 6-pack and 20% per mixed full case of 12! And PM me if you want them all... All prices above are already at or below low Winesearcher...
by George Tita
March 21st, 2016, 5:19 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Older (mostly 08-10) Kistler Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 292

FS: Older (mostly 08-10) Kistler Chardonnay

Hi Folks, You've heard the story many times - it's the perfect combination of palate shift, lack of room in storage and my second kid about to enter college! These have all been stored at Legend Cellars in Irvine since I took possession from the list... I am willing to work with anyone that wants to...
by George Tita
January 27th, 2016, 1:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Wine Exchange - 20% off These Wines!
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Wine Exchange - 20% off These Wines!

And may I add that the 2007 Germano Angelo Barolo arrived 2 weeks ago from their cellar in Annunziata! As a follow-up, the grapes come from three vineyards: Dardi di Bussia, Vigna Rue and the area around the winery in Annuziata (La Morra) - no barrique, only botte grande... 9yrs of bottle age for $...
by George Tita
January 26th, 2016, 9:30 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Wine Exchange - 20% off These Wines!
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Wine Exchange - 20% off These Wines!

And may I add that the 2007 Germano Angelo Barolo arrived 2 weeks ago from their cellar in Annunziata!
by George Tita
January 24th, 2016, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm at Moonlight Basin/Big sky, Mt. Food/wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

I'm at Moonlight Basin/Big sky, Mt. Food/wine?

John,Andrew: thank you both for the help. For convenience, went with Bucks T4. Porter, our server and wine director, along with the owner, Chuck, were great hosts. #1 son loved his seared Red Deer,# 2 son loved the walleye. I liked, not loved, the elk chop, but wife's lamb chops were great. I'll be ...
by George Tita
January 22nd, 2016, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm at Moonlight Basin/Big sky, Mt. Food/wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

I'm at Moonlight Basin/Big sky, Mt. Food/wine?

Thank you! Beehive brewery tonight, but will try to get family to try RR tomorrow.
by George Tita
January 22nd, 2016, 1:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm at Moonlight Basin/Big sky, Mt. Food/wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

I'm at Moonlight Basin/Big sky, Mt. Food/wine?

I know the Bozeman scene very well as my son is in his 3rd yr at MSU. Any place w decent wine list here in ski area? He just turned 21 and I have a birth year mag of Chateau Lafleur with me, probably save that for Sunday at Black Bird in Bozeman, unless anyone can recommend a really good restaurant ...
by George Tita
January 21st, 2016, 8:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Moonlight Basin/big sky, Mt dining recs?
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Moonlight Basin/big sky, Mt dining recs?

Celebrating my son's 21st with some skiing. He's a student at MSU, so I know all the Bozeman options (love me some Blackbird!), but any recommendations on the mountain?
Thanks!
George
by George Tita
January 15th, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594806

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Uh, care to explain for the less connected? The guy in gray truly is good friends w Keith, Mick and the boys and I've seen many back stage pix of him at Stones concerts. To add, he is a veteran of this industry and one of the most stand up individuals I know. I trust him implicitly. And George it's...
by George Tita
January 14th, 2016, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594806

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

If you know the "mysterious man in the gray suit", you would know why Phil's post was humorous. And if Phil doesn't actually know why his post is funny, then I wish he would have picked my powerball numbers! Uh, care to explain for the less connected? The guy in gray truly is good friends w Keith, ...
by George Tita
January 13th, 2016, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594806

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Anyone care to identify who's who (particularly 4th from the right)? https://scontent.ford1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/388872_333498159996094_1963647406_n.jpg?oh=462183647c12f373a63c2697e171747f&oe=5708DE67 Who is the shady looking guy fifth from right? Pretty sure I saw him backstage at...
by George Tita
January 12th, 2016, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine thing would you do if you win powerball
Replies: 119
Views: 4087

What wine thing would you do if you win powerball

I've actually thought about this and right after capitalizing Tanaro River Imports a bit more, I would sell all my Peter Michael and Kistler Chardonnay that I bought a few years ago without worrying about "losing TOO much money" on the transaction. Oh, hell... if I win, I'm donating to the first per...
by George Tita
January 2nd, 2016, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1964 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale
Replies: 35
Views: 2636

TN: 1964 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale

My concerns with using a coravin on old Nebbiolo would be that it would stir up the sediment, which is terribly bitter. Seems consistent with your tasting note, too.
by George Tita
December 26th, 2015, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any modern day Wine Library TV Suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1149

Any modern day Wine Library TV Suggestions?

I kinda like the one's from Kyle and Tristen at the Wine Exchange... Geeky, enthusiastic, informative... That said, skip the one's involving Tool's Maynard Keenan and Devo's Gerald Casale and stick the one's involving "real" winemakers! Thought these were especially good (disclaimer: I import La Gin...
by George Tita
November 4th, 2015, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pinot Noir NOT from Burgundy, California or Oregon?
Replies: 32
Views: 1446

Best Pinot Noir NOT from Burgundy, California or Oregon?

Florian Beck-Hartweg, Alsace, has been getting a lot of love for his Pinot recently...

Hell, even that Alsatian stalwart, James Suckling, put it on his top 100 wines of alsace list! (I will know duck for cover...)

Disclaimer, I import it.
by George Tita
October 6th, 2015, 8:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: LA Restaurants?
Replies: 3
Views: 243

LA Restaurants?

Tasting kitchen in Venice
Terroni in DTLA
Factory Kitchen in DTLA
Terrine in Fairfax district

Four of my favs for "fun and exciting" eateries...
by George Tita
September 29th, 2015, 6:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Black Salt in DC Closed? How's Dino's Grotto?
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Black Salt in DC Closed? How's Dino's Grotto?

Hi DC friends, Anyone know what the new recreation of Black Salt will be? Is it just a remodeling of the space, or rebranding? What's the word on Dino's Grotto? Enjoyed Dino's in Cleveland Park, food same/better? Since my other inquiry about doing a "wine dinner" went unanswered, any other places yo...
by George Tita
September 20th, 2015, 1:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to do a wine dinner w/8ppl in DC...
Replies: 0
Views: 109

If you were going to do a wine dinner w/8ppl in DC...

where would you go? I'll be in town for a convention in mid-November and want to get together with some other attendees for dinner. We would buy some bubbles/bottles from the menu and bring some of our own wine. Italian is preferred, closely followed by "farm to table"... I did one a few years ago a...
by George Tita
August 1st, 2015, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some meals and wines in Piemonte
Replies: 61
Views: 3434

Some meals and wines in Piemonte

The chef, Andrew left More e Macine last year. Not sure if he has returned. Mange is owned by Cristina and Angelo former owners of Le Torri in Castiglione Falletto. We had a great meal there this spring. Great food and wine list. Relaxed and a bit modern. It is a bit small, but 8 would fit. I would...
by George Tita
June 3rd, 2015, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling goes full Zoolander
Replies: 51
Views: 3996

Suckling goes full Zoolander

Chris Blum wrote:Yes George, the answer is obvious. I just think it's a different answer than you might give.
I don't think I was clear - not referring to WBers, I was referring to the list of folks in retail who associate w critics. That's the "obvious" question I was referring to.
by George Tita
June 2nd, 2015, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling goes full Zoolander
Replies: 51
Views: 3996

Suckling goes full Zoolander

I know James and I respect what he does for what it is. It is just that this video screamed Zoolander to me. Full chuckle. I don't disagree with it being damned funny! But all you have to do is mention a critic by name and any thread becomes so sophomoric so quickly... No one put a gun to Kyle's he...
by George Tita
June 2nd, 2015, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling goes full Zoolander
Replies: 51
Views: 3996

Suckling goes full Zoolander

Whaaaaat!?! A thread slamming a critic!?! Man, now I've seen everything!
by George Tita
May 26th, 2015, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 594806

Why does Premier Cru take so long

Kevin Harvey wrote:Does anyone know if Michael Glasby is still there?
No, I had dinner with him in late January and he had just given his notice. Left in mid-February, I believe...
by George Tita
May 4th, 2015, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: (Gasp) Pretentious Wine Behavior You Have Observed
Replies: 247
Views: 19596

(Gasp) Pretentious Wine Behavior You Have Observed

Man, a lot of these examples are just people being jerks! On the pretentious scale, I recall being at a (bad) Virginia winery and the sunglassed wine bro behind the tasting counter was coolly "priming" the wine glasses with a swirl of (bad) sparkling wine before the initial pour. I recall a nonsens...

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