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by Tom DeBiase
April 19th, 2021, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: RuthLewandowski Feints FoxHillVnyd '20...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: Curious...

TomHill wrote: April 19th, 2021, 7:30 am Curious if anyone knows if Ruth is related to the Corey Lewandowski of Donald Trump fame??
Not that it makes any difference to me regarding her wines.
Tom
Not related to Corey and not Ruth. Here is the back story on Ruth Lewandowski Wines.

https://www.ruthlewandowskiwines.com/about
by Tom DeBiase
April 18th, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 45
Views: 1219

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

I would imagine that differences in the water source would make for far greater differences than “stirring”. Was the water from an on site well, a pond, municipal water etc. Those differences are huge. Stirring any of them may or may not change them significantly. Tom Site well = low oxygen, possib...
by Tom DeBiase
April 18th, 2021, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 45
Views: 1219

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

I would imagine that differences in the water source would make for far greater differences than “stirring”. Was the water from an on site well, a pond, municipal water etc. Those differences are huge. Stirring any of them may or may not change them significantly.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 18th, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: RuthLewandowski Feints FoxHillVnyd '20...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: WTN: RuthLewandowski Feints FoxHillVnyd '20...(short/boring)

Tried this new wine the other night: 1. RuthLewandowski Feints FoxHillVnyd/Mendo (12.3%; 30% Arneis/33% Dolcetto/15% Barbera/14% Nebbiolo/8% Montepulciano; www.RuthLewandowskiWines.com; U/U) Geyserville 2020 : Med.dark color; fairly aromatic Arneis/floral/gardeniassome grapey/juicy/Dolcetto rather ...
by Tom DeBiase
April 6th, 2021, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Calif Italians....(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: TN: Three Calif Italians....(short/boring)

Tom, Your "stream-of-impressions" on the red Idlewild Flora&Fauna wine used the word "pizza" and that jogged a memory. Is this the one that is aka "The Bird"? I tried that wine a couple of years ago (2017 Vintage) with pizza on the recommendation of Tom DeBiase in ...
by Tom DeBiase
April 6th, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Calif Italians....(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: TN: Three Calif Italians....(short/boring)

____________ 2. Idlewild Flora&Fauna WW MendoCnty (FoxHillVnyd/LostHillsRanch; 40% Arneis/40% MuscatCanelli/10% Cortese/10% Erbaluce/10% Favorita; 11.4%; www.IdlewildWines.com) Geyserville 2020 : Med.gold color; very attractive floral/gardenias/spicy mostly Arneis/floral some muscatty beautiful...
by Tom DeBiase
April 3rd, 2021, 10:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1635
Views: 98994

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I finally broke down and bought a baking steel after using the original/prototype Uuni for the past six years. Wish I had waited and not bought the very first uuni model, but that's another story. I did a 48 hour ferment, bad planning wanted to do 72 hours, but plans changed. Dough was around 68% h...
by Tom DeBiase
April 3rd, 2021, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1635
Views: 98994

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I finally broke down and bought a baking steel after using the original/prototype Uuni for the past six years. Wish I had waited and not bought the very first uuni model, but that's another story. I did a 48 hour ferment, bad planning wanted to do 72 hours, but plans changed. Dough was around 68% h...
by Tom DeBiase
April 2nd, 2021, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 473
Views: 127525

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Any suggestions for a nice birthday dinner in the Healdsburg area with delicious veggie options? I am leaning toward Valette. Any other menus I should check out? Valette is an excellent choice for dinner. I don’t know of any restaurant in the area that is Vegetarian or mostly veggie based including...
by Tom DeBiase
March 31st, 2021, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 473
Views: 127525

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Any suggestions for a nice birthday dinner in the Healdsburg area with delicious veggie options? I am leaning toward Valette. Any other menus I should check out? Valette is an excellent choice for dinner. I don’t know of any restaurant in the area that is Vegetarian or mostly veggie based including...
by Tom DeBiase
March 30th, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Oregon vs. Burgundy: So WHY are they incomparable or comparable to you in terms of flavors/aromas/terroir?
Replies: 48
Views: 2733

Re: More Oregon vs. Burgundy: So WHY are they incomparable or comparable to you in terms of flavors/aromas/terroir?

I somewhat light-heartedly did a comparison over 2 nights (to conclude tonight) between a really top quality Bourgogne and a Ribbon Ridge AVA Pinot. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that they were qualitatively similar, but very different wines. Even after making the intentional comparison I can...
by Tom DeBiase
March 30th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies
Replies: 27
Views: 1537

Re: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies

Farmstead St Helena has excellent food and liberal corkage policy.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 30th, 2021, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 473
Views: 127525

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Anyone know of any quality wineries/tasting rooms in Sonoma or on the Mendocino Coast with a big open lawn for picnics, outdoor tables spread *really* far apart, or other above-and-beyond social distancing measures in place during the pandemic? My girlfriend and I are headed up that way next week, ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 27th, 2021, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard

Tom, A bit of an aside but . . . . . . I have been away from my CA home and cellar for about 18 months - no travel in the time of Covid. I am now on the road and anticipate being back in residence sometime in early April. A D&R Evangelho will be the first thing I open. Your note makes me think ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 26th, 2021, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard

“The 16 Enz is still pretty tannic”

I can vouch for that, had a small glass from an open bottle during the holidays and it was packed but needs time.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 24th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Spring Release (Plus everything you wanted to know about Erbaluce)
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Idlewild Spring Release (Plus everything you wanted to know about Erbaluce)

Ordered the Flora and Fauna Red (the wine I drink the most of from any producer in the world) and the Erbaluce. David, won't go wrong with those choices. The Erbaluce is a nice addition to the lineup. Tom Yup, Tom. Ordered my Erbaluce right away. Can hardly wait for the Timorasso. Tom Tom, yeah goo...
by Tom DeBiase
March 23rd, 2021, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 473
Views: 127525

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Anyone know of any quality wineries/tasting rooms in Sonoma or on the Mendocino Coast with a big open lawn for picnics, outdoor tables spread *really* far apart, or other above-and-beyond social distancing measures in place during the pandemic? My girlfriend and I are headed up that way next week, ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 23rd, 2021, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Spring Release (Plus everything you wanted to know about Erbaluce)
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Idlewild Spring Release (Plus everything you wanted to know about Erbaluce)

Got a chance to taste through the Idlewild Spring Release last weekend, a beautiful sunny day and we tasted on their newly built redwood deck. Almost seemed like a "normal" day pre pandemic. The Spring release typically includes the Flora & Fauna wines and Arneis. A bit different this ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 22nd, 2021, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard

Totally agree Steve. We are lucky to be out here in Sonoma County and have the opportunity to talk to and interact with these talented group of owners-winemakers.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 22nd, 2021, 5:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5346

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

He drank some red in the Tuscany episode. It probably should have been called the Florence episode. No Siena, no hill towns, but he did visit La Spezia, which was nice La Spezia? I was hoping he would work his way over to Cinque Terre. I missed the trip to La Spezia, we have been several times. Do ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 22nd, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 826

2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard

2016 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard Decanted about 1 hour. Floral rosy violet nose that is Hardy's trademark. Quite assertive and a pleasure to smell during the evening. Flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry, add in some earthy savory notes and a touch of dried herbs to complete the...
by Tom DeBiase
March 19th, 2021, 6:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1635
Views: 98994

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Latest creations, Meatball and pepperoni, Shrimp and Asparagus, a Nutella and Banana with the leftover dough.
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by Tom DeBiase
March 17th, 2021, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3590

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Good selection and suggestions. One I would try to add is Jolie Laide Syrah, Halcon Vineyard. Same site as Halcon and having two producers from the same site is always interesting. Tom Tasted these wines last week for the first time. Had the Halcon Syrah and the Shake Ridge GSM. Really enjoyed both...
by Tom DeBiase
March 17th, 2021, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3590

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Good selection and suggestions. One I would try to add is Jolie Laide Syrah, Halcon Vineyard. Same site as Halcon and having two producers from the same site is always interesting.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Idlewild The Bird Red (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County)
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: TN: 2016 Idlewild The Bird Red (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County)

2016 Idlewild The Bird Red - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (3/15/2021) Never would have expected it, but this is singing 48 hours after I opened it. Still showing deep red fruit, along with some chalky structure and back palate floral tones. The red fruit blossoms on the finish, an...
by Tom DeBiase
March 13th, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel
Replies: 23
Views: 1214

Re: TN: 2019 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel

Twice for me, after the first bottle I was so curious I opened another a week later.

Who knows, this is what make our hobby so interesting.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 13th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel
Replies: 23
Views: 1214

Re: TN: 2019 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel

These wines are notoriously young and wound up on release. Do you think this one is good to go, or best to wait a while? I was going to ask if I was the only one who thought this wine was wound up. I don’t think it’s anywhere close to its potential yet. Agree Brian, I keep reading these notes and t...
by Tom DeBiase
March 11th, 2021, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: Tercero Zoom Tasting (Clairette Blanche, Rose, Carignan, etc.)
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: WTN: Tercero Zoom Tasting (Clairette Blanche, Rose, Carignan, etc.)

Thanks for the info on the Clairette Blanc. My order from the Spring release of Jolie Laide includes a bottle of Clairette Blanc. A one off for them. Larry, will this be an annual make for you?

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 10th, 2021, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 603
Views: 40155

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Nice note Matt. I have noticed all these Ravenswood wines need a good decant to fully open up. Then the fireworks start! Tom How long did you decant the 86 sonoma cab? Have one as well, plan to open in coming months. 1 hour James. That has been the approximate time I have given all the Ravenswood W...
by Tom DeBiase
March 10th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 603
Views: 40155

Re: Ravenswood library offer

1997 Ravenswood Barricia Zinfandel PnP. Solid cork with a great seal. Immediately when it popped everyone in the room knew this was gonna sing because the aroma immediately filled the room with dark fruit notes. On the palate those fruits are backed up with that spicy goodness you want from a good ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 9th, 2021, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 603
Views: 40155

Re: Ravenswood library offer

1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County that was sublime. Just a fantastic wine, concentrated, still a robust wine that shows pure class and impeccable balance. 12.6% ABV, who needs 15% monsters when wine like this can be made. Plus this is the "lowly" Sonoma County wine, yeah right :). My h...
by Tom DeBiase
March 5th, 2021, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ads
Replies: 93
Views: 2494

Re: Ads

Lots of ads here
by Tom DeBiase
March 1st, 2021, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2266

Re: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 9:42 am Idlewild just released their first ever Erbaluce.
Had my first taste yesterday and it is fabulous! Some more info on the Erbaluce and other Idlewild releases in the next few days.
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by Tom DeBiase
February 26th, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 63
Views: 3732

Re: Value Italian

Especially the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, of which there are a couple of different cuvées of each. Just dropping into this thread to give a big +1 to Tiberio. Another bottle of the 2018 Tiberio Pecorino last night. A compelling wine for $20. Not quite the Trebbiano level o...
by Tom DeBiase
February 21st, 2021, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 47
Views: 6616

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Ok, this 2017 is smokin. I cannot imagine a better Napa Cab for under $100. Drinking another bottle right now, and ordered more from Wine.com with its 50 off 150 code, for $43 per. That is just a rock bottom stupid price on an excellent wine. So classic Rutherford with a cooler climate profile in t...
by Tom DeBiase
February 17th, 2021, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release
Replies: 178
Views: 16701

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24

That's awesome on the 09 rose! Hanging onto a magnum of 2013 to see were that goes. Not sure when ill open it but prob not for a while. Give it another 20 years Could happen! Don't find myself in a situation where I'm looking for a magnum of rose often. Plus....it would be cool to try with that kin...
by Tom DeBiase
February 16th, 2021, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me

Every now and again I will encounter a wine which tastes off to me. There is a very distinct taste, exactly the same each time. I associate it with wet plaster or cement. There are two other odd qualities. First, my wife often can't tell there is a problem (actually quite useful if there's a bottle...
by Tom DeBiase
February 15th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3270
Views: 227128

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I need to figure out how to lose a few of these in the cellar only to be discovered at some later date - 5-7 years later. Lots of willpower for sure. I have at least a couple bottles still of each of the 2016-2018 OVZs in storage. And due to a fortunate miscalculation, 16 bottles of the 2019 still ...
by Tom DeBiase
February 8th, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 113
Views: 6428

Re: Keto diet tips

I really appreciate all the commentary here, especially from Sarah who has a unique way of expressing all the benefits of keto yet making sure people explore according to their own needs and what their body tells them. Just fantastic info. A couple questions. When in ketosis do you notice any change...
by Tom DeBiase
February 4th, 2021, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future Spring Release - March 2, 2021
Replies: 32
Views: 2297

Re: Once & Future Spring Release - March 2, 2021

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: February 4th, 2021, 9:28 am I already know my order will be Dickerson, Teldeschi and Old Hill.

Feels like a Ravenswood reunion!
That is pretty darn good company you keep David [cheers.gif]

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
February 3rd, 2021, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3675

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

In the review of ASEV research I came across this comparative. Noting that only one compound found in both entities. Surprising given that cherry cola and cola are often used as descriptors in Pinot Noir and I suspected other compounds would crossover. Here is straight forward analysis of the compo...
by Tom DeBiase
February 3rd, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3675

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Joe, I would think that would lead to a more 'smoky' quality, and not a 'cola' one, but heck, what do I know? Cheers In the review of ASEV research I came across this comparative. Noting that only one compound found in both entities. Surprising given that cherry cola and cola are often used as desc...
by Tom DeBiase
February 2nd, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3675

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

larry schaffer wrote: February 2nd, 2021, 3:13 pm Joe,

I would think that would lead to a more 'smoky' quality, and not a 'cola' one, but heck, what do I know?

Cheers
Larry, yes a bit of smoky note but much more spicy clove and creamy vanilla note which is prevalent in Kola.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
February 2nd, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3675

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Oak, acid and vanilla equals Kola. The oak provides the vanilla and spice, acid provides the “citrus”. I realize that you don’t need high acid for this aroma but any acid will help provide it. Add in some very ripe fruit and kola aromas emerge. Keep in mind that while many think it is a negative, o...
by Tom DeBiase
February 1st, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3675

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Kola nut is made of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_nut Preliminary studies of phytochemicals in kola nut indicate the presence of various constituents:[2] caffeine (2–3.5%) theobromine (1.0–2.5%) theophylline polyphenols phlobaphens (kola red) epicatechin D-catechin tannic acid sugar cellulose ...
by Tom DeBiase
February 1st, 2021, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3675

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Oak, acid and vanilla equals Kola. The oak provides the vanilla and spice, acid provides the “citrus”. I realize that you don’t need high acid for this aroma but any acid will help provide it. Add in some very ripe fruit and kola aromas emerge. Keep in mind that while many think it is a negative, ot...
by Tom DeBiase
January 27th, 2021, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 479

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

Great note, Tom. Love the aromatics on this one - Sounds similar to my '14 from back in October. I really like Hardy's Antle wines. Cheers! Dennis, yeah seems most of Hardy's wines have a strong aromatic profile which really sets them apart from many others. That sounds lovely. I will have to grab ...
by Tom DeBiase
January 27th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 479

TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

We last had a bottle of this exactly two years ago. Then the wine was so aromatic, an absolute joy. Nothing has really changed two years later. Love the wines from this site (now called Rodnick Vineyard) 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard: DW asks to get a wine that will go with leftove...
by Tom DeBiase
January 26th, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2432

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

It may not be the most convenient way to store wine but when we lived in NJ I had the bottles on the cold concrete floor rather than on racks. The basement never got warm even in the summer but the floor was always much cooler even in the worse heat wave. I used to arrange it by country or region an...

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