Some colleagues in t own and coming over for wine - there was a request for dry Riesling and for Oregon, so I found a Chehalem 3 Valleys Riesling and also grabbed a Cristom WV Pinot Noir. We’ll see what else gets opened!
@rjquillin Hanger is always two pieces right, one a bit larger than the other. Well this package the small piece was about the diameter of a nickel. The wine was ok, maybe just needs time. A little more fruit forward than I anticipated and seemed to get more intense as the night went on. Def lots going on though.
@FritzCat@rjquillin This was the larger piece, perhaps some camera angle but it was indeed thinner/wider, a solid 3" it was.
The dry aged ones are new, a little smaller and a little more expensive. Really tasty, I’ve been buying both.
@kaolis@ScottW58 That pork rack looks great! Next time you order from them can I add something on so we can try it?
That’s a nifty idea for an apple, too.
The wine is from Garagiste - a mystery offer on 22 July 2022, $20. It was titled “Deal of Deals - The #1 Mystery offer of 2022!” because of course it was.
Pretty sure the chops are the best I have had, I’m surprised about the wine knowing how strongly I hate mystery wines, must have been a weak moment sorry after we ate these last night we promptly ordered more!
Final night of our Maine vacation. We’ve had our fair share of lobster meals, tonight was for steak. Ribeye from a local farm near Freeport. The pic only shows a bit of it, before I sliced the bigger part. With grilled sourdough, and green and yellow stuff, all local products. Isn’t summer the greatest (when it doesn’t suck)?
2021 Julien Cecillon Les Graviers Syrah. We liked it at a tasting this afternoon, and we liked it with dinner too. Juicy and acidic.
@ScottW58 Your wish is my command. Here’s yesterday’s lunch in Freeport. I think those were our third steamed lobsters of the trip, plus we enjoyed a few lobster rolls along the way. Oh, and a lobster pasta dish I make every visit. Plus fried clams, monkfish tacos, and a few other fishy winners. It’s been a good trip, foodwise. Our first time back in Maine since 2019, we tried to make the most of it.
Nice! Love the lobster food porn, haha. You have probably had more good lobster in the past week than I have had in the past decade! I might have to bribe my seafood shunning wife into a visit to Mitchell’s Fish Market. It’s a far cry from right off the boat but it’s about as good as it gets in this area for lobster.
@jmdavidson1 Teasing you. Richard Gay from Gay Fish Company, gets credit for naming that back in the day. Fact/fiction? Gay Fish is my go to shrimp dock, shrimps below I bought there yesterday and those are their boats.
Not a fancy spot
@kaolis Okay hot sauce arrived today so I had to see how yaky your palate really is so as a person who does not live far from Mexico and has spent much time south of the border I know that the true test of hot sauce or chilis is to pair it with a ripe mango or guava! Could not find a guava but I do have mango. I have to say I like this sauce because of it’s body and savoriness, is that a word? And not overly vinegar, very happy.
I’m not very knowledgeable around this bottle, but as I understand, the appellation is Colli Tortonesi in Piedmont. Grape is Timarossa. Producer is Monlia. Delicious white wine. Crisp, Mineral, saline, juicy. Went down too fast.
2021 Raul Perez Atalier Albarino opened a couple days ago took one glass and it was all acid little fruit. Recorked and left on the counter and today it is beautiful with some tropical fruit and lemon drop bright acidity. Will age these a couple more years very happy! Chablis is very nice too with some pizza delivered.
@ScottW58 Yeah, food was great. Lots of excellent beer selections, of course. Had some RRB Consecration, a maple brown ale, and some St. George Baller whiskey.
The frites are still top notch.
They had a pork belly dish that was also excellent in all respects.
Surprisingly busy for a Monday at the Culver/Helms location.
Come on. It wasn’t that bad! I’m still going to stick with it and see if anything changes over the next day or two. Maybe we just need to wait several years past disgorgement. See below for the pic. I can’t seem to add one from my phone to a reply.
Agreed that the D’Issan is a good choice!
I can’t say there’s much patience on my end nor that there wasn’t another bottle open, but no chicken yesterday for the sauce so one more night of trial. There may; however, be chicken in my future very soon
This did not have its finest moment. Tart and bubbles disappeared quicker than expected. I’m sticking with it over the next few days. Disgorged 2021. 6 years on lees. 4g/L. Maybe it needs time post-dsg similar to Egly? I’m hoping or else I was threatened that I’d have another few bottles arriving on my doorstep @ScottW58
Also day two of the rat bottle. That showed much better, although not with the Flannery NY strip
I have a good number of denegoce reds in the cellar with the intention of waiting at least 5 years post vintage. Opened this recently bottled, 2 years post vintage, arrived today, and after 30-45 minutes was a large delicious wine. I was so impressed that an emergency neighborhood was called to confirm my impression. CF: Merlot.
Sami Odi little #12 a blend of vintages 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020. Don’t tell me you can’t blend vintages and make a great wine! F-me one of the best wines I have had this year IMHO. But I have the palate of a yak
Bought this bottle last week in Maine. The wine store guy recommended it for the steak dinner we were planning, but we ended up going with the one we tried at their tasting. After reading the one comment on CT, I was a little bummed, but darned if this didn’t open up to be quite nice. Excellent with potato/chorizo tacos.
@CorTot@klezman@ScottW58 We’re having chicken piccata, farmer’s market green beans, and 2021 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé. Spent the day getting/placing sand bags and taking down anything in the yard that could blow away. New sympathy for our Mates in the SE.
@CorTot@davirom@ScottW58 It’s been muggy and humid as I can ever remember for LA on our side of the hill. Glad you got a respite from the heat!
Smoking some beef ribs over here, just finished a mango cocktail and about to open a 2015 Martin Ray Merlot Stags Leap District.
2012 Pedroncelli Vintage Port Four Grapes for dessert
2017 Sandler PN Madzia’s vineyard with sushi. Was too hungry to take photos. Wine is drinking well but was a bit of a shock after tasting in the Willamette valley. CA definitely brings the fruit but it wasn’t over the top. Definitely think my palate is moving toward a more restrained, earthy style.
While waiting for the forecast wet and windy apocalypse to arrive, I really wanted a Wellington Syrah, but ended up instead finding a box of CS, so
2011 Wellington Cabernet Sauvignon Handal-Denier
and it’s doing just fine.
Morgan ranch ribeyes (only mangled remains) so no pics and roasted a head of garlic spread on a baguette, so good but Andrea told me to sleep on the couch I had to refuse because she stinks just as bad great wine after a 4 hours in the decanter!
Day 2 of a 2014 Long Point Zinfandel
East side of Cayuga Lake, just North of Ithaca.
Some of the best Zinfandel I’ve ever had!
(Long Point gets no love from locals because they import their grapes from CA. That’s exactly why they make great wines…well, and Gary’s patience and skills as a winemaker.)
If you’re in the Finger Lakes and haven’t tried Long Point; do yourself a favor.
Greetings from our first evening in Rome, great hotel and meal setup by the concierge and really nice bottle. Walking home a busker in front of a church and our view from the balcony. Good times and I need some sleep!
So 2nd night we decided on a nice wine paring dinner at https://www.rimessaroscioli.com/ 10 people from strange places like Australia Norway Texas and California got together for a great tasting/meal. On the way back Andrea wanted some dried meats so found a little shop near the Panthenon that fit the bill then picked up some gelato and had a nice night ap at the hotel! Pretty sure I have packe on 5 pounds in 2 days!
Yeah I got lucky at Roscioli I made the reservation a couple months ago after a friend told me about it, the porchetta sandwich at that place is the best had that for lunch yesterday! With the long line we knew it had to be good
@chefjess Enabler! I looked up that Bordeaux, sounds tasty, just grabbed 6 bottles for $23. Unfortunately I added a few others to make it an even two cases, but mostly more value bottles. Including a few more Lilian Ladouys that @ScottW58 turned me on to.
Ha! I proudly represent that! I’ve also called Scott that many times. Now it’s your turn to be called names
It’s a 19 so still young, but was lovely on day one and singing by day three. It’s going to age nicely. They have some great deals right now and after finding out I could order and just pick up at their local retail location, which happens to be down the street from the wine storage facility, they’ve made it way too easy to taste through the region. It’s been several orders of many producers. Resistance is futile.
@chefjess@ScottW58 Where did you buy? Costco? Got mine from internetwines.com in IL. Running some good prices on Bdx right now. They have a limited ship to list and shipping is not exactly cheap. They are reliable should you check them out.
Thanks. When you said $23, I figured we were purchasing from the same place. Their retail side is Randall’s. They have a warehouse in St Louis attached to the retail store so I just pick up from that location. I agree the shipping is pricey. Fortunately for me, they refund the shipping charge, but I still have to pay IL tax and purchase from internetwines to get the sale prices as I was told they have to remain separate retailers due to state restrictions.
Unfortunately, shipping is a fact of life here; ~$65-$75/case ($35-$50 if we’re lucky and it’s a cold-chain pallet DTC from the winery) so that’s always factored into the purchasing decision. Our Costcos have hardly anything and our wine shops have very limited availability, generally with pricing that is significantly higher if there is stock. My purchases are primarily from the coasts hence my excitement over this Bordeaux sale. No shipping charges for this kind of availability happens maybe once every five years, if even that frequently, hence the multiple purchases. I’m working my way through the region, chateau by chateau. It’s going to be fun.
@chefjess@ScottW58 I mentioned Costco because Scott said they had a good sale on '19’s so thought maybe. Yeah I’ve purchased online from Randall’s for awhile. I have to ship to my daughter in IL because I don’t live there anymore and my shipping states aren’t on their list. Keeping my Bdx low key these days, too old to be waiting for expensive wines to come around in 20/30 years! Priciest wine I bought was a few '19 Lynch-Bages. Popping the value wines early I don’t feel so guilty about.
Making some ribs and molarchae wanted Pinot. Was going to grab a 2018 Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast but it was in the wrong spot, so we just opened a 2014 Sojourn Pinot Noir Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast that starts off brilliantly.
Just a little hole in the wall tonight with some beer near some place Andrea had to get a couple leather purses made long drive tomorrow to Casa Olivi
Treia near Ancona. Will report back if I don’t kill myself driving
Enjoying a glass of canned Rosé on the lawn at Tanglewood. Our last event of the season. The weather’s kind of iffy, but we’re prepared with tarps and umbrellas. Hoping for the best, and wondering why we picked this one concert to sit outside this year.
@kaolis Truly not hard if you have an old half-working freezer. Or a spare fridge. You won’t get the kind of funk that Flannery does but you’ll get the rest - tenderness and flavour concentration.
@jmdavidson1 Haven’t opened the Bell yet. Didn’t get the Sandlands reopened until about 6:30, unfortunately. I blame the kids. I’ve got a couple 2007s also and this will help inform when I want to drink those.
So doing some grilling, onions and something I found in the market which looked like meat wrapped in meat and now some cheese is oozing out this has gotta be good! Steaks up next. But even better I found a small cellar/fridge in the pantry that had this beauty disgorged 01/2015, has some age on it. They have a price list and only 55 euros about the same price of a current bottle! A wine mini bar you might say
Can’t remember where I purchased as it was a while back. This is the ‘rare’, which appears to be a special edition of the millesime for the 2010 vintage. Delicious. Dsg Nov 20, 2018. Dosage g/L is not listed but, the bottle does state it was added. Just lovely.
Last night drove up to Macerata a beautiful mountain top town for a great dinner with the kids, couple bottles of Bruno Paillard champagne and a local red suggested by the somm. Mostly plant based dishes but all really good! This afternoon went back to see the town in the light and of course I had to eat at a Porchetteria really Porchetteria?! Loved it!
Many thanks to the old site (and my buying habits).
Tonight drinking a 2013 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant,
and I didn’t like it when it was young, but now it’s very good and very interesting. Might even be changing my mind on GSMs. It would be a travesty to drink only young wines.
Night 2, still very good. I thought it was a little harsher tonight. With Chicken Chili Tacos…I made pickled onions and peppers, with home-grown tomatoes and a medium salsa I picked up at a Supermercado. It was delicious and my glasses steamed up.
@ScottW58 Those are pretty! How much age on them? You picked out your own steaks for the wedding dinner?? This seems like a great way to have a party.
And €70/kg is not even that expensive. Did they leave a bit of shortloin on the rib in that second photo?
Nicely done, and mazal tov!
What’d you drink with that beef?
That is a nice turnout for a destination wedding! I like that all the men (with the exception of a couple holdouts at the middle table) have given their jackets to the ladies to wear in the chill of the evening.
I would say less than 50 days cause I really liked them but did not ask, bunch of chianti and a few super tuscans, was not paying much attention in that situation but all were nice. Huge 3 to 4 inch steaks tender and delicious.
2011 Trinchero Meritage w/hot buttered cheesesteaks (yeah, we make them pretty regularly) and sliced potatoes w/onions fried in bacon grease and doused with paprika and about 6 other spices. But mostly paprika.