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Pittsburgh BYOB #58?

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Author tmarman
Registered User
#1  Posted: Dec 3, 2015 00:01 | Edited by: tmarman  

Hey guys - still early in this, but since I didn't see any other events up, was thinking about planning an event at Della Terra in Zelienople. Fiore (chef/owner) does some wine stuff, and we know them pretty well - the goal would be to put together a special menu/coursed meal or whatever.

Theme, if any, TBD - with of course the backdrop of Italian food.

http://dellaterrapgh.com

Let me know if there's interest, what weekends do/don't work in Jan & Feb, etc and I'll coordinate.
Author bigred
Contributor
#2  Posted: Dec 3, 2015 19:35  

Sound good! Weekends of Jan 16, 23 would work on our end. Perhaps some Brunellos, Barolos, ??...
Author dontime
Contributor
#3  Posted: Dec 3, 2015 23:00  

South African Pinotage!
Author Mark
Contributor
#4  Posted: Dec 4, 2015 08:25  

My guess is there's always interest, just a matter of timing and cost:-) Zeli is a bit of a hike for some folks, although I guess it's no further north than Washington is to the south. I could not do the weekend of January 8-9, after that things are currently open.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#5  Posted: Dec 4, 2015 20:35  

January's wide open. Been wanting to try this place.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#6  Posted: Dec 5, 2015 14:31  

Presently good all January and first two Feb weekends.
Author isabelle
Contributor
#7  Posted: Dec 6, 2015 07:59  

I am not available (working or away) the weekends of the 16th and 30th. Feb wide open for me as of now. I was also thinking of hosting an event coming up - will coordinate timing with you.
Author rarffa
Registered User
#8  Posted: Dec 11, 2015 11:25  

I am available now for Jan or February
Author tmarman
Registered User
#9  Posted: Dec 18, 2015 06:05  

Sorry guys I've had a brutal travel schedule. I'll try to talk to them this weekend/week and figure out some possible dates.

Or, Isabelle, I might just hand off to you for Jan/Feb and then plan something once my travel subsides.
Author isabelle
Contributor
#10  Posted: Dec 19, 2015 14:58  

okay - I accept the hand off

So here is my plan for Pgh tasting #58 - Saturday January 23rd. The theme will be Pinot Noir. jlburd is invited despite that. Will not be in Zelienople - will leave trying Della Terra to tmarman - it will be at my go-to PAWT place, E2 in Highland Park. As is usual for E2, will be a prix fixe, family style meal costing approx. $45 per person.
Please let me know if you are interested and plan to come so that I can figure out if this date will be successful. If all looks good, I will go ahead and firmly reserve.
Author bigred
Contributor
#11  Posted: Dec 19, 2015 22:43  

Sounds terrific Isabelle. Put me down for 2. Leaning toward Burgundy, but with Mark getting me worked up about Oregon offerings of late, you never know what I'll be bringing....
Author tmarman
Registered User
#12  Posted: Dec 20, 2015 01:21  

Thanks Isabelle for picking up my slack.

I'll confirm in the next week but I think we'll tentatively be in for 2.
Author isabelle
Contributor
#13  Posted: Dec 20, 2015 06:08  

following up on bigred, will indeed be a blind tasting, so hint away but do not give away what you might bring...
Author jlburd
Contributor
#14  Posted: Dec 20, 2015 13:40  

2 please. There's Pinot in Bordeaux, right?
Author The WineBoss
Contributor
#15  Posted: Dec 21, 2015 22:01  

At the present time, Paulette and I would like to join in this. Just have to see how the month progresses as to whether or not there are any conflicts.

Love the choice of Pinot.

Matt
Author isabelle
Contributor
#16  Posted: Jan 1, 2016 14:48  

Happy New Year everyone! Hope that you are getting your calendars for January organized. As of now, we have a lot of maybe's, and a couple of yeses so I went ahead and reserved for our next tasting. We have a big table in the lower level at E2 on Bryant St in Highland Park - similar to last year for those of you who were there.

The event is Saturday January 23rd at 6pm. It is a chef's choice menu at $35 per person - with tax and tip approx. $45.

The theme is pinot noir and it will be a blind tasting. So, let me know if you are in - although I would love to know sooner rather than later, I have to give the restaurant a final number a week ahead of time.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#17  Posted: Jan 2, 2016 08:28  

still in for 2
Author Mark
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#18  Posted: Jan 2, 2016 19:25  

In for 1. Not sure about +1 yet.
Author bigred
Contributor
#19  Posted: Jan 3, 2016 20:40  

Confirming for 2 Isabelle. Thanks again.
Author rarffa
Registered User
#20  Posted: Jan 4, 2016 16:13  

put me in for 2 also
Author tmarman
Registered User
#21  Posted: Jan 6, 2016 12:24 | Edited by: tmarman  

Isabelle, unfortunately it looks like I won't be able to make it again. I'll be in London that week and won't make it back in time.
Author isabelle
Contributor
#22  Posted: Jan 9, 2016 14:46  

so far we only have 8 definite yeses

Isabelle - 1, maybe +2
mark - 1, maybe +1
jlburd - 2
bigred - 2
rarffa - 2

that is not enough to secure our berth at E2 (we need a minimum of 10 people) - so I will give it this weekend and cancel with them if we cannot form a quorum - bummer!
Author bigred
Contributor
#23  Posted: Jan 10, 2016 15:02  

I think the WineBoss is still in for 2. They've been overseas. I'll contact him and ask him to post.
Author The WineBoss
Contributor
#24  Posted: Jan 10, 2016 16:45  

Hello, all. Yes, we have been overseas. In Paris for 11 nights. Developed the all-new Wineboss Gorge Yourself Until it Hurts diet for maintaining weight loss. We ate copious amounts of food including bread, meat, veggies, French Fries...all with plenty of wine. 3 of 4 of us are - shall we say - large people. None of us gained any weight!

I guess the answer is plenty of walking since we did that, too, every day. It was an excellent trip. Most of the wines we had were Rhone/Proven├žale wines, many in a carraph
Author The WineBoss
Contributor
#25  Posted: Jan 10, 2016 16:54  

Oooppps. Sorry. To continue...
...many in a carafe. We drank a lot of rose since it goes with almost anything. Especially at lunch. We had some nice, cheap Bordeaux from both banks of the Gironde. But we didn't have a single Burgundy. The only ones that seemed to be available at a reasonable price were from Beaujolais.

Anyway, just wanted to confirm we would be there for the dinner. Looking forward to some tasty Pinots.

Matt
Author isabelle
Contributor
#26  Posted: Jan 11, 2016 17:40  

Terrific!

- sounds like you guys had a great trip and will look forward to hearing more about it. We are a quorum, so I am thrilled. Would still love to see more of us, so let me know if you can make it. We are now at 10 vs 13 with the maybe's - a small group but certainly enough to proceed as planned.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#27  Posted: Jan 12, 2016 21:19  

J2k, what say you & m2k about this one? Don't leave me hanging as the only Pinot basher at the Pinot tasting.
Author J2K
Contributor
#28  Posted: Jan 15, 2016 18:58  

Sorry Jbird, can't make it. Although, I could possibly do a quick skype session during dinner for some Pinot bashing!
Author isabelle
Contributor
#29  Posted: Jan 21, 2016 17:28  

Hello again everyone. See you Saturday night at 6pm. Hopefully the weather will allow us to hold this event. We are long overdue for a get together in my opinion.

To recap, we are set for dinner at E2 restaurant on Bryant St in Highland Park at 6pm. The dinner is family style at $35 per person; with tax and tip approx $45. Please bring cash if you can as they will not accept more than a few credit cards from a large group.

The theme is pinot noir, any country/region. Bring your wines in bags as this will be a blind tasting. If anyone has any extra bags, I will gladly accept donations. I will supply something to drink while we are arriving (in theme - so you can guess what that might mean). In the past, E2 has had plenty of glassware. They also tend to offer doggie bags at the end (yum!).

We are a small-ish group, so please do not no-show!! Any last minute additions I will have to okay with the restaurant but my guess is that they would be thrilled (as would I).

At present we are:

isabelle - 3
mark - 1
jlburd - 2
bigred - 2
the wine boss - 2
rarffa - 2
Author admin
Administrator
#30  Posted: Mar 23, 2016 19:13  

The person in charge of the write-ups has been sacked. In the meantime here are some details from the tasting:

Starters
NV Mumm Napa Brut Rose Reserve "Winery Exclusive"
2007 Iron Horse Brut Rose

1. 2013 Domaine Michel Thomas Sancerre Rose
2. 2012 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
3. 2012 Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
4. 2013 Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch
5. 2006 Mietz Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
6. 2005 J. Cacheaux Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Plantes
7. 2006 Aufauvre-Bouley Chassagne-Montrachet (rouge!)
8. 2013 Francis Coppola Pinot Noir Silver Label Monterey County
9. 2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir Lumiere Eola-Amity Hills
10. 2010 Vincent Girardin Volnay Les Vieilles Vignes
11. 2007 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru La Combe d'Orveau
12. 2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee

WOTN was #4 with 6 votes, second place was #9 with 5 votes, and numbers 3, 10, 11 all tied for third with 4 votes.




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