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Not the Usual Suspects (Pittsburgh #68)

 
Author acorelli
Registered User
#1  Posted: Mar 11, 2019 15:04  

Hello -

Looking at June 15th (or 14th, if that is preferred) for a gathering. As usual when I put something together, the price will be moderate (if not downright cheap). I have a couple of places in mind, which I will pursue once the date is solid.

I hope to see some off-the-beaten path wines, a roughly equal number of whites and reds. For the whites, the theme will be defined by what is excluded:

No Chardonnay
No Riesling
No Sauvignon Blanc
No Pinot Grigio
No France
No California
No Australia/New Zealand

For the reds, since Big Red recently had a Big Red tasting, this will be a Small Red tasting - light-bodied reds. Hoping for a nice selection of Freisa, Grignolino, Gamay, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Cinsault, etc...

Let me know which dates are good!
Author Mark
Contributor
#2  Posted: Mar 12, 2019 09:44  

Unfortunately I'll be away those days and cannot partake.

Probably just as good as I do not have any "conforming" whites - after you exclude France, California, Pinot Gris/gio, and Riesling, I'm left with, uhhh, nothing.

No wait! I have a Muscato from Italy! 5% ABV!

But again, sorry I'll miss it.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#3  Posted: Mar 12, 2019 16:21  

If you don't have any conforming whites, then it would have been a very useful tasting for you! Sorry you will miss it - and we will miss you.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#4  Posted: Mar 13, 2019 13:59  

How about a Chardonnay blend that is definitely non-conforming, say from Friuli?
Author acorelli
Registered User
#5  Posted: Mar 13, 2019 17:57  

If it's not straight Chardonnay - sure!
Author bigred
Contributor
#6  Posted: Mar 13, 2019 18:19 | Edited by: bigred  

Mrs Bigred and I should be good for that weekend. This is going to take some thoughtful planning on selection...
Author Tantore
Registered User
#7  Posted: Mar 19, 2019 10:51  

I should be good
Author J2K
Contributor
#8  Posted: Mar 20, 2019 18:20  

So far away but lock me in for 2
Author acorelli
Registered User
#9  Posted: Mar 22, 2019 17:30  

I can tell you a little more about the dinner:

Saturday, June 15th, 7:00pm

S&D Polish Deli in the Strip (2204 Penn Avenue, 15222).

We will have the place to ourselves.

There will be a fixed menu.

You definitely want to bring your own wine glasses...

Looking to have a group of 16.
Author bigred
Contributor
#10  Posted: Mar 24, 2019 22:41  

Would be ok then to bring 2 guests?
Author acorelli
Registered User
#11  Posted: Mar 25, 2019 10:52  

Sure. Current count, if I understand people's intentions correctly, is:

acorelli 2

J2K 2

jburd 2

tantore 1

bigred 4

wineboss 2?

I can easily bring in friends to get the number up, if there are no more PaWineTalkers who "sign on"
Author Tantore
Registered User
#12  Posted: Mar 26, 2019 08:44 | Edited by: Tantore  

acorelli "If it's not straight Chardonnay - sure!"
its gender fluid!
Author J2K
Contributor
#13  Posted: Mar 31, 2019 18:04 | Edited by: J2K  

I found a white that meets the strict qualifications!! Now for a red! 2017 Krems Gruner Veltliner
Author acorelli
Registered User
#14  Posted: Mar 31, 2019 19:02  

Declaring is a good idea... I will be bringing a Pieropan Soave and Conti Sertoli Salis Grumello.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#15  Posted: Apr 6, 2019 15:40  

2016 Radikon Slatnik Venezia Giulia - Chardonnay/Frulano blend
2010 Jermann Red angel on the Moonlight - Pinot Nero

Going full Venezia Giulia. Potentially a substitute for the Pinot Nero with a 2016 St. Chinian.
Author tonypoli
Registered User
#16  Posted: May 8, 2019 12:46  

Well, can a lapsed guy like tonypoli get in on this? Looks like an interesting evening. Rosalie would accompany me.

If approved, we will bring a white from Sicily: 2016 Tenuta Di Castellaro Sicilia Bianco Pomice, a blend of Carricante and Malvasia di Lipari. Our red will be: 2016 Zeni Teroldego Rotaliano Vigneto Lealbere, a Teroldego from Alto Adige. Gotta keep the Boot well represented.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#17  Posted: May 14, 2019 16:07  

Excellent, tonypoli!
Author shauntom
Registered User
#18  Posted: May 14, 2019 18:08  

Count Dr. Big Red's assistant and husband in, too! Very much looking forward to it!
Author jlburd
Contributor
#19  Posted: May 20, 2019 12:27  

Not another Teroldego from Alto Adige! Oh wait, it's just a old Dago. Welcome back tonypoli!
Author acorelli
Registered User
#20  Posted: May 28, 2019 17:27  

Time change: in order to be sure not to go past 9pm, we will start at 6:30.

$25 flat, in cash, to me (I am paying the whole thing up front).
Author The WineBoss
Contributor
#21  Posted: May 31, 2019 14:36  

Mr and Mrs Wineboss will be there. Not positive of the selections but might be a Portuguese Vinho Verde or a Picpoul de Pinet. Oops. The Picpoul is from France. Is it unusual enough to still qualify? If not, there is also a Torrontes. For the reds it could be a Pinotage or a Nero d'Avola. Or any number of Syrah/ choices.
Author bigred
Contributor
#22  Posted: Jun 5, 2019 23:14  

For a white, I will also be bringing a wine from Alto Adige - a Kerner (because I can't recall ever trying one). For a red, perhaps a Gamay - TBD
Author acorelli
Registered User
#23  Posted: Jun 8, 2019 10:49  

Hello everyone -

I haven’t been keeping up (other than the update on time change and $ amount) as Donna and I have been traveling in Croatia and Naples. Spending the morning with our wonderful cousins in Brooklyn before Megabussing home this afternoon.

So:
1) Picpoul - though a delightful wine - is out, due to illegal French origin.

2) Reds need to be light-bodied - is there any light Nero d’Avola? (Note that there are no georgraphical restrictions on the reds, only the single stylistic requirement.)

3) Kerner!

4) Since we are loaded up on Italians, I am switching my white from Pieropan Soave to a 2018 Nerica Pošip.
Author shauntom
Registered User
#24  Posted: Jun 13, 2019 09:49  

Dr. Big Red's Assistant, here (for a few more weeks!).

We'll be bringing Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva (2009) and Brundlmayer Vincent's Spiegel Gruner Veltliner (2015).
Author acorelli
Registered User
#25  Posted: Jun 13, 2019 14:34  

Wow, that Gran Reserva should be a geart wine! Does it meet the “light-bodied red” criterion?
Author acorelli
Registered User
#26  Posted: Jun 13, 2019 14:46  

I can spell, but I can’t type.
Author jlburd
Contributor
#27  Posted: Jun 14, 2019 13:21  

Afraid my +1 is out. Will still bring both bottles in her honor.
Author J2K
Contributor
#28  Posted: Jun 14, 2019 16:44  

Jbird, you are so noble.

My bottles
2017 Krems Gruner Veltliner
2015 Heinrich Burgenland Zweigelt

And also in honor of Jbird’s +1 .....a Helmut Krauss Unsere Region Regent
Author shauntom
Registered User
#29  Posted: Jun 14, 2019 18:31  

acorelli
It should... the som we talked to recommended it, after giving her the criteria :)
 
 
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