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Pittsburgh Area Tasting number Sixty-Nine

Author Mark
#1  Posted: Jun 28, 2019 22:18  

Saturday July 20
Tomato Pie Cafe
885 E Ingomar Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
(on the western boarder of North Park)

We’ve had a few tastings at Tomato Pie in the past, but it’s been several years since the last one. There is no corkage fee. Also, no glasses, so bring your own unless you’re happy with a big plastic cup. Their pizzas, pasta, and salads are quite good.

Theme could either be “Pizza Wine” or “Chairman’s Selections Past and Present.” Post your preference - majority rules. (Regardless, exceptions will be granted for 20+ year old Burgundy!)

We will order a bunch of pizzas and eat family style. Past events at Tomato Pie have always ended up at no more than $20/person.

We will taste non-blind.

Please post if you can attend, along with your preference for the theme.

Author bigred
#2  Posted: Jun 30, 2019 13:34  

Will love to go back to the Tomato Pie! Kind of leaning toward the Chairman’s theme....
will just be me. Mrs Bigred will be out of town.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#3  Posted: Jul 1, 2019 09:36  

The date is good for me (but not for Mrs. Corelli). I will hope for a ride, since I can not be trusted to drive afterward...

Chairman’s theme is good - could even be limited to the present, so we know what to buy (or not), rather than lamenting our missed opportunities.
Author J2K
#4  Posted: Jul 3, 2019 21:55  

Yes, the O.G.- Original Gathering! I’m in and would also prefer a driver! I emailed Jon “Maximus” Radus, we’ll see if he responds.
Author isabelle
#5  Posted: Jul 10, 2019 12:27  

Yay - I have not checked in to the webpage often enough - part of why i have missed the last few tastings. Sorry, I am not an original to the group, but still would like to RSVP yes! Just me. And I have no idea if most of my wines were/are chairmen's selections or not so vote "pizza wine" but will accede to the group, of course.
Uber is my driver.
Author Mark
#6  Posted: Jul 15, 2019 08:47  

This will be a small group, so let's keep things casual. Theme will be basically open - if you want to bring a current or past Chairman's Selection, or a pizza wine, or one that qualifies as both, or anything else, it's all good!

I'll bring a 2007 Clos du Bois Marlstone which was a Chairman's Selection several years ago. If someone wants to bring a 2013 or 2014 it would be fun to compare. I might bring something else just because, if so I will post it here as well.
Author jlburd
#7  Posted: Jul 15, 2019 09:33  

We're in + 2 more. Not sure I have any Chairman's Selections in the cellar anymore. Does anyone recall if the Mondavi Oakville 2008 was a CS?
Author bigred
#8  Posted: Jul 15, 2019 12:40  

Jlburd I don’t think the Mondavi 08 Oakville was a CS, just a great buy at the time. Would love to see how it’s showing though.
Author acorelli
Registered User
#9  Posted: Jul 15, 2019 17:42  

I have both 2013 and 2014 Marlstone. (Also, 2010, 2012, and 1979). Which would you like me to bring, Mark? (79 not included.)
I will bring a white, too, since I think pizza is better with white wine...
Author Mark
#10  Posted: Jul 17, 2019 09:46  

@acorelli how about either the 2010 or 2012 and then maybe someone else can bring a '13 or '14?
Author isabelle
#11  Posted: Jul 18, 2019 10:16  

I have no Marlstone, but being a trendy person, will bring a rose. Which i like with tomatoes, so goes with the name of the restaurant. And with pizza, especially in the hot weather.
And also because I am trendy, will bring a widely available, chairmen's select, CELEBRITY rose. But am bringing it because I really like it, despite those of you reading this and making a face or a rude comment right about now about my taste level! So, fresh from the vineyard, 2018 Miraval.
Author J2K
#12  Posted: Jul 19, 2019 17:52 | Edited by: J2K  

Can we get some white pizza? I’ll probably bring this old CS I found in the cellar -
2005 Simonnet- Febvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, hopefully still good....and something else.

Its gonna be hot on Saturday!!
Jbird, please dont wear your Daisy Duke cut off jean shorts!!
Author jlburd
#13  Posted: Jul 20, 2019 08:23  

J2K, don't have the legs for Daisy Dukes anymore but can still rock the tube top

Will bring the Mondavi and a white-ish Italian that was meant for Acorelli's tasting.
Author Mark
#14  Posted: Jul 25, 2019 10:53  

Great tasting! With some last-minute additions and subtractions, plus one late arrival, we were nine people in all.

Of course we sat on the back porch on the hottest day of the year, taking turns getting the sun on our backs as it set.

Terrific variety of wines, including:

2008 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
2007 Clos du Bois Marlstone Sonoma
2015 Lunadoro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Pagliareto
2005 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Grand Cru Preuses
2017 Brian Carter Cellars Oriana White Blend Yakima Valley
2016 Radikon Slatnik Venezia Giulia
2018 Miraval Rose Provence
2012 Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertin
2013 Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva

With several pizzas and appetizers, were were out the door for $15/person (including tip, corkage, coat check, and valet parking), which may have beat acorelli's record for lowest cost tasting.

As is customary, J2K took home several partially consumed bottles, plus a doggie-box filled with pizza.

PAWineTalk has a new instagram account, follow us @pawinetalk and you can see a few pics and a short video of me enjoying the Chablis!

Thanks for coming everyone!
Author acorelli
Registered User
#15  Posted: Jul 25, 2019 11:31  

Can you give us a report on the Vino Nobile?
Author Mark
#16  Posted: Jul 25, 2019 13:23 | Edited by: Mark  

It's good! Going to pick up a couple. J2K brought it.
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