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#1901 lperry

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 07:13 PM

Le Sughere di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2009.  A gift bottle that was all alone in the cellar, and the first "Super Tuscan" I've tried.  The critics are all over this one, and I understand why, although I don't think this is a wine that is particularly food-friendly, and that's where I tend to gravitate.  Naively, perhaps, but there it is.  It needed a little time in the glass to open up, after which it is just perfect for counteracting the cold, wet weather. 



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 07:35 PM

Saladini Pilastri Pecorino Affido DOCG 2012.  Nuts.

 

ACK!  I'm just seeing this.  Where did you get it?  Whole Foods or Total Wine?  Did it have a pig on the label?

 

I ask because I had a great pecorino that I loved at an out-of-town restaurant several years ago and didn't have much luck looking for something similar around here.  At Schneider's I was told pecorinos are very sweet and they don't carry them, which I thought was weird.  The one I'd had was maybe a little sweet but had a complex flavor that was not on the whole sweet.  I kind of forgot about it for a while and then found two bottles of Pecorino around here at about the same time.  I know one was at Total Wine.  The other was there or at Whole Foods.

 

Since I don't drink wine that often, I only recently opened the first bottle, and it was that Pilastri, but a 2010.  I loved it, loved it.  Then I opened the other, La Piuma 2011, and liked it but not like the other.  I want to find these again.  Thanks for any help (or advice on ones I might like even better).



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:06 PM

ACK!  I'm just seeing this.  Where did you get it?  Whole Foods or Total Wine?  Did it have a pig on the label?

 

It turns out it did have a pig on the label, but I opened the bottle without my glasses on and assumed the little animal was a sheep.  Pecorino and whatnot. :unsure:  I don't remember where it came from, but I found it online just now in Total Wine's listings for the Alexandria store so you can still get it.  Other than this particular wine, I have zero experience with Pecorino.  I was just back from Italy and was on a mission to try every DOCG wine I could find, and this one was a random choice.  I do remember enjoying it.



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 01:59 AM

It turns out it did have a pig on the label, but I opened the bottle without my glasses on and assumed the little animal was a sheep.  Pecorino and whatnot. :unsure:  I don't remember where it came from, but I found it online just now in Total Wine's listings for the Alexandria store so you can still get it.  Other than this particular wine, I have zero experience with Pecorino.  I was just back from Italy and was on a mission to try every DOCG wine I could find, and this one was a random choice.  I do remember enjoying it.

 

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 08:54 AM

It turns out it did have a pig on the label, but I opened the bottle without my glasses on and assumed the little animal was a sheep.  Pecorino and whatnot. :unsure:  I don't remember where it came from, but I found it online just now in Total Wine's listings for the Alexandria store so you can still get it.  Other than this particular wine, I have zero experience with Pecorino.  I was just back from Italy and was on a mission to try every DOCG wine I could find, and this one was a random choice.  I do remember enjoying it.

 

Thanks!  It didn't occur to me to check the Total Wine website to see if they have an online catalogue :wacko: .   I will make a trip out and look for it there.  If they happen to have the other one too, that's a bonus, but it's the one with the pig that I want.  (No wonder wine producers put so much effort into their labels.)



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:04 PM

Château Bizard Montagne de Raucoule 2011.  I think I bought this wine from WTSO, and I wish I had bought every bottle they had.  Lush and wonderful.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:06 PM

Had a blind bourbon tasting tonight, in honor of my brother's 37th birthday the theme was bottles $37 and under.  All were poured with one king cube, please don't judge, but people had to drive home afterwards 

 

Here's what we drank in order:

Hooker's House Bourbon - first one we tasted and the winner of the night!

 

Elmer T Lee - We were all fans of this before tonight, but it scored the lowest.  Wouldn't stop any of us from buying it again.

 

Elijah Craig 12 - Everyone enjoyed this, and we weren't surprised at the unveiling.  This is a consistently good, well-priced bourbon that you won't feel wasteful mixing in a cocktail.  Not the highest rating, but a solid middle of the pack choice.  Some detected notes of rye

 

Very Special Old Fitzgerald - Lots of good mellow flavor, we were slowing down at this point, but was an easy sipper.

 

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch - I knew this was one that I liked, even with the bottle hidden in a bag.  If been drinking a lot of the entry level Col Taylor recently, and picked this as a favorite after the first sip.  Overall I think this finished second to the Hooker's House.

 

Old Weller Antique - I think this was the highest proof drink of the night at 107, but it was enjoyed by all.  We all just kind of nodded in agreement after the first comment of "Hey, another good one."

 

One of the Jefferson Presidential's - As we drank our 7th glass of the night, we all decided we just really liked bourbon.

 

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:51 PM

Thanks!  It didn't occur to me to check the Total Wine website to see if they have an online catalogue :wacko: .   I will make a trip out and look for it there.  If they happen to have the other one too, that's a bonus, but it's the one with the pig that I want.  (No wonder wine producers put so much effort into their labels.)

 

An update for anybody who might be interested:  I was able to find the Pilastri {pig} pecorino at Alexandria Total Wine.  Found the La Piuma pecorino at Whole Foods Alexandria.  I thought I'd found the wines at both but couldn't recall what was where.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:03 PM

Quo Gastiago Garnacha 2010.  A wonderful antidote to a mentally exhausting day. 



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 04:01 PM

For some reason, warm weather always gets me excited to make refreshing cocktails at home.  First up tonight: a Sophia Loren Shim, which I discovered at my sister's baby shower last weekend.  2 oz Aperol, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz bourbon, and 4 dashes rhubarb bitters.  Shockingly, Aperol was the hardest to find of the ingredients.  Worth it - so so yummy.  And so far, the only way I have enjoyed drinking bourbon (not a brown liquor girl).


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:16 PM

Some random Chilean sauvignon blanc. I'm drinking a lot of sparkling and white wines this year, it seems...


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:07 PM

Recuerdo Torrontés 2011.  Like a tropical peach flower.  Perfect for a 95 degree day.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:45 PM

Some cold Chateau St. Michelle Reisling, because it was cheap and cold at the store and it's hot outside, especially after a workout.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:39 PM

I'm enjoying what may be the most obscenely named beer from Virginia, Lickinghole Creek Short Pump saison.  It's not bad, cloudy like a farmhouse ale, but hopped more like an American Pale Ale.  The color is a light-medium amber.  Expect the body of something like Butternuts Porkslap farmhouse, but heavier on the hops.  


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:36 PM

I am also drinking a saison, from Forge Brew Works, not nearly as poetically named. I think we're going to try & hit the NoVA Brewfest in Leesburg this weekend.

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:07 PM

Sam Adams Summer Ale. A solid summer beer IMHO each year. And going great with my chili.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:06 PM

Barbancourt blanc, Ting, a squeeze of lime, ice.  Thinking Ting might make an excellent Paloma. 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:11 PM

Or radler (soda & beer), I just learned that, from asking Forge Brew Works, but I haven't tried diluting my beer yet (who needs the added sugar from soda :)

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:26 PM

Had a really tbick chocolate shake...non alcoholic ...just because.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:43 PM

On the way down to NC a couple of weeks ago, we stopped at a Cookout (which I had never heard of) & I had a caramel cheesecake milkshake, because I had had a salted caramel milkshake in Carlisle, PA a week before (probably my first milkshake in 10 yrs)- it's a slippery slope, I'm up for trying any milkshake that comes my way.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:43 PM

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:04 PM

Barbancourt blanc, Ting, a squeeze of lime, ice.  Thinking Ting might make an excellent Paloma.

Ting and Jarritos have been the grapefruit soda recommendations I've seen for a Poloma.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:09 PM

Among other things tonight I've enjoyed straight up Fidencio Joven Mezcal. I happened on it at Ace Beverage and I'm now IN LOVE with this liquor!! I've tried a few mezcals over the last couple of years and I've never had one with this much flavor and smoky nose as this one. Anyone else tried it? Are my buds off or is this a damn good mezcal?

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 01:33 PM

Yesterday I wasn't feeling well. Before dinner I poured a bit of Cappelliti, some orange bitters, and topped it with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic water and it settled my stomach enough to be able to eat.


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Posted 26 July 2014 - 06:09 PM

A growler made up of 33% Founders Rubaeus Raspberry Ale/66% Great Divide Yeti Russian Imperial Stout we mixed at work.  Sometimes I love my job.


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