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by Nolan E
October 30th, 2017, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

I think it’s also a weird case (like Alan discussing the slow-ox practice) where science and experience offer different (or seemingly different) explanations.
by Nolan E
October 29th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

Pouring the wine into the 375ml container will certainly expose it to more oxygen than use of a Coravin (assuming the cork properly re-seals). But why/how does lower temperature increase the rate of chemical reactions, oxidative or otherwise? I always thought lower temps resulted in slower reaction...
by Nolan E
October 29th, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

I just got a Coravin a few weeks ago and I'm having no issues with the gas. This device has changed my life. I dont have to kill a whole bottle in one sitting anymore. Find an airtight 375ml container. Fill it up and place it in the fridge. Wine is just as good the next day. Fridge temps may slow b...
by Nolan E
October 29th, 2017, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

I have had very good luck with the Eurocave Wine Art product. It is greatly improved over the original model. It works very well,and doesn't use any inert gases. It preserves by maintaining a vacuum, using (I think) the technology used in CPAP devices. Cheaper, less hassle, and it works. My quick g...
by Nolan E
October 26th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Most Played Albums of Harvest 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Most Played Albums of Harvest 2017

Sounds like I'd enjoy working in your cellar! I am doing an experiment this year where I play only one album while working with each cuvee. I went with different albums from the same band where the fruit source and pick dates were the same (you know, so the grapes didn't get confused!) Skin Contact...
by Nolan E
October 25th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled
Replies: 179
Views: 11717

2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled

As a cellar guy, all I can think about is all those late harvest nights, the stress, the tension, all the days when it seemed like nothing is going your way. That's usually worth it in the end. Not this time.
by Nolan E
October 25th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Most Played Albums of Harvest 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Most Played Albums of Harvest 2017

So, what was the soundtrack in your cellar? https://light-in-the-attic.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/release_image/197/image/monks.jpg https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/5929c566ea9e61561daa81cd/1:1/w_600/61de16ab.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31eNthk7mQL.jpg https://upload.wikimed...
by Nolan E
October 25th, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91724

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Robert, good response. I worked with Jackson for a year and although I chose to move on, I was pleasantly shocked at how well they treat their people and how un-corporate it is. They took care of their people during all of the flooding that happened over the winter, as well. I don't think any of tha...
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91724

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

What happened to interns during the evacuations? Were they SOL, on their own, unpaid? I understand it's a winery-by-winery decision.
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome new Apothic!
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Awesome new Apothic!

With 'these' wines I think it's all about the vanilla and mocha notes, but I doubt they're using new or high quality barrels. Probably a combination of old, cheap barrels, oak chips/powder and various other flavor/texture enhancing additives.
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome new Apothic!
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Awesome new Apothic!

Yeah, I edited my post after you quoted me, I started thinking about the commercial moonshine products and don't remember seeing one labeled 'whiskey' so I'd imagine you're on the right path. Even if you aged spirit in uncharred barrels I wonder how much color you can really pull from the wood. For ...
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome new Apothic!
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Awesome new Apothic!

That was sort of my point.
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome new Apothic!
Replies: 27
Views: 1678

Awesome new Apothic!

Are there non-charred whiskey barrels?

That's like saying used Tequila barrels (not really a 'new' Tequila barrel) or assless chaps (otherwise they're just leather pants).
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation
Replies: 74
Views: 5267

Seattle Restaurants Recommendation

In the wake of the wine country fires, I feel somewhat guilty posting this restaurant review. That said, Spinasse was a home run—an all timer. Two mini pasta dishes were each more than memorable. The beef cheeks entre over a celery purée was so good I could have easily ordered and eaten 3 more. Who...
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaking Industry Salary Survey
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Wine Industry Salary Survey

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Kirk.Grant wrote:No assistant wine maker salaries?
They do it for the love of the game?
Wait till cellar position pay is public.
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pumpover and punch down questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Pumpover and punch down questions

J Krauss wrote:
Nolan E wrote:Looks like you’re working with my friend, Robby T.
I am. You worked with him at Penner Ash?
Yep! Fun dude. Make sure you see his original dance moves.
by Nolan E
October 18th, 2017, 11:34 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 49425

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

We finished up receiving/processing yesterday. We came in about 28 tons over our initial expectation (308 vs 280). Things generally came in pretty steadily, we only had 3 or 4 days of 14+ hour shifts, but few days with no picking. Now it's just cap management, pressing and barrel downs. We like to d...
by Nolan E
October 10th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pumpover and punch down questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Pumpover and punch down questions

Looks like you’re working with my friend, Robby T.
by Nolan E
October 9th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91724

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

This is unreal, nauseating.
by Nolan E
October 6th, 2017, 11:20 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pumpover and punch down questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Pumpover and punch down questions

All depends on the intended outcome.

I’d imagine you’d get more extraction with a forceful firehouse rather than a gentle sprinkler and with an aggressive punch down rather than a gentle cap wetting.
by Nolan E
October 6th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great News....Mencia in Calif
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Great News....Mencia in Calif

Analemma has planted Mencia in the Gorge.
by Nolan E
September 28th, 2017, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Tache gone bad
Replies: 86
Views: 5620

La Tache gone bad

Andrew Kaufman wrote: Didn't she already contact Ian? Isn't he reputable enough?
Getting fishy around here...a scam years in the making?
by Nolan E
September 28th, 2017, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Official Screaming Eagle Waitlist Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 9468

The Official Screaming Eagle Waitlist Thread

When Screaming Eagle started it was 225 cases, actually less than that was actually sourced from the SE vineyard in 1992. Does anyone know the current and planned actual case production, or whether the acreage that is earmarked, for the flagship wine, has increased? I have no idea. And I believe th...
by Nolan E
September 25th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaffurs Roussanne '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 319

TN: Jaffurs Roussanne '05...(short/boring)

Tom, would you say you got any honey notes on this wine?
by Nolan E
September 24th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City closed - new one on Grand St.
Replies: 28
Views: 1845

Great Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City

I'm a huge fan of Hmart as well. The quality of the produce is on par with what you'd find at WF, with greater variety. you crazy. CRAZY. H mart has trash produce. Most of their stuff is from out of the country, non organic. It always looks pretty but their stuff degrades so fast. I've stopped buyi...
by Nolan E
September 24th, 2017, 7:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 49425

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Things all over the place here. We have some barrel ferments of sparkling base and rose, one red ferment around 8 brix and processed 12 tons of Pinot Noir yesterday. Some Dundee Hills vineyards still hanging around 16-18 brix, most others in the 20-22 range. The rains last week helped a little but o...
by Nolan E
September 24th, 2017, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

Coravin might be willing to send/sell you a new bottom cup, other than that it's just another example of the imperfections of the device.

Maybe the newer versions don't have the same issues as the original model, which I'm assuming you're using.
by Nolan E
September 24th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.
Replies: 38
Views: 4522

I may have to throw in the towel on Coravin.

I think the plastic threads get stretched out or warped and to compensate you have to tighten a little harder each time until you hit the point where you can't tighten further and it's not properly seated.
by Nolan E
September 19th, 2017, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD Incoming!
Replies: 178
Views: 13083

MACDONALD Incoming!

Warren Taranow wrote:
Jorge Henriquez wrote:I'm even getting a free Chicken McNuggets with my order.

Top that beyotches!
Don't you mean MacNuggets?
MACNUGGETS.
by Nolan E
September 16th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This Cab made me forget the others
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

This Cab made me forget the others

Alicia and Nolan, in '11, what set the Kronos apart from the Napa Valley bottling in your opinion? I don't prefer Kronos every year, but the 11 just offers more precision and elegance in Kronos than the Napa. I also love the 11 Napa but it's a little wilder and more playful where the Kronos is a bi...
by Nolan E
September 16th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This Cab made me forget the others
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

This Cab made me forget the others

Alicia, were you there for the CdB tasting?
by Nolan E
September 16th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Itinerary 2.0
Replies: 46
Views: 3132

Napa Itinerary 2.0

Torc was great when I went, but have heard mixed reviews since.

If you go to Goose and Gander, just sit in the downstairs bar, really great atmosphere.
by Nolan E
September 16th, 2017, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This Cab made me forget the others
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

This Cab made me forget the others

As long as we're talking vintages, if you can get your hands on the 2011 Kronos, do it! The rainy/cool year made a wine that tastes like it had at least a decade of age on it already. A brooding palate with dusty lavender and some slight herbal mint. It was gorgeous and fascinating The 11 Kronos is...
by Nolan E
September 15th, 2017, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This Cab made me forget the others
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

This Cab made me forget the others

Robert-it's too soon for all of them, but maybe try a 2010. They are classic cabs versus Napa spoof, but they need time. I am looking forward to placing my order for the 2014. Wish I had come to these wines sooner. The 2010 is the basic Cab and the 2012 and 2013 is the Kronos. Not sure I want to dr...
by Nolan E
September 12th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Itinerary 2.0
Replies: 46
Views: 3132

Napa Itinerary 1.0

Young Inglewood is wildly underrated and underdiscussed, always a high recommendation from me.
by Nolan E
September 10th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 49425

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

We picked Chardonnay for sparkling yesterday. We will have a bit more Chard and some Pinot Noir for the same wine.

Some early blocks of Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills that look about a week off. But it rained really nicely yesterday evening so we'll see what happened from that.
by Nolan E
September 9th, 2017, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When wine customers misbehave
Replies: 75
Views: 4125

When wine customers misbehave

s.nellessen wrote:So is it misbehaving to ask the sales staff if they've tasted the wine? I am guilty.
That's not what was said.
by Nolan E
September 9th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper: After The Heatwave
Replies: 46
Views: 2686

Roy Piper: After The Heatwave

The article Michael linked mentions 2 tons in 12 minutes, the work of 15 people sorting for an hour. A lot more than 1 or 2 workers, but perhaps the numbers vary greatly depending on the size of the crop, making it cost-effective only for larger wineries? Neither of the optical sorters I worked wit...
by Nolan E
September 8th, 2017, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper: After The Heatwave
Replies: 46
Views: 2686

Roy Piper: After The Heatwave

The article Michael linked mentions 2 tons in 12 minutes, the work of 15 people sorting for an hour. A lot more than 1 or 2 workers, but perhaps the numbers vary greatly depending on the size of the crop, making it cost-effective only for larger wineries? Neither of the optical sorters I worked wit...
by Nolan E
September 8th, 2017, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper: After The Heatwave
Replies: 46
Views: 2686

Roy Piper: After The Heatwave

2 tons in 12 minutes, the work of 15 people sorting for an hour This is what terrifies me. I imagine that for a dedicated, conscientious employee, with an IQ in the 90s, or high 80s, something like working the sorting table for a high-end boutique winery could provide an enormous amount of satisfac...
by Nolan E
September 8th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper: After The Heatwave
Replies: 46
Views: 2686

Roy Piper: After The Heatwave

"The Optical Sorter" --- ????? B) How much longer will ordinary folk have a chance at being employed at anything whatsoever? The optical sorter replaces one, maybe two, unskilled positions. It's also another piece of equipment to clean, and to clean it properly (depending on which model you have) c...
by Nolan E
September 7th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Thomas Pinot release
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Upcoming Thomas Pinot release

I tasted the 15 from barrel and liked it. Still had a bit of spritz from malolactic but it was fresh and clean. I think 15s are quite a bit fresher than 14s across the board and wouldn't expect Thomas to be different (I might have barrel tasted the 14 as well, I can't recall).
by Nolan E
September 6th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Are There Common Personality Traits Among Good Winemakers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1427

Are There Common Personality Traits Among Good Winemakers?

Every one I have met personally knows their craft, is personable and confident. Just like most other successful people. But the best ones leave you feeling like you are just a bit "extra" special to them because they give you a taste, a tour, a sip or maybe even a bottle that most others don't get....
by Nolan E
September 5th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay
Replies: 49
Views: 2572

Oregon Chardonnay

Scott Fitzgerald wrote:I just took a flier on a random 6-pack of Eyrie whites:

2016 Chasselas Doré
2014 Muscat Ottonel
2013 Melon de Bourgogne
2015 Chardonnay Estate
2015 Pinot gris Original Vines
2015 Pinot blanc Dundee Hills
You may enjoy the Chardonnay.
by Nolan E
September 4th, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two Shea Vineyard Pinots from Willamette Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 884

TNs: Two Shea Vineyard Pinots from Willamette Valley

Chris Blum wrote:Doesn't bergstrom stylistically go big and heavy, with a lot of oak? From memory, the ones I've had were kinda extreme in this regard.
He's on the lighter side now, and frequently using 100% whole cluster within individual lots.
by Nolan E
September 4th, 2017, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Mondavi 2006 To-Kalon Fume Blanc Reserve
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Robert Mondavi 2006 To-Kalon Fume Blanc Reserve

There was mention on the WS board that the Sauvignon Blanc vines in Mondavi To Kalon (excepting I Block) are being ripped out after this harvest, likely to be replaced by Cabernet Sauvignon. A big loss to the white wine world, I believe.
by Nolan E
August 31st, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Portland Oregon Cocktail Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 1438

Portland Oregon Cocktail Bars

No McMenamins?
by Nolan E
August 29th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 49425

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Roy - why would you be disappointed to come in before October 1? I don't think it matters what the calendar says, just what the fruit and vines are telling you. Sugar will rise as fast as heat permits. But sugar and ripeness are not the same to me. When I taste fruit I can separate out sugar from f...
by Nolan E
August 27th, 2017, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing for crab cakes?
Replies: 31
Views: 1241

Pairing for crab cakes?

Corey N. wrote:I'd go with Champagne to balance the putrid flavors of the crab. If I were to do Riesling (and I'd do Muscadet first) I agree with Bobby that a higher acid version would work better, but I would also go with dry instead of sweet.
Fixed.

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