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by David M.
November 1st, 2019, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Custom bottle etching
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Custom bottle etching

D & S Awards off of Piner Ave in Santa Rosa. Dennis does great work. We use them for our engraved 3L formats.
by David M.
July 23rd, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3718

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

They never tell you about the swarm of fruit flies during harvest.... I have a policy that all production staff must spend five minutes a day culling the fruit fly population with an electric fly swatter. Believe it or not it's one task that an intern has never complained about. I'd like to add tha...
by David M.
August 30th, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: ISO of Benchtop Centrifuge
Replies: 0
Views: 481

ISO of Benchtop Centrifuge

Any recommendations? I'm looking for a small 4-6 slot unit that fits 50/60mLs sample tubles. Used or new.
by David M.
June 8th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Commercial HVAC Recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Commercial HVAC Recommendations

Looking for a professional, skilled, and fair HVAC contractor to maintain and repair refrigeration units at a winery in Santa Rosa. I've used Peak Performance and RTI in the past and am looking for a third way. Any info helps. TIA
by David M.
May 10th, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery shipped to wrong address?
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Winery shipped to wrong address?

dougwilder wrote: If you have no faith in the winery just ask for your money back and move on.
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by David M.
May 7th, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Matthiasson RibollaGialla MatthiassonVnyd '14...(short/boring)/
Replies: 5
Views: 231

TN: Matthiasson RibollaGialla MatthiassonVnyd '14...(short/boring)/

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
c fu wrote:what does skin contact taste and smell like? Same question for Phenolic.
$44
You made me spit wine on my keyboard.
by David M.
April 3rd, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Leverani Pumps
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Leverani Pumps

Steve Gower wrote:You might ask TCW in Santa Rosa. They aren't a dealer but do have a repair shop that works on most equipment.
Thanks Steve.
by David M.
March 29th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Leverani Pumps
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Leverani Pumps

Besides Prospero who services these pumps (flex impeller) in Northern California?
by David M.
March 28th, 2018, 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Grower Champagnes
Replies: 60
Views: 3847

Great Grower Champagnes

Egly-Ouriet- The 1er Cru Brut Les Vignes de Vrigny is a fun wine to taste 100% Pinot meunier.
Savart
Paul Bara
Charles Heintz- Not Champagne but is in the league with serious grower fizz. Made by Michael Cruse wine.
by David M.
July 20th, 2017, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Seven % Solution tasting

Leo Steen had some terrific Chenin Blancs - the "Peaberry" bottling in particular was outstanding. I've drunk Leo's regular (Saini) bottling of Chenin over the years at local (Healdsburg) restaurants and enjoy it because of great QPR and it's refreshing nature. The other week I purchased the "Peabe...
by David M.
May 19th, 2017, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Good Cabs from the Paso Robles Area?
Replies: 29
Views: 1966

Any Good Cabs from the Paso Robles Area?

Chateau Margene
by David M.
April 17th, 2017, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Hartford Old Vine Zinfandel
Replies: 37
Views: 1873

TN: 2014 Hartford Old Vine Zinfandel

M. Dildine wrote:Hartford has access to fruit from some stunning historic vineyards -- Fanucchi Wood, Dina's and Highwire in the RRV for three.
Don't forget Jolene's aka Maffei Ranch. The vineyard is located next to some of the best Zin vineyards; Papera, Mancini, Saitone, among others.
by David M.
March 28th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recorking.
Replies: 29
Views: 1761

Recorking.

with a hand corker not on a bottling line that can sparge the headspace and provide a vacuum. No inert gas sparge and/or vacuum? Me no likey. I've hand bottled magnums, some with a hand corker and others though the bottling line. The mags corkeded by the hand corker have pushed corks when shipped a...
by David M.
March 28th, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prep for first harvest internship
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Prep for first harvest internship

Thank you all for the detail responses. There is a lot of stuff in here I wouldn't have otherwise considered (giant floppy hat!) And thanks for the heads up on the boot sale David, I took advantage of that. I'll get to Santa Rosa in early July, and will definitely take you up on that beer. I'm glad...
by David M.
March 26th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prep for first harvest internship
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Prep for first harvest internship

Congratulations on you first step in your new career as a glorified janitor! Kidding aside. We'll be neighbors, I work for a winery up the road from where you will be working. Martinelli seems like it would be a good place for a first harvest as they work with half a dozen varieties from many locati...
by David M.
January 28th, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 17 year old Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 21
Views: 1818

17 year old Sauvignon Blanc

A very good friend of mine drank this last night. He told me how fresh it was. He is a very informed taster and usually our palates align. I don't have experience with aged SB white table wines, only dessert wines. Anyone ever have an aged SB (non-dessert wine) with this color that was still alive?...
by David M.
January 16th, 2017, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My $100 bottle of wine
Replies: 44
Views: 2507

My $100 bottle of wine

Nolan speaks truth. Compared to production workers Tasting room employees can have a higher income when factoring in wine club/sales bonuses.
by David M.
January 4th, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99 Kalin Pinot 'DD'
Replies: 9
Views: 628

'99 Kalin Pinot 'DD'

BTW, the terroir of the Demostene Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley where this cuvee originates is a blue clay, limestone marl that Terry Leighton feels recalls very strongly Gevrey-Chambertin and I have always felt that this wine structurally is built like a grand cru Gevrey and needs commensurate time...
by David M.
November 26th, 2016, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Sherry-style Wines?
Replies: 19
Views: 683

American Sherry-style Wines?

Theodore Anderson wrote:Kalin.
Only half the time. neener
by David M.
October 11th, 2016, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with Advice on affordable pinots
Replies: 52
Views: 2518

Help with Advice on affordable pinots

Since you reference American wines above I'm sticking with those: The Eyrie Estate bottled is $35 on the shelf in Seattle & we have extra taxes built in at retail, so I imagine you can find it for less online. That is a hell of a wine for $35. Others: Banshee Sonoma County Folk Machine Central Coas...
by David M.
September 24th, 2016, 11:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2016 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 510
Views: 41057

2016 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

There is a lot of picking going on. Frediani has picked his gorgeous "5 Acres" up on Pickett Road, but it looks like Kenefick - in the block right next to it - is going to continue to hang. Eisele Vineyard has been seeing a lot of picking action. Looks like Kelly Fleming - up toward the end of Pick...
by David M.
September 23rd, 2016, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy Second Stringers?
Replies: 74
Views: 9375

White Burgundy Second Stringers?

Jerry Hey wrote:Paul Pernot is very under rated. His Puligny villages is excellent and the 1er cry and Grand cry are notices above that.
+1
by David M.
September 13th, 2016, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JFW Buys Fieldstone..
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

JFW Buys Fieldstone..

Geographically it could be a great spot- If you are heading from Napa Valley to Healdsburg by way of 128, it is the first winery / tasting room you hit. Also, Fieldstone is almost smack between two of JFWs other properties-- Verité and Stonestreet. +1 Hardy Fieldstone, being the first winery coming...
by David M.
September 13th, 2016, 9:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir
Replies: 9
Views: 2009

Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir

2 weeks ago i could have helped from our place, only second crop left now sorry. There still is some PN hanging up here but its all 25+ at this point, but i can ask around thru the AVWA. You pick? Or picked? Joe- Out of curiosity how much second crop do you have hanging, assuming you'd let it go. H...
by David M.
September 9th, 2016, 9:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Micro Essential Boost Time Release Nutrients
Replies: 2
Views: 1080

Micro Essential Boost Time Release Nutrients

They are fantastic for barrel fermentations on white wines. One of the best inventions ever! I've been using them for more than 7 years. +1 great for barrel ferments, much easier than weighting out, hydrating, and pouring in a slurry of nutrients. Also not having to find/sanitize buckets and pitche...
by David M.
September 4th, 2016, 8:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Small Lot Custom Crush near Healdsburg?
Replies: 7
Views: 1782

Small Lot Custom Crush near Healdsburg?

Ed- Have you though about making the wine at home? One half-ton is a manageable amount of fruit. Gather some friends under the pretense of a "harvest party' and put them to work. You can purchase/rent all the equipment needed at Beverage People in Santa Rosa.
by David M.
August 17th, 2016, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Kalin Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

TN: 1989 Kalin Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Anyone have experience with Terry's wines from Burgundy? Is there any way we could put together a Berserker tour/tasting with Terry? I know they are a "low-key" operation but I'd love to see their facilitiy. They are the Willy Wonka of wineries, so much mystery surrounds the why and how of their ope...
by David M.
August 15th, 2016, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Kalin Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

TN: 1989 Kalin Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

I drunk a bottle of the 1986 four years ago and it was sublime. One of my top ten Cali wines of all time.
by David M.
August 15th, 2016, 7:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2016 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 510
Views: 41057

2016 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

First day of Harvest out here in RRV (Santa Rosa Flood Plain). It looks like we are the first in the neighborhood to start. Almost eight tons of Pinot Noir ( 943 & Calera) in the barn. From what I hear yields are up from last year. Have fun and stay safe!
by David M.
July 18th, 2016, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A view of bottling thru the winemakers eyes- Updated with racking and topping videos
Replies: 22
Views: 1117

A view of bottling thru the winemakers eyes

Are there some bottling lines that have a sparge function as part of the filling apparatus? Most bottling lines have sparger(s) inline right before the filler bowl. I don't think you are going to loose the gas in the bottle before it gets filled, the gas (CO2, argon, or nitrogen) is heavier than air.
by David M.
July 18th, 2016, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA:2013 Forman
Replies: 33
Views: 3199

PSA:2013 Forman

Anyone try Forman's Château La Grande Roche '13? Wondering this also. $28.99 at K&L for a Forman second is probably a great QPR, but there's mixed reviews on CT. I tried the '13 a few weeks ago and liked it quite a bit. Classically styled with bright fresh acidity. These will age well. I don't thin...
by David M.
July 5th, 2016, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Point Inflation A Myth?
Replies: 81
Views: 4245

Is Point Inflation A Myth?

I did a little "study" case on the Squires board a long time ago, may have been about 10 or so. I put in 4 notes for Cali from the WA from the mid-80s with different scores (otherwise blind - I told people that they were notes for Cali cabs) and asked people to guess the scores of the wines. People...
by David M.
July 3rd, 2016, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Kramer Prophecy: Gamay Noir
Replies: 37
Views: 1533

New Kramer Prophecy: Gamay Noir

Joe Webb wrote: Many younger Pinotfiles it seems to me are drinking more cru Bojo as a introductory alternative to the prices and quality in the rest of burgundy.
This.
by David M.
April 26th, 2016, 6:16 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2016 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 510
Views: 41057

2016 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Santa Rosa Flood Plain reporting in. First sign of bloom last Tuesday. Attached is a picture of Chard/Hyde Selection on 3309 that I took today.
by David M.
October 7th, 2015, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best sub $150 white Burg experience?
Replies: 39
Views: 1677

Best sub $150 white Burg experience?

Paul Pernot
Billaud-Simon
by David M.
September 13th, 2015, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif Vermouths...(short/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 738

TN: Two Calif Vermouths...(short/boring)

2. Massican il Vermouth di Friulano TocaiFriulano NapaVlly WhiteWine (15%) Calistoga 2011 : Light yellow/gold color; very perfumed hair oil/Vitalis/spoiled milk carton bit herbal/dusty quite exotic/complex nose; tart rather tangey/orangey herbal/hair oil/Vitalis/BrylCreme bit spoiled milk carton ne...
by David M.
September 11th, 2015, 10:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 50217

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

Still at the winery, we were processing fruit until about an hour ago. 15 hours today assuming we're out by 10. Fifteen hours of processing fruit is brutal. Keep hydrated and work safe Nolan. Hopefully you don't have any picks this weekend and can "take it easy" only having to do pump-overs/punch-d...
by David M.
September 4th, 2015, 10:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 50217

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

Is today Friday? Does it matter? It was 38 degrees on the deck outside my kitchen this morning at 5:30. 38. At the winery in Napa at 9:00 it was around 45. Makes for a gorgeous day. My fruit is no longer hanging, but I think that slowing down the Brix due to heat (and avoiding hot sun and sunburn) ...
by David M.
September 2nd, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 50217

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

(luckily we have a refrigerated cargo container to store grapes in if they come too late or too warm) If the fruit comes in "too late" will it be processed the next day or just brought down to optimal temperature and processed the same day? I've noticed higher line losses/dejuicing on fruit that is...
by David M.
August 13th, 2015, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another trip suggestions thread: Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 42
Views: 1322

Another Trip suggestions thread: Santa Rosa, CA

Russian River Brewery would probably be best to arrive @ 10:30-45AM to get in line on Saturday AM, the line can easily be over an hour otherwise. Just plan to be there for 2-2.5 hours including the line or take the Pliny to go (and cut the line). This. Only when they release PtY. A couple Thursdays...
by David M.
August 13th, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Majik Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 932

TN: 2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Majik Vineyard

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:For now I will say that a bunch of 2012 Syrahs are too grapey to be enjoyed now. I keep running into this intense grapiness, and really need to just say hands off. Time! Time!!
Could the grapey notes you refer to be a result of carbonic maceration because of the 100% WC fermentations?
by David M.
August 13th, 2015, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another trip suggestions thread: Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 42
Views: 1322

Another Trip suggestions thread: Santa Rosa, CA

Jeff c wrote:Russian River Brewery would probably be best to arrive @ 10:30-45AM to get in line on Saturday AM, the line can easily be over an hour otherwise. Just plan to be there for 2-2.5 hours including the line or take the Pliny to go (and cut the line).
This.
by David M.
August 13th, 2015, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Syrah just got better
Replies: 14
Views: 1261

California Syah just got better

Is the Petaluma Gap Syrah from Lakeville Vineyard? I don't think there is any Syrah planed at Roberts Road.
by David M.
August 10th, 2015, 9:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 50217

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

First day of harvest for me. Almost five tons of Pinot off of an estate vineyard, Olivet Rd vicinity. The fruit looked pretty darn good. Small berries, small clusters, quite a bit of chicks & hens, with little raisining. Our next pick is at the end of the week. I walked and sampled Sangiacomo Robert...
by David M.
August 9th, 2015, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cru Boo aging - will today's go the distance?
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Cru Boo aging - will today's go the distance?

i wonder if the no SO2 producers use Velcorin (dimethyl dicarbonate) to stabilize their wines.
by David M.
August 7th, 2015, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cru Boo aging - will today's go the distance?
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Cru Boo aging - will today's go the distance?

Does anyone know of any retailers in or around Sonoma County area who carry Metras?
by David M.
August 7th, 2015, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mostly French dinner - Rayas, 00 Lafite, 13 Trump Meritage, H Lignier CDR and etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 805

TN: Mostly French dinner - Rayas, 00 Lafite, 13 Trump Meritage, H Lignier CDR and etc.

B. Buzzini wrote:96 Salon is THE best!
Agreed. I've had the 96 salon on one occasion and it was the best Champagne I've drunk. I almost shed a tear when half the bottle was poured into a bin of Cabernet to bless the grapes.
by David M.
August 7th, 2015, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Lawyer's Letter -- Pretty Wacky
Replies: 142
Views: 10149

Riedel Lawyer's Letter -- Pretty Wacky

J a y H a c k wrote: In my opinion, the stems are too fragile and I have broken three of them at restaurants where the stems have collapsed in my hand as I put the glass down on the table.
I have noticed the same thing. i have had many of their stemware "explode" when setting them down. They seem very brittle.
by David M.
July 15th, 2015, 8:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 700mL '14 4 Roses SBLE
Replies: 3
Views: 406

700mL '14 4 Roses SBLE

Does anyone have familiarity with the 700mL export bottlings? Is it the smae exact dump as the domestic 750mL? Any info is appreciated.

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