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by Marc Hauser
October 30th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19006

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Winds picking up in Napa today.
by Marc Hauser
October 27th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19006

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Evac advisory for Calistoga just issued.
by Marc Hauser
October 7th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3771

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Wine Berserkers. Come for the tasting notes. Stay for the zoning debates.
by Marc Hauser
October 4th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 110
Views: 8160

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Thanks for the tip - bought a pile o’ stuff.
by Marc Hauser
October 4th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1728

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Marcu$ Stanley wrote:
October 4th, 2019, 10:30 am
The Gallo-Constellation deal was for only $1.7 million? For 30 brands? So $50,000 a brand? Either that's an error or the wine business must be very low margin
Yeah, that’s a typo. It was $1.7 billion.
by Marc Hauser
October 3rd, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3251

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

I predict nothing will change and this Board will be having the same conversation making the same predictions 18 months from now.
by Marc Hauser
September 22nd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Caymus Zinfandel winemaker?
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: Old Caymus Zinfandel winemaker?

Not meant to be snarky, but did you contact the winery? I’d suspect they’d be excited that someone is interested in their history, particularly one like Caymus that’s been around a long time.
by Marc Hauser
September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18287

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 5:13 pm
H Wallace Jr wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Order in. My daughter gets the '16s and my son will get the '18s.
Well done sir.
My child is not good enough for these wines...
by Marc Hauser
September 15th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 526
Views: 30014

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

50% chance of rain Monday morning here in Napa.
by Marc Hauser
September 15th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1571

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

You can keep up with harvest reports here: https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/nap ... 62172.html

There’s a threat of rain tomorrow morning.
by Marc Hauser
September 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5138

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

I had to stop the Jeremy Nickel video half way it was so cringe worthy. If somebody had to ask what is wrong with wine and the industry I would show them that video. Coincidentally, I had a bottle of Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard 03 this past April and it was great lol. Have to agree. That even...
by Marc Hauser
September 6th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2613

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

I think that this thread is a good example of why people don't like wine snobs. Like rock snobs. Or art snobs.
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6991

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

You are clueless. I personally know folks who paid cash for million dollar plus homes, Lamborghini’s, custom cycles, race cars and in one case a new set of teeth all from pot money. Those are individuals. Not companies. Execs and founders may be comped well (some of them work for my clients), but t...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6991

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Living in Colorado I see some folks making money beyond belief from THC and CBD products. Way more more than from grape juice. If they're operating legally, they're not making money from THC products, due to the federal tax rules. It's why the US companies have great gross margins, are lucky to hav...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6991

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Adam, AUS and NZ don't have the same labor costs. They've adapted and mechanized. They also have historically export-friendly currencies. We've done so on the low end but have been slow to adopt on the mid to high tier. And, quite honestly, CA is a tough state to operate in. There is a lot of cost ...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6991

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Vineyards will move to the next cash crop...pot. Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Peti...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6991

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Vineyards will move to the next cash crop...pot. Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Peti...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 556

Re: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?

Had Spiritterra's Muscadine wines. Certainly have that Muscadine funk taste. Indescribable unless you haven't had it before. Touch of burned doll and petrol in there, too. It's almost Retsina-like at times. Not very pleasant. I keep being fascinated with Muscadine, though. Just ordered a few bottle...
by Marc Hauser
August 26th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 159
Views: 8178

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Yes, this was a lower end Chard, for sure. Mass market. Don't even recall what producer, I suppressed it. But a few months back I had Stag's Leap (which was also on the cheaper side, admittedly) - same thing. And numerous other ones. It's what's kept me away from Chards over the years and only by t...
by Marc Hauser
August 26th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

I just opened my last bottle of the 2008 this weekend. Here's my notes: Medium ruby red. Sweet and seductive nose of blueberry, strawberry, cherry, roses. Medium body on the palate with focused acidity, some tannin. Smooth and silky, lots of fruit. Sour cherry, strawberry. Not much on the midpalate ...
by Marc Hauser
August 24th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 159
Views: 8178

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

More than any other grape varietal, I seem to always get a kind of chemical, artificial taste with them, unless I kind of splash on Failla or Lioco etc. But all the everyday Chards I buy are all awful. Oak can muddle things up, but it's not that, it's something else that just feels processed. What ...
by Marc Hauser
August 9th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3284

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Wait, the research hasn't been done? There is a lot of certainty in this thread for not having any actual scientific data. Come on. It's 2019. Who needs science when you have belief? If there's emotional resonance to your idea, then it's a good one. And you're entitled to hold it with all your stre...
by Marc Hauser
August 8th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3284

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I can tell you definitively that there is no possible way for wine grapes to be tainted by cannabis flowers in any way. The resin that is produced by cannabis flowers is a solid and cannot be airborne. There's no chemical way the aroma from these flowers can bind with sugars or the skins of grapes ...
by Marc Hauser
August 4th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 932

Re: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

I was hoping for a DNA test clip from “Maury”.
by Marc Hauser
July 20th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine experiences in Napa
Replies: 22
Views: 1529

Re: Wine experiences in Napa

Judd’s Hill does a blending day camp https://www.juddshill.com/page?pageid=5 ... 29D756510E
by Marc Hauser
July 10th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3097

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 3:38 am
Rich Salsano wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 3:08 am

Matthiasson - Steve’s wines are phenomenal and his cab and merlot and Bordeaux style “red” are all what I would consider old school

I have only had whites from them. Where are they located and do they take visitors?
They’re in Napa on the NE end and they do now take visitors.
by Marc Hauser
July 8th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3097

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Stony Hill
Chappellet
by Marc Hauser
July 5th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3636

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Buy Australian Shiraz based on a certain critic’s scores.
by Marc Hauser
July 4th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1417

Re: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist

Matthiasson is now doing visits at their new winery, on the estate vineyard, which is one of the most unassuming in Napa (it is the polar opposite of Darioush). Steve is one of the most prominent consultants and winemakers of The New California Wine style (or whatever it’s now called). The main pers...
by Marc Hauser
June 28th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2918

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

A case of Scherrer zin and about 250 tacos.
by Marc Hauser
June 18th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cannabis&Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 751

Re: Cannabis&Wine

It’s more of a risk for the lower price point wines and beer.
by Marc Hauser
June 17th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1827

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Spent the evening at the home of a winemaker friend. He opened a 2002 Napa cab/merlot blend made by his Dad (it runs in the family). It was de-lovely.
by Marc Hauser
May 19th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.

Last time I did an inventory, I discovered I was off by 20%. That was both a good and a bad day.
by Marc Hauser
March 19th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 1143

Re: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)

Tom, I agree with you w/r/t the Bedrock single vineyard SBs, but I was disappointed by the Sonoma County bottling. I found it lifeless. Probably the only Bedrock I’ve had that I didn’t like.
by Marc Hauser
March 18th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1829

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

Cat pee, because it's the funniest.
by Marc Hauser
March 16th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box..WOW!
Replies: 28
Views: 2897

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

Boxes are dead at retail.
by Marc Hauser
March 16th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - Winter Revival Case
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Dirty & Rowdy - Winter Revival Case

Hardy is on WB - try PMing him.
by Marc Hauser
March 14th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3964

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

So people are angry that WineBid is trying to not break the law?
by Marc Hauser
March 1st, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms
Replies: 22
Views: 1477

Re: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms

Its simple. It’s a violation of both County and State laws. You risk losing your State and Federal licenses.
by Marc Hauser
February 25th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prima Materia Now Open
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Prima Materia Now Open

Tom, thanks for this tip. I plan on visiting next time I'm down in the area - wines seem well-priced and a good choice of varietals. How would you describe the overall style?
by Marc Hauser
February 21st, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Take out options for napa
Replies: 23
Views: 1270

Re: Take out options for napa

Foodshed
Heritage Eats
Genova Deli
Malfatti from Val’s Liquor
by Marc Hauser
February 21st, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Take out options for napa
Replies: 23
Views: 1270

Re: Take out options for napa

There are some options. To confirm - are you in Napa itself, or another town Upvalley?
by Marc Hauser
February 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1493

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

The way our weather has been, I'd decide where to have lunch, unless you plan on a picnic in your car with the heat blasting! 25-30 degrees in the morning, rainy, and not above 45 all day has been our norm. Thanks, Merrill. Much appreciated (although, as a Chicagoan, it doesn't sound *that* bad.) O...
by Marc Hauser
February 10th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1493

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

Contrarian point of view: if you're staying at the Westin, just walk over to Oxbow and grab vittles there. Then if traffic is bad you can get straight onto Silverado Trail and go all the way up the valley before cutting over in St. Helena. Be forewarned, it's supposed to rain on and off all of next...
by Marc Hauser
February 10th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who bottles salmanazars or balthazars in Napa/Sonoma/Norcal?
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Who bottles salmanazars or balthazars in Napa/Sonoma/Norcal?

It’s likely something that’s not going to be sold online, but pick your favorite winery and call them - for a special occasion, they’re more likely to sell you one. These sizes are typically bottled for personal use and auction donations.
by Marc Hauser
February 10th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Picnic Supplies
Replies: 34
Views: 1493

Re: Napa Picnic Supplies

Sunshine Market would be fine, but again, traffic in Napa County has gotten really bad and since it is on a Friday/workday, you need extra time to get to places or map out back roads. Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail can become a nightmare. A left turn across traffic can take 3 to 4 minutes unless somebo...

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