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by larry schaffer
March 29th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 26 Short and Probably Useless TN's From Recent Bottles Consumed
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: 26 Short and Probably Useless TN's From Recent Bottles Consumed

any idea of how long the 07 s were in barrel? I know he did some extended barrel aging with wines sometime in a 5-year span around then and wondering if 07 or 08 might have been the years?
by larry schaffer
March 29th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy interactive wine tasting ENZ vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: Dirty & Rowdy interactive wine tasting ENZ vineyard

I would love to attend an All-Enz All-Star virtual tasting session with Hardy, Morgan, and Ian Brand. Just throwin' ideas out there... And if that happens, you gotta get Ken Volk in there as well - the guy truly responsible for keeping this vineyard alive and thriving for so long. OG of Enz for sur...
by larry schaffer
March 27th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Tercero Cinsault Rosé (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2019 Tercero Cinsault Rosé (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

Buzz and Curtis, Thanks for your early reviews of this new release - one of two different roses I just bottled and started shipping a few weeks back. I'm excited to read the early takes on this wine, and know that it will only get better with more time in bottle. I would suggest starting it cold and...
by larry schaffer
March 26th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 111
Views: 4055

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

I guess the 'assumption' is that everyone is home these days, at least in most states, so the change of having an adult at home is higher than normal, right? I do feel for these drivers - imagine how many returns they are getting from wineries/etc shipping to business addresses . . . All of that sai...
by larry schaffer
March 26th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 167
Views: 20513

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

I’m not at all dismissing your experience, and I would have popped one if I had been able to order quick enough. I’m finding it hard to imagine Manfred wouldnt challenge his son to not release a wine that wasn’t at least competitive in its price range? What didn’t they like? Another interesting com...
by larry schaffer
March 25th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 167
Views: 20513

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

your guess is as good as mine regarding resale. i just don't think bigger central coast and adjunct rhone wines 'pobega' well. again, just my opinion. I understand your thoughts on this - but not sure that is universal. How many people have already opened the SQN wines they just purchases - or 2017...
by larry schaffer
March 25th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 3385

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

Folks - as a small producer who depends upon DTC, including visits to my tasting room, the current situation has impacted my bottom line tremendously, as it has other producers. I do sell a portion of my wines through the wholesale markets, but as you can imagine, very few retailers and zero restaur...
by larry schaffer
March 25th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 167
Views: 20513

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

i get the curiosity aspect, wholly new wine. but yea I'm going to likely wait till have the grenache till around thanksgiving and the syrah over the winter. everyone opens on their timeline but i don't think opening this early can yield a accurate assessment. Why would these be different than any o...
by larry schaffer
March 25th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 111
Views: 4055

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

This is a tough situation. I know many who have never had to sign for alcohol because 'they know their drivers'. Totally illegal. Bottom line - with the current situation, they should be confirming someone 'of age' is there but it is not necessary to sign for things. But they should not just be drop...
by larry schaffer
March 23rd, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are they shipping???
Replies: 9
Views: 1131

Re: Why are they shipping???

I have personally reached out to anyone who has a pending shipment and confirmed a correct and accurate shipping address. It's really not that complicated and not that difficult to do. I can tell you that the third-party shipper I use for many of my shipments is now sitting on pallets of returned wi...
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When this all ends . . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1548

Re: When this all ends . . . .

Why wait???
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY
Replies: 19
Views: 992

Re: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY

Wineries are still considered 'essential' here because they are part of agriculture. We are still able to go in and work on our wines. Tasting rooms are allowed to stay open, but only for bottle purchases and order pick ups. There are a few tasting rooms near me that have continued doing tastings - ...
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 1994

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

Here's what I'm confused about, though. It sounds like you started taking zinc the day AFTER you opened up a number of wines - or am I wrong on the timeline. Diet in general can affect your taste buds and it's good to note this. I also agree that there is no reason to pour any wine down the drain im...
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: tercero wines - Special Offers
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: tercero wines - Special Offers

I've opened two in the last week: 2012 Tercero Cuvée Loco Larner Vineyard (seemed apropos for school cancellations and other craziness) 2015 Tercero Grenache Blanc (very nice with roast chicken and garlicky brussels sprouts) Bret, Saw your notes - thanks, my friend. Watch for an online tasting in t...
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: tercero wines - Special Offers
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: tercero wines - Special Offers

TimF wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
We should schedule an Open a Tercero bottle night in the next couple of weeks.
Working on it - and your order is shipping tomorrow . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 20th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Arcadian Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: TN: 2007 Arcadian Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard

Joe G a l e w s k i wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Not really. My bottle is flawed with brett.
The only bottle that I had was shared by Joe at an event and it had a decent amount of brett as well. Not sure of others - it's an 'n' of 1.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2049

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

As far as I know, shipping will continue - I'm planning on shipping rose futures orders today to CA orders and to those outside the area via temp controlled trucking.

Be well all
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Shelter in Place order
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Re: Sonoma Shelter in Place order

Same is true in Napa and SLO Counties now. Santa Barbara County has yet to take this step because there are only 2 confirmed cases, but I have to believe we'll be doing the same in the coming days. Take care, be well, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you, your loved ones, your friends and...
by larry schaffer
March 17th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown
Replies: 23
Views: 1523

Re: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown

I am prepping my 2019 Rose shipments and have reached out to all customers to ensure I have proper shipping addresses. In many cases, folks are shifting to sending wines to home addresses . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 17th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Some in may area were looking at this as a 'suggestion' even though he 'directed' all tasting rooms to close. I hope everyone can truly understand the intent here . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 17th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7656

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

This is just so wrong and folks should let them know that. We have a couple places down here that are remaining open - and their rationale is that the Governor did not 'mandate' that they close - just that it was a 'directive'. I have certainly made my opinions heard about this on social media both ...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1149

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

I think we are now in the age of the 'virtual' tasting - some wineries like Modus Operandi have been doing this for quite some time; others like Hardy will be doing this weekend (along with a couple of other wineries, like Byron Blatty wines. I too will be offering up a 'virtual tasting' of a few of...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?

Well, my easy math says that if I wouldn't purchase it in its current condition, then why would I keep aging it. Certainly I couldn't sell a product like that... but I know you are more sciency than me Larry. Is it because it is 'not normal'? And does that make it 'bad'? champagne.gif [snort.gif] n...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?

There is a possibility that the vacuum created inside the bottling might cause this - if too great? Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?

I would not see a depressed cork as concerning per se. Corking machines are not perfect; corks are not perfect. Even if all of the bottles of a specific producer show up this way, I would not worry too much. Does anyone have any concrete data that less dense corks might cause this, and therefore mig...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: tercero wines - Special Offers
Replies: 5
Views: 741

tercero wines - Special Offers

Welcome to the new normal! We shut our tasting room yesterday and have reverted to bottle pickups and shipping wines only. And in our area, we do not get the foot traffic that other major wine regions do - we are dependent upon general tourism and it's come to a halt. Folks in Santa Barbara or Paso ...
by larry schaffer
March 15th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Cinsault (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 17
Views: 1061

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Cinsault (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Sounds great, Buzz . . .

Gonna have to do a tasting featuring this one, the Turley, and perhaps one of mine as an 'outlier' since it doesn't come from that vineyard but I think does a pretty good job showing off that variety!

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 15th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Hey folks,

Not a moderator here but perhaps you should take this off of WineTalk and put it elsewhere. The original OP is very important and impacts this board from a wine perspective - let's keep the discussion going that way . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 15th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: tercero wines BD Offers - shipping update in last post
Replies: 47
Views: 1941

Re: tercero wines BD Offers - shipping update in last post

Just an FYI that I will host an online tasting featuring these new roses sometime in April after they've all been delivered. More info coming shortly . . .

Take care and be kind to everyone, folks.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 15th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

My tasting room is closing at 4pm today and will remain closed except for pick ups for the foreseeable future. Hoping folks that would normally stop in will still place orders for shipping - and I will even offer free local delivery if needed. It's gonna get tough for all small businesses in CA and ...
by larry schaffer
March 13th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some Turley pre-release notes
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: TNs: Some Turley pre-release notes

Love seeing some notes on Cinsault, a variety I absolutely dig. Lighter in style for sure, but oh so pure and fresh. Do you know if they do whole cluster on theirs?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 13th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7656

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

It'll be interesting to see what it's like in my tasting room in downtown Los Olivos this weekend. There were people out and about yesterday. SB Vintners postponed their festival, slated for early May, until October, and the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, a celebration of food and wine honoring ...
by larry schaffer
March 12th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7656

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I had a private tasting scheduled a group of about 60 in Redondo Beach tomorrow night that was just postponed, and I was supposed to pour at Disneyland this weekend - and obviously that is not going to happen. We are keeping our tasting room open for now - and will continue to do so and monitor thin...
by larry schaffer
March 12th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California sparkling wine article
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: California sparkling wine article

My only 'problem' with the article is its exclusion of so many other producers who have ventured into this space - and are doing some really good things. A small label to look out for in my area is LouBud wines made by Laura Roach, part of the winemaking team at Sanford. And there are plenty of othe...
by larry schaffer
March 12th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7656

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Me thinks this will get worse before it gets better. As of now, HdR is still planned for the end of April, but with a big focus on producers from France, my guess is that they will have to postpone it. I think the same will happen with a lot of regional tastings - not only wine, but beer festivals a...
by larry schaffer
March 11th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Hospice du Rhone just sent off an email saying that they are still planning on moving ahead with their tastings, scheduled for April 23-25 as of now. My guess is that if the current trend continues, they will be postponing it. The real question - will those who plan on attending these events and hav...
by larry schaffer
March 11th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Third Coast Soif in Chicago, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled. The WVWA puts on a big, fancy auction that I believe is scheduled for the first weekend in April. I am sure there is strong consideration to at the very least postpone it if not cancel it all together. Pretty sure it’s not hysteria d...
by larry schaffer
March 10th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: tercero wines BD Offers - shipping update in last post
Replies: 47
Views: 1941

tercero wines - Updates . . .

Good evening and happy Tuesday! I just wanted to let you know that I have finally bottled both of the 2019 roses - the Cinsault and the Mourvedre - and should be ready to ship these out as planned within the next 3 weeks or so, prior to the end of the month. Therefore, if you've ordered them, expect...
by larry schaffer
March 10th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Stumping in Los Olivos--Tercero, Dragonette, Liquid Farm
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: TNs--Stumping in Los Olivos--Tercero, Dragonette, Liquid Farm

Mike, Always a pleasure and an honor to host you and Heather once again in my tasting room in Los Olivos - especially after having seen you two at Falltacular and then again at dinner later that night! Truly such a treat - and I hopefully I will be able to reciprocate this July . . . It was also a b...
by larry schaffer
March 8th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineShops in Claremont/Upland/RanchoCucamonga??
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: WineShops in Claremont/Upland/RanchoCucamonga??

Call Sal at Packing House and tell him what you're looking for . . .
by larry schaffer
March 7th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 49
Views: 4850

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

I’m new here but Roger Waters is also in town that weekend, is he coming?😜 If Roger Waters is coming, I'm out . . . [snort.gif] neener [stirthepothal.gif] Mike - can you put Jill and I down as possibles at this point? We really want to make it - it's just for far out there in the future and she is ...
by larry schaffer
March 7th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1765

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

Good winemaker, crap wines. I don't care about the source of the fruit, the marketing, or any of that. It's simply his aesthetic. He's shooting for a target I don't want to hit. He's aiming for a juicy, sweet, product that appeals to the same people who adore sweet drinks like soda and those creamy...
by larry schaffer
March 7th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1765

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

[quoteHis wines are crap, all marketing, they should sell for a quarter of the price they do. But good for him for making a ton of money. Now Dave Phinney the person is a great guy, pretty genuine.] Agree with the marketing. What I don't get is how the reviewers are always giving these wines 90 plu...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!

Then Glenn should communicate with the winery about their shipping service. There is way too much vindictiveness on this board to out a producer for something done by a shipping service. Agreed - I'm just tired of wineries holding up their hands and saying that there's nothing that can do about bad...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 8:18 am
I’m not talking down the producer. I’m guessing they don’t handle their shipping in-house.
That may be true, my friend, but the winery is ultimately responsible for this.
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1418

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I realize that the wines won’t be the exactly the same, even when juice comes out of the same fermenter and goes into 2 ‘identical’ new or used barrels - the wines are different. I’m just trying to gain a better understanding of the effects of time in barrel. And ...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)

These are two varieties that truly get very little love around here. Yep, Drew does have the Carignane thread going, but very few tasting notes are out there on this variety - and even fewer on Cinsault. Someone noted that the 16 Cinsault was the happy stepchild of Pinot and Chianti - thought that w...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4253

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

The notes on the 2018 Kutch Trout Gulch remind me that initial impressions can be off and sometimes you need to spend time with a bottle to really taste the wine, over time, as it opens up and reveals itself. I tasted the 2018 Trout Gulch early on in the day at Falltacular; I think the bottle had j...

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