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by Rboinski
November 7th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 519
Views: 29076

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Our late harvest Gewürztraminer just came in today (from San Benito county). That’s a wrap for us.
That is a long harvest considering how early your first pick was!
by Rboinski
November 4th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18954

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I'm not too sure the climate has much of an effect on it to be honest. Tragically, you're wrong. Provide some support to your argument because I just don't believe climate change alone is the cause of these fires. As someone who spent my undergraduate studying both sustainable engineering and natur...
by Rboinski
November 2nd, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18954

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

This was a grim reminder that Tubbs wasn’t a one-off/once in a lifetime event in this immediate area and I have to be more aware of things I can do to protect my family and home in the case of a repeat performance. Good plan. Even I am busy collecting everything I can that’s important and easily tr...
by Rboinski
October 24th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18954

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

So they can't allow cows or sheep to graze the hillsides to help cut down on the brush? There has to be a better way to manage these desolate areas so they can't erupt into fireballs. Cows and sheep don't eat brush. Goats maybe, but nothing eats the dried brush, and the area is huge. Well that suck...
by Rboinski
October 24th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18954

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Paul Luckin wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 12:26 pm
New incident in Marin, just north of Muir beach #MuirFire.

Looks like the wind is offshore at the moment, so that’s something positive.
Saw this pop on GOES-17 about an hour ago in the fire temp band, but didn't see it in visual. I had assumed it was an artefact
by Rboinski
October 24th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18954

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Looks like AME/Stonestreet Estate Vineyards are getting hit pretty hard, keep seeing blocks on the news I used to visit with my wife who was formerly the Assistant Winemaker there.
by Rboinski
October 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4033

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Failla Willamette Valley - Oregon
by Rboinski
October 11th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie Laide Open House and Pickup 10/12/2019 1-4 PM.
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Jolie Laide Open House and Pickup 10/12/2019 1-4 PM.

Anyone going or been to a past event? Might check it out but not sure I'll have the time.
by Rboinski
October 10th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3826

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

The city of Healdsburg has its own power plant and is independent of PG&E. As does the town of Yountville (I am not totally sure where their plant is, but I presume this has to do with housing the Veterans Home). It was fascinating to drive from Napa to Healdsburg this morning and note the spots th...
by Rboinski
October 9th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3826

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Map of PG&E shutoff areas with actual service interruption Area superimposed. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/multimedia/10155327-181/pges-proposed-shutoff-areas-compared Thanks for putting this up but unfortunately it isn't accurate. They are only overlaying what PG&E said is turned off over what th...
by Rboinski
October 8th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3826

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

I don't remember the exact figures but a friend of mine that worked for PG&E told me their internal calcs had undergrounding every line in CA at 100 years & a trillion dollars. 20 billion for high risk, however this article shows just how expensive it is per mile. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news...
by Rboinski
October 8th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3826

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

All of the above can and will occur without backups. There was a chronicle article recently and I was shocked at how many wineries were complaining that they aren't prepared and do not have backups. I am probably biased because I have a neighbor whose primary business seems to be repairing generator...
by Rboinski
October 2nd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta Wine Release?
Replies: 43
Views: 3197

Re: Beta Wine Release?

Ugh, was hoping I could purchase one of each but it forces 3-pack or nothing. Is this common? I am only on a few lists so I really don't know. If anyone is willing to split it up and sell at cost locally (sonoma/napa) or trade for something I'd be interested.
by Rboinski
September 30th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 519
Views: 29076

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Brief but heavy cell of rain yesterday afternoon/evening out in the Jenner/Seaview area of Sonoma. Not sure if it was isolated or not as I didn't check the radar.
by Rboinski
September 9th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18214

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

roybehr wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Tasted with Alex in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The enthusiasm is totally justified. Though based on this thread, I'm starting to worry that they're using up the whole production on tastings!! :)
Every time I taste with him I think the exact same thing!
by Rboinski
August 29th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Save the Day
Replies: 61
Views: 4489

Re: Ultramarine Save the Day

I got my "save the date" yesterday but no mention of magnums; it only mentioned 2015 vintage 3 packs. Maybe there are separate tiers? Same here. Been buying since the first release. Got the save the date email on Tuesday but my email did not mention 2013 mags. Not top 150, I guess. </shrugs> Got mi...
by Rboinski
August 6th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27382

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Enough. It doesn't take a genius to read that report and recognize that the inspectors were, at best, not favorably disposed to Rhys. OMG, there's some fine sediment near the pond. OMG, there's water running down the road in the middle of rainy season in January. OMG, there's some sluffing hillside...
by Rboinski
August 5th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27382

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

But at the same time, I also don’t agree that we can assume the regulators were in any way capricious or arbitrary here, or simply going after deep pockets. We have no evidence of that. As we don’t have evidence it wasn’t. Having followed Kevin and Rhys from fairly early on, touring the vineyards, ...
by Rboinski
July 16th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6460

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

No offer but haven't been on this list long. Bummer!
by Rboinski
July 11th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1358

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I would say the smell can be absolutely intense and is not compatible in the vicinity of tasting rooms at a minimum. Additionally, there are long standing regions that are remote and perfect for cultivation with families that have relied on it for their livlihood over multiple generations that are h...
by Rboinski
June 26th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma recommendations for a group offsite
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: Sonoma recommendations for a group offsite

Silver Oak has a nice tasting area, as does Kosta Browne. Lynmar does fantastic tastings, as well. We go with family groups of 8-12 and have been graciously accommodated at those places, also "J," Roadhouse Winery, Chalk Hill, Merry Edwards. I will try to think of more, but we have been to those wi...
by Rboinski
June 18th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 10739

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Steve Crawford wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 11:20 am
double digit sales growth this year? that's funny stuff.
Wont be hard if the previous year left an artificial gap in sales from the fires of 2017... no idea of their release schedule though so its complete speculation.
by Rboinski
June 17th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 747

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

They are as good as CA sparkling gets and the bottlings are really limited. The price makes sense to me?
by Rboinski
June 12th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD For The Win
Replies: 44
Views: 3338

Re: MACDONALD For The Win

Awesome you had such a great experience. There really isn't a bad thing you can say about Alex and what he is doing with his brother MacDonald. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to purchase these and have a glass at pickup each year!
by Rboinski
June 12th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9106

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Calluna While there are many Napa Cabs that have had large price increases in the last few years, one can still find some very good bottles for $125 or less. Dunn Howell Mountain, Mondavi Reserve, Mayacamas, Forman, La Jota, Mt. Brave, EMH, Montelena, O'Shaughnessy, Arns, etc. And for many of these,...
by Rboinski
June 3rd, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas Wines Pick Up and Open House
Replies: 6
Views: 1352

Re: Ceritas Wines Pick Up and Open House

This was my first time at a Ceritas open house and I was not disappointed! All of the wines showed great site expression; I was particularly surprised with how different the Hellenthal and the Elliot were despite the proximity of the vineyards. The facility is a winemaker's dream.
by Rboinski
May 24th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1682

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

In the past my asking this question was answered with the response that the yield of SB is much greater than with Cab so per ton cost is 1/2 to 1/3. Add the difference between oak and stainless steel (in most cases) + time to market and it starts to make sense....... assuming all that is true. We h...
by Rboinski
May 21st, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hirsch East Ridge Library Release
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: Hirsch East Ridge Library Release

Looks like Hirsch is releasing a library of East Ridge (what they sold to Williams Selyem) wines back to 2009. I've had the Williams Selyem Hirsch wines before, but never Hirsch's own. Pretty steep price points for the older vintages (up to $175/bottle). Has anybody had these before and can comment...
by Rboinski
May 21st, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 519
Views: 29076

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Can you share a little more information about this? Next year's crop is being formed inside the canes of this year's growth. The spring and early summer weather is important for next year. The amount of sun and warmth on the vines happening now matters to next crop. Understood. But I can find no de...
by Rboinski
May 14th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 519
Views: 29076

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

My wife out on the true sonoma coast is not in bloom phase fortunately as they are looking to get 3"+ by Thursday. I know there is potential for hail during instability passing through Thursday. The 10 day totals are looking straight out of winter, it could definitely be a worst case scenario for th...
by Rboinski
April 17th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 31
Views: 2428

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Did you call them up in the end? Or just applied to a posting? Could you share the answers to some of your questions. Ie is it paid? Etc :) I applied to a posting at Williams Selyem and a few others. I was preparing applications for other wineries (had a list of about 20 that I had ordered based on...
by Rboinski
April 17th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3813

Re: What's your house champagne?

Delamotte
by Rboinski
April 15th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons

The WM could have handled each tank a bit differently but it really depends on the varietal. Could experiment with stem inclusions, fermentation profiles, commercial yeast/native yeast, free run vs different press cuts, etc. She could probably get about 4-5 barrels out of that plus some breakdown fo...
by Rboinski
April 12th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 31
Views: 2428

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Thank you to everyone who responded to this thread - I really appreciate the advice which was invaluable in helping me to navigate this process. I am happy to say that I will be interning at Williams Selyem starting early June and running through the end of harvest. I am super excited to get starte...
by Rboinski
April 12th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 6510

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

Agree with Brian. Give as gift at the end or don’t bring a bottle. And if u pay a tasting fee of $100+ there should be no expectation/obligation to purchase Agree with these points, although I would modify such that if you pay any tasting fee, there is no expectation/obligation to purchase. That is...
by Rboinski
February 16th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Wineries
Replies: 36
Views: 1693

South African Wineries

My wife had an intern two years ago from the family that runs Springfield Estate out in Robertson. While I have never visited, the wines that she brought from the winery were fantastic. If I were in SA I would definitely make a point to stop there.
by Rboinski
November 20th, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin leaves WA FOR VINOUS
Replies: 129
Views: 9499

Neal Martin leaves WA FOR VINOUS

Not an AG fan at all but this is a great move.
by Rboinski
November 15th, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird Customer Service Experience
Replies: 60
Views: 4182

Super Bizarre Customer Service Experience

Were you paying as you went along? I can see them getting frustrated for setting things aside without payment, especially if the wines are a good value or rare enough that they are selling out so quick that there is less than a case left. I am not trying to make an excuse for them and I don't think ...
by Rboinski
November 9th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 574

TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard

I've never tasted any of the D&R wines but at this point I'd like to track one down. Anyone interested in a trade or possibly bringing it to a to be determined tasting meetup locally? We had a little informal group meeting at my friends tasting cellar earlier this year and might want to start it up ...
by Rboinski
November 9th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BIG changes at Kosta Browne
Replies: 82
Views: 5391

BIG changes at Kosta Browne

Nice reply, Robert. I'm glad to read that. I'm not sure if it's the romantic in me or, more likely, the child of family farmers, but I always have a knee-jerk adverse reaction whenever a large corporation swoops in and buys a winery. Right or wrong, I tend to move away at that point...and I can't e...
by Rboinski
November 9th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BIG changes at Kosta Browne
Replies: 82
Views: 5391

BIG changes at Kosta Browne

And hearing them do an about-face to chase a possible market trend, I sorta chuckle about that too. Not the type of winery that I will ever follow. I will note that some beloved wineries on WB (not sure if by you or not) did a huge stylistic shift to low oak/alcohol along the way. Copain, Big Basin...
by Rboinski
November 9th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 428
Views: 95703

Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

If you like Stonestreet check out Calluna as well. Chalk Hill estate Bordeaux style wines, they are a bit lighter than those of Stonestreet but similar aromatics and a pretty good value as well.
by Rboinski
October 25th, 2017, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91574

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

I don't like being a jerk, but often get there anyway. There have been contentious parts of this thread that have made me cringe... everybody up there is under enormous stress and a lot of it has come out in postings. When I read the post about going to Stonestreet and supporting the local economy,...
by Rboinski
October 23rd, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heat Damaged Wine In California?
Replies: 37
Views: 2161

Heat Damaged Wine In California?

Also many wineries and storage facilities have back up power options such as generators, so listing regions that lost PG&E supplied power can be very misleading and hurt brands as consumers may not realize this. Best to let each winery handle this question on an individual basis.
by Rboinski
October 13th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91574

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Looking like in the past 10-15 minutes the Pocket Fire has crossed over Geysers Road into the vineyards on Black Mountain. Kind of expected as this is the only direction of travel away from Geyserville or Calpine, but some of the most valuable Sonoma Cabernet up there.
by Rboinski
September 25th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Trip - October 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2010

Napa Trip - October 2017

What's with all the Domaine Carneros hate? They make enjoyable sparkling that is ready to drink upon release and are much easier to get into than Schramsberg on short notice. Complaining about fruit flies is a bit unfair, I don't think I have tasted at a single winery without fruit flies if you visi...
by Rboinski
September 7th, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 3707

Ultramarine Save the Date

Wow only offered 2 of each this year, no idea what happened but wont have the opportunity to use some of the bottles to introduce Ultramarine to others as I have in the past. This happen to anyone else?
by Rboinski
September 5th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 3707

Ultramarine Save the Date

I've been in since the first round and no offer today so don't think it's for long term. Maybe for people who have gotten on the waitlist for additional wines in the past?
by Rboinski
September 1st, 2017, 1:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rose help
Replies: 8
Views: 1305

Rose help

SO2 and lysozyme are the two I've seen used. Lysozyme had an affect on a mixed italian blend so I believe it works on more than just Pinot Rose.
by Rboinski
September 1st, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Vs Pot
Replies: 47
Views: 2225

Pinot Vs Pot

There are just as many biodynamic/veganic/organic/TLO soil growing cannabis producers with organic IPM as there are industrial grape growers. Actually I take that back, there is far more industrial grape growing than industrial cannabis. The issue is not the old time growers but rather the black ma...

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