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by Rboinski
May 21st, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hirsch East Ridge Library Release
Replies: 2
Views: 240

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: 186
Views: 8666

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: 186
Views: 8666

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: 24
Views: 1266

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: 3025

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: 6
Views: 520

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: 24
Views: 1266

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: 5949

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: 1494

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: 8901

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: 3885

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: 478

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: 4730

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: 4730

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: 85685

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: 85838

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: 1956

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: 85838

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: 1841

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: 3380

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: 3380

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: 1100

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: 1966

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...
by Rboinski
September 1st, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Vs Pot
Replies: 47
Views: 1966

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 mar...
by Rboinski
August 29th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?
Replies: 48
Views: 2084

Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?

Hanzell is a must as well and I'll second Calluna, David is a really nice guy and attended the local wine tech group meetings when they were still being held.
by Rboinski
August 29th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?
Replies: 48
Views: 2084

Best winery visits for 'mountain fruit' in/near Napa and Sonoma?

Stonestreet is the largest mountain estate in Sonoma County (likely all of California) and has a great estate tour! Chard and Cab mostly with a bit of mountain Sauvignon Blanc.
by Rboinski
August 11th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Barrymore Pinot Grigio
Replies: 11
Views: 541

TN: 2015 Barrymore Pinot Grigio

Does everyone know this is industrial wine or is it just speculation? How does one define industrial wine? AFAIK Jackson Family produces wines in all price ranges but I don't believe they use any of the chemical engineering techniques utilized by what I would consider the industrial producers. They ...
by Rboinski
July 11th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fire North of Santa Maria
Replies: 18
Views: 1307

Fire North of Santa Maria

Not a good time for this to happen, I'm hearing there is some degree of ash/residue collecting on clusters in the area and a lot are between lag and veraison. Too early to tell if there is any damage but I imagine there will be samples headed to ETS from a number of vineyards after this settles out.
by Rboinski
June 29th, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Fruit in California - this is really a 'thing', isn't it?
Replies: 23
Views: 1413

Mountain Fruit in California - this is really a 'thing', isn't it?

Mountain Fruit is most definitely different than valley fruit. Stonestreet Estate Vineyards makes some of the best Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon from a 5,000 acre mountain estate (less than 900 acres planted though). The acidity, concentration, structure, and unique aromatics c...
by Rboinski
June 27th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyard purchase/partnership with winemaker thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 2405

Vineyard purchase/partnership with winemaker thoughts

Totally off-topic but the tasting room comment is very true. As zoning in Healdsburg (and other tourist communities) tightens up and enforces existing or proposed laws such as 1 tasting room per block face, the existing spaces grandfathered in with conditional use permits will only become more and m...
by Rboinski
June 27th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyard purchase/partnership with winemaker thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 2405

Vineyard purchase/partnership with winemaker thoughts

https://books.google.com/books?id=V0wjg ... &q&f=false

A similar idea is described here with the winemaker receiving half of all produced wine.
by Rboinski
June 20th, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP St Francis CEO Christopher Silva age 52
Replies: 5
Views: 595

RIP St Francis CEO Christopher Silva age 52

Way too soon. My wife's first job in the industry was with St. Francis and Chris went way above and beyond what is expected of a CEO and took a personal interest in every single one of his employees even down to seasonal interns. He did selfess work for the winery, the Sonoma wine industry, and many...
by Rboinski
June 14th, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prep for first harvest internship
Replies: 24
Views: 2934

Prep for first harvest internship

David M. wrote:
Just don't pumpover the syrah into the pinot and you'll be fine. Unless that's written on the work order ;)
Even then may be prudent to run that past your cellarmaster or AW prior to pumping over.
by Rboinski
April 26th, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 428
Views: 85685

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

Those timings are far too close. Hanzell tour tasting is well over an hour plus drive up/down is not quick. It would really be best to put 2 hours on either side of it rather than 1. Littorai as well in and out of the way area of Sebastopol relative to KB, don't believe you could start a tasting 1 h...
by Rboinski
October 20th, 2015, 8:33 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 47101

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

It is a typical soil amendment to increase calcium in the soil. Grapes like about a 6:1 ratio of Ca:Mg, which is just one of the parameters to consider in a soil. (also Nitrogen, cation exchange capacity, etc.) This is why for example you usually don't see vineyard plantings on top of serpentinite, ...
by Rboinski
August 9th, 2015, 5:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 47101

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

Seeing a VERY big plume (similar to Rocky) from here in Sonoma County, but appears to be more towards calistoga/napa than where I have been seeing the Rocky Fire plumes. Anyone else seeing this/know where it is?
by Rboinski
May 14th, 2015, 12:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Replies: 688
Views: 47101

2015 West Coast Weather & Vintage Thread

Absolutely pouring in Petaluma right now with a few thunder claps and a tiny bit of hail
by Rboinski
February 9th, 2015, 1:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for tasting room wine preserving system recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2533

Looking for tasting room wine preserving system recommendations

I was at Clos Solene over the weekend and Guillaume was using the Coravin. From what we tasted it appeared to be doing a great job.
by Rboinski
January 13th, 2015, 10:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Are their industry geared tasting groups in the Sonoma/Napa area?
Replies: 0
Views: 611

Are their industry geared tasting groups in the Sonoma/Napa area?

I was wondering if anyone knows of any industry geared tasting groups in the Sonoma and Marin area? My wife has been working in production for a few years and we have done a lot of tasting at wineries in order to develop her palate and get a basic understanding of the wine made in the region. She is...
by Rboinski
December 9th, 2014, 10:35 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: UC Davis Winemaking Certificate
Replies: 10
Views: 2902

UC Davis Winemaking Certificate

I found the program as a whole to be a bit underwhelming from the rigorous light in which they portray it. I would not consider it in the same league as a 2 or 4-year program in Vit and/or enology. That being said, if you are also working in the industry it gives you a fairly complete albeit limited...
by Rboinski
March 1st, 2013, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for starting a tasting group? (Marin County, CA)
Replies: 98
Views: 2896

Re: Tips for starting a tasting group? (Marin County, CA)

Not sure if you are still looking for members but my fiancé just began working in wine with this last harvest and we have been looking for a group like this. If possible we would love to come and can certainly find something interesting to bring. We are in Petaluma.

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