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by Eric Lundblad
March 17th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details
Replies: 71
Views: 1139

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

dteng wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 9:52 pm
George Chadwick wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 3:52 pm

Don't explain your jokes, it just ruins them.
You're right I was condescending .

Condescending means to talk down to someone.
George can’t help it.
He’s taller than everyone.
Hey, if that's the only requirement, I've got that nailed!
by Eric Lundblad
March 17th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details
Replies: 71
Views: 1139

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

I'll be there, mentioned on FB but can't join in too often right?

I'll be bringing a double half mag as well :)

by Eric Lundblad
March 14th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18

Brix is a fine measure for predicting alcohol, but you need to centrifuge your samples before testing. The real issue is getting a juice sample that's truly representative if your tank as a whole, a difficult thing to do with precision. And predicting the specific details of your fermentation can be...
by Eric Lundblad
March 5th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1841

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

Make Monsanto proud! John, you see that piece somewhere recently about glyphosate levels in wines? Even organics can't rid themselves of it. Glyphosate is in nearly every consumable AG product, not just wine, due to ground water in big AG areas. Things grown outside of big AG areas are much less of...
by Eric Lundblad
March 1st, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 89
Views: 5056

Re: California 2017

Ken's right, as always, that the heat wave was an issue only for fruit that was approaching whatever the picking target was...fruit that's not close to being picked rides through a heat wave unaffected (wrt quality...the fruit gets riper quicker, of course). For fruit close to picking when the heat ...
by Eric Lundblad
February 27th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shifting My Cellar
Replies: 41
Views: 2453

Re: Shifting My Cellar

Frank, what is your general strategy on Champagne drinking windows? Are you buying stuff that you plan to age for years, or is it near-term consumption? I’ve bought some stuff from Envoyer (I blame you for it all 😂 ), but it never seems to last long enough in the cellar to get any age on it. Sean, ...
by Eric Lundblad
February 25th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 113
Views: 2906

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Kris Patten wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Lopez de Heredia
My other +1!
by Eric Lundblad
February 25th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 113
Views: 2906

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

jcoley3 wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 4:14 pm
If we’re not counting bubbly, I would say the Clos Cibonne Cuvée Speciale is pretty exciting.
+1
by Eric Lundblad
February 25th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Retsina?
Replies: 15
Views: 426

Re: POLL: Retsina?

Flawed poll: "It's the only thing to drink while pine tarring your cross country skis"

:)
by Eric Lundblad
February 19th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 3967

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Hey Jasper...thanks for joining in and your thoughts on this! Let me know if I can help out in any way. In the early/mid 2000s, the BIVB did some research into the causes of premox...there were several articles about their effort at the time. Eventually I read that they had concluded it, having look...
by Eric Lundblad
February 13th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2488

Re: Diam corks?

Diam makes a champagne cork as well...I forget what they call it. TCA can get into a wine in the cellar. Also, reduction can sometimes be confused with TCA...the rule is that TCA gets worse with air time, reduction gets better (reduction reduction!). Fevre has been working with Diam since ~2003...in...
by Eric Lundblad
February 12th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Ray Walker
Replies: 3
Views: 1277

Re: Burgundy: Ray Walker

Was this necessary?
by Eric Lundblad
February 12th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2488

Re: Diam corks?

Diam corks have a low oxygen transfer, at the low end of natural corks...one reason they are popular with White Burg producers. Low oxygen transfer means the wine is more prone to reduction in the bottle. On top of that, diam corks have very tight tolerances (i.e. high consistency between corks) of ...
by Eric Lundblad
February 5th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10127

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Also I'm probably one page away from moving this to asylum. LOL I've occasionally thought about posting on this thread, but didn't seem worth it while it's being swamped by law/etc talk. It be great if it were possible to split this into a wine thread (left here) and an everything else thread (in a...
by Eric Lundblad
January 30th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage Near Berkeley
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Wine Storage Near Berkeley

There's The Wine Chest in Pleasant Hill as well, which is very good. But it's much further. And Subterraneum is excellent and closer (disclosure: I store my personal wine there). Don't know of any others that are close-ish by.
by Eric Lundblad
January 30th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanguis 1/1
Replies: 13
Views: 408

Re: Sanguis 1/1

Sanguis is by an ex-Sine Qua Non person, right?
by Eric Lundblad
January 30th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Re: Ladd Cellars!

An update/clarification on my Chardonnay vines. I was talking to someone this morning that thought my 40+ vines had a 'short term' status...i.e. that they'd likely be on the chopping block soon. Not true, based on discussions with the vineyard folks, as long as they remain reasonably healthy and pro...
by Eric Lundblad
January 29th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Noël Verset Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 9
Views: 549

Re: TN: 1990 Noël Verset Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

I was there as well. Yes, thanks very much RL.

It was the syrah expression of an aged burg. Awesome.

Also, I want to eat Pickles with Alan sometime!
by Eric Lundblad
January 28th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Thanks so much to everyone that participated, with my offer and all the others! And thanks to Todd and the Wine Berserkers...a great group to hang out with!
by Eric Lundblad
January 27th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Re: Ladd Cellars!

I'm all caught up now, so if you've ordered and haven't gotten an invoice & a link to pay with (separate emails) then ping me and I'll figure out what's going on (except for you Seth!). I'll be out until later this evening (might be on occasionally tho, maybe). Thanks for everything...Woo Hoo!
by Eric Lundblad
January 27th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Thanks for all the great comments and orders...keep them coming!
by Eric Lundblad
January 26th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Great question Paul. The Primitivo was picked at 22 brix, surprisingly early for a Primitivo...heck for any red, but it was fully colored up and had great flavors, so I went for it. The Zin was picked at 23.2 brix (i.e. low 23 brix)...also colored up & great flavors when picked. I love Foothills fru...
by Eric Lundblad
January 26th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Hey Shane, Thanks for asking that, it's per purchase (i.e. no matter how much you order), not per pack. And with shipping costs these days, even at the smallest order my shipping fee is a small fraction of what my actual shipping cost are, sadly. I'll added that worthwhile clarification to my post a...
by Eric Lundblad
January 24th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 21
Views: 1088

Ladd Cellars!

I make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from West Sonoma Coast, Sebastopol and the deep end of the Anderson Valley. I've also started making a bit of wine from the Sierra Foothills...higher elevation vineyards with interesting/complex soils, picked early for complex & refreshing wines. My Pinots have been ...
by Eric Lundblad
January 20th, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 3967

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Does this not remind anyone else of what white Rhone can do? I've read extensively about it, although I don't think I've tried enough of it over a period of time to have observed it myself, but I believe this is seen regularly in quality white rhone: at 5-8 years they can appear utterly oxidized, b...
by Eric Lundblad
January 20th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 3967

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Jasper is no dummy (was said earlier, but worth repeating I think). The fact that premox is still a problem is proof (or an indication) that we have no idea what premox is. And, the recent premox occurrences at Domaine Leflaive seems further proof (they wouldn't knowingly change things that would in...
by Eric Lundblad
January 12th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glyphosate in California wines
Replies: 30
Views: 1568

Re: Glyphosate in California wines

For some context...Glyphosate is in the ground water in most Ag areas, because of widespread use. So yeah, it's in wine, organic or not. It's also in most other things you eat. In very very tiny quantities.
by Eric Lundblad
January 7th, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 142
Views: 5991

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

My newest theory is I use Repour for wine consumed over 2-5 days and my Pungo for more extended periods. I travel with Repour too. I think you're better off using the Pungo all the time (except for Diam situations, where I use both, more on that below). I was a Pungo early adopter, so after a fair ...
by Eric Lundblad
January 6th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ryan Cochrane has passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: Ryan Cochrane has passed away

Wow, sad news...Ryan made excellent wines
by Eric Lundblad
January 2nd, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6351

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

Jim Hanlon wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 10:54 am
1958 Martin Ray Pinot Noir
+1...I was there for that bottle. Interesting/complex wine and shockingly youthful.
by Eric Lundblad
December 28th, 2018, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dim Sum matching?
Replies: 97
Views: 1809

Re: Dim Sum matching?

Maybe I'm the only one that thinks this, but the Rare Wine Charleston Sercial went well with Dim Sum. Lots of acidity, but enough sweetness and savory to match with Dim Sum that rolls by you. Their Verdelho or Rainwater might work as well, esp if you're looking for more sweetness than the Sercial of...
by Eric Lundblad
December 26th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 115
Views: 3520

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

In addition to the Decanter article, Guild Somm has an article (in two parts) by Prof Maltman on this same subject...and I think is a better & more complete description of his ideas (I assume because of space limitations in the Decanter article): Part 1: https://www.guildsomm.com/public_content/feat...
by Eric Lundblad
December 26th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 115
Views: 3520

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

One thing about comparing wines from the same soil type: It's typical (on the west coast at any rate) for a soil to be ~80% from one type of rock (volcanic, sedimentary, etc), and the remaining % from a mix of others. Also, it's common for vineyards to have several different soils (in different loca...
by Eric Lundblad
December 25th, 2018, 11:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 49
Views: 1168

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

I'm in if it's in SF or oakland! Woo Hoo.
by Eric Lundblad
December 24th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy's pulls a Facebook
Replies: 51
Views: 2135

Re: Zachy's pulls a Facebook

They could display real purchases, but use a fake names for privacy purposes. Not deceptive, not creepy!
by Eric Lundblad
December 23rd, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on Wine Being Wine . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 944

Re: Jamie Goode on Wine Being Wine . . .

Right, vermouth (and other wine based amaro) is wholely worthwhile, and more of that ilk seems interesting to me. But giving it a name other than wine seems right as well. He makes a comment "There are a range of things you can legally add to wine as processing aids, but these aren’t to add flavour"...
by Eric Lundblad
December 22nd, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: unknown champagne defect?
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: unknown champagne defect?

More than any wine, Champagne really suffers when poorly shipped/stored (i.e. temps). Not sure if this is your issue or not, but it's worth being aware of when buying, esp at auction/etc.
by Eric Lundblad
December 21st, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 115
Views: 3520

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

In the Uptake (of nutrients) section, he talks about how plants absorb nutrients, including the following: "There is some passive uptake of elements and the selectivity mechanisms are far from infallible, hence nutrient imbalances can arise, but these are routinely checked for by a conscientious gro...
by Eric Lundblad
December 21st, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 115
Views: 3520

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

I very much like the article, but I am also a firm believer in terroir. My conclusion is not that soil doesn't matter, but that it's a tricky and indirect relationship, with water, winds, temperature, bugs and microbes, elevation, slope, exposure, etc., etc. Interesting article...Alan's summary abo...
by Eric Lundblad
December 20th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to Ian Brand
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: Congratulations to Ian Brand

Great sentiment, but duplicate thread:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=156797&sid=d384f652 ... 66bbdb84bf
by Eric Lundblad
December 20th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 19
Views: 1739

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

Well deserved.
by Eric Lundblad
December 19th, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?
Replies: 35
Views: 1291

Re: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?

I agree with David about the wine (white burgs et al) being more prone to oxidation...and with Stuart that corks likely aren't what they once were (tho TCA taint has gotten massively better across the board). Imo, the wine side is due to climate change & more ripe picking have pushed pH's up...and m...
by Eric Lundblad
December 18th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Own-Rooted Vineyards - List and Thoughts?
Replies: 106
Views: 4830

Re: Own-Rooted Vineyards - List and Thoughts?

Yes, very sandy soil...70% sand with equal parts clay & silt. That'd make life pretty hard for phylloxera.
by Eric Lundblad
December 14th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Question (Again)
Replies: 33
Views: 1860

Re: Zalto Question (Again)

Thanks for the correction Alan! Do you agree that the GG Gold is sturdier than the Zalto?
by Eric Lundblad
December 14th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid storage question. Oil smell permeate bottle top?
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Another stupid storage question. Oil smell permeate bottle top?

Definitely no issues here, imo.

Even assuming that air ever gets all the way through the cork (i.e. from outside the cork to the wine), anything that short term wouldn't get past the starting gates (wrt diffusing through the cork). I'd have zero concern.
by Eric Lundblad
December 12th, 2018, 11:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 12-9-18
Replies: 16
Views: 1204

Re: Wine Impressions 12-9-18

Great notes Jim, as always. I opened the Voillot when I first got there, to give it a bit of air to start opening up, before putting it out in the world. Richard Leland and I first tasted it and commented on how youthful it was for a 22 yo wine. I took the remainder of the bottle home (kept in the f...
by Eric Lundblad
December 12th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Early peek at 2015 Scherrer Shale Terrace
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Early peek at 2015 Scherrer Shale Terrace

I'm thinking/wondering that he meant the wine essentially costs nothing because it's so good. Gravy is slang for easy profits...pure gravy is all, or almost, profits.

Or, if he didn't mean that...I think this definition fits well!
by Eric Lundblad
December 10th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Question (Again)
Replies: 33
Views: 1860

Re: Zalto Question (Again)

If you're looking for light and sturdy you should consider the Gabriel Glas Gold, which is lighter than and very similar shape to the Zalto Universal. The GG Gold is ~85 grams, the Zalto Universal is ~115 grams (but see Alan's post below). The GG Gold is more sturdy despite being lighter, based on c...
by Eric Lundblad
December 7th, 2018, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angerville
Replies: 35
Views: 1703

Re: Angerville

Thanks for all the opinions/thoughts about the 95 Ducs! What Jay Miller said is what I've heard elsewhere (tho not recently)...anyways, I'll put it on the shorter list to open sometime.

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