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by Drew Goin
March 12th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

0019Bweb.jpg Soundings Magazine "Oakley Through Time" by Carol A. Jensen June 28, 2019 "...Transformation of Oakley from an exclusively agricultural community to a bedroom community supporting industrial Antioch caused community change in the late 1950s. Unincorporated Oakley and the Contra Costa P...
by Drew Goin
March 12th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Martinez is located outside the usual area of focus of this thread. Here is a snapshot of one family's contribution to early CoCo winegrowing: Martinez History "The Upham Family of Alhambra Valley" by Rich Sandvick "...Bradford and Gertrude visited Contra Costa County for the first time in 1874. St...
by Drew Goin
March 11th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Alquimista Cellars is the single-vineyard project of Mr Greg La Follette. Most of the wines are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but he has also bottled a Zinfandel/field blend from the "Jessie's Grove Vineyard" in Lodi. Now, with the unveiling of futures from 2019, a Carignan is being offered. Alquimist...
by Drew Goin
March 11th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Drew, good to see you posting. It would be a damn shame to lose the Oakley Road vineyard - that is indeed some nice juice. Jason, I have searched for online information on the specific routes planned for the Bay Area Rapid Transit in eastern Contra Costa County. The "eBART Next Segment Study 2014 (...
by Drew Goin
March 10th, 2020, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

So...in addition to finding the probable property marketing/sales information on the "Salvador Vineyard (2371 Oakley Rd)", I have discovered another viticultural site in Oakley that might be on the chopping block... LoopNet Listings "487 Sandy Lane" image.jpg Information from the Listing : "• 487 S...
by Drew Goin
March 10th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd '05...(short/boring)

Thanks for the tasting note, Tom!!
by Drew Goin
March 10th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Once & Future Wine, Mr Joel Peterson's current project, specializes in legendary single-vineyard red wines. The notes in today's release offer some details into the projected fate of the "Oakley Road Vineyard" in Oakley, California: " Oakley Road Vineyard "The soils at Oakley Road vineyard are so s...
by Drew Goin
March 9th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 336
Views: 20897

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Listen to this excellent interview with Mr Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines as topics range from the winery's first vintage, to Evangehlo & Enz, to a memorable bottle of ESJ Mataro... Bedrock Wine Conversations "Episode 4: Hardy Wallace" "Chris sits down with Hardy Wallace, Owner/Winemak...
by Drew Goin
March 9th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 336
Views: 20897

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Blast from the past newspaper article: New York Times "AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY; Rhones, California Style" By Frank J. Prial October 29, 1989 "...Among them, the Rhone Rangers use virtually all the various Rhone grapes, but the two most important are the syrah and mourvedre. Those that produce syrah i...
by Drew Goin
March 8th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Although the Oakley ACVP program appears to have died on the vine, there continue to be efforts to save the endangered agricultural/viticultural lands of eastern Contra Costa County. Danville San Ramon "Contra Costa County agricultural preservation, economic update in the works" February 5, 2020 "T...
by Drew Goin
March 8th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

The City of Antioch is home to the most famous of Contra Costa County's viticultural heritage sites, the Evangehlo Vineyard. The following website features a profile of the vineyard including photos and a short video. Antioch on the Move "Evangelho Vineyards: The Ancient Vines Of Antioch" August 19...
by Drew Goin
March 8th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

grouphug Update to Scholium Project's work: From yesterday's email- "...The wines are truly wines of the South-- from alluvial vineyards just east of the city, in the historic Cucamonga Valley, from the sandy hills north of San Diego, from the endless plains surrounding Fresno. And from Lone Wolf, a...
by Drew Goin
March 7th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Wonderwerk Wines is an interesting small-scale producer offering two wines from Contra Costa fruit: "Woon Wine Dinner featuring Say When Wines & Wonderwerk • August 21" "Wonderwerk is Issamu Kamide and Andrew Lardy, two high school friends seeking new directions in fermentation. They live in LA and...
by Drew Goin
March 6th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 336
Views: 20897

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Bertus of T-Vine, Tank Garage, & James Cole, and his wife Alli (Whetstone Wine), have teamed up to produce wines under the label Belong Wine Company. In addition to a Mourvedre-heavy Rosé, they also have an El Dorado AVA Mourvedre for sale. 2018 Mourvedre details: "Blackcurrant, dark raspberry, tea...
by Drew Goin
March 6th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 242
Views: 12510

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

I needed to add a few newer (as well as not-so-new) producers to the registry of wineries bottling San Benito/Santa Clara grapes... Camino Cellars Enz Vineyard Mourvedre Rexford Winery 2017 Zinfandel, Lime Kiln Valley, Gillian Enz Vineyard Reeve Wines 2018 Prism San Benito County Riesling "Because ...
by Drew Goin
March 6th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Scholium Project email report on old-vine "Lopez Vineyard" "...We are on the edge of something glorious and it has never felt closer. "Let me tell you one other thing, significant and wonderful. I have brought in a dear colleague to be a partner in this enterprise. It was born from our Scythian tas...
by Drew Goin
March 5th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

I previously discussed the proliferation of Lodi old-vine Carignan wines on the market. The Lodi Winegrape Commission's blog featured this article a few days ago.... Lodi Winegrape Commission "Precedent's Latest Vineyard-Designate Lodi Carignans and Zinfandels are the Essence of Transparency" by Ra...
by Drew Goin
March 4th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Thanks for the note, Mark!


There's some info about the vineyard on the "Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Wine Heritage" thread:

· Email from Mr Gregory

· Wes Barton with more info

· Morgan Twain-Peterson with more info
by Drew Goin
March 3rd, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Civil Eats "Can Dry Farming Help Save California’s Vineyards?" by Lela Nargi October 3, 2019 "California’s most recent drought lasted many long, parched years—eight in some regions—before ending in 2017 to the relief of everyone in and out of agriculture. For the state’s grape growers, it meant res...
by Drew Goin
March 1st, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

From the original Carignan Renaissance website: Carignan Renaissance "SCHISTES VS CALCAIRE, CARIGNAN Edition" by Miquel Hudin December 24, 2019 "...Wines from limestone soils appeared to be softer overall with longer finishes and anyone brought up on Burgundy being the pinnacle of winemaking (such ...
by Drew Goin
February 29th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Outside of the United States, it is important to recognize how other nations are working to bring recognition to old vineyards and hidden treasures: VinePair "Chenin Blanc Winemakers Are Breathing New Life Into South Africa’s Forgotten Vines" by Betsy Andrews February 28, 2020 "...'Old vines do pre...
by Drew Goin
February 29th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: TN: Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch '18...(short/boring)

Thanks for the tasting note, Tom! While I appreciate the gains Carignan has made via the offering of gentle, gluggable interpretations, there must exist examples of the "real deal", too!
by Drew Goin
February 28th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7484

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Here's a link with up to date reports on cases of Coronaviris patients by nation:


https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries
by Drew Goin
February 19th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Thanks for the tasting notes, Ken!
by Drew Goin
February 18th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Some time ago, I researched the old vineyards of eastern Contra Costa County, including famous producers who bottle-designated their fruit sources, as well as news articles related to the owners/locations of the properties. The post "CoCo-Confusion (...Continued)" mentioned the "Salvador Vineyard" ...
by Drew Goin
February 13th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

The reddit r/wine thread featured this thoughtful post on the "Evangehlo Vineyard" of Antioch, California: "Is Evangelho CA's Greatest Vineyard? Looking for Grand Cru in the New World (Tasting Notes Inside)" Responses from Mr Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Company and Mr Hardy Wallace of Dir...
by Drew Goin
February 9th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

There is an event scheduled for February 23, 2020, called " For the Love of Carignan ": https://www.eventbrite.com/e/for-the-love-of-carignan-tickets-93596107477 "...Vinca Minor and Las Jaras Wines present to you an exciting tasting that will get you well acquainted with a variety that we love so m...
by Drew Goin
February 3rd, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 508
Views: 48925

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

I have been wondering exactly where a few famous old Sonoma Valley Zinfandel vineyards are located. I know where "Bedrock", "Old Hill", "Pagani", "Barricia", "Chauvet", "Shaw", "Stellwagen/Armor Plate", "Wellington", and others are. What about... These two are supposedly near Arnold & Boyes (Sonoma...
by Drew Goin
January 21st, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 242
Views: 12510

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Edible Silicon Valley "Dorcich Family Vineyards" June 10, 2019 Dorcich-Family-Vineyards_Guide-IMG.jpg "A family owned and operated winery with a sleek industrial-loft style tasting room. Our 73-acre picturesque estate is nestled alongside Uvas Creek. Our tasting flights feature 9 estate grown varie...
by Drew Goin
January 21st, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Vine & Wine Open Access "Terroir and Typicity of Carignan from Maule Valley (Chile): The Resurgence of a Minority Variety" by Gastón Gutiérrez-Gamboa, Yerko Moreno-Simunovic March 10, 2019 From the Introduction : "...This review exposes the collective efforts of the Chilean academia, government, an...
by Drew Goin
January 16th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Thereafter Wine Company escaped my attention until today. This producer offers 2 wines sourced from Contra Costa vineyards. 2018 "Evina Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc: "Subtle honeydow melon and guava with light notes of lime zest and flint. "Fresh and yet soft on the palate. Understated richness from t...
by Drew Goin
January 15th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Thanks for the tasting notes, Chris!! I have not had a Sardinian Carignan in a looping time.
by Drew Goin
January 14th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

I was informed via email last year by Mr Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards that a "Wirz Vineyard" Carignan was in the works. The wine is now available! [cheers.gif] Big Basin Vineyards 2017 "Wirz Vineyard" Carignan "WINEMAKER NOTES " Vineyard and Region Information : "The Wirz Vineyard is locate...
by Drew Goin
January 14th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines began offering their first Carignan varietal bottling last year from Mendocino County: Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines YouTube Video: "Carignan Sampling / Shake Ridge Pressing" https://youtu.be/cATtbz3T6ss Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines YouTube Video: "2018 Mendocino Carignan Harv...
by Drew Goin
January 13th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 178
Views: 9051

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

I have not had much luck in finding specific information about the old Carignan vineyards of Lodi, California. Fortunately, some creative Google searches have yielded these results: Birichino has bottled a couple of single-vineyard Carignan wines, as well as a blend or two, involving the following ...
by Drew Goin
January 9th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 336
Views: 20897

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

As the "Alder Springs Vineyard" has been gaining prestige, I have read questions regarding whether Mourvedre is a variety grown there. According to the Blue Ox Wines website, YES, Mourvedre is among the numerous grape varieties cultivated at the vineyard. 2018 "Alder Springs Vineyard" Mourvedre "Th...
by Drew Goin
December 30th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 336
Views: 20897

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Reviewing some of my empty bottles the other day, I uncovered a single of the Juicy Villages "Cuvee Unique". It served as a reminder of one of the last Rhônish efforts by Mr Douglas Danielak. SF Gate "Winemaking and Hockey Keep Danielak on His Toes" by Gerald D. Boyd April 10, 2002 Mr Danielak bott...
by Drew Goin
December 16th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Here is an older post from Wine Anorak featuring Precedent's Zinfandel from the "Evangehlo Vineyard":


Wine Anorak
"PROPERLY OLD VINE ZINFANDEL: PRECEDENT EVANGELHO VINEYARD ZINFANDEL 2013"

by Jamie Goode
January 4, 2016
by Drew Goin
November 10th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

From the Winter 2019 Release - Bedrock Wine Company: "Winter Release Letter 2018: The Year it Finally Came Together (part 3)" " Pagani Ranch Soil: Haire Clay Loam Elevation: Dominant Varieties: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Lenoir, Carignan, Mataro, Mission/Pais/Criolla Ch...
by Drew Goin
November 10th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

From the Winter 2019 Release - Bedrock Wine Company email: "Winter Release Letter 2018: The Year it Finally Came Together" (part 2) " Bedrock Vineyard Soil: Red Hill Clay Loam Elevation: 175’ Dominant Varieties: Zinfandel, Carignan, Mataro, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Trouss...
by Drew Goin
November 10th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

From the Winter 2019 Release - Bedrock Wine Company email: "Winter Release Letter 2018: The Year it Finally Came Together" (part 1) "In some strange way, the groundwork for one of the most exciting achievements for Bedrock Wine Co. was laid by an agricultural devastation in the late 19th century. I...
by Drew Goin
October 9th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

From the Birdhorse Wines website blog:

"...The fruit comes from Evina Vineyard in Knightsen, Contra Costa County, California...".

link
by Drew Goin
October 8th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I found a new producer that offers white, rosé, and red from Contra Costa, Birdhorse Wines . From the winery website : " 2018 Contra Costa Carignan "Our grapes grow in the sandy soil of Contra Costa County on some gnarled 80+-year-old vines - it's hard to find older or more storied vines. 12.0% ABV...
by Drew Goin
October 4th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Re: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry

One of the challenges will be to turn vineyards into 'dry farmed' if possible - but this is not always possible. If there is not enough rain and the groundwater is not plentiful enough, the vines will not survive. Anyone have and info on wineries in 'warmer climates' that are dry farming - or have ...
by Drew Goin
September 22nd, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Amazing photos, Matt!!
by Drew Goin
September 22nd, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 302
Views: 21786

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

From the Desire Lines 2019 Release offering: 18EXSER2-5014.jpg " 2018 Desire Lines Experimental Series #2: 'Fred’s Home Block' Mourvèdre "'Fred’s Home Block' Mourvèdre is from a small parcel of magnificent Mourvèdre planted in the 1880s in Oakley. The vineyard was for many years a core piece of the...
by Drew Goin
September 11th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5235

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Fox 40 News "Lodi Growers Ripping Old Vine Zinfandel Vines Out of the Ground" by Dennis Shanahan September 11, 2019 "...Growers FOX40 spoke with said they are battling rising labor costs and changing tastes in the market. There is more global competition these days and the trade war with China is a...
by Drew Goin
July 30th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Odds&Ends Calif Wines...(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: TN: More Odds&Ends Calif Wines...(long/boring)

I loved the "Ode to Lucien" bottling!

Thanks for the tasting notes, Tom!

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