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by Drew Goin
February 18th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 228
Views: 7660

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

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Santa Clara Valley Passport Weekend

Santa Clara Valley Wines
Spring 2019 Passport

"Wine Taste in 32 Tasting Rooms with the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley"

Ticket Link: click here


Wineries of Santa Clara Valley homepage:
http://www.santaclarawines.com/index.html
by Drew Goin
February 17th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Field Blend" a buzzword now?
Replies: 59
Views: 3522

Re: Is "Field Blend" a buzzword now?

I am not sure if this is the best thread to share the following article or not. Anyway, the premise of the 2019 ZAP " Flights! " event is fascinating: 100% Zinfandels, field blends, and grape varieties found in many interplanted vineyards. ZAP-2019Flightspanelists.jpg Lodi Winegrape Commission Blog...
by Drew Goin
February 16th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering
Replies: 29
Views: 1295

Re: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering

3 x 2001 Zinfandel Peay Vineyard 2 x 1996 Zinfandel Brandlin Ranch 1 x 1993 Zinfandel Story Vineyard The Brandlin Vineyard is like the undiscovered Holy Grail of my wine world I haven’t tried ESJ zins before, so very excited about this. These are vineyards I’ve not heard of before. Anyone else make...
by Drew Goin
February 15th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering
Replies: 29
Views: 1295

Re: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering

Buying these: 2 x 1987 Les Cotes Sauvages 1 x 1994 Les Cotes Sauvages 1 x 1995 Les Cotes Sauvages 3 x 2001 Zinfandel Peay Vineyard 2 x 1996 Zinfandel Brandlin Ranch 1 x 1993 Zinfandel Story Vineyard 1 x 2003 Bassetti Syrah 1 x 1996 Syrah The Brandlin Vineyard is like the undiscovered Holy Grail of ...
by Drew Goin
February 15th, 2019, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

For those who enjoy reading older sources on wine grapes, here is one book that details many varieties found in California during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries: Journals of the Legislature of the State of California, Volume 5 (1885) • Entry for "Mataro" Descriptive Catalogue of California ...
by Drew Goin
February 14th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 228
Views: 7660

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Here are several Benito Link articles (2018-19) exploring the geology of San Benito County by retired Earth Science teacher Mr Jim Ostdick: "San Benito Geology: The Great San Benito Shakeout" "San Benito Geology: Living on the Edge" "San Benito Geology: All Your Faults" "San Benito Geology: Earthqu...
by Drew Goin
February 14th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 228
Views: 7660

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

One San Benito County winery that offers a unique roster of beverages is Casa de Fruta, located in Hollister. Benito Link "Fruit Wines: A Crowd Pleaser At Casa De Fruta" by Becky Bonner January 20, 2018 "What started as a family owned fruit stand hoping to reach a customer base for locals and peopl...
by Drew Goin
February 13th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ryme Cellars 2017 Cabernet Franc Alegria Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: TN: Ryme Cellars 2017 Cabernet Franc Alegria Vineyard

Thanks for the tasting note, Tom!! [berserker.gif] If you enjoyed the Rhyme " Alegria Vineyard " Cabernet Franc, you would probably like Phillip Dubé's Whipsmart Wine Company " One Fine Morning " RRV Dolcetto (extended carbonic maceration). ofm_1.jpg Also, here's the " Mourvèdre Appreciation " Q&A ...
by Drew Goin
February 13th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1413

Re: I Am So Unclean...

It usually takes me about 30 min to read completely the WS . there may be an article in there that I actually learn something from...maybe about one an issue. But, generally, they're prety much the same ole/same ole. Tom +1 When I first got into the retail business (1997), I was an information spon...
by Drew Goin
February 13th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IDTT: Joel Peterson
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: IDTT: Joel Peterson

M. Dildine wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Fabulous. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KDHDmQtbJw
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by Drew Goin
February 13th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering
Replies: 29
Views: 1295

Re: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering

Y'all gonna say what you bought?


I'll start:

1 x '95 "Les Côtes Sauvages"
1 x '17 "El Jaléo"

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by Drew Goin
February 12th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering
Replies: 29
Views: 1295

Edmunds St John - 2019 Cellar Offering

Edmunds St John is doing another Cellar offering to those who are interested. From the email... "...All wines have been consistently stored at either Redwood Empire Wine Storage, (and, before 2007 at Sonoma Wine Services) or at Subterraneum in Oakland. All sales are Net. All sales are final. I don’...
by Drew Goin
February 12th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 248
Views: 10600

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I found a winery that offers a couple of single-vineyard bottlings from the " Duarte Vineyard " of Oakley, CA. Enoteca Five website: http://www.enoteca5.com/ Interesting. When I hear of Duarte Vineyard, i'm thinking Turley Zin. Thanks for the heads up Drew. I hit the wineries in Livermore a few tim...
by Drew Goin
February 12th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlicious!
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Carlicious!

I think its Carliciousness would be exponential, like Carlicious²
by Drew Goin
February 12th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 248
Views: 10600

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I found a winery that offers a couple of single-vineyard bottlings from the " Duarte Vineyard " of Oakley, CA. I am still trying to determine where the actual growing site is located. _20190212_195737.JPG " Enoteca Five 2017 'Wanderlust' Chardonnay, 'Duarte Vineyards' "Located in the Sacramento Riv...
by Drew Goin
February 12th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlicious!
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Carlicious!

Honestly, I first thought of Carl's Jr burgers when I read that.

[rofl.gif]
by Drew Goin
February 11th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Lodi Growers
"Varietal Focus: Mourvèdre"
by Randy Caparoso
September 10, 2018


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Mettler Family Mourvèdre - photo by Randy Caparoso
by Drew Goin
February 11th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Hidden in the archives of the internet are some excellent insights into the earlier days of the Rhône movement in America... Chicago Tribune "California Vintners Discover a Buried Treasure in Rhône Vareitals" by Larry Stone September 2, 1993 "Though California has had a long history in planting the...
by Drew Goin
February 10th, 2019, 2:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Thanks Drew for the posts. I have signed up for mailing lists to find out more about some wineries you have posted about. I ordered from Sandlands , Dirty & Rowdy and Halcon in the past week to keep the stash growing. Cheers, Thanks, Jeff! I ordered the Halcón Mourvèdre/Rhône BD-X pack, the Sandlan...
by Drew Goin
February 10th, 2019, 2:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

EHeffner wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 8:06 am
Tried a Mourvedre from Austin Hope last night. Thought it was fantastic. I can almost still taste the long finish
I am going to have to send my Q&A email to them. Thanks for the recommendation!
by Drew Goin
February 8th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

According to Patrick Comission's American Rhône , the spark of interest in American Mourvèdre can be traced back to the 1980's, when a handful of entrepreneurial winemakers started crafting Rhône-style bottlings: Edmunds, Thackrey, Grahm, the Cline brothers, etc. Here is one wine lover's experience...
by Drew Goin
February 8th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 60
Views: 3043

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

I had to get one each of the Sandlands Mourvèdre bottlings, the Refosco (my first), plus the Contra Costa Red Table Wine. Can anyone help me with what to expect from a Refosco? I think I may have has a red blend from Castoro Cellars that was predominantly Refosco many years ago, but I don't remember...
by Drew Goin
February 7th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 248
Views: 10600

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Several long-time vineyard-owning families in Oakley and Antioch have sold their properties to developers, or have become involved directly in converting viticultural land into residential/commercial projects. Not long ago, I read of a cluster of housing under the name "Duarte Estates" in Oakley. T...
by Drew Goin
February 7th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: SFChron: Intentional Brett Infected Wine

larry schaffer wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 9:12 am
...The other thing I am curious about is whether this are filtered or not - and if not, what happens when they 'bloom' if provenance/storage/transportation are not 'ideal'?

I, too, am wondering how a winemaker keeps the Brett under check.
by Drew Goin
February 7th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 248
Views: 10600

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

The Sandlands 2019 offering went online on February 7, 2019. While this is the fourth release of Tegan Passalacqua's Mourvèdre/Mataro from the " Del Barba Vineyard " (2010, 2015, '16, '17), no Carignan was made available. However, a new wine was produced, a CoCo " Red Table Wine ". Mataro 17 CCC Ft...
by Drew Goin
February 7th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 228
Views: 7660

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

The Sandlands 2019 offering went online on February 7, 2019. This is the third release of Tegan Passalacqua's Mourvèdre/Mataro from the " Enz Vineyard ". Mataro 17 SBC Ft_jpeg_TTB (002).jpg " 2017 Mataro – San Benito County – Enz Vineyard – 3 barrels produced. "Planted in 1923 in a mix of granite a...
by Drew Goin
February 5th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Origins of Zinfandel
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: 750Daily: Origins of Zinfandel

Thanks for the titillating, never tiresome, tidbits of truth about Tribidrag, Tom!


I seem to recall reading about the plantings at "Monte Bello" by Ridge previously...
by Drew Goin
February 5th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Halcón Vineyards included its 2017 varietally-bottled Mourvèdre during the recent Berserker Day X event. The wine is now being offered to consumers via the producer's 2019 Pre-Release. I am excited by the prospect of tasting a Mourvèdre from this high-latitude growing site. " 2017 Mourvèdre "At tim...
by Drew Goin
February 4th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 248
Views: 10600

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I wanted to determine whether a decision had been rendered on the issue of Mulehead Growers' suit against BNSF for the alleged spraying of herbicides on the former's Oakley vineyard properties abutting the railroad tracks. UniCourt website "Mulehead Growers, LLC vs BNSF Railway Company" "This case ...
by Drew Goin
February 4th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 228
Views: 7660

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Mr Randy Smith recently interviewed Nicole Walsh of Bonny Doon Vineyard and Ser Winery. [cheers.gif] The Wine Write blog "A Chat With Nicole Walsh of Ser Winery" by Randy Smith January 28, 2019 "... The Wine Write : 'What is the significance of your label's name?' " Nicole : '" Ser " is a Spanish w...
by Drew Goin
February 4th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Yeah, they both got headaches from the eye-rolling. . [rofl.gif] It was a BerserkerDay-laden evening. I used Veleta olive oil, Flannery, and had Saunter and Wilde Farm wines. The Wilde Farm Chardonnay was super impressive - I'd say Brig wrote the notes well because I think he just stole them from m...
by Drew Goin
February 3rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Thank you so much for your help, Hardy!! [cheers.gif] I am in love with the " Familiar " Blanc (as are a couple of family members!), and the newest vintage's large proportion of Semillon kinda threw me for a loop. I adored the zingy , refreshing qualities of the 2015, and the '16 was a delicious su...
by Drew Goin
February 3rd, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Hardy, could you please share your impression of the new vintage of the " Familiar " Blanc compared with prior offerings? Blends in Dirty & Rowdy " Familiar " Blanc : • 2017 : 55% Semillon, 16% Chenin Blanc, 15% Pinot Blanc, 10% Viognier, 3% Muscat, 1% Marsanne • 2016 : 31% Melon, 26% Chardonnay, 2...
by Drew Goin
February 3rd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Thanks for the tasting note, Brig!!! [berserker.gif]

This sounds like a good Chardonnay. I like a Chard to have fresh acidity and not a heavy dose of oak, but some body added by lees-stirring can be a beautiful thing.


Can you elaborate on the deal with the wine glasses?
by Drew Goin
February 3rd, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 228
Views: 7660

Re: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

I confess that I have not given sufficient attention to the Pinot Noir wines (and vineyards) of Santa Clara & San Benito Counties, specifically Calera . 08_26-32.jpg Calera Wine Company : https://www.calerawine.com 11300 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023 Here are three links from The PinotFile relat...
by Drew Goin
February 3rd, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2069
Views: 122798

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Needed something fresh and forward the otger might so I popped a ‘15 Carlisle Vineyard . Only got a glass out of it that didn’t get much air. Pretty, primary blue and purple fruit, nice heft. Wsh I could have spent more time and followed for a couple three days. I remember back in the day when I’d ...
by Drew Goin
February 2nd, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 60
Views: 3043

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Thanks for the update!
by Drew Goin
February 2nd, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

" Mourvèdre Appreciation Social Club " Facebook post (from 10/28/18) by Mr Mike Rupp of Descendant Cellars: "Yesterday, we finally picked our 'Alder Ridge' and 'Heart of the Hill' Mourvèdres. Every year, we struggle to get these grapes to ripen before the rains come in the end of October. These wer...
by Drew Goin
February 2nd, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 313
Views: 15345

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

In my email Q&A with Ms. Megan Bell of Margins Wine , I accidentally sent a couple of questions with the wrong content to her. Here is... the rest of the story : • Margins bottles a varietal Mourvèdre from the " Sattler's Vineyard ". The only other winery I know of that has produced a vineyard-desi...
by Drew Goin
February 1st, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Enfield Release Open
Replies: 21
Views: 860

Re: Enfield Release Open

The Enfield "Citrine" Chardonnay is a beautiful wine!
by Drew Goin
February 1st, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Winter Release - Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines Email and Wine Notes: "WINTER RELEASE 2/1 - 2/8 "At some point this will be a book. It will not be about us, it will be about you, and how your choices redefined California wine. "As you continually seek joy, adventure, and transformation, California wi...
by Drew Goin
January 31st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New Reds/Mostly Bedrock&LimerickLane...(long/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: TN: New Reds/Mostly Bedrock&LimerickLane...(long/boring)

Thanks for the tasting notes, Tom (and Mike)!!


I agree that the Limerick Lane "Rocky Knoll" is top notch juice!


I am a little surprised that the Bedrock "Oakville Farmhouse" was good to go so soon.
by Drew Goin
January 31st, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: KennethVolk Negrette '12...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: TN: KennethVolk Negrette '12...(short/boring)

I knew that a lot of the grapes Harrington uses came from San Benito, but I didn't know that it started with the Negrette.
by Drew Goin
January 31st, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Sandlands 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

Happy Belated Birthday!!!
by Drew Goin
January 31st, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: KennethVolk Negrette '12...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: TN: KennethVolk Negrette '12...(short/boring)

I appreciate your tasting note for this wine, Tom!!


I sent an email to DeRose a few weeks back asking about the vineyards and old-vine varieties grown, but I have not received a response yet. The work Ken Volk has done throughout the area truly is fascinating.
by Drew Goin
January 30th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 19
Views: 976

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

...Van is really doing it at Witching Stick. The Fashauer Vineyard Pinot Noir ( along with Zin and now a Carignan ) is a real beauty. This site is new to me. according to the Baxter website, the " Fashauer Vineyard " on Mendocino Ridge was planted to Zinfandel from the " DuPratt Vineyard ". Ken Zin...
by Drew Goin
January 30th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?
Replies: 48
Views: 1518

Re: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?

The ultimate quick-opening is the perfection of temps to wine ratio. Champagne is best delivered in the evening on a 32 degree day. If it sat on the truck a long time is a bonus, especially if the shipper spent $ on the styro shipper. Cali Pinot is best delivered on a Saturday while your sitting on...
by Drew Goin
January 29th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP: Chris Bilbro/MariettaCllrs
Replies: 21
Views: 1264

Re: RIP: Chris Bilbro/MariettaCllrs

I am so sad to hear the news. The Bilbro family is the greatest! I have been a long time fan of the "Old Vine Red", and all of my past electronic communications with different members have made apparent the love they share through their work and how tight their bonds are. My deepest condolences to t...
by Drew Goin
January 29th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7277

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

I got:

• 6-pack of The Princess & The Peasant 2017 "Poor Ranch" Carignan

• 6-pack of Halcón Vineyards Rhône-style wines


Would have if could have:

Bohème

Tercero

I. Brand & Family
by Drew Goin
January 29th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 864

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Thanks again for your taste good notes, Jim!!! I have tasted a few of Prunotto's Barbaresco and Barolo offerings, and found them to be very austere. I am not a huge Neb fan, so I don't know how this winery's style compares with others in the area. [scratch.gif] I enjoy the Xinomavro variety's flavo...

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