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by Brian Ojalvo
July 8th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Removing Labels - Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: Removing Labels - Help

I've done this many times unfortunately. Simply soak the bottles in cool/cold water. Use a half ton picking bin and stand bottles upright inside. Fill with water enough to just cover above the label. Let sit for 15 min to a half hour and peel label/s off. Dry bottle and re label. Time consuming but ...
by Brian Ojalvo
May 18th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Thanks for adding those links Ken. Appreciate that. Sorry we will miss you in LA in June as your insight is always refreshing. I'm certain our Seven % squad will be pouring in the SF Bay area again soon.
by Brian Ojalvo
May 17th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Want to inform our Southern California contingent about this great tasting coming up on June 2nd at Hadley & Bennett in Los Angeles. West of Temperance will be pouring some obscurities along with many of our friends below. Hope to see some So Cal Berserkers there representing. #arnotroberts @birichi...
by Brian Ojalvo
February 25th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prima Materia Now Open
Replies: 5
Views: 369

Re: Prima Materia Now Open

Pietro and I poured a bunch of Aglianico last year at Ed Kurtzman’s winery in SF. It was a private event focusing on Aglianico with a bunch of winemakers at the table sharing lunch and talking shop. We tasted quite a few Italian made wines along with a vertical of my Aglianico (West of Temperance) f...
by Brian Ojalvo
February 23rd, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Take out options for napa
Replies: 23
Views: 1260

Re: Take out options for napa

Miminashi has wonderful bento boxes you can take out.
by Brian Ojalvo
February 10th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 West of Temperance Merlot Yountville
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Re: TN: 2014 West of Temperance Merlot Yountville

Great note Brig! Our 2014 Yountville Merlot is definitely a wine that will benefit from laying down for a few years.
by Brian Ojalvo
February 6th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 5949

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Been buying since the first release. I am offered everything and usually leave some over for others to experience as I did this year. Excited to try the Mission Refosco Red Blend and ALWAYS take my fair share of Chenin.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 31st, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: Sandlands 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

Thanks so much Drew! It was my big 50th champagne.gif
BTW did you get anything good from BDX? There were some amazing offers to be had.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 30th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Sandlands 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

Been drinking these wines now since their first release some years back. I always make sure I order enough to keep me fortified for important occasions. On Sunday evening to celebrate my birthday as well celebrate a great weekend thanks to all of you berserkers on berserkersday X, I decided to pop t...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 28th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

We've had several questions come in regarding shipping, weather conditions, wine details, drinking windows, etc. so I wanted to take a quick moment and provide a general heads up... Once we close out our sale tonight, our focus will move to preparing and fulfilling your orders. We work with a very e...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Thank you folks... The response we have received this BerserkerDay X has been off the charts...we are truly humbled. For those of you still interested in West of Temperance a friendly reminder our offer is valid through 11:59pm, Monday, 1/28/2019. We are at your service! Cheers!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

1st time customer here. Went for the Italians as well as the Aglianico Project as it's a grape that intrigues me. Welcome to West of Temperance Jonathan and thank you for your order! Nice choices! We are very much intrigued with Aglianico ourselves... Check out what folks are saying on CellarTracke...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Love everything these guys do - the Fiano has taken over as my new favourite white. And had a bottle of the Teroldego last night w/ a steak....fabulous Thank you! Glad you are enjoying the wines... We love working with Teroldego and it's a fun story how we became acquainted with the varietal. We ex...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

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CoreyEdmonds wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 8:50 am
I'm in for 3 pack of Carignan. Love this type of wine.
Thanks Corey. So glad you are on board !
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

robert creth wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 2:46 pm
I went for the Italians
Robert, the Italians package is a great introduction to what we do at West of Temperance. Thanks for your support!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Mark Maddox wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 2:57 pm
In for the Aglianico and Carignane.
Nice choice, Mark! Yes! [thankyou.gif]
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Michael O'Brien wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Never had any wines from West of Temperance before and I am a big fan of Italian varieties in particular. It seemed that the only way to get a good sampling was the Il Mostro! The Monster!
Il Mostro is a terrific choice Michael. Thanks so much!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

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mattcitrang wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 9:37 am
Glad to see you back again this year. Love your wines especially the Italians.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

robert creth wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 9:18 am
Sold out already?
Hi Robert! Not yet...our offers are live and available for early purchase by Grand Cru Members...you can also check out: www.westoftemperance.com
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

Re: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Michael Martin wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Order in. These guys are great.
You are great too Michael. Thank you!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

AD Northup wrote:
January 25th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Opening a 2013 Aglianico tonight in anticipation of this weekend!
Nice, Andrew! We enjoyed reading your tasting notes and are pleased you enjoyed the wine... Thanks for the shoutout and opening a bottle the day before BerserkerDay 10!

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by Brian Ojalvo
January 26th, 2019, 12:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Tampa wine and food
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: Tampa wine and food

Thanks Ed. Bern’s looks to be the spot for sure. Wine list looks exhausting. Good seeing you in Dogpatch the other night. Hopefully next time we meet it will be under lighter circumstances.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 25th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Tampa wine and food
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Tampa wine and food

I am going to visit some friends in Tampa in February. Looking for recommendations for great wine and dining experience. Thanks ahead of time for the recommendations!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 24th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard (Short/Boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2011 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard (Short/Boring)

I remember we waited out a few rain events in 2011 for that harvest. The vineyard owner was not a happy camper. Grapes came in big and packed with tannins. I have a bunch of these in the cellar. Sounds as if I may have to open one soon.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 24th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

brigcampbell wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 7:56 pm
Dan Hammer wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 8:25 am
I just read the thread from last year. Looks like I missed out. That won't happen this year.
viewtopic.php?f=66&t=148192

Dan
Good people!
Thank you, Brig! We feel the same way about you guys!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 24th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

Dan Hammer wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 8:25 am
I just read the thread from last year. Looks like I missed out. That won't happen this year.
viewtopic.php?f=66&t=148192

Dan
We look forward to getting you wine this year, Dan! Thank you!
by Brian Ojalvo
January 24th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: West of Temperance BD 10 Deals
Replies: 20
Views: 1465

West of Temperance BD 10 Deals

Dear WineBerserkers, Greetings from Northern California and congratulations on this tenth anniversary BerserkersDay! champagne.gif It is a great honor for us to be here with you once again for this incredible event - a big huge thank you to all WineBerserkers for the warm welcome we have received fr...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 23rd, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance
Replies: 10
Views: 969

BD10 SPONSOR FEATURE: West of Temperance

West of Temperance Logo.png -- Dear WineBerserkers, Greetings from Northern California! West of Temperance is pleased to be participating in BerserkersDay X and it’s a great honor for us to be here with you once again on this tenth anniversary! A huge thank you to the WineBerserker community and To...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 6th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ryan Cochrane has passed away
Replies: 7
Views: 1567

Ryan Cochrane has passed away

It is with terrible sadness to report that my good friend Ryan Cochran of Ryan Cochran Wines has passed away today. We worked together in the same facility as AP clients for a few years in San Francisco. We also poured our wines at the same festivals in Santa Barbara a few years back. Ryan was so so...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 5th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37392

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

West of Temperance 2016 Poor Ranch Carignane will most definitely be available for our upcoming Berserkerday extravaganza!
by Brian Ojalvo
November 14th, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live
Replies: 48
Views: 2759

Re: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live

If anyone is interested..... the winery has indicted to me that this wines production figures (case numbers) are approximately “800 cases or so”.
by Brian Ojalvo
November 13th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live
Replies: 48
Views: 2759

Re: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live

Put an order in today for 6 bottles. Will pick up at the tasting room in Sebastopol.
by Brian Ojalvo
November 9th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch

David,sorry I do not have information regarding that.
by Brian Ojalvo
November 8th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch

Yes. I did have a wonderful apprenticeship with Sean. I learned a great deal about things that I never would have learned in enology classes,a very intuitive and visceral style of winemaking indeed. I am now making wines in a very different style under my own brand West of Temperance.
by Brian Ojalvo
November 8th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch

Great note David. I have extensive experience with these wines. I was assistant winemaker to Sean in Bolinas for over 10 years from 2003-2013. I just so happened to open a 2004 Sirius 2 nights ago to check in on it. Very similar to your notes, however not quite as porty as you described. The abv on ...
by Brian Ojalvo
June 14th, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Minerality Seminar
Replies: 7
Views: 753

Minerality Seminar

Thanks Stewart. Love your quick and dirty Cliff Note version of this seminar. Your notes are super informative and well thought out. Thank you.
by Brian Ojalvo
June 3rd, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9080

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

I have seen it used once about 2 years ago. I was aghast that it was being used on a Napa Valley Merlot by a high end producer. I have photographic evidence. Note the Tapatio hot sauce next to the 2 bloated purple jugs on the winery fridge door.
by Brian Ojalvo
May 27th, 2018, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?
Replies: 74
Views: 4000

Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?

Our first 2016 Carignane is being released from the Poor Ranch in Hopland. This comes from the “Knoll” block high up on the mountain. This block of Carignane was planted in 1942 and is dry farmed,head pruned,and certified organic (CCOF)
by Brian Ojalvo
May 10th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 163
Views: 6950

Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

Borra Vineyard is an interesting place....used to harvest many many tons of mixed reds from there destined for the Pleiades blend some 15 years ago and trucked them back to Bolinas. Carignane from Borra certainly had a supporting role in the Pleiades blends of years past.
by Brian Ojalvo
April 30th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 240
Views: 10555

Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

I love the Santa Clara Valley. Many hidden gems for sure. Our Fiano was released about a month ago.
by Brian Ojalvo
April 25th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KelliWhite: Making Sense of Mendocino
Replies: 19
Views: 859

KelliWhite: Making Sense of Mendocino

Mendocino is the absolute ace in the whole for certain varieties as Casey has stated. I have been harvesting and producing sangiovese from a high elevation mountain vineyard for some time now up there. Its a stunner and in my opinion is as close to the flavor profile of Montalcino as we have in N. C...
by Brian Ojalvo
April 24th, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Receiving the Wrong Items
Replies: 20
Views: 1522

Receiving the Wrong Items

Being a winemaker/owner I would value greatly to hear from the consumer on any experience that is any less than perfect. I always follow my shipments and would want to know where the problem occured as to not repeat the same mistake. The customer would be sent the correct wines they ordered and as a...
by Brian Ojalvo
March 8th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 38
Views: 2058

TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

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by Brian Ojalvo
January 28th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!

Wow! This has been incredible! John and I are humbled by the response we have received this year. A very big thank you to the WineBerserkers community and to Todd and his team for putting on such an amazing BDIX! I am a little backed up on orders and promise to get to everything as soon as possible....
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!

This is great stuff you Berserkers! I've been tasting/drinking their wines since they started producing. REALLY great wines and those unique varietals that make you sit back and enjoy with each sip. Give them a try if you haven't already. You won't be sorry! Thank you, Kim! We are so happy you enjo...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!

That’s helpful. Thanks, Brian. You are very welcome, Andrew. I am pleased to be at your service and if you have any additional questions or would like more insight into the wines, please reach out directly to me anytime or feel free to call my office on 415-342-1603 where we look forward to being i...
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!
Replies: 15
Views: 1386

WEST of TEMPERANCE BerserkersDay IX Offerings up to 30% OFF + FREE CA SHIPPING!

We have suggested drinking windows outlined on our website in our data sheets. Please have a look at http://www.westoftemperance.com/data-sheets where each wine has a unique data sheet available for download in PDF format.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: BETWIXT WINES offer ~ 30% off & FREE Shipping
Replies: 11
Views: 902

BETWIXT WINES offer ~ 30% off & FREE Shipping

Nice offering from Betwixt. I picked up a few cases of Tim's Grenache after meeting him at a recent trade event...I and my friends and family really enjoy it and I will be back for more soon.
by Brian Ojalvo
January 27th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: GABRIEL-GLAS BERSERKERS DAY BONANZA! LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFER
Replies: 75
Views: 5480

GABRIEL-GLAS BERSERKERS DAY BONANZA! LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFER

These are fantastic wine glasses! I recently acquired several for my tastings in the winery and at home and love how wine shows when utilizing these glasses...

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