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by H Wallace Jr
December 4th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 59
Views: 5498

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

For me- A healthy change in diet, early AMs at the gym, and having a pregnant (now nursing) wife. I still have wine almost every night, but often just a glass. I either share a bottle at dinner with my in-laws, or watch a bottle over multiple days. On the weekends, I am more apt to cook larger meals...
by H Wallace Jr
December 3rd, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question

Stay at the Sheraton. It’s 100m from the station. I was staying at the Marriott only because I have a certificate for I believe at Cat 4 hotel (Marriott qualifies at 4) and the Sheraton is a Cat 5 property. I could burn points if you think it is well worth it. If it is a CAT 4, go for it. CAT 4's a...
by H Wallace Jr
November 30th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question

Marriott should be able to get you. I made this "trek" in Feb. during a heavy snowstorm and just grabbed a taxi as it was late and I didn't want to wait out in the snow. It was something like 30EU for about a sub 10min ride. Worth it that night, but in normal conditions, I would wait. It is a bit of...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2234

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

A 1.5L is dinner for 4. In most cases, I'm happier drinking the same wine over the course of a dinner and watching it evolve vs. getting 4 oz pours of a bunch of wines that I briefly experience for 15min or so. When I open mags, I usually tell guests not to bring wine for dinner (unless it is bubble...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hiking in Napa
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Hiking in Napa

I think the best bang for your buck hiking option in Napa Valley is Table Rock above Calistoga. It has a pretty stunning view at the turnaround point and multiple vistas along the way. You park across the street from the trailhead to Mount St. Helena (it is a more exciting hike than St. Helena), and...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3672

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Agree - nothing like a fresh Rose right after it's been bottled. Ditto for a lot of Italian white wines, as well as much of the Maconnais - Rosé, it is. Kabinett is also a great choice. which roses are "truly amazing? (besides tempier) albarinos also please. i drink quite a bit of both but rarely f...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3672

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

There was a board favorite wine that this may have applied to, and certainly did in my case. It was Dirty & Rowdy's 2012 Semillon. The first bottle I opened was on June 30th, 2013 and it was excellent. Tried another 5-6 months later, then a third bottle over a year later and didn't find the same fr...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3672

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

This may be too tangential for this good thread, but for Tempier rose, curious on people's experience. Always been a huge fan of all of their wines but for the rose, interested if people think they go into a dumb phase and come out different/better? I have have accumulated some '15s and '16s recent...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3672

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

White burgundy. [smileyvault-ban.gif] Red Burgundy, before the flavor fades. pileon The Pfefferling that Suzanne mentions fit the bill. I've only had a few, but all young and fresh with their fair share of cokmplexity Agree. I think the L'Anglore / Pfifferling wines are usually spectacular near rel...
by H Wallace Jr
November 28th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 55
Views: 2680

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Jayson Cohen wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 6:03 pm
DOTY: Dirty & Rowdy, particularly the Mourvedres - better late than never
That is very kind. [worship.gif] Thank you!
by H Wallace Jr
November 26th, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey
Replies: 100
Views: 3974

Re: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey

So many in our industry - and this happens on the winery side as well - just want to push stuff on their customers without actually finding out what the customer really is interested in. We'd rather sell you than listen to you - and that's just wrong on so many levels . . . So you are going to be s...
by H Wallace Jr
November 25th, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...
Replies: 67
Views: 2312

Re: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...

For all of our Mourvèdre, we've been 100% whole cluster 100% of the time. Anyone not doing that is just wrong...... ;)
by H Wallace Jr
November 24th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard

Thanks everyone. The '15 Evangelho is a lot of fun. It has a lot some serious power for a D&R wine and though it should live a long time, it is hard to not open it now.
by H Wallace Jr
November 9th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 4737

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

The shipments I’ve gotten from Groskopf Logistics have been from Dirty and Rowdy. Not Congruence. Must be D&R. But doesn't explain my other 2 boxes. Will have to wait a few weeks for the mystery to be solved. Hi Alan, One of those boxes was from us (Dirty and Rowdy). Thanks a ton for the order! We ...
by H Wallace Jr
November 5th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah

Thanks Brad and Andrew!

I can't say too much about the vineyard other than it is Petite on quads in a spectacular location. We are thankful that some good friends were looking out for us with this spot.
by H Wallace Jr
November 2nd, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah


We are beyond psyched to finally get this one out to everyone. Bright, medium bodied, and beautifully structured-- It is some elegant (but still Dirty and Rowdy) stuff.
by H Wallace Jr
October 25th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Re: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

As a follow up to this, we tried the Unfamiliar Red last night and it's a beast. Had some weird bottle funk to start with which was exactly the smell that fermenting cider gives off when I've made it in the past, but that blew off pretty quickly once into a decanter which was a relief. I've got int...
by H Wallace Jr
October 25th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy- Final Pick of 2018 - Enz Vineyard Mourvèdre
Replies: 0
Views: 222

Dirty and Rowdy- Final Pick of 2018 - Enz Vineyard Mourvèdre


A beautiful end to our 2018 harvest down in Lime Kiln AVA taking our 2nd pass through Enz vineyard Mourvèdre.
by H Wallace Jr
October 21st, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Checking-in on two '16s from Dirty & Rowdy (Chenin & Familiar Blanc)
Replies: 5
Views: 405

Re: TNs: Checking-in on two '16s from Dirty & Rowdy (Chenin & Familiar Blanc)

Thanks a ton! Frenchie rocks. Bastien has been a huge supporter of ours for several years.

The '16 Familiar is in a really great place right now. Thanks for grabbing some to share!
by H Wallace Jr
October 18th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: Dirty and Rowdy- Old Vine Carignan AM
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Video: Dirty and Rowdy- Old Vine Carignan AM


The type of AM where we are reminded of how lucky we are to do what we do.

Old vine Carignan from Rosewood in Redwood Valley- Organic, dry farmed, and beautiful. These are the vines adjacent to our Rosewood old vine Mourvèdre
by H Wallace Jr
October 17th, 2018, 6:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: Dirty and Rowdy- Rodnick and Enz Mourvèdre Vineyard Sampling
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Video: Dirty and Rowdy- Rodnick and Enz Mourvèdre Vineyard Sampling


A trip into the Gabilan Mountains for our last sampling of Enz and Rodnick (formerly Antle) Mourvèdre.
by H Wallace Jr
October 11th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Re: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

My order arrived yesterday. Currently trying to decide how patient I can be with the Antle and Evangehlo...I get the impression it's worth waiting a few years despite how good all DR wines are straight out of the gate. Glad the wines arrived! If you pop any of these early, I recommend at least a 3h...
by H Wallace Jr
October 1st, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Enz Old Vine Mourvèdre Drone and Harvest Footage
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Enz Old Vine Mourvèdre Drone and Harvest Footage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKodwWQGuNU Enz Vineyard in San Benito County is a special spot in the Mourvèdre universe. The nearly 100yr old Mourvèdre vines are dry farmed, own rooted, organically farmed, and still produce a healthy crop. 10/1 AM Pick: We pull off Enz Mourvèdre in two passes. He...
by H Wallace Jr
September 29th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Harvest 2018: Dirty and Rowdy Skinner Mourvèdre Pick
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Harvest 2018: Dirty and Rowdy Skinner Mourvèdre Pick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHIqVhLfSBQ&t Some clips from our 9/26 Mourvèdre pick of Skinner Stoney Creek in El Dorado County, CA. (most of the footage is from @dirtysouthwine instagram stories, but since those disappear after 24hrs, I've been uploading our harvest stories to our Youtube channe...
by H Wallace Jr
September 16th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Charter Oak in St. Helena
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Charter Oak in St. Helena

I have been several times (bar, lunch, brunch, dinner) and have always had a fun / exceptional meals.
(disclaimer: they are good supporters of D&R)
by H Wallace Jr
September 15th, 2018, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a wine isn't listed on the winery's web site
Replies: 9
Views: 573

Re: When a wine isn't listed on the winery's web site

A few possibilities come to mind: 1. The winery is lousy at maintaining their web site. 2. The wine was produced in quantities too small to offer it on their site. 3. The wine was produced for direct retail distribution, so isn't offered or mentioned on their site. 4. The wine didn't turn out so go...
by H Wallace Jr
September 12th, 2018, 4:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch

Thanks David!

It is cool to see these evolve from young neon lights to into more wild / savory creatures.
by H Wallace Jr
September 8th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Enfield
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Enfield

Great to see, and well deserved. Asimov included a nice shout out to Dirty and Rowdy as well! Cheers, Warren Bittersweet, no more semillon (or sparkling or pet nat). Mourvedre has always been and will always be the focus, but Semillon will be back in force in '18- 2 vineyards this year... Picking t...
by H Wallace Jr
September 6th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Enfield
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Enfield

Great article -- Awesome to see John get some killer press / recognition...
by H Wallace Jr
August 27th, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winemaker - Limerick Lane Cellars
Replies: 12
Views: 1001

Re: New Winemaker - Limerick Lane Cellars

Pittenger rocks. Ridiculously talented and perhaps the nicest person I have met in the wine business.
by H Wallace Jr
August 26th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain - End of an Era
Replies: 17
Views: 1875

Re: Copain - End of an Era

Congrats to Ryan Z!
by H Wallace Jr
August 19th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: New California + Old World inspirations - Thu Sept 6th at The Wolf (Oakland, CA)
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: New California + Old World inspirations - Thu Sept 6th at The Wolf (Oakland, CA)

Dang- That sounds like a heck of a dinner! Thanks for including the Rosewood!
by H Wallace Jr
August 9th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

Thanks for the kind words and support everyone!
by H Wallace Jr
August 8th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

EHeffner wrote:Free shipping on 4 bottles and a DnR shirt may sway me to purchase!
Thank you!

The new shirts are here (shipping today) and loooooooking sweet!
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by H Wallace Jr
August 7th, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nomacorc question / Levi Dalton
Replies: 46
Views: 1403

Nomacorc question / Levi Dalton

Nomacorc is why I stopped buying Dirty & Rowdy: I perceive many of their wines as requiring age, and afaik Nomacorc is an unknown entity. Watching this thread with interest. my guess is that there are several options of normacorc just like there are several versions of DIAM? which one do this and D...
by H Wallace Jr
August 4th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anniversary Weekend in Napa...(now with notes: Schramsberg/J. Davies, R-M, Mending Wall, Raymond)
Replies: 69
Views: 3163

Headed to Napa tomorrow for Anniversary weekend...

I’ve heard Two Birds One Stone is quite over-rated. Hope you find it to your satisfaction. BEST Meal we have had in Napa in years.... While deciding on where to eat one evening I asked some locals about 2B1S and was told to avoid it. Different strokes I guess. I have had 3 very good meals there. Al...
by H Wallace Jr
August 3rd, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5070

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

'15 Enfield Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
FML.... so so good
by H Wallace Jr
August 3rd, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 233
Views: 9506

Contra Costa County Wine Heritage


Drew, here is a new drone video I did earlier this week from Evangelho.
(rabbit photobomb at the 9 sec. mark)
by H Wallace Jr
August 3rd, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best bottle you've ever given as a present to a friend/realtive?
Replies: 32
Views: 846

Best bottle you've ever given as a present to a friend/realtive?

Since I only give wines that I own and like, I can answer with the ones I have received the most effusive thanks for when they were opened. Dirty and Rowdy’s Mourvèdres get raves from all I have gifted. Those and Ultramarine sparklers. Thank you, Robert! My best regular / current release gifts are ...
by H Wallace Jr
August 3rd, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

Thanks everyone! We are off to a great start to the general release- Jenn and Terra Jane (welcome, Terra Jane!) are monitoring the inbox and fielding questions. Two quick notes: This is the first time Evangelho Mourvèdre is being offered to first time buyers-- We highly encourage folks to take advan...
by H Wallace Jr
August 2nd, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anniversary Weekend in Napa...(now with notes: Schramsberg/J. Davies, R-M, Mending Wall, Raymond)
Replies: 69
Views: 3163

Headed to Napa tomorrow for Anniversary weekend...

Happy Anniversary!

A couple of notes-
Compline next to the Archer is great for bottles and bar food (as well as dinner) and Cadet (across the street and down the alley) is the most fun wine bar in town. It gets lively on weekend nights.
by H Wallace Jr
August 2nd, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

No Magnums this year Hardy? There goes my mag verticals. Chuck- No mags of Evangelho this year :( ... I was running so hard with travel and events this spring that is was just a logistics mistake on my part. It is a huge bummer as this one is mag worthy for sure. I do have 15 cases of 1.5Ls of Antl...
by H Wallace Jr
August 2nd, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

The Bedrock release notes on the " Evangelho Vineyard " said that 2017 is a special vintage for the vineyard - especially for Mourvèdre! :) Given how age-worthy the prior Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines " Evangelho Vineyard " Mourvèdre wines seem to be, I think the '17 might be a good candidate. In a ve...
by H Wallace Jr
August 1st, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

Hardy, was there any single vineyard Mourvèdre from Skinner in 2017? I really like the red fruited side of the grape that seems to shine in those wines. Thanks Marc- Unfortunately, no Skinners for '17. We declassified all of the 2017 vineyard designates with the exception of Evangelho and Enz. The ...
by H Wallace Jr
August 1st, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

Since we're now a winemaking family, she'll be able to start "tasting" much younger than 21. ;-) But I also don't doubt some of Hardy's more "stacked" wines will easily make it to 20+! What are Hardy's more stacked wines? IMO D+R make about the easiest, early drinkingest reds I've ever had. They ar...
by H Wallace Jr
July 31st, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Dirty & Rowdy - August 3rd Release

Dirty & Rowdy had a booth at the opening tasting of Hospice du Rhône in May. While I had tasted some of their wines in the past, I had not tried any of the Mourvèdres. HdR made me realize D&R is all about the Mourvèdre! The wines really stood out at HdR (in a room filled with very stiff competition...
by H Wallace Jr
July 8th, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 7-4-18
Replies: 10
Views: 1188

Wine Impressions 7-4-18

I have problems thinking of the longevity of the many D&R mourveds. Is it based on price, or something else? .... 2018 will be our 9th vintage. We have intentions and desires for the vineyard designates to become more beautiful, elegant, and site specific with age, but time is the only way to find ...
by H Wallace Jr
July 7th, 2018, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 7-4-18
Replies: 10
Views: 1188

Wine Impressions 7-4-18

Thanks Jim! I need to check in on a '13 Shake Ridge (I haven't popped one in about 2yrs). It sounds like it is in a good spot.
by H Wallace Jr
July 2nd, 2018, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Checking-in on two '16s from Dirty & Rowdy (Chenin & Familiar Blanc)
Replies: 5
Views: 405

TNs: Checking-in on two '16s from Dirty & Rowdy (Chenin & Familiar Blanc)

Thanks, Dennis! We poured the '16 Familiar Blanc at 2 events this week in Boston and it is showing really well right now. Served between cold and cellar temp and it has the right mix of texture and acidity for me. Unfortunately, this is one of the few wines I have zero library of. I need to find som...
by H Wallace Jr
June 28th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Fremont Diner Closing
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Fremont Diner Closing

One more wine country restaurant closing...
A message from the Fremont Diner
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