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by Kim Z
October 22nd, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 3843

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

You guys are reciting the CCP playbook. ie, things are 'bad' because..(drumroll) rich people. But how many centimillionaires, billionaires, etc, from China have acquired refined wine taste? China is THE economic (raw corrupt capitalism) power in the world, with three times the US population. Do you ...
by Kim Z
October 15th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 897

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

Ok to lighten up a bit here is an apropos riddle:

I am a white wine drinker but I only drink red wine
by Kim Z
October 14th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 897

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

That is a terrible analogy in that it infantilizes Casey's employees and places him in an inappropriately paternalistic role. It's condescending and patronizing. Language is a strong way to connect with one's cultural background; it's a reflection of values and ideology, and a gift of connection. I...
by Kim Z
October 14th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Speaking Spanish at Work
Replies: 25
Views: 897

Re: Speaking Spanish at Work

I see some are so quick to virtue signal they don't understand the OP. He wasn't asking how to be a decent employer (which obviously he is with an ongoing business), but whether speaking Spanish to employees in an English-speaking country wasn't as helpful as had he only spoken English. An analogy i...
by Kim Z
October 5th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Experienced winemakers - help me figure this out?
Replies: 8
Views: 747

Re: Experienced winemakers - help me figure this out?

It would be helpful to measure the SO2 level. Matchstick seems more like SO2 than H2S, which is an eggy odor. If the SO2 is the culprit not sure that copper will help. FWIW I treated a reduction problem Syrah in the past with CuSO4 and had good results, using bench trials first to find the smallest ...
by Kim Z
September 26th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....
Replies: 21
Views: 1483

Re: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....

Interesting article. I ve always wondered if tge co fermentation reduced reduction issues, a common phenomenon with Syrah. Re pricing: let s face it. Northern Rhône’s have gotten a lot more expensive and that makes west coast Syrah more appealing price wise The first time I drove from Ampuis to Bea...
by Kim Z
September 24th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33575

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 11:31 am
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I'm sure my crew would rather be paid piecework for picking rather than their usual hourly wage, but this is reality.
What a sad image. Can we fast-forward to 21 already champagne.gif
by Kim Z
September 22nd, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

COVID-19, tuberculosis (TB), and the flu are all respiratory illnesses that spread through the air, hence protective measures for these diseases are highly similar. However, there are significant differences in disease prevalence and burden among the three diseases, which calls for different public...
by Kim Z
September 15th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Victor Hong wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Covid-19 is far more than a respiratory virus. The respiratory tract is a key entry point, but hardly a terminus.
False argument. These respiratory viruses enter and exit by the oral/nasal airway, as is contagion via exhaled virus-laden water droplets.
by Kim Z
September 15th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Influenza is not the same as Covid-19. Even this poor, dumb Chinatown noodle-slinger knows that. [/quote] Of course! but they are both respiratory viruses that spread the same way. Reverting to terrior, one can debate lab studies but empirical results are more salient - even in France image (1).png
by Kim Z
September 15th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I just re-read all of Merrill's posts on this thread and frankly wtf is wrong with all of you with the piling-on? You guys sound like the "silence is violence" mob - making things up to thrust fists in the air while claiming hegemony over science and morals. I agree with her that in general it is b...
by Kim Z
September 15th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I just re-read all of Merrill's posts on this thread and frankly wtf is wrong with all of you with the piling-on? You guys sound like the "silence is violence" mob - making things up to thrust fists in the air while claiming hegemony over science and morals. I agree with her that in general it is be...
by Kim Z
September 14th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

The world revolves around Merrill and her cats. Her attitude of protect the elites is what will cause her eventual excommunication from her perceived winemaker circle. [/quote] I and surely many others here like Merrill, her cats, and her wine! Not sure why the vindictive snarkasm, but you outed yo...
by Kim Z
September 14th, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

If Merrill, Kim, or others have no problem with wineries violating nationwide health safety guidelines, would they object if such wineries were publicly named? At least in CA the guidelines vary by county - which is more appropriate than one size fits all solutions. To your suggestion of doxing "vi...
by Kim Z
September 12th, 2020, 9:16 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

- safety: literally, this winery has decided the safety of their team and guests - who may go visit other wineries in a given area - is not a priority and they can be spreading infections due to this carelessness. why should Larry, or anyone else, need to host guests who may have been exposed to C-...
by Kim Z
September 12th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

2584] - safety: literally, this winery has decided the safety of their team and guests - who may go visit other wineries in a given area - is not a priority and they can be spreading infections due to this carelessness. why should Larry, or anyone else, need to host guests who may have been exposed...
by Kim Z
September 12th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4765

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

[/quote] - safety: literally, this winery has decided the safety of their team and guests - who may go visit other wineries in a given area - is not a priority and they can be spreading infections due to this carelessness. why should Larry, or anyone else, need to host guests who may have been expos...
by Kim Z
September 3rd, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33575

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
September 2nd, 2020, 7:45 am
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Not as much color development in Gewurtz this year. Not enough foggy mornings. Tastes great anyway.
Lovely! Here is a jumbo Grenache cluster from our vines - almost 2#. Harvest Sat early before the big heat wave
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by Kim Z
June 25th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33575

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I read this thread regularly. We have a small vineyard and have little to add...rather read what the big guys do!

Thanks to Casey, Merrill, Paul and all that contribute!
by Kim Z
June 7th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33575

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Well along side a 100yr pandemic and nascent civil war, I have been glad to see our vines happily reaching to the sun. Nature doesn't care much what happens with humans - one of many reasons nature is so appealing. Paul FWIW in Avignon 2 years ago we had a phenomenal local white that was grenache bl...
by Kim Z
March 4th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33575

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

It has been bone dry down here in Ventura county. This season's rainfall is 8.8" - normal is ~15" and last year was 22".

We pruned 3 weeks ago and have irrigated our hillside vines weekly since.
by Kim Z
January 26th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 2321

Re: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

https://www.ttb.gov/wine/wine-faqs?id=2675 The customers who make wine at the center must be qualified to produce wine for personal or family use under federal, State and local rules. If State and local rules impose different requirements or limitations than the federal rules noted here, the stricte...
by Kim Z
January 24th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And A-Fib?
Replies: 37
Views: 3128

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

If it were me it would be time to give it up [cheers.gif]

https://www.medpagetoday.org/cardiology ... 62?vpass=1
by Kim Z
January 7th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 2321

Re: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

If you are making less than a 100 gallons and not selling it, the rules are not prohibitive. You would need some legal advice for the non commercial making of wine. There are a number of law firms in northern CA that can help you. Actually if you make wine at home for personal use there are no lega...
by Kim Z
December 19th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37861

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I saw a new study on increased Pierce's disease in Napa/Sonoma. Further South (here), PD is vectored mainly by the glassy winged sharpshooter. But the outbreak up North seems to be from other sharpshooters but especially spittle-bugs. Since vectors like some of the cover-crops, are you guys thinking...
by Kim Z
November 4th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Syrah X-Block '12-'14...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Syrah X-Block '12-'14...(short/boring)

Thanks for your TNs Tom. I got the '13 and agree that acid/tannin might benefit from more years to soften/round a bit. Because of the screw caps I forgot a bottle that had been opened and re-capped 4 days prior (they are in our microwinery with other bottles). Very little discernible fruit but inste...
by Kim Z
October 21st, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37861

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

A bit off topic but we don't kill them here. I capture and safely relocate to a friend who is developing a Pacific Rattlesnake venom vaccine for pets. The snake's venom is milked - they are not harmed. (There is already a vaccine for diamondbacks, but this is not the predominant species here. Casey ...
by Kim Z
October 21st, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37861

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Came off two nights ago at 3am. Two tons of Houyi. 26.1 brix, 3.4 TA, 3.81 pH. Surprisingly high YAN of 173 (I am usually sub-100.) Stupid question from a consumer regarding night harvest- no worries with unseen snakes? Snakes are much less active in the cold. The only venomous snakes in California...
by Kim Z
October 11th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37861

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Crazy frozen pick to finish my 41st harvest. Taco lady came after and we had some fun.
Congratulations on what looks to be a great vintage! And thanks for taking the time to give updates [cheers.gif]
by Kim Z
October 2nd, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 53
Views: 4938

Re: Mountain Lions

"Since 1850, when California became a state, there have been 16 mountain lion attacks on people. Six were fatal; of those, two were fatal because of untreated rabies. I'd be cautious not to surprise the lions, but even that is unlikely, as they're pretty aware animals." Yes and if you look at human ...
by Kim Z
August 16th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 4490

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

A couple of related points: What about (now annual) California brush fires? What happens when pot fields burn....not only to adjacent crops but adjacent winemakers, vineyard laborers, and firefighters? Also vineyards require significant fungicide spray programs to control powdery mildew and other di...
by Kim Z
August 8th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28874

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Those of us in California understand this is an off the charts hyper-regulated, environmentally excessive, business unfriendly state. They paid their shake-down and made peace, and would like to move on and continue to do business. After 6 pages of arm-chair quarterbacking, don't you guys have your ...
by Kim Z
August 3rd, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28874

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Our friends from the former USSR point out that everyone there was in violation of the law because there were so many laws. Avoiding prosecution was a matter of avoiding attention, usually by staying poor.

by Kim Z
August 1st, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37861

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

July is a wrap and was a cool one - average high was 77F and average low 54F. These are 2-3F below historical averages. I am thankful I am not growing in Cote Rotie. Last month they had an average high of 88F and average low of 66F. Paul Roasted slope! Seems CA is cooler than the Rhone this year. I...
by Kim Z
July 26th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Provence trip
Replies: 16
Views: 3429

Re: Provence trip

I second the restaurant in La Mirande hotel in Avignon and recommend trying white CdP while there.

We also enjoyed Domaine de la Mordorée in Tavel (though it felt very much like Southern California!)
by Kim Z
November 17th, 2018, 3:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 41361

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

This interactive air quality map may be of interest:

https://www.purpleair.com/map?#2.87/38.09/-92.64
by Kim Z
October 16th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja trip report
Replies: 20
Views: 1032

Re: Rioja trip report

Thanks for the report! We hope to visit and taste in Spain one day. (Missed opportunity when our daughter studied there 12 years ago!)
by Kim Z
October 11th, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Questions
Replies: 107
Views: 12868

Re: SQN Questions

Anyone read "The Emperor's New Clothes"?
by Kim Z
September 24th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What. Is. This.???
Replies: 25
Views: 1922

Re: What. Is. This.???

by Kim Z
September 23rd, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 41361

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Congratulations Merrill..to you and to your vines for out-producing!

We grow Syrah and Grenache and even with nets and other discouragements the birds go for the Syrah big time.
by Kim Z
September 7th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP...Kent Rosenblum..
Replies: 31
Views: 2037

Re: RIP...Kent Rosenblum..

Add me to the list of those who got into wine via Zinfandel, with some of my favorites being Rosenblum's.

Death soon after joint replacement is usually cardiovascular. They screen for this prior to surgery which reduces the risk.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4054013/
by Kim Z
September 4th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Harvest Initiated Aug 20, 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1962

Re: Harvest Initiated Aug 20, 2018

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
September 4th, 2018, 3:09 pm
It was a King Snake...I left that part out.
Merrill those are harmless to humans and highly beneficial: Diet includes rodents and rattlesnakes.

(In California the only dangerous snakes have rattles on their tails.)


Kim
by Kim Z
August 29th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern California Wine Tour – June 2018, Part 4B – Cucamonga Valley: Galleano
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Southern California Wine Tour – June 2018, Part 4B – Cucamonga Valley: Galleano

Interesting report - thank you. And somewhat surprising they can dry farm in this climate, and for that matter that the vines have survived so long in Pierce's disease country. (PD is widespread in Southern California, mostly due to invasive glassy-winged sharpshooter vector. Almost decimated Temecu...
by Kim Z
August 28th, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 3427

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

No safe level of driving (bike riding, sex, etc) either

by Kim Z
August 27th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Harvest Initiated Aug 20, 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1962

Re: Harvest Initiated Aug 20, 2018

Beautiful clusters. Congratulations on a good harvest!
by Kim Z
August 24th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The soda and straw police
Replies: 1
Views: 301

The soda and straw police

by Kim Z
August 19th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Randall Grahm on wine labels
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Randall Grahm on wine labels

I found it to be interesting reading:

https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/keyno ... tville-ca/
by Kim Z
July 30th, 2018, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 1811 d'Yquem
Replies: 39
Views: 2904

TNR: 1811 d'Yquem

David K o l i n wrote:The Comet vintage. All wines from the vintage were out of this world
Too much Brett in vintages of comets that passed near Uranus

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