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by N Weis
March 26th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?

That color is what would be known in the business as "Antique Green"

Does that mean it's green per the waste management folks? I haven't the foggiest.

Dead leaf Green is really mostly yellow. Champagne Green is most definitely green. Flint is clear. We're almost as creative as the paint folks!
by N Weis
February 10th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1135

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

- Do wineries have reputations for having better or worse harvest internships, or are they similar across the board? Are there any that have particularly good reputations that I should look into, or bad ones that I should avoid? Absolutely. Do a bit of research on them first and I would say there ar...
by N Weis
January 21st, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?
Replies: 36
Views: 1219

Re: Is your vehicle vanity license plate wine related ?

No vanity plates here. Just good old fashioned vanity. My dad has two: YNMAKER and SUR LIE He’s been offered some healthy sums for the former. Guessing it’ll be part of my inheritance. I had to borrow his car for a while during college once and my friends got a kick out of it due to my less than fri...
by N Weis
January 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SVB 2019 Wine Biz Report
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: SVB 2019 Wine Biz Report

I love the report and find it very useful and worthwhile. Rob McMillan of SVB says it started as sort of an ad hoc, blog post type of analysis and has now become a 4-month endeavor. I’m still absorbing but my general first run through has been a lot of nodding. Talks of headwinds that I haven’t actu...
by N Weis
December 11th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

I follow you, Casey, and bet it will work well. Choosing next year's cane is the most mentally-taxing, but removing last year's cane(s) and all the brush is the most time-consuming. Leaving a number of good choices for canes and spur positions if needed/desired should let the surgeons do their work ...
by N Weis
October 16th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

It's like '12, '13, '97, '07, '05, take your pick....the quality is quite incredible. Even with a big crop.

I'd say it's closer to '13 in structure, although the quantity is more like '12.

Anyways, growers are happy, wineries are happy, accountants are unhappy. What could be better?
by N Weis
October 15th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Scheduled my last picks today. We'll be done by the end of the week.

Big one. We've never, ever crushed this much.
by N Weis
October 15th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Yield Per Vine
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Yield Per Vine

You might enjoy reading "Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing" by Mark A. Matthews. About a third of the book is dedicated to the "myth" of the importance of yield, the genealogies behind the common beliefs about different yield metrics people focus on, etc. My take away was that yield (any way y...
by N Weis
October 5th, 2018, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Walked a lot today and Cab still holding strong. As the old rule goes, in a biggish vintage, it gets bigger the later you go. Yields have been pretty strong thus far. A lot has made progress even with the weather. No visual signs but could smell some rot in places. I figure we’ll be bringing most al...
by N Weis
October 4th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Not enough rain to cause major problems (yet).

Just enough to be annoying and keep us out.

Rain, warm, rain, warm is a perfect recipe for botrytis.
by N Weis
September 20th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Yield Per Vine
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Yield Per Vine

With all due respect...and there is a lot of respect due Mr Krankl, I can't agree. Consider 3 vineyards (two of which I work with): a 7' x 10' spur-pruned GDC vineyard, a 4' x 7' double Guyot vineyard with 8-bud canes, and a 10,000 vine/ha Medoc vineyard with head-trained vines with two 4-bud canes....
by N Weis
September 18th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Being someone who works with a lot of different regions and varieties, I see it every year. SB that is later than Cabernet, Merlot that is earlier than Pinot, and so on. Everything is just so darn site specific, it's very hard to generalize. Next week, we have Oregon Pinot, RRV SB, Alexander Valley...
by N Weis
September 15th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Picked pinot for sparkling last night. I delivered it to a winery that was bringing in Calistoga cab at the same time. Seemed a bit early for that, since most folks seem to be running on an "old normal" timetable this year. I think they have "old normal" or "neo-classical" (if you follow Gilman's u...
by N Weis
September 14th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

It's a shit show with constellation here in lake count county. I don't know of anyone tgat has been able to send them fruit. Had conversations with mendo people that have received rejection letters as well This is gonna be a big f_cking deal in these parts. Constellation is cancelling contracts in ...
by N Weis
September 6th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Haven't really got a good lather up yet. 5 tons here, 10 tons there. We were scheduled for 20 tons of sparkling Chardonnay tomorrow and got pushed back a day. I'm inclined to be pissed off that one day would really matter, but I'm guessing they are getting tight for space already. Since we're booke...
by N Weis
August 20th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mondavi Italian Winery Name???
Replies: 14
Views: 738

Re: Well...Doh...

And then it was yrs later (20?) when I met you (and Glen Salva) up at Atlas Peak. If you recall, I soundly scolded you over your decision to pull that last block of Refosco (now known to be Mondeuse). Bonehead move, methinks. The last production of that Mondeuse that Darrell took in its entirety is...
by N Weis
August 17th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mondavi Italian Winery Name???
Replies: 14
Views: 738

Re: Mondavi Italian Winery Name???

Hey Tom!! I may know just a wee bit about this subject ;-) Vichon was indeed the winery on the Grade where Promontory now resides. Started by George Vierra and partners in the late 70s I believe, then purchased by the Mondavis int he early '80s. SB, Semillon, Cabernet, Chevrignon, Estate Red, Merlot...
by N Weis
July 11th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to Silver Oak
Replies: 23
Views: 1623

Visit to Silver Oak

Geez, guys. I’d be careful. Saying halfway nice stuff about Silver Oak may find you with your membership here revoked. Or at least lacking street cred. ;)
by N Weis
July 2nd, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper price increase
Replies: 95
Views: 7087

Roy Piper price increase

If you've ever seen a Pellenc destemmer, imagine it scaled up and on top of an over-the-row tractor. They had such success with the picking head that they shrunk it and have been making a killing selling it to wineries. I've never seen one of these in operation, sounds fascinating! But I wonder wha...
by N Weis
July 2nd, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper price increase
Replies: 95
Views: 7087

Roy Piper price increase

Nate, Thanks for the info - great to hear direct from someone actually doing this :-) What size containers are the fruit arriving at the winery? And are they berries only - no stems? Cheers! On the former, half ton Macros or 2-ton valley bins. On the latter, I was wondering for a moment if you were...
by N Weis
July 1st, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roy Piper price increase
Replies: 95
Views: 7087

Roy Piper price increase

Roy, You never did reply regarding the rising cost of hand harvesting - and what that may entail moving forward. I saw an article recently about the machine work being done at Hudson - seems pretty cool and certainly a way to offset the ongoing labor shortages (will post separately). Would love you...
by N Weis
June 29th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfurous Ridge.
Replies: 16
Views: 552

Sulfurous Ridge.

Neal.Mollen wrote:Was I the only one who saw the title of the thread and thought "worst winery name EVAH"
My first thoughts were "killer name for a band"...then "was that a Civil War battleground?"
by N Weis
May 23rd, 2018, 5:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Jealous. Have you seen the weather forecast? Not sure I'd be jealous....has me a bit concerned as I am seeing some bloom in my travels. Dude, so I'm supposed to be happy I'm not blooming with crappy weather in the forecast? Ok I feel you. This is starting to feel like (and I know it's still the mon...
by N Weis
May 22nd, 2018, 4:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:Jealous.
Have you seen the weather forecast? Not sure I'd be jealous....has me a bit concerned as I am seeing some bloom in my travels.
by N Weis
February 12th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Hm. Indeed the gut says it has been a warmer winter, more in the vein of 2014/2015. We're considering some winter irrigation. However, what I'm seeing is pretty tight buds, albeit lots of bleeding. My rose bushes are still tight as well and they tend to come out a couple weeks before the vines. Budb...
by N Weis
February 7th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 30316

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Pruned with my A team today in a 3 year old Robert Young Chard field. As you know this is one of the pivotal years for a young field. We're really not thinking about cropload this year, it's more about structure and setting the vine up for the next couple of years. There will be crop this year but ...
by N Weis
October 26th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Most Played Albums of Harvest 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1000

Most Played Albums of Harvest 2017

Lotta Tom petty the 2nd half of harvest
by N Weis
October 15th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

There are many to thank in these parts at the moment for helping keep the situation from getting worse than it did, but the unlikeliest and most above and beyond version has been private citizens with water trucks and heavy equipment. A number of them have been out doing yeoman's work, often without...
by N Weis
October 15th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

There are many to thank in these parts at the moment for helping keep the situation from getting worse than it did, but the unlikeliest and most above and beyond version has been private citizens with water trucks and heavy equipment. A number of them have been out doing yeoman's work, often without...
by N Weis
October 14th, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

My attendance record for Sunday services is pretty embarrassing (shhh).

I feel a very strong need to be there tomorrow.
by N Weis
October 14th, 2017, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

I'm here. Setting the alarm for every couple hours to check things out. I live at the bottom of dry creek rd in Napa near Alston park. At 3am, walked outside. Winds relatively calm with a slight breeze out of the east. Air quality is great, which always kind of freaks me out. When it's socked in smo...
by N Weis
October 14th, 2017, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

I'm here. Setting the alarm for every couple hours to check things out. I live at the bottom of dry creek rd in Napa near Alston park. At 3am, walked outside. Winds relatively calm with a slight breeze out of the east. Air quality is great, which always kind of freaks me out. When it's socked in smo...
by N Weis
October 13th, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

People are still here, fighting like hell. The crews are getting ahead of it, slowly but surely. My local neighborhood joint opened last night after 4 days closed. It was like a wine biz reunion there and so great to see everyone and give a few high fives and pats on the back. Resilient. A PG&E crew...
by N Weis
October 11th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Roger, Bill. Colin, the interns and seasonal folks are who I am most concerned about. This is my livelihood and how I support my family. It's a 3 month job for them. They're generally young, from somewhere else, and probably scared out of their minds right now. Shit, I'm pretty scared of what tonig...
by N Weis
October 11th, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Roger, Bill. Colin, the interns and seasonal folks are who I am most concerned about. This is my livelihood and how I support my family. It's a 3 month job for them. They're generally young, from somewhere else, and probably scared out of their minds right now. Shit, I'm pretty scared of what tonigh...
by N Weis
October 11th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 85695

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

I'm still here! Getting ready to leave the fight at work for the fight at home. Saw the 747 take a run at the geyser peak area today. God bless those guys. I live on the northwest side of Napa. Really not a terrible place to be but I am concerned the wind direction is pushing one of those fires down...
by N Weis
October 5th, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Last Napa Cabernet pick Saturday

Last Alexander Valley Cabernet pick Tuesday

Last Willamette Valley pick Monday

Just like that, it's over!
by N Weis
September 15th, 2017, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another WV vineyard acquired by out-of stater
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Another WV vineyard acquired by out-of stater

See ya soon, Hamina! I expect the royal treatment when I stop by!
by N Weis
September 9th, 2017, 8:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Hey Roy: I have some videos of it running but nothing that will tell you much. They are savvy so I bet there are plenty of YouTube videos of the harvesters running. I hopped up onto some bins of Cabernet picked today in Healdsburg and was really impressed. We still need to learn about how to use SO2...
by N Weis
September 9th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

We bought our first Pellenc harvester this spring. So far, it's picked the vineyards we own that we planned to pick with it, some vineyards we own that we didn't plan to pick with it, and even some growers' vineyards. All due to management companies' inabilities to get to them. It's been a godsend. ...
by N Weis
September 4th, 2017, 8:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

Aw shucks, Casey.

We have some really good farmers in our company. I guess my revolutionary strategy has worked....I listen to and try to learn from them
by N Weis
September 4th, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

So far this season for me: Sauv blanc had a really nice year. Good yields, perfect chemistry with nice flavors. Lots of 22.5-23 with 7 g/L and 3.2-3.3ish pHs. Right over the plate. We started hitting Pinot hard a few weeks ago and essentially filled the winery in about 10 days. Twomey was part of IP...
by N Weis
June 29th, 2017, 10:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Are There Common Personality Traits Among Good Winemakers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1272

Are There Common Personality Traits Among Good Winemakers?

I prefer to remain mysterious.

Buy me lunch some time and you can decide for yourself. ;-)
by N Weis
June 29th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Are There Common Personality Traits Among Good Winemakers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1272

Are There Common Personality Traits Among Good Winemakers?

I love the question. I've been around the business my entire life. I've worked with and met what I consider to be good winemakers from all sides of the spectrum. There are city mice and country mice. Ego maniacs and the most humble people you could imagine (to a fault). Rigid, process-driven people ...
by N Weis
March 24th, 2017, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stagecoach Vineyard Sold to...........E&J Gallo
Replies: 39
Views: 2540

Stagecoach Vineyard Sold to...........E&J Gallo

Joe, I'm going to estimate this purchase at somewhere between a quarter and a half a BILLION dollars. not sure i agree they bought it to bleed it dry for all it can give for a couple years with subpar farming and increasing yields (which, in that neighborhood, would be a poor strategy in any case). ...
by N Weis
January 31st, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Skin-Contact Sauvignon Gris
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Skin-Contact Sauvignon Gris

Hi Tom: I don't know of any hard data on the acreage of S. gris. It's obviously pretty rare, so much so that while the TTB recognizes S gris as a variety for labeling purposes, CDFA only reports tonnages and acreage for S blanc, S musque (which really IMHO should be considered a clone of S blanc, bu...
by N Weis
January 25th, 2017, 12:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

I know right?

Actually it's a pretty fun part of the job. For instance, in your neck of the woods working with Norman K and Paul A. Paul is always threatening to take us out fishing but so far has never followed through.
by N Weis
January 23rd, 2017, 7:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread
Replies: 662
Views: 44866

2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

I read today that Nate Weiss has been named Director of Winemaking at Silver Oak, following Mr. Baron's retirement at the end of 2016. Nate, I thought you already had that post. But if this is indeed new news, congratulations! Thanks, Merrill! It is indeed a promotion. I started with the company 3 ...
by N Weis
January 13th, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zepaltas Hiatus
Replies: 10
Views: 1333

Zepaltas Hiatus

I think the decision shows great maturity and wisdom. Good for you, Ryan!

At the end of the day, family comes first.
by N Weis
July 15th, 2016, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BR: Terroir & Other Myths of WineGrowing by Mark Matthews
Replies: 14
Views: 944

BR: Terroir & Other Myths of WineGrowing by Mark Matthews

I did my graduate work at UCD under Mark's advisement. Knowing him that well, I was amused and not surprised at all at the title of his book. I also knew before I read a single page that his ultimate conclusion would be that the plant's environment (in addition to other factors) absolutely affects t...

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