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by N Weis
October 14th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Loaned 5 of my best pickers to a friend in Ukiah area. Picking Primativo at 6 tons/acre. Stinking clusters are over triple the size of the Pinot bunches we deal with. Luckily they are picking by the hour rather than piece work. They'd never want to come home! Looks like they'll be there most of the...
by N Weis
October 9th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3722

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Rick, I was hoping to visit Heater Allen tomorrow while in MAC! Please tell me it's open?!
by N Weis
October 9th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3722

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

The city of Healdsburg has its own power plant and is independent of PG&E. As does the town of Yountville (I am not totally sure where their plant is, but I presume this has to do with housing the Veterans Home). It was fascinating to drive from Napa to Healdsburg this morning and note the spots tha...
by N Weis
October 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

A week ago it was 102 for a high temp, this morning we're picking Pinot at 5:00 am at 34 degrees and neighbors wind machines running all around us. My poor crews hands were horribly frozen for hours until the sun came up. We are getting closer. Tomorrow we finish two fields that have lots picked ou...
by N Weis
September 19th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Great minds think alike, Merrill. I picked my first Cabernet in Napa this morning as well. From the Soda Canyon foothills.

Started in Alexander Valley last week and that area is starting to pick up. Nice full schedules the next couple of days near Healdsburg.
by N Weis
September 15th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1549

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

Dupe. Please delete
by N Weis
September 15th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1549

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

I’ll probably start picking Cabernet this week.
by N Weis
September 15th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Forecast is screwy. Depending on what you look at, it's 0-50% of 0.05 - 0.25". Seems like Sonoma County and upvalley Napa aren't supposed to get anything. Anyways, I'm with Casey. My only concern is about the way it affects logistics. Don't want to pick or ship in the short period it might actually ...
by N Weis
September 7th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Aw shucks, Casey. My mom tells me I’m handsome, too. Re: lunch, solid Napa history but it hasn’t been Taylor’s for well over a decade now. Part of the Gott’s Roadside empire now. I leave that one to the tourists. Food’s awesome but even *I* don’t have 90 minutes to wait in line for lunch. You forget...
by N Weis
September 6th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

We broke a single day tonnage record today of 38 tons with a single crew. Started at 5:00, finished at 11:00. We are now officially done with sparkling......240 tons worth. Now onto Pinot Gris, Gewurtz, Pinot Rose' etc. Weather God's are smiling on us. Whoa! A single crew picking 38 tons? As in 8-1...
by N Weis
September 3rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 96
Views: 6238

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Larry, it kind of sounds like you're saying "this time it's different" because there are, uniquely, substitutes for wine this time around. I don't find that to be unique, just that the substitutes are different. But "this time" they're really gonna last! I hate to be the "invisible hand" guy, but de...
by N Weis
September 3rd, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 96
Views: 6238

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Gentlemen: with all due respect, the anti-high-end, eat the rich sentiment is great and all, but the oversupply hurts the lower to middle tier grapegrowers far, far more. They are the ones who will be held to exact contract specs in a big year by their buyer, negating the bounty of a good yield, or ...
by N Weis
August 23rd, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Esquive Barrel Racking Equip
Replies: 1
Views: 577

Re: Esquive Barrel Racking Equip

Craig! Great to see you here.

I do not but know someone who does and who I have spoken to recently about putting together some orders to bring in. We do some soutirage.

Email me at nweis <at> silveroak <dot> com
by N Weis
August 23rd, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

LOL Nate. There are certain expectations. Strangeness can happen though, like last year I didn't expect Rockpile Zin to come in before Russian River Pinot Noir. I didn't even think I would need to sample for another week. Thanks for the info Ben, That will kick me in the butt to get up there tomorr...
by N Weis
August 23rd, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I'm guessing their Vin Gris will come from this? They made Blanc de Noir from Drakes but maybe changed the program to this site. I think it is behind Copain on Starr. It freaked me out because we get Floodgate/Starscape about a mile away and I haven't even washed a single tank or picking bin yet. T...
by N Weis
August 21st, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 10600

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

What are "Napa County production limits"? Is this some kind of yield limit in order to use the appellation on the label, as in many French AOCs, or something else? Is the theory being suggested by the plaintiff that the winery had "cap room" under the limit in 2015, but was over the limit in 2016, ...
by N Weis
July 29th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Poked my head in a few fields and color is racing along. Finally seeing some shallow soiled areas slowing down. Still some crazy ass growth in dry farmed pinot on St George (photos in a couple of days). Hosting my big visit with Roederer tomorrow. They now but over 180 tons from us. Expecting many ...
by N Weis
July 19th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3422

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

I make everything look sexy. It's my cross to bear. ;-)

[Humility, of course, being another critical trait in winemaking]
by N Weis
July 4th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 31
Views: 2356

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

A lot of it has to do with sensible expectations, but for those of you who have actually been through it, you know it's the unexpected challenges that are the real speed bumps. And #1 = Assume You Know Nothing I’ve been in this business for almost 20 years, grew up around it, and have never serious...
by N Weis
June 23rd, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyards/wineries being sold
Replies: 14
Views: 2078

Re: Vineyards/wineries being sold

Ferrari Carano sold their Lazy Creek venture to the Silver Oak folks. We have a new neighbor to our west. Well, I guess it’s a matter of public record now. Yes, we bought the winery and estate vineyard property but not the brand or inventory. Excited to be neighbors, Casey! Dan, I’ll be honest. In ...
by N Weis
June 6th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 10600

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Colgin sold 60% recently at some undisclosed price. Does anyone know what they actually got? That would probably be the most recent comp. The complaint says the Bryants were basing their $125M valuation on the price that LVMH reportedly paid for Colgin, but I've just searched now, and i can't find ...
by N Weis
June 6th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 10600

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

$125 M valuation on a business that makes $1.7M in profit , doesnt seem like workable numbers, i know the land probably is the bulk of it but still. Nice to see a finance person being responsible and not just going along I wasn't going to read the article until I read that. Bryant has a net revenun...
by N Weis
March 26th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?
Replies: 4
Views: 400

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: 31
Views: 2356

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: 61
Views: 2694

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: 214

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 1249

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 1249

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 828

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: 828

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: 1774

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: 7700

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: 7700

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: 7700

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: 639

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 35810

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: 1208

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: 91432

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...

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