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by Casey Hartlip
January 20th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

IMG_20200118_190254498.jpg Well I've been goofing off for a couple of weeks. Visited the job sight briefly today to bring payroll and warm vibes to my people. I kind of think they hated the tan I was sporting and likely a couple of extra pounds too. We are a bit ahead on labor for this date so I'm ...
by Casey Hartlip
January 18th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?
Replies: 36
Views: 2856

Re: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?

If ya'll knew how much the Toddser pays me for all of those great vintage thread posts....and pictures to boost content you'd realize he needs the cake! Pay up deadbeats!
by Casey Hartlip
January 15th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 6949

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Among this insanity I'm just curious. What percentage of buyers will actually drink this stuff? Anyone have any data/history/hunch about this?
by Casey Hartlip
January 7th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Buncha Harrington Wines...(very long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: TN: Buncha Harrington Wines...(very long/boring)

Thanks Tom for those notes. You are an iron Man.

Breaks my heart when so many great wines are made by a producer who can't scratch out a living. Life.......and the wine biz are not fair. So many great people make....and grow great wines that people will never know.
by Casey Hartlip
January 3rd, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Ok. First post of 2020. I did go back and look at some of the past 3-4 years threads.....pretty interesting. Now have 6 ladies prepruning and 12 men pruning. Gals started today. They will remove last year's cane and prep the vine for the final steps. My 2700 vine 3 acre Gruner Veltliner block is do...
by Casey Hartlip
January 2nd, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Ok. First post of 2020. I did go back and look at some of the past 3-4 years threads.....pretty interesting. Now have 6 ladies prepruning and 12 men pruning. Gals started today. They will remove last year's cane and prep the vine for the final steps. My 2700 vine 3 acre Gruner Veltliner block is don...
by Casey Hartlip
December 30th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 56
Views: 2159

Re: Grass fed???

i think you first need to distinguish between grass-fed, grass-finished, and grain-finished. almost all beef you can buy is grass-fed then grain-finished (includes soy and other non-grass feed). given the extreme rarity of actual fully pastured meat (end-to-end) and the variety of regions and breed...
by Casey Hartlip
December 29th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

R M Kriete wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 11:06 am
Still happy with rain amounts so far this year?
Not really....but when am I happy with the weather for very long?! Actually it's pouring out there right now while I'm on day two of a head cold. 10 day not showing much after this predicted amount of half inch.
by Casey Hartlip
December 28th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: PSA - use eye protection for pruning!
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: PSA - use eye protection for pruning!

Yep. Mandatory gear for anyone on my crew. Glad your ok.
by Casey Hartlip
December 19th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Bell beans are slow going. Will probably be waist high first of April!
by Casey Hartlip
December 17th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Big time winds here at my house at 1500 feet. Guessing gusts to 30 mph. The approaching storm looks significant. Looking out it appears we're entering another wet period. Maybe the heaviest rain will be on the weekend. Here we go!
by Casey Hartlip
December 13th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Happy to finally see the ribbons of cover crop starting to grow.
by Casey Hartlip
December 12th, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I visited one of my customers yesterday. Saracina in Hopland. We tasted the Chard and Pinot that I sold them. Both of us very happy.
.22 the last 24 hours.
by Casey Hartlip
December 8th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 30
Views: 3712

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

I was lucky enough to stay at the Hunington quite a few years ago. It was great.
by Casey Hartlip
December 7th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Add another 2 inches in the last 24 hours. Pretty serious winds here at my house. Not expecting small creeks to flow much or for very long. Hoping cover crop starts to emerge soon. Not of the native grasses have popped in the past week.
Updated at 6:00 pm: 3". Just wonderful!
by Casey Hartlip
December 5th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Did battle with some mature Pinot vines today. 20 year old cane pruned vines that are cropped for sparkling. This is advanced pruning with a physical aspect to it that makes it very hard. Canes are wrapped on a single wire on each side. Just getting last year's canes off is a work out. Finding 3 or ...
by Casey Hartlip
December 2nd, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Back from a wild drive up to Seattle. Tuesday afternoon was wild on the Oregon coast. Various issues at the homestead: some ornamentals blown over, outside furniture blown off the housepad and luckily my neighbor (was feeding the cat and chickens) retarped my woodpile. Obviously I left the estate a ...
by Casey Hartlip
November 30th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds

Cut me some slack boys not at my cellar at the moment!
by Casey Hartlip
November 30th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds

What a fabulous interview. I've always had the utmost respect for Steve as a winemaker. I've only had brief interactions with him over the years but they were always delightful. I did sell him Syrah and Grenache one year (I think '93 or 95?) and he called the wine Redneck 101 which I took as the ult...
by Casey Hartlip
November 25th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Weather underground calling for 1.3" in my area starting tomorrow.
by Casey Hartlip
November 21st, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Oh and rain finally predicted middle of next week! champagne.gif
by Casey Hartlip
November 21st, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Started pruning a couple of rows in the Gruner the last couple of days. Guess I forgot how hard that wood is. Feels as firm as Riesling. Could be my grip is out of shape too! As I started on the east side of the blocks, that's the weakest part. I gotta a you that field is going to ramp up on crop bi...
by Casey Hartlip
November 19th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

after getting zapped with 27 degrees I figured why bother. Going to be interesting to see how the vineyard reacts next season. Will there be damage? Casey -- Could you expand on this? Why is 27 degrees at this point a concern and how does it potentially impact next year? Thanks! You hate to see a v...
by Casey Hartlip
November 18th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Day one of pruning for harvest 2020! Was happy to be out thigh my crew. Couple of new guys being mentored by some of my older guys. The f_cking leaves still not rained off the vines (drought is another topic) or blown off by a good wind. Surely making the job move more slowly. Either way we need to ...
by Casey Hartlip
November 17th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Really not enjoying the drought. Cover crop is just sitting there wanting a drink. I'm not going to run my frost system sprinklers as the water is too valuable. Really would have given the vines a good drink with the drip system but after getting zapped with 27 degrees I figured why bother. Going to...
by Casey Hartlip
November 16th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5766

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Happy for my neighbors at Roederer Estate for landing at #5. Would love to know what percentage of my fruit is in there.
by Casey Hartlip
November 14th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

R M Kriete wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 7:00 am
Any rain?
Nope! The 10 day really isn't showing much hope.

Back from my hunting trip (see hunting/fishing thread in Asylum). Cleanup and maintenance coming to an end with some great results. Very happy with some of the stuff my crew has done.

Going to start pruning on Monday.
by Casey Hartlip
November 5th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Rough time of year. I've got folks that need a paycheck and I have to find work to do. Already filled a 40 yard dumpster with junk left lying around our storage areas and junk piles. Another crew has been trimming trees and brush around the vineyard and fence areas. This is something that needs to b...
by Casey Hartlip
November 2nd, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Even though the Burris fire was about 5-6 miles away the winds had it possibly coming our way. My wife and I have rehearsed an evacuation plan due to our remote location. She insisted on packing the cars and to keep the peace I obliged. I'd rather do it in the calm of daylight than in a panic in the...
by Casey Hartlip
November 1st, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I had a neighbor about 2 miles away that had a herd of about 25-30 goats. Mountain lions killed and ate them all over a period of a few months.
by Casey Hartlip
October 30th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

After 4 days and nights our power came back on around 4:45 this afternoon.
by Casey Hartlip
October 30th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Jesus, just checked weather station and NOOA. Philo and Potter Valley both 23 degrees. Not a good morning to be without power.
by Casey Hartlip
October 29th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Hope tonight is the last of your worries for harvest 2019!
by Casey Hartlip
October 28th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I can only imagine the power outages are messing with the final steps of harvest. Like many we're on our second day of no power. The fire thread over in wine talk seems to be the place for more news. Stay safe folks.
by Casey Hartlip
October 27th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I texted Nate Weis as I saw Soda Rock winery burn. That's across the street from their Alexander Valley operation. He said so far so good.
by Casey Hartlip
October 26th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Just lost power here in Ukiah about 15 minutes ago.
by Casey Hartlip
October 26th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Loving that flight radar website. Prayers for our Sonoma friends tonight.
by Casey Hartlip
October 26th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Paul Luckin wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 10:42 am
Mandatory evacuation orders for city of Healdsburg and town of Windsor.
I can only guess they are being super safe on these orders. Have to caution on the conservative side in this day and age.
by Casey Hartlip
October 24th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

brigcampbell wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 7:38 pm
We don't get much lightening in California except the the high Sierra so every fire is man made. Unfortunate but true.
Not buying that statement.
by Casey Hartlip
October 24th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Jeff, the area where this “Kincaid” fire started is DESOLATE. Even a experienced hiker would have trouble hiking to the area where this fire started no less have brush cleared. The problem is with 60 MPH winds the fire goes from desolate to populated pretty damn quick. Tom So they can't allow cows ...
by Casey Hartlip
October 22nd, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5775

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Husch Anderson Valley bottling for $25. Very solid.
by Casey Hartlip
October 19th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Went to a harvest party in Anderson Valley last night and saw many of my fellow growers. Most feeling lucky and blessed that it's over and that most folks did quite well. Lots of folks blown away that this was my 41st harvest, probably because I look so young! Seed almost all drilled, and most all t...
by Casey Hartlip
October 16th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Always interesting to wish for rain because MY grapes are picked, but I feel for my fellow growers who are still out there trying to salvage their crops. Cheers to my fellow growers and wineries.
by Casey Hartlip
October 14th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

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 Casey Hartlip
October 10th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Crazy frozen pick to finish my 41st harvest. Taco lady came after and we had some fun.
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by Casey Hartlip
October 10th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Final day of harvest and the coldest.....30 degrees out there. Glad I'm just the forklift operator. Taco truck at 11:00, clean up starts tomorrow. Cultivator and seeder start tomorrow. Trying to get back to normal sleep patterns hopefully starts tomorrow too.
by Casey Hartlip
October 9th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4023

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Picked 12 tons of Pinot this morning (well my crew did) and now home to get generator going for fridge, freezer and computer/internet. So far so good. Plenty of ice for cocktails tonight, now let's see if I can get a nap.
by Casey Hartlip
October 9th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4023

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

It's 4:00 am and I'm getting ready for work. Texted the winemaker in Anderson Valley and they have power. I'm not exactly sure when ours went out. Should be interesting to see how this day shakes out.
by Casey Hartlip
October 8th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4023

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

I am ready. Have a propane stove, propane grill, wood burning fireplace, hose hooked up to the water holding tank that is fed from the well. I'll be ok. I put my wine in barrel yesterday, so no problem with fruit processing or temp fluctuation during fermentation. My guess is most wineries have bee...
by Casey Hartlip
October 8th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4023

Losing Power During Harvest

Don't know if this has been brought up yet. I can't imagine every winery in the region has backup generators. Could it possibly happen that fruit won't be able to be processed....and even worse cooling jackets on fermentation tanks won't be working leading to overheated wines?

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