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by Casey Hartlip
January 23rd, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Yes sir our little town. Great view from IL Mare one night.
by Casey Hartlip
January 22nd, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Ok this is for the hardcore geeks. One vine has been prepruned by the ladies crew the other has not had the canes removed. Hope you see the difference of how easy it is to prune when the heavy lifting is done.
by Casey Hartlip
January 21st, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugly Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 802

Re: Ugly Vineyards

There are many areas of inland Mendocino county that are edgy. Calpella and Redwood Valley have some great old vine vineyards, but right next door could be a single wide mobile home with junked cars all around. Potter Valley has some great sights but there are both legal and covert pot gardens every...
by Casey Hartlip
January 20th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

No real damage to the road up to my house, just some minor stuff I can fix with pick and shovel today. 5:00 am and pouring now. Our house sitter burned a lot of wood in our absence, which is great that he didn't just run the furnace and burn propane. I too see the 10 day predicted dry spell ahead. L...
by Casey Hartlip
January 18th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

As expected my guys sent me pics and videos of our ponds going over their spillways. After 12 days of goofing off I guess it's time to come home!
by Casey Hartlip
January 15th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Just texted my head guy at work. All pretty smooth. Getting some pruning done, fixed a bad mower etc. Thinks all 8 ponds will be full by the weekend. Housesitter reports huge wind gusts. Well, back to my beer!
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by Casey Hartlip
January 12th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I see another big series of storms is getting ready for attack on Cali and the West coast. Y'all hang on!
by Casey Hartlip
January 9th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

As I check my weather station from sunny Mexico, I see we just broke 15 inches for the season which runs from July to June. Our rainy months are December through March. I'd say we're tracking normal at this point? Now back to my beverage!😎
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by Casey Hartlip
January 5th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Yes the rows are wide....12 by 8 planting which was the norm back then. If it weren't cane pruned it would be a candidate for a quad system for sure. I'm not exactly sure who planted it but what luck that's it's on St George and not AXR-1. We have two different fields of this stuff and over the year...
by Casey Hartlip
January 4th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Pruned for a while with the crew today. They are in the 1973 Beaujolais clone of Pinot Noir. Amazing vines they are. Trunks as big as my leg. Tons of vigor (St George rootstock) and they are dry farmed as well. IMG_20190104_125432953_HDR.jpg IMG_20190104_125537549_HDR.jpg This is serious work. Hard ...
by Casey Hartlip
January 3rd, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Safety meeting today. Happy to say we have 4 new crew members. Looks like we might be entering a wet spell. Maybe even 3-4 inches over 5 days? Fingers crossed. Y'all have fun while I'm sipping tequila and getting some sun! Wil try not to post any pics of dead animals or fish to offend Merrill.
by Casey Hartlip
January 1st, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HappyBirthday, TomHill
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: HappyBirthday, TomHill

How do you not admire and respect this man. He has left his mark on this earth on numerous fronts. Happy to call him my friend.
by Casey Hartlip
January 1st, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 16 bottle Chardonnay Blowout Challenge!
Replies: 299
Views: 18513

Re: The 16 bottle Chardonnay Blowout Challenge!

Kris Patten wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 6:40 pm
Still my all time favorite thread, and still makes me laugh. This should be a sticky and link emailed to anyone who signs up for WB.
Same here LOVED this thread
by Casey Hartlip
January 1st, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 1365

2019 West Coast Weather Thread

As I sit here on January 1st (with NO hangover I'm proud to report) I wonder what the next vintage will bring. Will we get enough rainfall? Will the grape market soften after a big crop and slowing sales? What about labor? It won't be boring that much I know. Lynne and I head off for warmer climes i...
by Casey Hartlip
December 28th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Pruning away with men and women. My equipment operators will start chopping brush and weed spraying while the weather dries out. I've been doing some exploration pruning in young vines deciding what the plan will be and who will prune the younger areas. Getting ready for 12 days on the beach where I...
by Casey Hartlip
December 25th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Add another inch to the season rainfall.
by Casey Hartlip
December 21st, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Spent the week fixing domestic water issues and propane leaks in our worker houses. Ah the many hats a farmer must wear. Boosted my crew with some new young guys and what a delight that is.
by Casey Hartlip
December 17th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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The fun part of farming. Laying out and marking a replanted field. Look closely and you'll see the pegs in the ground. Likely to be replanted to Chardonnay, but still deciding.
by Casey Hartlip
December 17th, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Just a shade under 2" of rain over the weekend. We'll take it!
by Casey Hartlip
December 13th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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10 inches at the highest mark.

Pruned in the Gruner Veltliner field today solo. Got a few rows done during the warm part of the day. Man it was nice out there. Gonna have fruit in that field for '19!
by Casey Hartlip
December 12th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 2826

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Navarro has a new reserve bottling called Deep End Blend (a program they've used for Pinot Noir) that has a percentage of fruit from the property I manage. Release date is April. Love Navarro, one of the most underrated white wine producers around. The Guwerzt is really nice as well. Great QPRs. I'...
by Casey Hartlip
December 11th, 2018, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1487

Re: You ever get free wine?

Don't hate me because in ITB. Between contract obligations and gifts from customers I probably get 6-10 cases annually. Maybe more. I usually write in my contacts with smaller producers that the grower will receive one case of finished wine per year. 17 customers do the math. Customers like KJ and o...
by Casey Hartlip
December 10th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Adapt or perish. Here we are in the new era of farming. After harvest, pruning is the most time consuming and expensive task. Historically we've used the women's crew for every task except pruning. The ladies all carry pruning shears but usually need them for cutting live shoots while disbudding and...
by Casey Hartlip
December 10th, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 2826

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Navarro has a new reserve bottling called Deep End Blend (a program they've used for Pinot Noir) that has a percentage of fruit from the property I manage. Release date is April.
by Casey Hartlip
December 9th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1779
Views: 142855

Re: Steak Porn

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Sorry to be so late to the party. I've been nursing a head cold the last couple of days and haven't got too far from the couch. Thus a little more exploration of the WB site. That's the rib eye end of the backstrap from my South Dakota mule deer.
by Casey Hartlip
December 4th, 2018, 7:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Big, big big south winds all night but no rain with it. Still blowing hard out there now. Looks to me like this storm is getting torn apart. When I went to bed last night I was expecting to wake up to moderate rain. Go figure.
by Casey Hartlip
December 4th, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 87
Views: 4635

Re: Somm 3

Interesting enough I guess. I've been around enough blind tastings with very talented winemakers many times over the years. That tasting of the Pinots seemed pretty business as usual.
by Casey Hartlip
December 2nd, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2113

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Dan Fitzgerald
by Casey Hartlip
November 29th, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 43
Views: 894

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

I stand by this for NAPA VALLEY ULTRA-PREMIUM FRUIT. It does not need to go very far to a winery that will turn the fruit into NAPA VALLEY ULTRA-PREMIUM WINE. Stating an irrelevant point twice really doesn't make the point any better. We know your situation in NAPA VALLEY quite well. Look at the OP...
by Casey Hartlip
November 29th, 2018, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 43
Views: 894

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

I am going to take a stab at a micro-picture of premium Napa Valley fruit. tops 45 minutes to a winery that makes premium wine from premium fruit. I stand by this for NAPA VALLEY ULTRA-PREMIUM FRUIT. It does not need to go very far to a winery that will turn the fruit into NAPA VALLEY ULTRA-PREMIUM...
by Casey Hartlip
November 28th, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Getting some serious pre-storm south winds out there now. My guess is 20-30 mph. Hoping tonight brings some measurable rainfall. Customer checks starting to roll in. Not too early to contact customers with expiring contracts to see where we stand. I may have picked up two new guys who want to prune.
by Casey Hartlip
November 28th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 43
Views: 894

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Farthest- Mendocino to Arizona. We put a small amount of SO2 in each macro bin and then shipped the fruit in a refrigerator truck.

Most common within California I'd say many folks try not to ship more than two hours truck time. Both for cost and fruit freshness.
by Casey Hartlip
November 28th, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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Here's a shot of the early planted. The ribbons from the seed drill are almost gone.
by Casey Hartlip
November 27th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

IMG_20181126_084347248.jpg Went for a pretty good walk yesterday. This pic is some of the last fields we drilled cover crop in and you can see it's already coming. My crew has started pruning. Lots of acres to do. I also found a few big piles of bear scat near the Gewurtz field that we left some fr...
by Casey Hartlip
November 23rd, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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Ok last non-farming pic for the year. Aged South Dakota backstrap from my recent trip. We'll have leftover turkey tonight, but venison rib eye tomorrow!
by Casey Hartlip
November 23rd, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

48 hour total up to the minute is just shy of 2" Heavenly!
by Casey Hartlip
November 21st, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

.15 but promises of better and bigger things with the next storm. Happy Thanksgiving to the few loyalist who follow this thread. The farming cycle never ends. Already worrying about having enough people to prune this winter. Thankful to have a job with such opportunities to work with other crazy, pa...
by Casey Hartlip
November 20th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Starting to feel some south winds tonight. Hoping for significant rainfall the next few days.
by Casey Hartlip
November 19th, 2018, 8:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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Working on water reporting compliance issues today. Installed staff gauges in a couple of our ponds Trying to make the water cops happy.
by Casey Hartlip
November 18th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Heckofa whitetail there. All of our deer were super fat and in prime shape. Backstraps the Saturday after Thanksgiving!
by Casey Hartlip
November 16th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Hey Steve. Hope your doing well. South Dakota. A long way to go but a heckofa sportsman's state. True wild pheasants and very successful even without a dog. 4 of us shot a total of 23 birds in 3 days just pushing wind breaks. Both mule deer and whitetail are there too. Didn't shoot any prairie dogs ...
by Casey Hartlip
November 16th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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Back from a kick ass hunting/road trip. Didn't seem to miss much, just cold and droughty. Oh and Cali on fire again.
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by Casey Hartlip
November 12th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle barn now on the internets!
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: Bottle barn now on the internets!

I've seen their booze prices creep up quite a bit in the last year.
by Casey Hartlip
November 9th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch
Replies: 10
Views: 358

Re: TN: 2014 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch

FWIW 2011 was.my last last year at Eaglepoint.
by Casey Hartlip
November 6th, 2018, 6:46 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

29 degrees at my vineyard weather station here at daybreak. To Stewart's point about crop level and wine quality. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too......within reason. A larger crop always means longer hang time and slower ripening. That bodes well if you have a heat spike during harvest (w...
by Casey Hartlip
November 5th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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Peas and beans coming up despite no rain. Warm soil temps and some subsurface moisture doing the job.
by Casey Hartlip
November 3rd, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Paul, Happy to hear you are in the barn as they say. As I say 'every harvest is different, and none of them are easy!' It will be SO interesting to see how the wines from this vintage turn out. I've heard of some very large crops this year. I'm very proud of my crews of how well they followed the pl...
by Casey Hartlip
October 28th, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Hey Ken, doing the quick math.....most of the lots at Harrington are one ton/50 cases? If so that's a heckofalot of work.
by Casey Hartlip
October 26th, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

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Some of the cover crop we planted early on is already started.
by Casey Hartlip
October 24th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28342

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

As my crew begins to wash up and put things away, as well as my two tractor operators finish drilling cover crop, I'll summarize 2018. I've been farming this project since 2010 and I can easily say this might be the closest thing to a perfect vintage as I've seen. Although we didn't have a great dea...

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