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by GregP
September 18th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 483
Views: 27912

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

For those picking are you testing for taint? You really can't. ETS is now running 4 to 6 WEEKS out, and even that is probably optimistic at this point. Had a phone conversation with Gordon Burns of ETS, head honcho, on September 1 after they missed 2 promised dates for us already and he lied to my ...
by GregP
September 16th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHEV Wines - Michael Browne Pinot
Replies: 28
Views: 1424

Re: CHEV Wines - Michael Browne Pinot

As far as I know its a single vineyard wine. Have no idea where this "declassified" claim comes from. It took a couple of years after Michael purchased the property to get it up to his specs, but its an older vineyard and now well tended to. Well, BETTER tended to, by Charlie Chenoweth. We do same t...
by GregP
September 6th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Heard first hand that a vineyard in the Laguna area has tested positive for smoke. Don't know the numbers or any details. They will not pick. Going to turn it over to their crop insurance. Casey, have no idea where you're trying to go with this, second post of yours at this point. I have learned, s...
by GregP
September 6th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

TODAY. Though temps in Laguna Ridge have been manageable up to this point, and it is another day or two of this before a cool down (and sugars stabilizing). I keep track of temps for the past 3 weeks, multiple times per day. Some nights were 50-51F, and most were in low to mid 50s, which you seem t...
by GregP
September 6th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

TODAY. Though temps in Laguna Ridge have been manageable up to this point, and it is another day or two of this before a cool down (and sugars stabilizing). I keep track of temps for the past 3 weeks, multiple times per day. Some nights were 50-51F, and most were in low to mid 50s, which you seem to...
by GregP
September 6th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

We you’ve been kinda lucky since the air has generally been clear in the Santa Rosa Plain and RRV all week. The smoke you smelled in Petaluma was from the Mendocino fires and has been traveling Southerly offshore then coming onshore through the Bodega wind gap. During the Walbridge Fire the smoke w...
by GregP
September 5th, 2020, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I don't doubt that at all. It's a big AVA with many pockets. It spans from Dry Creek Vly AVA at Healdsburg to quite a ways south of Sebastopol, for one thing. It runs from west of Sebastopol to the northeast corner of Santa Rosa at Chalk Hill AVA as another. I said as much above, guess some have an...
by GregP
September 4th, 2020, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

I have had both the Zin and Tempranillo (this one right after bottling), and both show rather well, good balance, acidity to cleanse the palate, o elegant side of things, and good aging ability, IMO. Air time helps, of course, these are still on a very young side. I'd decant them, or double decant p...
by GregP
September 4th, 2020, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Dropped off a wine sample at ETS earlier today and, well, its now 11 days test result turnaround even for wine. I stood there for a few minutes contemplating if its even worth it what with fruit ripening and a short heat spike of sorts coming up this weekend (though supposedly not reaching 90F in RR...
by GregP
September 2nd, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Had a long phone call with Gordon Burns earlier today, they have shifted gears to process more tests, and are also talking to Australians to get as much info as is possible. At the least, they are now trying to keep us all informed in regard to expected dates for grape and wine samples, that is a gr...
by GregP
August 31st, 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stalin’s wine cellar
Replies: 17
Views: 2653

Re: Stalin’s wine cellar

Stalin rarely consumed alcohol, in any shape, wine included. His preference was to serve plenty of alcohol at parties and dinners and have drunk people spill their guts, one reason a number ended up in GULAG. As for his "cellar", its a SCAM, though worthy of a Nobel Price seeing how so many believe ...
by GregP
August 31st, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Another update. Spoke with ETS early this morning. The grapes sample we submitted last Thursday, in person, was a supposed 10 day turnaround, and I did ask a few times to confirm. Had a long conversation while there. As of this morning was told that even that sample is now at least 3 weeks waiting t...
by GregP
August 30th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I observed just one person conducting smoke taint tests, this past Thursday. Confirming my guess on Monday that ETS will not purchase a bunch of blenders (food type, to pulverize berries) and hire extra people to process smoke taint backlog in a more timely manner. Guessing just a few tests per hour...
by GregP
August 27th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Drove through Petaluma on the way to RRV, smelled smoke, and one could actually see a thin layer of smoke. We looked at each other, resigned for the worst. Reached Santa Rosa, by then smoke in the air was not "detectable", and certainly not when in the vineyard. Picked up samples, looked at he sky, ...
by GregP
August 26th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The commercial labs are all set up to test for smoke taint. Results come back fast. You can easily send out samples and get the results right before deciding if you want the grapes the grower swears up and down are just fine. 4 days turnaround, as of Monday when I spoke with ETS. And I suspect they...
by GregP
August 26th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The commercial labs are all set up to test for smoke taint. Results come back fast. You can easily send out samples and get the results right before deciding if you want the grapes the grower swears up and down are just fine. 4 days turnaround, as of Monday when I spoke with ETS. And I suspect they...
by GregP
August 25th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22074

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Even if the 2020 wines don't suffer from smoke taint - most of the 2017s didn't - it will still be a difficult year because of the heat wave last week. Seems that's what affected the 2017s across the board. Not even close. Where in 2017 sugars quickly shot up and acids dropped, weather in 2020 so f...
by GregP
August 25th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acid and aging
Replies: 25
Views: 1589

Re: Acid and aging

Ian S wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Also, bacteria can convert malic acid into lactic acid, further softening wine, but this changes the pH.
In bottled wine?
by GregP
August 16th, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 856
Views: 31715

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva V Lancero Lanceros are slow movers in stores and we stopped getting them years ago. Now we are getting requests for them so we ordered four different ones, with the Oliva arriving today. Lanceros are popular with growers, blenders and factory owners. They provide the best examples of the wrap...
by GregP
August 11th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avaline Wine??
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: Avaline Wine??

I linked to this on another thread, but Alder Yarrow's Vinography blog points that Avaline does use various additives. https://www.vinography.com/2020/07/clean-wine-is-a-commercial-scam -Al No surprise, really. When a "natural wine" wine maker on this board just admitted to acidulation. So, use SO2...
by GregP
August 11th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley

I am a fan of Anderson Valley a bit as well. They seem to be a little bigger than the above areas' wines but lesser than RRV for example. What I'm trying to ask is... are there any examples of lighter bodied Pinot you're enjoying from the AVAs that are known for the beefier Pinot? Santa Lucia Highl...
by GregP
August 10th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2352

Re: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?

As Adam already pointed out, its not just the additional cost of label approval fees, its everything else associated with it as well (leading to more costs). Like art work, ingredients list really, that may/will need to be changed each and every release/bottling/bottle. In order to start a label app...
by GregP
August 6th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Espresso "Brick" Coffee Recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Espresso "Brick" Coffee Recommendations

OK, this is probably the wrong crowd to ask about Espresso bricks. Maybe it's comparable to asking the group for White Zinfandel recommendations? Not that there is anything wrong with either. [smileyvault-ban.gif] Went through a bunch, a while ago, to see what works. As well as beans/grinding, of c...
by GregP
August 6th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2380

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

People make a bigger deal out of it than it is. Any wine properly acidified tastes utterly normal and the idea that one could pick it out blind is pretty crazy. +1000 Not sure why all the claims of being able to "taste/tell" acid adds. When properly done, no way in hell. Unless, of course, one just...
by GregP
August 4th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?
Replies: 42
Views: 2143

Re: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?

John Morris wrote:
August 4th, 2020, 9:23 am
Diam or other synthetic closures...
NO. At no point is DIAM a "synthetic" of any kind, as you seem to imply. Please, just don't mention both in same sentence.
by GregP
June 26th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 483
Views: 27912

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey, as other have already stated "lack of interest" in the thread is just imaginary. Many visit the thread and it is one of very few I never miss, daily. So, thank you for the info and education, and thanks to others who contribute as well! Any and all info you guys provide is more than appreciat...
by GregP
June 20th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1673

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

This is your friend, no need for a dedicated smoker. Add smoke to any food while grilling.

https://www.amazon.com/MAZE-N-OET-0002- ... den&sr=1-2
by GregP
June 20th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20179

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Curious, do you recall the town? -Al One 1913 document says Baresovky. Another reads Beresofky, Ananevskwo-Uesda, Russia. I’m reasonably sure this part of the family came from what is now Ukraine. I have not found these on a map. It’s possible that, given the Jews were chased out of their towns in ...
by GregP
June 19th, 2020, 11:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Only $22,850 per month for a 750 member mailing list/club?
by GregP
June 19th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Ridgley, as you pointed out, I am not here to get into a pissing match. Simply want to point out that there are other, way more affordable options out there for small guys. With built in features that match yours, in the end, First, and, to point out the obvious, I did not imply that YOU charge your...
by GregP
June 18th, 2020, 1:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Would you like to make your system available for use? I have not been coding since 77, so some of this seems like it might not be as easy for me as it is for you. Actually, very easy. Its mostly PHP code, I never worked with it before, but I only added a few snippets here and there since I am very ...
by GregP
June 18th, 2020, 12:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Thanks. I see what you mean. The ShipCompliant article linked in the article you cite is pretty on point. BTW my email to CDTFA on this subject was met with the promise of a response within 20 days. I came across a link a while ago, and right before they applied the new rule. But it was not that wi...
by GregP
June 17th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Greg -- that tidbit about the sales tax threshold is news to me. I did a quick cruise around the CDTFA website and can't find any reference to a sales threshold that would exempt/activate the local tax requirement. Can you point me to a source for that? Quick lookup: https://www.qbwinerysolutions.c...
by GregP
June 15th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Greg -- you are absolutely correct; it is entirely possible to pull together a basic system to do ecommerce, very inexpensively. However, running a DTC business involves far more than taking orders online. As with most things, good tools make a world of difference. Also as with tools, (a) price is ...
by GregP
May 28th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 33
Views: 3636

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

For the past twenty+ years I've owned DaVero, a small DTC winery in Healdsburg. I'm also a software guy (I created QuickBooks). Living at the intersection of those two worlds led me to create what I believe to be the best solution for managing a small winery. It's called Captina (captina.com); do t...
by GregP
May 19th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4561

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I have never used the 5s. However, simply holding a 10 and a 30 tells you the difference. The 30 feels like a piece of concrete that you wonder if the corker jaws are going to be able squeeze enough to get it into the bottle. The 10 does not feel like that. We have considered DIAM 30, but at this p...
by GregP
May 19th, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4561

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Thanks - was just hoping wineries that use them might know. And the lack of direct comparsion is interesting . . . is one just supposed to 'trust' the marketing? Cheers. RE: is one just supposed to 'trust' the marketing? "I see what you did here..." Larry, you went with screw tops at some point, no...
by GregP
May 13th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 856
Views: 31715

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Farce Connecticut, ~3 months in humi. V cut. Just re-loaded last night as I am running low on these, the more I smoke them the more I enjoy them. Great balance, clean long finish, roasted nuts/light fruit flavors, some mint on finish, perfect burn, ~80-90 minutes smoke. Easily a match for anything a...
by GregP
May 10th, 2020, 12:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6090

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I am sorry to sound like a broken record but pellet burners are like fake fireplaces Given how many people have won the Jack Daniel's BBQ championship with pellet smokers, that's not a very strong argument. competition bbq is too manipulated that smoker is less of a concern The only thing smoker sh...
by GregP
May 10th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage
Replies: 16
Views: 1587

Re: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage

My southern parents called this 'pigs in a blanket', but they didn't use raisins. Not very Jewish I guess. I'd almost forgotten about this. Because Ashkenazi Jews, and especially Eastern European ones only add raisins to sweet dishes, like noodle kugel as one example, or rugelah. I grew up on stuff...
by GregP
May 9th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 856
Views: 31715

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I don't remember it being that much but something in the $15-20ish range sounds about right. These come in boxes of 13 in $320-350 range depending on size, so if you paid in the $15-20 range consider it a great buy :-) I think Fuente started this originally as a one off release to celebrate 100th A...
by GregP
May 6th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 856
Views: 31715

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Really thought Alec Bradley construction issues were all taken of, years ago. Seems not. I recall they switched factories 12-14 years ago to fix the issue. First release of these was incredible, and they then ramped up and "killed" the line, IMO. Need to revisit Nubs, smoked them upon release, but t...
by GregP
May 6th, 2020, 12:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 26
Views: 1929

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

Most of the time pickling is fermentation. Some differences, sure, but in general, same. I never use vinegar/brine, in any pickling, so fermentation. Salt, spices, time.
by GregP
May 5th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 26
Views: 1929

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

I've also been pickling mackerel and sardines (herring style), as well as lox and smoked salmon as extension of that (same dry rub for ~3 days, but then smoked), both cold and hot. Heck, the more I think about it, the more I recall of other pickled food I do. And I make lardo, jar fermented for abou...
by GregP
May 3rd, 2020, 10:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTATION Thread
Replies: 26
Views: 1929

Re: FERMENTATION Thread

Ever been to Russian deli? Shelves of various pickled mushrooms. Great with vodka, Russians/Poles/Belorussians have been doing that for centuries now. Mushrooms, in general, are not really "well known" food in the West when compared to Eastern Europe, plenty of mushroom based recipes there, not just...
by GregP
April 30th, 2020, 12:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9732

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

GregT wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 4:44 pm
... Baker Lane (all about bacon)...
That would be barrels, not fruit.
by GregP
April 30th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy styled wines
Replies: 29
Views: 868

Re: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy wines

Sorry if this is a silly question, but... is it a little, er, paradoxical, that a winery should produce both Bordeaux type wines (Cab Sauv, Merlot, Meritage...) and Pinot Noir. Aside from conditions suiting the different grapes, it would seem to me that the wines have a different aesthetic. Perhaps...
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6090

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I have a BGE but no time. I grabbed a Cookshack off CL a few years ago and it has been great. 90% of the result for 10% of the effort. Will, just curious, what is the 10% you are "missing" with Cookshack? I was actually quoting someone from another board, so I can't take full credit/blame. I've nev...
by GregP
April 29th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9732

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Can't believe nobody has mentioned Lagier Meredith on Mt. Veeder. A bottle of this with 15 years on it is pretty special . I'm wondering if that's where I need to go with the 2014's I have left. A few months ago I had a 2003 which I thought was spectacular but was underwhelmed by the 2014. Have the...

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