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by GregP
August 23rd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 328
Views: 17890

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Evan Pontoriero wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 7:42 am
!!!!!!! Heart attack time. What brix?

Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 7:42 pm
Yesterday we kicked off harvest at Williams Selyem with the first of our Pinot from the MacGregor vineyard. I hope everyone here has a great vintage!
I was afraid to post same question. 19 Brix, at best? Why?
by GregP
August 23rd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2150

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

Eric, And that's the challenge, right? Without having 'side by side' comparisons, and lots of them, we have to make 'assumptions' based on what we believe we notice - but there's no way to see a true cause/effect relationship. I remember a thread awhile back where folks were comparing two Carlisles...
by GregP
August 16th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations

Thanks for response! Already scheduled Clinet and Vieux Chateau Certan, and then over to Guiraud.
by GregP
August 1st, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 2814

Re: All Natural Wine

Actually, there's little consumer protection for any wine flaw - there's no law or regulation that I'm aware of that would require a producer or seller to take back a corked, heat-damaged, refermenting, VA-ridden, or otherwise flawed bottle. If a significant number of corks fail and a producer is s...
by GregP
July 30th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 2814

Re: All Natural Wine

You're being a little unfair. I have neither proposed or argued that I claim to make wine like they did 6000 years ago. That was someone else. I make wine just like everyone else, using modern equipment and methods. I was just talking marketing strategies when you do unfiltered or natural ferments ...
by GregP
July 29th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 2814

Re: All Natural Wine

From horse's mouth: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2013/01/08/organic-101-organic-wine RE: "... Finally, sulfites may be added to wines that carry the “made with organic grapes” label— up to 100 parts per million ..." Used to be 40ppm for organic, IIRC, but last I checked was 13-14 years ago? That ...
by GregP
July 29th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 2814

Re: All Natural Wine

And also, ever checked how many wines these days actually exceed 40ppm? This has been covered ad nauseam for years now, most of the market is below 40ppm for a very, very long time (IIRC, "organic" wine rule is at or below 40ppm , so have no idea what the 50ppm for "natural" means in reality when i...
by GregP
July 29th, 2019, 1:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 2814

Re: All Natural Wine

... Limiting SO2 doesn't mean a wine will be flawed either - going from 400ppm to the 50ppm (which is the agreed standard natural wine cutoff at Raw Wine)... OK, you got me intrigued now. Do tell just who does 400ppm? Names, please. At least one. And also, ever checked how many wines these days act...
by GregP
July 27th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 328
Views: 17890

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 3:06 pm
GregP wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Casey, I hope you meant irriGate :-)
Thanks Greg. Jesus, people are actually READING this thread? Nice to know!
Casey, enjoying your posts for a long while, and I am sure I am not the only one.
by GregP
July 26th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 328
Views: 17890

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, I hope you meant irriGate :-)
by GregP
July 26th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4548

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

It's the common grape, Duriff in France. Sure, they age a long time, but IMO, they do not evolve much. I also do not like the sometimes, chalky mouthfeel. Leonard, agree and also disagree. Pets, when grown in right conditions, can be great. And this, to me, means the Calistoga to St. Helena axis, w...
by GregP
July 13th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1846

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Alan, during bottling day lunch break on Thursday and the usual brown bag guess game someone brought what turned out to be a 2012 La Sirena Syrah, pretty much a Saxum, on the nose, and palate. Just a reference point. Tasting wise, I was disappointed with a few of them. Will make sure to tell everyon...
by GregP
July 13th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1846

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Alan Rath wrote: Ed, highly recommended. You should have dropped in to try some wines! I didn't want to crash the venue! The tasting was at a golf/social club a few blocks from where we live, and I saw Alan in the parking lot and met Paul. I was on my way to a yoga class so I was a little under-dre...
by GregP
July 7th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1310

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

Mel Knox wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 7:43 pm
What does he mean by Southern California fruit??
Malibu?? Cucamonga?? Temecula??
Tejachapi, seen some Petite Sirah and Viognier advertised there.
by GregP
June 29th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2262

Re: San Francisco on the bay Sunday June 30 3:30 pm

Airag Dornogovi Province, Mongolia - bottled last week, still fresh.
by GregP
June 29th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations

2 days in early September, any recommendations on who to visit, 2-3 chateau. Appreciate any and all insight and help.
by GregP
June 21st, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 48
Views: 2150

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Have well aged (by now) Burg, comes with a set of large plastic cups, red, of course:
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99 Points rating, year in and year out, Hobo Paradise magazine
by GregP
June 20th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)
Replies: 48
Views: 2150

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Yeah, but can they 'hang' with Berserkers, wine-wise? Folks be showin' up with 18 airplane bottles of Barefoot Cellars...
Oh, crap, now I need to find something else to bring...
by GregP
June 19th, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3425

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Mel Knox wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Wes,

What did they do with all the barrels my friends at Taransaud sold them??
Splinter wood for marshmellows roast, 4th of July.
by GregP
June 18th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1718

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Not Pisoni Pisoni, but had a small tasting over the weekend, blind, and inserted a 1998 Siduri Pisoni in the line up. Showed well, had some of it tonight, night 4 and simply recorked and on kitchen counter since, seems to me in perfect balance right now.
by GregP
June 17th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Ojai Dessert Wines....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: TN: Three Ojai Dessert Wines....(short/boring)

Tom, Back in 2001 Greg LaFollette froze some late picked Gewurtz, IIRC Londer Vineyard, since no one at the winery knew what else to do with it. Great flavors, but just too much sugar at that point. We simply bagged the fruit (large garbage plastic bags) and drove it to a commercial storage place in...
by GregP
June 12th, 2019, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Dan, you are beyond pity. You, of all people, have been openly lying to TTB, IRS and consumers. For decades. Just read through the thread again. Responses start with "No, no way", then quickly switch to "well, yes, most are RS driven", to then quickly leading to a best of excuse of "but they are onl...
by GregP
June 11th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

What does fermentation vessel have to do with only resulting in dry wines? Unreal. For the record, Krasnodar region produced a good chunk of Soviet era wine, with Moldova filling out the other half for the most part, and Georgian wines being much smaller chunk, still, simply due to same reasons they...
by GregP
June 11th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Steve, I was born in USSR and lived there, unlike you VISITING with a tour guide. You know, the difference beteen being a tourist and actually residing some place, no matter where on the map it is. And as for your claim that you really have tasted dry wines there, well, what do YOU think they should...
by GregP
June 10th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

So, having a discussion with someone over the state of Russian wine industry. In response to, hmmm, some "sommelier" posting a lengthy diatribe hyping up the quality of Russian wine, and in particular, his statement that Russian producers are producing "serious" competition to Western wines, whereup...
by GregP
June 10th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 3197

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

Would this qualify?

https://slate.com/human-interest/2010/0 ... world.html

I followed this at the time, though not sure what the final disposition of the case/investigation was.
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Wine shop in Georgia. Tourists shuffle in, look at the list of choices and order. - I'll have 3 bottles of Saperavi. One huge foudre in the back. Sales guy goes in the back, pours wine into bottles, seals them with cork and slaps Saperavi labels on bottles. Another one orders Kakheti. Sale process r...
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Start reading real news.
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Some Mukuzanis are the only ones I found to be OK, and just OK, they are some of the dry reds made there. Again, between those and, say, Bogle, there is really no choice. Latest I hear is that Georgia buys up lots of bulk juice in Moldova and then bottles it as their own grown wine. Acreage planted ...
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 1801

Re: Pinot Tasting - 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 28

Arghhh... My brother in law just called to let us know he's flying in that weekend, so need to cancel.
by GregP
June 9th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?
Replies: 65
Views: 2634

Re: It's in Georgia (nation not state) - what is it?

Most of Georgian wine depends on sales in/to Russia. One can imagine that investing so much and then have both governments in political wars won't do much for business. Latest Georgian government seems to be trying to patch up the differences, and if that happens, then this winery may be able to suc...
by GregP
June 1st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination
Replies: 8
Views: 1444

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination

Nice combination of wines for LOS, though the more I read about the restaurant the more I wish I had gone to it back when they were a forum darling. At least they still have some decent options on the wine list, huh? Not like the 'old days', of course, where LOS was a mini-Bern's (but only with Rie...
by GregP
June 1st, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2125

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

But Eric - can you honestly say you resist the urge to confirm your olfactory sense with the secondary check of the refractometer? I can't resist. It is like blind tasting finished wines - don't you want to know what was REALLY in that blind bottle? When in the field, and after a number of years of...
by GregP
May 31st, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO
Replies: 2
Views: 875

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO

Mike, thanks for the notes!

Marche Bacchus does wine tastings every Saturday, 11:30-1PM.
by GregP
May 31st, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2320

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Be sure to try one wine trick: Pour Charles Shaw chard into a nice bottle and see if they like it. Many years ago the late Greg Walter did this, in a BLIND setup, with 4 or 5 Chard afficionados (he carefully picked them). ALL of them voted 2BC as WOTN. Almost came to a fist fight upon unveiling. So...
by GregP
May 31st, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!

Some of the best food, for years. Most of the old menu items seem to be back, and hopefully same quality.
by GregP
May 30th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3311

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other? I think burying those manure filled horns makes all the difference in the world! [tease.gif] As long as manure itself is organic,...
by GregP
May 28th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

There is a saying about arguing with...

I'll just let it go at that.
by GregP
May 28th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 1801

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

Bruce, just asking what to expect. Planning to bring wines with some age on them.
by GregP
May 28th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

Great! Since you still seem to be under the assumption this was a STUDY, can you tell us what were SO2 readings at time of crush, for both sets? SO2 adds during? And at bottling time, for both sets? And then readings at X years, and XX years. TIA. BLIND side by side, and lab supported. No links prov...
by GregP
May 27th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

What actual science and chems, I see no real lab numbers listed. Just suppositions and observations, which may mean absolutely nothing in another grape region. The article is summarizing a decade of work from multiple sources. It makes a point of noting these metabolomic trajectories will fundament...
by GregP
May 27th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

What actual science and chems, I see no real lab numbers listed. Just suppositions and observations, which may mean absolutely nothing in another grape region.
by GregP
May 27th, 2019, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: 750Daily: Sulfites & WineChemistry...Understanding Metabolomics

Alan Rath wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 3:39 pm
This seems almost counter-intuitive, and makes one wonder if higher levels of sulfur are actually promoting premox?
Watching that Ramey interview is highly advised. Again.

So, no to your question.
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11125

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, I am friends with an owner of a cigar shop in Sac. And when in town I stop by and smoke a couple, so takes 2-3 hours, at least. All I can tell you is that I see loads of people come in and buy Drew flavoreds while real cigars (to me) sit. Can't explain it save for marketing, hype and new smok...
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: BLIND Pinot Tasting (BURGUNDY v. CA PINOT! 6/22/19 Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 39
Replies: 51
Views: 1801

Re: Pinot Tasting - Thousand Oaks Area - UPDATED SEE POST 16

Curious what the format of "blind" is. Flights, or simply mixed up and tasted at will?

And with a matching pair of bottles, same vintage for New/Old? Just don't want 2018 Barefoot Pinot Noir to stick out much :-)
by GregP
May 26th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11125

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Short answer, yes, I have. Long answer. I stopped buying Cuban cigars when they moved, wholesale, to Habano leaf, or whatever that is since no one really can explain what it is. Its a hybrid that is easy to grow and work with, but certainly lacking in so many important ways when compared to Corojo, ...

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