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by GregP
November 24th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Question About 4 Roses Single Barrel
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Question About 4 Roses Single Barrel

Its not the barrels, per se, but the combo of mash bills and yeast. 2 different mash bills (more rye in one) with 4 different yeasts creates a number of taste profiles. Depends on your palate preference: more "fruity", less, etc.
by GregP
November 18th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 30
Views: 2064

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Regarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two. I heard about some roses being badly tainted. That simply can't be. All the reports lately c...
by GregP
November 13th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your feedback wanted on my wine writing attempt (Volnay in the spotlight)
Replies: 15
Views: 788

Re: Your feedback wanted on my wine writing attempt (Volnay in the spotlight)

Stas Medvedev wrote:
November 13th, 2020, 4:59 am
GregP wrote:
November 13th, 2020, 1:09 am
If you need any help with translating to English feel free to reach out.
Thank you, Greg! Is my English so bad that it needs translation from English to English? [cry.gif]
Or do you mean something else?
RUSSIAN to English. Not questioning your English, simply saying that if need be...
by GregP
November 13th, 2020, 1:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your feedback wanted on my wine writing attempt (Volnay in the spotlight)
Replies: 15
Views: 788

Re: Your feedback wanted on my wine writing attempt (Volnay in the spotlight)

If you need any help with translating to English feel free to reach out.
by GregP
November 12th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Falltacular 2021

FALL = CRUSH TIME

Plus, shipping wine weather wise may still be questionable.
by GregP
November 10th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massandra up for auction?!
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: Massandra up for auction?!

My initial post was completely non-political. It will be interesting to see if this winery goes from public to privately owned; especially for such institutions this is not "always" for the better. Has nothing to do with politics. But plenty to do with HISTORICAL FACTS. I seriously despise latter d...
by GregP
November 10th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massandra up for auction?!
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: Massandra up for auction?!

That's a purely propagandist website without a word that has any rooting in reality... [wow.gif] "... it was founded and run by Russians for a few decades, then was in Ukrainian ownership and under the state protection for almost a century." Actually, it's exactly the opposite - built and run by th...
by GregP
November 10th, 2020, 1:11 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Coming soon: large haul of Swan and Dehlinger
Replies: 19
Views: 1471

Re: Coming soon: large haul of Swan and Dehlinger

I'll be happy to take a look as well.
by GregP
November 10th, 2020, 1:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Massandra up for auction?!
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: Massandra up for auction?!

Founded and built by RUSSIAN QUEEN after RUSSIAN EMPIRE and RUSSIAN ARMY took Krym (Crimea in Western speak) from Ottoman Empire. When word "ukraine" did not even exist in any shape or form (first ever use was in 1914). Turks even tried to take it back, with the help of Western Europe, and failed, R...
by GregP
November 2nd, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Russian Artisinal Wine...
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Hmmmmm...

Not sure why the name of the town, Anapa, would cast aspersions on the validity of the article. In this country, operating a wnry w/o the possession of a proper license would be unheard of. But this is, after all, a 3'rd world country and these are just peasants trying to eke out a living from thei...
by GregP
November 1st, 2020, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Russian Artisinal Wine...
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: NYTimes: Russian Artisinal Wine...

Interesting article in the NYTimes: NYTimes:RussianArtisinalWine The Feds are cracking down on the unlicensed artisinal winemakers who are competing against the Putin oligarch's industrial Winery operations. I am absolutely shocked that these wealthy oligarchs would be able to influence to bureaucr...
by GregP
October 31st, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

M Matthews wrote:
October 31st, 2020, 8:20 pm
Hi Greg,

Also in east bay (Oakland) would love to join when these (or other eat bay events) resume
PM me with your email address.
by GregP
October 31st, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

To (East Bay) Stephen, Celine and Lisa. I run a tasting group in East Bay for over 20 years now, in Danville area primarily these days. Includes winemakers, cellar rats, retail/wholesale pros, and wine drinkers of various levels of aptitude/interest, though probably at least intermediate level and ...
by GregP
October 16th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32381

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I cancelled the 2 samples I submitted, one on Aug 25, and the second one on Sept 3. Why? The Aug. 25 one was promised to be back in 10 days. That date was then "updated" sans any notification, and next promised to me date was set as Sept. 10. The head cheese at ETS himself GUARANTEED the Sept. 10 re...
by GregP
October 13th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Brett as wines age?
Replies: 21
Views: 815

Re: Perception of Brett as wines age?

Paul, makes sense. I recall first time I tasted Tempier, eons ago, in a blind setting to boot, and being very sensitive to brett my first reaction was, "Oh, no!". Let it sit in the glass a bit and it began dissipating, so that was my first lesson on Mourvedre when a few much more experienced palates...
by GregP
October 13th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Brett as wines age?
Replies: 21
Views: 815

Re: Perception of Brett as wines age?

A question for those who’ve had more wines with significant bottle age than I have: in your experience, how does the perceived brettiness of a wine change over time in bottle? I was drinking a 2016 Pibarnon (Bandol) over the weekend. I know, too young, but I wanted to track it over time. At first i...
by GregP
September 30th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60796

Re: #GlassFire

Any evidence of such? If not, I fail to see how speculation like this is helpful. Certainly, a few caught up in OR very recently. Videos available, in one 2 women (CCW holders) driving an SUV noticed a miscreant trying to start a fire then held him until cops arrived. Another incident, in OR as wel...
by GregP
September 30th, 2020, 2:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60796

Re: #GlassFire

Arsonists Any evidence of such? If not, I fail to see how speculation like this is helpful. Certainly, a few caught up in OR very recently. Videos available, in one 2 women (CCW holders) driving an SUV noticed a miscreant trying to start a fire then held him until cops arrived. Another incident, in...
by GregP
September 28th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Willett isn’t really Willett
Replies: 18
Views: 1666

Re: Willett isn’t really Willett

They began their own distilling their own bourbon in 2012. Since the Pot Still isn't 8 years old, would think the Pot Still is now all distilled by Willet. Any current bottles that have over 8 years of aging, had to have been purchased from other distilleries. Your thinking sounds right, IMO. Pot S...
by GregP
September 28th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60796

Re: #GlassFire

At this rate there won't be much left to burn during our "typical" fire season. At least let's hope for that. Unfortunately, incorrect assumption. Even though should make sense, right? All the burned dead wood is now even more deadly, there are multiple sources explaining that. Here is one link, th...
by GregP
September 26th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

Need email addresses, via PM.
by GregP
September 25th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

AlexW wrote:
September 25th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Greg- if there is room would love to join and contribute when these tastings resume. The format sounds like a great time!
PM me your email.

I am working on an OR vs. CA Pinot shootout, we haven't done that for a while, and once things open up its one of the first I am planning on doing.
by GregP
September 25th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32381

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Even I, ever skeptical and sarcastic one, underestimated the spin already taking place. RE: "The industry no longer calls it smoke taint as some palates such as my own prefer and seek out the ash taste in wine, so it can be a positive," says Sally Murdoch, communications manager for the Oregon Wine ...
by GregP
September 24th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32381

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Some Wine Institute hack today gave her $.05 on the subject where she insisted that smoke taint is only a problem in Sonoma and Napa while listing Paso, SLH/Monterey and Santa Cruz all smoke taint free. If anyone still somehow believes there isn't and won't be a PR spin on smoke taint, please PM me,...
by GregP
September 24th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 1033

Re: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022

Ben is not a shill, please calm down, guys. Yes, his tag line says ITB, but ITB means a lot of things, and in Ben's case has absolutely nothing to do with sales. Nada.
by GregP
September 23rd, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

To (East Bay) Stephen, Celine and Lisa. I run a tasting group in East Bay for over 20 years now, in Danville area primarily these days. Includes winemakers, cellar rats, retail/wholesale pros, and wine drinkers of various levels of aptitude/interest, though probably at least intermediate level and u...
by GregP
September 20th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 580
Views: 37439

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I did some sampling yesterday. Our Syrah is in a tight range of 21-21.5b. The Roussanne and Marsanne around 18.5b. Some amazingly small berries this year. Many Syrah clusters are all chicks and no hens. It will really suck if we lose this year to smoke taint. Clearly our best balanced year ever in ...
by GregP
September 18th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 580
Views: 37439

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: 31
Views: 2127

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 474

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 2779

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 349
Views: 32381

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: 1645

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: 863
Views: 33771

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: 562

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: 924

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: 2398

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: 1096

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...

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