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by Ben M a n d l e r
April 19th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Thanks for the follow-up post, Ben. +1 to what Robert said. There's such a range of personalities, processes, equipment, idiosyncrasies everywhere. Feel it out, find your place, prove yourself as reliable and "heads-up" first, then build on that. Figure out why one person likes to do something diff...
by Ben M a n d l e r
April 17th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Did you call them up in the end? Or just applied to a posting? Could you share the answers to some of your questions. Ie is it paid? Etc :) I applied to a posting at Williams Selyem and a few others. I was preparing applications for other wineries (had a list of about 20 that I had ordered based on...
by Ben M a n d l e r
April 13th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Thank you to everyone who responded to this thread - I really appreciate the advice which was invaluable in helping me to navigate this process. I am happy to say that I will be interning at Williams Selyem starting early June and running through the end of harvest. I am super excited to get starte...
by Ben M a n d l e r
April 12th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1386

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Braised endives. Braise them in butter and they lose their bitterness, take on some earthiness, and have some fat on them to handle the acid and tannin.
by Ben M a n d l e r
April 10th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1272

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Love the Tahbilk Marsanne. Fresh and punchy young, soulful old. Oldest I’ve had was about 20 at the time but it certainly wasn’t getting any worse.
by Ben M a n d l e r
April 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Thank you to everyone who responded to this thread - I really appreciate the advice which was invaluable in helping me to navigate this process. I am happy to say that I will be interning at Williams Selyem starting early June and running through the end of harvest. I am super excited to get started!
by Ben M a n d l e r
March 27th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 468
Views: 28858

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Last night opened a bottle of the 2016 Blasi Zinfandel, purchased at winery in October after it showed very well at tasting. This is all over the place on opening - too much fruit, not enough structure, kind of sour smelling. But after a an hour decant it got there - the savory undercurrent and juic...
by Ben M a n d l e r
March 25th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1278

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

Floral notes in reds - mostly Syrah and Pinot. I’m a sucker for flowers anywhere but in reds they’re especially mesmerizing. Rubber in Riesling. There’s something about the combination of rubber notes, which to me evoke a hot sun (devolatilizing whatever rubber it heats up, be it in tires or elastic...
by Ben M a n d l e r
March 8th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 1980

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

This is an interesting post for me to read. I actually just finished reading Flawless and one of the reasons I did was because I was curious about the origin of what I generally call a “real cider” note in wines. I went to college in the West Country of England and had a lot of ciders there (especi...
by Ben M a n d l e r
March 7th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 1980

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

Otto, as you have decent experience with Natural wines, I'd be curious as to your description of a certain class of flavors that I've encountered in some Natural wines. Sometimes you encounter a wine that is somewhat "cidery" or like a lambic ale, but not necessarily VA where it smells like paint t...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 22nd, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1696

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Petit Manseng. Especially from Virginia. Exciting and underappreciated things happening here with that grape. Chambourcin, too, for a crowd-pleaser.

Some southern Italians as well, notably Aglianico and Fiano
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 22nd, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 51
Views: 2126

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

The idea of the list is not what you would buy, but what you would one day hope to taste. Be it your good fortune or the kindness of a more fortunate wine friend! For example, the HB89 we had that started this thread was a total surprise by a friend to a dinner which we did not expect anything of t...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 22nd, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merry Edwards sold
Replies: 24
Views: 2006

Re: Merry Edwards sold

Been a huge fan of her wines for many years, long may the quality stay so high. And agreed with other posters that visiting is a must - really great experience, and free to boot.
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 21st, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 51
Views: 2126

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

No bucket list. Some of the greatest wine experiences I’ve had were wines I would never have put on such a list. Cheaper, too. The idea of the list is not what you would buy, but what you would one day hope to taste. Be it your good fortune or the kindness of a more fortunate wine friend! For examp...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 20th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 51
Views: 2126

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

No bucket list. Some of the greatest wine experiences I’ve had were wines I would never have put on such a list. Cheaper, too.
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

Agreed. When I'm tasting with other people though I find that "crushed limestone" or equivalent makes different people think of different smells/tastes/textures. That's fine for an individual's notes for their own reference, but it creates confusion in a group setting. When organizing blind tasting...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)
Replies: 18
Views: 961

Re: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)

jordan whitehead wrote:
February 18th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
February 18th, 2019, 9:31 am
La Tour Blanche can be good value if you can find it.
just as available as any other sauternes. 01 still around for $50 for 375ml and $85 for 750ml
Good to know. A cloud seems to hang over me - I always seem to have a tough time finding La Tour Blanche
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?
Replies: 35
Views: 1636

Re: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?

Grand Puy Lacoste
Leoville Barton
Lynch Bages

I have a personal soft spot for Rauzan Segla, which has been very consistent for me on a handful of vintages since the mid-90s.
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 468
Views: 28858

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

2014 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek - USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District (2/1/2019) On pop and pour: deep ruby-purple color. Quite viscous. Nose: explosive fruit: cooked raspberry, black cherry, plum skin, spiced herbaceous warmth, slight pear skin, black pepper, touch of menthol...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)
Replies: 18
Views: 961

Re: TN: 2007 Château d'Yquem (First timer)

None of the other Sauternes I've had have ever measured up to Yquem. But Rieussec can get you close. La Tour Blanche can be good value if you can find it. Coutet for something a little more delicate. I've found a bunch of nice back-vintages of Guiraud (denser) and Lafaurie-Peyraguey (less dense) for...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

Geology B.S., Oregon State University. Go Beavers. Great topic. First, let me say as someone who writes lots of tasting notes, many questionable, I have some thoughts on this topic. For me the descriptors I use resemble common flavors, aromas or textures that we can relate too. Common lemon or lime...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 18th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

I love this post. I would be interested to hear wines that you think have specific mineral type qualities that you relate to your time in the field Muscadet to me often smells like cold water running over rocks. But some of that is cold-suppression of other aromatics. Awesome stuff there. I have us...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 17th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

I love this post. I would be interested to hear wines that you think have specific mineral type qualities that you relate to your time in the field Muscadet to me often smells like cold water running over rocks. But some of that is cold-suppression of other aromatics. I think it's hard to associate...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 17th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

For chalky, I mean the dust from what was used on old style chalk boards. That's a very distinctive smell that I sometimes get from wines. I think a lot of the more specific or esoteric versions are mental associations that people have made, often based more on common usage (or who knows what) than...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 16th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1298

The taste and smell of rocks

I've always been fascinated by rock descriptors in tasting notes. As a geologist I've probably licked and smelled more rocks than I should admit. But for those people who don't spend most of their time chewing on clay and hiking across lava flows, I am wondering: how many distinct rock-like descript...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 15th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

- Do wineries have reputations for having better or worse harvest internships, or are they similar across the board? Are there any that have particularly good reputations that I should look into, or bad ones that I should avoid? Absolutely. Do a bit of research on them first and I would say there a...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 9th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Oh- and if you want your harvest to be sane - stay away from places that promote their production as being mainly off their estate vineyard. You'll get slammed with a tsunami of fruit. Estate Vineyard blocks essentially ripen within 2 weeks if each other. Good idea to look for a place with spread o...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 6th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 7:48 pm
If I could make a suggestion. One in the winery, one in the vineyard, and one in sales would cover all aspects of the biz. Best of luck to you!
Noted. Thanks Casey!
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 5th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Funny, nobody ever wants to work in the vineyard.
You've got me wrong, Casey. I love the idea of working in the vineyard. Just taking this one step at a time. I'd ideally like to do three harvests over the next three years: one in the winery, one in the vineyard, one in the lab.
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 5th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Pick up a copy of this: https://www.amazon.com/Tips-Cellar-Rats-Mary-Baker/dp/0557423627/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549330335&sr=8-1&keywords=50+tips+for+cellar+rats - Nothing is typical. - Standard hours? 20? Really, it is what it is. Grapes have to come in when they're ready, then need to be process...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 4th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1733

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

Hi Jordan! I'm 30 - a little older sure but I'd wager still very much on the younger end of the forum. We have so many years of wonderful wines to look forward to! Some of the things you mentioned really resonated so I thought I'd give you a bit of my history here and a bit of what I've learned alo...
by Ben M a n d l e r
February 4th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Hi everyone, I'm still pretty new to this forum having been away from the online wine community for some years, but I know a lot of people here have been or are involved in the vineyard-to-bottle process so I'm hoping I can tap into some of your insights. I'm 30, trained as a geologist, but looking ...
by Ben M a n d l e r
January 27th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EXTENDED- LORING WINE COMPANY BD10 OFFERS - ** NEW OFFER ADDED **SAVE 50%
Replies: 39
Views: 2311

Re: LORING WINE COMPANY BD10 OFFERS - SAVE 50%

Envious of those older vintages. Got in for a mystery 3 of the 13s and 14s - what a treat.
by Ben M a n d l e r
January 20th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1733

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

Hi Jordan! I'm 30 - a little older sure but I'd wager still very much on the younger end of the forum. We have so many years of wonderful wines to look forward to! Some of the things you mentioned really resonated so I thought I'd give you a bit of my history here and a bit of what I've learned alon...

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