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by BenjaminL
March 14th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 2363

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

I worked and lived at Seavey Vineyard for 4 years. It's an amazing place and very personal. It's a good 15 minutes outside of St Helena but it feels like a different world. Only 4 wines, so the pace is slow. They were very under-the-radar until ~3 years ago, and have increased their prices ~50% (des...
by BenjaminL
March 14th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment

I spoke with a seasoned alcoholic beverage lawyer here in California who said as long as you don't promote in other states, if people are coming to your website to buy wine, they are, in effect, 'coming to California to do business'. By disclosing that the customer has to ensure it is legal for them...
by BenjaminL
March 14th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 14
Views: 698

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

I disagree with John's suggestion that an estate winery should be avoided. I had a great internship at an estate (~40 acres of grapes, no outside fruit). It allowed me to work directly with the winemaker (often interns are the charge of the Assistant or Enologist); I got involved with the vineyard (...
by BenjaminL
March 14th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18

Hey Roy, I think the horse is out of the barn trying to use Brix to forecast alcohol. Glucose/fructose content is a much more accurate predictor, Potential Alcohol (% vol) = glucose + fructose (g/L) / 16.83. I think you are right noticing vintage variation in alcohol conversion due to differences in...
by BenjaminL
March 14th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1841

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

Interesting data published today by the American Association of Wine Economists: https://www.wine-economics.org/about/downloads/ John, I'm afraid you've been misled to equate "Organic" with "No Pesticides", making your assertion the 'organic trend isn't really catching on in California' baseless. E...

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