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by BenjaminL
April 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chart of Bordeaux temperatures rising
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Chart of Bordeaux temperatures rising

1990 is the warmest on there. I saw a similar chart for Napa. I think there may be a strong "colder= poorer quality" correlation but there's not as strong a relationship between warm temps and quality.
by BenjaminL
April 17th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons

That's for the insights- and encouragement! I know her a little bit and I asked her afterward to clarify a little, she said she learned that complexity arose from blending different fermentation while making Dulce at Far Niente.
by BenjaminL
April 15th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons

I was at an extension course in January where a famous Napa winemaker uttered the following statement: "I split the fermentation up into 4 because I wanted a complex wine, which is hard to do with only 2 tons." I've been ruminating over it for the past 3 months for many reasons, not the least of whi...
by BenjaminL
April 12th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1487

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I like the option to have FedEx deliver to Walgreens and hold it there in the air-conditioned store:

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=g ... aid=193211
by BenjaminL
April 11th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Just visited the Ravenswood winery/tasting room. They plan to be closed down in ~30 days. Constellation plans to mothball the facility, much like they did to my old digs at RH Phillips. In lighter news, they are still selling the 92pt 2016 Ravenswood Old Hill Zin for $42/bottle instead of the onlin...
by BenjaminL
April 11th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

That's tragic. Did they say if there will be a new one somewhere? Probably on the Sonoma Square, where wineries are taking over all the real estate. No. The long-time employees were pretty bummed. I imagine all the Constellation contracts for Zin will now go to boost Prisoner production. I imagine ...
by BenjaminL
April 10th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Just visited the Ravenswood winery/tasting room. They plan to be closed down in ~30 days. Constellation plans to mothball the facility, much like they did to my old digs at RH Phillips. In lighter news, they are still selling the 92pt 2016 Ravenswood Old Hill Zin for $42/bottle instead of the online...
by BenjaminL
April 9th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1976

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

J Scott wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 12:21 pm
I assume that some use the thicker bottles to help reduce temperature variation?
I like this angle too- makes sense the extra weight is added thermal mass.
by BenjaminL
April 9th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1976

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

As a long time collector, as are many above, we see it as a cheap gimmick. If you're actually storing and aging these things, it gets old real fast. Collectors might be forgiving for a few labels that they feel they must have, but that means you're competing for a small finite portion of those coll...
by BenjaminL
April 9th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1976

Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I've got to pick glass/bottle type for some high end Cabernet (~$80/bottle). On one end of the spectrum is the 'high quality', literal heavyweight, coming in EMPTY at 1200 grams (~2.6 pounds). On the other end, the 'cheap Bordeaux glass' in everyone's favorite color Champagne Green only weighs 540 g...
by BenjaminL
April 5th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

The old vine Zins from Ravenswood still have major relevance, despite the shine that's been taken off since the high volume bottlings took precedence. The rest is just the same mouthful of mouthwash swishing to the other cheek. +1 The highlight of the Constellation 'Friends and Family' Sale were th...
by BenjaminL
March 25th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment

Both parts. Don't care how you nor your friend attorney see the "I placed an order by visiting the web site", you may be right, "may" being a very loose way of facing attorney bills in trying to prove the case in court if some state AG decides to make an example of you. And you yourself point out t...
by BenjaminL
March 22nd, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299295

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I'm flummoxed by the outrage on this one. Makes me wonder if anyone actually read those three offer e-mails... First mystery offer was June 2018. After discounting the usual Rimmerman hype and blathering, there isn't anything in that offer that I would say is not true. And, at least to me, $39 for ...
by BenjaminL
March 22nd, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299295

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Nothing worse than buying 3 different Mystery Wines and having them all show up as the same bottle!! 6/18/18 From Offer: 2015 Mystery 12/29/18 From Offer: Saturday: Odds and Ends 8/29/18 From Offer: NightLite #857 – 2015 Tuscany Top Well, now I've have plenty of 2015 Felsina Fontalloro! edited for ...
by BenjaminL
March 21st, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299295

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Nothing worse than buying 3 different Mystery Wines and having them all show up as the same bottle!! 6/18/18 From Offer: 2015 Mystery 12/29/18 From Offer: Saturday: Odds and Ends 8/29/18 From Offer: NightLite #857 – 2015 Tuscany Top Well, now I've have plenty of 2015 Felsina Fontalloro! edited for c...
by BenjaminL
March 18th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment

Hey GregP, thanks for taking the time to respond to my question. I agree, the legal 'theory' needs to be proven in court. I do believe it is the new world order, however, as beverage law matures. Try this- google "Title to, and ownership of, all wine passes from seller to buyer in the State of Calif...
by BenjaminL
March 18th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Neutral brandy for port in the bay area
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Neutral brandy for port in the bay area

WineSecrets over in Sebastopol supplies a few grades of brandy for use. I would go with the 170 proof. You might have to buy the 'sanitation grade' brandy if you're not bonded.
by BenjaminL
March 18th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: Rotating clusters on the vine?

If it weren't $30/btl I might give them benefit of the doubt. I worked at one place that would look at the day's weather, and if it were going to be >95dF, they would move the catch wires out 10" on the trellis to shade the grapes; if it were going to be <95dF they would move the catch wires in to a...
by BenjaminL
March 18th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Third Party Shipping - DTC fulfillment
Replies: 9
Views: 580

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 the...
by BenjaminL
March 14th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 2658

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: 9
Views: 580

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: 24
Views: 1258

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: 4
Views: 429

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: 1943

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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