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by Adam Frisch
August 17th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10681
Views: 371967

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Clendenen Family Nebbiolo "the pip" - Jim killed it when this. lovely rose petals, red cherry nose. Incredible depth, the tannins have mellowed, crunchy. Drank the 2014 Clendenen Nebbiolo "The Pip" yesterday. Similar notes, except the tannins had not mellowed as much being a bit younger. Also ...
by Adam Frisch
August 14th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 4987

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Rex Goliath is pretty good for sub-$10 price range. Gallo-owned. And hate them or love them, but Gallo tend to deliver better quality in the lower price brackets compared to many others.
by Adam Frisch
August 14th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

One of my Lodi growers can't get rid of his old Zin for love or money. He's begging me to take it off his hands for $700/ton. Literally 1hr away by car in Napa, the same damn Zin is $5K+/ton. Is Napa Zin 7-10 times better than Lodi Zin? It's like terroir madness has descended on the collective mind ...
by Adam Frisch
August 14th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1004

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

This thread has made me really curious about your wines. Any thought of a Berserker Day offering? Thank you Martin. I'm actually considering bottling early and offering my first ever releases on BD, now that I've read up on it and got my footings here a little bit better. I was going to bottle in t...
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Box Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Box Wines

Kirk - funny you should mention it, as I was just talking about the Nordic countries affection for the BiB in another thread! Yes, I'm originally Swedish. Here's the post: Perhaps for another discussion, but Scandinavia's obsession with BiB in general, is another thing that I think is a sign of thin...
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: 2006 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Never seen anyone mention Creation Wines here, but some of my SA wine friends say it's their favorite Pinot maker. Also fromt he Hemel-and-Aarde valley (Heaven and Earth valley). I have one as a special gift from my friend, The Art of Pinot Noir but haven't dared open it yet. I know it took a lot fo...
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 100
Views: 3236

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 4:57 pm

Haven't had one in 10+ years. I'm assuming things have changed for the better?
They used to be bad? My experience is just from a few bottles here and there over the last 5 years.

Second vote för Bergström. Very earthy Pinots. Excellent.
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1004

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Back to wax. Supplier can't provide the foil in the dimensions I want. Also has a minimum of 2500 pieces per bottle size, so that adds up quick. Plastic caps not an option for these bottle sizes, plus it's a 50000 minimum order. Looks like I'll be developing scoliosis and a "Jai-Alai" arm waxing... ...
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 100
Views: 3236

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Am I the only one who thinks King Estates is pretty damn good and a lot of value?
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 75
Views: 8299

Re: What have you learnt on your wine journey?

I learned something quite recently: I made a skin-contact Marsanne last year. And through all of this (and to the OP's question), I came to the conclusion that I don't actually like Orange wines in the Gravner , Kabaj -style so much. I thought I did and I thought I needed to make a wine in this styl...
by Adam Frisch
August 13th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping TO Europe
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: shipping TO Europe

Just had Seabrook Exports in the UK deal with my old Amarone-collection to bring it to the US. They might be able to arrange the import as well. Talk to John Wyatt and see if he can help you.

http://www.seabrookexports.com/contacts.html
by Adam Frisch
August 12th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1233

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Nice to hear your tips. I'll see if I can get my hands on some of that Clonakilla and Ravensworth stuff, they sound interesting. Observation: If we just gave up our obsession for deep colors in reds, a lot of possibilities would open up, I think. I don't even know where that comes from, to be honest...
by Adam Frisch
August 12th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 13
Views: 495

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Basil and mint lemonade. Very good.
by Adam Frisch
August 10th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failla concrete Chard
Replies: 10
Views: 856

Re: Failla concrete Chard

Egg is the new oak! Amphora is the new concrete! [wow.gif]
by Adam Frisch
August 10th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1233

What red/white blends have you tried?

Like Ken Zinns mentioned in hus Brumaire thread, there is a nascent trend of blends between red and white at some of these events. I tried local LA based winery Discovino 's Free Your Mind , which is a Carignan/Riesling blend. It was fantastically drinkable and had an electrically bright red juice, ...
by Adam Frisch
August 10th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Thanks for heads up on BD. Read up on the threads and offerings there from Jan and it looks like a perfect opportunity for me to introduce my stuff! I was gonna bottle in Jan 2020, but I might move it up to Nov/Dec this year so I can participate and also so they'll have time to come out of bottle sh...
by Adam Frisch
August 10th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Adam, You didn’t mention Oklahoma which has allowed DTC for about ten months. It’s a $300 permit fee plus registration for use and excise tax which has fees and a $1,000 bond. The ABLE Commission releases a report monthly of the wineries and e-retailers (which I didn’t think could get permits) that...
by Adam Frisch
August 10th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10185

Re: Top US Syrahs

Adam, Which Paul Lato syrah was opened? He makes a number of them - Cinematique from the Larner Vineyard, a Bien Nacido Vineyard one, and then at least one more. I have found them beautifully elegant - but not sure about long term aging potential on them versus other producers. That is NOT to say t...
by Adam Frisch
August 10th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2165

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

For me it’s more dill and vanilla, but generally so pronounced, that I am almost incapable of drinking Rioja. Cab and Zin can stand up to it, but why make it do that? It’s a huge detractor for me. I’ll drink Martinis instead. I had an excellent Rioja a couple months ago that was flat out delicious,...
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Thank you Jim. I'm right in the middle of getting many of the state permits required for DTC shipments. It's mind-bogglingly complex, as you know (if ever there was something that should be governed federally, wine shipment is one of them). Complete nightmare. And some states that are just too onero...
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Siun o'Connell wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 4:53 pm
And yes, an offer during Berserker Day is an ideal opening to build an initial following.
What is this Berserker Day you speak of? newhere
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2165

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

That coconut flavor I find on so many oaked CA wines seems to come from American Oak. I personally have a real hard time with that flavor, but I might be overly sensitive to it.
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Castro Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: TN: 2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Castro Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Not sure it was the 2013, but was on job trip to Vancouver last year and Siduri PN was pretty much all we drank at hotel bar for that week. Excellent wine.
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2755

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

I would go on a massive bender if I were you.
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I have one more problem that might rear it's ugly head: You have a mailing list. They get early releases, discount, all that good stuff we talked about. But in the beginning, you're new, you want as many to sign up as possible. If you now offer an a la carte solution (which we agreed was probably th...
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Nate Simon wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 2:14 pm

Just keep it simple. Give list members access a week or two or three earlier, then open up the unsold inventory to everyone.
Thanks Nate, thanks everyone, this has been so useful. I think I have a better understanding and perhaps even a plan now.
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1004

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Victor Hong wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 6:21 am
If brown is an OK color, my ears might help. But that, too, can be a pain to remove.
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by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Paul Luckin wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 1:55 pm

do you have a brick & mortar location?
I do not. The winery is shared by many producers and not suitable for tastings etc.
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Thank you Larry. Let me ask everyone this then, as an idea. You could have two webshops. One is the one every unwashed can see when they visit the site. Great. Done. Will have that, of course. The other is a hidden one, with earlier releases, and/or perhaps slightly lower prices, that only people th...
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Thanks for all the suggestions! MAILING LIST: We tell you when we have wine to offer. You buy what you want (from what's allocated/available). You don't have to buy anything if you don't want to. (You might get cut from the list if you don't buy for a while). No obligation. But what's really the dif...
by Adam Frisch
August 9th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I might have used the wording wine club in a way I didn't intend. I meant wince club as part of the winery and a membership to get wine allocations that you sign up for, not as part of some external club that carries multiple wines from multiple producers. Maybe someone can clarify exactly what the ...
by Adam Frisch
August 8th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2178

Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Starting to draw up the lines on how to structure mine, so wanted to get some feedback to try to avoid pitfalls or unpleasant structures. What I personally dislike is when they charge you way ahead of release and shipping. I just feel like I'm financing their winery for them. Plus, if it's that far ...
by Adam Frisch
August 8th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44631

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Thanks Gregg. Yeah, Ricky's Fish Tacos are good and just around the corner from me. But sometimes you want something that doesn't look like it came from a food truck or a cheap cantina. For me it's the refried beans that always, and I mean always, comes out of a can here. Heard good things about Bro...
by Adam Frisch
August 8th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1004

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Thanks for info guys. Samples have been sent from King's Wax in Vancouver, so will see how they play out. He uses a higher temp wax, so not sure how that behaves when dried.
by Adam Frisch
August 8th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11528
Views: 537053

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Case of Au Bon Climat - PN and mixed stuff
Paetra - Riesling
Ceritas - Tasting membership of 13 bottles to be sent out over 3 shipments.
by Adam Frisch
August 8th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1156

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

FYI I just tasted a carbonic maceration Mission at a winery in Santa Ynez....how do you make yours?? Oh, wow. I'd like to try that. I thought I'd had all the CA Mission there were.... What's the winery's name? Mine is traditionally made. Cold soaked, then lightly crushed, spent almost a month on sk...
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2381

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

This is all very interesting. I have the whole nightmare of selling ahead of me.
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1156

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Another suggestion is Peltier Station, where we have made wine. The last time I had their SB and CS I was impressed. Was visiting a grower last month and right across the street was Peltier Winery. Is that the same? Anyway, dropped in and tried a few and ended up leaving with half a case! Their old...
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1655

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Even estate wineries aren't going to grow the range of grapes the general public tends to expect, all at optimal quality. Shipping from a great site is much better making wine from a grape that wouldn't do well at your site. You'll see a lot of top wineries both buying and selling grapes. The best ...
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands Mission...
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: Sandlands Mission...

What is the profile of Mission wines? Are they similar in flavor, color and power to Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, something else? Sorry to revive, and this really should go into the Mission thread, but for posterity: After having sampled a lot of Mission from all over, I can say that the wines seem to ...
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10185

Re: Top US Syrahs

Adam, Which Paul Lato syrah was opened? He makes a number of them - Cinematique from the Larner Vineyard, a Bien Nacido Vineyard one, and then at least one more. I have found them beautifully elegant - but not sure about long term aging potential on them versus other producers. That is NOT to say t...
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44631

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I've lived in LA for 10 years. And whenever anyone asks where I live and I say LA, they always say: "wow, best Mexican food!". Now, I just happen to travel to Mexico for work quite a lot, and I can honestly say I've never had any great Mexican food in LA ever. I've had passable Mexican fast food at ...
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2197

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

What I can't find anywhere is - is Repour re-usable? Meaning, can I keep using the cork, or is it a one shot deal? Maybe I'm not understanding the technology.
by Adam Frisch
August 7th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1655

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Even if the grapes are not shipped in a reefer the wind keeps them cool. Everyone acts as though grapes have to be crushed ten minutes after picking. Wine grapes are fairly hardy, esp you are picking cool climate grapes at 22 brix. This. I don't know where the notion that grapes have to be crushed ...
by Adam Frisch
August 6th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 105
Views: 9841

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I have a mental barrier at around $100. After that I'm pretty much out unless it's something really cool. But I'm glad they find buyers at $300. I just couldn't help thinking at every sip: "But is it $250 better than an Artemis?"
by Adam Frisch
August 6th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1004

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Will see what happens. My label designer has been begging me not to do wax as well, so maybe I'll just do it for the limited edition releases and the magnums. I'm still up in the air about it, but have asked Lafitte for a quote on the plastic foils now...
by Adam Frisch
August 6th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: What's your estimated production cost per case?
Replies: 18
Views: 3557

Re: What's your estimated production cost per case?

My cost is around $100 case as an Alternating Proprietor at an urban winery in Los Angeles. That's with bottles, printing, corks, fruit, winemaking etc. On top of this comes barrel costs, cold storage and the transportation costs. It's more than I'd like to pay, for sure, but it will have to do for ...
by Adam Frisch
August 5th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1983

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Their wine club is full, but just signed up for a 13 bottle "Tasting Membership". Not entirely sure what the difference is, but price was acceptable so I thought I'd go for it.
by Adam Frisch
August 4th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 80
Views: 3890

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

Bought a bottle of Julien Schaal Schoenonbourg Gypsum 2017 a few months ago at K&L and after trying it, immediately went down and bought a case. Very nice. I was hunting for a dry Riesling and although this one kind of is, it's in reality somewhere in between off dry and dry. In any case, I love Rie...

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