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by Todd Hamina
September 28th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 52
Views: 1281

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

You are just learning this now?
by Todd Hamina
September 27th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 79
Views: 4528

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

I agree with Marcus. It's not like every single grape is bad. Certainly some areas will be more suspect than others, but there is the capacity to test for taint and there are ways to mitigate the damage. But to believe it is all damaged is inaccurate. What we do have is an opportunity for winemakers...
by Todd Hamina
September 24th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 657

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

A potential negative sensory component... yes.
by Todd Hamina
September 24th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 657

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

Air from somewhere else as part of terroir... no.
by Todd Hamina
September 24th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Biha everyday drinker- 2017 Chehalem Mountains AVA Pinot noir
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Biha everyday drinker- 2017 Chehalem Mountains AVA Pinot noir

This is the last of all the AVA wines we did in 2017. The Eola-Amity Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Van Duzer, Yamhill-Carlton and WVPN are all sold or shipped out, so we are offering this gem ahead of the Holidays. It is a declassified blend of Noel and Lia's vineyard and comes in at about 50% whole cluster....
by Todd Hamina
September 23rd, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Claygate vineyard Pinot noir
Replies: 6
Views: 445

Re: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Claygate vineyard Pinot noir

I will start boxing things up this week for all of you, and I can do some more. So, unless you are in Texas we can probably get something going in the next little bit.
by Todd Hamina
September 23rd, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 79
Views: 4528

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

The rain is good, most areas the fruit hasn't made it into a nice pick window.

Late pickers may have the benefit of mother nature aiding them by decreasing the compounds deposited in the skins. Patience is a virtue.
by Todd Hamina
September 22nd, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars- The Mystery Box rides again!
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Biggio Hamina Cellars- The Mystery Box rides again!

Here's an option: The Brittany, same as a Mystery Box except more single vineyard Pinot and one less white/pink/orange. It's what she likes to do. $430 per case.
by Todd Hamina
September 21st, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars- The Mystery Box rides again!
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Biggio Hamina Cellars- The Mystery Box rides again!

It is Mystery Box time again. This means Pinot noir, Pinot grigio, Riesling, Melon de Bourgogne, Sangiovese, Gewurztraminer, and Port (ok, I call it Ruby Riserva) of varying ages put together in a box for you. Mostly this is a way for you to get some new wines and some aged wines and for me to sell ...
by Todd Hamina
September 16th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9780

Re: Fires-Oregon

Clearing skies in parts of YC. Saw some blue sky out on vineyards yesterday evening and this morning. Take what we can get. If only they had raked the forest and swept up the leaves! Good to see actual clouds today Day 10 of smoke and haze. Folks can take action to mitigate the potential taint expo...
by Todd Hamina
September 15th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9780

Re: Fires-Oregon

While it hasn't rained, there has been a lot of moisture in the air the last few mornings.
This is encouraging. Still sucks though.
by Todd Hamina
September 14th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Claygate vineyard Pinot noir
Replies: 6
Views: 445

2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Claygate vineyard Pinot noir

We are getting close to shipping season again, and with all the craziness here in Oregon there isn't much to do outside... So I thought I would make an offer. The 2016 Claygate vineyard is delicious. It is also in a great spot so you could Pobega this and be content. Or you could be slightly more ci...
by Todd Hamina
September 10th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9780

Re: Fires-Oregon

Outside Lincoln City... mile post 1:
by Todd Hamina
September 8th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9780

Re: Fires-Oregon

Never seen anything like this here in Yamhill county.
by Todd Hamina
September 3rd, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 151
Views: 11964

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Grape Ink Wines.
by Todd Hamina
September 2nd, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Oregon Report
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Vinous Oregon Report

Now you're just being diplomatic. I'll stick with my assessment.
by Todd Hamina
September 1st, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Oregon Report
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Vinous Oregon Report

2019 is a growers year. It was very surprising how many top houses had botrytis and had to pick weeks before the fruit was ready. There's no doubt that quality will be all over the board. Caveat emptor.
by Todd Hamina
August 26th, 2020, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acid and aging
Replies: 25
Views: 1609

Re: Acid and aging

Hey. I'm in the middle of a bike race, but let me say this: tannins lift the perceived acidity. My 14's have a pH of 3.65 -3.8 but it doesn't taste flabby does it? You are doing the right thing by giving it air. Maybe invite Charlie Fu to come over and double decant it? Big Sky Spectaculaire. I am s...
by Todd Hamina
August 23rd, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Thank you too Jim!

He's considering Political Economy, but does enjoy Chemistry. I study up your reco's. Cheers.
by Todd Hamina
August 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Oh, and for sure eating at Cozy Corner again! (ThanksJR)
by Todd Hamina
August 23rd, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

We are driving my daughter back to her college in Savannah and my son is coming along to check out Tulane and Rhodes. He did freshman year at Quest U. In BC, Canada but will be transferring somewhere this Spring. Tough time to be a student too.

Curious to see how it all unfolds.
by Todd Hamina
August 22nd, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Thank you Jim! Your detail is a wonderful surprise.
by Todd Hamina
August 21st, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 913

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Went to Iris, Bari, and Hog & Hominy... enjoyed them all. Oh, and after Bari or Iris, make sure to head over to Lafayette's for music after dinner. My son decided to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, so this will probably become a regular thing for me. :) Anything new in Memphis that could be reco'...
by Todd Hamina
August 20th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick pinot question...black tea!
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: Quick pinot question...black tea!

Well, to begin with I'd like to say that I have zero proof, studies or evidence that can be scientifically demonstrated to support anything I believe. I think there are tea notes in most every wine, but if those notes are folded into a more dominant trait they become obfuscated, so for all purposes ...
by Todd Hamina
August 17th, 2020, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 57
Views: 1963

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

Pinot gris is the chicken breast of the wine world. Sure, it can be good on its own, but chances are that you have to do something to it to make it more interesting.
by Todd Hamina
August 13th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3123

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

There's a substantial difference between the Audouze method and a double decant (and water addition) to a beautiful old wine that's just been woken up from a long slumber.
by Todd Hamina
August 12th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Wine Tasting
Replies: 22
Views: 1453

Re: Willamette Wine Tasting

You could hit Lingua Franca by Cristom as well.
by Todd Hamina
August 9th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3123

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

I am all in favor of standing up bottles, and you can use a flashlight to check how much sediment is in the bottle at that time.
by Todd Hamina
August 9th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3123

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

i disagree. I think older wine actually needs air to shine. If it's a well stored wine of high quality, air won't hurt it. All anyone needs is a trip to Berns where they decant pretty much everything I guess if getting the beautiful old wine consumed quickly is your goal, then I agree with you. Dis...
by Todd Hamina
August 8th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3123

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

old wine is like muddy water—dirt in water. Stand the bottle up and the dirt goes to the bottom. Carefully pour off the clean wine. +1, a double decant is the best way to miss out on the beautiful and delicate components of older wines. i disagree. I think older wine actually needs air to shine. If...
by Todd Hamina
August 8th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3123

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

alan weinberg wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 4:14 pm
old wine is like muddy water—dirt in water. Stand the bottle up and the dirt goes to the bottom. Carefully pour off the clean wine.
+1, a double decant is the best way to miss out on the beautiful and delicate components of older wines.
by Todd Hamina
July 31st, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 79
Views: 4528

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

2007 was only tough if you weren't around in 1996 and 1997 (or earlier). Harry Peterson-Nedry on 2007: "As always, experience tells us not to freak out about dreary rain days, but to drink another cup of coffee, continue to pick on flavors and jump only when botrytis seems ready to show." How many ...
by Todd Hamina
July 31st, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 79
Views: 4528

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

2007 was only tough if you weren't around in 1996 and 1997 (or earlier).
by Todd Hamina
July 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5157

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

If you want something with screeching acidity, no fruit, and zero sugar, I'm sure there are plenty of people making wines that would suit your palate. Muscadet from a cool vintage might work? I made a 0 rs, full Malo, unfiltered Melon de Bourgogne too... If you have healthy lees the mid palate will...
by Todd Hamina
July 28th, 2020, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5157

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

My Riesling is a zero zero and unfiltered...
by Todd Hamina
July 26th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1773

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

A four hour lunch anywhere just sounds like heaven right now.
by Todd Hamina
July 25th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 151
Views: 11964

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

I really enjoy the Hundred Suns and Flaneur wines. Grant and Renee do great work with their own label(Hundred Suns) and the wines Grant is making for Flaneur have been some of my favorite WV wines over the past couple of years. Buying fruit from 2 of Flaneur’s estate vineyards. Doing a SVD of one o...
by Todd Hamina
July 17th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 151
Views: 11964

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Parra wines. Kicks it off with Eola-Amity Hills Tempranillo from Zenith vineyard.

Disclaimer: he's a client.
by Todd Hamina
July 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 79
Views: 4528

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

Historically, years with their hottest day being in August are my favorites.
by Todd Hamina
July 3rd, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc

Folks will rethink Pb.
by Todd Hamina
June 27th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1120

Re: Garlic Stems?

When I lived in Changsha, Hunan PRC our cook would loosely chop them and the wok them up with garlic and red pepper flakes. Hot and delicious.
by Todd Hamina
June 22nd, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard

There are a handful of cases left of this wine. For me there is no summer shipping (historically), so I will be putting an offering together in September. Then just wait on the weather. Thanks for the kind words.
by Todd Hamina
June 21st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard

Thanks Adam. This wine is 50% whole cluster, no new oak, and a field blend of Pommard and Wadenswil planted into a mix of volcanic and marine sedimentary soils. For those of you up to speed on Youngberg Hill, it's Natalie's block. - the photo is a straight up pic of the entry level WVPN which in 201...

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