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by Todd Hamina
April 19th, 2021, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 45
Views: 1221

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

Alan, I wouldn't say Steiner made it up so much as hijacked Ayurvedic farming tradition...
by Todd Hamina
April 19th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Trip
Replies: 11
Views: 682

Re: Oregon Trip

Looks like you were busy! Glad you had some nice weather for your trip. Maybe next time I can catch up with you, Paul and Linda. You closed your place? Selling dirt and grapes before they’re booze now? Yep, 2017 was the last vintage I made Biggio Hamina, Claygate, Schonetal, and Gypsy Dancer. In 20...
by Todd Hamina
April 19th, 2021, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 45
Views: 1221

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

As someone who has stirred a fair amount an aspect folks overlook is how relaxing and focusing it is. And you have to get out and use the liquid right away. So from a standpoint where you've just gotten ready to do a specific task, and now you have just focused on doing it for an hour in a contempla...
by Todd Hamina
April 19th, 2021, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert
Replies: 17
Views: 948

Re: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert

Yes, 09 was hot. The big yellow ball in the sky made the most difference.
by Todd Hamina
April 18th, 2021, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Trip
Replies: 11
Views: 682

Re: Oregon Trip

Looks like you were busy! Glad you had some nice weather for your trip. Maybe next time I can catch up with you, Paul and Linda.
by Todd Hamina
April 18th, 2021, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert
Replies: 17
Views: 948

Re: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert

Opened up the 2009 vintage of this wine tonight. According to the bottle more Viognier than the 2007. Been open for about six hours now and still going strong. Intended to keep some for tomorrow but no way it makes it. Loads of Worcestershire, brine, bacon fat. Did have a little trouble with the co...
by Todd Hamina
April 18th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert
Replies: 17
Views: 948

Re: TN: 2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Syrah Deux Vert

I gotta have more viognier.
by Todd Hamina
April 17th, 2021, 2:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: DUCKHORN-THREE PALMS VINEYARD, MERLOT
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: DUCKHORN-THREE PALMS VINEYARD, MERLOT

The mag is in pristine condition. Thanks again.
by Todd Hamina
April 12th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

Also, my friend Brianne says this seafood joint near Tillamook is delicious. Nevør Shellfish Farm.
by Todd Hamina
April 12th, 2021, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

Astoria doesn’t have a resort per se and is on the river near the ocean, but has great food and a good vibe all around, and great beer to boot. Cannery Pier is a good hotel on the pier there. There's a Bosnian restaurant in Astoria that's on my hit list. I have heard great reviews. https://drinadai...
by Todd Hamina
April 12th, 2021, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

True about the Sea Hag chowda too.
by Todd Hamina
April 12th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

It's the deli next to Nick's, owned by Carmen too.
by Todd Hamina
April 12th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

The Sea Hag in Depot Bay is a nightmarish setting straight out of a poorly done 70's era porn shoot, but their eggs benedict is simply fantastic. Really, the entire breakfast/brunch menu is solid.
by Todd Hamina
April 11th, 2021, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

This place, though I haven't been to it... https://www.headlandslodge.com/

I do love Pacific City, but expect it to be crowded.
by Todd Hamina
April 11th, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

Steve Long wrote: April 11th, 2021, 9:33 am I am planning this same trip right now. Can anyone suggest an awesome place near McMinnville to get a picnic lunch from ( hopefully some awesome sandwiches, charcuterie/cheese ).
Peirano and Daughter on Third street in McMinnville.
by Todd Hamina
April 10th, 2021, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Clearwater, FL / Berns Steakhouse?
Replies: 16
Views: 964

Re: Wine Shops in Clearwater, FL / Berns Steakhouse?

There's a wine shop (Bern's Fine Wines) across the street from Bern's at the Epicurean Hotel.
by Todd Hamina
April 9th, 2021, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

So close.
by Todd Hamina
April 8th, 2021, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

I'm sure you're good at other things Rodrigo.
by Todd Hamina
April 7th, 2021, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

So, who buys Eyrie?

The two Dick's and two Dave's show only has one member left who hasn't sold (Adelsheim, Erath, Ponzi).
by Todd Hamina
April 7th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

Vincent Fritzsche wrote: April 7th, 2021, 11:40 am I think Bollinger does a lot more for the local brand than KJ, that's got to be at least part of it Jim.
KJ is a big plus for our little town of McMinnville. Locals are positive about it.

Wine folk are snobs, so it makes sense they view the French attributes with more panache.
by Todd Hamina
April 7th, 2021, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

Solid and beneficial move. Congratulations all around!
by Todd Hamina
April 6th, 2021, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3039

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

When people ask why winemakers eventually stop posting here, read this thread, and the "it's not terroir" thread. Marcus is participating in good faith, and people are parsing every single freaking word. It's bizarre. There's a bunch of folk who have let me know how they will never buy my...
by Todd Hamina
April 5th, 2021, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3039

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

I don’t think that I can comfortably ever label a wine vegan... I think you've misunderstood something. Labeling a products vegan does not mean that no animals were harmed in the process, because that's simply impossible in many processes. Vegan products are made without animal-derived substances a...
by Todd Hamina
April 5th, 2021, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3039

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

Filtration requires no animal products at all. There are a couple of vegan fining options as well, although I don’t think their use is widespread. There are many white wines that only go through filtration(and plenty that don’t even do that). If you are biodynamic you should not be filtering... ???...
by Todd Hamina
April 5th, 2021, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?
Replies: 88
Views: 3039

Re: Where are we at on fining and filtration for reds, whites, and beyond?

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: April 4th, 2021, 9:58 pm Filtration requires no animal products at all. There are a couple of vegan fining options as well, although I don’t think their use is widespread. There are many white wines that only go through filtration(and plenty that don’t even do that).
If you are biodynamic you should not be filtering...
by Todd Hamina
April 2nd, 2021, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accidental Wine Pairing Successes?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Re: Accidental Wine Pairing Successes?

Years ago in Houston dragging a bag all day my rep runs into his chef friend coming back from a catering gig with extra osetra. The Deux Vert vineyard Melon de Bourgogne and those fish eggs were pure heaven.
by Todd Hamina
April 1st, 2021, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8461

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

This is slightly off-topic, but still hits on more than a few items of discussion. A few weeks ago our group had a double blind tasting over zoom. Only the organizer who has a deep cellar knew the wines. We're all 40-60 and have been tasting for over 20-30 years, some of us with both wine education...
by Todd Hamina
March 31st, 2021, 5:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland, Maine (2021)
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: Portland, Maine (2021)

Thanks. My son goes to school in Orono, so we fly into Portland and now there's a nice hit list. After drop off last January we stayed at the Press hotel, which was cute and at their restaurant, Union. We had just dumped off the rental and ubered there and it was cold (at least to us) so it was a ni...
by Todd Hamina
March 30th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Oregon vs. Burgundy: So WHY are they incomparable or comparable to you in terms of flavors/aromas/terroir?
Replies: 48
Views: 2733

Re: More Oregon vs. Burgundy: So WHY are they incomparable or comparable to you in terms of flavors/aromas/terroir?

Pinot noir on limestone or Pinot noir on rotted basalt. Sugar acceleration or phenolic ripeness. The actual year. All subject to change which, to me, is why having the approach come from an artistic background is nicer that having it come from a scientific background. I only want to solve the puzzle...
by Todd Hamina
March 28th, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8461

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

Oregon is wide open for current and existing biz to thrive. Sure, the starting gun sounded off 400+ years ago for Burgundy, and at the rate we're going up here... they needed that head start.
by Todd Hamina
March 28th, 2021, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8461

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

The real question is whether third parties can make fat cash selling Oregon Pinot noir. When that happens we will see more of these discussions from itbers as they'll have some skin in the game.
by Todd Hamina
March 27th, 2021, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cycling Trip with the Boys and 1970 Magdelaine, 1986 Latour, 1996 Ducru, et al
Replies: 31
Views: 1506

Re: Cycling Trip with the Boys and 1970 Magdelaine, 1986 Latour, 1996 Ducru, et al

I hope you destroy your adversaries with the mortar and pestle that are your thighs.
by Todd Hamina
March 19th, 2021, 4:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.
Replies: 19
Views: 1091

Re: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.

I used to make Melon de Bourgogne and the brix would range from 17-30 on the same plant.

There are many ways to skin a cat.
by Todd Hamina
March 18th, 2021, 6:15 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.
Replies: 19
Views: 1091

Re: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.

Question: how many tons per acre are we talking about at pick time?

My neighborhood: 2.5 tpa is average.
by Todd Hamina
March 17th, 2021, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Replies: 24
Views: 1605

Re: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

This vineyard and producer are a sleeper combo from heaven.
by Todd Hamina
March 17th, 2021, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you serve at your wedding ceremony and... would you serve it again?
Replies: 54
Views: 2119

Re: What wine did you serve at your wedding ceremony and... would you serve it again?

The late Gary Andrus very generously offered:

1985 Andrus Reserve
1992 Stag's Leap Chardonnay
1996 Archery Summit Premier Cuvèe
1998 Archery Summit Vireton

We added VC Yellow Label

It was a great day in 1998 and we are forever grateful.
by Todd Hamina
March 14th, 2021, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9028

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

Well, with the restaurant scene slowly coming back to life you might consider bringing a coat and checking out hotels and BNB's from Pacific City to Netarts so you can get some awesome seafood from Nevør Shellfish in Tillamook. Pick up some wines in the valley and head to the coast.
by Todd Hamina
March 14th, 2021, 7:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.
Replies: 19
Views: 1091

Re: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.

It's a question of guessing the balance. In my neighborhood a cool year won't get a crop ripe enough to make something interesting, conversely a low cropped warm year gets sugar ripe too quick to be be interesting (to me). I like to go to two clusters per shoot early, and then wait to see if I need ...
by Todd Hamina
March 11th, 2021, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out for Vincent Pinot Gris (noir)
Replies: 10
Views: 427

Re: Shout out for Vincent Pinot Gris (noir)

Do you know the Maloof line up?
by Todd Hamina
March 10th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Stuck Glass in Shaker
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Stuck Glass in Shaker

I like your style.
by Todd Hamina
March 5th, 2021, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

Marcus makes it sound complicated. You put the fruit in a bin, and forty some days later the cap falls. Press.
by Todd Hamina
March 3rd, 2021, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

For all the talk of winemakers being artisans, I have noticed that many of my favorite Oregon winemakers (who weren’t raised in winemaking as a family business) have science backgrounds. This may mean something or nothing at all. Marcus Goodfellow – Kinesiology Kelley Fox – Biochemistry and Biophys...
by Todd Hamina
March 2nd, 2021, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I have three dead guys too, so I'm sure there's a chance they could get edged out someday.
by Todd Hamina
March 2nd, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I just like seeing you riled up some Jim.
by Todd Hamina
March 2nd, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I avoid the word best as much as possible. And both JP and Steve have been hugely influential for me. But the list of winemakers in this conversation would have to be bigger than just those two. In terms of "upper tier" (it's probably as subjective as "best"), there's a long lis...
by Todd Hamina
March 2nd, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

My top ten: Anna Matzinger Kelley Fox Veronique Drouhin Bryce Bagnall Dave Paige David Lett Doug Tunnell Gary Andrus Jim Anderson Marcus Goodfellow Steve Doerner I would have included Don, the original winemaker at Adelsheim, if I knew how to spell his last name. But I did not because if the facilit...
by Todd Hamina
March 1st, 2021, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9454

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

Best of luck to you all.

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