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by Sean Devaney
January 19th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 498
Views: 42796

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

Not familiar with that vineyard, and you probably know this, Rodney Strong now owns Davis Bynum so there is that connection.
by Sean Devaney
January 17th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Interesting sticker - your thought?

There was an old-line Italian winery in Napa (the name eludes me now) that sold a moscato that was not very stable. The sold it refrigerated only and told visitors not to leave it in a hot car. Anyone remember that? Maybe Louis Martini? I worked in a wine shop back when I was going to college and a...
by Sean Devaney
January 14th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Winter Is Coming
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Winter Is Coming

HBO is going all out to capitalize on the last season of GOT. Along with Scotchs Ommegang has released three different GOT beers and rumor has it more in the pipeline.

Would like to try the Oban and Lagavulin editions but not spending the $'s.
by Sean Devaney
January 8th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 302
Views: 14854

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

A winery to add to your list is Holly's Hill up in El Dorado County. They make a couple Mourvedre's and blends.
by Sean Devaney
January 7th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Esther Mobley: The 52 California Wineries to Visit in 2019

G. Bienstock wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Interesting list, no Foothill mentions though.
Yep. A huge hole in the list. It is easy to pick six wineries from Amador and El Dorado alone not to mention Lodi and Calaveras among others.
by Sean Devaney
January 6th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1130

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

Didn’t one of the earlier wine boards do this as a group? Can’t remember if it was eRP or wino-depot? Yep, Gary Vaynerchuck. Some of us did more than others. I was intimately involved in the project. Met Gary on his wine cruise and offered to help. IIRC westcoastwine.net also did this one year to m...
by Sean Devaney
January 4th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1136

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Another couple of questions on that vineyard: do you know who planted it? Who is getting the fruit now?

Damn that is quite a bit of growth on the ground.
by Sean Devaney
January 4th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wine label blurbs - post your best
Replies: 11
Views: 605

Re: Great wine label blurbs - post your best

In 1937 the village philosopher of Santa Cruz, California, was quite perturbed and apprehensive that the local bottle shop might run out of his favorite meridional wine, which was transported by dirigible from the Rhone. His deepest forebodings were realized when an added cargo of Bordeaux unbalanc...
by Sean Devaney
December 29th, 2018, 10:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Thanks to all the participants in this thread. It is a must read for me [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
December 22nd, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting OldVines in Whites??
Replies: 34
Views: 746

Re: Damn....

Chalone used to make an OV FrenchColombard from the CyrilSaviez/NapaVlly vnyd, but that vnyd has been pulled I believe. Probably for Merlot!! [snort.gif] Tom I believe that was under the Carmenet label that was owned by the Chalone Group. A great wine that I enjoyed many bottles of and fun to pour ...
by Sean Devaney
December 22nd, 2018, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??
Replies: 59
Views: 3415

Re: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??

Charles Shaw. Can't believe they stopped producing their Napa Gamay. Don't even start on the recent price increases...
by Sean Devaney
December 20th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 16
Views: 977

Congrats to Ian Brand...

...named SF Chronicle's winemaker of the year. [cheers.gif]

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/articl ... o-16663173

(Sorry if this behind a pay wall and if it has been posted already).
by Sean Devaney
December 11th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1479

Re: You ever get free wine?

Worked a day at a winery during harvest and got a free assorted case of wine. I have worked winery festival events and helped bottle wine a few times and received wine as compensation but do not include that as "free" as I was trading labor for wine. BTW I jump at every chance I get to do this as t...
by Sean Devaney
December 11th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 29
Views: 1823

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

Back in early '90s, when Trader Joe's was still a CA only company with not that many stores to fill they were incredible for wine and alcohol finds, they only needed to find small distributor closeouts to still be able to spread them across a limited number of stores and I recall buying good Bords,...
by Sean Devaney
December 11th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1479

Re: You ever get free wine?

Twice. A free bottle of 1988 Caymus SS Cab from the winery for attending what was suppose to be a tasting and vineyard tour but rain had made the vineyard too muddy to do the tour. Consolation prize? The second was a bottle of "Bitch" Australian Grenache from The Wine Club. I had bought a bottle as ...
by Sean Devaney
December 6th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CH Lot 669 2014 SRH Chardonnay Sandhi? (Confirmed)
Replies: 26
Views: 1628

Re: CH Lot 669 2014 SRH Chardonnay Sandhi? (Confirmed)

I believe the free shipping thing is someone's cautionary interpretation...and so far not more than that. It's illegal (for a TTB/ABC licensed entity) to give alcohol away for free. The worry is using free in 'free shipping' would invoke that law/regulation. But tasting rooms give free tastes, and ...
by Sean Devaney
December 5th, 2018, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wedding Wine Thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 1065

Re: Wedding Wine Thoughts?

Congrats Kirk! Looks like you have 85+ servings of the wines you are planning to pour for the 18 or so drinkers so you should be fine. You might want to have one of your wedding party be designated to open the wines and be sure to get your own tastes of wines you want to try early as you and your br...
by Sean Devaney
December 4th, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2405

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2016 Navarro Mendocino Zinfandel Bramble and blackberry notes with a touch of Mendocino tomato on the nose. Fairly full bodied on the palate with more dark fruits, smooth entry and no signs of the 14.7% alc. Very enjoyable if not that complex. Enjoy over the next few years. Better on day two as the ...
by Sean Devaney
December 2nd, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Nicole Walsh of Ser Winery. Wines of great purity.
by Sean Devaney
November 29th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 43
Views: 891

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

I think I recall Bonny Doon once making something from Oregon fruit. Bonny Doon did make some Pinot's from Oregon fruit in the mid 80's. I believe one of his sources was Temperance Hill Vineyard. I don't know if he shipped grapes or juice. Girard winery in the same time frame made an OR pinot but h...
by Sean Devaney
November 25th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My breezaire is making ice! Help...
Replies: 8
Views: 389

Re: My breezaire is making ice! Help...

Ice forming is often a sign of low refrigerant. After 20 years I would opt for replacement.
by Sean Devaney
November 22nd, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 51
Views: 2823

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Thanks for this post Drew. I really enjoyed the Reichwage wines at the HVS tasting back in April. Definitely a producer to watch out for.
by Sean Devaney
November 14th, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s Dungeness crab season. What’s your favorite wine pairing?
Replies: 52
Views: 1631

Re: It’s Dungeness crab season. What’s your favorite wine pairing?

john stimson wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 7:27 pm
I'm a little surprised there is only one Sauvignon Blanc suggested. Dungeness is really sweet, and I find it goes amazingly well with Sav Blanc, which would mean Sancere.
I agree. I also enjoy Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc with fresh, cold, unadorned Crab. No butter please.
by Sean Devaney
November 14th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER
Replies: 150
Views: 5259

Re: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 7:56 pm
2014 Siduri Limerick Lane
2012 Cirq Treehouse
Limerick Lane has Pinot Noir planted?
by Sean Devaney
November 11th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle barn now on the internets!
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Re: Bottle barn now on the internets!

Damn it Timmy....
by Sean Devaney
November 5th, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Any one else out there have some fruit hanging? Congrats to everyone who has their fruit "in the barn" [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
November 5th, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's time for the first (and hopefully annual) Berserker of the Year Award!!!
Replies: 108
Views: 3423

Re: It's time for the first (and hopefully annual) Berserker of the Year Award!!!

I will throw Tom Hill's hat in the ring. His posts may be long or short but are (rarely) ever boring. I have learned so much for Tom and he was an absolute gentleman the one time I met him briefly. [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
November 5th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great customer service from K&L wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1816

Re: Great customer service from K&L wines

Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 5th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Fu gets star treatment everywhere, but he's right about K&L.
Well except Mount Eden Vineyards [stirthepothal.gif] neener
by Sean Devaney
October 30th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: WOTY Candidate! 1988 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate
Replies: 18
Views: 581

Re: TN: WOTY Candidate! 1988 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate

Very nice note Dennis. I'm jealous as drank my last one over a decade ago. I believe Fred Scherrer was the winemaker at the time.
by Sean Devaney
October 23rd, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The Single Greatest 1970s CA Wine?
Replies: 121
Views: 3719

Re: What Was The Single Greatest 1970s CA Wine?

Of the 70's wines I had had the 78 Monte Bello is my favorite. I would love to try the 71 Ridge York Creek PS and the 70 Ridge Jimsomare Zin. A 1977 Freemark Abby Bosche Cab was also excellent.
by Sean Devaney
October 23rd, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3000

Re: Best North American sparklers?

I completely agree with Dan and Ian about Equinox-great sparklers (and don't miss Barry's still wines under the Bartolo label.)

Hard to beat Roederer Estate for a good sparkler under $20 and the latest Mumm Napa Rose has been very nice also for the $'s.
by Sean Devaney
October 23rd, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Conrats Karen and Casey for crossing the finish line [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
October 16th, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Nice to Hear N@te and William. [cheers.gif]
by Sean Devaney
October 2nd, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Replies: 17
Views: 521

Re: TN: 2015 St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Sonoma County

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 2nd, 2018, 10:46 am
M. Dildine wrote:
October 2nd, 2018, 9:46 am
Sean meant to say Scott Harvey, not Kevin.
OK then!
My bad. But yes Scott.
by Sean Devaney
October 2nd, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Replies: 17
Views: 521

Re: TN: 2015 St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Sonoma County

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 2nd, 2018, 9:06 am
What does Kevin Harvey have to do with Zinfandel?
If you haven't tried any of the Easton zins do your self a favor and pickup a couple to try. Some of the best zins coming out of Amador.
http://www.terrerougewines.com/
by Sean Devaney
October 2nd, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Replies: 17
Views: 521

Re: TN: 2015 St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Sonoma County

GregT wrote:
October 2nd, 2018, 12:56 am
Draper is the godfather of Zin.

Joel, MacKay, and others are second growths. But quite wonderful nonetheless.
This with the caveat that Joel and others such as Bill Easton, Kent Rosenblum (RIP), Rod Berglund and Kevin Harvey (and a couple others that I'm missing) are first growths.
by Sean Devaney
September 25th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

My favorite time of the year for this thread. Sounds like this is shaping up to be a great vintage. Are you growers facing any picker shortages this year?
by Sean Devaney
September 25th, 2018, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Pinot Noir Club recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 959

Re: California Pinot Noir Club recommendations?

I echo the recommendations to take a couple of day trips and find what Pinots are in your wheel house. You can visit everywhere from Anderson Valley in the North to Monterey in the South. As mentioned above visit Siduri, Williams & Selyem, Dehlinger and Windy Oaks. Others I would add are Navarro, Wo...
by Sean Devaney
September 25th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: For sale 3 bottles of Mayacamas 1991
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: For sale 3 bottles of Mayacamas 1991

I think you meant to post this in Commerce Corner?
by Sean Devaney
September 23rd, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Yesterday at my place, bright and early, 12 of us brought in 3.8 Tons of my Cabernet. Our hands were frozen as we sorted through the macro bins to remove any leaves that were brought in with the fruit. This yield was a new high since the 2012 vintage - the one where everyone was off in their estima...
by Sean Devaney
September 5th, 2018, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP...Kent Rosenblum..
Replies: 31
Views: 1677

Re: RIP...Kent Rosenblum..

Oh wow.What a bummer. Huge fan of his wines and attended many of the open houses at the winery before he sold. A great and generous man to talk with. Totally unexpected as He seemed so young. Raising a glass of Rock Wall Viognier in his memory.
by Sean Devaney
September 4th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 456
Views: 27076

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Agree that the 14 Geezer is shutting down. Set it aside for 5+ years. I am looking forward to trying the 14 and 15 together at some time down the road.
by Sean Devaney
August 25th, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 61
Views: 2604

Re: "traditional" California wines

Thanks for the great info Wes. Really great wines from Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and Ahlgren from Bates Ranch. One small nit to pick is the Luchessi Vineyard is in Cupertino but close to Saratoga. George Luchessi was my brother and sister's 2nd grade teacher and is a really a great guy.
by Sean Devaney
August 21st, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountains Wingrowers Assocation Harvest Dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Santa Cruz Mountains Wingrowers Assocation Harvest Dinner

Nice report Sean. I debated going to this but had too much going on.
by Sean Devaney
August 20th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Randall Grahm on wine labels
Replies: 7
Views: 589

Re: Randall Grahm on wine labels

Thanks for posting the link Kim. What a great and informative read. I have tried many/most of the wines that were in the article and have many fond memories of those. Echoing Tom I never realized the extent of the thought that went into the labels. I always liked the first labels as I thought they w...
by Sean Devaney
August 15th, 2018, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 242
Views: 6407

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Just added a sweet feature to Grand Cru Crü - as if they needed any more trick functionality - only they are allowed to hide online status! When you login, you can click 'hide online status' as some are prone to do (not sure why, frankly) and you can be online but the ONLINE ribbon doesn't appear o...
by Sean Devaney
August 8th, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?
Replies: 30
Views: 1660

Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?

I will give it a shot Drew. When Gary Farrell was making a Collins Vineyard zin it was much more refined rendition that you had the impression of a zin made by a pinot winemaker. IIRC the wines were labeled as "Table Wines" so the alcohol was under 14%. The LL zins of the same vintage were more rust...
by Sean Devaney
August 8th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did I Miss Another Joseph Swan Newsletter?
Replies: 12
Views: 493

Did I Miss Another Joseph Swan Newsletter?

I doubt you have missed anything Drew. The last Newsletter was for Spring releases and emailed 2/28/18. Swan is a really small operation and Rod and Lynn wear lots of hats at the winery.

Second edit: oops went back to my inbox and I was still in looking at my Swan folder.
by Sean Devaney
August 5th, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?
Replies: 30
Views: 1660

Who Bottles a "*****" Vineyard" Zinfandel?

With regards to the Limerick Lane vineyard Gary Farrell use to bottle a Collins Vineyard zinfandel from LL.
A couple other vineyards that have been produced by other wineries can include Maple Vineyard and Rochioli Vineyard.
by Sean Devaney
July 30th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 221
Views: 7319

Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Thanks for posting this Drew. Steve and Pamela are some of the nicest people in the business and fly way under the radar considering the quality of the wine the have been making over the years. The tasting room is always a must stop for me when over the hill and am looking forward to finally visitin...

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