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by Ken Zinns
August 20th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Edible East Bay article on wine tasting in Berkeley and Oakland
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Edible East Bay article on wine tasting in Berkeley and Oakland

Nice article in the current Edible East Bay about wine tasting in Berkeley and Oakland. Although the article highlights only a few of the many urban East Bay wineries, it does feature several of my favorites, including Blue Ox and Windchaser in Berkeley and Prima Materia and Côte West in Oakland. A ...
by Ken Zinns
August 15th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

I've never needed to explain that an orange wine isn't made of oranges, but that's most likely because the color and the fruit are completely different words in Finnish. Yet, you're arguing that they should be the same word here. Here, where market awareness of such wines is practically zero. This ...
by Ken Zinns
August 13th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

"Blanc de Noirs" Spätburgunders have been a big thing for many years in Germany - can't remember how many I've tasted. And although the name might conjure images of Champagne, the wines are usually still whites made from Pinot Noir (there are lots of other red varieties used as well, but they seem ...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

On a weekend trip to Anderson Valley this weekend, one of the standouts was a wine from Lichen, Les Pinots Noir & Gris, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Gris. All immediately pressed off the skins so no hint of red in the color, but a great acid-richness balance, smoky-creamy in the mid-palate. Sounds ...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Does a Pinot Gris made as a red wine count? Vincent Fritzsche has one, which I have not tasted. No, whole different category - that would be more of an orange wine. I've worked on a couple of skin-fermented Pinot Gris wines in the past. Really looking at wines with at least one red and one white va...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

On a weekend trip to Anderson Valley this weekend, one of the standouts was a wine from Lichen, Les Pinots Noir & Gris, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Gris. All immediately pressed off the skins so no hint of red in the color, but a great acid-richness balance, smoky-creamy in the mid-palate. Sounds ...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

On a weekend trip to Anderson Valley this weekend, one of the standouts was a wine from Lichen, Les Pinots Noir & Gris, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Gris. All immediately pressed off the skins so no hint of red in the color, but a great acid-richness balance, smoky-creamy in the mid-palate. Sounds ...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Sanguis in Santa Barbara makes a few, all their blends are sort of wacky. I had a Cote Rotie in 2017 called Marions Les! from Domaine Corps de Loup which was a full 20% Viognier so I think it counts. Wow, that’s a lot of Viognier for a C-R - I agree that could be included in this category. Did the ...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Does a Pinot Gris made as a red wine count? Vincent Fritzsche has one, which I have not tasted. No, whole different category - that would be more of an orange wine. I've worked on a couple of skin-fermented Pinot Gris wines in the past. Really looking at wines with at least one red and one white va...
by Ken Zinns
August 12th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Fête Blanc At Barndiva Garden August 18, 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: PSA: Fête Blanc At Barndiva Garden August 18, 2019

Sounds like this will be a fun event. I won't be able to make it that day but hopefully we'll see some notes on the wines here afterwards.
by Ken Zinns
August 11th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Chianti. Does Cote-Rotie count? Also in quite a few CdP is a tiny amount of white grapes, in Chianti less and less Canaiolo is used, but there are still some. Not really what’s being discussed here, as noted earlier. The wines Adam and I both have in mind have significant pe...
by Ken Zinns
August 11th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Just checking my notes from this year's Brumaire tasting in Oakland, and spotted one more that has not already been noted above - Caleb Leisure's 2018 “Ab Ovo” blend of 70% Mourvèdre + 30% Marsanne.
by Ken Zinns
August 10th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

As well as Champagne, Cote Rotie and a few Australian blends. Clonakilla uses Viognier. I am sure there are others. What Adam is referring to in his original post is not something like Côte-Rôtie, but a wine with large percentages of both red and white varieties. Champagne and many other sparklers ...
by Ken Zinns
August 10th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1221

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Adam, here is one that is different and delicious. It is called "Feints" from Ruth Lewandowski Wines. Evan Lewandowski is adept at making unusual blends that just work! Here is a description straight from the website: "Working at once with all of the Piedmontese varieties found at Fox Hill, Feints ...
by Ken Zinns
August 9th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 2010

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Older silver oaks I have had are like drinking from. Pickle barrel... no thanks. Of I had to choose lesser of two evils or a form of over oaked, will take vanilla over pickle any day of the week. FWIW, I generally had the same impression of older Silver Oaks. I hadn't tried any for probably 10 year...
by Ken Zinns
August 8th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

John Morris wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Thanks.

When do we get to see a picture of you?
Ha! Someone else will need to supply that! 😄
by Ken Zinns
August 8th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

John Morris wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:08 pm
So who's who in the photo? I know Steve, but not the rest of you.
Steve on the left, and Matt, Sean, and Wes from left to right on the right side of the table.
by Ken Zinns
August 8th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Great Notes...

Great notes, Tom. Wish I could have been there. Great lineup of wines that Thomas put together. I love Malvasia d'Istriana. Distinctly Muscat, but less candied/tutti-fruity/obnoxious than the usual Muscat. Obviously a grape they should be planting all up&down the Coast of Calif. Do you know if anyo...
by Ken Zinns
August 8th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

Posting a few photos and notes from a California old wines / old vines themed wine dinner last night at The Wolf in Oakland, with Steve Edmunds, Matt Wood, Wes Barton, and Sean Smith. There were a couple of wines that were outside the main theme, both of which were really good - 2018 Edmunds St. Joh...
by Ken Zinns
August 7th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Thought I'd share a photo from during crush last fall - people on our crush crew typically bring in a bagged "mystery wine" or two for after we're done cleaning up from the day's work. On this occasion, two of us happened to bring a Refošk - both from Istria, with one from Croatia and one from Slove...
by Ken Zinns
August 6th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Thanks - that's good to hear, Tom. Sure makes a lot more sense for him to make his wines closer to his vineyard sources.
by Ken Zinns
August 6th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Thanks for the notes on this tasting, Tom. I was really tempted to head up to Healdsburg for this but I knew I was going to be a bit too busy that day to make the drive up from Oakland and back. I've had a few of these wines before - I've enjoyed both the Šipun Žlahtina and the Sansigot, and both (...
by Ken Zinns
August 6th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Thanks for the notes on this tasting, Tom. I was really tempted to head up to Healdsburg for this but I knew I was going to be a bit too busy that day to make the drive up from Oakland and back. I've had a few of these wines before - I've enjoyed both the Šipun Žlahtina and the Sansigot, and both (l...
by Ken Zinns
August 5th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Enthusiast online article: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Oakland, California
Replies: 0
Views: 248

New Wine Enthusiast online article: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Oakland, California

Nice article from the Wine Enthusiast website, highlighting the wine scene in Oakland. Although the article only mentioned a few of the many fine restaurants here with great wine lists, and left out some of the city's urban wineries and wine bars (they did include a favorite winery, Prima Materia), ...
by Ken Zinns
August 5th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1153

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Favorites in Lodi include Bokisch, St. Amant, Fields Family, Acquiesce, and Riaza. Klinker Brick and Dancing Coyote are also good. You can check the index of my Grape-Nutz articles for ones on Lodi, which have more info on most of the above places.
by Ken Zinns
August 5th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Last Night...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: TN: Three Last Night...(short/boring)

Tom, if you can find the semi-sparkling "Paleokerisio" from Domaine Glinavos, I highly recommend it. It's made from mostly from the white variety Debina plus a little Vlahiko. Slightly sweet with an orange wine character, really interesting and fun. Comes in a 500ml bottle, typically around $14-15. ...
by Ken Zinns
August 2nd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added

Thanks for the notes, Tom. I also would love to taste Baxter’s Italian variety wines sometime.
by Ken Zinns
August 2nd, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Chuck Hovey
Replies: 2
Views: 361

RIP Chuck Hovey

I doubt that many here knew of Chuck Hovey, but he was one of the top vintners in the Sierra Foothills for many years, notably at Stevenot in Calaveras County and in more recent years at his own Hovey Winery there. He passed away earlier this week, several years after suffering a severe stroke. He w...
by Ken Zinns
August 1st, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon Etc

Looking forward to your additional notes, Tom. Navarro and Baxter are consistent favorites and I’ve liked the Bee Hunter wines I’ve tasted. No real experience with Brutocao so I’m curious to hear about their wines.
by Ken Zinns
August 1st, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon Etc

Sounds like you had a great time, Tom! You hit two of my favorites up that way. I visited both Halcon and Foursight a couple of years ago, along with Drew and a few quick stops in AV - really need to head up there more often.
by Ken Zinns
August 1st, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

Markus S wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 9:34 am
Forlorn Hope is in the foothills now...
Yes, but a 1+ hour drive from Plymouth. Figured that might be outside the range that Peter might want to do. They’ll be pretty busy with harvest / crush at that time too.
by Ken Zinns
August 1st, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery recs in California gold country please
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Winery recs in California gold country please

I think you'll find some recommendations here: [wink.gif]
Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
by Ken Zinns
July 31st, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

Ken Zinns should be along shortly... Thanks, Truett! For sure you can search for my posts on visits to Sierra Foothills wineries, or search the index of my Grape-Nutz articles for Sierra Foothills write-ups: Grape-Nutz wine touring notes Here are some general recommendations - depends on what varie...
by Ken Zinns
July 31st, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1657

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Not out in the vineyards and not Chard, Pinot, or SB, but my top recommendation in the area is the Idlewild tasting room just off the plaza in Healdsburg. Outstanding wines from Italian grape varieties and a memorable and educational tasting experience. Others in the area that I'd recommend include ...
by Ken Zinns
July 29th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2180

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Paula's pancakes in Solvang fort breakfast if it's still there. Dinner at Hitching Post, get drunk at dinner, walk back to hotel. I'd skip the long wait and crowds at Paula's and head over Ellen's Danish Pancake House or Mother Hubbard's - both in Buellton - if you're looking for a hearty breakfast...
by Ken Zinns
July 27th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines
Replies: 13
Views: 946

Re: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines

Your Flame Tokay sounds pretty cool, Adam. I’ve seen some old FT vines in Lodi, including a few vines interplanted with Lodi Corvina we’ve gotten at Harrington. Only FT wine I’ve tried was a sparkling wine from Charlie & Echo in San Diego County: Charlie & Echo, June 2018 Really distinctive and diff...
by Ken Zinns
July 23rd, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: TN: Two Reds...(short/boring)

I've tried the Bichi wines on several occasions and my experience is that they can range from very intriguing and aromatic to badly flawed, and unfortunately sometimes with the same wine from different bottles. It's frustrating because when the Bichi wines are good, they can be really distinctive an...
by Ken Zinns
July 19th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Summer Release
Replies: 12
Views: 702

Re: Alban Summer Release

2015 Reva-$98 2015 Pandora-$160 2017 Roussanne-$48 Anyone in? Allocations seem to be the same as last year and thankfully the prices are the same. Thinking a few of each. I remember when the Reva was <$20, in the mid-‘90s. Prices went over my budget within a few years, and I haven’t bought an Alban...
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2180

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but Ballard Inn, a little south of Los Olivos, is excellent for dinner. And the Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is a great spot for morning coffee, pastries, and other baked goods. Definitely agree with both. I stop in to Baker's Table in Santa Ynez every Sat...
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2180

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but Ballard Inn, a little south of Los Olivos, is excellent for dinner. And the Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez is a great spot for morning coffee, pastries, and other baked goods.
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3143

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Paul Luckin wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 12:52 pm
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by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 13
Views: 853

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Thanks for starting this discussion, Adam! I've liked most of the Mission and País wines I've tasted, though I found some of the Luyt and Bichi bottlings - and one or two others from Chile - that I've tasted to be excessively bretty. I suppose that the grape variety, with its naturally high pH even ...
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Whites & Reds...(long/boring)
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: TN: Some New Whites & Reds...(long/boring)

Has anyone tried Rajat Parr's Pais? He made it for his wine club a year or so back, but not sure where he got the grapes or if he's still doing it. I tasted it (the 2018 Pais) at the Brumaire event in March. The fruit was from Deaver Vineyard, and not sure whether he's making it again this year. It...
by Ken Zinns
July 17th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hitching Post wine production moving back to the Clendenen / Lindquist facility
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Hitching Post wine production moving back to the Clendenen / Lindquist facility

Spotted a link late yesterday to this article on the Santa Ynez Valley News website: Hitching Post Wines heads 'home,' returns production to Au Bon Climat Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley are moving their wine production back to the Clendenen / Lindquist facility at Bien Nacido Vineyard. They were ther...
by Ken Zinns
July 17th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2180

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

I just happened to send a list of places in the area to a friend who will be relocating to Lompoc soon. Among the places in Lompoc that I would recommend: Ampelos Arcadian Bratcher Fiddlehead Longoria Palmina Piedrasassi Stolpman Transcendence Zotovich Taste of Sta. Rita Hills looks like it might be...
by Ken Zinns
July 17th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Harringtons...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: TN: Two Harringtons...(short/boring)

It's common knowledge that bad bottles are always my fault! Even if it's someone else's wine! [wink.gif]

Thanks for posting your notes, Tom. [cheers.gif]
by Ken Zinns
July 16th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Whites & Reds...(long/boring)
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Not Ken..

Not Ken...but I play him on The Apprentice!! [snort.gif] Until I was fired!! Ken works a lot w/ Brian on bttling and actually he & several others make their own wine there. I'm pretty sure, you & Bryan being birds of a feather, would make some of the Angelica available to you. Like everthing he doe...
by Ken Zinns
July 16th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Whites & Reds...(long/boring)
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Thanks...

We made Angelica at Harrington in 2015 and 2017 (the 2015 is not vintage-dated though). Unlike most Angelicas, these were only in barrel for about 18 months and never topped or otherwise touched while in barrel. They remind me of Tawny Port, but sweeter since the fortification takes place just as t...
by Ken Zinns
July 16th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Whites & Reds...(long/boring)
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Thanks...

Thanks for chiming in, Adam. A wnry that specializes in Mission?? Wow...that's pretty gutsy. But I agree w/ your comments. The reason for that characterizatin is that Mission grapes tend to be low in acidity and are often used for table grapes. But Mission can make perfectly pleasant wines. Maybe n...
by Ken Zinns
July 11th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ryan Cochrane has passed away
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Ryan Cochrane has passed away

Wanted to post a brief update on the Ryan Cochrane wines. I helped bottle the 2018 Pinot Noirs yesterday at Ed Kurtzman's winery in San Francisco, where Ryan made his wines last year. We bottled single-vineyard Pinots from Solomon Hills, Fiddlestix, and La Encantada vineyards plus a Santa Barbara Co...

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