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by Ken Zinns
April 4th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released

Thanks for the insight on how the project came about, Colin.
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1830

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

Wow, the satellite view tells the story. Hardly any vines left there - that's a shame. Olive oil is their primary business, but still...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1830

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

McEvoy pulled a lot of their vines. Not sure if the Syrah was pulled, though. It is also protected by the hill to the coast. I would bet that Grand Vent/Clary Ranch is quite a bit colder based on it being more windswept. I remember Paul Clary mentioning that it was the coldest site when he was on t...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tessier TN
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: Tessier TN (then other ongoing Isolation Era TN's)

Kristie poured a couple of her Tessier Pinots at a tasting I attended early this month. The 2017 from Anderson Valley’s Filigreen Farm and the 2016 Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains were both impressive. And her 2018 Alegría Vineyard Cabernet Franc from Russian River Valley w...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1830

Re: Yup....

It's definitely not Gary's. It's not even the coldest Syrah site in the SLH. Double L is a few miles north of Gary's and has a Syrah block. Also not Ascona. It's a pretty cool site, produces excellent wines, and is definitely a site to watch (like the Madson team) but like most SCM vineyards, it is...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1830

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Clary Ranch. From speaking with Duncan, they pick at the bitter end of every season, and the wine almost never exceeds 12% alc. I believe it's way out by Bodega Bay. Good mention on Clary Ranch, Ian - definitely a cool, windy site. It's not nearly as far west as t...
by Ken Zinns
March 27th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Cool story on the Refosco, Tegan! Bryan Harrington really wanted to get some Refosco fruit from McEvoy Ranch in Marin County but they have so little of it and the fruit was never available to sell. We did make 2-3 vintages of Negrette from Ron Siletto’s vineyard in San Benito County.
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 770

Re: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

I don’t know who currently owns the old Jarvis property. Ken Burnap sold it to a group of investors who started the Vine Hill label (no longer in business) and sadly they pulled out all of the old vines there in the mid-‘00s. I’m sure that Wes Barton knows more - perhaps he'll chime in here.
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 770

Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

Very nice new article by Laura Ness on the Edible Monterey Bay website about a couple of the founding fathers of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region, Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Some cool stories from both of them.

Founding Fathers
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1468

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Thanks for the translation. So it looks the following is ok: - any vineyard technique pre-harvest that qualifies as organic - sorting methods that are not brutal and traumatic - cellar- or vessel-based temperature control during vinification (?) Some (obvious?) questions to which there may already ...
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1468

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

It’s worth noting that I attended a tasting of natural wines early this month (WINeFare - I posted notes on the board) and the overall quality of the wines was quite high. Very few with the type of wine faults that many complain about with natural wines and even those were more borderline than egreg...
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1468

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Jayson - I have a link below. I'm looking at this development with gratitude. It's like nature putting a stripe on skunks, or a rattle at the end of a snake...it's my warning to stay away. I find this designation of wine to be an affectation. [rofl.gif] So here's a slight clarification: Up to 30 mg...
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1468

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 5:11 am
I would like to see the full definition, rather than the press release. Wonder when that will be available.
Yes, there is much that's unsaid or unclear in the press release linked in the OP.
by Ken Zinns
March 25th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1468

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

It was inevitable that such a program would be put in place somewhere, and it probably makes sense that it’s being done first in France. At least as noted in the linked article, the winemaking standards don’t seem overly strict, though 30mg/L for total (as opposed to free) sulfites is on the low si...
by Ken Zinns
March 25th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1468

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

It was inevitable that such a program would be put in place somewhere, and it probably makes sense that it’s being done first in France. At least as noted in the linked article, the winemaking standards don’t seem overly strict, though 30mg/L for total (as opposed to free) sulfites is on the low sid...
by Ken Zinns
March 24th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)

It's interesting that Errante Noir and Amublo Blanc and Caminante Blanc appear to be majority composed of the "opposite" color grape. Any comments from the experts on how that works? Like a toggle. The pigmentation is either on or off. So, you aren't blending, you're hoping for the right characteri...
by Ken Zinns
March 24th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest ...
by Ken Zinns
March 24th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest ...
by Ken Zinns
March 23rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3997

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

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? I'm sure I've posted the photo below farther up in this thread, but this is one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ke...
by Ken Zinns
March 23rd, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest c...
by Ken Zinns
March 22nd, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Checking In On TimSpear/Clos Mimi???
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Checking In On TimSpear/Clos Mimi???

I’ve heard good things about the SRH Spear wines from several people but have not had the chance to try any yet.
by Ken Zinns
March 20th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Shelter in Place order
Replies: 17
Views: 1221

Re: Sonoma Shelter in Place order

I guess the question is, should it really be business as usual?
by Ken Zinns
March 20th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Shelter in Place order
Replies: 17
Views: 1221

Re: Sonoma Shelter in Place order

In terms of wine production, I would think one could make the argument that there is"time sensitive" work to get the next harvest ready, so that should be excluded. Here at my Lab, they are willing to exclude "time sensitive" tasks (mostly experimental) where failure to do this or that compromises ...
by Ken Zinns
March 19th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)

Thanks for posting these notes, Tom. Interesting project, and I'll read through the notes more carefully tomorrow or over the weekend.

You must be doing well with your new knees! [cheers.gif]
by Ken Zinns
March 19th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Barton Orchard Black Muscat Version 3 Barton Orchard Estate
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: TN: 2017 Barton Orchard Black Muscat Version 3 Barton Orchard Estate

Thanks for posting a note on this wine, Sean! Every time Wes has brought a bottle of his Black Muscat to share with some of us, it's been a big hit. Very unusual to see a dry Black Muscat from California - the only other examples of this variety I've had have been sweet (and those have been good too...
by Ken Zinns
March 17th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3114

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

In much of the San Francisco Bay Area then e confusion from that order is now a moot point since a number of Bay Area counties are under a stricter shelter-in-place as of today, so all "non-essential" businesses are shut down for the time being, probably for three weeks but that could be extended. ...
by Ken Zinns
March 17th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3114

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Yes, Newsom's language was vague, and finally could be interpreted as "suggestions". But as Ken said, for 6 counties (including Marin to the north), it is "shelter in place", which should mean that nobody should be going to work, no restaurants, no IPAs in the bars... Shopping still allowed. Restau...
by Ken Zinns
March 17th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3114

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Good article this morning from Blake Gray on the confusion over California Governor Newsom's wording on his recent winery / tasting room shutdown order. Concern Over California Wine Closedown In much of the San Francisco Bay Area the confusion from that order is now a moot point since a number of Ba...
by Ken Zinns
March 16th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from the third annual WINeFare tasting in San Francisco – March 7th, 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 199

Notes from the third annual WINeFare tasting in San Francisco – March 7th, 2020

Third Annual WINeFare – March 7th, 2020 [/u] I attended the recent WINeFare wine tasting in San Francisco, and wrote a report for the Grape-Nutz.com website. An abbreviated version of the report is below – there are lots more photos plus tasting impressions from nearly 25 wineries and importer/dist...
by Ken Zinns
March 15th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3114

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Mike, judging by what I’m seeing on Facebook, lots of wineries are going to be doing this.
by Ken Zinns
March 15th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3114

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Given the context, I'm certain that the intent is that tasting rooms only have to close, not other winery operations. But that's a huge hit for many wineries, both large and small. Brewpubs are included in the order too. Article from the SFGate website here: Newsom: All bars and nightclubs must clos...
by Ken Zinns
March 14th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3997

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

So, how is the Pax one? Pretty neat wine. 12.5 abv but a pretty intense tannin structure. A lot of spicy , floral and savory notes not much fruit. Served chilled and with food. I bought a 6 pack for a buddy and took one bottle but I don’t see myself seeking this out again. Still a very interesting ...
by Ken Zinns
March 13th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3997

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

it’s Somers, not Somer’s, BTW They misspelled the vineyard on the label. Well, I've seen vineyard names, AVAs, even grape varieties misspelled on wine labels. I know some were typos that didn't get caught when checking the label proofs, but I'm sure that others were due to not knowing how things we...
by Ken Zinns
March 12th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3997

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

Criolla Chica from Argentina. Notes below from a tasting I attended this past Saturday. 35104654-6BCA-4248-8C42-DEA6C0DA5642.jpeg Bodega y Viñedos Catena This century-old Argentine family winery from the Mendoza region launched a new “La Marchigiana” program of natural wines in 2019 with three bottl...
by Ken Zinns
March 12th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice du Rhône rescheduled to 2021
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Hospice du Rhône rescheduled to 2021

Just got this email regarding Hospice du Rhône: Dear Friends of Hospice du Rhône, In response to the US government travel ban placed on European countries, California Department of Public Health updated policy on public gatherings, as well as, growing uncertainty about the spread of COVID-19, Hospic...
by Ken Zinns
March 12th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California sparkling wine article
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: California sparkling wine article

My only 'problem' with the article is its exclusion of so many other producers who have ventured into this space - and are doing some really good things. A small label to look out for in my area is LouBud wines made by Laura Roach, part of the winemaking team at Sanford. And there are plenty of oth...
by Ken Zinns
March 11th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California sparkling wine article
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: California sparkling wine article

Thanks for the link. Nice mention of Blue Ox as well - a Berkeley sparkling wine specialist doing some good things. Not mentioned but along similar lines to Blue Ox is Carboniste, another newer venture. Just tasted several of their sparkling wines a few weeks ago and was impressed.
by Ken Zinns
March 11th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for Used Acacia Barrels
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Looking for Used Acacia Barrels

Bryan Harrington in San Francisco had one, but I'm pretty sure he sold off all of his barrels months ago.
by Ken Zinns
March 9th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Concannon up for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Concannon up for sale

It's a great area for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well - would love to see someone turn this into a small production value winery ala 'Husch' in Mendocino - Interesting idea, Thomas. As you probably know, those were the two grape varieties that put Livermore Valley wine on the map in the 1880s,...
by Ken Zinns
March 8th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5258

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

I saw some of the photos of those Mission vines on his Insta - it's amazing anything could be harvested from them. I also though Rosa de Peru and Mission are the same, but Abe refers to them as separate. From everything I've read, they are the same variety - perhaps a clonal variation such as with ...
by Ken Zinns
March 8th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 75
Views: 5258

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

A few photos below from a visit to the Cucamonga Valley area in June 2018. Unless things have changed since then, Lopez Vineyard is not owned by the Galleano family but they manage the farming there. Carol Shelton makes a very distinctive Zinfandel from Lopez Vineyard fruit. A write-up on my visit t...
by Ken Zinns
March 6th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla

Sounds like another great Sunday School - thanks for the notes, Tom!
by Ken Zinns
March 6th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Unti LaCrima '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: TN: Unti LaCrima '17...(short/boring)

Wonder where Unti sourced their Lacrima cuttings from. Assume they suitcased it in rather than having the cuttings go through the quarantine / cleaning up process through Foundation Plant Services (FPS) in Davis. Heard similar stories in recent years of suitcased cuttings of several varieties being ...
by Ken Zinns
March 6th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3997

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

Wow. Didn't know he already released! Only 4 months of elevage. Funny how different our approaches are to winemaking with Mission, but that's what makes it so interesting. I don't know Pax at all, but will have to see if I can trade a bottle or two of his for a few of mine. As for Somers, it's been...
by Ken Zinns
March 6th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3997

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

Pax just released a new Mission wine today in his Spring Release. (Adam mentioned him buying 20 tons in post #26) 2019 Pax Mission, Somer’s Vineyard Savory and spicy on the nose this light red adds copious floral and fruity notes on the palate that mix with hints of pepper and umami to make for a d...
by Ken Zinns
March 4th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Concannon up for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Concannon up for sale

Spotted this article on the Wine Business website: https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=226922&fbclid=IwAR1YiyDovwp7muAm1KHrXxCZvoOKJndUfyV_uMsYDtblai779WqGWZpCdks Concannon’s wines have not generally been very exciting but they’re certainly one of California’s more historic winer...
by Ken Zinns
February 29th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Radio- Au Revoir!
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: Grape Radio- Au Revoir!

For those who haven't seen it, be sure to check out GrapeRadio's 2007 video podcast "Stewards of the Land". It deservedly won a James Beard Award. Stewards of the Land: Russian River Valley GrapeRadio is proud to present a brief look at the Russian River Valley, including interviews with Joe Rochiol...
by Ken Zinns
February 27th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes on the Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure, on February 15th in Sonoma
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Notes on the Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure, on February 15th in Sonoma

Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Ken Zinns wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 11:47 am
Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Ken, you are a warrior.
Someone has to do it, Casey! 😄

I’m planning to go to Taste Mendocino in April - will you be there?
April is a pretty busy time for me. Also, I try not to go to southern California. BYW SoCal begins at Healdsburg!
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by Ken Zinns
February 27th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes on the Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure, on February 15th in Sonoma
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Notes on the Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure, on February 15th in Sonoma

Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Ken, you are a warrior.
Someone has to do it, Casey! 😄

I’m planning to go to Taste Mendocino in April - will you be there?
by Ken Zinns
February 26th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Detert Family Release
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: 2017 Detert Family Release

Notes here on the 2017 Detert wines, from a visit with Tom Garrett early last month. Impressed with all of their wines. Visit to Detert Family Vineyards, January 2020 Edit: forgot that I also posted my notes on both Detert and Dakota Shy on the board a few weeks ago - link is here: https://www.wineb...

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