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by Ken Zinns
October 12th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School Oct. 6, Le Marche: Beauty Between the Mountains and the Sea
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Idlewild Sunday School Oct. 6, Le Marche: Beauty Between the Mountains and the Sea

I'm also sorry to hear about the Unti Lacrima - they were doing a nice job with it.
by Ken Zinns
October 10th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1894

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

That's the thing. Because it's hard to extract deep color from Mission, I think subconsciously winemakers have vinified it in a "light" style, i.e., early pick, not long on skins, very little oak or aging. But it's not a light grape - it has a lot of tannins and backbone, pepper notes etc. They're ...
by Ken Zinns
October 9th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch

That's a great article, Mike - thanks for the link.

Of course I'm not the talented writer that Mike Dunne is, but I did do a write-up on a visit with Ann at Shake Ridge back in late 2013 for Grape-Nutz.com if anyone is interested in looking at that.
Shake Ridge Ranch / Yorba Wines
by Ken Zinns
October 8th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 281
Views: 15589

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Drew, your mention of Verdelho rang a bell and I remembered a couple of wines from a brand-new producer that each have Contra Costa County fruit. The producer is Zumo - I tasted their two debut wines at this year's Brumaire tasting in Oakland. Their 2018 "Phew" is Verdelho from a vineyard in the Kni...
by Ken Zinns
October 5th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2500

Re: Mountain Lions

For those mountain lion alarmists here, a few things to consider. There are typically 30-40 fatal attacks by domestic dogs in the US each year, and over 5,000 people require hospitalization for dog bites annually. About 50 people are killed by lightning each year in the US. And what about mountain l...
by Ken Zinns
October 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2500

Re: Mountain Lions

I have encountered two mountain lions near my Theopolis Vineyard on hwy 128 on the Sonoma/ Mendocino border.They are stunning magnificent creatures. They appear healthy and relaxed while lying in the sun. Should I take this as a positive sign for the upcoming Harvest? Sounds like a good sign to me!...
by Ken Zinns
October 2nd, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

The Zinfandel for this project on Catalina did come from cuttings obtained from old vines on Santa Cruz Island. Good article about the Rusack project here: https://www.independent.com/2014/01/02/californias-island-winery-reborn/ ...but the self-perpetuating hatred of Mission continues unabated. Fro...
by Ken Zinns
October 1st, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

2) I have a memory [in the last few years] of reading about someone who was trying to grow grapes again out on Santa Cruz Island - I have a strong feeling that there was a thread about it here at Wine Berserkers - but my Google-Fu doesn't seem to be up to the task of finding that old thread. Rusack...
by Ken Zinns
September 25th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1894

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

Adam Frisch wrote:
September 25th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Amador County, which probably means Deaver Ranch, right Ken? Old vines. Great little wine.
Yes, Raj told me that the fruit was from Deaver Ranch when I tasted this wine at Brumaire in Oakland earlier this year.
by Ken Zinns
September 25th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 25
Views: 1394

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Had a Ridge Rose for the first time recently. I only found out they made one this past January. They make 2 different roses it turns out, I immensely enjoyed the Lytton Estate version that I had a barrel sample of and bought a few bottles when released (the bottled version has not impressed nearly ...
by Ken Zinns
September 23rd, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A "natural" White & a VinoRosso..(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: TN: A "natural" White & a VinoRosso..(short/boring)

Brachetto: A grape I absolutely love because of its floral/strawberry aromatics. It has strong aromatics that remind of Nebbiolo. Scarpa is one of the best producers of dry Brachetto. In fact, it was a Scarpa that Darrell sold me back in the '70's that made me fall in love w/ this grape. In view of...
by Ken Zinns
September 23rd, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 281
Views: 15589

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Some photos of a pick I did in Oakley today. 120 year old vines in the sand. Mostly Carignan, some Mataro, some Zin. Wonderful looking fruit. 23 brix after soaking all day, perfect for me, it made me so happy. Thanks to Drew for keeping the CC thread alive. On a less happy note it seems like more o...
by Ken Zinns
September 20th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2827

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

Adam Frisch wrote:
September 20th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Ken, I've reached my "monthly limit of free articles". Hmm, strange, because I don't recall going to SF Chronicle much.. If you could find a way to link it as pdf, that would be great!
Don't think I can link a pdf here, but I'll send you a pdf via email.
by Ken Zinns
September 20th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2827

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

Behind a paywall. Someone else let me know they were not able to access the article either. Don't know how the SF Chronicle website paywall works but I've had no problem viewing the article and I don't pay for a subscription - same is true for a number of other people I sent the link to. Not sure i...
by Ken Zinns
September 19th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2827

Re: Actually....

Looks like Tom Hill scooped Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle on this story - this just came out on their website today: Harrington Wines, one of SF’s last great urban wineries, to close at the end of the year Just confirmed the final open house dates at the winery - Sunday November 17th...
by Ken Zinns
September 19th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2827

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

Looks like Tom Hill scooped Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle on this story - this just came out on their website today: Harrington Wines, one of SF’s last great urban wineries, to close at the end of the year Just confirmed the final open house dates at the winery - Sunday November 17th ...
by Ken Zinns
September 18th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pet-Nat
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: Pet-Nat

Emilio Castelli wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Anyone have any experience with pet-nat?
Thanks
E
Emilio, I just sent you a private message about this - hope the info I sent is helpful. Cheers! [cheers.gif]
by Ken Zinns
September 18th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)

Thanks for including Briceland the mix. I always appreciate your view of the wines, TomHill. Anyone else have any comments on the Arneis? While I didn't take notes for our wines with dinner, I did enjoy your Arneis, Andrew. I'd tasted it earlier in the year and thought the floral component came out...
by Ken Zinns
September 18th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26100

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

we actually picked the Tempranillo, and about half the Grenache yesterday before the rain, Ken. Hoping to see the rest in the next 10-15 days, but feel, since this is only the fourth harvest from Shake Ridge, that I'm now in somewhat uncharted territory, since this seems to be the weirdest vintage ...
by Ken Zinns
September 18th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild SundaySchool: Sudtirol...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: TN: Idlewild SundaySchool: Sudtirol...(short/boring)

The Schiava was particularly good. This is a variety also called Vernatsch and Trollinger in the Baden region of Germany. There are actually three bio-types of Schiava: SchiavaGrigia/SchiavaGentile/ and SchiavaGrossa. The wines are usually just labeled Schiava and this is the first time I've seen o...
by Ken Zinns
September 17th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26100

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Steve Edmunds wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 2:00 pm
7/8 of an inch yesterday morning at Shake Ridge! It poured for about 45 minutes to an hour. Lots of shaking of vines to dry things out (they don't call it Shake Ridge for nothing, I guess. :-D )
How far off is your fruit at Shake Ridge, Steve?
by Ken Zinns
September 17th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2827

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

I’d like to say that it’s been a great experience working with Bryan Harrington all these years. I’ve had the opportunity to work with over 50 grape varieties and to help make wines using a number of techniques - skin-fermented whites, partial-carbonic reds, foot-stomping, fermenting in an amphora a...
by Ken Zinns
September 17th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild SundaySchool: Sudtirol...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: TN: Idlewild SundaySchool: Sudtirol...(short/boring)

The Schiava was particularly good. This is a variety also called Vernatsch and Trollinger in the Baden region of Germany. There are actually three bio-types of Schiava: SchiavaGrigia/SchiavaGentile/ and SchiavaGrossa. The wines are usually just labeled Schiava and this is the first time I've seen o...
by Ken Zinns
September 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 32
Views: 2827

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

Thanks for your post, Tom. Just want to clarify one thing - the Harrington Wines website is still very much online, and lots of the most recent wines are available for purchase there. There are tentative dates for the last two open house events but I don't know whether they've been finalized yet. Pr...
by Ken Zinns
September 16th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Old Amador Zins & Stickies w/ the Sobons..(long/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: TN: Some Old Amador Zins & Stickies w/ the Sobons..(long/boring)

Great notes, Tom - thanks for sharing. The Harbor Winery 1975 Deaver Vineyard Zin that fellow Berserker Matt Wood was generous enough to share with a few of us last month would have fit in perfectly with the group of wines you had with the Sobons and friends.
by Ken Zinns
September 15th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: TN: Dinner @ BluePlate w/ BayArea Friends..(short/boring)

That was a fun dinner, and always good to see you, Tom! Thanks for writing up the notes, and here are a few photos. That's Bryan Harrington, Tom Hill, Eric Lundblad, Alan Rath, and Tom Leaf at the table from left to right. tom hill dinner 1.jpg tom hill dinner 2.jpg tom hill dinner 4.jpg tom hill di...
by Ken Zinns
September 15th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1894

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

Stopped in this afternoon at the Oakland Yard wine shop to taste a flight of wines from Louis-Antoine Luyt - a native of France who has become a noted producer in Chile. Although he makes a number of wines, some of his best-known have been made from the País grape - a variety also known as Mission i...
by Ken Zinns
September 13th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four @ Darrell's...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 473

Re: TN: Four @ Darrell's...(short/boring)

Great notes, Tom. Those two Harbor wines sound like they were really something.
by Ken Zinns
September 12th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 1894

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

Just had Las Mercedes 2017 Pais Maule Valley Here is a picture of the harvest https://bit.ly/2lKNn0v Also there was a session at Texsom that showed 2107 Garage Secano Interior Portezuelo Maule Valley 2017 Vina Gonzalez Bastias Maule Valley 2017 Rogue Vine Grand Itata Tinro Itata Valley "Las Mercede...
by Ken Zinns
September 12th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Andis Schioppettino '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: TN: Andis Schioppettino '17...(short/boring)

Good to hear that this bottling turned out so well. I tasted a barrel sample at Andis last November, not long before it was to be bottled, and thought it was good but still really too young and not quite fully integrated at that point. Sounds like it just needed a little more time to come together i...
by Ken Zinns
September 9th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mama Restaurant In Oakland
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Mama Restaurant In Oakland

Good to hear that you’re ok after your ER visit! (Saw the details on Facebook). Haven’t been to Mama yet but I’m sure I’ll go soon since it’s right in my neighborhood. Really like that Kabaj Rebula.
by Ken Zinns
September 4th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harvest 2019: Black Widows
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Harvest 2019: Black Widows

It’s always a positive when bins of fruit that come into the winery have spiders and earwigs in them. A good sign that the grower was not spraying insecticide on the vines. We’ve gotten 2-3 praying mantises in recent years too - Wes takes care of them and releases them in a good spot.

mantis.jpg
by Ken Zinns
September 4th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harvest 2019: Black Widows
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Harvest 2019: Black Widows

Have had some residing in the winery for a number of years - we don’t bother them and they don’t bother us.
by Ken Zinns
September 3rd, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1279

Re: More cab than zin in California?

Without realizing this was a red only chart I'm thinking where is the Chardonnay? That's got to be #1 in CA. Good to see merlot right behind cab and zin. Top five white and red varieties for tonnage crushed, from the 2018 California Grape Crush Report. White varieties Chardonnay: 712K tons French C...
by Ken Zinns
September 3rd, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1279

Re: More cab than zin in California?

Without realizing this was a red only chart I'm thinking where is the Chardonnay? That's got to be #1 in CA. Good to see merlot right behind cab and zin. Top five white and red varieties for tonnage crushed, from the 2018 California Grape Crush Report. White varieties Chardonnay: 712K tons French C...
by Ken Zinns
September 2nd, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26100

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Night time lows in the Apple Hill area in Placerville, and down in the hills east of Sutter Creek (the two areas where my grapes are grown) are 4-6 degrees above what they've usually been. It's the most striking feature of this season, for me. The season itself was probably 10 to 14 days behind at ...
by Ken Zinns
September 2nd, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1279

Re: More cab than zin in California?

I was surprised to see this chart on the website of the American Association of Wine Economists . Weren't we always told that zinfandel was the most widely planted red grape in California? Seems it's not so anymore. According to a couple of resources I checked quickly, Cabernet Sauvignon overtook Z...
by Ken Zinns
August 31st, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26100

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I heard from my Mom today that her sangiovese vineyard in Amador County is a total write-off this year due to mildew. She dropped a bunch of fruit where they could see mildew on the outside of the clusters, but the winery that buys most of her fruit came out and cracked open a lot of clusters and f...
by Ken Zinns
August 21st, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1104

Re: Yeah..

Thanks for the notes Tom. I’ve really liked these wines over the years, and really enjoy the Valenti from Drew ( both PN and Syrah) . I had the pleasure of a 2011 Morning Dew a couple months ago and it was just phenomenal. A ton of depth and concentration in a “tough” vintage. So my experience matc...
by Ken Zinns
August 21st, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 941

Re: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019

Thanks for the notes, Dan. I went up to the vineyard a couple of years ago and agree that the site and the wines are all pretty special.
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: 225

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 1533

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: 291

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.

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