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by Ken Zinns
June 24th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 397

Re: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)

One of my favorite rosé wines every year is the Clos Cibonne from Provence, made from the Tibouren grape that's identical to Rossese di Dolceacqua as noted in the original post. Thanks for that info Ken. I bet that the Clos Cibonne is one lively rosé and will definitely try one soon. The Clos Cibon...
by Ken Zinns
June 24th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 397

Re: Dolceaqua: Ancient, Anonymous & Awesome (Long and Incredibly Boring)

One of my favorite rosé wines every year is the Clos Cibonne from Provence, made from the Tibouren grape that's identical to Rossese di Dolceacqua as noted in the original post.
by Ken Zinns
June 17th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes gives props to Lodi
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: Forbes gives props to Lodi

Thanks for the link - pretty good article. I've had a number of whites from Acquiesce and Bokisch, and one or two sourced from Mokelumne Glen Vineyard. I think the focus of the first two mainly on Southern Rhône and on Iberian grape varieties, respectively, is a good choice for that warmer Lodi clim...
by Ken Zinns
June 14th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif Dessert Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: TN: Two Calif Dessert Wines...(short/boring)

This GW sounds very similar to the one Elke made that same year 2013, except that it seems to have a bit more botrytis than you described. Really good stuff! Same wine. We sold those to Elke as shiners. I only have 4 cases of 12 packs left. More than I can drink. Cool - I didn't realize that was yo...
by Ken Zinns
June 14th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Re: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)

Woods Beer in the Bay Area has been doing this. I tried three of them at a wine event earlier this year (they've been making wine recently as well, and poured a really nice Marin County Pinot Noir). Albariño Blonde Ale, Merlot Red Ale, Syrah Black Ale - I think they make one with Fiano too. As I und...
by Ken Zinns
June 13th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines
Replies: 10
Views: 557

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

I learn as much about my own neck of the woods from you than I ever did while living there. One tidbit I can add is that the Deaver and Cooper wine families are pretty closely related. I could have this wrong, but I think that Dick Cooper's mom was a Deaver before she married Dick's dad, Henry. Coi...
by Ken Zinns
June 11th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines
Replies: 10
Views: 557

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

Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 [/u] I've posted a portion of a report on two late-May wine visits in the Sierra Foothills. The full version of this report is on the Grape-Nutz.com website: Sierra Foothills Visits, May 2019 Deaver Vineyards Sumu Kaw Vineayard I’ve had an interest for awhile ...
by Ken Zinns
June 6th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1802

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

Reminds me of the weather forecast I found online before I headed to Yosemite National Park a few years ago.

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by Ken Zinns
June 5th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Thanks, Gregg and Greg! Glad to hear both of you enjoyed it, and good to read those detailed impressions, Greg - thanks for sharing! Sounds like you hit a lot of good wineries, though it looked like everyone who poured there would have been a good choice.
by Ken Zinns
June 5th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Your wines would fit into this tasting nicely, Larry.
by Ken Zinns
June 4th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Just curious, did any Berserkers attend this tasting? If so, anyone care to share their impressions?
by Ken Zinns
May 31st, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Good article on the SevenFiftyDaily blog yesterday about idea behind the Seven % Solution tasting: Why More California Winemakers Are Embracing Varietal Diversity For those of you in the Los Angeles area, don't forget that the tasting is coming up this Sunday. Bummed that I won't be able to make it ...
by Ken Zinns
May 28th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Nice photos Ken. A great vineyard. I have a Harbor Deaver Zinfandel 1975 that I really want to open Wow, that would be a cool wine to taste! Charles Myers, who founded Harbor Winery in West Sacramento, played a significant role in putting Deaver Vineyard (and Amador County winegrapes in general) on...
by Ken Zinns
May 28th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Buena Vista has been using Mission from the Deaver vineyard for our Angelica the past several vintages (along with the Somers Vineyard in Lodi). Seems fitting to have the oldest vines going to one of the oldest wineries. We typically get about 4 tons and it ripens significantly earlier than the Lod...
by Ken Zinns
May 28th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Thanks for the great pics and background I gather Mission is a variety Never saw a wine based on Mission Why keep the vines? newhere Mission is the name used and recognized in the US for a grape variety that originally came from Spain and may well be the first Vitis vinifera variety brought by the ...
by Ken Zinns
May 28th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Nice photos Ken. A great vineyard. I have a Harbor Deaver Zinfandel 1975 that I really want to open Wow, that would be a cool wine to taste! Charles Myers, who founded Harbor Winery in West Sacramento, played a significant role in putting Deaver Vineyard (and Amador County winegrapes in general) on...
by Ken Zinns
May 27th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Amazing, thanks for the photos and history. Is Harrington planning on making wine from these 2 vineyards? I imagine the yield would be miniscule. It’s a possibility, though all of the Mission is spoken for this year. Fortunately we’re quite happy with the old-vine Mission fruit we’ve been getting f...
by Ken Zinns
May 27th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

A few photos for old vine fans

I thought I'd post a few photos from a day-trip from this past Friday to the Sierra Foothills - one of the visits there was with Ken Deaver of Deaver Vineyards in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley. Ken and his family own and farm a good deal of vineyard land in the area, but I was interested in visi...
by Ken Zinns
May 23rd, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: MarthaStouman post flirtation '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 433

Re: TN: MarthaStouman post flirtation '17...(short/boring)

I’ve known Martha for awhile - met her when she worked for Chris Brockway in Berkeley - and have always enjoyed her wines. Whether or not you’re a fan of natural wines, Martha’s wines are worth checking out.
by Ken Zinns
May 20th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: Nice...

Nice report, Ken. Lots of new folks up there I need to get familiar with. Casey keeps leaning on me to come up for a visit. Any idea how Stu's Nebbiolo is doing? Tom Thanks, Tom. I missed connecting with Casey on my most recent visit to Mendocino wine country in 2017 - it would be good to head up t...
by Ken Zinns
May 19th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

Yes, that’s most likely where I first met you, Sean. From what I’ve heard there were one or two backyard vineyards very close to the winery on Camelia Street back then - probably just enough fruit to make a small amount of that Pinot.
by Ken Zinns
May 18th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco

Hi Ken, It was great to meet you at the TOM event. I am glad you got to taste a few of our wines. Cheers! Hey Andrew, it was great to finally meet you too! You poured a bunch of very nice wines at the event. In addition to the two standout wines listed above that were made from Mendocino County fru...
by Ken Zinns
May 18th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco

Hi Ken, It was great to meet you at the TOM event. I am glad you got to taste a few of our wines. Cheers! Hey Andrew, it was great to finally meet you too! You poured a bunch of very nice wines at the event. In addition to the two standout wines listed above that were made from Mendocino County fru...
by Ken Zinns
May 18th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

This will be the first time that the Seven % Solution event will take place in Southern California, as the organizers moved from the Bay Area where it had been held in previous years. Among many really good annual tastings, this has been my favorite of recent years for both the quality and diversity...
by Ken Zinns
May 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

Another bit of Berkeley wine history - I know I've posted this before but it's pretty cool. A bottle of 1978 Pinot Noir that Travis Fretter made in the 805 Camelia Street building (pictured on the label) from Pinot grapes grown right in the neighborhood. chateau camelia 1978 berkeley pinot noir.jpg
by Ken Zinns
May 17th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

Here's an article on the 805 Camelia Street building (where Travis Fretter, Steve Edmunds, and others started out over the years) from the early 1980s.

building article 1.jpg
by Ken Zinns
May 17th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

I happened to stop in at Blue Ox last Friday after helping to bottle some sparkling Chenin Blanc at Broc. First time I've tried them - good wines there...but there really is a lot of good wine in West Berkeley. I admit to not being totally impartial - I'm friends with several of the vintners there, ...
by Ken Zinns
May 17th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Re: Thanks...

Nice article by Frances Dinkelspiel on the Berkeleyside website today about wine tasting in West Berkeley. There are a bunch of very good wineries within about a block of one another near Fifth and Gilman streets, with more on the way. Want to go wine tasting? You can try more wine on a day trip to...
by Ken Zinns
May 17th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 379

Article today about wineries in Berkeley

Nice article by Frances Dinkelspiel on the Berkeleyside website today about wine tasting in West Berkeley. There are a bunch of very good wineries within about a block of one another near Fifth and Gilman streets, with more on the way. Want to go wine tasting? You can try more wine on a day trip to ...
by Ken Zinns
May 17th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco

Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 [/u] I attended the Taste Mendocino event in San Francisco late last month, and wrote a report for the Grape-Nutz.com website. An abbreviated version of the report is below – there are more photos plus tasting impressions of over 20 wineries here: Taste Mendocino – ...
by Ken Zinns
May 16th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie Laide Wines Pick Up and Open House 5/11/2019
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Jolie Laide Wines Pick Up and Open House 5/11/2019

Thanks for the notes, Tom. I’ve been impressed with the Jolie Laide wines too, and I’ll have to see if some of these show up at my local wine shops.
by Ken Zinns
May 14th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: rootdown GrenacheBlanc '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: TN: rootdown GrenacheBlanc '17...(short/boring)

Markus S wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 5:05 am
Small "rrr", eh?
All lower-case winery name on the wine labels, but other than that it's Rootdown.
by Ken Zinns
May 13th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: rootdown GrenacheBlanc '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: TN: rootdown GrenacheBlanc '17...(short/boring)

The Grenache Blanc was my favorite of the three single-varietal Rootdown whites when I visited Mike just before New Years. He also makes a limited-production white blend called "McConkey Blanc" that's equal parts Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and Grenache Blanc - enjoyed that one quite a bit too. I sus...
by Ken Zinns
May 8th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School, Valtellina Another Side Of Nebbiolo (Very Boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Idlewild Sunday School, Valtellina Another Side Of Nebbiolo (Very Boring)

Thanks for the report, Tom. Sounds like it was a fun session. I was out of town, otherwise I would have loved to attend.
by Ken Zinns
May 7th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?

Helped bottle Broc Cellars 2018 "Love Rosé" in March. I understand they pretty much sold out right away. You could buy the cans in 4-packs as seen in this photo. love rose can and boxes.jpg Obviously a wine that is meant to be consumed within the next few months so a good candidate for packaging in ...
by Ken Zinns
May 2nd, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gavin Chanin and subconsciously rationalizing the American pinot you're drinking
Replies: 20
Views: 2340

Re: Gavin Chanin and subconsciously rationalizing the American pinot you're drinking

Charlie’s list is excellent and the only addition I’d make would be Mt Eden for a Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot that somehow doesn’t get enough love. As long as we are adding to the list, I`d add Drew to the Anderson Valley portion and ABC to the overall list. Firstly, thanks Charlie for including Bric...
by Ken Zinns
May 1st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure – April 13, 2019: wines from small California producers
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure – April 13, 2019: wines from small California producers

Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure – April 13, 2019 [/u] I attended the recent Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure tasting in Sonoma, 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...
by Ken Zinns
May 1st, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two for DinDin...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: TN: Two for DinDin...(short/boring)

Woodenhead is another winery that has been making Colombard. I haven't tasted Martha's yet, but every time I taste one of the Woodenhead Colombards I get the same impression as you did with Martha's - nothing profound but very pleasant. I think some varieties that have not gotten much respect have s...
by Ken Zinns
April 26th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)

Do you happen to know if this is the fruit source for the Ridge Mendocino Zin from the 70s? Yes, it was. Probably best-known more recently for the vineyard-designate Zeni Ranch Zinfandels from Edmeades. Interesting history of Zeni Ranch from the Anderson Valley Advertiser in 2013: The Zeni Ranch I ...
by Ken Zinns
April 25th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)

Do you happen to know if this is the fruit source for the Ridge Mendocino Zin from the 70s? Yes, it was. Probably best-known more recently for the vineyard-designate Zeni Ranch Zinfandels from Edmeades. Interesting history of Zeni Ranch from the Anderson Valley Advertiser in 2013: The Zeni Ranch
by Ken Zinns
April 25th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR
Replies: 27
Views: 1254

Re: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR

Marcu$ Stanley wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 3:46 pm
What is the alcohol % on these?
The 2016 “Alturas” Syrah was 13.5%. The 2015 was also 13.5% and the 2014 was 13.3%, so pretty consistent.
by Ken Zinns
April 25th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)

This was never racked until it went to tank a short time before bottling, and it’s not that unusual that we get a little CO2 in some of the bottled wines but it dissipates pretty quickly after opening. We typically do not rack any wine while it’s in barrel or tank. I think there was only one barrel ...
by Ken Zinns
April 25th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2015 Harrington Zinfandel Zeni Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge)

Rama, this is an old-vine field blend that's mostly (over 75%) Zinfandel. The original mixed black vineyard was planted as far back as the 1890s, and more Zin planted in the 1920s. Other varieties we believe may be in the old part of the vineyard include Carignane, Mataro, Grenache, Alicante Bouchet...
by Ken Zinns
April 24th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Releases..Whites&Reds....(long/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 457

Re: Thanks..

Thanks, Wes. I vaguely recall Bryan mentioning Grenache in the co-ferment but thought it was just a small amount. Tom Yes, the Grenache came from cuttings Bryan got in Sicily as well. That was supposed to be Carricante. We didn’t find out until Sheila Bush of Sumu Kaw Vineyard called Bryan a couple...
by Ken Zinns
April 24th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Releases..Whites&Reds....(long/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 457

Re: Thanks..

Tom - note the Misteri is a blend of the Nerello Misterese and Grenache, co-fermented. That really does tone things down and contribute to some of what you perceive. On it's own it's much more intense. Bryan got the cuttings from one of the top growers. Even after the DNA test, the grower insisted ...
by Ken Zinns
April 23rd, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL
Replies: 17
Views: 708

Re: TN: 1980 Nevada City Cellars Zinfandel, Amador County. PAGING TOM HILL

Mystery solved, I believe. I just checked a few references to California wine and found the following info. Pocket Encyclopedia of California Wine by William Kaufman (1982) mentions Nevada City Cellars and notes their first releases are due that year, from the 1980 vintage. It also notes 80 acres to...
by Ken Zinns
April 12th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...

Thanks for the notes, Tom!
by Ken Zinns
April 10th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1990

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

FWIW, I took a quick look at the website of one well-known supplier of wine bottles and found a few examples of weights in their different categories for Bordeaux-style glass: Lightweight: 0.87 to 1.02 lb. Traditional: 1.06 to 1.21 lb. Premium: 1.29 to 1.54 lb. Ultra Premium: 1.76 to 2.65 lb. So the...
by Ken Zinns
April 9th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1990

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

As someone who does a lot of bottling, those larger bottles are brutal on the crews. I suggested to one winemaker he charge a $20/case premium for the over-sized bottles a couple of his clients insist on using to compensate the crew for the extra work. "Yeah, I should." He's at that point. It's got...

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