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by Evan Pontoriero
September 13th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Welp, so much for the SB before Rockpile. Second year running Rockpile Zin wins the race to ripeness. Pinots and chard still a week to weeks away.
by Evan Pontoriero
September 12th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Looks like PGap Sauvignon Blanc will beat out Rockpile Zin by one day this year(Sunday/Monday). The rest seems pretty far down the calendar. Though we are picking the Rockpile with a bit less sugar this time. [cheers.gif]

Our Rose PN pick will probably be next week or next weekend.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 25th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6321

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

LOL looking at the list again Durrell is known for loquat so for me that eliminated the "cheap" Chardonnays.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 25th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6321

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Greg, My Chard is more honeysuckle, asian pear and pineapple, thanks for trying it. I have had loquat in Chards before from other producers but can't think which ones off the top of my head as it doesn't bother me so I didn't create a note in my head. When Adam got to the descriptor of baby aspirin,...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 25th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6321

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Could be you have an issue with some Chardonnay flavors. To me, baby aspirin = loquat.

Loico Sonoma Chardonnay description from the winemaker

Winemaker Notes
This wine has an aroma of lemon oil, loquat, and quartz. The flavor is reminiscent of fennel bulb, key lime, and chamomile.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 25th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3252

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Sold out in Sonoma
by Evan Pontoriero
August 23rd, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

LOL Nate. There are certain expectations. Strangeness can happen though, like last year I didn't expect Rockpile Zin to come in before Russian River Pinot Noir. I didn't even think I would need to sample for another week. Thanks for the info Ben, That will kick me in the butt to get up there tomorro...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 23rd, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I'm guessing their Vin Gris will come from this? They made Blanc de Noir from Drakes but maybe changed the program to this site. I think it is behind Copain on Starr. It freaked me out because we get Floodgate/Starscape about a mile away and I haven't even washed a single tank or picking bin yet. Th...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 23rd, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

!!!!!!! Heart attack time. What brix?

Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 7:42 pm
Yesterday we kicked off harvest at Williams Selyem with the first of our Pinot from the MacGregor vineyard. I hope everyone here has a great vintage!
by Evan Pontoriero
August 12th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2526

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Speaking from the chicken capital, why incubate this rumor, let it fly?
by Evan Pontoriero
August 11th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Pretty serious PM pressure right now, will pay to pay attention and on program.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 11th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

At Cloud Twelve. First Syrah berries getting color. Ehrenfelser about 25%. Zin about 25% with a lot of shatter. Heavy crop this year at the top of Sonoma Mountain for Syrah and Ehrenfelser.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 9th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2906

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

If you want to pick and choose your wines for each shipment, how does winery protect themselves from members just picking the most desirable stuff and leaving behind the least attractive? There must be some sort of forcing of the hand here for certain cuvee's, no? You mean like having to buy the mo...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 9th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Speaking of tourists and taking things. Someone pulled over and cut a bunch of roses from our driveway. Didn't come to taste, just cut roses and left.

On brighter things PGap is at about 50% color on Pinot. Heading up for a final spray on the Syrah so I'll know more soon.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 9th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2906

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

As a brand new winery, I think you will probably need to start out mostly mailing list as opposed to club until people get to know your wines and style. It's also worth some thought about how to best get your wines in front of people. Marketing is the hardest part of the business. -Al FIFY [rofl.gif]
by Evan Pontoriero
August 9th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2906

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I think you also need to take in to consideration the differences in why people choose clubs. In many cases it is to participate in the growth story, go to club events and meet (new) friends that you have a common bond with as well as having access to wines not available to regular customers. I find...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 9th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2906

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

This! Answering from ITB rather than as a customer preference. Tiering seems to be an important part but clubs can become a huge nightmare (mostly with managing the multiple communication emails at release time and fulfillment errors) with the myriad options I have to keep track of to keep customers...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors

Hi Joshua, I'll have to revisit from our library, if they exist. We are planning on doing a library dinner this November to see where everything stands. Some of the vintages are completely gone since we were early in our business, were not making much wine, and had restaurant clients that demanded c...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 8th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors

Joshua, If you are holding the 12 Floodgate it is hitting peak now so I'd go for it if you are more of a fruit guy as it is starting to go to tertiarys which is surely sandalwood with RRPN. That was the 12.9% year so while it still has some legs I think might now would be a good time. 13's can be dr...
by Evan Pontoriero
August 8th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors

Thanks guys. Brian you are always welcome to stop for a glass and trade stories, no need to buy a whole bottle. You really should try the newer vintages of Zephyr's Chardonnay. I have changed the barrel program a bit and am using more DAMY Exclusive barrels vs. Freres VTGs. It is so elegant - honeys...
by Evan Pontoriero
June 18th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 405
Views: 21718

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

That hot spell was brill for the vines in the PGap. They finished bloom and set and rocketed off up the wires. Seemed like they grew 2 feet in 3 days. Looking really nice. Now I can get that post bloom spray in before heading off for a couple weeks. Seeing lots of 3 cluster shoots, at this point I a...
by Evan Pontoriero
June 10th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2711

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

I’ve never had this level of symptoms but there is no doubt some wines cause reactions for me. Could be red blotches on neck, swelling of hands, nasal stuffiness or racing heart. It’s weird how I react sometimes. Don’t really know the wines that cause issues. This is most definitely amines. Do a go...
by Evan Pontoriero
June 10th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2711

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

The world can be so capricious! Dang! Side note: do you take antacids? I take the generic protonix. Even more drifty... Some people get strange allergy manifestations to PPI drugs, like Protonix. If someone does fine under usual circumstances, but, say, has wine closely after or on an empty tummy w...
by Evan Pontoriero
June 10th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2711

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

AFA Serenade it was during grape sampling. It was pretty severe and scary, kind of like anaphylaxis. I thought I may have ruined the wine for me to drink but I don't seem to have a reaction to the wine as I tried a bottle last night without problem, it was delicious. There are many different amines...
by Evan Pontoriero
June 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2711

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

AFA Serenade it was during grape sampling. It was pretty severe and scary, kind of like anaphylaxis. I thought I may have ruined the wine for me to drink but I don't seem to have a reaction to the wine as I tried a bottle last night without problem, it was delicious. There are many different amines ...
by Evan Pontoriero
June 10th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2711

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

My bet is on amines, though I did have a rather weird burning reaction to grapes sprayed with Serenade last harvest.
by Evan Pontoriero
May 31st, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!
Replies: 12
Views: 1151

Re: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!

But no foie poppers :(
by Evan Pontoriero
May 8th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 160
Views: 10867

Re: New Espresso Machine

Stumbled upon this in active topics. I bought and enjoy the Breville machine. Would like the double boiler version but oh well. Anyway, it made me think of my former business partner and ILM co-worker that started his own high end design firm focusing on coffee products. I haven't talked to him in ...
by Evan Pontoriero
March 1st, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6934

Re: California 2017

To me the question is. Say you trust the producer and so let’s put aside smoke taint. Would love to hear stylistically how would one describe 2017. If someone sells smoke tainted wine. Well that sucks But let’s say they don’t. Just judging the vintage absent the taint issue because we assume if the...
by Evan Pontoriero
March 1st, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6934

Re: California 2017

Hi Greg, The pleasure was mine, Falltacular is such a special event. I'm glad you liked the Starscape, I loved seeing the clonal differences in your Pinots. Was the secret block Pommard or Martini? AFA 17. I understand what you are saying. But, spotty is not Heat spikes + smoke damage = Eeek hitsfan...
by Evan Pontoriero
March 1st, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6934

Re: California 2017

It is hard to not be emotional about somewhat trolly remark without supporting data but i guess this is Wine Berserkers. LOL, defensive, imagine the shitstorm if he said Burgundy or Oregon, hmmm weren't there fires and heat spikes in Oregon*, yet great to exceptional wines were made? I can give some...
by Evan Pontoriero
January 27th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Fogline Vineyards BD10 - 25% off Unique Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Fogline Vineyards BD10 - 25% off Unique Wines

Thanks Matt and everyone. I was in the winery tasting room all day and couldn't get to my computer.
by Evan Pontoriero
January 23rd, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Fogline Vineyards BD10 - 25% off Unique Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Fogline Vineyards BD10 - 25% off Unique Wines

FoglineLogoGrapeGears.jpg Flora.jpg Flora We Adore Ya [/b] In 2015 we were offered the opportunity to vinify a strange blue/purple/white grape from the vineyard adjacent to our winery and tasting room. The the vineyard was planted and grown as a nursery vineyard for the Kunde's Sonoma Grapevines. T...
by Evan Pontoriero
September 30th, 2018, 9:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 35555

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

No nails left to bite in the PGap.
by Evan Pontoriero
August 18th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vino di musto
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: Vino di musto

could be vincotto, I made some last year for home cooking.
by Evan Pontoriero
May 21st, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: pre-prohibition California wine
Replies: 10
Views: 922

pre-prohibition California wine

From our AVA website: http://petalumagap.com/the-petaluma-gap/history/ "Petaluma’s first winery was founded in 1884 by G. V. Fischer. He took over an abandoned brewery to handle his first crush. There were also two wineries in the Lakeville area at that time. The largest was owned by James G. Fair —...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 21st, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: pre-prohibition California wine
Replies: 10
Views: 922

pre-prohibition California wine

To actually stay on topic: https://www.thedailybeast.com/unearthing-californias-pre-prohibition-wine-roots "Uncovering a Lost Wine City – 1906-1919 San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire decimated most of the brick wine warehouses that had served as the hub of the California wine industry. After t...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 20th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: pre-prohibition California wine
Replies: 10
Views: 922

pre-prohibition California wine

Drew Goin wrote:No. Just...no.
Well, if it has to go in we could always have our own St. Rocco's event.
by Evan Pontoriero
May 19th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke damage on 17
Replies: 19
Views: 1596

Smoke damage on 17

As a point of reference all our wines were fermenting before the fire except for the Russian River Valley Flora that was hanging late and pretty much not metabolizing. It hung through the fire. That block is across the highway from Larkfield and about a mile north of Coffee Park so you can get an id...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 19th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: pre-prohibition California wine
Replies: 10
Views: 922

pre-prohibition California wine

Drew Goin wrote:In the river??

Well, next to the river but in the the view of the turning basin, the location is not set in stone yet and that is what the spat is about. They are bathtubs on stilts. Kind of look rather Gaudi-like or AT-AT like. SF Artist.
by Evan Pontoriero
May 18th, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: pre-prohibition California wine
Replies: 10
Views: 922

pre-prohibition California wine

One article mentioned the Winehaven facility in the " Contra Costa Wine Heritage " thread. Here's another one... East Bay Times " Richmond’s Historic Winehaven Building the Early Center of California Wine Industry" October 16, 2009 I also found a catalogue of an "early California winemaking" museum...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 17th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: pre-prohibition California wine
Replies: 10
Views: 922

pre-prohibition California wine

You should get up and talk to George Davis at Porter Creek. He has some related stories. Pre-pro wine from the north bay was barged down from the old Vallejo Armory on the Petaluma River to Point Richmond to improve the wine coming from the valley to be sold to SF.
by Evan Pontoriero
May 17th, 2018, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 4954

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

And I'll show my age but every time I hear natural winemaking I have an image of Mr. Natural and Devil Girl in a fermenter. Eeewwwwwww.
by Evan Pontoriero
May 17th, 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 4954

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

there are plenty of wines i love that are made without sulphur (or only minimal at bottling) and are considered natural. in general, my problem with most of the natural wine scene and its followers is they are not interested in what falls outside of their circle. i want to drink good wine. if someo...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 17th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 4954

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

there are plenty of wines i love that are made without sulphur (or only minimal at bottling) and are considered natural. in general, my problem with most of the natural wine scene and its followers is they are not interested in what falls outside of their circle. i want to drink good wine. if someo...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 15th, 2018, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"
Replies: 87
Views: 4954

This just cracks me up, re "Natural Wine"

“It exists because it proclaims itself so. It is a fantasy of marginal producers.” Robert Parker, perhaps the world’s most powerful wine critic, has called natural wine an “undefined scam”. So.....much.....irony. I think this is a 100 point comment! You know you must be a geezer when you view some ...

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