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by Evan Pontoriero
June 18th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13538

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: 80
Views: 2056

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: 80
Views: 2056

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: 80
Views: 2056

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: 80
Views: 2056

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: 80
Views: 2056

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: 1109

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: 159
Views: 10046

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: 6680

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: 6680

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: 6680

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: 580

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: 580

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: 33494

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: 866

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: 885

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: 885

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: 885

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: 1563

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: 885

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: 885

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: 885

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: 4762

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: 4762

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: 4762

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: 4762

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 ...
by Evan Pontoriero
May 9th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 135
Views: 9134

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

There is an awesome kart track in Jesolo. The karts are fast and you can feel like an Italian sitting by the track with a Negroni. Beaches aren't bad either.

http://www.pista-azzurra.com/eng/index.html
by Evan Pontoriero
April 12th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: CA - Delinquent Wholesale Account
Replies: 13
Views: 1135

CA - Delinquent Wholesale Account

[popcorn.gif]

I have a couple of these. Had some in the past that took over a year. Just kept pestering them till they either paid or went out of business.
by Evan Pontoriero
April 10th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Sugar Paradox
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

The Sugar Paradox

I guess I should have clarified my remark. I see what Raj is saying as the younger drinkers are asking for, tasting and enjoying more bone dry whites and reds, yet they keep buying that OVZ with RS. It must be ingrained in our DNA. Evan, I think we in the industry must always remember that folks ar...
by Evan Pontoriero
April 10th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Sugar Paradox
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

The Sugar Paradox

I guess I should have clarified my remark. I see what Raj is saying as the younger drinkers are asking for, tasting and enjoying more bone dry whites and reds, yet they keep buying that OVZ with RS. It must be ingrained in our DNA.
by Evan Pontoriero
April 9th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Sugar Paradox
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

The Sugar Paradox

I see this over and over in our tasting room, no matter the sophistication level.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/04 ... ump-or-two
by Evan Pontoriero
March 30th, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33494

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

We were really stressed that the frosts and hail had done the worst but it seems the cool temps kept everything compact and now the vines are coming to life. Rain next week will really kick everything into full throttle. Everything is in position and set but will have to do a second weed pass this y...
by Evan Pontoriero
March 26th, 2018, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Anyone using Merchant 23
Replies: 11
Views: 2362

Anyone using Merchant 23

We have been looking at several. Funnily enough, Jacob from M23 lives about a block away from me. The pricing wouldn't work for us at the time we last talked. We are now looking at a friend's business that works with University Wine Clubs and seems to have a solution. I'll post more when I know more.
by Evan Pontoriero
March 4th, 2018, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Visit
Replies: 29
Views: 1753

Fogline Vineyards Visit

Thanks fo the TN Rama. We don't get many being so small. I last tasted this at our retrospective in Nov. with similar results. There is a hefty chunk of Pommard from our Creekside block that we will be finally breaking out as a separate bottling this year. Stemmed - 667,777, 115, 114, Pommard, Swan,...
by Evan Pontoriero
March 4th, 2018, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corrected link for an update on Burt Williams` previously owned Morning Dew Ranch
Replies: 15
Views: 818

An update on Burt Williams` previously owned Morning Dew Ranch

"when it was sold to <insert name> in Napa Valley."

Seems to be all we are hearing these days in Sonoma [stirthepothal.gif]
by Evan Pontoriero
February 22nd, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10564
Views: 350777

What bottle of wine did you open today?

13 Kosuge Hirsch
by Evan Pontoriero
February 21st, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 1st trip to Caribbean - island help. (Jamaica)
Replies: 14
Views: 501

1st trip to Caribbean - island help.

My old business partner was from Jaimaica. His mom was the Super Chicken CEO. We went to some really splendid locations(mid 90s) that are still special. If you are a traveller that likes to see the real Jamaica vs. the AI Sandals/Montego style, go to Port Antonio side. Start in Kingston and get your...
by Evan Pontoriero
February 19th, 2018, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you make your spaghetti with meatball sauce?
Replies: 43
Views: 1399

How do you make your spaghetti with meatball sauce?

Similar to my Grammy's. Don't discount how much the pork rib adds to the flavor. Yes the SM tomato is crucial. How about a great Vitello Tonnato recipe? That was one that blew my mind when I was young visiting Milano. I do this once a month on a Sundays, usually about 2lb meat and 2lb sausage with s...
by Evan Pontoriero
February 19th, 2018, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018
Replies: 63
Views: 3431

TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018

Wish I could have been there. Our Spring club party was this weekend. Hopefully I'll plan better next year.
by Evan Pontoriero
February 15th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16182
Views: 385514

What BEER are you drinking?

Henhouse - Big Chicken

Holy Moly! I'm lit.
by Evan Pontoriero
February 15th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 33494

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Bud break on our Chardonnay(Yikes). Hoping the inversion will get us through next week.

I heard some Chard on the coast had bud break last week. [shock.gif]
by Evan Pontoriero
February 14th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16182
Views: 385514

What BEER are you drinking?

Pizza Port Swamis tonight
by Evan Pontoriero
February 13th, 2018, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Winemakers
Replies: 31
Views: 1263

Question for Winemakers

I drink ours all the time, it is one of the perks and keeps me in tune with vintages and progress. I try not to judge much and just enjoy as a component of dinner. I get geeky if I have multiple bottles open and can compare/contrast, with the full thought of how peoples tastes differ. Mostly I think...
by Evan Pontoriero
January 27th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Celebrates the Petaluma Gap AVA + Flora
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Fogline Vineyards Celebrates the Petaluma Gap AVA + Flora

Thanks for letting me know, Joe, I fixed it. Also thanks for your order. Nice meeting you at PinotDays.
by Evan Pontoriero
January 26th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Celebrates the Petaluma Gap AVA + Flora
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Fogline Vineyards Celebrates the Petaluma Gap AVA + Flora

Thanks Rich. It was a hit at Tiburon Festival. Not sure wether the odd name and having something different creates a buzz, but it was there.

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