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by Gary Schulte
January 21st, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Adam Frisch wrote:
January 21st, 2020, 11:16 am
I like Claus Preisingers wines if you're into the lower intervention stuff. I have not had his Pinot Noir, but I know he makes one.
For our tasting exercise/education we are sticking with Alsace.
by Gary Schulte
January 21st, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Maybe a late contribution, but I've enjoyed the PN from Ostertag's Fronholz vineyard (they also somehow make a Riesling, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer from the same vineyard!). Importer is Kermit Lynch so should be relatively widely available? Gerard Schueller also makes some unique pinots, but a bit ...
by Gary Schulte
January 20th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Thanks again all. Some of these are harder to find than others.
by Gary Schulte
January 20th, 2020, 5:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Non-Dairy White Chocolate Recommendation ?
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Re: Non-Dairy White Chocolate Recommendation ?

I couldn't find any at our local grocers or specialty stores. Even asked our local "famous" bakery for suggestions and struck out. Well I pulled the trigger on King David brand Kosher easy melting non-dairy white chocolate. Went with this one as it has some actual cocoa butter in it. Will be using i...
by Gary Schulte
January 19th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Re: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. Looked all of them up on Wine Searcher and CellarTracker. As I expected not all are widely available but some vintages can be found. Ratings are good. Also finding Dom. Barmes-Buecher seems to make a consistently good pinot noir. From what I understand, only ...
by Gary Schulte
January 18th, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?
Replies: 20
Views: 896

Alsatian Pinot Noir Recommendation ?

Early next month a bunch of local wine industry friends are getting together to taste through different Alsatian wines. Pinot noir seems to be the only variety that's difficult to identify good representatives for. Does anyone have some suggestions on good pinot noir producers and where I might find...
by Gary Schulte
January 18th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Non-Dairy White Chocolate Recommendation ?
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Non-Dairy White Chocolate Recommendation ?

In early February we have some friends coming over for dinner and one of them is lactose intolerant. I've got everything covered for the meal except dessert. In the past I have made a non-dairy vegan chocolate torte but this time I want to try a coconut creme bruleé which uses a non-dairy white choc...
by Gary Schulte
January 9th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australia Fires Update
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Re: Australia Fires Update

Another update article ...... https://winetitles.com.au/nsw-wineries-left-shocked-by-damage-in-wake-of-bushfire/ . Looks like a full report will come out next month in the next issue of Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker. Another article ........ https://www.winemag.com/2020/01/08/...
by Gary Schulte
January 9th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australia Fires Update
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Australia Fires Update

The situation in parts of Australian wine country look pretty tough for growers. The following update is today's view reported in an Australian wine media company ........ https://winetitles.com.au/agw-bushfire-update-wineries-are-hurting/. Tough to say at this time what will be smoke tainted, this ...
by Gary Schulte
January 2nd, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Small Lots - Sterile Filtration
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: Small Lots - Sterile Filtration

Vamsi - For small lots I use a 10inch Pall Advanta cartridge system that I bought on Ebay for a song. For what you're asking it depends on the wine, it's pH, clarity, and what you're trying to achieve. That will determine how you select a depth pre-filter before moving down to a lower exclusion size...
by Gary Schulte
January 1st, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2345

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

Is it possible that there's too much expectation for a BdB sparkling wine that did not spend more than a few years in cellar? Aren't most of the better known champagnes stored for ~5-7 years before disgorging? For the Rhys BdB I would consider storing it for the same length of time it had at Rhys be...
by Gary Schulte
January 1st, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: PSA - use eye protection for pruning!
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: PSA - use eye protection for pruning!

Paul - Good advice no matter how trivial the task seems. Glad you're okay.
by Gary Schulte
January 1st, 2020, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 262
Views: 10696

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Auxerrois - Have heard two pronunciations of this grape variety. It almost seems the difference in pronunciation is whether you swing heavily from a classical French or Germanic language background. In Alsace they use the variety name pinot auxerrois most often over auxerrois. Give it a try. Burgun...
by Gary Schulte
December 31st, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 262
Views: 10696

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Auxerrois - Have heard two pronunciations of this grape variety. It almost seems the difference in pronunciation is whether you swing heavily from a classical French or Germanic language background. In Alsace they use the variety name pinot auxerrois most often over auxerrois. Give it a try.
by Gary Schulte
December 31st, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Any wineries using Sqaurespace Ecommerce for online sales?
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Any wineries using Sqaurespace Ecommerce for online sales?

Adam - It appears that Paumanok and Palmer Vineyards are using Squarespace eCommerce.

Paumanok - https://paumanok.squarespace.com/
Palmer - https://www.palmervineyards.com/shop
by Gary Schulte
December 25th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Adam - Looks like Apple Pay is also available in addition to PayPal. From what I'm seeing it appears that the eCommerce portion of Squarespace will continue to align and compete with other eCommerce platforms.
by Gary Schulte
December 24th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Adam - There are wineries currently using the eCommerce function on Squarespace.
by Gary Schulte
December 22nd, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: Wine Club Software for Small Producer (Cheap but powerful?)

Doesn't Squarespace sell a commerce product that can manage purchasers and subscribers info?
by Gary Schulte
December 7th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2239

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

Thanks for doing this charity drive David. I don't have much Oregon in my collection but here's a very enjoyable QPR Siduri pinot noir. 2017 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Screw cap closure so unscrew and pour right away in restaurant for first night and then a second night at home. The nose ...
by Gary Schulte
December 1st, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5082

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

Twofer Cali pinot noir night. These are relatively high alcohol pinot noirs and thus were chosen to be the match with steak, potatoes, & salad. 2005 Brewer Clifton Rio Vista - Purchased on release and stored at cellar temp(54-68F). This is a high alcohol wine at 15.5%. Removed wax capsule and disint...
by Gary Schulte
November 28th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5082

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

Thank you Frank for running this benefit again this year. Here's my first for this week. 2002 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin 1er La Petite Chapelle - Purchased when released and stored in basement(temp ranges 54 to 68F) on it's side. This was opened soon after pulled from storage. Shows no signs...
by Gary Schulte
November 26th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2238

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

To me, or my spouse, it's a seriously flawed wine that neither one of us would drink or cook with and thus it goes down the drain.
by Gary Schulte
November 20th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourboulenc Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Re: Bourboulenc Questions

Peter - Yes I did. From the Rhone region there are few to go by as most are blends with grenache blanc & roussanne.

IlkkaL - I'm pretty sure that the De Moor bourboulenc grapes are sourced from Domaine Supply-Royer. Should be an interesting comparison with your wine.
by Gary Schulte
November 19th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourboulenc Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Re: Bourboulenc Questions

IikkaL - The other wines in the shipment are in fact De Moor Chablis'. Back to bourboulenc, and noticing your avatar, I think this wine is going to be unlike any other which is what Lopez de Heredia's Gravonia did for me.
by Gary Schulte
November 19th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourboulenc Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Re: Bourboulenc Questions

I can't really be of help but am really interested to see if any responses come as I just bought a 100% Bourboulenc myself, Domaine Supply-Royer Mont Baudile Le Bourboulenc de Nega Saumas from the Languedoc. I've understood it should be on the heavier side and as such I am expecting it to show best...
by Gary Schulte
November 18th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourboulenc Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Bourboulenc Questions

Bourboulenc is not a common grape variety but is blended into a few Rhone Valley wines. My curiosity had me include a wine from this white grape when I placed an online order for a mixed half case. My basic questions are what temperature should this be served at and what food will go with it? Is it ...
by Gary Schulte
November 8th, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Sounds like an 80's Ridge Monte Bello to me. CS based wine.
by Gary Schulte
October 26th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Millbrook Winery Visit
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: Millbrook Winery Visit

Thanks for the review Mike. Have not been yet but plan to do so this winter. Any others in Hudson Valley region you would recommend?
by Gary Schulte
October 26th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1561

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Metrokane. Not expensive and works like a champ for several days. Just purchased 2 more of them.
by Gary Schulte
October 26th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2262

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Calera in Hollister is a bit off the beaten path. Could take in few others in the area or in Monterey. There's also the backside of Pinnacles National Park and a visit to Mission San Juan Bautista in the area of Calera.
by Gary Schulte
October 22nd, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32904

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Not sure if I shared this before but my upbringing in California has trained my eyes for reptiles. While doing some vineyard work on my tractor I caught a quick glance of this little guy. Moved him to the safety of a rock wall. Looks newly hatched.
Snake 2006.jpg
by Gary Schulte
October 22nd, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32904

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Finally, I've come across a thread, and person, where the snake is alive and valued. Can't tell you how many farmers kill anything that slithers along the ground. Cheers to you Kim and your friend. Four legged grape eaters are a different story.
by Gary Schulte
October 22nd, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 4080

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

My concern is if some winery businesses change their approach on red wines to make them higher in alcohol. Don't think it will happen then take a quick read of this note in Vitisphere ........ https://www.vitisphere.com/news-90464-Are-red-wines-with-an-ABV-of-14-the-key-to-business-as-usual.htm . Ho...
by Gary Schulte
October 11th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wölffer Estate-NY
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Wölffer Estate-NY

Even though many had a slow start to the growing season this past Spring the near perfect summer sunshine and heat with timely rain cycles helped things move along well this year. We are picking our chenin blanc(22 brix) next Monday and that will be followed quickly by cabernet franc(~24brix) and t...
by Gary Schulte
October 11th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wölffer Estate-NY
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Wölffer Estate-NY

You have Barbera growing? Chenin Blanc makes perfect sense and Charles Massoud makes a good one. Cab Franc too. But who's making Barbera? Nice idea. Good luck! The Massouds make wonderful chenin blancs. They really showed that this region can grow this versatile white grape with great results. Barb...
by Gary Schulte
October 10th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wölffer Estate-NY
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Wölffer Estate-NY

Even though many had a slow start to the growing season this past Spring the near perfect summer sunshine and heat with timely rain cycles helped things move along well this year. We are picking our chenin blanc(22 brix) next Monday and that will be followed quickly by cabernet franc(~24brix) and th...
by Gary Schulte
October 10th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch

Nice article. Ann Kraemer is one of the best growers around and a super nice person willing to share her experience. Many years ago we visited with her to understand her experience with growing barbera.
by Gary Schulte
September 24th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 1409

Re: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?

Thanks Dennis. The menu looks quite good with wood grilled meats to compliment their seafood dishes.
by Gary Schulte
September 23rd, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pinot Noir yield per vine
Replies: 6
Views: 1569

Re: Pinot Noir yield per vine

Gavin - For another perspective from the right coast Alice Wise of Cornell's Long Island Extension Office in Suffolk County NY tabulates her harvests from her experimental vineyard and can be found here ..... http://ccesuffolk.org/agriculture/grape-program/grape-research . The vintages are on the ri...
by Gary Schulte
September 20th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 1409

Re: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?

Thank you for the Scales recommendation. It caught me off guard a little bit as we have a place in Newport, RI that is called Scales & Shells. My first thought was a chain but it turns out they are not related.
by Gary Schulte
September 20th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 1409

Re: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?

Joshua - Saw that thread. All the recent recommendations are for the Boston area. The Portland recs are over 3 years old and thus the reason for me asking again.
by Gary Schulte
September 19th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 1409

Portland, ME..... Food Recommendations?

Looks like we will try to get away for a 3 day trip later this Fall. It's been awhile since we've been to Portland, ME but it has clearly become quite the foodie destination. What would people recommend for meals and are there restaurants with good wine lists? Thank you, Gary
by Gary Schulte
September 19th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pet-Nat
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: Pet-Nat

Emilio - I will double check later when I've got more time but I shoot for 1-2% sugar using the clinitest method I purchase from Presque Isle winemaking supplies. Here's the color chart for that test ....... https://www.piwine.com/media/pdf/winemaking-residual-sugar-test.pdf . Since it's still bubbl...
by Gary Schulte
September 18th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pet-Nat
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: Pet-Nat

What in particular would you like to know? Have made small amounts from chenin blanc thus far.
by Gary Schulte
September 18th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32904

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 7:32 am
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Clone 943 Pinot. That's a nickel for scale. Tiny berries, in the wine, makes me feel happy....Don Ho!
Kind of reminds me of the "champagne grapes" they sell in the grocery store.
by Gary Schulte
September 17th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chilling Wine Post Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 1814

Re: Chilling Wine Post Ferment

Here's a pic of the first iteration of a barrel chilling wand. This allows for cold settling, fermentation, and cold stabilization for whites. I've got some additional ideas on how to improve this and streamline it. Now it needs a thermo blanket.
barrel chiller.jpeg
by Gary Schulte
September 11th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Viticulture Consultants - Vineyard Planning
Replies: 4
Views: 1598

Re: Viticulture Consultants - Vineyard Planning

Gavin - You might start with your UCDavis Extension office for Sonoma County. They most likely have people that would give you some good advice and possible other local resources to tap into. Rhonda Smith is your local extension advisor with grape growing experience ...... http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/...
by Gary Schulte
September 7th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9357

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Every time one of these threads come up I have to suggest the Olivier Leflaive Setilles Bourgogne Blanc in good vintages (2010, 2014, 2017). 2017 is currently available for for $21.99. Great QPR. Both available at KL. Agree on the Leflaive Setilles. I've been swayed over to Javillier's two bourgogn...
by Gary Schulte
September 7th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chilling Wine Post Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 1814

Re: Chilling Wine Post Ferment

Hi Vamsi - Look forward to the pic of your cooling snake setup. Early next week my version should done and will do the same and share the pic.
by Gary Schulte
September 1st, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9357

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Adam - Look forward to what you found at K&L. I suspect the the dearth of good chardonnays, personal preference in play as always, is related to the marketing drive that everyone expects a chardonnay on your winery list and thus in your vineyard. Because of that many have chardonnay and expect a con...

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