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by Gary Schulte
November 8th, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1206

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: 300

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: 1467

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: 2125

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: 520
Views: 29121

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: 520
Views: 29121

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: 3942

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: 378

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: 378

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: 378

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: 533

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: 682

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: 774

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: 682

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: 682

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: 682

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: 656

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: 656

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: 520
Views: 29121

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: 1043

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: 810

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: 158
Views: 7830

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: 1043

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: 158
Views: 7830

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...
by Gary Schulte
August 31st, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chilling Wine Post Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 1043

Re: Chilling Wine Post Ferment

Hi Vamsi - I'm going through the same process with auxerrois which I will ferment in ss barrel(Mueller). The snake with the surface area to cool a 75gal barrel is the 2.4m length that they sell at MoreWine. Since I'm tapping into a winery glycol cooling system I need to not only introduce the coolin...
by Gary Schulte
August 14th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 2085

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Based on this discussion the other night I opened a terrific 2015 Liquid Farm La Hermana chardonnay that had a wax cap. No tricks just put corkscrew in pull part way to pop the wax disc. Paper towel to wipe around cork and pull rest of the way out. I know they use CalWax on their bottles. No hassle ...
by Gary Schulte
August 10th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Birichino Malvasia Bianca
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: TN: 2017 Birichino Malvasia Bianca

Earlier this year we were gifted a 2016 Birichino Sparkling Pet-Nat MB. We saved it until soft shelled crabs came in season. From the wines we normally drink this is a unique wine. The bubbles really accentuated the floral character and made for a nice pair with fried crabs..... https://enoviti-hanu...
by Gary Schulte
August 7th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 2085

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Adam - As you know there are some waxes that make it easier to cleanly pull out the cork in one go.. I've had real good luck and relatively easy pull out of Liquid Farm's wax seals(CalWax). I think there is a little technique needed to set that up. If I remember right you have the cork inserted slig...
by Gary Schulte
August 4th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 2085

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Adam - Just to complete the trials and pricing I would contact CalWax as they are close to you in La Mirada. They do custom work as well. The Blended Waxes folks have more "pre-made" colors than the others but it sounds like custom color matching is not their strength.
by Gary Schulte
August 3rd, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 2085

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

Adam - Who have you tried? Surprisingly, there are not many wax producers worldwide but there are lots of resellers. I ordered waxes from CalWax & Blended Waxes for comparison on dipping and ease of pulling the cork. Both of them will do custom work. Not knowing how colors are made for waxes I could...
by Gary Schulte
August 2nd, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2141

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Recent article in Sevenfifty says that rosé is still climbing in sales .......... https://daily.sevenfifty.com/predicting ... rose-wine/ .
by Gary Schulte
August 1st, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 931

Re: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

For the few times that I have tried to blend chenin with other wines I have found that chenin blanc generally doesn't play well with others. Probably the reason behind very few blends commercially available with exception of the common NoCal CB-Viognier blend. I'm wondering if either chenin's parent...
by Gary Schulte
August 1st, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 931

Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

In early July the Loire and South African chenin blanc growers hosted the first "Chenin Blanc International Congress" in the Loire region. I'm glad to see this finally take place. Next one is in South Africa. My spouse wrote up a small blog post that describes the ampelographer's reveal of the cheni...
by Gary Schulte
July 25th, 2019, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4226

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

Thanks Todd for the response. I did come across this article from the Jordan Winery blog that shows two examples from the 2017 heat wave that hit Napa Sonoma ....... https://blog.jordanwinery.com/how-the-2017-california-heat-wave-affected-vineyards-sonoma-county-grape-harvest-update/ . What is inter...
by Gary Schulte
July 24th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4226

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

Is this really from sun and heat damage or some other underlying problem that heat exacerbated the real issue?
by Gary Schulte
June 30th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Replants
Replies: 19
Views: 1771

Re: Replants

Stewart - Glad to hear the success you had with the tall grafts. As I mentioned we only plant custom tall grafted plants. Not all nurseries are created equal when it comes to tall grafts and there are specific requirements when selecting and cleaning the trunk wood and conditions to growth them out ...
by Gary Schulte
June 15th, 2019, 3:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

Thomas is one of the best chardonnay winemakers around. I have not had any of his pinot noirs. My last check on Thomas was that he had his 3 terroir wines under his own name and was helping a new Ontario winery Domaine Queylus get started. Does he still have both of those projects going or did those...
by Gary Schulte
June 14th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 2413

Re: The future of Vietti

Thanks for sharing Scott. I was wondering what has changed at Vietti since the sale and for the most part it sounds favorable thus far. Hopefully that will continue.
by Gary Schulte
June 11th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 2138

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

With the other ingredients I would steer towards a rosé that has some acidity.
by Gary Schulte
June 6th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A huge victory for Ct wine consumers. SB-647 Shipping legaliized ! YES !
Replies: 11
Views: 868

Re: A huge victory for Ct wine consumers. SB-647 Shipping legaliized ! YES !

This one I have been following for a long time. In recent years it has been tried and failed because of the middle tier distribution lobbyists and to my surprise to some small extent the CT Farm Bureau Association(CFBA) who thought they were protecting state farm wineries. At an agriculture meeting ...
by Gary Schulte
June 6th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1450

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

Richard - Hopefully that front blows out to sea. After talking to vineyard colleagues in PA it's clear that quarantines are not successful. They seem to hitch hike on anything.....especially vehicles. My spouse and I are on the lookout and I have to keep pulling out tree of heaven saplings in the di...
by Gary Schulte
May 27th, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 531

Re: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole

Of the few times I've had Windward pinot noir I've always enjoyed it. I found it interesting that they found the Templeton wind gap a good match to keep the fruit from cooking in that warm/hot climate of Paso. Not far from there along the ridge between Atascadero and Cayucos is the pinot noir vineya...
by Gary Schulte
May 21st, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Champagne extra aging in cellar
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Champagne extra aging in cellar

Peter - Welcome. You might get more responses if you put this question in the Wine Talk subforum. The only difference would be if the champagne was stored for that long period on it's lees and not yet disgorged. Once disgorged it makes no difference if it was their location or yours for storage. The...
by Gary Schulte
May 3rd, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Cane Tying Tool
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Cane Tying Tool

Bill - Correct on the price. However in our case the time savings is where the value is. I will be interested to see how it holds up. As with all my tools I inspect and clean them after every use so I suspect this has a good chance to have longevity.
by Gary Schulte
May 2nd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for Flint Sparkling Magnum Glass
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Looking for Flint Sparkling Magnum Glass

Did you try Hauser Packaging ? They show a 1.5L flint called 'Champ Magnum'. Not sure they stock it but worth giving them a call if you have not already. Sometimes they have other offerings that does not show on their online catalog. Might be worth contacting Sparkling Pointe(Gilles Martin) and West...
by Gary Schulte
May 2nd, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Cane Tying Tool
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Cane Tying Tool

TR - It actually ties with your choice of 4 different coated wire materials. We chose the photo degradable wire that breaks down in ~8 months. You can select from 4 settings that does different number of twists which also allows you to get the cane tighter to the wire if you like. We also considered...
by Gary Schulte
May 1st, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Cane Tying Tool
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Cane Tying Tool

To those who cane prune and tie their vines I added the new Pellenc Fixion-2 to our tool kit this year. It takes a little getting use to but it is blazing fast. Will add another one next year as my spouse has adopted the one we bought this year. Lasts all day and then some with a full charge. I'm so...
by Gary Schulte
April 15th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Electric Pruners
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Electric Pruners

I'm finding it's way to easy to accidentally cut through 14ga wire......oops ! The 12.5ga wire just gets nicked.....still oops !
by Gary Schulte
April 15th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons
Replies: 7
Views: 1055

Re: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons

Benjamin - There are many "select" wines that are small fermentations.....1 barrel maybe 2 maybe 3. Quality and complexity are there. Too many false dogmas and preconceived notions passed on in both grape farming and winemaking. Keep doing your thing.
by Gary Schulte
March 27th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Electric Pruners
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Electric Pruners

After using the Infaco F3015 last season and we are half way through pruning this season I really like this pruning system. One battery charge lasts longer than I do so there are no issues losing juice. Since it's been on the chilly side I'm able to wear a Majestic Superdex glove underneath the cond...

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