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by Gary Schulte
February 14th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 2630

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Pellenc sales rep mentioned to me that they could not get to their building in Santa Rosa yesterday. Sounds like heavy rains with waterways overflowing the banks and closing off roadways. Time to throw out the anchor in CA. For us on the east coast we are warmer than usual...........high 30s to low ...
by Gary Schulte
February 4th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1089

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

Pastichio and lettuce greens/avocado/walnut oil with a 2015 Roanoke Cabernet Franc(Long Island). The Roanoke is still tannic(% new oak?) but clearly will be a terrific wine after more time in the bottle or aeration. This has plenty of fruit to go the distance. Will try the remaining half bottle late...
by Gary Schulte
February 4th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 1526

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Brett - Take a peak at Tom's Wine Line blog as he is an Italian wine lover. .... https://ubriaco.wordpress.com . You will find some good information on the regions and wines he has tasted.
by Gary Schulte
January 20th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 2419

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

I find that Gewurztraminer is one of those very polarizing grapes where people either love it or immensely dislike it. It would not be a very good thing for a region to concentrate on only one grape variety. Alsace has many lovely wines worth seeking out.
by Gary Schulte
January 17th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--Ontario's (baby) Cheval Blanc?
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: TN--Ontario's (baby) Cheval Blanc?

Richard - Do you mean PE County? If so I was not aware that cabernet franc hit their sweet spot.
by Gary Schulte
January 17th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--Ontario's (baby) Cheval Blanc?
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: TN--Ontario's (baby) Cheval Blanc?

Hi Mike . I find this tasting note interesting as Gayle and I tasted that wine in early 2012 when it was still in stainless steel. At that time it had a delicate pinot noir like character that we loved. The following year when we visited François he had us taste it again from oak barrels. That tasti...
by Gary Schulte
January 17th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Starting New
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: Starting New

jmigliano5 - Welcome to the Board ! Lots of good suggestions already. It's great if you can find a local wine store that has an experienced wine buyer that can make recommendations but if that is not the case many of us do form relationships with distant stores as well. There is lots of very good wi...
by Gary Schulte
January 14th, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot & the synthetic closure. Where are they now?
Replies: 18
Views: 1350

Re: Ponsot & the synthetic closure. Where are they now?

Wonder if Ardeaseal wines require a good decant with time to come alive?
by Gary Schulte
January 10th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay in Forbes magazine (and elsewhere!)
Replies: 74
Views: 2628

Re: BerserkerDay in Forbes magazine

Terrific article Todd. Congrats !
by Gary Schulte
January 6th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 2630

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Great pictures Casey. I think the biomass picture shows how much material is cut away from the plant in cane pruning. It can be very slow going with older plants.
by Gary Schulte
December 31st, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: marchand tawse wine suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: marchand tawse wine suggestions

Same movie and Domaine Maume is part of Marchand Tawse since the 2011 vintage(?) . These are the first vineyards that Marchand has under his name thanks to Mr Tawse.
by Gary Schulte
December 29th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail is dead
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Re: Retail is dead

One of my local retailers does a nice job of bringing new premium wines consistently. If I'm interested in something particular I ask him if he can get it. I've done this so many times we finally agreed it was faster for him to give me one of his monthly distributor catalogs for me to check at my co...
by Gary Schulte
December 29th, 2018, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 29
Views: 633

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

My first thought was a gamay which could have a touch of fruitiness to play off any spicy flavors. Although it may be better for the Korean bbq meats.
by Gary Schulte
December 27th, 2018, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsace is dead at retail
Replies: 24
Views: 1345

Re: Alsace is dead at retail

It's very unfortunate that the Alsatian wines are poorly represented in wine stores. Because of the limited choices and underlying minimal education given for these wines I find in most cases the cause and effect is cyclical. Even though I would consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about wine I fi...
by Gary Schulte
December 26th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1395

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

Dinner was a beautiful Greek pastichio made by my very talented spouse. This is real comfort food when paired with a nice Greek salad(no lettuce) and unbuttered bread. To chase this all down we sipped an ouzo not found here yet but it is by far the best producer we have tried to date from ouzos purc...
by Gary Schulte
December 25th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 28660

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Stewart - Worth trying but my sense is the glove needs to be super close or touching the hand tool blade. Will trying when I pull it out Feb/Mar to start pruning again.
by Gary Schulte
December 24th, 2018, 5:17 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 28660

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

I would think that electric shears might level the playing field between the sexes. It's no small investment, at about $2000/rig, but I do think it starts making more sense to optimize labor efficiency as cost and scarcity gets more acute. I've got one older Infaco set that doesn't include the safe...
by Gary Schulte
December 24th, 2018, 4:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking to buy - Concrete Eggs / Fermenter
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Looking to buy - Concrete Eggs / Fermenter

Take a look at Nomblot ........ https://www.wine-tanks.com and Sonoma Cast Stone ...... https://www.concretewinetanks.com . Should have plenty of customers up and down the west coast that you can reach out to and get feedback.
by Gary Schulte
December 9th, 2018, 5:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Food porn
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Food porn

Kevin - What's that green stuff doing in there ?
by Gary Schulte
December 9th, 2018, 5:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1918

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

Agree with Scott that the 5 Guys buns are terrible and fall apart too easily. Our 5 Guys split out of town after a 5-6 year run. They could not complete with local restaurant burgers including a take out Greek family pizzeria which makes the best fries ever to go along with a great burger which you ...
by Gary Schulte
December 9th, 2018, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a Burgundy producer's pricing increases astronomically
Replies: 65
Views: 3287

Re: When a Burgundy producer's pricing increases astronomically

For many domaines the last several years have been challenging in terms of harvest yields at a time when demand for their wines has steadily increased..... Nice overview in Drinks Business ...... https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/08/how-the-evolving-economics-of-burgundy-wine-is-changing-how-th...
by Gary Schulte
December 8th, 2018, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two pretty good inexpensive wines
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: Two pretty good inexpensive wines

Sounds like a nice celebration Jim. Congratulations on another year. We do the same in trying to find nice buys under $20 for the everyday wines. Much easier for whites than reds but it still can be done. When in comes to 375ml wines I agree that I would like to see more available in stores and rest...
by Gary Schulte
December 7th, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1328

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

Have noticed this with older burgundies. For me late 1980s Philippe Leclerc wines stand out. Would place them on the counter upright for 1-2 days before opening and it helps but not completely clarifying. My experience with older Bordeaux is that the 2 day counter treatment makes everything settle a...
by Gary Schulte
November 30th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PORK BELLY Mao
Replies: 15
Views: 618

Re: PORK BELLY Mao

Wow ! Thank you for all the tips . I think I'm on the clock now to retry the recipe if I can find it.
by Gary Schulte
November 29th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PORK BELLY Mao
Replies: 15
Views: 618

Re: PORK BELLY Mao

Thank you Martin. I will certainly try it. Last year we purchased a pork belly with skin on from a local farm to make a Chinese dish my spouse suggested I try. After poking the heck out of the skin and putting on a sweet rub for 48 hrs I did a slow cook in the oven with the last step to turn up the ...
by Gary Schulte
November 27th, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PORK BELLY Mao
Replies: 15
Views: 618

Re: PORK BELLY Mao

Martin - Thanks for sharing this. What happens to the skin? Does it soften enough in the process so that it's not chewy?
by Gary Schulte
November 23rd, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4921

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Cheers to you Frank for supporting Laura's House again this year. We had a few couples over for Thanksgiving dinner. The theme for this dinner was to have very nice wines from Paumanok from start to finish(Bubbly, Chardonnay, Assemblage, and late harvest Sauvignon Blanc). I decided to add a 1994 Dom...
by Gary Schulte
November 18th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 28660

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey - The deer seem to be super healthy this year and they have moved back in to the forest around our vineyard. Saw another good size buck today on the west side of the vineyard. We were in a stare down for 30 seconds at no more than 50 ft. Our hunter's daughter is coming home for holiday break f...
by Gary Schulte
November 18th, 2018, 6:59 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 28660

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey always has terrific hunting trips and pics. We are in post harvest mode in the vineyard and a good friend hunts our property. Yesterday while working the vineyard(stowing nets) a shot rang out in the woods. One of our grape eaters bit the dust...see pic. This is perfect timing for the holidays...
by Gary Schulte
November 16th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystic Connecticut Wine Country
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: Mystic Connecticut Wine Country

I haven’t been to many (see other people’s comments above on why) but I did like Saltwater Farms. The wines are very Burgundian. Your just not going to find anything of incredibly high quality in Connecticut but I was pleasantly surprised by this place. Very good to hear this, Matthew. Saltwater Fa...
by Gary Schulte
November 16th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystic Connecticut Wine Country
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: Mystic Connecticut Wine Country

Anyone tasted anything from these wineries? We are going down for a wedding and overnight stay this weekend and might take a look. Thanks for any suggestions. [cheers.gif] Jim - I live in the area and would certainly recommend Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington .... http://www.jedwardswine...
by Gary Schulte
November 15th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chest freezer experiment begins.
Replies: 32
Views: 3078

Re: Chest freezer experiment begins.

Just in case others view this thread in the future. I have three relatively new Frigidaire chest freezers(3 & 4 yrs) outfitted with Johnson Controls A19AAT-2C controllers. Inside I have analog and digital thermometers to make sure where to set the JC controller. My use is more for temporary wine sto...
by Gary Schulte
November 15th, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER
Replies: 150
Views: 5310

Re: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER

First pinot noir aha moment was a mid-1970s Robert Mondavi estate pinot noir that I had in 1983. Boy did they make some nice pinot noirs back then. The second aha was probably a later 1990s St. Innocent Seven Springs Vyd pinot noir that I aged for ~8 years from release purchase. Both of these wines ...
by Gary Schulte
November 6th, 2018, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 1837

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

If you've ever casually noticed average people (not wine geeks) buying you see they drift to the heavy bottle with odd shapes...equate to high quality (in their buying mind). Bingo ! Right on the money. There is so much market research pointing to the wine consumer going for weight and unique bottl...
by Gary Schulte
November 5th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: America's Best Merlot
Replies: 123
Views: 5570

Re: America's Best Merlot

There has been, and I suspect there still are, some pretty nicely made Long Island merlots that are complex and balanced with their alcohol. In my wine storage there are some 1997 Palmer Vineyards Estate Merlots still perking along. Last time I had this wine a few years back it was still nearing it'...
by Gary Schulte
November 2nd, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winery Insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 1353

Re: Winery Insurance

Just cycling back to this topic since I'm looking again. The Nationwide Ins. we have cannot get their underwriter to cover wind damage for farm/winery buildings in my area. My agent and I were very surprised so I'm out looking ahead to make a change in early 2019.
by Gary Schulte
October 24th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 853

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

King Family & Veritas
by Gary Schulte
October 23rd, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

by Gary Schulte
October 23rd, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Masters Film Series
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Wine Masters Film Series

Had not seen this mentioned before but during a couple of days of R & R and tired of regular tv programming I came across the Wine Masters Series on French wine regions on Fire TV ............ https://incrediblefilm.com/en/news/worldwide-launch-new-documentary-series-wine-masters/ . They hit on all ...
by Gary Schulte
October 15th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

Yes and may be considered "the" bad thing. It's centered in eastern PA. Last year's PA quarantine did not prevent the spread as it's been detected in surrounding states including DE, NY, MD, NJ & VA. Not all counties are affected in those states where it's been detected. Tree of Heaven is the favore...
by Gary Schulte
October 13th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home Wine Cellar Architect/Contractor
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: Home Wine Cellar Architect/Contractor

Tom - Try the Houzz website and search for wine cellar photos and select Boston area. That will give you links to installers for your area and in many cases reviews.
by Gary Schulte
September 24th, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 12
Views: 543

Re: Disappointing Huet

Jim - I did indeed try it the following day and the oxidation progressed to where on day 3 it was undrinkable. Will try the 2010 Le Mont and Haut Lieu next to see where they are at. Clos du Bourg has always been my favorite Huet for depth of complexity. That being the case some years the RS is sligh...
by Gary Schulte
September 23rd, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 12
Views: 543

Disappointing Huet

A couple of nights back I opened a 2010 Huet Clos du Bourg sec. Purchased several at release and early openings years back were spot on delicious. After opening and pouring it was clearly more yellow than it should be. Had slight sherry notes on the nose and in the mouth it was showing oxidation. Sp...
by Gary Schulte
September 15th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard
Replies: 35
Views: 1678

Re: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard

There is something not quite right. From what I see is that this vineyard had side bird netting. If that was in place it takes some serious effort to quickly get the nets up and out of the way before you pick. As mentioned I did see that the property has been up for sale. Is it possible that this is...
by Gary Schulte
August 27th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Harvest Initiated Aug 20, 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1092

Re: Harvest Initiated Aug 20, 2018

All looks good ! I'm sure Juan is there as your wingman.
by Gary Schulte
August 21st, 2018, 5:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite coffee roasters? (companies that roast, not equipment)
Replies: 121
Views: 5920

Re: Favorite coffee roasters? (companies that roast, not equipment)

Missed Peet's Brazil Minas Naturais being in the supermarket so went back to ordering it from Peet's directly. Also purchased and liked Yosemite Dos Sierras Organic as we like the nutty-chocolate flavors. The light citrus acidic bean types don't float our boat.
by Gary Schulte
August 6th, 2018, 3:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poolside “glassware”
Replies: 14
Views: 547

Poolside “glassware”

Anton's recent thread on Steely's insulated stainless tumblers seems to be the ticket for outdoor use.
by Gary Schulte
August 5th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sparkling wine fault
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Sparkling wine fault

Brian - What i did for the first time as a quickie experiment is I moved a 2-3 brix chenin blanc wine into champagne bottles to allow the fermentation to complete under crown cap. If I recall correctly that leaves me under 4 atmospheres for a bottle that can handle >8atm. This method produced nice f...
by Gary Schulte
August 5th, 2018, 5:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sparkling wine fault
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Sparkling wine fault

Could it be a miscalculation on sugar levels and still be under the bar pressure limit of the bottle after refermentation?
by Gary Schulte
July 9th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Under row weed management
Replies: 35
Views: 5573

Under row weed management

With a full canopy one thing I would change would be to have the weeder up front where I can see it. At the moment narrow rows with canopy tends to fill my mirrors so I cannot see the weeder in action to make minor adjustments.

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