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by Gary Schulte
September 19th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pet-Nat
Replies: 4
Views: 105

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: 105

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: 410
Views: 21956

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: 482

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: 3
Views: 184

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: 147
Views: 6355

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: 482

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: 147
Views: 6355

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: 482

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: 1447

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: 277

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: 1447

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: 1447

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: 1447

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: 2078

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: 902

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: 902

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: 4168

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: 4168

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: 1720

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: 521

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: 2391

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: 2110

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: 863

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: 16
Views: 1164

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: 515

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: 290

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: 360

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: 244

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: 360

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: 360

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: 963

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: 979

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: 963

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...
by Gary Schulte
March 19th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 795

Re: Wine chemistry question?

Mike - In simplest terms my guess is that your wine has a higher pH(3.0-3.5) and some residual sugar that cuts some of the acidity you might taste. The solubility of tartaric acid is a function of pH, concentration, and pairing ions. It's not the only acid found in wine.
by Gary Schulte
March 16th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores in Boston
Replies: 18
Views: 920

Re: Wine stores in Boston

This topic was discussed in the past year or so. Check old threads for this topic. As I recall there were many good suggestions.
by Gary Schulte
March 16th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Rotating clusters on the vine?
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: Rotating clusters on the vine?

Boy that's being pretty fussy about sun tanning the grapes. Not buying the importance of doing this. Are trying to drive down the overall acidity ?
by Gary Schulte
March 15th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 16
Views: 1164

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

Recent summary update to this pest ........... https://www.goodfruit.com/spotted-lanternfly-a-new-grape-threat/ . Just got back from the quarantined area in PA and most vineyard owners are keenly aware on what to look for. Eggs masses are burned off with propane torch and the nymphs and adults are s...
by Gary Schulte
March 13th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2391

Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Looks like Gary Vaynerchuk has a new wine business to hit our shelves sometime soon.....Empathy Wines

by Gary Schulte
March 4th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale
Replies: 22
Views: 918

Re: BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the new kale

My mother who used to steam the crap out of brussels sprouts until they were yellow green and my father who made me eat them until I gagged poisoned my interest in the mini cabbage. It wasn't until a friend grilled mini sprouts that they tasted awesome. There's a restaurant near us that does a kung ...
by Gary Schulte
March 4th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2172

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

I'm in the Paumanok chenin blanc "like" category. From year to year they make a very enjoyable chenin that is right priced and down right delicious. In some years their "Minimalist" bottling is definitely a cut above from their regular bottling. My sense is that some of the west coast chenin blancs ...
by Gary Schulte
March 3rd, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation
Replies: 74
Views: 5206

Re: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation

Anyone been to the tapas restaurant Pintxo Seattle?..........http://www.pintxoseattle.com . What did you think of their food and wine list?
by Gary Schulte
March 3rd, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Speaking of Saveur
Replies: 13
Views: 1161

Re: Speaking of Saveur

I hear you. We dropped it several years back. Sporadically an issue or two gets sent to us each year trying to lure us back in.
by Gary Schulte
March 2nd, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: C&P Breton Cab Francs - elegance over funk
Replies: 18
Views: 898

Re: C&P Breton Cab Francs - elegance over funk

A Bloomberg article yesterday gave a nice summary review of cabernet franc as a grape that is gaining in popularity...... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... and-beyond .
by Gary Schulte
March 1st, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1719

Re: Napa in Newport

Markus S wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Rhode Island is great in winter!
It's not so bad as the crowds are diminished. When I first saw that title I did think RI and not CA. It actually should read Napa in Dana Point.
by Gary Schulte
March 1st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 1896

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (1/28/2019) Day 1: Not as good as the last bottle. Saline, tangerine, minerals and really acidic. Almost Sauvignon Blanc like. Really tastes like a poorly made New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Will return this b...
by Gary Schulte
February 28th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 1896

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

Either of the Patrick Javillier bourgognes , Cuveé des Forgets and Cuveé Oligocene. Both are under $30. Also the Sauzet and Dominique Lafon bourgognes are often really good.
by Gary Schulte
February 26th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1754

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

Gabe - One thing to watch out for with refrigerators/freezers is the weight capacity of wherever you place the bottles whether it be the rack on the back wall or stacking them off the base. Just double check to see if there are weight capacity figures.
by Gary Schulte
February 26th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Retsina?
Replies: 15
Views: 586

Re: Retsina?

I would drink it when in Greece if nothing else refreshing is available, in fact I have drunk it there ... and also recently when on visit with a Greek violinist - and it was the only beverage available except mineral water ... (and I´m still alive ...) Not me. I'll take ouzo any day of the week ov...
by Gary Schulte
February 26th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1754

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

I have and do use the simplest Johnson Controls A19AAT-2C Freezer Temperature Controller for both refrigerator and freezer control between 35F and 65F. Currently I'm running 3 of these with the oldest being 5 years old now. It's simple but I would also suggest you place a thermometer or two inside t...

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