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by Gary Schulte
April 15th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Electric Pruners
Replies: 5
Views: 719

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: 4
Views: 243

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: 719

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: 673

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: 737

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: 7
Views: 224

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: 5
Views: 502

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: 2099

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: 693

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: 1825

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: 4632

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: 4
Views: 381

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: 771

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: 1506

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: 1586

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: 1586

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: 1565

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: 481

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: 1565

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...
by Gary Schulte
February 23rd, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1696

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Auxerrois and chenin blanc. Both produce very versatile still and sparkling wines. Good examples of both are underrepresented in North American wineries. Really like Bel Lago's(MI) auxerrois and Paumanok's(LI-NY) chenin blanc.
by Gary Schulte
February 14th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 139
Views: 6508

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: 1190

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: 1711

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: 2483

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: 556

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: 556

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: 1199

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: 1388

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: 2775

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: 139
Views: 6508

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: 323

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: 1110

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: 660

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: 1377

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: 1435

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: 30311

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: 30311

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: 492

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: 208

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: 1988

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: 3508

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: 379

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: 1359

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: 712

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: 712

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: 712

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: 5346

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: 30311

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: 30311

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: 439

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...

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