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by John Oglesby
February 9th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Oh- and if you want your harvest to be sane - stay away from places that promote their production as being mainly off their estate vineyard. You'll get slammed with a tsunami of fruit. Estate Vineyard blocks essentially ripen within 2 weeks if each other. Good idea to look for a place with spread ou...
by John Oglesby
February 9th, 2019, 5:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Hi everyone, I'm still pretty new to this forum having been away from the online wine community for some years, but I know a lot of people here have been or are involved in the vineyard-to-bottle process so I'm hoping I can tap into some of your insights. I'm 30, trained as a geologist, but looking...
by John Oglesby
January 27th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Hanna Wine Titrator
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: Hanna Wine Titrator

How many lots do you have? I'm not a fan of Hanna, and agree with the above that they're a pita to keep calibrated and will nickel & dime you. They also just look like toys. You're better off doing A/O for FS and manual TA's. The all in one Hanna FS/pH/TA/YAN unit I believe is based off the ripper m...
by John Oglesby
May 21st, 2018, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dissolved CO2 in Austrian & Other White Wines??
Replies: 38
Views: 625

Dissolved CO2 in Austrian & Other White Wines??

Metallic feel on the palate is what I can nest describe high levels of DCO2. It's also a huge pain in the add to get your fill levels right on a bottling line when you're running over 1 g/L. ;)
by John Oglesby
May 21st, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dissolved CO2 in Austrian & Other White Wines??
Replies: 38
Views: 625

Dissolved CO2 in Austrian & Other White Wines??

DCO2 in wines bottles within a year after fermentation tend to hover around 1200-1400 mg/L (that's without racking - so your whites and Pinots). That's just natural. I've worked for wineries of all sizes, and it's very rare for a small winery to mess around with their DCO2. That's primarily a big bo...
by John Oglesby
March 21st, 2017, 12:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prep for first harvest internship
Replies: 24
Views: 2699

Prep for first harvest internship

spending your first day off of harvest doing laundry is not the way to spend your first day off of harvest. :)
by John Oglesby
March 20th, 2017, 9:11 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prep for first harvest internship
Replies: 24
Views: 2699

Prep for first harvest internship

go to your nearest Target / Walmart / Costco and buy 60 pairs of socks, underwear, and t-shirts (not white).

You don't have to worry about anything after that.
by John Oglesby
March 13th, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Clarifying Whites
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Clarifying Whites

Ed - that's exactly opposite method of what I've always done! Bentonite first - then 24 hours later isinglass.
by John Oglesby
January 27th, 2017, 6:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Weinbau Paetra -Willamette Valley, Oregon RIESLING!
Replies: 35
Views: 2053

Weinbau Paetra -Willamette Valley, Oregon RIESLING!

is the BD#1 no longer available? I can't find that offer on the website.
by John Oglesby
January 27th, 2017, 11:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Library Love from VIRAGE NAPA VALLEY! 1-click bundles and... Dry Rosé!
Replies: 31
Views: 2058

Library Love from VIRAGE NAPA VALLEY! 1-click bundles and... Dry Rosé!

I have to chime in that I am a fan of the wines from Virage. The Rose is rather magnificent and in my top 5 Rose's made in California. The right bank blend is also a stellar and well made wine year in / year out. It's one you can drink now or sit on for 15 years.
by John Oglesby
August 22nd, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NAPA Wine Proposal... HELP!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 987

NAPA Wine Proposal... HELP!!!

I'd personally skip over Napa and Sonoma. What you're looking for is all over the Mendocino Coast.
by John Oglesby
August 12th, 2016, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco wine bar
Replies: 16
Views: 1281

San Fran wine bar

Bouche on Bush has a very fun French wine selection. I really enjoyed it, had half the list and about 1/2 the food menu amongst friends. I would definitely go back.
by John Oglesby
July 26th, 2016, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this Napa itinerary
Replies: 17
Views: 1149

Thoughts on this Napa itinerary

The sandwiches at either Vallergas or Browns Valley Market are far better than Oakville. If you have cash and are upvalley then you must hit up Giugni's in St Helena for your sandwich fix. Winery wise - maybe make at least 1 day not about tasting? Perhaps the last day and just relax and not have to ...
by John Oglesby
July 26th, 2016, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this Napa itinerary
Replies: 17
Views: 1149

Thoughts on this Napa itinerary

I'd swap out Chandon with Mumm and cut it down to 3 at most per day. The amount of traffic is going to drive you crazy. End a day of tasting at Mumm. I'd use the first day and spend it in Carneros. Domaine Carneros is one of the most immaculate centers in the valley. Etude and Bouchaine to round it ...
by John Oglesby
June 18th, 2016, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't buy the 1 litre, you get burned.
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Don't buy the 1 litre, you get burned.

That's a gold lined platinum case, mind you.
by John Oglesby
June 16th, 2016, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant Pet Peeves
Replies: 31
Views: 1242

Restaurant Pet Peeves

Call ahead - but I've decanted at home and then rebottled with a t-cork when I bring a bottle to a restaurant.

That may be just a Napa thing.... I know SF is rather stodgy when it comes to corkage in comparison.
by John Oglesby
June 9th, 2016, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Napa Mountain Cabs? + introduction
Replies: 38
Views: 2359

Accessible Napa Mountain Cabs? + introduction

2011 was fantastic up in the hills. They're off the floor and saw a bit more sun than the valley. You should be able to find those for a song on the aftermarket/ auction. Second Neal. Great wine at $50... though thats tjeir Napa Valley blend and not Howell Mountain. You're already tuned into Smith M...
by John Oglesby
June 6th, 2016, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a $30 California Cabernet
Replies: 52
Views: 3234

Recommendations for a $30 California Cabernet

Under $30, how many wines from California are actually "real"? Versus how many are just marketing campaigns which slapped a label on some juice that was drawn out of an industrial tank farm [or even farms plural?] on the order of millions of gallons at a time? Be that as it may - they still have to...
by John Oglesby
June 5th, 2016, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a $30 California Cabernet
Replies: 52
Views: 3234

Recommendations for a $30 California Cabernet

Sequoia Grove Napa Valley is in that 30-35 range.
by John Oglesby
May 21st, 2016, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andy Beckstioffer Betting Big on Lake County
Replies: 27
Views: 1995

Andy Beckstioffer Betting Big on Lake County

Just discovered this weekend is Lake County's Open House if anyone is in the area.
by John Oglesby
May 20th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andy Beckstioffer Betting Big on Lake County
Replies: 27
Views: 1995

Andy Beckstioffer Betting Big on Lake County

I second Gregory Graham. Nice wines and good people.

Shannon Ridge is another one I would recommend to those looking to explore Lake County.
by John Oglesby
May 7th, 2016, 12:54 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Destemming Whites before Pressing
Replies: 13
Views: 1937

Destemming Whites before Pressing

I've only pressed destemmed whites once in 2011 as we de destemmed for potential rot. Went through a ton of rice hulls that year! I know a few houses in Burgundy destem all their chard. I didn't experience anything oxidation wise that made me concerned. You can throw dry ice in the press pan if you ...
by John Oglesby
April 29th, 2016, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?
Replies: 62
Views: 2823

Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?

I'm pretty sure Porter Creek's Carignane is from an old vine vineyard somewhere in the Ukiah Valley area.
by John Oglesby
April 27th, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Lesh's Wine Cellar
Replies: 26
Views: 2215

Phil Lesh's Wine Cellar

I'm incredibly curious as to what would have been in Pigpen's cellar.
by John Oglesby
April 27th, 2016, 5:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 461
Views: 35654

The Cocktail Thread

The Veaux Carre might end up being the last cocktail I'll ever need. 3/4 oz. rye whiskey 3/4 oz. Cognac 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth 1 barspoon Bénédictine 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 2 dashes Angostura bitters Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer Glass: Old Fashioned Garnish: cherry I personally don't...
by John Oglesby
April 23rd, 2016, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chron Article: The Cult of Cab
Replies: 61
Views: 5074

SF Chron Article: The Cult of Cab

Do you classify the benchlands as valley floor? They're certainly not mountains... nor are they exactly hilly. Their soil is a little different, their nutrients are a little different, and they have more shade than those in between 29 and the Trail... but elevation wise there's very little differenc...
by John Oglesby
April 22nd, 2016, 5:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Young Frankenstein Burger???
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Young Frankenstein Burger???

I'd also present it to someone and pronounce it "Ham-bur-jay".
by John Oglesby
April 22nd, 2016, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 413
Views: 80554

Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

For Sonoma Square dining - has anyone been to Harvest Moon Cafe lately? I've always loved the place... but it's been forever since I've been there.
by John Oglesby
April 22nd, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Young Frankenstein Burger???
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Young Frankenstein Burger???

top it with sauteed calves brains.
by John Oglesby
April 21st, 2016, 7:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.
Replies: 35
Views: 1498

Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.

This thread reminds me of about the time one of the country clubs here requested an Opus One reduction sauce.... so the kitchen reduces down a whole case of Opus for a freaking sauce. Seems like you could have reduced 11 bottles of something else then added one bottle of O1... Fancy Folks have craz...
by John Oglesby
April 20th, 2016, 5:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Who bottles & foils their own? How fast? What is the bottle neck?
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Who bottles & foils their own? How fast? What is the bottle neck?

have you readjusted your spinners or tried a 55mm?
by John Oglesby
April 20th, 2016, 5:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.
Replies: 35
Views: 1498

Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.

This thread reminds me of about the time one of the country clubs here requested an Opus One reduction sauce.... so the kitchen reduces down a whole case of Opus for a freaking sauce.
by John Oglesby
April 20th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.
Replies: 35
Views: 1498

Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.

I mainly use leftover wine or wine that I'm going to drink - or wine that I'm going to drink while I'm cooking.

In restaurants I either used stale wine from the BTG or jug/box wine. It doesn't make a bit of difference.
by John Oglesby
April 19th, 2016, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Menus
Replies: 33
Views: 1515

Menus

That actually doesn't make any sense from a restaurant standpoint. The whole goal is to flip that table to get another tab in. Dilly-dallying is a huge bane and a waste of precious dining space during peak hours that could be better used to get another rez in that seat to make an extra $100 during h...
by John Oglesby
April 8th, 2016, 12:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Keeping barrels warm
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Keeping barrels warm

I've used an aquarium heater in the past. The simplicity and efficiency in applying the heat directly where it needs to be is appealing to me. Evan's warnings over tarps/tent material and space heaters is terrifying. what's your hurry? How do you avoid VA otherwise? Cold temps, topped barrels, and ...
by John Oglesby
April 7th, 2016, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Racking Style
Replies: 19
Views: 935

Racking Style

If I was building a cellar, I'd stick with 2 deep. Since I live in California, I'd also invest in a cross bar for any future earthquakes.
by John Oglesby
April 6th, 2016, 6:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Conversion Rates for whites fermented in barrel
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Conversion Rates for whites fermented in barrel

I'd imagine ETS uses a refrac for brix. Hydrometry with a lab of that volume would create a bottleneck production wise. 0.62 is what I find to be the norm for conversions across both barrel fermented whites and tank fermented reds. Whether it's the absorption of the blown off EtOH back into the juic...
by John Oglesby
April 6th, 2016, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled Dry
Replies: 6
Views: 201

TN: 2000 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled Dry

I'm a big fan boy of Navarro. Their Gewurztraminer ages incredibly well and I'm still sipping on 1/4 a case of their 2001 Mendocino Pinot Noir ($15 retail).
by John Oglesby
April 1st, 2016, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 weeks in Napa
Replies: 31
Views: 2113

4 weeks in Napa

David J wrote:Besides stony hill and fishers mountain estate Chardonnay, any places that make non-buttery Chardonnays that anyone would recommend?
Etude is no ML and neutral oak fermented. Their Heirloom Chard has a kiss of new oak (20%ish) and completely native yeast ferment.
by John Oglesby
March 31st, 2016, 7:20 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Keeping barrels warm
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Keeping barrels warm

This may come as shocking to some - but loosen your bungs if you take your bbls outside. You're not going to be out there babysitting them when they pop off due to expansion so give them some wiggle room before you leave them be. A "warm room" is ideal - and you can makeshift one with 2 walls of bin...
by John Oglesby
March 29th, 2016, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 weeks in Napa
Replies: 31
Views: 2113

4 weeks in Napa

Might as well spend a day in Dry Creek and hit up Ridge, Rafanelli, Mauritson, Sbragia and Unti for your non Cab based wines. End the day with an al fresco dining adventure in Healdsburg. You can do anything/go anywhere you want with 4 weeks. I'd recommend spending a few days out in the Mendocino Co...
by John Oglesby
March 24th, 2016, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa/Sonoma Trip---Help Picking Wineries
Replies: 39
Views: 2093

Napa/Sonoma Trip---Help Picking Wineries

Dutton Goldfield is making some phenomenal wines. A must, in my opinion.
by John Oglesby
March 23rd, 2016, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Trip Logistics
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Napa Trip Logistics

a 9:30 am tasting at Montelena? From SF? That's a long day.

At 9:30 am you won't have as much traffic to deal with.
by John Oglesby
March 23rd, 2016, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Trip Logistics
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Napa Trip Logistics

You end your day at Mumm. I also think they stay open the latest (or one of the latest). I'd probably hit up 29 to crack into Corison then go up to Montelena from there. On your return to Napa take the Trail and you'll hit up ZD with Mumm right next door to wrap it up. Napa to Calistoga is about 45 ...
by John Oglesby
March 23rd, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Napa Opinions
Replies: 30
Views: 2217

2014 Napa Opinions

2012 is/was a combination of 2005's bumper crop + 2007's opulence. 2013 is like 2001 on steroids with the increasement in pushing the boundaries in ripeness and acidity.. so more like 2002. 2014 is in the middle. 2015 harvest reminded me of 2008 and 2004. I personally love 2011. Especially ones with...
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2016, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where else does TCA appear?
Replies: 48
Views: 1617

Where else does TCA appear?

Found a barrel last year with a TCA infected chestnut hoop.
was that tested? I'd want analytical data as proof to get my money back. ;)
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where else does TCA appear?
Replies: 48
Views: 1617

Where else does TCA appear?

There are a lot of halophenols present in the environment either directly through halogenated pesticides, particularly but not exclusively where wood is being treated, or fire-retardants or e.g. produced from the use of bleach in contact with phenolic compounds like wood - or cork. This wide variet...
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2016, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where else does TCA appear?
Replies: 48
Views: 1617

Where else does TCA appear?

most city/treated water is corked for my schnozz.

It's so off putting I have to order bottled.
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can you decode the markings on this barrel?
Replies: 6
Views: 2002

Can you decode the markings on this barrel?

I'm going with...

SM - Seguin Moreau (Some wineries code their bbls with cooperage names to help figure out what they're putting in a lot)
90 - 1990
112 - BBL #112

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