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by Matt Wood
September 19th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

haha it can be hard from 30 miles away. I never would have known about that vineyard if I hadn't been there. I had no idea it had a name or went into commercial wines until I saw your post and started to read about it.
by Matt Wood
September 19th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Hey Drew, This vineyard is still there, You can see it next to the house on the left hand side and then it wraps around the back. I got some grapes from there this year during the morning of the crazy lightning storms. In 2016 I got some Zin from here also. It's a bit more inland than a lot of the o...
by Matt Wood
September 14th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29445

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Many of you might be aware of this, I just received it from the home winemaking club I'm a member of, hopefully it can help someone, I wish the best for all the growers and wineries out there: Dear All: The UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology would like to provide as much useful informati...
by Matt Wood
August 21st, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AlderYarrow: Unsung Urban Wine Hero
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: AlderYarrow: Unsung Urban Wine Hero

Congratulations Ken, that's awesome.
by Matt Wood
August 13th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Nice choice Adam. Harvest is always early out there but seems extra early this year. I've heard it's because there isn't the frost pressure that other areas get because it's so close to the bay/river that bud break and everything start early. I enjoy picking that vineyard when I can for home winemak...
by Matt Wood
August 13th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Adam Frisch wrote:
August 12th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Just signed to take some fruit from Sandy Lane, so it's not sold or gone yet. 130 year old vines.
That's great Adam. What are you picking from there? Those are real cool old vines.
by Matt Wood
July 19th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for Tony Coturri?
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Any love for Tony Coturri?

Similar experiences to others. They can be great when they are on but a bit inconsistent. You have to give him credit for sticking to his guns all those years. He stole the show in a documentary about natural wine I worked on a few years ago. I'd 2nd what Ken said about more recent bottles and the C...
by Matt Wood
July 17th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2628

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

I'd 2nd all the suggestions Nate had earlier, Haarmeyer has multiple Zins in the 11-13 range, Broc is reliable year to year and the Zin that La Clarine made this year has been great. Dashe has been doing the light Zin longer than most.
by Matt Wood
June 3rd, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $25 Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1700

Re: Sub $25 Zinfandel

Haarmeyer makes a couple different ones in a lighter fresher style.
by Matt Wood
May 8th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Thanks Ken, I'll have to check Côte West out, I haven't tried any of their wines yet.
by Matt Wood
March 11th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

It's sad to see the Sandy lane vineyard for sale Drew, thanks for pointing it out. I've gotten grapes from there a couple times, I think there are photos posted upthread of picks I've done from there. I hate to see the land sold but I also understand the economics and when a vineyard that size is be...
by Matt Wood
January 2nd, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, December 2019 – Part 1: La Clarine Farm, Cedarville, Scott Harvey, and more
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, December 2019 – Part 1: La Clarine Farm, Cedarville, Scott Harvey, and more

Great write up Ken. La Clarine is one of my favorites and the couple Cedarville and Vino Noceto bottles I’ve tried have been impressive as well.
by Matt Wood
December 1st, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds
Replies: 9
Views: 863

Re: Very good new article on Steve Edmunds

Thanks Ken that is a great article.
by Matt Wood
November 13th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 50
Views: 3062

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Edmunds St John Bone Jolly is always nice
by Matt Wood
November 8th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Haarmeyer Cellars Mataro, El Dorado County
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: TN: 2016 Haarmeyer Cellars Mataro, El Dorado County

the lighter style of zin and Nebbiolo Craig is making are wonderful too.
by Matt Wood
November 6th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: HarborWnry Oloroso Solera NV...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: TN: HarborWnry Oloroso Solera NV...(short/boring)

I have 1 of these and 1 each of the Criadera and Mission Del Sol hanging around still. It's hard to find what feels like the right occasion to open one with the idiosyncrasy and age and alcohol content of the wine.
by Matt Wood
November 4th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1975 Harbor Winery Zinfandel, Deaver Vineyard (Paging Tom Hill and Ken Zinns)
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: TN: 1975 Harbor Winery Zinfandel, Deaver Vineyard (Paging Tom Hill and Ken Zinns)

I’m glad to hear other bottles are showing as well as ours was. Fun to know that Zin from that era is still holding up and even drinking great! That was a fun night with that bottle.
by Matt Wood
October 9th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento

Thanks for the article Larry. I love that store. It's tough to get out of there without grabbing a bunch of stuff you've never heard of that looks delicious. The produce section isn't much but so many different pastas, tinned fish, wines and everything else you can think of make up for it.
by Matt Wood
October 9th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Thanks Drew, that’s the official name for Toms vineyard. There’s not many white grape vineyards in that area.
by Matt Wood
October 8th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I think the Zumo Verdelho comes from Tom Morgans vineyard in Knightsen that has Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris and a small amount of Pinot Noir. I've gotten small amounts of fruit from him almost every year I've made wine, super nice guy. I really like the Verdelho from there. The SB and P...
by Matt Wood
September 25th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Iruai Wines??
Replies: 3
Views: 432

Re: Iruai Wines??

I think he’s making some great wines both the Methode Sauvage and Iruai. I usually get a freshness, juiciness and herbal quality in them. As far as I know they are still in Richmond.
by Matt Wood
September 23rd, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Thanks Ken. That looks like an interesting vineyard. So different than the Antioch/Oakley/Brentwood part of the county! I'll have to check out one of their wines.
by Matt Wood
September 22nd, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Some photos of a pick I did in Oakley today. 120 year old vines in the sand. Mostly Carignan, some Mataro, some Zin. Wonderful looking fruit. 23 brix after soaking all day, perfect for me, it made me so happy. Thanks to Drew for keeping the CC thread alive. On a less happy note it seems like more of...
by Matt Wood
August 24th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 3168

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

FWIW I did open one of these tonight and it was consistent with my previous bottles, plum, orange rind, barely ripe strawberry, earth, bright acid. That's not meant to contradict or challenge John's experience, we all have bad bottles. Mostly my curiosity getting the best of me and wanting to open o...
by Matt Wood
August 22nd, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 3168

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I drink a decent amount of La Clarine and have only had 1 faulty bottle that I can remember. I’ve had this wine probably 6 times and my experience has been closer to Alfert’s than John’s. I still have a couple, I’ll open one soon and report back. I thought that wine had 15 or 20 ppm of sulfur like m...
by Matt Wood
August 8th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 12
Views: 1439

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

Thanks for organizing it all and making it happen Ken. It was lots of fun and I learned a ton. I’m glad the Harbor drank well, it was as good as I hoped it would be but I had my doubts about it still being alive. Having that wide range of wines was wonderful, so much variety.
by Matt Wood
July 7th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Self-Disgorgement?
Replies: 21
Views: 1171

Re: Self-Disgorgement?

The early Donkey and Goat Pet Nats we're always undisgorged and they would give you a piece of that little cardboard tube when you bought a bottle to store it upside down. The pressure keeps any water from getting into the wine when you do it underwater. Any bottle opener works fine. I think you sti...
by Matt Wood
May 28th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Nice photos Ken. A great vineyard. I have a Harbor Deaver Zinfandel 1975 that I really want to open Wow, that would be a cool wine to taste! Charles Myers, who founded Harbor Winery in West Sacramento, played a significant role in putting Deaver Vineyard (and Amador County winegrapes in general) on...
by Matt Wood
May 27th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Nice photos Ken. A great vineyard. I have a Harbor Deaver Zinfandel 1975 that I really want to open
by Matt Wood
April 13th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...

I have about a case left of random Harbor wines and this post enticed me to open one of the '89 Semillon. Bright golden color, waxy, tea, guava, apple, oak that tastes like corn chips. It's old but hanging on, I think my previous bottle was a little better but this was better than the bottle before ...
by Matt Wood
January 31st, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 14031

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Also a Millennial on the older side of the cutoff. I tend to drink in the $25-35 range with the majority being "natural" wines from CA. I'm completely happy in that range and find that's what I want to drink. Usually I buy deep and multiple bottles from a relatively small amount of wineries and 1 of...
by Matt Wood
November 8th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven
Replies: 13
Views: 1649

Re: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven

yup Corti in Sacramento
by Matt Wood
September 9th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Hey Drew, I did go through him yes, I end up getting some grapes through him about every year. This vineyard kinda has sections with Petite and Mataro and Zin and the Carignane is randomly interplanted in those blocks. I was going mostly for Carignane and Mataro but I knw I grabbed some Petite also,...
by Matt Wood
September 9th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Some new photos for you Drew. I got some Carignane, Mataro and Petite Sirah today Old vine in Oakley. Not the best photos, I was trying to go quick, some hot days out there lately.
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by Matt Wood
August 26th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven
Replies: 13
Views: 1649

Re: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven

Corti still has the '99 cab for sale -$40 or 45 I think.
by Matt Wood
August 25th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I guess this is the best place to put this -On my way back from picking some grapes in the Oakley area this morning I passed a big rig loaded with Bedrock macro bins coming back on Highway 4. Did you join the pick with Cal Wine Broker? What varieties did you end up picking, and how was the overall ...
by Matt Wood
August 25th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I guess this is the best place to put this -On my way back from picking some grapes in the Oakley area this morning I passed a big rig loaded with Bedrock macro bins coming back on Highway 4.
by Matt Wood
May 11th, 2018, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haarmeyer Wines
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Haarmeyer Wines

I've been happy with the wines as well, They are really the type of wines I find myself wanting to drink these days. Haven't tried the Calaveras Zin yet but have a couple and was thinking of opening 1 tomorrow. The Chenins, Syrah and Mataro have all been balanced, bright wines.
by Matt Wood
April 10th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Whole Lamb Butchery
Replies: 15
Views: 600

Whole Lamb Butchery

I'm 5 minutes away also and am happy to have Fifth Quarter in the neighborhood. I took a similar pig butchery class at 4505 in SF a few years ago.
by Matt Wood
April 7th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Viano Vineyards is on Vine Hill in Martinez. Those vineyards have been there for about 130 years I think.
by Matt Wood
March 7th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 255
Views: 14023

Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Sure thing Drew. I think there were many other families with stories similar to mine. I was too young to know the nuts and bolts but that story is what I picked up from my parents and grandparents and all the other old timers that my grandparents knew.
by Matt Wood
February 24th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage
Replies: 255
Views: 14023

Santa Clara & San Benito Wine Heritage

Thanks for posting these Drew. I'll have to look through them. My family ranched in San Jose since the early part of the 1900's, First in the (what is now) King and Story road area and then later in the south San Jose area. (About where "Southern Pacific" is in the "Edenvale" area on your post 63 ma...
by Matt Wood
February 23rd, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What quality red wines see zero oak?
Replies: 89
Views: 3464

What quality red wines see zero oak?

A decent amount of La Clarine wines are flextank aged. Wonderful, expressive wines and some of my favorites.
by Matt Wood
January 31st, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Drew, I was watching some news on TV yesterday and saw a story about a proposed Islamic Community Center in Oakley. The reporter was standing in front of the site and there were lots of old vines behind her - I figured if anyone here would know that vineyard, it would be you. It's at the northwest ...
by Matt Wood
January 21st, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar disaster. Need advice
Replies: 24
Views: 2063

Cellar disaster. Need advice

An ozone machine works well to get the smell of smoke out of a room.
by Matt Wood
January 14th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 344
Views: 22405

What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Hey Drew, I thought I would add this label pic for another data point for you in your Contra Costa Mouvedre/Mataro search. This was a couple years past its prime and I thought it might be completely dead for the first hour. Then it opened up and blew off its funk and became a nice drinking wine. I t...
by Matt Wood
October 19th, 2017, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 94379

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Its been suggested to me that you plastic wrap or remove anything that has a circuit board also before using an ozone machine in a room.
by Matt Wood
September 15th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "You're in to wine?.... I make my own.. want to try it?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1889

"You're in to wine?.... I make my own.. want to try it?"

I make wine at home also. I buy good grapes, treat them well and usually end up with something that is pretty good. It seems like a very human interaction that someone wants to share with you something they made that they think you will enjoy. Have you never shared a homemade meal with someone else?...
by Matt Wood
September 3rd, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25716

Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I'm just a home guy Drew. The same vineyard has Old Vine Zin in a separate block. There were some raisins on the petite for sure but after soaking for a bit it came out to just under 25 which is acceptable, I was worried it would be considerably higher than that but i tried to pick my clusters caref...

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