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by Mel Knox
July 10th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1127

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agua_Dulce,_California I ll add a post about Agua Dulce that talks about the movies filmed there, inc Blazing Saddles and Duel. Has anybody actually drunk these wines?? The Agua Dulce Vineyard looked a little thirsty to me...Buying grapes from Lodi is a great idea and I...
by Mel Knox
July 10th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1127

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

I see that a new winery is opening up in downtown LA. It's called Angelano and is located about a mile from the San Antonio winery. Acc to the article, they are sourcing grapes from the vineyard in Agua Dulce, which is somewhere between the San Fernando Valley and the desert. I drove by the vineyard...
by Mel Knox
July 7th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1127

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

What does he mean by Southern California fruit??
Malibu?? Cucamonga?? Temecula??
by Mel Knox
July 2nd, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6632

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

I've enjoyed two older Qupe Syrahs this year:
2002 Bien Nacido and 2005 Bien Nacido Hillside Reserve..the latter wine coulda won a Cote Rotie tasting...
by Mel Knox
June 20th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3308

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,

Are they making just two wines, Altagracia and Eisele?? Or will there be various bottlings of the Eisele??
by Mel Knox
June 19th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7646

Re: Top US Syrahs

Bob Lindquist will continue to make Syrah etc under the Lindquist Family label.The new owners of Qupe will make wine at Laetitia, which they also bought.
by Mel Knox
June 19th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3308

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,
My eyes are bad...you ll have to tell me. What is really hard is reading their letter on my computer so I may be missing something.

If they are going to sell Clos de Tart through their mailing list, why not Domaine d Eugenie and Ch Grillet??
by Mel Knox
June 19th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3308

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,
My eyes are bad...you ll have to tell me
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1098

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

As I recall, they pimped the bejesus out of the 1975 vintage in Bordeaux whereas the same vintage passed unremarked upon in California. Later so many '75s in California showed great. We sold 100 cs of the Chappellet and sold lots of Clos du Val as well....there was a lot of fog in 75 and it just dep...
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3308

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,

What did they do with all the barrels my friends at Taransaud sold them??
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ruby cabernet
Replies: 9
Views: 799

Re: ruby cabernet

There was a co op in Lodi that bottled a Ruby Cab...$1.99!! They also bottled Emerald Riesling....both excellent. Was the label Royal Host??
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7646

Re: Top US Syrahs

No love for Qupe?? Just drank a 2005 Bien Nacido...up there with the best of France.
Where is Tom Hill when you need him??
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1644

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

The Pisonis are doing fine.
by Mel Knox
June 16th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3083

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Non alcohol beer works as the carbohydrates give the beverage mouth feel. It's a hoppy soft drink. JLohr makes non alcohol wine, which is primarily sold in Scandinavian countries where the law mandates restaurants etc carry it. Without the richness from the alcohol non alc wine is very sharp because...
by Mel Knox
June 13th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7194

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I haven t been to the winery since Todd was there and I thought he did an excellent job. Helen came and went so quickly I forgot she was there and she is hard to forget!
by Mel Knox
June 12th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2858

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

I looked at the question as 'will eastern washington ever make....'...not will the yakima valley ....my bad!
With all the fuss made over Red Mtn somebody should be doing something special. Offhand I like the Cadence Tapteil and the Q Creek Golitzine.
by Mel Knox
June 12th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2858

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Lettie Teague's article about faking 82 Mouton with Andrew Will wines lends credence to the notion that wines from this region can excel.
by Mel Knox
June 11th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 3114

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

When I first got into the wine biz, there were lots of people who had tasted vintages from the 19th century etc. Until around 1972 classic (famous) wines were cheap. Nowadays peoples' experience with older wines goes back thirty five years. Then there is the fact there are a lot more wineries who ha...
by Mel Knox
June 11th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7194

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

The Bryant story reminds me
1/that there is always somebody out there trying to steal your business
2/business conditions are always dynamic
by Mel Knox
June 10th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7194

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Ever since I started selling barrels to cult wineries --and I'm trying to quit--people have said that these wineries created an artificial shortage. Of course, what's an artificial shortage in Napa is the library of a prestigious chateau in Bordeaux. Recently people wondered if Parker's retirement s...
by Mel Knox
June 10th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 22
Views: 2675

Re: a basement discovery

There were lots of Fromms in the wine biz,mostly notably Alfred Fromm of Fromm and Sichel.
It's too bad Rudy is in the big house. You could sell the empties to him and I'm sure he could make'47 Dom Perignon out of potato peels and watermelon rind.
by Mel Knox
June 9th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7194

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

To quote the late Justin Meyer, There is no money in selling wine but lots in selling wineries. Lots of wineries have sold for five to ten times annual turnover...let alone ebit. If you go to MOMA there is a room full of Jackson Pollock paintings. This is the Don Bryant jr room. Or they on loan or a...
by Mel Knox
June 8th, 2019, 11:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2708

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

To sell barrels we go around and pretend to be nice people interested in the welfare of those who buy barrels from us. This latter group of people seems to be quite happy this year...usually there are a few unhappy campers out there. This group of people extends from Santa Barbara to Greater Seattle.
by Mel Knox
June 3rd, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Interesting idea,Dave.
We were planning to include an I Ching set you could play on the head of the barrel. Maybe a Ouiji board on the other head....
by Mel Knox
June 1st, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2029

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

I know people who can taste grapes and tell you a lot. But I am not sure if they can tell the difference between really good and great grapes all the time. This is not something you can learn in fifteen minutes. Merrill is right about micro climates. In the immortal words of Anna Banana Danna, "Ther...
by Mel Knox
June 1st, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terrien Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: Terrien Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Valley

Mark, I've worked with Michael Terrien in various capacities. He used to make wine at Acacia and Hanzell and now works with the Molnar Family--Obsidian Ridge, Kazmer and Blaise, and Poseidon-- and creates his own wine....including a blueberry wine from Maine. The Molnars are managing partners of a H...
by Mel Knox
June 1st, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Markus, The forests used for barrels are managed but I don't think anybody is spraying pesticides on them. Cork oak trees are treated and this may be part of the problem. My real point is that you could make barrels with kiln dried wood and the results would taste bad but the barrels would be 'organ...
by Mel Knox
May 27th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

My plan is to log trees on root days so the wine will get in touch with its terroir.
by Mel Knox
May 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I've heard of a cooperage that is making biodynamic barrels, but have not seen any. Perhaps folks in the cooperage business should start talking about druids living in the forest...much more fun than grain selection, air drying and toasting. L Leichtman has a good point.It used to be growers said th...
by Mel Knox
May 27th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

When Artemis bought Araujo and changed the name to Eisele, they also changed winemaking practices as well as viticultural practice. They bought more barrels from us and fewer from others. Naturally that doubled the quality, sometimes tripling!! Can I say quintupled?? I've retired from this cooperage...
by Mel Knox
May 26th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Scott does make a good point, that just one thing is rarely changed.Usually it's a bunch of things,like heirloom varieties of tomatoes, lower yield and more TLC. When I was a kid we grew raspberries, tomatoes, strawberries, corn, pears, apples,cherries, squash etc....and they were all pretty much wo...
by Mel Knox
May 26th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1581

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

John, I am always here for you and your education. While there are certain cost issues relating to SB that can keep it cheaper than other varieties--yield, fermentation and ageing in stainless, rapid turnover-- there is also the question of status. French SB wines --and I include the whites of the G...
by Mel Knox
May 25th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1581

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

Once they taught cats to pee in the filler bowl, the price of SB went way down. This technique was invented in New Zealand but has now spread all over. Getting them to pee in the bottle was tricky and quite expensive. The story nobody likes to discuss is MegaPee. Since it's made in New Zealand, it c...
by Mel Knox
May 25th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3129

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I've noticed that you get better tasting fruits and vegetables when shopping in the organic aisle. Let's face it. Tomatoes, strawberries and many other fruits were starting to taste like cardboard. I cannot say why organic produce tastes better, but I think Merrill is on to something.The farmer has ...
by Mel Knox
May 23rd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2846

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

Some Rhys chardonnays could be compared to Chablis but not Mt Eden.Land and farming costs in the Santa Cruz Mtns don't make for wine that is priced under $30 or so. It makes sense to me that Oregon could make Chablis style wines. Maybe even that region just north of Vancouver Washington could work. ...
by Mel Knox
May 23rd, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?
Replies: 21
Views: 1186

Re: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?

I always thought it was Stony Hill too. Other possibles would be Martin Ray and the original Souverain. Hanzell came along a bit later. Both Hanzell and SH discovered that it was possible for your mailing list members to get old all of a sudden.

Wms Selyem put their phone number on the cork.
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article today about wineries in Berkeley
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Article today about wineries in Berkeley

First dairies...now wineries??
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1963

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Those Vassar grads are always out for blood.
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP André Lurton
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: RIP André Lurton

I stayed with Andre and his wife for a week back in 1979. They put a ping pong table into the ballroom of the chateau. They always said that Andre and his brothers wanted a chateau for every child.
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1963

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Maybe Morgan likes to shoot skeet.
Or porch pirates....
by Mel Knox
May 15th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 10511

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

It appears that Marcel built himself a cooperage and that Seguin Moreau supplies the wood. Taransaud did make some foudres for him.
by Mel Knox
May 15th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5049

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

In the early 70s and before, people really believed taste came from the soil and thus talked about 'gout de terroir' as not only a summation of everything around the vineyard--soil, climate, human intervention--but as a real taste of the soil. We still talk about terroir but not the way we did back ...
by Mel Knox
May 15th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 10511

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

John, I know that Taransaud tried to sell barrels to Guigal but did they ever succeed?? You can say that for a lot of cooperages! Since I repped Taransaud until a few years ago I think somebody would have told me. I am checking on this. To me the style of Guigal's oak signature was a kind of smoky B...
by Mel Knox
May 15th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1776

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

Barry,
I tasted a wine made from apples and blackberries that you could have talked me into saying it was made from grapes.
by Mel Knox
May 14th, 2019, 11:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5049

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

It always seems to me that the terroiristes are always asking the skeptics to disprove what they believe, as though believers in UFOs asked non believers to disprove that little Martians actually live on Area 51. David Darlington wrote a book on Area 51 and two books on wine....Can anyone disprove t...
by Mel Knox
May 14th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1776

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

As I recall the German beer laws exclude rice.

My question for the questioner is, In what sense?? Taste?? Aesthetic appreciation of a beverage?? If it's the former, then the answer is certain fruit wines, such as the rhubarb wine. The latter?? Tea...with coffee coming up on the outside.
by Mel Knox
May 14th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 10511

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Gaja seems to believe that the more you charge the more respect you get.
Another topic for an MW dissertation or maybe something the Society for Wine Economics could work on.
by Mel Knox
May 14th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 10511

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Just found my old catalog: '67 Monprivato...$47.25....in a bottle holding 3.78 liters...a regular magnum cost $16 '69 Conterno Barolo...$7.50 '71 Monprivato...$9 '70 Fiorano...$8 '74 Chave Red....$8.50 75 Chave white...7.75 74 La Mouline...16.00 73 Cote Rotie Guigal...$10 '76 Ridge Lytton Springs......
by Mel Knox
May 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 10511

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I remember visiting Gaja in 1979. I was with a guy from Queens named Lou Iacucci, who ran what he called the Enoteca of Queens Boulevard. Sadly, he was killed in a traffic accident sometime in the '80s. Angelo showed us the Sori Tilden and said it would sell for $35. I thought he was nuts and Lou tr...

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