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by Jim Vandegriff
June 15th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

On the second portion of your trip, you should be close to one of my favorite Rhone varietal small wineries, Syncline, in Lyle, Washington. Beautiful spot, and nice wines. I'm a club member there, and don't do that lightly. Enjoy the Columbia.
by Jim Vandegriff
May 22nd, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 3257

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

One wine near the $50 mark but can be found for a bit less is Evesham Wood Cuvee J Pinot Noir. This estate vineyard near Salem, Oregon produces outstanding and complex wines every year. Check out the story about the yeast they make it with on the website. https://eveshamwood.com
by Jim Vandegriff
March 4th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 101
Views: 6824

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

My passive cellar in far northern coastal California has its lowest temperatures in February each year, and highest temps in September (about a 10 degree spread averaging 50 in Feb to 60 degrees in Sept). My concern in reading your post was that cellar temp in March was 58-59 in the upper reaches. I...
by Jim Vandegriff
November 1st, 2018, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5482

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

One of my consistent favs in Oregon Pinot Noir production is Evesham Wood. I'm especially fond of Cuvee J (and the 2016 was just released today). It has wonderful quality in Eola-Amity pinot, and at a good price point.
by Jim Vandegriff
November 1st, 2018, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569760

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

My favorite Oregon Pinot producer released some 2016's today - in for a case of Evesham Wood (mostly cuvee J).
by Jim Vandegriff
June 17th, 2018, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso on a Wednesday whim
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Paso on a Wednesday whim

We then headed up to Alta Colina and spoke with Maggie and I believe her dad? Bill? Super friendly and cool explaination of the elevation change on their property. Picked up some of their GSM blend as it was a drink now type of wine that I wouldn't hesitate to open with some BBQ foods. We like Alta...
by Jim Vandegriff
June 16th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10842
Views: 393223

What bottle of wine did you open today?

A delicious 2013 Alta Colina Sun Worshipper (54% Mourvedre, 27% Grenache, 19% Syrah) from the Adelaida district in Paso Robles was thoroughly enjoyed here with Eggplant Parmigiana (Lidia Bastianich recipe). Yum all around.
by Jim Vandegriff
June 3rd, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A year of data from my passive cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 3060

A year of data from my passive cellar

Wouldn't the bottle temp and air temp be the same average over a year, just less variation for the bottle? Depending on the extremes, and the variation of day to day temp, you're more or less right. That was actually my point: the bottle temp will typically not reach the height of the air temp. So ...
by Jim Vandegriff
June 3rd, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A year of data from my passive cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 3060

A year of data from my passive cellar

Following up on Anton's post, was this air temp, or a bottle probe? If air temp, I'd expect in bottle liquid temp to be less by probably a few degrees. Just to answer the question, the stats I posted were air temp, with the sensor resting atop bottles of wine in the middle of the wine rack. I think...
by Jim Vandegriff
June 2nd, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A year of data from my passive cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 3060

A year of data from my passive cellar

The Sept. 2nd reading of 71 F is 4 degrees higher than the Sept. 3rd reading of 67 F, but other than that one day, I've never seen a more than 2 F difference on a daily basis. Generally (probably 90% of the time) the temp difference daily is no more than 1 F.
by Jim Vandegriff
June 2nd, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A year of data from my passive cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 3060

A year of data from my passive cellar

I live on the northern coast of California (80 miles south of the Oregon border) within 100 yards of the Pacific Ocean, and I have an uninsulated space under my house which I use as a wine cellar. After living here for close to 20 years, I decided to check out just what the temperature and humidity ...
by Jim Vandegriff
April 2nd, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 577

TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard

I'm looking forward to trying some of this. I seem to like the flavor profile of the Zenith vineyard. Had the 2012 St. Innocent version the other night and it was singing on day 2. I think I've got the 2014 Vincent lined up for 2020, but now you make me want to try it sooner.
by Jim Vandegriff
April 2nd, 2018, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Nice Paetras
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Two Nice Paetras

Just had the riesling K this evening from my BerserkerDay stash with ham and twice-baked potatoes. I liked it. Reminded me of a Rheingau kabinett, with a bit of an oily character, and with vibrant acidity. I've saved some for tomorrow as well.
by Jim Vandegriff
March 24th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10842
Views: 393223

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night with dinner of baked ziti and asparagus (from my garden), a BerserkerDay wine, 2016 Artem Gewürztraminer. Lovely wine, great aromatics, clean and fresh. We loved it.
by Jim Vandegriff
February 25th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Documentaries
Replies: 19
Views: 1950

Best Wine Documentaries

M Kopecky wrote:
Jim Vandegriff wrote:Lettie Teague's take on this:https://www.wsj.com/articles/7-wine-doc ... 1519326380
Behind the pay wall :|
I don't know how to get the article without going through the WSJ. Sorry.
by Jim Vandegriff
February 25th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Documentaries
Replies: 19
Views: 1950

Best Wine Documentaries

by Jim Vandegriff
February 23rd, 2018, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569760

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

4 x 2016 Syncline (Washington state) Picpoul for the summer.
by Jim Vandegriff
February 10th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Machine learning and wine prediction: for computer geeks!
Replies: 0
Views: 197

Machine learning and wine prediction: for computer geeks!

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/using-m ... 2e13d7480d. This is beyond my aptitude, but I thought some high skill folks might find it interesting.
by Jim Vandegriff
January 28th, 2018, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets talk Savoie, well the whites anyway!
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Lets talk Savoie, well the whites anyway!

Surprised it hsn’t been mentioned yet, but if you’re talking Savoie whites you need to think about Altesse. This is definitely my favorite white appellation (roussette de Savoie is the grape i think). I love the soft richness of this variety but without heaviness. All white flowers and white peache...
by Jim Vandegriff
January 28th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Producers to Check Out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1170

Willamette Producers to Check Out?

Maysara - incredible winery building, bio-dynamic farm, lovely wines and nice family. Check out the 3 degrees pinot noir for a lighter style, and the pinot gris for an aromatic experience. Kelley Fox makes her wines there.
by Jim Vandegriff
January 27th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Artem Wine Company BDIX Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1016

Artem Wine Company BDIX Offers

Yay! I've wanted to try your wines. In for the 6. Thanks, Jim
by Jim Vandegriff
January 27th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Cabot - Rollin in the deep..still Rollin till Monday
Replies: 49
Views: 3644

Cabot - Rollin in the deep

Thanks John (and Aida) - SVD's!
by Jim Vandegriff
January 26th, 2018, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets talk Savoie, well the whites anyway!
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Lets talk Savoie, well the whites anyway!

edwardmilstein wrote:
Any other producers people have tasted and liked from Savoie ?
One of my favorites in the red and sparkly category is Renardat-Fache Vin du Bugey Cerdon. It is fun, lightly sweet, bubbly, delicious, has depth of flavor and is great with food. Jim
by Jim Vandegriff
January 17th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who makes your favorite domestic Mourvedre?
Replies: 115
Views: 4077

Who makes your favorite domestic Mourvedre?

In Washington state, I favor Syncline. In California, Tablas Creek.
by Jim Vandegriff
November 24th, 2017, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN
Replies: 13
Views: 538

TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN

I really like the wine from that vineyard. I just purchased some 2015 Le Puits Sec (as well as the cuvee J from the same vineyard). I find it hard to keep my hands off them for more than a few years though.
by Jim Vandegriff
October 27th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Tablas Creeks...(long/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 414

TN: Some New Tablas Creeks...(long/boring)

VINsider here too! I really enjoy their relatively restrained 100% Mourvedre. Great folks there, and wonderful wine blog as you mentioned. I look forward to their shipments.
by Jim Vandegriff
October 11th, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91441

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

I just received an email from Michelle Davis of Matanzas Creek Winery. She states: "Thank you for your email and concern. At this time our staff is safe as we have kept the winery closed since the start of the fires. Our Winery is currently very close to the active fire in Annadel State Park but we ...
by Jim Vandegriff
May 28th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569760

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I went to the Memorial Day open house at Briceland Vineyards in southern Humboldt county, California yesterday and came away with 2014 Ronda's Vineyard Pinot Noir, and a real rarity (23 cases made) of Andrew's Pet Nat d' Orleans - grapes (a muscat variant) grown at Ishi Pishi Ranch in Orleans, CA in...
by Jim Vandegriff
May 2nd, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Recommend Some Organic or Biodynamic Wines?
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Can You Recommend Some Organic or Biodynamic Wines?

Maysara in Oregon (the Momtazi vineyard) is farmed biodynamically, as is Tablas Creek in Paso Robles.
by Jim Vandegriff
December 28th, 2016, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1453
Views: 97969

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Steve Nordhoff wrote:2013 Papera was singing and open for business.
Had this last night and I quite agree! Delicious and delightful with pizza and friends.
by Jim Vandegriff
June 9th, 2016, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569760

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

On a trip to Oregon to meet my new granddaughter, a quick stop at St. Innocent brought 2014 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, and 2014 Freedom Hill Chardonnay. A quick stop at Emerson Vineyard brought that prototypical Oregon pizza wine, B...
by Jim Vandegriff
May 13th, 2016, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569760

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

We had a wonderful dinner of risotto with wild mushrooms (chanterelles) and peas cooked up by my partner, with a Laguerre 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc. We both liked it so much that the Chambers St. emailer the next day found me buying the 2014 vintage of the same wine. Enjoyable wine...i...
by Jim Vandegriff
April 5th, 2016, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cabot Syrah fan? Live on the north coast?
Replies: 25
Views: 1671

Cabot Syrah fan? Live on the north coast?

Anyone have recent TN or impressions on this wine? My wife opened up one of the bottles I had purchased the other day, and asked me to guess what it was. I noted the deep color, the slight bacon on the nose, the olives and cherries in the taste, and the good acidity, and just the hint of tannin at ...
by Jim Vandegriff
March 31st, 2016, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cabot Syrah fan? Live on the north coast?
Replies: 25
Views: 1671

Cabot Syrah fan? Live on the north coast?

Hey, Cabot Syrah fans who live on the north coast, the NorthCoast Co-op has the 2010 Klamath Cuvee Syrah on sale for $14.99 a bottle. I suggest a hike over to the Eureka or Arcata stores.
by Jim Vandegriff
February 23rd, 2016, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569760

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mixed case of Vincent winery's 2014 pinot noir (Zenith, Bjornson, Eola-Amity). Yum in a few years.
by Jim Vandegriff
February 23rd, 2016, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon wine trip
Replies: 31
Views: 1401

Oregon wine trip

Mandy, a winery whose wines I've been enjoying of late is Vincent. Since you mentioned a liking of Eola-Amity wines (which I second) you might like to see if our erstwhile board member is present for a tasting at Grochau where I believe he makes his wines. Hope you have a great time, and please repo...
by Jim Vandegriff
January 27th, 2016, 1:09 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Vincent 2014 4-pack from Oregon
Replies: 30
Views: 2871

Vincent 2014 4-pack from Oregon

Richard,
I'll bet Pinot Noir is spelled the same way... other than that...prepare for that Oregon terroir.
by Jim Vandegriff
January 10th, 2016, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four DeLoach Zins '94...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 456

TN: Four DeLoach Zins '94...(short/boring)

I remember Rue Vineyard zins that I liked from DeLoach way back when. Recently I tried a 2012 Saitone Vineyard zin from them that was outstandingly good. They had it reserved for their mailing list, but I did manage to talk my way into a couple of bottles for a zin tasting, and it was wonderful.
by Jim Vandegriff
October 9th, 2015, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry Creek Vly photos
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Dry Creek Vly photos

One of my favorite places. Thanks for the photos.
by Jim Vandegriff
July 9th, 2015, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My prediction in 5-7 years about Oregon Chardonnay
Replies: 98
Views: 4454

My prediction in 5-7 years about Oregon Chardonnay

I'll have to second that Mark Vlossak recommendation. I recently tasted at St. Innocent and found the Chard to be quite enjoyable.
by Jim Vandegriff
January 28th, 2015, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The annual WHAT DID YOU BUY ON BERSERKERDAY thread
Replies: 80
Views: 3136

The annual WHAT DID YOU BUY ON BERSERKERDAY thread

I bought Oregon! (Patricia Green vine age, Biggio Hamina 6 pack).
by Jim Vandegriff
January 27th, 2015, 12:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VI (January 27, 2015)
Topic: Biggio Hamina dry farmed mainly Pinot six pack
Replies: 21
Views: 2193

Biggio Hamina dry farmed mainly Pinot six pack

PM sent! Looking forward to the wines.
by Jim Vandegriff
January 23rd, 2015, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago <3 Prüm
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Chicago <3 Prüm

"I will let them sleep, I will let them sleep, I will let them sleep."
by Jim Vandegriff
January 17th, 2015, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Clones: your favorite and why?
Replies: 30
Views: 1720

Pinot Clones: your favorite and why?

I have wondered about this question as well. On my last trip to the Willamette Valley I stopped at Cherry Hill Winery (Eola-Amity) and their two estate pinots are made from either Pommard or Dijon clones separately. I enjoyed the taste comparison and purchased the Pommard clone bottling. This confir...
by Jim Vandegriff
November 1st, 2014, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally A New Book About Barolo And Barbaresco
Replies: 223
Views: 13436

Finally A New Book About Barolo And Barbaresco

I recently finished the book, which I very much enjoyed. It led me to purchase a mixed case of Barolo's and Barbaresco's from some of the producers she mentioned. I found the book useful to me as a neophyte and it enabled me to make some sense of what was an unknown area.

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