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by John Peacock
August 6th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2169

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

The earlier you add acid, the better it will integrate. Ideally you would add during cold soak or right when fermentation starts. If you add acid right before bottling, it had better be a small amount or it will stick out like a sore thumb.
by John Peacock
July 16th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 51
Views: 2408

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

After working the few days of harvest I did in 2010 and 2011 and it being very rainy, I bought a bunch of rain gear specifically to use during harvest. I haven't needed it since then. Very challenging harvests, but some very interesting wines.
by John Peacock
June 19th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2277

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

We have opened up as of Monday. We are in a fortunate position in that we can reasonably host 100% of tasting outdoors in attractive and socially distanced settings. We are incorporating a digital presentation that people can review on their phones that includes visual aids and information about th...
by John Peacock
May 19th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2277

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

My wife has been neck deep in trying to figure all the things out to reopen Colene Clemens. They will open this Thursday, by appointment only (and if people just show up, and there is an open reservation spot and they can be accommodated, they will be). Luckily, they have a very large outdoor patio ...
by John Peacock
May 11th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5681

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

lleichtman wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Just had a 2007 Ayoub chardonnay and it was really nice.
Lawrence, please re-check the vintage. Ayoub didn't make chardonnay until 2009.
by John Peacock
May 11th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: another glassware question - grenache
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: another glassware question - grenache

I've done side by sides with my wines (all 100% Grenache) in Bordeaux, Syrah, and Pinot Noir glasses, and the Pinot Noir glass is always the winner.
by John Peacock
May 5th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5681

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

We all work with different sites, vine ages and clones and have our own unique approach to the wines that we make. On the point of yield, our experience has been dramatically different than that of Marcus. 2012, as Marcus mentioned, was a low yielding vintage and many producers picked too late. Thi...
by John Peacock
April 21st, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3557

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

Since the beginning of Ocelli Cellars we have gone with no capsule or wax, and we put a logo on the end of the cork to identify our wines when they are in cellar racking. No need to waste money on something that just goes in the garbage, either capsule or wax. Save the money and reduce the amount of...
by John Peacock
April 7th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kevin White Winery La Fraternité
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: TN: 2017 Kevin White Winery La Fraternité

The Kevin White Red Wine is one of our "house wines". With our wine club and case purchase discounts, we end up getting it for about $16/btl. It is certainly not as nuanced as his other wines, but it is high in "yum factor" and a great wine when you don't want to think about the wine you're drinking...
by John Peacock
April 7th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making your own wine blend
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: Making your own wine blend

I've done it a couple times. I remember being at a themed tasting (single variety/region), and one wine was too much X, and another wine too much Y, so I put the two together and the sum was much better than the parts. I have also attempted that and the sum was way worse than the individual parts. I...
by John Peacock
April 1st, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 34
Views: 3584

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Wow. Mystery wine is 2008 pinot from Willamette Valley. Didn't even know it existed. I'm pretty sure it is Chehalem Mountains fruit, I think they traded pinot noir grapes for syrah. Thanks John. Is this a one time thing for Gramercy? I am just astounded that they made a pinot. I think they did it a...
by John Peacock
March 31st, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 34
Views: 3584

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Leonard Taylor wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 12:58 pm
Wow. Mystery wine is 2008 pinot from Willamette Valley. Didn't even know it existed.
I'm pretty sure it is Chehalem Mountains fruit, I think they traded pinot noir grapes for syrah.
by John Peacock
March 30th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 6731

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

Also, the blind tasting stuff was beyond ridiculous -- nail the *exact* wine every time down to the producer and vintage or you're a loser and below expectations. That is NOT how blind tasting works! I think all the movies involving that "master of wine" crowd (like Somm, Somm II, etc. and this mov...
by John Peacock
March 24th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 34
Views: 3584

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

The Lower East wines are intended to be only in the distribution channels, to give restaurants a way to put Gramercy on their list for a reasonable price.
by John Peacock
March 13th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7925

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Everyone will wear gloves to handle glassware, etc. used by guests. Jim, I'm curious on this part. If the virus is passed via simple breathing (it is), why would gloves be needed/necessary? If one of your guests had the virus, they would've already infected your staff by the time it was time to cle...
by John Peacock
February 24th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration
Replies: 8
Views: 875

Re: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

It is WAY easier to warm up a wine that is too cold in the glass than to try and chill a wine that has gotten too warm. I would bet/expect that the wineries had an ice bucket to keep the wine chilled, but it is hard to keep the bottles at a perfect temp in a busy event like that.
by John Peacock
February 13th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 161
Views: 6007

Re: Diam corks?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 3:08 am
TCA is all over the place. Winery worker eating baby carrots...TCA.
It seems like there is a TCA epidemic in the baby carrot world. My wife has stopped buying them as it seems almost every bag has TCA.
by John Peacock
February 5th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: TN: 2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks

They aren't cheaper than Cayuse any longer. Current releases are on par or even more expensive than Cayuse. I'm finding that Reynvaan wines are hit or miss for vintages 2010 or earlier. Some are amazing, and some are really flat and not interesting.
by John Peacock
January 31st, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm finally in the Patricia Green Wine Club!
Replies: 18
Views: 1695

Re: I'm finally in the Patricia Green Wine Club!

We changed the club recently to both allow for more people and a greater level of options for those in it. Not easy but when you bottle as many unique and small vineyard designated wines it does present the possibility. Always wanted to make sure we had a club that allowed people to get the best wi...
by John Peacock
January 30th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3332

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

Based on the original description of what the OP is looking for, I'd suggest Ayoub. Not what I would normally consider "burgundian", but checks many of the boxes in the original list.
by John Peacock
January 15th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Any wineries using Sqaurespace Ecommerce for online sales?
Replies: 6
Views: 2058

Re: Any wineries using Sqaurespace Ecommerce for online sales?

We use Squarespace for our website, and when we did the research, their online payment processor was the ONLY one that would do wine sales. We had to provide our fed and state licenses to prove we were legally able to sell wine I believe.
by John Peacock
January 2nd, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 46
Views: 3196

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

There is, relatively speaking, an ocean of sparkling wine currently in production in Oregon. My assumption is that this is going to go poorly. I think it’s a bad idea that is based upon tasting room/event business models combined with having more fruit than still wine sales capacities. I’ve seen an...
by John Peacock
November 15th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 6003

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

It is a very cab-heavy top 10 this year, with 4 of the top 10 being either Bordeaux or Cabernet wines. Only 1 white (the Ramey chard), and 1 bubbles (Roederer), the other 8 are all "big reds". No Pinot in the top 10. For the first time since 2014, no wines from the NW in the top 10.
by John Peacock
November 5th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4610

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

I totally agree that WS is not irrelevant at all - it probably moves more wine than most other publications these days. Perhaps not here, as others have pointed out, but it's not to be 'dismissed' as a 'has been' in any way . . . Cheers. WS is the only review publication that actually moves units i...
by John Peacock
November 5th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4610

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

I totally agree that WS is not irrelevant at all - it probably moves more wine than most other publications these days. Perhaps not here, as others have pointed out, but it's not to be 'dismissed' as a 'has been' in any way . . . Cheers. WS is the only review publication that actually moves units i...
by John Peacock
October 22nd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 81
Views: 6508

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

According to Wine Spectator's Top 100 (I know how we all feel about that), the Colene Clemens Dopp Creek at $28/btl should be in this conversation. The 2015 was the #7 wine in the Top 100 last year, and the 2017 got 93 pts (2016 got 92). Regardless of what we think of Spectator or numerical ratings,...
by John Peacock
September 26th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone know which winery uses NEWBERG STORAGE & SHIPPING Tualatin, OR,
Replies: 14
Views: 1065

Re: Anyone know which winery uses NEWBERG STORAGE & SHIPPING Tualatin, OR,

There are dozens of wineries that use the Newberg Mail Room for shipping (including mine). I don't know that the Mail Room gets the contact info for the recipient, and so can't necessarily send the tracking directly (I think I will get the tracking info and then can forward to the recipient).
by John Peacock
September 19th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1777

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I'm going to be opening this wine in the next four months or so. I will have to remember to report back on this thread. In general, I like the Rocks funk but I also like some fruit to balance it out. I've had a few Cayuse Syrahs and have not really been wowed yet (I agree with your comment about ve...
by John Peacock
September 16th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like a lot of rainy cool weather in the Willamette Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 2150

Re: Looks like a lot of rainy cool weather in the Willamette Valley

A cool vintage would be fine. An inch of rain the week of picking is not good.
by John Peacock
September 11th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8384

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

I know of no one who presses off until completely dry. If you know who does, then list them here. Or stop posting nonsense. Only because you think/believe something does not make it true. But, yes, list names, should be an interesting and very extensive list judging by your beliefs. Don't be shy. J...
by John Peacock
August 22nd, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon 2019 growing season update?
Replies: 30
Views: 2025

Re: Oregon 2019 growing season update?

Wasn't 2009 one of the hottest years in the last 10? Seems like it was in Seattle. I thought the wines would have shriveled up into raisins by October. Picking date also depends on flower/bloom/fruit set dates. If it was a later fruit set, that would push harvest dates out, even in a very hot year.
by John Peacock
August 13th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 6357

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

My first thought is Crowley. Second thought would be Colene Clemens (4 Pinots at $65 or under).

*Disclaimer: My wife works at Colene Clemens*
by John Peacock
August 9th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3278

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

This! Answering from ITB rather than as a customer preference. Tiering seems to be an important part but clubs can become a huge nightmare (mostly with managing the multiple communication emails at release time and fulfillment errors) with the myriad options I have to keep track of to keep customer...
by John Peacock
August 9th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3278

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Speaking with my wife (who has been a wine club and operations manager in the Willamette Valley for more than 10 years), her guess is that 35-40% of her club members say they want the option to choose their wines, but only 10-15% actually change the shipment from the standard release.
by John Peacock
August 1st, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 38
Views: 2317

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

I don't know how feasible it would be, but it'd be fun to have 3-5 "control" wines that could always be in every tasting. Pick 3-5 different wineries that have been around for 20+ years and have library wines and always have the same 5 bottlings in each event every year. I don’t really think there ...
by John Peacock
August 1st, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 38
Views: 2317

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

Tom P avlik wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 11:42 pm
Thanks again for all the effort put in by the hosts and organizers!!!
Hi Tom, welcome to Wine Berserkers!!!! Good to see you around here!
by John Peacock
July 31st, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 38
Views: 2317

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

The thing that has always stood out to me with these tastings is that the wines don't necessarily showcase a complete view of a vintage, since the producers tend to be the ones that fall within a certain taste profile, which is to be expected when the wines are brought from the participant's persona...
by John Peacock
July 22nd, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir

I tried to walk in their place when I was in Oregon two weeks ago but no one was home. It was a house on a hill next to a vineyard but no one was there. Use to know their winemaker back when he made wine at Stags Leap Winery, but that was 13 years ago. Roy, Mo Ayoub makes the wine. Robert Brittan o...
by John Peacock
July 19th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3714

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

You can't outsource cleaning when you're so small you don't have any employees (or budget for employees). One of the least sexy things I've had to do was rake the stems from one end of a dumpster to the other. After destemming, we would dump the stems into a dumpster, but only had access to one end ...
by John Peacock
July 18th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3714

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Agreed with the above comments, cleaning is least glamorous part of winemaking. You have to clean everything before you use it, use it, and then clean it when you're done. Cleaning sometimes takes as long (or longer) as the actual task your doing.
by John Peacock
July 11th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1150

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

Rotie, Waters, Kerloo, and Latta are all solid choices.
by John Peacock
July 1st, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 150
Views: 11478

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Actually, there is slightly more than half of the Walla Walla AVA on the Washington side. We just only hear about the Rocks District, which is on the Oregon side, and the area in the hills to the south of the Rocks, where Seven Hills and other vineyards are at. https://www.wallawallawine.com/wine-re...
by John Peacock
June 27th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2061

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

John, if you’ve not tried Kevin White’s cab/merlot blend from DuBrul Vineyard, I’d recommend it. I’d say that the cab isn’t especially great at very many of the wineries in the area, with the exception of Delille, Long Shadows, and Cadence. Of which the first two were mentioned in the list I left. ...
by John Peacock
June 26th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2061

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

If Roy is looking for Cab, I would not suggest most of these listed below, and would not suggest going to SoDo. I love the SoDo wineries (and Kevin White), just not for Cab. I'd go to Woodinville and hit Mark Ryan, DeLille, and Long Shadows. I've heard good things about Savage Grace and Avennia, but...
by John Peacock
May 17th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 82
Views: 4617

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

Great Bordeaux Blends as in first through third growth? YES!!! Red Mountain AVA and The Rocks AVA in the Yakima Valley is putting out world class Cabernet and Syrah too. One winery that produces some stunning wine it is Force Majeure. Their 2016 Cabernet and SJR Syrah are 99 & 100 points respective...
by John Peacock
May 6th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 465
Views: 48815

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

the floor is plywood panels covered in corks from all the bottles of wine we have ever opened (so I can take the panels with us when we buy a new house). I really like the flooring idea. How did you make the flooring panels (or how did you attach the corks)? Corks were attached with hot glue, one a...
by John Peacock
April 22nd, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 465
Views: 48815

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I built a 6' x 10' room in my garage last winter (no, a car won't fit any longer). All the racking I built from pine and the floor is plywood panels covered in corks from all the bottles of wine we have ever opened (so I can take the panels with us when we buy a new house). Cooling is just a window...
by John Peacock
April 11th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5673

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Yes on the impulsivo. It was one of my favorites of the tasting. From memory it was dark and brooding. Lots of depth. I suspect it will be amazing in 4 to 5 years. I think it was the best impulsivo I have had to date. Edit. Sorry. I think what was poured was the 2017. I will check my notes when I g...
by John Peacock
April 10th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 465
Views: 48815

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I built a 6' x 10' room in my garage last winter (no, a car won't fit any longer). All the racking I built from pine and the floor is plywood panels covered in corks from all the bottles of wine we have ever opened (so I can take the panels with us when we buy a new house). Cooling is just a window...
by John Peacock
April 10th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 465
Views: 48815

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I built a 6' x 10' room in my garage last winter (no, a car won't fit any longer). All the racking I built from pine and the floor is plywood panels covered in corks from all the bottles of wine we have ever opened (so I can take the panels with us when we buy a new house). Cooling is just a window...

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