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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: 5628

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: 4347

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: 4347

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: 80
Views: 5622

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: 964

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: 1680

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: 2018

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: 99
Views: 7421

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: 1907

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: 5552

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: 3059

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: 3059

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: 37
Views: 1885

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: 37
Views: 1885

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: 37
Views: 1885

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: 525

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: 3481

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: 3481

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: 1095

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: 135
Views: 8564

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: 1960

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: 1960

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: 4364

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: 451
Views: 45149

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: 451
Views: 45149

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: 5078

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: 451
Views: 45149

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: 451
Views: 45149

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, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 45149

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 8th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5078

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Some notes/responses to various things on this thread: Devium: The personal project of Keith, who is the production winemaker at Sleight of Hand (Trey helps with blending and other winemaking tasks, but isn't in the winery every day). The intent/goal of this brand is for the wines to be more "wild" ...
by John Peacock
April 1st, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5078

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Time & Direction has popup tasting room Friday 11/5 and Saturday 11/6 11AM-6PM, address is 270 E Cessna Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362 (airport area).

Full Disclosure: Steve Wells (T&D owner and winemaker) is a personal friend, and I'm really excited to see that people are enjoying his wines.
by John Peacock
March 19th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5078

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Great list of wineries and restaurants to choose from above. We'll be making the annual pilgrimage and hitting Cayuse on Friday. Outside of the great options already listed I'm excited to check out Elephant Seven and Ardor Cellars. Matt Austin- in case I'm not back east this season will you have an...
by John Peacock
January 31st, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 2323

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

Just to throw another consideration out there. Not all payment processors will work with wineries because of the regulations involved (there is more risk involved than they would like to get involved with). When we were looking to add an online cart to our website, many of the "normal" website payme...
by John Peacock
December 27th, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 135
Views: 8564

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Not trying to be a hater, but isn't Christophe getting like $100+ on every one of his Cayuse branded wines? Seems like that's demand driven rather than by costs. I must be missing the joke? $100+ would be in the secondary market. Most of the Cayuse wines on release to the mailing list are $75-$85 (...
by John Peacock
November 28th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6864

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Wagner knew the labeling laws, and tried to creatively get around them. If a small time producer like myself can take the time to learn the rules and abide by them, then he can certainly hire a team of people to know what is/isn't allowed. He probably then had that team try and find ways around it.
by John Peacock
November 26th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 153
Views: 6864

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

No Bill, we cannot use AVA's from another state. I haven't looked into it because it doesn't apply to me, but wouldn't an OR producer be barred from using the verbiage 'Produced in bottled by: X' with an Oregon address on the label if that producer bought grapes from WA, even if the fruit comes fro...
by John Peacock
November 19th, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8070

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

With the busy pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving event weekends for the Willamette Valley coming up soon, I know that Colene Clemens is gearing up to be VERY busy thanks to this ranking. I'll report back after the weekends to let you all know if there was noticeable impact to tasting traffic. The 20...
by John Peacock
November 15th, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8070

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

With the busy pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving event weekends for the Willamette Valley coming up soon, I know that Colene Clemens is gearing up to be VERY busy thanks to this ranking. I'll report back after the weekends to let you all know if there was noticeable impact to tasting traffic. The 201...
by John Peacock
November 13th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8070

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Wow, very cool to see Colene Clemens on there!! I'm not familiar with that vineyard/bottling but curious to try it! Like all their other Pinot noir bottlings, it is all estate fruit. This bottling is targeted to the wholesale market, and isn't tasted/offered openly in their tasting room, though you...
by John Peacock
November 13th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8070

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

8. 2016 Le Vieux Donjon, CdP
7. 2015 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, OR

I'm particularly pleased to see Colene Clemens at #7, not only does Steve make tremendous wine, but my wife works there. :) She's going to be busy this next week.
by John Peacock
November 13th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three great new(ish) wineries in Walla Walla to check out...
Replies: 4
Views: 528

Re: Three great new(ish) wineries in Walla Walla to check out...

Elephant Seven was a great surprise for us last week. It is definitely in our rotation of places to visit now. The 2014s were a little funky, which I just attribute to new wine making (it was their first vintage) and getting their feet underneath them. The 2016s (and 2017 Cosmic Reflection) were all...
by John Peacock
September 19th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sleight of Hand
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: Sleight of Hand

caveat: I consider Trey (owner) and Keith (winemaker) friends. Sleight of Hand makes very compelling and interesting wines. Their higher end reds would be a little to the "riper" end of the spectrum (meaning riper fruit), but they still have a lot of good structure and acid, as well as a lot of subt...
by John Peacock
March 12th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walla Walla Recommendtions
Replies: 18
Views: 1185

Walla Walla Recommendtions

Here is our list of stops for our trip in a couple weeks (we go out at least twice a year) that you'd be able to get in to (meaning, not Cayuse): Sleight of Hand Dusted Valley Gramercy Maison Bleue Kerloo Ardor Rotie Pepper Bridge and L'Ecole are great as well, just not on our personal list for a "m...
by John Peacock
January 31st, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 135
Views: 8564

Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Are Rasa and Delmas/SJR on the OR side of the border? Rasa (friends) are quite close to M-F Rocks, though in WA (nice tax), they are 3500 feet from Oregon. Their range spans WA and OR, mainly because they do so many varietals. Not under the radar, nor is Cayuse/No Girls/Horsepower et al. SJR vineya...
by John Peacock
January 30th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 135
Views: 8564

Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Isn't Cayuse in Washington? Was that a joke and I missed it? Production is in Milton-Freewater, OR and the tasting room is in Walla Walla. All of their vineyards as well as all production is in Oregon. They keep their "tasting room" in downtown Walla Walla so they can be a part of the Washington wi...
by John Peacock
November 27th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache
Replies: 42
Views: 1713

TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache

Apples and Oranges Larry I say. If you have a Grenache tasting, including commonly blended varietals (GSMs & CdPs) seems fair enough. I took issue however with including a Mourvedre/Cab blend. To me that didn't seem fair, like having a Syrah taste-off and throwing in a Buty Phinny Hill Columbia Red...
by John Peacock
November 21st, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache
Replies: 42
Views: 1713

TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache

Then, in another, pair the Ocelli / Rotie / Gramercy / Maison Bleue together. This gives me some warm and fuzzies. To be considered even in the same realm as these producers is an honor, as Rotie, Gramercy, and Maison Bleue are HUGE influences in the style of Grenache I want to make. <Shill moment>...
by John Peacock
November 21st, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache
Replies: 42
Views: 1713

TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache

Wines I know (or are fairly certain) are 100% Grenache:
Both Ocelli wines
Rotie Little g
Kerloo Alder Ridge
Gramercy Olsen (I'm pretty sure, at least)
Gramercy Alder Ridge
Maison Bleue
Latta and No Girls I believe are 100%

Cayuse has a % of "God Only Knows"
La Rata is a Cab/Syrah blend I believe
by John Peacock
November 21st, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache
Replies: 42
Views: 1713

TNs/Impressions: Seattle Berserkers do WA State Grenache

Thanks for the notes from this tasting. I'm a bit disappointed to see our Columbia Valley get a "medicinal" note from a couple people, that is not something I've picked up in that wine previously. There is a good amount of whole cluster in that wine, so maybe that is how it was coming through? From ...
by John Peacock
November 18th, 2017, 7:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle: WA State Grenache
Replies: 112
Views: 3912

Seattle: WA State Grenache

I'm really sad to miss this event. I love WA Grenache (hence why our winery is focused on it), and I love doing blind comparisons of it. Unfortunately, pre-Thanksgiving weekend is a big winery event weekend in the Willamette Valley, and I've obligated myself to working at the winery my wife works at...

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