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by Stephen Pepe
June 27th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "draw the cork mean?"
Replies: 5
Views: 425

What does "draw the cork mean?"

While in house arrest I have been able to read a number of books that have been on my bed side cabinet. I am almost done with Dicken's "Barnaby Rudge." Several times there are references to "draw the cork." It is not used to refer to opening a wine bottle since Barnaby has Grip-his Raven-do it. Any ...
by Stephen Pepe
June 16th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18833

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

A friend of mine would not buy a car that advertised on Fox.
by Stephen Pepe
May 30th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?

When we bottled, I was assigned the skill job at the end of the line putting the boxes on the pallet.
by Stephen Pepe
May 29th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?
Replies: 8
Views: 988

How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?

I believe some tasting rooms in Oregon reopened last week. Santa Barbara County tasting rooms reopened this week provided they served a meal. Napa County refused to suspend the prohibition on tasting rooms serving food and their tasting rooms are still closed. Unsure what is happening in Sonoma. For...
by Stephen Pepe
May 25th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif GrunerVeltliners...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: TN: Two Calif GrunerVeltliners...(short/boring)

You might also want to try the Spear GV.
by Stephen Pepe
May 11th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6219

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

The price of Napa fruit also drives the price of vineyard land, planting costs and labor costs. For example, the costs for labor in Napa are 50%+ higher than in Santa Barbara County. If the price of Napa fruit drops dramatically it will be a very severe hit to the Napa wine infrastructure and folks ...
by Stephen Pepe
May 9th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6219

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

When I first went to the Napa Valley in the late 1960s there were a couple of dozen wineries. The only descent place to stay was Silverado and the place to eat on Hwy 29 was Vern's Copper Chimney. A lot has changed since then.
by Stephen Pepe
May 3rd, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: TN: 2002 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir

We planted the Pinot in 2000 so this was still a baby. It has held up very well. Yes the bottles were too big and heavy. I kept getting complaints from my friends about the size of the bottle not fitting in their wine racks and scrapping the label. Because of the weight UPS also charged us more and ...
by Stephen Pepe
April 13th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max
Replies: 20
Views: 1082

Re: TN: 2008 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max

Arcadian has gone out of business. Website is closed as is the tasting room. The former Arcadian Winery on Santa Rosa Road has the name of Terre et Entre but their website has no info.
by Stephen Pepe
March 18th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recent Trip To London
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Recent Trip To London

La Gavroche is our favorite London restaurant. The cheese soufflé is an extraordinary dish. We have two good friends who are chefs and we have made the cheese soufflé several times. Not quite as good as La Gavrochre but close enough. What wine did the Somm recommend? We had it with a Sherry- perfect...
by Stephen Pepe
March 12th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Earth Tones for Wineries
Replies: 0
Views: 679

Earth Tones for Wineries

I just saw an article in Wine Business Monthly that Napa is considering requiring wineries to be colored in earth tones. Skipping over how one determines what is an earth tone. A similar proposal was made for Santa Barbara County Wineries a couple of years ago. When we pointed out that solar panels ...
by Stephen Pepe
March 4th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 12985

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

We cancelled going to the Baltic States with a choir tour followed by a Greek Island cruise. The tour is still going.
by Stephen Pepe
February 27th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Panzano, Dario Cecchini
Replies: 4
Views: 778

Re: Panzano, Dario Cecchini

He has recently had a class at the Ojai Valley Inn arranged by Nancy Silverton.
by Stephen Pepe
February 26th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2762

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Hi Karen. There are 300+/- wineries in SB County. Only about 110+/- belong and pay dues to the SB Vintners. The SB Vintners did raise its dues last year and a number of wineries did not renew their membership. Since the SB Vintners has been unsuccessful in increasing its membership they are using th...
by Stephen Pepe
February 26th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2762

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Hi again Peter. This proposal only applies to Santa Barbara wineries not wineries outside of Santa Barbara County who sell wine made from Santa Barbara grapes. I am sorry I was not clearer.
by Stephen Pepe
February 26th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2762

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Hi Peter. Please DO NOT cancel your wine club. This is only a proposal by the SB Vintners. It would apply to direct to consumer wine sales in California at the tasting room, by wine club or from a wineries website. This proposal to be effective has to be approved by the County Board of Supervisors a...
by Stephen Pepe
February 25th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2762

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Hi Larry. At the recent Lompoc Wineries meeting re the Wine BID, which you did not attend, the SB Vintners put on a full court press with five officers and board members- all outside of Lompoc. The one SB County Vintners board member from Lompoc had resigned over the Wine BID. During this meeting th...
by Stephen Pepe
February 24th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2762

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Napa, Sonoma and the Willamette Valley all provide funding for their associations with auctions. The SB Vintners have rejected using an auction. Auctions are voluntarily, collegial and team building. The proposed Wine BID is coercive and unfair because wholesale sales are excluded. The SB Vintners h...
by Stephen Pepe
February 22nd, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2762

Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

The Santa Barbara Vintners is proposing to create the first Business Investment District(BID) in the wine industry. BIDS were used initially to build parking lots. The hospitality industry started using BIDs decades ago to finance their marketing. The SB Vintners is proposing a 2% assessment on all ...
by Stephen Pepe
February 8th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Screw Capper Rental?
Replies: 3
Views: 896

Re: Screw Capper Rental?

Mobile bottling lines have these as an add on feature when you schedule the bottler.
by Stephen Pepe
January 26th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2004 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

16 years and still going. Well done Brian. Of course the fruit played its part. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
January 26th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: Velvet Bee Wine
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Re: Velvet Bee Wine

Well made wines and reasonably priced. The La Encantada Pinot is excellent.
by Stephen Pepe
January 8th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

Re: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

That would be four barrels or about 90+ cases. More than enough for one year's consumption. You could give it to your friends and local charities. And enter it in home winemaker wine competitions. May of us ITB started as home winemakers.
by Stephen Pepe
January 7th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

Re: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

Look for a custom crush opportunity with an existing winery. You would become an alternate producer and need to have a written agreement. You would rent space and equipment and perhaps winemaking help from the existing winery. If you are making less than a 100 gallons and not selling it, the rules a...
by Stephen Pepe
December 31st, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1730

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

In Los Alamos Bob's Well Bread is the place for breakfast or lunch. The baked goods are as good as any we had in France. Bell and Pico are also worth a visit. For Pizza Flatbread is excellent. In Santa Ynez SY Kitchen is excellent for Italian food. In Ballard the Ballard Inn is excellent for Asian f...
by Stephen Pepe
November 20th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffles 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 2878

Re: Truffles 2019

We had our annual white truffle dinner on October 26. For the large truffles we paid $3973/kg or $1805/lb. The price was less for the medium and less again for the small. The consensus was this year's truffles were one of the better years we have had. The aromatics were superb and the taste excellent.
by Stephen Pepe
November 3rd, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1701

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

Hi. I have found a mix of single bottle racks, case racks and bins works best for me. About one third each.
by Stephen Pepe
October 23rd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Pepe!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1378

Re: My first Pepe!!!

Emidio's family is from the same part of Naples that my grandparents emigrated from in 1913 to Paterson NJ. They moved to Abruzzi in the 1890s. He has four daughters, one of whom came to visit us when she was in LA on a wine selling visit.
by Stephen Pepe
October 22nd, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2014 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir

Try the Walt Clos Pepe 2014. Same grapes different wine makers. For those who follow points the Walt I believe scored 1 point higher.
by Stephen Pepe
October 15th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

The debt exceeds the Small Claims Court limit. In any event, we have a judgment. The problem is collecting. The Sheriff levies on the winery's and owner's checking accounts once a month but that is hit and miss. The cash is coming in thru credit card sales at the tasting room and the website. These ...
by Stephen Pepe
October 14th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

We are no longer in the wine business. we surrendered our TTB and ABC licenses so we can't sell the wine. Thus, we are not interested in being "paid" in wine.
by Stephen Pepe
October 9th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

There are some great wineries like Loring and Brewer Clifton who paid us when we dropped off the grapes or within a couple of days. Vineyard folks are like orchards- we have only one pay day all year long.
by Stephen Pepe
October 8th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3972

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

It seems odd that you have thousands of acres of AG land and there is a shortage of housing for AG workers and service industry folks. One of the reasons is AG zoning laws limit the number of worker houses and prohibit any other housing. In Santa Barbara County you can have one worker house for each...
by Stephen Pepe
October 8th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Hi Mel. Yes the winery is selling wine. They are also generating income by providing custom crush services. They rent their winery space and have a tasting room in another locale. Besides two landlords they are paying employees, utilities and of course themselves. I made a proposal for a two year pa...
by Stephen Pepe
October 7th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Hi Larry. I have had several meetings with the owner. I extended the statute of limitations for two years. We worked out a repayment plan which he followed for two months then defaulted. I arranged sales of the wine in kegs which provided some cash. I talked to other wineries who purchased our fruit...
by Stephen Pepe
October 4th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

A winery "purchased" some of our 2013 and 2014 grapes. They paid for half of the 2013 and none of the 2014 grapes. Attempts to resolve this over the years have failed. I have a judgment and have garnished the winery's and owners bank accounts which is hit or miss. The winery continues to sell our wi...
by Stephen Pepe
October 4th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3969

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

If you have any such experience please contact me or send me a PM. Thank you.
by Stephen Pepe
October 1st, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 2096

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

My relative tied for first in Europe and was #13 in North America.
by Stephen Pepe
September 26th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: What's your estimated production cost per case?
Replies: 20
Views: 4741

Re: What's your estimated production cost per case?

Our accountant used $96 per case for cost of goods. The grapes were ours and there was no cost as part of the COG.
by Stephen Pepe
September 23rd, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 2330

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

The Egyptian Museum in Torino is excellent and worth the visit if you have an interest.
by Stephen Pepe
September 23rd, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pinot Noir yield per vine
Replies: 6
Views: 2507

Re: Pinot Noir yield per vine

Our 25 acres in the Santa Rita Hills on 8X6 spacing with 777, 667, Pommard 4 & 115 clones produced around 4-5 lbs. per vine in a "normal" year.
by Stephen Pepe
September 4th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: White truffles already?
Replies: 12
Views: 2516

Re: White truffles already?

What was the price? We are having a white truffle dinner the end of October.
by Stephen Pepe
August 30th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 879

Voting Process for Wine BID

The Santa Barbara Vintners are proposing to create a Wine BID with a 2% charge to sales to raise $1.6M for marketing and staff. To create the Wine BID the SB Vintners are proposing the wineries vote be weighted by the amount of DTC sales in California (wholesale is excluded) instead of the democrati...
by Stephen Pepe
August 29th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Changing the Lines of Districts in CA Wine Growing Regions - Thoughts?
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Changing the Lines of Districts in CA Wine Growing Regions - Thoughts?

It is customary in long term vineyard leases to have a cost of living clause that operates up and down with the first year as the bottom. If Santa Barbara County was by itself I suspect the average price per ton for Pinot would be significantly higher than the current District 8 price with SLO and V...
by Stephen Pepe
August 27th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 35
Views: 5774

Re: London Recos

We stay at Claridges in Mayfair. pricey, but worth it.
by Stephen Pepe
August 24th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 4004

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Hi Larry. I read Tyler's post. He is trying to prove there is a connection -not very impartial. You are ignoring John Cabot's experience for ten years or so surrounded by cannabis. Alos, despite several requests no one from Oregon has posted contending there is a connection between cannabis odor and...

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