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by Stephen Pepe
July 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1060

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

While it is hard to find reliable data, the impression in Santa Barbara County is that most of the cannabis is grown in canyons where grapes are not grown because the sides are too steep or the canyons too narrow or they are not very long. Most grapes grown here are on the flatland or slopping hills...
by Stephen Pepe
July 11th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1060

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Doug. The cannabis growers who spoke at the Board of Supervisors said yes to your question. As a farmer I was troubled by the BOS ban on cannabis, as a crop, with no exceptions. We have broccoli and Brussels Sprouts growing across the road from our vineyard. When it is harvested three-four times per...
by Stephen Pepe
July 11th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1060

Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

For purposes of this query, assume the cannabis smell is controlled and is no worse than broccoli or brussels sprouts. Should cannabis be grown in vineyard country? The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to ban cannabis on AG parcels of 20 acres less. Even greenhouses with no odor e...
by Stephen Pepe
July 1st, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aeration time for 61 & 95 DRCs
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Aeration time for 61 & 95 DRCs

Any experience or suggestion for aeration time for a 61 & 95 DRC? Should I decant? Thank you.
by Stephen Pepe
June 18th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cannabis&Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Cannabis&Wine

Attached is a front page below the fold story from the Sunday's LA Times about Cannabis and wine in Santa Barbara County. https://www.latimes.com/local/californi ... story.html
by Stephen Pepe
June 6th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wines served at Queen's Dinner and US Embassy Dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Wines served at Queen's Dinner and US Embassy Dinner

Anybody know the wines served at the Queen's Buckingham Palace dinner for 171? What wines were served a the US Embassy Dinner?
by Stephen Pepe
June 6th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?

Vintage port spends two years in wood and then is bottled. The release to the public for sale is usually in the third or fourth year after the vintage.
by Stephen Pepe
May 17th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1637

Impossible burgers

Hi. Has anyone tried the non-meat Impossible Burgers? How do they compare to regular meat burgers? Calories? Anybody selling them in CA?
by Stephen Pepe
May 9th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1252

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Alba during the white truffle season Oct.- Dec. Stop in Turin on the way. Some excellent Egyptian artifacts.
by Stephen Pepe
April 20th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Dan Green AAAAAA ++++++
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Dan Green AAAAAA ++++++

+1 on Dan Green. Also an excellent winemaker. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
April 17th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: TN: 2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

Brian always did a great job with our fruit.
by Stephen Pepe
April 3rd, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1407

Re: London / Solo Diner

Enoteca Turi at 87 Pimlico Rd. We had lunch there today. Excellent Italian wine list. Very creative Italian dishes.
by Stephen Pepe
March 25th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!
Replies: 19
Views: 2050

Re: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!

There are some who view charity auctions as a way to obtain "deals" and not to raise money for the charity. I have seen this too may times on wine lots.
by Stephen Pepe
March 9th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring

Brian was the second grape contract for our vineyard after Uncle Sid. Brian always did a great job with our fruit. Cheers.
by Stephen Pepe
February 19th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2645

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

When you phrase the question as a "perfect match" then of course there can be no debate. Perfect is in the mouth of the taster. However, Somms can be very helpful in recommending wines that you might not normally pick or exposing you to wines with which you are not familiar. For restaurants that hav...
by Stephen Pepe
January 26th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3939

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

I first met Andrew when he interned with Brian Loring. When Andrew started his winery to help him get started Brian Loring gave him one of the acres from our contract with Loring. Class act.
by Stephen Pepe
January 24th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BD10 Clos Pepe Offer!
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

BD10 Clos Pepe Offer!

Attn Pinot-philes, and Central Coast wine-lovers! I've often heard it's not the deal that "seals the deal", but the under-the-table, second-level deal. So let's cut to the chase and offer you the best, second-level, deal available. Like most wineries, we have our regular retail price, and then our d...
by Stephen Pepe
January 24th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3939

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

Sad news. Andrew always did a great job with our fruit.
by Stephen Pepe
January 23rd, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 780

Re: London Eateries?

Le Gavroche. The cheese soufflé is spectacular.
by Stephen Pepe
December 29th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Novel for teenage girl about london or Claridge's Hotel
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Novel for teenage girl about london or Claridge's Hotel

Hi. We are taking our teenage grand daughter to London in April and staying at Claridge's Hotel. I am looking for a suitable novel to suggest she read before we go about London or that takes place at Claridge's. Any suggestions? Is there an Agatha Christie novel? Thank you.
by Stephen Pepe
September 26th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Days 2018?
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Pinot Days 2018?

Not clear. I assume the latter - postponed not cancelled.
by Stephen Pepe
September 25th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Days 2018?
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Pinot Days 2018?

Hi It has been "paused."
by Stephen Pepe
September 13th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting the highest price at a charity auction
Replies: 22
Views: 802

Re: Getting the highest price at a charity auction

If I solicit wine for a charity auction from fellow vintners I bid the wine up to 80% of FMV. Sometimes I end up with the wine. I usually donate it the next year. If a wine goes for 80% of the FMV the winning bidder is happy with a good buy and the vintner does not feel his or her wine was "given aw...
by Stephen Pepe
September 12th, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting the highest price at a charity auction
Replies: 22
Views: 802

Re: Getting the highest price at a charity auction

For DRCs and First Growths with provenance, we offer the wine at the auction with an estimate from Zacky's. If no one makes a higher bid we send the wine to Zacky's. So far the Zacky's auction price has exceeded their estimate. The donor receives the satisfaction of seeing his or her wine recognized...
by Stephen Pepe
August 31st, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sta Rita/Los Olivos Winery Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 503

Re: Sta Rita/Los Olivos Winery Recs

Most of the Sta Rita Hills folks have their tasting rooms at their vineyards along Hwy 246 or Santa Rosa Road or in the Wine Ghetto in Lompoc. Loring is in Buellton on industrial Way across from industrial Eats which is a must for excellent food for lunch or dinner. Spear on Hwy 246 just past Drum C...
by Stephen Pepe
August 21st, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: The California Wine Club
Replies: 1
Views: 675

The California Wine Club

Hi. The California Wine Club was founded in 1990 and its President is Gerri Becker. Has anybody dealt with these folks? Thank you. Steve.
by Stephen Pepe
August 21st, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: The California Wine Club
Replies: 0
Views: 386

The California Wine Club

Hi. The California Wine Club was founded in 1990 and their President is Gerri Becker. Has anybody dealt with these folks? Thank you. Steve.
by Stephen Pepe
August 8th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5919

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Joe Davis at Arcadian has always done a great job with our fruit. He also uses oak as seasoning rather than a flavor component. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
July 4th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Used winery equipment buyers or brokers
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Used winery equipment buyers or brokers

Hi. Does anybody know of used winery equipment buyers or brokers? We are in California. The 2008 equipment is a ATI -12 press, IMMA DPO 1/2 crusher/destemmer and movable hopper. Thank you Steve. steve@clospepe.com .
by Stephen Pepe
June 27th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 1072

what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?

Has anybody stayed at the Ritz since it reopened?
by Stephen Pepe
April 20th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?
Replies: 35
Views: 1132

One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?

Sarloos in Los Olivos offers cupcakes matched to their wines. It is a fun tasting and something different. Loring does a tasting with cookies.
by Stephen Pepe
April 19th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?
Replies: 35
Views: 1132

One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?

Loring's tasting room is on Hwy 246 next to the Hitching Post in Buellton. Alma Rosa's tasting room is on Industrial Way in Buellton next to Eats. Beckman is outside Los Olivos. They used to have small picnic structures next to their pond. A nice place for lunch and the kids can play with the ducks.
by Stephen Pepe
April 4th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepe '03...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 135

TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepe '03...(short/boring)

These vines were planted in 1998. For such young vines that are still drinking well after 15 years shows the potential for our vineyard. Adam always did an excellent job with our fruit.
by Stephen Pepe
March 9th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Honfleur, Normandy, FR
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Honfleur, Normandy, FR

Great town.
by Stephen Pepe
March 6th, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant and Sight Seeing Recomendations for Bamberg Germany
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Restaurant and Sight Seeing Recomendations for Bamberg Germany

Hi. My wife is in a choir that will be touring in Europe. I am going along as the baggage handler. The tour is singing in Bamberg Germany. Any restaurant or sightseeing recommendations would be appreciated. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
March 1st, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for visit to Tuscany
Replies: 18
Views: 1070

Advice for visit to Tuscany

+ 1 Felsina - well worth a trip. Also take the Olive Oil tasting.
by Stephen Pepe
December 21st, 2017, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke Damage to wine in a cellar
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Smoke Damage to wine in a cellar

Hi. A friend of mine who lives in Montecito was evacuated for two weeks during the Thomas fire. The fire came with 1200 feet of his house but it did not burn. There is a lot of ash and smoke. He has a wine cellar and is concerned about the smoke damaging the wine in his wine cellar. Any experiences ...
by Stephen Pepe
December 13th, 2017, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for central coast?
Replies: 10
Views: 550

Recommendations for central coast?

In Los Olivos Sides and the Los Olivos Café are good restaurant choices with kids.
by Stephen Pepe
November 29th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travelling to Paso Robles & Santa Ynez
Replies: 12
Views: 1134

Travelling to Paso Robles & Santa Ynez

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors (BOS) has banned short term rentals ( STRs) like Air B&B. There is a small exception for home/farm stays. The ban takes in 280 days. 550 Taxpayers who operated STRs were told by the BOS they did not want the $1.7M in bed taxes. Our budget deficit was onl...
by Stephen Pepe
November 28th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travelling to Paso Robles & Santa Ynez
Replies: 12
Views: 1134

Travelling to Paso Robles & Santa Ynez

Ballard Inn is the top end. Its restaurant is excellent. For more modest pricing try the Marriott in Buellton. The Hotel Corque in Solvang is well located. A new Hilton Garden Inn just opened in Lompoc.
by Stephen Pepe
November 24th, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Completely sold on the dry brine turkey
Replies: 31
Views: 1333

Completely sold on the dry brine turkey

Did the dry brine affect the gravy?
by Stephen Pepe
October 28th, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maillard reactions?
Replies: 16
Views: 1135

Maillard reactions?

An LA wine store in its tasting notes for a Zena Crown Pinot Noir described the wine as having "Maillard reactions." I could not find this word in the Oxford English dictionary. Anybody have any idea what it means? [scratch.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
October 4th, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd '03...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 199

TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd '03...(short/boring)

Adam tended to be one of the earliest pickers at our vineyard. It was always amazing to me that wineries with blocks side by side would pick 2-4 weeks apart and produce stellar wines, albeit in different styles.
by Stephen Pepe
October 2nd, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd '03...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 199

TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd '03...(short/boring)

Adam always did a nice job with our fruit. 2003 was our third Pinot harvest. I agree the 2003s should be drunk. Recently, I have found the 2004s to be longer lived than the 2003s. Still both are remarkable considering they were very young vines and they are still drinking nicely after 14 years. [che...
by Stephen Pepe
September 19th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?
Replies: 56
Views: 3777

California Pinot Noir Drinking Windows?

Recently one of our wine club members did a tasting of most of our 15 Pinot vintages. They reported only the 2003 was tired. That matches with our experience with the 2003. I have also recently had the Siduri, Brewer Clifton, Ken Brown and Loring Clos Pepe wines from 2005, 2007 and 2009 and they wer...
by Stephen Pepe
September 9th, 2017, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Option with Escargot [TN: 1993 Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres]
Replies: 27
Views: 762

Pairing Option with Escargot

White Bordeaux. Stay safe.
by Stephen Pepe
September 6th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100th Anniversary in downtown L.A. – San Antonio Winery
Replies: 10
Views: 689

100th Anniversary in downtown L.A. – San Antonio Winery

Great story and great folks. When I worked in LA we would often take visitors there for lunch. Amassing adaptability. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
July 21st, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Starting My Own Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 2088

Starting My Own Vineyard

There are 8900 wineries in the US and only 625 distributors or 1 for 12. In 1995 there were 1900 wineries and 3,000 distributors or 1.4 to 1. If you are just a grower, monetarily the valleys are low and the hills are small. Also what is Plan B if you can't sell your grapes or the price is too low du...
by Stephen Pepe
July 13th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Starting My Own Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 2088

Starting My Own Vineyard

Hi. I suggest you look at the back end first. To whom are you going to sell your wine? You do not have enough friends and relatives to buy 5 acres worth. It is very tough for small vineyards in today's market place. I suggest you try to hook up with someone in the restaurant business. To answer your...

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