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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: 231

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: 219

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: 481

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: 481

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: 6
Views: 514

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: 17
Views: 1586

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: 1595

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: 1361

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: 368

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: 3921

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: 3921

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: 3921

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: 3912

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: 3921

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: 3921

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: 3921

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: 3921

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: 1709

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: 4240

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: 1597

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: 1593

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: 2085

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: 864

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: 452

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: 30
Views: 4138

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: 3625

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...
by Stephen Pepe
August 23rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Note the statement in the above article that there is no scientific evidence that Terpenes from cannabis odor impacts grapevines. This contradicts the Vintner's position and its proposal to ban cannabis from all AVAs in SB County.
by Stephen Pepe
August 21st, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Hi Larry. The Ex. Dir. keeps back tracking on her statements about cannabis. Speaking for the Vintners she originally proposed banning hoop houses within a mile of Hwys 246, 154 and Santa Rosa Road which would have put the berry farmers, tomato and other vegetable growers out of business. She then d...
by Stephen Pepe
August 18th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Hi Larry. I only know what I hear. The Ex. Dir. of the Vintners' Asso. speaking as the Ex. Dir. of the Vintners says:"it is the position of the Vintners that cannabis should be banned in all SB County AVAs." Your response is the ban was not said by the Vintners' Board or any of its members. Neither ...
by Stephen Pepe
August 17th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I checked with my friends in Oregon. They told me there have been some disputes between neighbors growing cannabis and vineyards but nothing like what is happening in Santa Barbara County. Also the Wine Association and vineyard owners are neither proposing to ban cannabis growing structures which ar...
by Stephen Pepe
August 16th, 2019, 3:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Tyler. The Vintners CEO stated at the meeting I attended at Melville on Friday the 9th it was the: "position of the Vintners to ban cannabis in all AVAs in the county." The word "possibility" was never used. She previously stated that hoop houses should be banned within one mile of Santa Rosa and Hw...
by Stephen Pepe
August 11th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Hi Larry. The position of the Vintners Asso. is to ban cannabis in all Santa Barbara County AVAs. I was at a meeting on Friday at Melville and Alison, the Vintners Ex. Dir., said that was the Vintners' position. There were several Vintner Board members present and no one contradicted her. She in the...
by Stephen Pepe
August 10th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I have been surprised that no one from Oregon has posted. Oregon was legally growing cannabis in wine country before California. There is a major study from Australia on the subject. Unfortunately, I am technically unable to include it here. I can barely do emails. The findings are that eucalyptus o...
by Stephen Pepe
August 7th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3625

Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Hi. Santa Barbara is wrestling with large- 50+ acres- open field cannabis growing next to or near vineyards. This raises spray drift issues from the vineyards to the cannabis field and terpenes contamination from the cannabis field to the vineyard. Anybody in Oregon or elsewhere have any experience ...
by Stephen Pepe
July 18th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 75
Views: 4822

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Spear on HWY 246 in the Sta. Rita Hills.
by Stephen Pepe
July 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1391

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: 1391

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: 1391

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: 932

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: 760

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wines served at Queen's Dinner and US Embassy Dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 2692

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: 779

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2483

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 38
Views: 2599

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: 155

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: 328

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

Brian always did a great job with our fruit.

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