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by Stephen Pepe
September 20th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Over the last two years the Santa Barbara Vintners have made several proposals to create a Wine Business Improvement District (BID) The 1st proposal was 2% on all California Direct to Consumer(DTC) sales and to use some of those funds to pay for marketing to grocery stores, wine shops, hotels and re...
by Stephen Pepe
September 15th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 13
Views: 2465

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

Try the out side restaurant at the SB INN on the ocean. There is a second INN at SB which is downtown.
Excellent Italian cuisine - VG pizzas.
by Stephen Pepe
September 4th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley

In Los Olivos see if Sides is open for lunch. Otherwise try the Los Olivos Cafe. In Los Olivos see if Larry Schaefer at Tercero is open. Also Solminer. Harvest has started and the small wineries with tasting rooms are stretched. Saarloos in Los Olivos does a tasting with cupcakes which is fun. When ...
by Stephen Pepe
September 4th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

SB VINTNERS 3RD WINE BID PROPOSAL FAILS. The SB Vintners 3rd Wine BID proposal to tax tasting room sales including food, merchandize etc. at 1 1/2% but not tax Wine Club sales and Trade sales was presented on August 18th in an informational meeting to the SB Board of Supervisors. Some Supervisors qu...
by Stephen Pepe
August 25th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Larry never explains why the Paso, Sonoma, Napa and Willamette Valley associations all have a robust association raising $2M+/- without taxing the tasting room sales to pay for the large wineries marketing costs to the trade. All these associations are voluntarily. The SB Vintners have refused to us...
by Stephen Pepe
August 24th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Hi Alex. Pros/cons are in the judgment of of the beholder. For the consumer- the tasting room consumer will pay 1 1/1/2% on all wine, wine merchandise and meals purchased at the tasting room. The wine club consumer and the hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and wine shops will not pay the 1 1/2%. T...
by Stephen Pepe
August 24th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Hi Larry. I will resist the temptation to return volley. I made my points. I am more interested in the folks on the Board's reaction. I understand that with harvest and the fires they have far more important things to do.
by Stephen Pepe
August 23rd, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Thanks Matthew. Brian was one of the first wineries to purchase our fruit when no one had heard of us. He stayed with us through out our run. He claims his great insight was to follow Uncle Sid-Adam Lee. Brian always did a great job with our fruit. He was a class act to work with for our fruit.
by Stephen Pepe
August 22nd, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

Hi Larry. Our connection is to the health and welfare of the SB Wine Industry. Cathy and I practiced law for 60 years and used our life savings to purchase 40 acres in 1994 in what would become the Sta. Rita Hills. No trust funds, or coupon clipping or inheritance or rich relatives-- just our life s...
by Stephen Pepe
August 21st, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Santa Barbara Vintners' latest Wine BID Proposal

A Business Improvement District (BID) was created in the middle of the last century by merchants to build and maintain parking lots for their customers in towns that could not afford to build them. In the later part of the last century the hotel folks created BIDS to raise funds to promote tourism. ...
by Stephen Pepe
August 4th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 125
Views: 4276

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Larry. Be patient-Darwin will solve the problem.
by Stephen Pepe
July 23rd, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Clones
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Pinot Clones

Hi. We planted 115, 667, 777 and Pommard 4. We also sold about 75% of our grapes by section. We made wine from all four clones. Over the 20 years about two dozen or so folks made wine from our grapes. This resulted in some wines being all from one or two clones. Each time we did a vertical or horizo...
by Stephen Pepe
July 21st, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want To Purchase A Winery / Vineyard in SB County? Now is your chance . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: Want To Purchase A Winery / Vineyard in SB County? Now is your chance . . .

Fiddlehead was also for sale a while back. Did it sell? Is it still for sale?
by Stephen Pepe
July 20th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 41
Views: 2572

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

If price is not an objection, then Burgundy. For Pinot in the $50 per bottle range- Santa Rita Hills. Just because I live in the SRH and grow Pinot does not make me biased does it?
by Stephen Pepe
June 27th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "draw the cork mean?"
Replies: 5
Views: 496

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: 20287

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: 1012

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: 1012

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: 398

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: 6382

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: 6382

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: 201

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: 1164

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: 1417

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: 1247

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: 283
Views: 15240

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: 1348

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: 2859

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: 2859

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: 2859

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: 2859

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: 2859

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: 2859

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: 1468

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: 359

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: 386

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: 2083

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: 2083

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: 13
Views: 2465

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: 3422

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: 1738

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: 1398

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: 390

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: 4021

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: 4021

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: 4021

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: 3992

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: 4021

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...

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