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by Stephen Pepe
February 19th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 45
Views: 1540

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: 3617

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: 1054

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: 3617

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: 493

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: 167

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: 296

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: 296

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: 724

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: 724

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: 441

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: 525

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: 288

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: 5351

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: 346

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: 904

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: 1031

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: 1031

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: 125

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: 222

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: 151

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: 987

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: 516

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: 531

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: 981

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: 981

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: 1258

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: 1014

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: 189

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: 189

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: 3605

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: 746

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: 672

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: 1928

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: 1928

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...
by Stephen Pepe
July 9th, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Arcadian Chardonnay Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 266

TN: 2010 Arcadian Chardonnay Clos Pepe Vineyard

Joe does a great job with our fruit. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
July 6th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Rita Hills visiting
Replies: 30
Views: 1203

Santa Rita Hills visiting

Brian Loring sources grapes from about a dozen vineyards including several in the Santa Rita Hills.
by Stephen Pepe
June 24th, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Braving the Heat in Support of Preserving CA Historic Vineyards
Replies: 24
Views: 1185

Braving the Heat in Support of Preserving CA Historic Vineyards

Hi Tom the rationale is that vineyards and wineries should not have commercial activity on AG land. They should just grow grapes and make wine. They also proposed to ban vineyard painting classes and yoga classes. Winemaker dinners were also limited. Their is a very strong no growth/no tourist philo...
by Stephen Pepe
June 24th, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rediscovering Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Replies: 26
Views: 1072

Rediscovering Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Mitch as to cost we received the industry discount. Their price is in line with most SRH single vineyard producers. Some are in the $75 per bottle range. Consider joining their wine club. Most wine clubs offer a 15-20% discount. I agree with Larry about Kessler our neighbor to the west. I should hav...
by Stephen Pepe
June 22nd, 2017, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Braving the Heat in Support of Preserving CA Historic Vineyards
Replies: 24
Views: 1185

Braving the Heat in Support of Preserving CA Historic Vineyards

In the recently defeated Santa Barbara County Winery Ordinance, the Planning Department and Planning Commission banned vineyard walks, hikes and charity 5K runs. [wow.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
June 22nd, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rediscovering Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Replies: 26
Views: 1072

Rediscovering Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Justin Willet, the owner and winemaker for Tyler, has just purchased the 40 acres to the east of us and planted a vineyard. Also a new vineyard you should try is Spear. Hilliard Bruce, whose vineyard is behind us to the west, makes Sky - a 13.5 alcohol from the Calera Clone. I had it last week at th...
by Stephen Pepe
June 12th, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Santa Barbara Tasting Tour - Day One (Loring Wine, Lompoc)
Replies: 11
Views: 919

A Santa Barbara Tasting Tour - Day One (Loring Wine, Lompoc)

+1 on Brian. He has always done a great job with our fruit.
by Stephen Pepe
June 3rd, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Looking for a "special occasion" restaurant in Florence
Replies: 19
Views: 964

Looking for a "special occasion" restaurant in Florence

For a view and ambiance Sessio on the top of the Westin Excelsior over looking the Arno. We had the ravioli stuffed with Ribolita and black truffles, veal wellington and pigeon all very good. Schedule you dinner about half an hour before sunset. Another choice is the Winter Garden by Ciano at the St...
by Stephen Pepe
June 1st, 2017, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arcadian Visit
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Arcadian Visit

Joe has always done a great job with our fruit. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Pepe
May 17th, 2017, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dining & Lodging Recommendations for Greenwood MS
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Dining & Lodging Recommendations for Greenwood MS

Any recommendations? Thank you. Steve.
by Stephen Pepe
May 16th, 2017, 8:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Memphis TN, Greenville & Natchez MS
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Memphis TN, Greenville & Natchez MS

Hi, We will be spending two nights each in Memphis TN, Greenville and Natchez MS any recommendations on restaurants or places to visit would be appreciated. Thank you. Steve.
by Stephen Pepe
May 11th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is using DIAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 1837

Who is using DIAM?

We use Diam.
by Stephen Pepe
April 20th, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Tuscany and would like winery recs to go visit
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Visiting Tuscany and would like winery recs to go visit

+1 Felsina. Last year in Chianti Classico we visited Poggio Amorelli. You can make an appointment to have lunch while you are wine tasting. Saint Agnese Farm is also a cooking school and makes a great Balsamic vinegar. We had lunch there and their lasagna was one of the best we have enjoyed. We hire...
by Stephen Pepe
April 14th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Pommard taken the crown?
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Has Pommard taken the crown?

We planted our vineyard to Pommard, 115, 667 & 777. During our 20 years the Pommard has always come to the top followed by the 667 and then the 115 and 777. If I am around long enough to replant the vineyard I would use only Pommard and 667.

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