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by Al Osterheld
August 18th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3895

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Avocados are a water intensive crop, but so is marijuana. Not sure which uses more (probably depends on choice of metrics). But, I do know which one is causing the greater concern about impacts to the ecosystem.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 15th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3895

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

In addition to possibly tainting wine, another concern is whether someone who drank the wine would fail a drug test. I don't know enough about the chemistry of cannabis or drug testing to know whether this is a realistic concern.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 13th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3912

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

Well. No matter what happens, you'll want something to drink. So, buy what you want to drink. The price in the future may be higher or lower, just buy something you will continue to want to drink. If the economy tanks hard, Nathan may be drinking pruno while lording it over the poor fools drinking 2...
by Al Osterheld
August 12th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1653

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

I've tried a couple of vintages of the Lichen PN/PG blend, generally quite nice.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 11th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée
Replies: 12
Views: 550

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

I drank a bottle of the 2011 La Croix Boissee about a year and half ago, agree it's quite nice!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 11th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The original post didn't just state a large number of people were leaving, rather that they were fleeing because CA is "off the charts hyper-regulated, environmentally excessive, business unfriendly state" (as described by someone that was quoted). I understood Neal's claim he was wrong to include t...
by Al Osterheld
August 9th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?

Don't take Old La Honda Road. Other than that, the mapping apps tend to be okay.

It's not so much that is slow, just stressful.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 9th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3236

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

As a brand new winery, I think you will probably need to start out mostly mailing list as opposed to club until people get to know your wines and style. It's also worth some thought about how to best get your wines in front of people. Marketing is the hardest part of the business for most new, small...
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Mel Hill wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
Al Osterheld wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:23 am
There may be bodies buried under the reservoir.

-Al
Jimmy Hoffa?


[wow.gif] champagne.gif
Has anyone seen Brinkman lately?

I think the point was that secret or implied information has the same value as invisible money.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

There may be bodies buried under the reservoir.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3480

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Not sure we will forgive, but we will forget.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3480

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

The kinetic processes that mix the different components of the gas take some time. So, if you are actively producing CO2, like when a wine is fermenting, it takes some time to diffuse out of the fermentation vessel. When fermentation stops, you need some other method to protect the must/wine from ox...
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 3480

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

FYI, as has been discussed in other threads, argon does not form a protective layer because it's heavier than oxygen. At any temperature where the wine is liquid, the gas molecules are moving at pretty high velocities and colliding with each other. These processes keep the different gases in a bottl...
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 3830

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

I find it depends on the wax. With a pliable wax and young corks, just ignore it. Over time, some wax gets less pliable and the corks less sturdy so you can end up with corks breaking especially if the wax is thicker.

And then there is the lovely shellac type wax on Puffeney and Raveneau.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 7th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Pretty sure the regulatory agencies just consider the construction folks agents of the owner of the property. Whether Rhys pursued claims against them would be their decision, but I don't think he will be discussing here in either case.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 7th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Not an expert, I would think it's difficult to get permits while settlement of the notice of violations is pending.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Always wanted to try this wine, but it’s just about more expensive than any other carricante coming out of Italy. Wonder if those that own this wine have compared to the best Italian producers. It is a wine coming out of Italy, made by the former winemaker and vineyard use for one of the top produc...
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Yeah, I also think Carricante shows salinity, at least in the better regions of Mount Etna. It will be interesting to see how it performs in California.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1470

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Carricante also seems to have an interesting waxy textural component, a little reminiscent of Chenin but not as strong.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

And rather than hand money over to the State, they should have volunteered to fix all the damage, irrespective of the costs involved. My understanding is that they have agreed to fix the issues except for removing the vineyard, including fixing or decommissioning all preexisting roads on the ranch ...
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Uhhh..

Uhhh....I think that this is the vnyd where Kevin is doing Italian varieties, mainly Nebbiolo.
Tom
No, that vineyard is on Centennial Mountain west of Lake Sonoma.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

More than the vineyard, per se, I think the most significant environmental aspect is the potential erosion and sediment that could reach the waterways from the roads, preexisting reservoirs, and crossings. Some of that was present before the purchase but the owner acquired the responsibility to miti...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The Clarke Ranch land area is in two different river drainage basins, the South Fork of the Eel River, and the Ten Mile River. Both are important salmon and steelhead rivers, the Eel may be the most important salmon habitat on the West Coast of the US and is populated by wild rather than hatchery sa...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Not sure from your post whether you were misled from the thread title. The vineyard that is the subject of this thread is nowhere near Floodgate Creek, the Navarro River, or Anderson Valley. It also did not cover anything a steelhead ever saw. It's at higher elevations and the "stream" only exists d...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

They could have been ordered to take out the vineyard and restore that land as close as possible. I think the regulators decided the good that would be done by the restoration projects they would fund (fixing problems created by others) significantly exceeded any damage caused by covering half an ac...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Much of the water in the US starts out in small unnamed streams including seasonal and ephemeral streams (only present after rains). No one of the streams is important by itself, but collectively they are critically important and that's why they are regulated. Well, that's why they are currently reg...
by Al Osterheld
August 3rd, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

There are vineyards in Russian River Valley, Napa Valley, and other appellations that are located in wetlands, or at least in large areas that are frequently underwater during the rainy season. But, as was mentioned by someone else above, I think this is a case where "wetland" conjures an image at o...
by Al Osterheld
August 3rd, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Like others who have posted, I tend to give the benefit of doubt as far as motives and willful disregard for regulations when the whole story isn't known. As far as greed, buying nearly 5000 acres in this part of Mendocino County and developing a 20 acre vineyard is scarcely an act of greed. As far ...
by Al Osterheld
August 3rd, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Note, the thread title is incorrect. This area is up near Laytonville rather than in the Anderson Valley.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 2nd, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

There is a lot I would like to say about this over a glass of wine (or two!) but given the situation, I cannot do that now except for a few facts: . . .
A glass or two of sparkling wine, perhaps? Understandable you're unable to respond.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 2nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

If a stream passes through their property, they can use the water as long as no other entity has rights to the water, it stays within the same drainage system, and is not moved to a non-contiguous piece of property that does not touch the stream. They can use some of it or all of it. But, they can't...
by Al Osterheld
August 2nd, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28523

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

It’s 22 acre feet, not a 20+ acre lake unless the lake is only a foot deep.

The runoff regulations are a lot more strict in that county because of their specific circumstances.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 26th, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 126
Views: 5435

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

I can read Alfert’s posts(and do) to see that he’s smart, thoughtful person How can you know what wines he likes and still think that though? Reputedly he is a pretty brilliant lawyer - based on what he tells me - notwithstanding the drek that he drinks. I'm pretty certain his wine preferences are ...
by Al Osterheld
July 25th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 126
Views: 5435

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

K John Joseph wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Al Osterheld wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 11:39 am
FWIW, it’s difficult to imitate Klapp, his posts displayed a distinctive voice.

-Al
You may not know what this means, but the applicable term for Klapp's argumentative tone is "condescending".
Yes, intentionally so at times. Even so, it had Klappian style.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 25th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 126
Views: 5435

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

FWIW, it’s difficult to imitate Klapp, his posts displayed a distinctive voice.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 22nd, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 180
Views: 10417

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Sales tax for which state, ie, CA or your state?

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 20th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3679

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Cleaning is fine. As someone said, need to turn it into a zen thing.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 17th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Harringtons...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: TN: Two Harringtons...(short/boring)

I have it on good authority that the Harrington cellar crew are among the best dang sanitizers in the business, we live to clean stuff. Bit uppity at times, though.

I’m also a fan of the Falanghina.

Full disclosure, I’ve been part of the cellar crew for a number of years.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 17th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2227

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

Etienne from Pradeaux told me how frustrating the rose market is to him. "The market wants it released asap, but the wines need time". I think almost all the top rose wines benefit from a year or two of age. It is a nice situation for the consumer, because a lot of this stuff gets closed out as ret...
by Al Osterheld
July 16th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 180
Views: 10417

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

As mentioned, California recently passed a law that require NY retailers (not the state) to register with CA, collect and remit CA sales tax on tangible goods sold for shipment to CA if they have at least $100,000 in sales in CA or 200 separate transactions in CA. What NY require of the NY retailer ...
by Al Osterheld
July 16th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 180
Views: 10417

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

In California the law until recently was that you needed to report and pay use tax for out of state purchases that did not collect California sales tax, but you received a credit for any sales tax paid to another state (not to exceed the CA use tax). Now, out of state sellers are required to collect...
by Al Osterheld
July 12th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post
Replies: 22
Views: 1195

Re: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post

I learned callipygian from Time magazine when I was a teenager. Reading is its own reward.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 6th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you make popsicles out of wine
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Can you make popsicles out of wine

Wine wouldn't make a very good popsicle in a normal refrigerator freezer, would be more of a slush on a stick.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
July 1st, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to read back label on Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Re: How to read back label on Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

I love the mature character from the extra reserve wine (and average age compared to most NV Champagnes). I also think the style is more consistent across base vintages.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 30th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to read back label on Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Re: How to read back label on Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

Yes, 2008. But, note only 60% is the base vintage.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 28th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 180
Views: 10417

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I also think Bordeaux is their best area, fairly weak in most other wine sections. Their Champagne selection is especially weak.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 22nd, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 605549

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Yes, except priority limit was $2,775 at the time of the bankruptcy filing (and when claims were filed). The trustee has also filed a final report and some other documents, but need a PACER account to access them.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 21st, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1259

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

The last set of cuttings were brought into the US a number of years ago (probably 2010 or 2011), but they have to go through quarantine and then a series of treatments to rid them of any viruses that were found. This takes different amounts of time depending on the extent of the treatments required....
by Al Osterheld
June 21st, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1259

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

They still have a small nursery, but outsourced the commercial nursery work to NovaVine about 15 years ago (and I think other commercial nurseries also have some of the clones they imported).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
June 11th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 605549

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

BTW, the link to the info site on the Premer Cru bankruptcy proceedings is given below:

https://www.bmcgroup.com/restructuring/ ... ientID=384

-Al

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