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Re: VinePair: Schioppettino

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:39:08 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Mildly interesting article by CourtneySchiessl in VinePair about the recovery of Schioppettino in Friuli: [url=https://vinepair.com/articles/italian-wine-schioppettino-explainer/]VinePair:Schioppettino[/url] The article gives (correctly) credit to Dina & Paola Rapuzzi/Ronchi di Cialla for the resurrection of the grape. But it overlooks the contributions of Benito and Giannola Nonino for pushing the effort to revive Schioppettino along. A more complete story can be found in Vinous by Galloni: [url=http://www.vinous.com/articles/ronchi-di-cialla-s-schioppettino-di-cialla-1982-2010-jun-2017]Vinous:Schioppettino[/url] Her characterization of Schioppettino as like a cross between Syrah and CabFranc and a gateway to Italian wine for French loyalists strikes me as a bit of a stretch. If anything, I find Schioppettino to resemble Refosco dal PeduncolaRosso more than anything....but whataver. Anyway, two interesting articles on one of my favorite grapes. Tom



Re: VinePair: Helicopter Harvesting in the Valtelline

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:38:45 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting article, if fairly basic, about Nebbiolo in the Valtelline: [url=https://vinepair.com/articles/wine-harvest-helicopter-italy/]Helicopters/Valtelline[/url] by StacySlinkard (who she?) and how NinoNegri is using helicopters to facilitate their grape harvest in those awesomely rugged vnyds. The first photo gives a sense of the heroic viticulture that takes place there. When I walked those vnyds of Balgera, I was mightly impressed. One stumble and you could wind up in the village hundreds of feet below. The article mentions the Bitto cheese (a DOP cheese) grown in the Valtelline way up in the BittoVlly. It's one my favorite Italian cheeses, as good if not better than Parmigiano for a grating cheese. You almost never find it in this country, alas. A great source in the area is Bottega Fratelli Ciapponi, in Morbegno, recommended to me by EmilioCastelli. They have wheels 10-15 yrs old, aging away in their cellar. Plus it's an outstanding source of Valtelline wines. She seems to b



Re: Hospice du Rhone 2018

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:43:59 UTC

Posted by Bob Davis:
I get that. I've already decided to ass this year after looking at the finances. A trip to Sonoma is always in order.



Re: Sutter Home....

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:27:59 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
This title should pretty much stop everyone dead in their tracks from reading this very interesting article by KatherineCole (who she?) on the rise of the Trinchero family to power: [url=https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-trinchero-built-a-wine-empire/]Trincheros[/url] from their humble SutterHomeFamily origins. It's actually a quite interesting read and I learned a lot I'd never known before. SutterHome is, of course, the wnry that rode the WhiteZin horse to fame. Which now, of course, earns them the derision of anybody w/ a serious interested in wine. It shouldn't be that way. Should I mention I followed SH from the very start?? Sort of. When they started SH after prohibition, Bob & Mario Trinchero specialized in bulk wines sold out of the barn across from LouisMartiniWnry on Hwy 29. I never had any of those bulk wines. NapaVlly folks would show up at SH, gallon jugs in hand, and fill-er-up from the spigot there. In the early '60's, SH started bottling their own wine. In the late '60's



Re: Happy New Year

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:12:03 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
Indeed, happy new year to all, may our collective resolution to be to share more of our passion for wine here! We all benefit together!



Re: Punch: Bonne Looks Toward the 2018 Wine World

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:25:29 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting article in Punch by JonBonne (one of my favorite wine writers) on wine trends to look for in 2018: [url=https://punchdrink.com/articles/wine-trends-2017-and-wine-stories-that-will-shape-2018/]Bonne/2018[/url] Nothing really surprising or ground-breaking, but interesting. I like his name for wines that are not "natural": [b]Mainstream wines[/b]. The adherents of natural wines alwys like to label them "Industrial wines", to indicate their disapproval. But there are always some winemakers who cannot be easily labeled, who are not "natural", but certainly not "industrial". Just like people label other people as Democrat or Republican...so they don't have to think and get to know that other person's beliefs. Tom



Re: Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:42:14 UTC

Posted by R. Schiffman:
Fascinating story. Thanks. Although it was all I could do to make it through "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" when it came out, he appeared to be a remarkable man in many ways. All the best to you on reaching the ripe young age of 0o113 --Rod



Re: SacBee: MikeDunne Reminisces w/ Winemakers

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:50:24 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting article in today's SacBee : [url=http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article190431539.html]SacBee:Reminisces[/url] in which Mike gathers up some interesting comments from winemakers over the yrs. Tom



Re: Taos Winter Wine Festival Schedule Now Up...

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:44:30 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
The schedule for the Taos Winter Wine Festival (Feb 1-4) has just been posted: [url=http://www.taoswinterwinefest.com/]TWWF[/url] The Seminars on Sat should be particularly good. RobertSinskey & Steve Matthiasson discussing their wines and Morgan Twain-Peterson & Jake Bilbro presenting their Zin/Syrah. Though he's not listed, KurtBeitler of Boheme is supposed to be there as well. Dave Gates will be presenting Ridge MonteBello on a Fri Seminar. I'll be there on Sat. Easy to recognize...goofy looks, ears that stick out, bright red spitoon. The skiing?? Too early to predict. Tom



Re: DougHillstrom on FingerLakes Wines

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:38:02 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Quite an interesting article by Doug Hillstrom on his top 12 FLX wines this year: [url=http://flxwine.info/the-12-most-important-wines/]FLXWines/Hillstrom[/url] This is not merely yet another list of top wines, but his general comments at the beginning of the article are worth reading, especially on the "natural" wines. Tom



Re: W&S: Alto Piemonte

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:54:29 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Quite an interesting & nicely done article by Stephanie Johnson in the latest W&S magazine on the AltoPiemonte: [url=http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/news/entry/alto-piemonte-a-renaissance-in-progress]W&S:AltoPiemonte[/url] , describing the recent resurgence of the region. I've noted a fair number of new producers appearing on the shelves from areas other than Gattinara in the last few yrs. For many yrs, the Quisimodo-shaped btls of Traveligini was about all you'd see, plus a few Antoniolo's. Their use of Vespolina/Croatina to take the fearsome tannic edge off the Nebbiolo is one of the advantages this area has over the B/B paradigm. Some exciting times up there. Tom



Re: JamieGoode on Natural Wines....

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:22:46 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article by JamieGoode on the Natural Wine Movement: [url=https://vinepair.com/articles/natural-wine-train/]JamieGoode/NaturalWineMovement[/url] in which he condemns to tendency of natural wines to show "process" at the expense of "terroir". And just when you thought all of the discussion of Natural wine had run its course. He attempts to define Natural wine w/ a list of permitted or forbidden additions. It's always puzzled me that Natural wine adherents forbid the addition of acids...but look the other way at the addition of sugar. A bit of hypocrisy? The interesting takeaway of this (yet another) article on Natural wines is that maybe the movement has run its course and will simply fade away into the sunset, having done its job. EGads...one can only hope. And where will that leave SweetAlice?? Searching for another windmill at which to tilt? Tom



Re: DorothyGaiter On JonBonne/Rules Book

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:32:10 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting, if rambling and unfocused, article by DorothyGaiter in GrapeCollective magazine: [url=https://grapecollective.com/articles/why-some-wine-writing-today-reminds-me-of-a-woody-allen-movie]GaiterArticle[/url] . I found it rather interesting in that she implies several wine writers (including LettieTeague and JonBonne) have plagarized some of her writing from their WSJ wine columns. It's a strange/bizarre article from somebody whose writings I usually like. She goes on to pillory wine experts and has little use for Jon's NewRules wine book. Tom



Re: W&S: Storybook On Fire

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:51:49 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A very nice and touching article in Wine&Spirits by JoshGreene: [url=http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/news/entry/storybook-on-fire]W&S:Storybook[/url] on the effects of the fire on JerrySep's StorybookMtn. Fortunately, Jerry and CalFire were able to save his home, his daughter's home, and the winery. He lost some 2 acres of vines. Tragically, he lost a shop that had his inventory of old StoryBook Zins dating back to the '80's. Anyway, a sad but interesting read. Tom



Re: The Ultimate Expression of Terroir....

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:07:45 UTC

Posted by Dave Cuneo:
that Wines By Committee, such as the Apothic line, 99 Crimes line, etc are so good. They are blends, and thus, represent their terroir perfectly. I guess, however, by this lady's definition, a blend of different Barolo vineyards in a Barolo, 100% Nebbiolo, does not really express terroir as well as say, a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto (even better, blend in some Cab). :)



Re: Why Is It Important for a Region to have a Signature Grape??

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:28:53 UTC

Posted by Brad Harrington:
Yeah, Temecula needs Merlot!! And I ought to know!!



Re: We Lost Two: SethKunin & Ron Rawlinson

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:20:10 UTC

Posted by Brad Harrington:
Very sad to hear about Seth, he was a nice human. I had not heard about Ron, how tragic.



Re: Some Wineries Get It....and Others Are Clueless

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:23:35 UTC

Posted by Roland Dumas:



Re: TTL

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:11:22 UTC

Posted by fraser:
Thanks for biting! This is a Monchiero Barolo 1978 from the Montanello vineyard that was sold to me as a Montanello Barolo. Montanello is listed as one of the great vineyards of Castiglione Falletto by the Wine Atlas of the Langhe. Both Montanello and Monchiero make a barolo from this vineyard. Fraser



Re: Decanter: Jefford on Barolo/Barbaresco

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:55:16 UTC

Posted by Dave Cuneo:
That has been the "conventional wisdom" since my first Barolo and Barbaresco in the early 80's. I wonder if it still holds true (if it ever did) after all the new technology and style revisions of the past 30 years? Also, I have had many Barbarescos over the years that could easily have passed for a "forceful, powerful" Barolo, and Barolos that were more Barbaresco like in character, especially the "new wave" style wines. dc.



Re: SacBee: Dunne on Butte Cnty Wine

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:12:05 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article in ystrday's SacBee by Mike Dunne: [url=http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article183307491.html]SacBee:ButteCnty[/url] on the burgeoning (well...slowly growing) wine scene up in ButteCnty. Just to the North of Sacramento, centered around Oroville. I see know reason that they couldn't grow great wines there in the Eastern part of the cnty in the foothills. All they need is adventurous winemakers willing to plant something other than Cabernet and Chard. Obviously Areni Noir and Prunelart would be ideal matches for their soils & climate. I was glad to see none of the ButteCnty folks glorifying their area as the "next NapaVlly" and touting the cnty for its "warm days and cool nights as being ideal for grape growing". Also note that one Berton Bertagna has a wnry there named Bertagna Family Wnry. Wonder how long it's going to be until Domaine Bertagne in Burgundy comes after them?? Mike also mentions the potential of Tehama Cnty just to the North. Aimee Sunseri is doing so



Re: W&V: Sauvignon Musque in Monterey

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:14:37 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Very interesting article in Wines&Vines: [url=https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/191539/Musque-Clone-Sees-A-Revival-In-Monterey]W&V:SauvMusque[/url] on the rising popularity of the Sauvignon Musque clone (as opposed to the more common Wente clone) in Monterey because of the better farming. I was glad that the article gave credit to DougMeador (a man who doesn't get the recognition he deserves for his viticulture work for all Calif) for bringing it commercial success in Monterey. I, of course, followed DougMeador/Ventana from the very start in the late '70's. His first SauvBlancs (Wente clone) were dreadful, very herbaceous & vegetal & weedy. I remember when I first tasted his Sauv Musque w/ Doug and telling him the "Wow...this is something different". I think the DryCreekVnyds Taylor's SauvMusque is one of the finest SauvBlancs made in Calif. I wish more wineries would identify their SB's as Musque when they use it. Anyway...a nice read on a varietal that (like Semillon) should get



Re: SacBee: Dunne on Smoke Taint

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:03:00 UTC

Posted by Florida Jim:
The real story is about the perception that the vintage is compromised. Tourism is off by a factor of 10 and many folks who depend on visits are seeing them cancelled in droves. This vintage may be tagged by critics as unsellable (reference 2011, for different reasons) which would impact the economics of the small to medium winery far more than smoke taint. The reality is, that it will take time before we realize if smoke taint or fire damage are, in fact, an issue. The media loves sensationalilizing - at this point these stories do more harm than good. But you gotta be first . . . Best, jim



Re: Fires in Sonoma

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:45:19 UTC

Posted by BEB:
Powerful indeed. Thanks for posting.



Re: Southern Glazer's SOMM Journal: Sequoia Grove feature

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:34:44 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
I don't usually read Southern Glazer's The SOMM Journal since I was dropped from their freeby subscription list. Too many vapid articles and pics of hot chicks/cool dudes. But has I was browsing Barnes&Noble in KC last week, I noticed it sitting there on the shelf and picked it up to browse. Say whot....right there on the cover of the current issue is a familiar face....Molly Hill of SequoiaGrove. (Sorry...no link to the on-line issue is yet available). Molly (no relation...but the niece of Susan's) is. in reality, the winemaker these days at SequoiaGrove. Mike Trujillo is something like director of winemaking or some such, but Molly is the day-to-day winemaker and responsible for making SG the very good wnry it is today. The feature focuses mostly on Molly w/ many of the usual platitudes of making wines true to their terroir and with balance. But it's nice to see Molly being given due credit for what she does at SG. The article (correctly) highlights that SG makes some of the best NapaVlly Cabs t



Re: 2017 Harvest

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:28:20 UTC

Posted by BEB:
Echoing Sean's comments simply to say thanks for your annual post on the harvest. I'm sorry for your friends' losses and the losses of so many others. The pictures alone are devastating. I can't imagine living through it.



Re: WS: Camuto on the Collio Problem

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:23:33 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article in the WS by RobertCamuto: [url=http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Italian-Wine-The-Collio-Problem]Camuto/Collio[/url] on the "Collio Problem". The Collio producers feel there are too many varieties and winemaking styles that the "true" identity of the Collio is being lost in the noise and consumers are not having a true appreciation of their wines. Perhaps..but the diversity of the wines from Collio and Brda are what makes, to me, the area so interesting. Their solution is a DOCG identification for a Collio Grandes Selezione, that must be 50%-70% Friulano, and the balance Malvasia and Ribolla. Well....at least the emphasis is on local/indigenous varieties. And the wine will come in a "unique angular bottle". Ah...yes...the secret to marketing your "unique" wine. It's the exact same reason the bocksbuetel has made Francoina wines the most popular of all Germany. :-) But the emphasis is on indigenous native varities. So maybe Chard and SauvBlanc will fade into



Re: Great News.....Mencia in Calif

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:59:00 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
[quote=Brad Harrington]sad but true about Temecula. Oh well. When we get around to visiting Lodi, I will contact you for suggestions. I've heard Bokisch is worth a visit too. Never even tasted their wines. [/quote] Yup, Bokisch is doing some good stuff. And Ron Silva at Silvaspoons is worth a visit. Tom



Re: JonBonne on Fiano....

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:24:04 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
In Punch, JonBonne makes a case for the greatness of Campagnia's Fiano grape: [url=https://punchdrink.com/articles/guide-fiano-southern-italy-essential-white-wine/]Bonne/Fiano[/url] He recommends the Ciro Picariello, one that is imported by OliverMcCrum, and one that I particularly like...everything you'd want in a white wine. Oliver asserts that Fiano is a wine that can age particularly well, though I've not yet had an older one. And Jon, correctly, gives props to Ryan&Megan for their Ryme Fiano. Tom



Re: Galloni on SantaBarbara

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:54:11 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
AntonioGalloni has a new report on SantaBarbara: [url=http://www.vinous.com/articles/santa-barbara-better-than-ever-sep-2017]Galloni/SantaBarbara[/url] where the main focus seems to be on the Pinot/Chard paradigm, a sidewise glance at Syrah, and a neglect of many of the other exciting things going on in SantaBarbara. I was particularly amused & broke out into a big gaffaw over his "What I Did Not Like This Year" comment: [quote="Antonio"] SantaBarbara Nebbiolo is not Barolo or Barbaresco[/quote] Well.....doh !! I think SteveClifton's Nebbs are first rate/world-class...with some age on them. As are JimClendenen's. And Marisa & Kris' Bevela Teroldego is right up there w/ Elisabetta's. Anyway, an interesting, if a bit superficial, read. Tom



Re: Revisiting The Retro Wines of Our Youth

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:56:51 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article by MaryOrlin: [url=http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/26/8-retro-wines-blue-nun-lancers-riunite-where-are-they-now/]RetastingRetro[/url] on retasting the retro wines of our youth (which, for me, was not all that long ago) like Lancers & Riunite & BlueNun. Tom



Re: Decanter: Jefford on Rebula

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:57:09 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A very interesting & nicely done article in Decanter by AndrewJefford: [url=http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/rebula-slovenia-white-wine-377456/]Rebula[/url] from the recent International Rebula MasterClass recently held in GoriskaBrda. Wonder how that compares to the Mathiasson's RibollaFest in Napa. We spent 5 days in Brda last year & tried every Ribolla and Refosk I could get my hands on. The Vinoteka Brda in Dobrovo is an outstanding place to try a lot of different wines. I agree w/ Andrew's take on the glories of Rebula/RibollaGialla. Tom



Re: Punch: Bonne on the Future of Calif Wine

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:51:40 UTC

Posted by Brad Harrington:
Good points Marc.



Re: Terroirist: Isaac on New Italian Grapes Book

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:45:38 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A very glowing by by our IsaacBaker in today's Terroirist blog: [url=http://www.terroirist.com/2017/09/book-review-italian-wine-unplugged-grape-by-grape/]ItalianWineGrapes[/url] on a new book on Italian wine grapes. I'm in when the paperback comes out in Dec. Tom



Re: Cleaning Stained Wine Glasses

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:35:55 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
I had purchased some awhile ago but never got around to using it until today. Five Star PBW is awesome for cleaning wine glasses. I first tried it in the dishwasher with little positive results. I then put 2-3 ounces per gallon in a plastic tub and soaked for wine glasses in there for about an hour. Most of the wine and water stains came off and a soft scrubber got the rest off easily. I think it's about $12 for a jar of it, well worth it (I think the substance is usually used for cleaning beer making equipment). Only wish I had used it sooner!



Re: WE: Bryan Harrington on Obscure Varieties

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:06:57 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
Enjoy trying Bryan's wines. Don't always love them from a pure pleasure standpoint but can easily get behind his project per se. Would love to see more people try his wines.



Re: Help with WA wines please?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:21:58 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
I don't drink much Washington state wine but based on perusal of what I have tasted (and ignoring the standard bearers such as Leonetti, Andrew Will, Quilceda Creek, Cayuse)... Isenhower Cellars McCrea Cellars Woodward Canyon DeLille Cellars Matthews Hope these help!



Re: Goings On at Kermit Lynch

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:04:12 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
I have noticed that as well. Same thing with Rosenthal. Some of the "first generation" small production winery importers are branching out and refreshing their brand. Due in part to losing some producers but probably also tired of the "second" or "third" generation importers eating their lunch via hot new shiny wineries. I have definitely had my interest piqued more often by KL or Rosenthal offerings than I remember was traditionally the case. That said, a lot of the new additions are $25-$30 and up per bottle, not so many new additions under $20 retail.



Re: SacBee: Dunne on Greek Varieties in Calif

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:08:45 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
The SacBee's MikeDunne has an interesting article [url=http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/]GreekInCalif[/url] on the growing of Assyrtiko and Moschofilero by AimeeSunseri at NewClairvaux in Vina/TehamaCnty in Calif. As expected, DarrellCorti has his fingers in this pot. Aimee is a member of the Nichelini family and makes their wine, I believe. "Why Not?" Darrell says to planting Greek varieties at NewClairvaux. I would assert that it is totally stupid to plant Assyrtiko at NewClairvaux when we know that SauvBlanc and PetiteSirah grow perfectly well there. Why grow Assyrtiko when you can get that from Santorini and at a cheaper price. It makes no rational sense at all. Pure hubris, plain and simple. Also in the article, Mike mentions that JoshBendick/Holly'sHill has made a Picpoul that has dry hops added to it during fermentation. Sounds pretty exotic. And that they have made a skin-contact Roussanne. Something that Donkey&Goat has been doing for yrs w/ their StoneCrusher. Both wines I'd love t



Re: Peter Stolpman on Nebbiolo

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:03:53 UTC

Posted by Dave Cuneo:
IF he wants it to sell, he needs to add Petite Sirah to get that inky black color, use lots of oak chips/staves/concnetrate, minimum acidity, leave some residual sugar in it (the more the better) and call it "Black Barolo" or some such name. :)



Re: British Columbia

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:45:58 UTC

Posted by Sean_Devaney:
Paging Bill Spohn. I bet he can steer you right (in more ways than one).



Re: Villa Creek Restaurant in Paso Robles has closed

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:28:07 UTC

Posted by Bob Davis:
Makes sense. Considering the shelf price of VC wines these days they must be doing very well. Good for them.



Re: Remembering Fabrizio....

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:49:37 UTC

Posted by Bob Davis:
A lot of great.memories from there.



Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Montipulciano d'Abruzzo

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:47:10 UTC

Posted by Dave Cuneo:
Hi Tommaso, The wines he mentions as being over $100, Pepe and Valentini, are, to the best of my knowledge, old school wines, arch traditional, and not slathered with new French oak, at least, they weren't back in the day when I was able to get my hands on some. However, no doubt there ARE a number out there which have high relative price tags and ARE slathered with new French oak, soaked in it I would say. :)



Re: Wilson Winery tasting room oddity

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 08:15:22 UTC

Posted by Roland Dumas:
They have been silent. I wrote a Yelp review, which is now the first one you see. I then tweeted a link to it directly to the owner. I'll drop a copy into the snail mail. I also see a pending charge on my credit card for wine I didn't buy. ...and no, I didn't participate in any event. ...and yes, I requested a manager, whereupon I got the male who refused to honor the policy.



Re: LATimes: Comiskey on Roussanne

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 06:35:23 UTC

Posted by BEB:
Thanks for the link, Tom. It's a good read. Some Stolpman wine made its way to a local watering hole where a waitress offered me a sample just last week to get my read. The conversation almost immediately shifted to the l'Avion.



Re: Just What I Need...

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:14:48 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
Nope. Good to know it's out there for all the free time in my life.



Re: Ch.Routon Ports????

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:32:52 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Anyone have any experience w/ the Ch.Routon Ports made up in FairPlay/ElDorado?? No WebSite that I can find. JimOlsen, who founded JWMorris PortWorks, is their winemaker. Who I happened to have followed from the very start. I see JimOlsen's name on some of the NakedWines wines. Anybody tried those wines or know the back story on his connection w/ Naked Wines? Tom [url=http://fairplaywine.com/chateau-routon-winery-2/]Ch.Routen[/url]



Re: Importers Who Do DTC??

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:19:12 UTC

Posted by BEB:
No, I'm no help, but thanks much for the information and the links. These sellers were unknown to me. Thanks much.



Re: Server may be offline on Saturday, May 27th, between 12am and 6am.

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:56:50 UTC

Posted by Brad Harrington:
[quote]Cordero: Saturday, May 27th, between 12AM and 6AM. During this move our server portal will be offline.[/quote] Our server provider is moving their data center and will have some down time. Hopefully it is a minimal problem for us.