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by Todd Hamina
September 16th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9712

Re: Fires-Oregon

Clearing skies in parts of YC. Saw some blue sky out on vineyards yesterday evening and this morning. Take what we can get. If only they had raked the forest and swept up the leaves! Good to see actual clouds today Day 10 of smoke and haze. Folks can take action to mitigate the potential taint expo...
by Todd Hamina
September 15th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9712

Re: Fires-Oregon

While it hasn't rained, there has been a lot of moisture in the air the last few mornings.
This is encouraging. Still sucks though.
by Todd Hamina
September 14th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Claygate vineyard Pinot noir
Replies: 4
Views: 278

2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Claygate vineyard Pinot noir

We are getting close to shipping season again, and with all the craziness here in Oregon there isn't much to do outside... So I thought I would make an offer. The 2016 Claygate vineyard is delicious. It is also in a great spot so you could Pobega this and be content. Or you could be slightly more ci...
by Todd Hamina
September 10th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9712

Re: Fires-Oregon

Outside Lincoln City... mile post 1:
by Todd Hamina
September 8th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9712

Re: Fires-Oregon

Never seen anything like this here in Yamhill county.
by Todd Hamina
September 3rd, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 151
Views: 11906

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Grape Ink Wines.
by Todd Hamina
September 2nd, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Oregon Report
Replies: 21
Views: 2545

Re: Vinous Oregon Report

Now you're just being diplomatic. I'll stick with my assessment.
by Todd Hamina
September 1st, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Oregon Report
Replies: 21
Views: 2545

Re: Vinous Oregon Report

2019 is a growers year. It was very surprising how many top houses had botrytis and had to pick weeks before the fruit was ready. There's no doubt that quality will be all over the board. Caveat emptor.
by Todd Hamina
August 26th, 2020, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acid and aging
Replies: 25
Views: 1594

Re: Acid and aging

Hey. I'm in the middle of a bike race, but let me say this: tannins lift the perceived acidity. My 14's have a pH of 3.65 -3.8 but it doesn't taste flabby does it? You are doing the right thing by giving it air. Maybe invite Charlie Fu to come over and double decant it? Big Sky Spectaculaire. I am s...
by Todd Hamina
August 23rd, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Thank you too Jim!

He's considering Political Economy, but does enjoy Chemistry. I study up your reco's. Cheers.
by Todd Hamina
August 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Oh, and for sure eating at Cozy Corner again! (ThanksJR)
by Todd Hamina
August 23rd, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

We are driving my daughter back to her college in Savannah and my son is coming along to check out Tulane and Rhodes. He did freshman year at Quest U. In BC, Canada but will be transferring somewhere this Spring. Tough time to be a student too.

Curious to see how it all unfolds.
by Todd Hamina
August 22nd, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Thank you Jim! Your detail is a wonderful surprise.
by Todd Hamina
August 21st, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Went to Iris, Bari, and Hog & Hominy... enjoyed them all. Oh, and after Bari or Iris, make sure to head over to Lafayette's for music after dinner. My son decided to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, so this will probably become a regular thing for me. :) Anything new in Memphis that could be reco'...
by Todd Hamina
August 20th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick pinot question...black tea!
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Re: Quick pinot question...black tea!

Well, to begin with I'd like to say that I have zero proof, studies or evidence that can be scientifically demonstrated to support anything I believe. I think there are tea notes in most every wine, but if those notes are folded into a more dominant trait they become obfuscated, so for all purposes ...
by Todd Hamina
August 17th, 2020, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 55
Views: 1794

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

Pinot gris is the chicken breast of the wine world. Sure, it can be good on its own, but chances are that you have to do something to it to make it more interesting.
by Todd Hamina
August 13th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3104

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

There's a substantial difference between the Audouze method and a double decant (and water addition) to a beautiful old wine that's just been woken up from a long slumber.
by Todd Hamina
August 12th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Wine Tasting
Replies: 22
Views: 1434

Re: Willamette Wine Tasting

You could hit Lingua Franca by Cristom as well.
by Todd Hamina
August 9th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3104

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

I am all in favor of standing up bottles, and you can use a flashlight to check how much sediment is in the bottle at that time.
by Todd Hamina
August 9th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3104

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

i disagree. I think older wine actually needs air to shine. If it's a well stored wine of high quality, air won't hurt it. All anyone needs is a trip to Berns where they decant pretty much everything I guess if getting the beautiful old wine consumed quickly is your goal, then I agree with you. Dis...
by Todd Hamina
August 8th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3104

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

old wine is like muddy water—dirt in water. Stand the bottle up and the dirt goes to the bottom. Carefully pour off the clean wine. +1, a double decant is the best way to miss out on the beautiful and delicate components of older wines. i disagree. I think older wine actually needs air to shine. If...
by Todd Hamina
August 8th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3104

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

alan weinberg wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 4:14 pm
old wine is like muddy water—dirt in water. Stand the bottle up and the dirt goes to the bottom. Carefully pour off the clean wine.
+1, a double decant is the best way to miss out on the beautiful and delicate components of older wines.
by Todd Hamina
July 31st, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 67
Views: 3397

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

2007 was only tough if you weren't around in 1996 and 1997 (or earlier). Harry Peterson-Nedry on 2007: "As always, experience tells us not to freak out about dreary rain days, but to drink another cup of coffee, continue to pick on flavors and jump only when botrytis seems ready to show." How many ...
by Todd Hamina
July 31st, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 67
Views: 3397

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

2007 was only tough if you weren't around in 1996 and 1997 (or earlier).
by Todd Hamina
July 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5139

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

If you want something with screeching acidity, no fruit, and zero sugar, I'm sure there are plenty of people making wines that would suit your palate. Muscadet from a cool vintage might work? I made a 0 rs, full Malo, unfiltered Melon de Bourgogne too... If you have healthy lees the mid palate will...
by Todd Hamina
July 28th, 2020, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5139

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

My Riesling is a zero zero and unfiltered...
by Todd Hamina
July 26th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1715

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

A four hour lunch anywhere just sounds like heaven right now.
by Todd Hamina
July 25th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 151
Views: 11906

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

I really enjoy the Hundred Suns and Flaneur wines. Grant and Renee do great work with their own label(Hundred Suns) and the wines Grant is making for Flaneur have been some of my favorite WV wines over the past couple of years. Buying fruit from 2 of Flaneur’s estate vineyards. Doing a SVD of one o...
by Todd Hamina
July 17th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 151
Views: 11906

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Parra wines. Kicks it off with Eola-Amity Hills Tempranillo from Zenith vineyard.

Disclaimer: he's a client.
by Todd Hamina
July 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 67
Views: 3397

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

Historically, years with their hottest day being in August are my favorites.
by Todd Hamina
July 3rd, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc

Folks will rethink Pb.
by Todd Hamina
June 27th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Garlic Stems?

When I lived in Changsha, Hunan PRC our cook would loosely chop them and the wok them up with garlic and red pepper flakes. Hot and delicious.
by Todd Hamina
June 22nd, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard

There are a handful of cases left of this wine. For me there is no summer shipping (historically), so I will be putting an offering together in September. Then just wait on the weather. Thanks for the kind words.
by Todd Hamina
June 21st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2014 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Youngberg Hill Vineyard

Thanks Adam. This wine is 50% whole cluster, no new oak, and a field blend of Pommard and Wadenswil planted into a mix of volcanic and marine sedimentary soils. For those of you up to speed on Youngberg Hill, it's Natalie's block. - the photo is a straight up pic of the entry level WVPN which in 201...
by Todd Hamina
June 20th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1261

Re: Rhône white wines

Josh Raynolds just wrote them up in May over at Vinous.
by Todd Hamina
June 19th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 13
Views: 518

Re: TN: 1993 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Jim Anderson wrote:
June 19th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Still a Ken Wright wine back then.
+1 the early 90's Ken wines from DS and PC were very beautiful efforts.
by Todd Hamina
June 16th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!
Replies: 23
Views: 1180

Re: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!

Brian Glas wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 10:14 am
Patrick T a y l o r wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 8:18 am
Be on the lookout for the 2007 vintage. It was particularly shitty.
Agreed. I had a 2007 Biggio Hamina Deux Vert last week that was very nice. Bob Wood would have approved.
Shitty is what I do.
by Todd Hamina
June 15th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)

Thanks Gents, I tried not to lean into this wine too much. 20% whole cluster, 42 days in the fermenter, 22 months in neutral (old) barrels, spontaneous primary and secondary ferments, unfiltered and racked once for bottling. So, the usual...
by Todd Hamina
June 13th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12327
Views: 467569

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Vikrant Rachakonda wrote:
June 12th, 2020, 6:22 pm
2010 stony hill chardonnay; lemon/peach/melon notes on the nose made me think this was going to be a big, rich Chardonnay, but instead this was very restrained and crisp on the palate. What a lovely wine!
I have always been surprised at how consistently delicious these wines deliver.
by Todd Hamina
June 5th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1544

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

There's a bunch of different thinking that goes into making a wine for each closure. Apples and oranges...
by Todd Hamina
May 31st, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s In The Bottle Echezeaux or Grand Echezeaux?
Replies: 17
Views: 1529

Re: What’s In The Bottle Echezeaux or Grand Echezeaux?

Ran out of Echezeaux corks. Finish the run with the GE corks...
by Todd Hamina
May 30th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Maurice Écard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: TN: 2015 Maurice Écard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons

Good discovery. My thought has always been that you'll find tasty wine at nice prices in Savigny-les-Beaune. This Ecard generation is doing nice work too.
by Todd Hamina
May 26th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Mystery Box
Replies: 36
Views: 3595

Re: Mystery Box

I have enough older single vineyard Pinot to make three more six packs of the "older Mystery Box" variety. $265 and I will ship in the Fall. Thanks.

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