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Scholium harvest party Sept. 24

Posted by dmcker, Sep 9, 2011.

You might want to catch this, NapaGirl.


From Abe Schoener/the scholium project:

We begin harvesting fruit this morning: own-rooted and ancient Cinsault from the Phillips Family's Bechtold Ranch. I am actually writing you from the truck on the way to the vineyard.
This is the beginning of harvest. Long-awaited over a cool summer.

It is time for another important activity. We finished bottling our last release two weeks ago, and now we are ready to begin shipping wine. Before we do so, we want to invite everyone who has already purchased wine-- and who might still purchase wine-- to pick up their wine at a party to celebrate the beginning of harvest-- and the successful completion of bottling.

I know that many of you live way too far away to take advantage of this invitation. We cannot offer the same opportunity away from the winery, but I have made a constant effort to hold events (like the last barrel tasting) in NY, and I am planning new events in Florida, Georgia, and Texas for next year. Tulsa too is in my sights. Let me know if there is somewhere else I should aim for.

If you would like to review the current release, you may do so here. If you would like to come the pickup party, but have not yet ordered wine, we suggest that you order a little in advance. Or cross your fingers that you like something that we pour for you at the party. It would be a pity if you had nothing to pick up.

We look forward to feasting you.
If you would like to join us, please RSVP. We will confirm the first 25 respondees. Please indicate whether you will be picking up and partying, or simply partying. We are eager to see you.


details of the party
the wines



investigating Matthiasson Chardonnay with guests

there will be snacks. Cheese and grilled sausage and some nice fresh local vegetables. And good bread.

TIME: 4:00 pm, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24. Get there on time.


Reply by napagirl68, Sep 9, 2011.

Oh yes I would, Dmcker...  do you have to be a wine club member/ on a list or something?

Reply by napagirl68, Sep 9, 2011.

I rsvp'd anyways... see what happens.   Cinsault said it all for me :-)

Reply by dmcker, Sep 9, 2011.


Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 12, 2011.

dmcker, this has wider appeal than just NG.  But once again(!) Scholium manages to do an event on a weekend where I'm already committed. Next year, I am turning down every event in September so I can lurk in vineyards.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 13, 2011.

OK, Fox, here's one for you, this Friday at Acme:



The word 'legendary' gets tossed around a little too flippantly these days, don't you think? A 2-for-1 coupon for pizzas isn't legendary, and neither is the career of Ms. Britney Spears (no offense, Brit). 

No, we here at ACME reserve the use of this word for bigger things, like the impact made by our guest this Friday evening. Dr. Richard Grant Peterson has worn a lot of hats in the wine industry, notably as the Winemaster at BeaulieuVineyards from 1968 to 1973, working along side André Tchelistcheff. He also designed and invented the Peterson steel barrel pallet- didn't know that, did you? He is also the patriarch of a delightful Napa Valley family, which happens to include his famous daughter, Heidi Peterson Barrett

There's a lot more you should know. Dr. Peterson helped to bring a special clone of Pinot Noir to the United States, which had been found coiling up a rock wall in Southern England in the 1950s, an ancient leftover bit of biologic material from the Roman Empire. This remarkable artifact was safely transported to the US where Dr. Peterson worked with UC Davis researchers to identify the strange looking grapes as a clone of Pinot Noir, one never seen before outside of that tiny town in England. 

Dr. Peterson eventually planted a tiny amount of the Wrotham ("root-am") Clone Pinot Noir here in Napa, and the results were worth the years of research and waiting. The grapes produce remarkable still and sparkling wines (made in the méthode champenoisebien sûr), and we'd love you to sample those wines this Friday. 

Dr. Peterson will be here to share sips of the wine, and the background of this wonderful tale of world history, vituculture and enology. The wines will be available for purchase that evening, and Dr. Peterson can even sign a bottle for you as a one of a kind collector's item. 

Won't you join us? 

This Pulse event happens Friday, September 16th from 5 PM - 7 PM here at ACME Fine Wines.This tasting is complementary, but we invite you to purchase your favorite bottle as a thank you to Dr. Peterson for sharing his wealth of knowledge. 

Have a wonderful day, 

ACME Fine Wines


1080 Fulton Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 13, 2011.

And I am in LA for continuing education this weekend.  Small compensation:  Last weekend, the major event was the wedding of a friend's daughter... the friend is dir of ops at a top notch winery in Healdsburg, known for pinot, chardonnay and bubbles, so, in addition to a beautiful ceremony officiated by my brother in law, there was first rate wine.

Still, no plans next September... and I have to figure out a way to make it to one of the ACME events between now and then.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 13, 2011.

Well if you're back on Saturday (which seems doubtful), or for you again, NapaGirl, here's an event this Saturday in Berkeley at Kermit Lynch's with Cafe Fanny's cooperation. I'd visit if I was in the East Bay...



After a rainy winter (and two rare snowstorms), this has been a summer of persistent mistral—the legendary wind of Provence. Wind doesn’t begin to describe it. The mistral roars down the Rhône Valley and seems to take a left turn as it approaches Marseille. From the west, then, it attacks my place near Bandol. It is known to drive people stark raving mad.

Richard Olney told me that at times he’d stay in bed with pillows over his head trying to escape the howl of a raging blowhard.

You don’t go to the beach, no grilling outdoors, branches flying by, broken vines, forest fires, and when you open your door, every other door in the house slams shut.

Yesterday I was, er, up to here with a big one. Company due, chops to grill—impossible. I phoned Alain Pascal at Gros ’Noré.

“Hey, Alain. This mistral . . .” I actually growled—grrrrr!

“Don’t gripe. The mistral is our doctor,” he said.

It took me a moment, then I recalled Lucien Peyraud saying, on one of my earliest visits to Tempier, “The mistral is God’s gift to the vignerons here—when the nights are humid or it rains, the mistral blows the grapes dry so we don’t have to worry about rot.”

Don’t let me scare you away from Provence Day—we will not re-create a mistral, however poetic or beneficial some consider it.

But we will fire up the grill, peel some garlic, and uncork a bevy of delicious Provençal wines. We’ll block off our parking lot, set up tables and tents, and have a natural blast! Oh yeah, almost forgot the live music. What more do you want, fer chrissake?

The event is presented by Café Fanny and our chef is, ta-da, Christopher Lee, with his pal Samin Nosrat. The price will be more than fair, as usual—we wouldn’t want to bug anybody—and the spirit of Provence and good times will prevail. Amen.

Note the date:


11 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

Event presented by Café Fanny

Santon de Provence posed in front of Paul Signac’s Port de Marseille



Reply by napagirl68, Sep 14, 2011.

FYI- I emailed Scholium and it is a "pick up party" only, from the response I got...   You need to order first, then may attend with an RSVP to pick up your wine.  I was invited to come, only if I ordered wine from the web first.  I totally understand this, and no worries on my part-   I just personally like to taste wine first before I buy.  I have enjoyed. very much, past vintages of their wines that I have procured from bay area wine shops. But I am mostly unfamiliar with the wines and/or vintages currently for sale....  Think I will pass this time...

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 14, 2011.

Let's try to meet up this weekend Fox.  Any time/day that works well for you?  I'm still not sure of my schedule but i'll let you know.  Still have a bit of trade-show hangover.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 14, 2011.

NG, are you on their mailing list? Doubt you'd get that response if you are....

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 14, 2011.

JD: I was about to send you a message.  Will do so via your inbox.

Reply by napagirl68, Sep 14, 2011.

@ Dmcker-  no, I am not on the email list, which is why I found out about the event here.  I have purchased their wines through BPwines and WineMine, but not directly via their site.  Again, I understand totally, no hard feelings... just wanted to let others know in case they wanted to attend.

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