August West

4152252891 81 Dorman Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
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Situated in the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation is Gary Franscioni's Rosella's Vineyard. With perfect southeast exposure, the 50 acres of vineyard were planted over the course of seven years (1996-2003). Gary incorporated seven clones of Pinot Noir, three clones of Chardonnay, and two clones of Syrah, all on two different rootstocks, to create one of the most complex vineyards in California. Other than the fact that Gary is one of the world's premier wine grape growers, the flavors emanating from Rosella's Vineyard can be traced to two other important factors: soil and climate. The deep Arroyo Seco sandy loam soil that lies beneath the vineyard provides a hospitable home for the vines at Rosella's. Gary farms the vineyard on a vine by vine basis, making sure that each vine's root system is well-established before allowing a crop to hang. These same soils could easily ripen a crop three times the size of Rosella's typical two to three tons per acre, however Gary chooses to keep the tonnage Read more »

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  • Trump is trying to win over the ignorant ones with statements like this from yesterday:"They can't beat us at the voting booths so they are trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want," the President told the crowd, during a vintage performance in the heart of Trump country, Huntington, West Virginia."I just hope that the ... Read More

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  • As usual the event will be at my house.  South American wines will poured for the most part - and most of those will be from the local area.  What does that mean?  Won't be any high end wines, just wines that are readily available to the people attending - which will be a different group also.This going to a family style backyard bbq, just frien... Read More

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  • HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 TO EVERYONE FROM ME, amour!It is clearly a great pleasure to re-join you all,  after a long and very busy impasse (and thank the high heavens above, a healthy impasse!)Lovely to see the wine veterans here in action and equally lovely to meet the new wine lovers on the block!Here am I, amour, in the photo, at my home, having s... Read More

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  • I was strolling down the wine aisle last week when my eyes settled on a label. It sent me loopy! Its cute line drawing of an ancient castle drew my attention but those words...those unpronounceable words…Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh! If I’m struggling to cope imagine what poor Joe and Josephine Public are thinking, was my first thought. Where’s the win... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • There's a happy rumor (OK, it is more than a rumor.) that Myriad is going to release a 2014 Syrah from Halcon Vineyard grapes.  This sound pretty exciting to me.  I was introduced to Halcon here on Snooth and for the past few years I have been regularly ordering all their wines.  The opportunity to try another winemaker's interpretation of this ... Read More

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  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It was a blind tasting of three BC and one California.  Talk about getting out of the box.  For me this is tantamount to cross-dressing.  It started because Chester introduced me to the Kettle Valley "Hayman" reserve Pinot last year.  I really liked it, so when I found one (83 ca... Read More

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  • Amid the bitter drought wracking California vineyards is a very delicious oasis of hope. San-Francisco based Wine Institute spokesperson Gladys Horiuchi talked with regional agricultural publication Capital Press this past Friday about a beneficial side-effect of low water levels in West's biggest state: increased flavor despite decreased yield.... Read More

    From the article Drought Sprinkles Hope: California Winemakers Say Vines Fighting for Flavor

  • As a recently displaced New Yorker, I speak for all of NYC when I say, "Nothing exists west of the Hudson River." ;)I'm drinking this guy tonight. Bought three bottles based on recommendations from this forum. Any advice as to how long I should decant? I actually don't have a lot of exposure to zinfandel or zin heavy blends. Just looked back thr... Read More

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  • I spearheaded this incredible custom design last month. The ambient temperature in my region is approximately 55 degrees throughout the day; ideal for harnessing the explosive potential lurking within this vast selection. The tight seal on this cellar door makes for the perfect, dank environment. I have plans to expand later this year. Okay, eno... Read More

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