Wine Talk

Snooth User: dmcker

From Santa Cruz south through Monterey--coastal mountains, that is

Original post by dmcker, Mar 28, 2015.

I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the culture of the area is so rustic and counter-culture and remote and off-the-grid and non-commercial, or for some other reason entirely? Certainly to the east within Monterey there's good wine being made over in the Pinnacles, but that's across the Salinas valley. To the north good wine's been made in the Santa Cruz mountains for ages, or at least what passes for such in California. Further south there's lots of wine of varying quality being made down in Paso Robles. Why not up in those Big Sur mountains that are cooler and would seem to be at least the equivalent of The True in Sonoma if not even better?

Anybody have any answers?



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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 6, 2015.

Hey, OT, are they going to use recycled corks?  I think between the regulars here we could probably donate enough for the red zone, at least.  I've got about 300 corks sitting in containers at my house.  I can't think of a better product.

On other fronts, I'm bumping my non-wine thread.  Water plays a role in that, too.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 6, 2015.

At what point does reverse osmosis become economically viable--or perhaps from a different angle, where's the tipping point for enough motivation to develop newer, better technology that makes it cheaper?

Fox, how many people on these boards have been to Tassajara, do you think, besides me and apparently you?

Hunter Liggett area roads are great for racing. Got up over 145mph on them back in my foolish days (or my younger foolish days). We also raced on the San Marcos Pass road but obviously not at that speed. Dumb kids. But trucks work fine on them, too.

Still think a project growing grapes in the back hills of Big Sur around the area of those top photographs might be interesting. As a point of perspective, when Dick Graff started growing Burgundy varietals up on that hill in the Pinnacles everybody thought he was crazy because it was so remote, above and beyond the varietals choice. They had to truck water up on narrow, windy dirt roads.

So interesting and most likely viable--just so long, of course, as it doesn't impact the 'viewshed'!


And OT. One wonders about injuries on artificial turf. If my kid tore a knee on something funky newly installed I'd be tempted to dial my lawyer, and I'm far from the litigious sort. Never been an astroturf fan.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 7, 2015.

if my kid got thyroid cancer vs. a knee injury, I'd be waaaay more upset.  That turf with ground up tires is nasty.  As the father of a sometime-goalie, that's scary.

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 8, 2015.

Hopefully we can get a couple of wet years in the near future. Would definitely make new projects like this a lot more feasible.

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