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Snooth User: John Andrews

Where have I been?

Posted by John Andrews, Oct 13, 2010.

Some of you know me, some of you don't know me yet.  

It has been a while since I have been on the forum here at Snooth and I do admit ... I miss it.  Snooth is easily one of the best places to find unbiased information about wine, wine regions and the people that produce them.  

Where have I been?

I have been busy in my full time job and more importantly (here) busy in my part-time job ... wine.  I have recently taken the opportunity to work with of of my friends and coworkers to start a winery label.  We are starting slow.  We are focusing on getting experience.  The problem is this ... to really learn how to produce wine at a winery level you need to produce wine at level that will be difficult to drink on your own.

The plan is simple ... produce enough wine to satisfy friends and family and then expand to a larger scale.  Right now we are about to release our first wine, a 2009 Russian River Syrah and have received grapes for our second wine, 2010 Alexander Valley Semillon. 

As with any small business getting started is scary and exhilarating.  I have leaned on a lot of people to get to this position and will lean on a lot of people to continue with this endeavor.  I do want to call out one person in particular, Dan Petroski (sometime contributor here on Snooth) for valuable input and encouragement.  Dan has started his own label too (Macassin) and you should try his wines ... F'n awesome.  

That's all for now ... I hope to be more involved here as production winds down here in Northern Cali.  2010 is definitely going to be a challenging harvest for most wineries. 

Regards,

John A. aka HondaJohn

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Oct 13, 2010.

CONGRATS!!!  Good to hear from you, and what an awesome, brave, and fun venture you have set upon!   I wish you the best of luck.. love the regions you chose, btw.  I hope to hear more about your venture.

cheers!!!

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Reply by John Andrews, Oct 13, 2010.

@NapaGirl ... thanks!  Since you are somewhat 'local' to me I'd be happy to share some of the wine with you to get your thoughts.  We decided to call the syrah a shiraz as it is lighter in style and more medium body.  The semillon has been in barrel for a month but is already tasting awesome.  I can't wait for it to be bottled.  We inhibited maloactic on it to preserve freshness.  It'll be an awesome summer sipper. 

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Reply by napagirl68, Oct 13, 2010.

Do you have a tasting area, or a wine bar/shop you work with for tastings??  Pm me if you'd like..

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Reply by GregT, Oct 13, 2010.

Hey HondaJohn - good luck to you on the venture!  Where are you making the wine and where did you source the grapes?  I hope it works out and we see the wine out here on the east coast some day.  Best.

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Reply by amour, Oct 13, 2010.

CONGRATULATIONS!

I want to drink you!...ooops!!!!...TO YOU!!!...oops...BOTH!!!!

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 13, 2010.

"... to really learn how to produce wine at a winery level you need to produce wine at level that will be difficult to drink on your own."

Not sure what you mean by this, John?

 

Regardless, congrats! Looking forward to hearing more, about both the travails and joys!

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 13, 2010.

And what's your label's name?

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Reply by outthere, Oct 13, 2010.

Congrats from RRV as well. I was starting to worry about you. Definitely a long time no hear from.

 

dmcker - I think he was trying to say that in order to dabble in good wine you have to make quantities too large to drink on your own, but starting out, too small to market.

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Reply by John Andrews, Oct 13, 2010.

@NapaGirl ... no tasting room or outlet yet.  Starting with some personal sales first.  Will go more formal in 2012. 

@GregT ... doing production at Loxton (where I work part time) and buying grapes form Sapphire Hill (Russian River) Syrah and Munselle Vineyards (Alexander Valley) Semillion.  We are purchasing the grapes. 

@amour ... I hope to share the wines with a bunch of people from Snooth. 

@dmcker ... as ouththere indicated is correct.  To be able to do blending and see how barrels evolve you need to produce 3 to 4 barrels of wine.  That'll be about 80 to 100 cases of wine.  More than I can drink but a lot less than can really be marketed. 

@outthere ... lots of things going on.  I just need to carve out time to be on Snooth. 

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 13, 2010.

Label name, and are you going to market it somehow other than by direct personal contact?

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Reply by John Andrews, Oct 13, 2010.

Oh yeah, the working name is J&J Wine Company (John & Jeff) ... that will probably be the corporate name going forward and we will come up with a label name after.  The goal is to do a number things under the company including wine production and wine related business. 

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Reply by zufrieden, Oct 14, 2010.

That is really cool, man; you are following a passion we can easily read from your prior postings.

And don't worry (as I know you won't) we'll go easy on you!

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Reply by John Andrews, Oct 15, 2010.

I'm waiting to get the harvest notes from the winery.  I will post the harvest summary ... hopefully people will find it interesting and informative. 

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 17, 2010.

Just tried the first bottle of the 2009 Sapphire Hill Russian River Syrah bottled in August.  It is was much spicier than I expected and held it's own in a tasting against some Aussie shiraz.  I am stoked.  It had more body than in initial tastings.  Very happy. 


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