David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery Winemaker's Diary

arrow December 11 - December 31, 2011

Sunday December 11, 2011

We all are unique and special. We all are different and communicate in unique ways. I am unique like all of us.

I want a President who is logical. I am 68 now and I have seen all of our presidents have the quality of logic. I do not think Perry has that qualification for me. He is too religious.

I am sure I will get in some trouble today but remember I am only being unique.

I am an agnostic:
a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as a god or God, and the essential nature of things are        unknown and unknowable.

I do not believe someone is watching over us and knows even now when I am writing this diary. I know some including Perry believe there is a supreme being who watches all of our moves. BUT Perry does not think Romney's religion is as good as his. Look, I am sure they would dispute what I have said. They are politicians! SO why is one religion better than another? I think it is because there is no logic to religion. Religion is for those who think THEIR supreme being will help them through their life.

I take in everything every day..........People, objects, especially soil are my religion.......................I try to be logical in any faith.  

Here are a few definitions for Faith:
1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust.
3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.
4. often Faith Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.
5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
6. A set of principles or beliefs.

a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

So why is one religion better than another????????????????? Another subject for someone else................

8:00 Pm: Yesterday we had a successful open house but I used all my coffee beans to keep customers happy so I am taking a break, 20 minutes to roast more beans and I can have more espresso in 30 minutes. I only drink espresso and only in the evening.

Maybe Tebow is for real. Maybe there is a god that is looking after Tebow. Google Tebow if you do not know what I am talking about.

The Raiders are in big trouble.

I have an appointment tomorrow to see someone who can start to see what is wrong with my knee. I have to be there at 7:15 Am. I need to leave at 6:30. I should go to bed by 10............................

8:30: Pm:
My espresso is ready................

Maybe I should Twitter.......... tweet. I am trying............my mind is always working.............I hate sleep but I do use espresso to keep me awake for a short time.
.......Sleep 10pm...........

Tomorrow is another day!!!

Monday December 12, 2011

8:30Pm: I may have to change my mind, maybe there is a god. Tebow is winning.................

I will have a report on my knee tomorrow. I got only 4 hours of sleep and I have to start the Seahawks game.........

Tuesday December 13, 2011

First of all I want to write something about the plans for winemaking in the next 6 weeks. I suspect most of you are tired of my ramblings about my thoughts not dealing with the winery. BUT I will mention more thoughts about my life later on in the diary.

Our Late Harvest Petite Sirah is finished at about 11% alcohol and residual sugar of about 25%. It will be racked tomorrow. In the first week of January we will blend and decide which barrels to use for our 20 plus 2011 Vintage wines. After that we will bottle our 2010 wines that were aged 16 months.

I have talked several times about cold stabilization. In the last two years we have been moving our barrels outside after the fermentation has completed. We have checked all our new 2011 wines and fermentation is done. The last few nights the temperature outside has moved down to 30 degrees or lower. At that temperature the wine in barrels left outside could move down to the high 40 range in a week or so. In one month the tartrates will settle out and we can rack the wine in January.

This sounds like a good idea but in the last few years the weather elements have taken a toll on the barrels especially during rain events. Leaving the barrels inside a building would be a better choice but how do we lower the temperature in one of storage areas?

Now I am sure some of you do not know why I am concerned about tartrates forming? The 2009 wines we thought had settled out tartrates two years ago are still showing sediment. These wines now bottled are stored in our building across the way. Obviously after we bottled in July, the wines left in a cold building 55-60 degrees over a year will still settle tartrates if not chilled enough when in barrel. The tartrates do not harm the wine but I feel it is annoying to have sediment at the bottom of a bottle.

If wine is kept at 28 degrees for 4 days all the tartrates will settle out. Most wineries have large tanks and put a lot of wine in the tank and chill it down to 28. Nitrogen must be applied and monitored to make sure the wine does not oxidize. I do not think this method is right for us. I still believe some fruit is lost but that is only my opinion. Even if I did go for this method it would cost about $30,000 for the tank, plus the power needed. We have over 20 types of wine so that would require many applications and a lot of nitrogen or a floating lid. It would make more sense to keep the wine in barrel.

So what are my options? As I have said in the past: I love spending money!! We have a new storage building which has been held up by the county....long story.......On December 29, I have a meeting with our Sonoma County supervisor and I hope to get his advice. I need to resolve the problem with the hold up. Even if the problems are resolved it will take months to complete the building. After the completion we could convert the building over to a large refrigeration unit, large enough to hold most of our wine in barrel. We could keep the wine at 35 degrees. The building could accommodate half the barrels at a time thus cold stabilization could be completed in two months. I assume the additional cost could be well over $30,000.

I have been looking into another possibility. There are self contained freezers that are stored outside and can stand up to all weather events. I talked to River Rock Casino who has one of these units, stored out in the blazing sun in the summer and they love it. One can be had for 30 to 40 thousand dollars. Depending upon the size, we could store 24 to 36 barrels and cold stabilized in a week or so. Even in a high yield year (180 barrels), all the wine in barrels could be cold stabilized easily by the time we bottle in July. I could have a custom made unit here in a month. I love spending money. I will have more news tomorrow. The cost to produce a case of wine would only increase by one dollar over 10 years. I think it is worth it.

Now about my problem with my knee. Every Harvest I have a new injury. They usually resolve them selves after a few weeks. Last year I had pinched nerve that took until January to go away. I still have a slight pain when driving but not severe enough to be a concern. About 5 years ago I collapsed on my left knee and it has been bothering me ever since. After this Harvest it has been worse. I am having trouble walking a block, especially out to the vineyard. I need to walk in the vineyard so I need to do something. I went to a specialist and he took several x-rays and tried some x-rays while stretching my legs. It looks like I am a candidate for a partial reconstruction on both knees. He said let's see what happens and in the mean time he gave me a cortisone shot in the left knee which should show full effect in three days. He also gave me an opiate which I will not take and asked me to travel 60 miles round trip to Santa Rosa twice a week for physical therapy...I don't think so!!! I will go back for an MRI in the next few days.

Tebow, he is winning. His team is rallying around him because he is successful and is a leader. Tebow believes in his God.

I want to believe there is someone looking over us, a supreme being. This whole universe started somehow. But I continue to believe we are just caught in a large body that is alive. There was a big eruption inside this body, maybe a big sneeze or something more gross and we are flying out toward an opening of this body, the Big Bang. There is a bigger universe outside this body. Eventually our whole smaller universe will disappear but not in my life time. To me that is more logical than someone looking over us.

My favorite movies are fantasies. It's A Wonderful Life, Here Comes Mr. Jordan and the Wizard of OZ are three of my top 10 movies. I want to believe in angels and The Here After and I do believe in reincarnation but only in a sense. I believe God is in all of us and we thus live on in people we interact with. I want people to remember me and that is why I am so outspoken at times.

Heaven is another thing. I believe there is no Heaven as some people conceive. My Mother, Vivien is 89 years old and has survived three husbands she loved. If there was a Heaven which husband would she be united with? Would she be with all three? What would we do in Heaven. I like challenges so if there is a Heaven I will not be there because I think it would be boring. I believe I am a good person but because I don't believe in a God and life after does that mean I will be punished? I don't think so.   


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