||Sunday April 18, 2021
Have any of you tried some French Red Burgundies, I
assume not since they are very expensive? As you know they
are from the Pinot Noir grape. I have tried one recently
that was highly rated and I can assure you it tasted
nothing like a Russian River or Oregon Pinot Noir. Those
Pinot Noir wines tend to be really fruit forward with not
much structure, my opinion 🙄. When I tasted the
French Burgundy in the last two days it had structure with
some nice astringency. I actually tasted it blind compared
to our 2018 Pinot Noir and it is more like mine than these
North American Pinot Noir. SO why do so called experts say
we are too hot here and can't produce a good Pinot Noir? 😕
OK, TSLA is opening soon in pre market trading at 1Am my
time, I will not be here, but tomorrow morning I will be
here at 6am as usual. I hear there was a crash in Texas
with a Tesla and no one was driving. Again it is news when
everyday an ICE car goes up in flames........and bitcoin
was down so TSLA may be down so I may buy back my
Nice pizza tonight I have gone back to the Window
I know Brad has heard of the window pane method, so it means when you take a small amount of dough and stretch it, it does not break apart and you can actually see through it. It takes 5 minutes of time in my Cuisinart to achieve the window pane. I made it up yesterday and let the dough rise a little and put it right in the frig and it had risen another 50% so it looked like it was about three times the size and it stayed that way for 24 hours in the frig. I took it out about two hours before prepping and gently pushed it out to achieve a nice lip around the outside. It did not tear............
All of a sudden we have been getting so many people
coming in for appointments. In the past we did not have
that many customers come in when we were open everyday
without an appointment so We guess people are ready to get
out,,,,,,,,,,..........it was 91 degrees today so we are
tasting with the door up and customers can come in the
winery social distancing and stay cool.
Now, 7:45, sun just going down, could be some nice colors.........
My back pain down my leg has been better but not perfect so time will tell.........Tomorrow is another day
April 19, 2021
got up at 6am
so i was surprised........TSLA was down as a i suspected
but not down like I thought so I bought 5 shares at 719
and it went down to 695 so I bought another 10 shares. Why
is Tesla always in the news...........it closed at 722
So there were 2 people die in a violent fire that took a
lot of water to stop, that is concerning to me, an ICE car
burns up in a few minutes..........
There is someone who dies by a fire in a car every day,
by ICE cars so now someone dies because of a Tesla in only
6 times in the last 6 years and it is national
news......there are Oil people who are concerned about
There was a concern about the Auto Pilot but it has been
confirmed, the owner did not even have the Auto Pilot so
it would not be a possibility and I know..............
without markers in the middle of the road near the house
where they died in a few feet, There would have been no
way Auto Pilot would be ON. I drive home some times and
engage Auto Pilot and I see if the road is not safe it
shuts off right away.........
Our Wine Club was picked up today so everyone should get
their wine in the next several days.........
I tasted New Zealand SB to night, more tomorrow
Just Went........Vineyard scooter again at sunset.......time to get some sleep?....IPA
April 20, 2021
First of all I am happy about the verdict.
All our Dave's wine club has been shipped so if you have any issues contact Pat, I only make the wine 😅. Jose gave me the barrels for the 2020 wines after racking, blending for the last time until we bottle our 2020 10 month version.....
some of you may remember the 2010 Vintage. I had said the
wine will out live me, Almost undrinkable back
then.......You can search for it in my diary, I did not
like the vintage so we stopped sending it out to
customers........but now I just tasted a 2010 Ultimate
Cuvee and it has mellowed out, nice if you like intensity
like I do. We have it sent tomorrow to one our long time
customers who likes heavy wines, he is also getting some
nice older wines.........
I am sure some of you have heard of FARRO, it takes a
long time to cook, so longer than Risotto, so I cooked it
tonight because I had 3 cups of marinate from my chicken
last night, after adding some wine. Before this morning I
saved all the uneaten bones from the chicken, cooked for
two hours and also loaded some Duck legs for the last
hour. So I put almost a cup of Farro........duck legs, up
with out a lid, a lot of juices to observe,
maybe not duplicated again, as most of my dishes........I
do not follow recipes, too easy........no fun, no mystery
So many birds here now, wonderful, Dri Where are you????
BUT...why not......... I need an escape so we go down to Santa Cruz........
April 21, 2021
Years ago, probably mostly in Fairfax, back in the
70's.....Steak and Potatoes was my second favorite thing
at dinner time, besides Lamb and Roast potatoes.........So
I got a free container of sour cream and we had steak and
Baked potatoes for the first time in over a year. The
Potato was nice with plenty of sour cream, garlic, butter
and onions and chives. I also I put plenty of truffle and
So TSLA was up somewhat to day, time will tell
Pat is heading off to see some Giants games so I will
have fun cooking something, may fry some soft shell
April 22, 2021
I have to note for new people, if they exist. This diary is about what I think in my day and sometimes in the future, sure I mention things that have happened in my last 77 years alive, but the present is the most important.
So Tsla was up good today so I sold 5 shares, and made
some nice profit for my short term trade, sure I should
have sold all my short term trades of 170 shares left.
I assume the market will recover tomorrow but if it does
not I will buy more of COIN and TSLA. Biden has suggested
to raise the capital gains for someone who is making one
mil, I am not in that class and I am sure most people who
invest in the Market do not have that wealth.........
so I saw, my best doctor, he likes his Model S......He
said, what I know, I have a cloudiness on my left eye, It
is fine since I am going down to Santa Cruz.......
So I am going out in the vineyard soon to check out what is happening. I opened the door for THE CAT and he is still inside for Fancy Feast. I hope I am wrong.......update soon
So I just went out, it is windy, so short visit......I do not see the Cat so maybe he is out there?
April 23, 2021
It helps us to make some money for the winery. I know
most of you who read this diary don't care about my
investments in TSLA, but I need to relate what is on my
mind every night I post...........so skip if you want
So I still have 170 shares of TSLA on a short term trade,
started on Feb 26. I have sold 150 of the shares of 320 at
a nice profit. As I have said in the past I do not sell
stocks, especially TSLA at a loss.....I have Long term
trades at big gains and will not sell those 1650 shares
Just went out in the vineyard, my back is different, I
can walk more easily, but I have different pain down my
right leg, but I still had fun in my scooter at over 10
miles an hour in 30 or forty feet at a time so was
nice........it was cold, intense in my face with my tank
top and shorts....keeps me alive............and I hear we
will get some rain......I hope Pat and her sister Janie
will get to see a Giants game without rain.....
Pat as I said is gong off to see some Giant games tomorrow.......I will have fun deep frying tomorrow Crawfish, onion rings and sweet potato fries
Monday will be fun, Tesla comes out with their earnings after the close. There is always up or down in the first few minutes of Tesla earning data, and then two hours later, Elon comes on the stage and you never know what he will say.........fun or not.......the stock will go up or down as usual 10 percent in extended trading.....either way for me it is fun.....................
Next Monday will be another day........
April 24, 2021
Crawdads, onion rings, nice tonight, deep fried for two minutes..........I could only eat half, where are you Pat?
We had several customers in today and Jesse did a great job and signed up a new Club member. Our Clubs have stayed about the same over the years, so after tasting all these high end wines, I have mentioned, should I enter my wine to these so called experts????
The Academy Awards are on tomorrow night and Pat will not be here for the first time, since we met, 49 years. We both agree the nominees are not to our liking. We have not seen two of the movies, but Pat is not here, so I may look at one of them, but I have to look at a Giants game and tennis
Without Pat here My biggest problem is I have too many
leftovers. I know most of you do not like them and I know
for sure Pat does not like them. I love them......I have a
brunch at 9:30 in the morning or so and I enjoy the dinner
from last night. BUT now that Pat is not here, I have way
too much great food left over from the last few days. I
love cooking so most times I have a lot of food left
over.........so I have Pasta, a great sausage last night
and now great Crawfish and onion rings.....Darn, I am not
going to let this go to waste so should I make a big pot
on Monday night with what I can not eat by Tuesday
OK, the big problem to solve, but fun, I get to make a
pizza the way I want tomorrow, pizza Sunday, maybe a small
one? Probably not, Pizza is may favorite dinner........
Tuesday I will go off to Santa Cruz, and sure, pick up
Pat in THE CITY....it wil be fun............
April 25, 2021
So tonight I did Brad's great idea for a rim around the
pizza dough. So Brad's method is to make a fold over the
edge on the pizza dough before it is processed in a hot
oven.....I use the BBQ...So I started with a dough
processed to the window pane, that is to do so much in a
Cuisinart to take a small part of the dough and stretch to
see through it. It takes about 5 minutes........
So I started with dough that could be stretched easily.
And after putting the lip on the outside of the dough, I
flipped it over. Don't try this unless it has been through
the window pane, otherwise it will separate and you are in
big trouble. The pizza came out with a big rise on the the
rim and was so nice.......wish Pat was here........
Pat is having a good time after her Giants won
today.....she was in the rain, but survived.......
TSLA tomorrow..........up at 6
April 26, 2021
to get ready for Santa Cruz
The cat and I are having a nice time without Pat here so
is she the problem, not. I just give him all the food he
We have a problem with Dave's Cuvee as usual, This time
is the highest Alcohol at 16.5. we need to check it again
in the official lab in town. What do I do? Every year it
is hard to harvest Dave's
too high for me as a winemaker, and we would have to pay
very high taxes to the Government......
So some of you know Dave's Cuvee is what is left over
from the harvest. I have mentioned it many times in this
diary........The bottom line is there are too many raisins
in the grape bunches so it is hard to determine how many
bunches have berries over 30 percent and maybe much
higher. When the fermentation starts it is hard to see
what the sugar is until those raisins in the Dave's Cuvee
harvest heat to over 100 degrees and will jump up the
alcohol.......it is the hardest wine to make........
So it is too late to check at harvest now to add water,
since harvest ended in October..............we could water
to dilute the alcohol now, a good possibility, I am the
Master Blender so I prefer to see what we have.....We have
Pinot Noir, Estate at 14.8 Alcohol, we hope to achieve
lower in Dave's Cuvee than 16.5 so hope for 15.8 at
least.........there is the non estate Cabernet we
purchased last year and it is only 14.4 alcohol......so I
do remember a little algebra, if I blend in 4 barrels of
Cab, it should show 15.8 alcohol ........so
I tasted samples of each wine and I really think the
Cabernet, non estate will be the best
Tesla had good earnings so the stock, TSLA was
down.....do I buy more?
Nice this morning, left over sausage for brunch and
tonight nice reheated pizza from last night for diner. I
had some pasta left over from past week so I reluctantly
put it in the garage.........I hate giving up good left
overs but we will be in Santa Cruz the next two
days........My big problem now what will Pat and I have
when we get back Thursday?
April 29, 2021
nice stew tonight
Back from Santa Cruz, nice time hearing the ocean and also nice food, Dream Inn has a new chef........
TSLA is going down like most tech stocks so I have been buying........buy low sell high?
So I drove in my old Model S 400 miles, Where is my new
one. I must agree it is harder than the past when I used
to pass up slower cars, but I liked taking my time driving
down highway One with all the nice view of sun and waves.
Santa Cruz was about 70 degrees and here at home it was up
I need to finish my book, much better than the last I
have tried but not as good as crawdads, the best
NFL draft and IPA
April 30, 2021, 3 more days to my 78th.
then boring draft
It is nice to be home but that brings emails and phone calls and it is nice to hear from our customers......so we have had to do a lot of organizing, that is the name of the game for me.........
OK also TSLA was up some today after being down all week.
So I am OK so far because I bought 60 shares all the way
down, so I am even on those trades and I will hope for an
up tick next week.........
OK, as you know I like Tesla. I ......... if
you,........... if you want a new car and want control of
a car, I warn you.......if you try a test run, you will be
hooked, Tesla is the best, if you want control?? It is not
touch the peddle and you can move one inch a second in
control, move 10 feet, touch it slightly. Or you can dart
out in one secoooond and stomp your head
back...........control......not fun for Pat 🤣I
learned, be nice to Pat......I am in control on the
My birthday is coming up on Monday, as I implied, but before that there is The Kentucky Derby on Saturday, it is always fun.........
Interesting, we had corn tonight with some nice Lamb and
the corn was still sweet after being in the frig for two
Tomorrow we are going out to http://www.mycatellis.com/
for a nice dinner with friends, Joe and Ann and it is
Joe's Birthday, May One.......Joe and I have been
celebrating our birthdays for 40 years, since he is 10
years younger than I and he lets me know it. He is
Austrian and sounds just like Schwarzenegger, it is like
having Arnold in the same room........It will be
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