Author Archives for Josh Hermsmeyer

Wine Sediments in the Wall Street Journal


Just a quick heads up to our readers that Wine Sediments, along with 5 other outstanding wine blogs, is highlighted in an article appearing today in the Wall Street Journal titled Wine Women and Song. Unfortunately you’ll need to be a subscriber to view the article, but here’s the text of the write up:
This group […]

Bordeaux Primer Part 2


The following is part 2 of a cellar diary/travelogue written by my friend Morgan Peterson. A Masters of Wine candidate and future winemaker, Morgan is currently in Bordeaux continuing his hands-on wine education. His father, Joel Peterson, is the winemaker and co-founder of Ravenswood.
Part 1 can be found over at the Capozzi Winery blog.
As one […]

In Defense of Merlot


Last Thursday I met with our vineyard manager, Jenaro Robledo, and we talked a bit about winegrowing and the glut of bulk wine currently on the market. Jenaro relayed to me that growers in Lake County and elsewhere can’t sell Merlot for even $350 a ton. Quite literally, they can’t give the grapes away.
Then I […]

Drink This Wine


Sometimes I’m asked about the style of Pinot Noir that I’m most passionate about. Assuming that the wine is free of flaws and well balanced, there are three things (well, four, but who’s counting?) that I look for specifically.

1) That amazing, ephemeral floral quality that is unique to Pinot. I sometimes describe it as candied […]

Top 10 Ways to Become a Regular at Your Restaurant of Choice*


Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Here are 10 ways to help you become a regular at the restaurant of your choice.
1. The obvious one: Frequent the dining establishment. Once a week at first, then taper off to a couple times a month.
2. Always say “Please” and “Thank You” when ordering. […]

Blogging for Wine and Profit


The Washington Post ran an interesting article on Saturday about how companies are increasingly supplying bloggers with free stuff to get them writing and talking about their wares.
One of the blogs that received special mention in the piece was a wine blogger I’ve been reading for a couple months named Alan Smith. His blog […]

Josh Hermsmeyer - Bio


Josh Hermsmeyer is a new father and, in his spare time, he moonlights as the Generalissimo of Capozzi Winery. Josh is blogging the birth of Capozzi, a new Russian River Valley Pinot Noir winery, over at PinotBlogger: the Capozzi Winery blog. Josh studied Economics and Winemaking at UC Davis, where he met and was swept […]