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Did some damage to the cellar last night......

Posted by WineGent, Aug 2, 2008.

A friend of mine has been in a contentious lawsuit for years with a former member of our circle of friends. It was an ugly time watching two former close friends duke it out in court.

Yesterday the suit was settled, out of court. There was a cash settlement and a whole lot of celebration.

Impromptu party ensued at my home (I have the largest cellar...logical yes?), and the fun began.

We call it "Going Viking" when a friend goes down to the cellar to choose WHATEVER he would like to open. There are no rules, or second thoughts, or worries about cost of the wine. It seldom happens but when it does...it is celebrating an occasion.

You rarely have the opportunity to do this, and you know what goes around, comes around. Your turn to be "plundered" by your friends will come....and your cellar will not be safe......

So...last night we drank.......till 4:30 am.....

2000 Phelps Insignia - Drinking beautifully!
2001 Larkmead "Solari Reserve" - Opened nicely - still needs some cellar time
1998 Beaucastel CDP - Simply Fab
1999 Chapoutier Hermitage - BEAUTIFUL
2001 Sabastiani "Cherryblock" Cabernet - Delicious Has plenty of life left in the cellar
1997 Tommasi Amerone - What a year....Wish I bought more.
1992 Dunn Howell Mountain Cab - 97 points were earned
2002 Hewitson's "Mad Hatter" Shiraz Developing nicely!

Does anyone else have a similar term for friends running rampant through your cellar? Would love to know other terms for the same type of occasional binge..... Cheers!

Gerry aka WineGent

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Reply by Philip James, Aug 2, 2008.

Gerry - no, nothing like that in my apartment, but one thing i noticed is that as my friends get older it becomes more and more beneficial for me to host parties.

In my mid 20's i could invite 40 people over and i'd end up with about 3 bottles as gifts, which in no way covered the bar bill and the posthumous clean up.

Now, i'm in my 30s i can actually "profit" by hosting a party. At the last one i, net of consumption, ended up with 10 extra beers, 3 bottles of sparkling stuff (2 champers and 1 prosecco), 6 bottles of wine (every day stuff, but some good ones in there) and 1 houseplant!

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Reply by WineGent, Aug 2, 2008.

LOL....I remember my 20's and 30's....pre-kids, pre-wife.....lots of fun!

The houseplant is a nice touch! After parties like that, I would somtimes find I would have houseguest sleeping on the couch for days.....God love good friends....they know how to come achingly close to wearing out their welcome before they finally leave.....

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 4, 2008.

I tend to stock up generously for parties so usually I end up with enough beer and wine left over to throw another party to help clear out the excess!

Gerry that sounds like a fantastic party. "Going Viking" gets my vote for being in the Snooth glossary (when we get around to writing it).

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Reply by WineGent, Aug 4, 2008.

WOW....I think that I should feel honored to coin a term that goes into general usage.

Pillage of someones cellar ALWAYS comes back to haunt you.....It is only a matter of time before the tables turn.

BEING there to drink the wine is the most important factor. Drink often, and drink well!

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Reply by Philip James, Aug 4, 2008.

Yeah, i like "Going Viking". And Gerry, you're right, the key has to be to make sure you get your fare share of the bottle.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 4, 2008.

Yeah actually there doesn't seem to be any reason to wait before creating the glossary. This could have a single author or we could open it up to the community as a thread on Snooth Talk.

It's a lot of work, but if there are any volunteers to get us started with a good base, speak now! Otherwise we'll set up a thread.

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Reply by John Andrews, Aug 4, 2008.

I'd have mixed feelings about 'going viking' on my friends cellars ... simply because (arrogantly) I feel I have the best selection. Helps to have industry connections to make it that way.

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Reply by WineGent, Aug 4, 2008.

John; They say you should buy the cheapest house in the most expensive neighborhood you can afford.

Applying that analogy to wine......You should ALWAYS find friends with much better and deeper cellars then yours..... for obvious reasons...

Where do you live? I suspect I want to be your friend..... Cheers! Gerry WineGent.

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Reply by John Andrews, Aug 4, 2008.

@Gerry ... I'm an East Bay guy ... and I'm working on making those friends. I have a couple that are winemakers but they never let anyone near their collection ... they always 'pull a few bottles out'. :-)

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Reply by WineGent, Aug 5, 2008.

LMAO......I like the fact you are an "East Bay" guy. I am from the Bronx originally.....I think we certainly appreciate the wine we have more then most.... I use my wiley charm to work my way into the cellar and then my stubborn audacity to stay there..... :>)

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Reply by oceank8, Aug 5, 2008.

I love "going viking," unfortunately for me, I am one of few friends that keeps wine on hand, so they would always come to mine! Had a blind tasting party on Saturday (akin to the kind HondaJohn described in another post) and was not left with a house plant! Thankfully, each couple brought a bottle of wine (and one brought an extra for me), but after those were gone, the frig was emptied of beer and food! Lot's of fun though - so worth the cost!

I like the idea of a glossary, I'd be happy to help! Don't think I could come up with all the terms alone but could take suggestions and work on typing it up - let me know.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 6, 2008.

Ocean -- sounds great! I'll contact you about this.

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Reply by John Andrews, Aug 6, 2008.

@WineGent ... Are you trying to weasel your way into my wine collection? Tell you what, the next time Philip and Mark are on the Left Coast, I'll have them and any other Left Coast Snoothers (that post to the talk section) over to my place for a 'Going Viking' party. :-)

@Oceank8 ... glad to see you had a successful wine tasting party. Oh yeah, if the head Snoothers make it here, you are welcome to join in on the 'Going Viking' party.

@Mark ... A glossary would be a great idea.

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Reply by Philip James, Aug 6, 2008.

Snooth wiki = swicki? Hmm, i think thats already a trademarked brand name, but yeah, i'm happy to type a few entries in it as well

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Reply by WineGent, Aug 6, 2008.

John,

Was I that overt? Usually I weasel my way into a good wine cellar without showing my hand and intentions.

Your offer is appreciated and will be remembered. I will extend the same offer to you and the New York contingent should you ever find yourselves in DC...

Cheers! WineGent

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Reply by oceank8, Aug 6, 2008.

@HondaJohn - I'm there!
Maybe we should all become friends with Gerry and go visit him and his friends ;)


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