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Snooth User: JonDerry

Oakland/ Sonoma Trip: June, 2013

Posted by JonDerry, Jun 7, 2013.

Had a nice, easy flight in to Oakland today. Settling in with some old friends here on Buell St., near the airport. We opened a '10 Cabot Anderson Valley that was once again tasty, along with some great Thai food from hole in the wall "Old Weng Ping"

Looking forward to dinners with OT and Foxall in the next couple days, and planning on visiting Littorai and maybe another winery tomorrow. Will be my first drive through the RRV and Sonoma Coast.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 7, 2013.

Where are you guys meeting for dinner?  I have some plans that are up in the air, but maybe?

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 7, 2013.

With OT tomorrow in Santa Rosa, and in Oakland with Foxall on Saturday...I'll PM you

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 7, 2013.

I maybe could do saturday...

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 7, 2013.

Might be in Santa cruz, but not sure yet...

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 7, 2013.

JD, call me if you finish up a Littorai and need somewhere else to go. See you tonight!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 7, 2013.

NG, we're having dinner at my house.  I'll send a PM.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 9, 2013.

So we're about a half hour from heading out to the airport to head back to LA. It was definitely an enjoyable and memorable trip, but this time it was more about the people, and the wine just happened to bring us together. It was great getting a chance to hang with OT and his SO...even though we were at our worst on Friday (dehydration), we felt good enough to have the dinner we had planned and OT brought a couple stellar wines that we steadily downed behind good conversation and the artisanal foods of Spinster Sisters. The '09 Myriad Dr. Crane also happened to be my wine of the trip, which was a welcome surprise throughout the sea of young, high acid Pinot tasted (careful what you wish for.)

Last night Foxall hosted us and it was great getting to know his family and way of life in his neck of the woods. Pretty sure his kids and Ryan hit it off famously, and we're looking forward to your promise of an LA trip within the next year or better. I should also mention I saw some potential in his passive cellar beyond just storing wine, but maybe even small tastings. Loved the space too, reminded me a little of Greg's in Brooklyn in some ways. The Burgundy we had were all very nice, well summed up by Fox in the other thread. We made our own data point re: '07 Burgs being ready to drink, and '05's potentially needing more time.

My interest in wine continues to evolve as I now have more than enough wine cellared, so the buying will have to continue to drop...this trip was also a little bit of a shock to the system as I battled palate fatigue, but not from quantity so much as typicity, while both my wife and I pushed through bouts of dehydration from many factors such as travel, salty foods, hot weather, and then wine tastings, among other things. Gotta do a better job watching that next time.

Thanks again to OT and Fox for making the extra efforts and carving out some time for us. Look forward to next time.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 10, 2013.

Was great to see you and meet the Mrs and Ryan. Was rough that you two were so torn up. Need to drink lots of water when tasting. That Dr Crane was special wasn't it? I thought the Ceritas didn't show as well as the last couple bottles. Could have been the temp. It was a touch warm. Thanks for taking time out of your whirlwind weekend to hook up with us. The pleasure was all ours!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 10, 2013.

OT has said it all.  (Except I didn't have any Dr. Crane.)  Next time on your turf.


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