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Snooth User: Richard Foxall

Pinot Throw Down for West Coast Snoothers 2013

Original post by Richard Foxall, Jul 29, 2013.

So we have some interest in having a West Coast meet-up (or you can call it a throw-down) for Pinot.  Here's my opening proposal:  We'll do it very close to the Oakland Airport, to save those who are traveling in from out of town (like Emark and JonDerry) from having extra travel if they want to fly.  This would give LuchaVino a chance to attend to, or our friends from up in British Columbia.  Or we can go partway and do it in Carmel if folks from down south want to drive.

My suggestion for a time would be around Veteran's Day in case anyone gets that time off.  I'm open to other times as well. I can't do Columbus Day weekend (who gets that off?  Public servants like me... and I plan to be in Napa that weekend) but later in October could work.  I have a couple ideas for the restaurant (we can even do it at my home, but it could be kind of tight). 

Basic structure would be that each couple or participant brings one to two bottles of Pinot.  We should try to have representatives of Santa Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, RRV, Sonoma Coast "The True," Anderson Valley, Oregon and Burgundy.  All the better if we can get Sta Ynez, Carneros and maybe split the Burgundy into Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits.  I can provide the SLH (Roar) and Anderson (Toulouse or Goldeneye) pretty easily, also Sonoma and Burgundy if necessary (I think OT and JD respectively have better holdings in those areas).  I can also step aside on some of those and kick in Carneros or Oregon. 

It would be cool if we could time it for one of GdP's trips, too.

Send me any ideas and please, let me know if you are interested even if I didn't mention you.

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 14, 2013.

Yeah, NG - back up bottles are nice to have but are realistically optional. 

Might also recommend folks ship bottles to Foxall ahead of time to help with prep and arranging decant times, etc.

Still a ton of time left, what else can we think of for the next couple months?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 16, 2013.

Talk about crazy timing, Ill be in Sonoma that week, so Saturday the 26th is perfect and I'm all in!

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 16, 2013.

Gauntlet thrown!

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Reply by outthere, Aug 16, 2013.

Niiiiiice!

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 18, 2013.

Wow! I have been out of touch since I got back from France.  This looks like an awesome gathering.  I would love to make it happen, but it could be tough this year.  I am starting a 6 month executive leadership program that meets Thursday - Saturday once a month and also planning a trip to Guatemala.

I am visiting Whistler this weekend so will check my calendar when I get back home in a couple of days.

If I can make it, I can represent Oregon and Washington.  Although, Washington does not really have much to offer in the world of Pinot Noir.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 19, 2013.

Lucha, you know I would do backflips to have you here.  But we'll take that as it comes.

GdP, that's incredible!  Now the heat is on to get the winemakers involved.  (They do know from Snooth, so that always helps.)

Is everyone okay with the duck taco/stand-up/paper plate idea?  I've done it for big groups, but it's a small house.  We're going to exile the kids to the grandparents or an aunt's house, so we can be raucous and continue into the wee hours.  Other option is to try to convince Pizzaiolo to let us do BYOB.  Not sure it's the best fit on the food but it's a great venue. 

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 19, 2013.

Duck tacos sound great Fox...think we'll have more fun at your place anyway, though I hope you don't stress too much about the food, you'll need plenty of energy for the wines!

Im assuming you'd accept offers to help with food?

Confirmed head count seems at least 7

-The hosts (Fox & Deb)

-GdP, OT, Emark & Peggie, and me.

Probable: NG?

Questionable: Lucha, Jen T, Zuf, LP, winemakers, etc.

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Reply by EMark, Aug 19, 2013.

Mr. and Mrs. EMark are all over the Duck Taco idea.  However, if participation is as great as appears to be happening, let's not be stupid about this.  If another venue would be roomier and more comfortable, we are very OK with that.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 19, 2013.

Naw, we can handle those numbers no problem.  I've done this for 40, so this is (figuratively) duck soup.  Shouldn't be hard--the trick is that I don't cook the duck myself.  That's what Oakland Chinatown is there for.  We might even be able to sit if we are under a dozen people.  I'm hoping NG and her husband can make it. 

 

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Reply by lingprof, Aug 24, 2013.

Hey Duck-Cooking-Fox:  please count me as a definite yes, barring something unforeseen.  I have a wine-loving friend who just moved to Oakland (from Indonesia!).  Okay to bring her?  Happy to add another bottle.  Keep me posted on my assignment as the time draws nearer.  Will send you my email....  Yay!

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 28, 2013.

I'm still having fun playing with my options here, but as I've been in touch with Fox my plan is still to bring one representative of Cote de Beaune and another from the more popular Cote de Nuits. Since I only get one crack at each vast region with all sorts of villages, I'll try to make them count.

Also, as we haven't discussed yet, Burgundy based giant Maison Louis Jadot has recently purchased the Resonance vineyard in Oregon. I searched the web for any opportunities to buy from established Oregon wineries that produce Pinot Noir using the Resonance vineyard (there are a few) but didn't find any retailers close enough or that I'm familiar with to make it worth while. Then, viola...I checked my lone bottle of Big Table Farm in inventory from 2010, and bingo, it's Resonance fruit! The reason I checked is because they sent out an e-mail offer today and the 2011 Resonance was their highest priced at $48/per bottle. Thinking I can grab a couple of these and should be able to contribute one for the throw down if applicable. Would rather not use my 2010 as it's my only bottle.

*2012 will be the final vintage of Resonance vineyard fruit used by any other producer, as Jadot's 1st vintage is expected to be this year's, 2013. Exciting stuff going on in Oregon these days.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 28, 2013.

LP, sorry not to get back to you sooner--drafted a message to you last night, then my browser got completely hung up.  I'll drop you an email so you've got my contact info very soon.  Great that you can come, and by all means bring your friend.  Always good to meet and welcome our new neighbors.  I'll get back to you on your wine assignment, but we're going to have plenty, especially since OT wants to go over his limit.  Let me know if there is something you want us to try and I can give you that assignment.  I think JD has made it clear that he wants at least one shot at each part of the Cote d'Or.  Of course, if we have enough interest, there's always the Chalonnaise, which might be the best Burgundy anyone will get from 2013, given the horrible hail damage in the Cote d'Or.

BTW, if you care about these things, Wine Spectator gave Roar 94 points for the 2011 Pisoni (which I passed on, as mentioned here) and 93 for the Rosella's and the Sierra Mar. outpointing Kosta Browne's more expensive wines from the same vineyards.  Both of which are scheduled to arrive on October 21.  But way too young.  We'll drink the '10s if I don't give the SLH assignment to someone else.  But really, folks, don't we want to taste the wines made by the growers in the best vineyards in that AVA/? Of course we do. ;-)

I'm using my new food dehydrator for the first time tonight--man, this thing is loud!  But I'm about to face an avalanche of figs and I'm thinking of making a fig salsa (chutney, what have you) for the duck, so I am working on my technique with tomatoes (the current avalanche).  If successful, I'll also get the benefit of amazing dried tomatoes all winter and not have to give away fruit until the neighbors run from me.  These are some great tomatoes, but you can only eat so many before you need a rest.  OT and I are already planning an undercard to the wines:  His upstart mango salsa against mine.  (I tried his, and it's a worthy rival, but it's going down.  Mine has a performance enhancing ingredient that gives it an unfair edge.)

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Reply by outthere, Aug 29, 2013.

No PEDs in my salsa, nothing but fruit and vegetables. Don't make me beat you now.

As for wines I was thinking one from the RRV, one from the Sonoma Coast and another from the Anderson Valley. With the number of people confirming so far it may be wise to have more than one contender from each AVA, but it's your event so if the rules are one bottle each I'll abide. Maybe.

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 29, 2013.

I'm also an advocate of bringing 3 bottles if you want, as I think we'll have people that'll want to bring 1 bottle, which is totally fine. After all Fox, you did dub this "The Pinot Noir Throw Down"

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 29, 2013.

I am actually in favor of two bottles per AVA/AOC (of course, those can be divided up all kinds of ways) and have leaned toward each participant bringing two bottles from a single AVA--advocate for your favorite terroir--although the other way of doing it is to advocate for two of your favorite wines.  But my inclination is to have (for instance) OT advocate for Sonoma, and specifically for the "True" coast, have JD advocate for Burgundy (which gets problematic, because everyone insists that things are Burgundian and then insists that each tiny patch of ground is completely unique). For folks like Emark who are kind of agnostic, I'll assign things.  After looking at some older threads, seems like GdP might be a good advocate for Oregon, esp if JD grabs Burgundy. 

But I don't think the limit is going to be one bottle in any case--we'll send folks home with leftovers under nitrogen or VacuVin if we have to. 

Oddly, the girls slept well with the dehydrator on--like one of those white noise generators, I guess.  Older daughter described the product as tomato chips.  I could probably leave a little more moisture in them or cut thicker.  I also did one fig and definitely will want to look at the technique over the coming days.  I'm looking forward to using those tomatoes in some good EVOO during the winter. 

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Reply by outthere, Aug 29, 2013.

I could do a Green Valley too.

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 29, 2013.

Re: Burgundy - My fear has always been that it's such a huge place to cover, and that it will be up against a ton of domestic wines. I'll have to send back up bottles in case one of them doesn't show well.

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Reply by lingprof, Sep 1, 2013.

I haz ticket.  :-)

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Reply by napagirl68, Sep 1, 2013.

I think i really might be able to make this, although with child at home, hubby might stay behind.

 

I am thinking of bringing a SCM pinot I love AND a SLH pinot.. is that ok?

How far are you from BART?

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Reply by napagirl68, Sep 1, 2013.
Reply by lingprof, 16 minutes ago.

I haz ticket.  :-)

 

Where's the "like" button here ???   Love to see other females here...

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