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The Face to Face Club - a Proposal

Posted by zufrieden, Mar 24.

I have been thinking for a while on the idea of facilitating the meeting up in person of those loyally frequenting this site.

My preference is to make these meetings open to all members, and even varying the location of any meeting according to convenience since we live all over the world (though mostly in North America).

In any case, this new thread is here for anyone to discuss the idea of meeting up - including dates, locations and activities.  The idea is that wine is the focus but - being human beings - we drink wine in order to enjoy each other's company and conversation.

Hopefully there is interest out there.

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Reply by zufrieden, Mar 24.

Most of the interested persons I've talked to live on the west coast.  Meeting does not have to take place there, however.  All will depend on responses (if any).  I am leaning to Northern California at the moment, but that idea is only based on some interest shown to date.

Z.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 25.

Makes sense to also meet in wine country, no?  NorCal seems like a smart call.

Timeframe?

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Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 25.

Z, definitely interested.  I'm planning to be back in Russian River to work the first week or two of October so that time frame would be convenient but my schedule is fairly wide open and my travel/wanderlust is far from satiated.

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Reply by dvogler, Mar 25.

I would like to have the meeting in Minsk.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 26.

What kind of wine they making there these days, DV? Vodka with horseradish in it, or just chili?

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Reply by dvogler, Mar 26.

Haha, Good to see you DM!

I was kidding.  I'll give Foxall a call and see what he thinks.  I know JD will come.  Greg, if he gets less busy will come.  I don't think we need to do an event like the syrah thing at OT's, just a couple of dinners and maybe go to a few wineries?

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Reply by GregT, Mar 27.

Good idea, depending on the timing.

DV - Minsk?

I assume you spoke to Wm about this? Sounds like a place he'd suggest!

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Reply by dvogler, Mar 27.

I received Grand Cru William's blessing.

Greg, why don't you throw out a date?  It's only for perhaps a long weekend. 

I'll get in touch with JD and Fox.

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Reply by zufrieden, Mar 28.

I am thinking of the late summer or early fall timeframe - just intuitively.  Dave, if you are still over in the Land of Cherry Blossoms, let us know what works best for you if you want to return to home turf for a bit. The only consideration for myself (and my wife) is the prospect of having to move sometime this summer; we are planning a move to Vancouver Island for permanent retirement - although we wil sometimes be on the move, as with this idea we are discussing here.

It looks like we could have up to a dozen or so willing to travel to someplace close to San Francisco (wine country as you rightly point out, Dave).

Darren, go ahead with contacting those you are in contact with.  We have a bit of time to spend on virtual discussion on times and venue, so something will no doubt converge to reality.

Z/M

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Reply by GregT, Mar 30.

I'm having major issues regarding employment at the moment and expect to be out of work shortly. So over the next few months, I don't know where I'll be. Distant possibility that I'll be back in the Bay Area, but at this point I have no idea. Life sucks right now.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 1.

Sorry to hear that, Greg.

Last I talked to you you were in the Bay Area, but that was awhile ago. I take it you moved south for a bit? Seems like you're trying out the migrant-labor-in-California thing! Just make sure someone over in D.C. doesn't try to bitchslap you for it....

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 1.

Jeeze Greg....I think you might need an attitude adjustment.  How many guys who drink the kind of wine you do and live in California can honestly say, "life sucks"?  I'm kidding, but I hope things stabilize.

We can come to LA.  It's probably easier than SF.  Hey, if you're in a pinch, you can always come live with me.  I have a couple friends who could get you a lawyerin' job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPFAAGC0Jxo

(give it till 1:17 to get the joke)

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 5.

Been busy with taxes.  Now that can suck - really suck - depending on how much the PM is taking back from my winnings, so to speak.  Details not forthcoming; everyone's got problems, right? - of some description, at any event.

I am OK with L.A. or S.F.  The attraction of San Francisco is obvious; DM said it first - the wine regions nearby.  But then Santa Barbara is not far away from the City of Angels.

Even if only a few of us show, that is also fine with me.  But there is still time to rustle up more interest.

M./Z.

 

 

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 6.

Hey!

The Syrah meetup with Out There was stellar.  I'm definitely up for an in person event on the West Coast.

Cheers,

Lucha

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 6.

Ha!  good to see you Lucha!  The forum is limping along again, no spam anymore!

I didn't make it to Taste Washington this year, but will go next year for sure.

Any standouts?  Did you go?

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 6.

Looks like we have about half-dozen interested parties.  I don't have any big ideas on location or events of interest in WA, OR or CA as yet.  Events like the Taste Washington in any of the target states seem to be candidates as to venue. A slow discussion over the next few weeks should be able to allow some convergence to a copacetic time and place.

Z.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 6.

Hey DV!

I did go to Taste WA and thought of you while I was there. 

All the usual top end suspects were there and their wines did not disappoint. 

  • Betz and Gramercy were both standouts for Southern Rhone and Syrah. 
  • Long Shadows Pedestal (Merlot) was stellar. 
  • Col Solare was pouring a 2001 red blend. They always bring an older vintage to taste, which is cool.
  • Andrew Will and Cadence both had excellent vineyard designate BDX style blends.
  • Cooper had a fantastic lineup and a new Nebbiolo that was awesome.

Some newer and less well known wineries that I really enjoyed were:

  • Damsel
  • JB Neufeld
  • The Walls
  • Upside Down Wine
  • Pollard
  • Savage Grace
  • Latta
  • Structure
  • Elephant 7
  • Cote Bonneville
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Reply by dvogler, Apr 6.

Sounds like it was great as usual.  I pretty much take BC and multiply by ten to get Washington for production and wineries etc.  So, I know we have many new wineries, it stands to reason you do also.  I'd not heard of any of the ones you mentioned and I regularly read the Washington Wine Blog that Owen Bargreen does.  I had a 2008 Pedestal and drank it a few years ago.  I should grab one when I'm down next. 

Zuf had a good idea when he said an event like Taste Washington would be a good reason to do a meet-up.  I'm curious if JD, Fox, Greg, et al, would actually fly to Seattle?  (haha, yeah that's guilt tripping here).

I wouldn't mind doing something this year though.

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Reply by GregT, Apr 6.

I've flown elsewhere for wine, so why not?

Life sucks because of work, not wine. And it's likely to get worse in the immediate future. But I'll muddle through somehow.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 7.

Maybe we should have it in LA and we can try to buck-up Greg. 

 

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