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Snooth User: zufrieden

The Face to Face Club - a Proposal

Original post by zufrieden, Mar 24, 2019.

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 LindeMen, Apr 9, 2019.

I don't do white tie events.  lol.

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Reply by LindeMen, Apr 9, 2019.

Do any of you forum regulars have youtube videos- like a  beginners guide- to wines, history, grape types, locations world wide, that sort of thing. 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 9, 2019.

Lindemen, I really enjoy Scherrer wines and Fred (the owner/winemaker) has some great youtube videos here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC64_ar_rn4z7VOvmyqBNdMw

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 12, 2019.

Is there a chance that Seattle would suffice for those interested in meeting up this year?  Seattle is a great, great city.  It may lack some of the multi-cultural aspects (so far) of Vancouver BC, but it is still a very beautiful, safe city with a great deal of things to get you going once you get going and go there.

Of course, California is fine with me, but it will be at some point a consensus issue.  I am still waiting for some real interst in this idea... we tend to get distracted (what can I say? - it is a common trait with all of us).  There is no absolute minimum number of interested parties - although, one would hope it exceeds one.

I can't really coordinate a meeting unless it is in Vancouver or Victoria BC.  But I will do my best to help if it is in Seattle or elsewhere.

Darren:  this one is for you.  The 2015 Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin is on sale for about 12% below normal retail price.  Since this is possibly the best ever from the propery (93 points Gismondi, e.g.), at 43 dollars C$ maybe you should buy 2 or 3.

Z/M

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 13, 2019.

Zuf, is this at BCLD?  Thanks for the tip.  I still have a 2009!  I should open it this year ;)

Seattle is actually a great idea and as Lucha Vino said, there are a ton of tasting rooms right in downtown (and then a short drive to Woodinville for many more of the best).  I'm going to work on it.

I'll report back.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 13, 2019.

Seattle's good, especially if some visits to reachable wineries could be arranged through Lucha's or other connections (or alternatively Walla Walla?  ;-)  ). Love that town/state. Someone could also try to chase down Rimmerman to join??  ;-) ;-)

Sonoma/Napa is, of course, far more concentrated. Or Santa Barbara/Santa Rita/Paso for that matter.

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 16, 2019.

Well, we should be able to work something out, D.  I would love the opportunity to meet you along with a number of others we have corresponded with over the years.  Rain notwithstanding, I probably would live in the Pacific Northwest most of the year.  Maybe not the months of December to February - once my wife retires, but that decision will depend somewhat on my activities.  Time is running short, for me at least, not speaking for others.

I think if we can all just focus on the issue at hand - meeting up - then a solution is possible.  I don't mind (and I know others of us in the north agree with me) that California or Oregon is also fine. If a club emerges from this, well, then the east can also work in subsequent years.

I will be leaning on people a bit more as time passes.  My problem of the moment is changing my place of residence and getting my wife through to retirement (rather early in her case, but there you have it).

More on this from day to day.

@dvogler, I hope you can get those Osoyoos Larose wines.  If you have difficulty, I can buy up 2 or 3 for you.  They are available on the BCL site, so you could order them.

Z/M

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 16, 2019.

I would LOVE a Seattle meet up, but that is a bit selfish since I live here. :-)

The urban wine scene is going crazy so there are tons of great wineries right in Seattle for visiting.  We could hit "the best" Urban wineries in two afternoons and still have plenty of time in the evenings for other fun wine oriented activities.

Woodinville is about a 30 minute drive to the East and you could spend a week exploring all the wineries there.

I can setup visits in either location.

Walla Walla is amazing.  But it is about a 5 hour drive from Seattle.  Of course, you can fly to the tri-cities area and then it is about an hour drive from there.  I would drive to Walla Walla if people want to meet up there.  I have plenty of connections for excellent winery visits there too.

Do we have dates in mind?

Cheers!

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Reply by GregT, Apr 17, 2019.

Zuf - I'm totally up for the idea. Just been really distracted recently and moved again last weekend. But we've a larger house now so if anyone is in the LA area, we have space. As far as flying out somewhere, I'm game. Not sure of the timing. I'll have a huge May and then things should slow down a bit but I don't know for sure.

Anyhow, whatever you all are thinking, if we can do it, we will.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 17, 2019.

"Walla Walla is amazing.  But it is about a 5 hour drive from Seattle."

One of many Walla Walla stories is driving from Seattle to it all night, during college, in a friggin' VW bug in the midst of a massive blizzard where we couldn't even see the front of that short hood the whole way. Took a lot longer than five hours that night.

Pullman's a lot closer than the Tri-Cities--do they still have flights into that regional airport? All things considered, with SeaTac and other airport transfers I've always considered driving the whole way nearly a tossup.

Seattle's good, Walla Walla would be like old home days, but then so would Napa/Sonoma and even more so the Santa Barbara/Ojai/Santa Maria areas. Home bases by someone(s) in the group are good anchors to rely on--if that's intelligible...

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Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 17, 2019.

We haven't been to Seattle in a number of years and would love to return.  The CFO and I will be in Portland over the 4th to visit our son and d-i-l and could easily drive the couple hours up.

Any of the CA destinations would be fine also and I have a few wine related contacts in Sonoma, Paso and Napa, just going to depend on the timing but I'm always up for a road (or air) trip.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 17, 2019.

I only have a second, but my idea was to keep it simple. Meaning fly to Seatle and stay two nights, have a couple nice dinners and go to some tasting rooms and some guys may want to see other sights.

I think Walla Walla would be a different kind of thing, but Marty could rebut and maybe convince me it would be easy and economical!   It's equal meeting everyone and enjoying wine.  I think a few guys will be really tweaking their lives to even make it at all.

Foxall basically said he's out until September.  If it works out that the majority can meet earlier, then whatever works.

I still haven't got in touch with JD.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 17, 2019.

DV - I think Seattle would be more economical and there are actually some fab Walla Walla wineries with tasting rooms in Seattle.  Kerloo, Rotie Cellars and Sleight of Hand all have tasting rooms in the same spot that is just a couple miles South of downtown.  And then there are many more over in Woodinville.

If you want to do two days, we could do one in Seattle and one in Woodinville.

DM's drive to Walla Walla sounds gnarly!

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 18, 2019.

Yeah, Lucha, leaving Bellevue the snow seemed manageable that night but then once we got to Snoqualmie we just got slammed, hour after hour, all the way to Walla Walla. I did most of the driving and the nervous tension the whole way was exhausting.

Seattle sounds like an interesting and rewarding and fun change for everyone. I don't know yet if I can make it (obviously depends on when, amongst other things). If I had my old mobility I'd love Seattle with perhaps a smaller-group side trip over to Walla Walla. But this year is still restrictive for me and California would be the easiest option. Whatever everyone decides I'll figure what's possible and try to adapt, of course. If not this time I'll try to join the next.

 

 

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 18, 2019.

I'm all for democracy.  If I hear back something positive from JD, then we could get a consensus.

There's still time for negotiation. 

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Reply by GregT, Apr 18, 2019.

Well as of 3:00 yesterday afternoon, I now have a lot of free time, so I'm up for wherever at this point.

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 18, 2019.

OK, if we would like to create something in Seattle, I am in.  Some local intelligence may be required for seeking out an approrpiate venue.  There is still time, though, so if anyone can help in that regard, we can discuss further over the next few weeks.

Z.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 18, 2019.

JD said if it were fall, October works best for him.  I'll check again with Richard Foxall.  I'm going to Piedmont in September, so that's pretty well out for me.

Lucha Vino is our man in Seattle.  He'll have a pile of old mattresses for us in his basement (just kidding Marty!).  There's some great bargain hotels, one is the Moore Hotel where I stayed for Taste Washington last time.  I think a day downtown and a day in Woodinville (hour drive) would be fabulous!

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Reply by JonDerry, Apr 19, 2019.

Just checking this for the first time, obviously LA is my safest/most probable option for attendance. Oakland second.

Greg, sorry to hear about the struggle at work - had assumed it was more of a triumph than it was.

So friends and wine to look forward to sounds good.

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Reply by GregT, Apr 19, 2019.

Could have been a triumph but that was then. Now I gotta find stuff to do until I find employment so yeah, LA area would be great, but Santa Barbara and Paso Robles are a few hours away. Then there's nor-Cal and WA which I'd be OK with.

Or Snake River in Idaho. They make wine there too!



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