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Post #1  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 10th 2013, 6:02am

A couple years ago I arranged a blind tasting at Lazy Dog Cafe - free corkage- which while we only had 15, went over quite well. Theme was SRH v. Sonoma. Looking for interested persons. They will accommodate a group up to 24 but only in Tues - Thursday. I'll do the legwork if people are interested. Menu is comfort food and very well priced. We can pick any particular theme but I was thinking RRV v. SLH.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

Based upon responses so far, I have reserved a table for 24 people on December 3, 2013, at 7:00. Below is the list of attendees so far, and it will be cut off at 24 (so tell me if you are a +1, etc.).

It is at Lazy Dog Cafe in Thousand Oaks (adjacent to the Oaks Mall, 101 to Lynn Road, on the Hillcrest side next to Muvico).

The theme is blind Pinot Tasting - I was thinking Russian River v. EXTENDED Central Coast (so Santa Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara). If there are other ideas this can be changed

One bottle per attendee - if a couple, bring one bottle from each category, in a plain brown paper bag (I will have extras and scoring sheets). We will taste double blind, score, vote the winner, and then unveil and drink with dinner.

Last time the restaurant let us all have separate checks - which I think was an anomaly. Plan on dinner with gratuity being about $25/pp but it could be less. Dinners range from $12-$20 and they have no corkage fee; we are usually "nice" to the servers for putting up with us. The only drawback is if we have 24, we may have trouble getting multiple stems per person.

Attendees so far:

Bruce and Laurie
Marc and Dominique
Danny Mazza
Scott and Andrea
Vamsi
Mike and Dana
Ken and June
Wendy and Ken
Kathy and Ron
Larry and Laura

Room for about 6 more since Fu won't drive.
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Post #2  Postby Scott W » October 10th 2013, 5:55pm

My wife and I would love to join in but man Tues through Thurs will be tough. Thursday is out but Tues/ Wed is very possible.
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Post #3  Postby Brian Bohr » October 10th 2013, 8:57pm

Having been attendees at the inaugural Lazy Dog offline - we would love to do it again. We can generally do Tues-Thurs in November except Nov 12-14.
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Post #4  Postby Marc Simon » October 13th 2013, 2:45pm

Dominique and I are interested depending on when it is... Thursdays are best for her since she doesn't work on Fridays, but we could possibly do Tuesday or Wednesday.... However, the week of Nov 12-14 is also probably not all that good for us....
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Post #5  Postby Danny M a z z a » October 13th 2013, 3:51pm

I'd be interested. Tuesday thru Thrusday actually work best for me. With a preference of Tuesday or Wesenday.
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Post #6  Postby A. Fruchtman » October 14th 2013, 7:09am

I am also interested. Tuesday-Thursday is fine by me. All dates are good for me but 13, 27, & 28.
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Post #7  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 14th 2013, 7:49am

Considering that two weeks in November are bad for almost everyone, what do you think about either November 5 or 6, or December 3–5? I was originally thinking November 19 was perfect, but the 20th is a big day for me at work.
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Post #8  Postby Scott W » October 15th 2013, 10:05am

Dec 3 - 5 works for us.
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Post #9  Postby Brian Bohr » October 15th 2013, 8:55pm

As of now the Nov 5-6 and Dec 3-5 work for us.
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Post #10  Postby Danny M a z z a » October 15th 2013, 10:38pm

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Post #11  Postby Vamsi Kaipa » October 16th 2013, 1:46am

working til la until Thanksgiving. I am open to tues to thurs unless work turns into crap.
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Post #12  Postby L Goldsmith » October 16th 2013, 9:44am

Just adding my name here in case it lands on a day I can make.

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Post #13  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 16th 2013, 11:14am

Based upon responses so far, I have reserved a table for 24 people on December 3, 2013, at 7:00 pm.
Once people confirm that date works, we will begin a list of attendees, and cut it off at 24 (so tell me if you are a +1, etc.).

It is at Lazy Dog Cafe in Thousand Oaks (adjacent to the Oaks Mall, 101 to Lynn Road, on the Hillcrest side next to Muvico).

The theme is blind Pinot Tasting - I was thinking Russian River v. EXTENDED Central Coast (so Santa Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara). If there are other ideas this can be changed

One bottle per attendee - if a couple, bring one bottle from each category, in a plain brown paper bag (I will have extras and scoring sheets). We will taste double blind, score, vote the winner, and then unveil and drink with dinner.

Last time the restaurant let us all have separate checks - which I think was an anomaly. Plan on dinner with gratuity being about $25/pp but it could be less. Dinners range from $12-$20 and they have no corkage fee; we are usually "nice" to the servers for putting up with us. The only drawback is if we have 24, we may have trouble getting multiple stems per person.

Please let me know if this date works for you and we'll start a list.

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Post #14  Postby A. Fruchtman » October 16th 2013, 12:22pm

I'm in for December 3rd! I also dig the RRV & extended Central Coast theme.

Thanks for planning this dinner, Bruce.
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Post #15  Postby Marc Simon » October 16th 2013, 2:49pm

I am in for 2 people (Dominique and I)....
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Post #16  Postby Charlie Fu » October 16th 2013, 2:59pm

A. Fruchtman wrote:I'm in for December 3rd! I also dig the RRV & extended Central Coast theme.

Thanks for planning this dinner, Bruce.

everyone gets two guesses what Aaron will bring ;p

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Post #17  Postby A. Fruchtman » October 16th 2013, 3:39pm

Charlie Fu wrote:everyone gets two guesses what Aaron will bring ;p

Two guesses? :)

So there's plenty of time for you to order a visa, are you coming? You can be my +1.
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Post #18  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 16th 2013, 4:26pm

Saving space for the following:
Bruce and Laurie
Aaron (+1?) Charlie - take a 50 mile drive. Good for you to see trees and greenery.
Brian and Jennifer
Marc and Dominique
Danny Mazza
Scott and Andrea
Vamsi
Mike and Dana
Ken and June R
Wendy and Ken
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Post #19  Postby Mike Stoneking » October 16th 2013, 4:44pm

Hi Bruce, add Dana and I to the list.
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Post #20  Postby Scott W » October 16th 2013, 4:51pm

Andrea and I are in.
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Post #21  Postby Danny M a z z a » October 16th 2013, 5:23pm

December 3rd world perfect! No plus one for me though.
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Post #22  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 16th 2013, 5:35pm

Thanks For the quick responses.
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Post #23  Postby Brian Bohr » October 16th 2013, 8:37pm

Jennifer and I are confirmed for Dec 3rd.
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Post #24  Postby L Goldsmith » October 16th 2013, 8:46pm

Presenting in New Orleans that day. Sorry to be missing it, but, I will have crazy cajuns and crawfish to comfort me.
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Post #25  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 17th 2013, 5:04am

Sorry we'll miss you Leslie
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Post #26  Postby Ken Rudman » October 17th 2013, 6:02am

Bruce, I'm in unless my work travel schedule changes. Charlie, if you want to carpool, I'll be coming from South Pas.
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Post #27  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 17th 2013, 6:15am

I will get Ventura County to issue a special one – day entry visa for Charlie but will Charlie drink California Pinot?
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Post #28  Postby Ken Rudman » October 17th 2013, 6:18am

So, does RRV mean the actual RRV appelation? Asking for a friend. :-)
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Post #29  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 17th 2013, 6:23am

That's what I intended (as compared to Sonoma Coast or other appellations in the region).
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Post #30  Postby Ken Rudman » October 17th 2013, 8:47am

Bruce, make me +1. June is in if Laurie is.
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Post #31  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 17th 2013, 9:05am

Great! This is updated in Post No. 1.
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Post #32  Postby Andrew Kaufman » October 18th 2013, 7:47pm

Ken Rudman wrote:Bruce, make me +1. June is in if Laurie is.


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Post #33  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 18th 2013, 8:25pm

Vegas is too far for the third. What about you Andrew?
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Post #34  Postby Andrew Kaufman » October 18th 2013, 8:58pm

Bruce Rudman wrote:Vegas is too far for the third. What about you Andrew?


We are going to Paso on the Sixth so I am not sure. Will let you know.
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Post #35  Postby Bruce Rudman » October 18th 2013, 9:22pm

That is three days later. Plenty of time to recover.
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