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#2 Post by YLee » December 5th, 2019, 6:11 am

Thanks. Gotta make plans for this. Missed last year
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#3 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 6:27 am

We have questions!

Wife and I are considering going for our anniversary, which is on 3/7. Wondering whether we should head up to NYC and make a weekend out of it. Bonus is free babysitting as my sister-in-law lives there. Things we're wondering;

1. Is the Grand Tasting worth it? Walk around tastings can either be good or bad experiences. Seems like the good wines go fast, so if you're not at the table right away, you might miss out. Is this a problem at La Paulee or do the winemakers bring enough to last through the entire event?
2. Tell me about the dinner - again, is it worth the price of admission? How do you get seated? What kind of bottle are you expected to bring to share? If coming as a couple, do you bring 2 bottles or 1?
3. First Press Package - says for people 40 and under. We are 41 and 45, but this would be our first time coming. Any idea whether we could sweet talk our way into this package?
4. The Zachys auction. Very interested in attending, but is there an expectation that you buy wine? What if you just get outbid on everything you are interested in? Is it difficult to reserve a spot? How does that work?

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#4 Post by John Morris » December 5th, 2019, 6:36 am

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4. The Zachys auction. Very interested in attending, but is there an expectation that you buy wine? What if you just get outbid on everything you are interested in? Is it difficult to reserve a spot? How does that work?
Then someone isn't in tune with the market. It might be you, or it might be the winning bidders.
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#5 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 6:46 am

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Then someone isn't in tune with the market. It might be you, or it might be the winning bidders.
Yes, of course that's true. Widgets are worth what someone is willing to pay for them, right? My question was more about whether there's an expectation that you bid on and win something if you're attending the auction.
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#6 Post by Michael Bowden » December 5th, 2019, 6:54 am

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Then someone isn't in tune with the market. It might be you, or it might be the winning bidders.
Yes, of course that's true. Widgets are worth what someone is willing to pay for them, right? My question was more about whether there's an expectation that you bid on and win something if you're attending the auction.
No - no expectation that you bid. Many people go to just be in the room and many people bid in the room or are bidding for others or place their bids in advance. You could be sitting by somebody who winds up spending a few million and they have never raised their paddle. If you see something you like then you should bid but you are never forced or expected to bid (or win) on anything.
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#7 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 7:04 am

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No - no expectation that you bid. Many people go to just be in the room and many people bid in the room or are bidding for others or place their bids in advance. You could be sitting by somebody who winds up spending a few million and they have never raised their paddle. If you see something you like then you should bid but you are never forced or expected to bid (or win) on anything.
OK, this is great. Thank you for the insight.
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#8 Post by John Morris » December 5th, 2019, 7:23 am

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December 5th, 2019, 6:46 am
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Then someone isn't in tune with the market. It might be you, or it might be the winning bidders.
Yes, of course that's true. Widgets are worth what someone is willing to pay for them, right? My question was more about whether there's an expectation that you bid on and win something if you're attending the auction.
Sorry. I was in a flippant mood. [cheers.gif]
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#9 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 7:25 am

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Sorry. I was in a flippant mood. [cheers.gif]
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#10 Post by Dinesh Goyal » December 5th, 2019, 7:29 am

I am also thinking about attending grand tasting, vertical tasting and gala dinner.

It would be great to hear from those who have been there in the past, particularly on gala dinner.

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#11 Post by Jay Miller » December 5th, 2019, 7:52 am

I've only ever been to the Verticals which were well run and a lot of fun. I never had a problem trying everything I wanted to. I've stopped attending since I've mostly stopped buying new release Burgundy (and the one relatively low cost producer I still buy doesn't attend La Paulee).

Friends who attend the GT speak highly of it. Certainly worth it if you want to get a feel for the current vintage when deciding what to buy.

The dinner depends on whether you like that sort of thing. I don't like being rushed to drink up one great wine to get a pour of another great wine so I've never attended. But there will certainly be a lot of great wine being poured.
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#12 Post by Paul Jaouen » December 5th, 2019, 9:37 am

If you go to the auction, bring good wine otherwise you will feel foolish when others at your table are opening bottles and sharing and you have nothing to share.
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#13 Post by alan weinberg » December 5th, 2019, 9:39 am

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If you go to the auction, bring GREAT wine otherwise you will feel foolish when others at your table are opening bottles and sharing and you have nothing to share.
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#14 Post by John Chapman » December 5th, 2019, 9:53 am

Troy, I think the Grand Tasting will be worthwhile...it will be a showcase of 2017s, and after the praise for the quality of the white burgs especially I am looking forward to it. I don't think there's any chance of great wines running out.

I've enjoyed the gala dinners when I've gone, but agree with Jay that they can be over the top, a lot of excellent wine is dumped to make room in glasses for the next pours.

The auction could be fun for a while if you've never been.

I saw that the Roumier dinner is already sold out.

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#15 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 10:12 am

alan weinberg wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 9:39 am
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If you go to the auction, bring GREAT wine otherwise you will feel foolish when others at your table are opening bottles and sharing and you have nothing to share.
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What constitutes great? I assume by "great" what you really mean is "expensive," but correct me if I'm wrong.

If I'm correct, would something like '09 Richebourg or RSV suffice? A little young, but it's the "best" (most expensive) I've got.
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#16 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 10:13 am

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I saw that the Roumier dinner is already sold out.
That's crazy. I guess there's no shortage of rich people who love Burgundy. :)
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#17 Post by Mark Y » December 5th, 2019, 10:20 am

DRC Dinner.. wow.. $9,250 per person..

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most famous estate in Burgundy, and securing a visit to their renowned cellars is near-impossible. Proprietor and Estate Director Aubert de Villaine will present a lineup of incredibly rare vintages from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti dating back to 1971 in the private Bellecour room at restaurant DANIEL, featuring the incomparable cuisine of Chef Daniel Boulud and guest Chefs Michel, César, and Léo Troisgros, visiting us from their three Michelin-starred restaurant in Ouches, France.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Echézeaux Grand Cru 2014
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Richebourg Grand Cru 2001
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Richebourg Grand Cru 1999
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru monopole 2000
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru monopole 1991
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru monopole 1971
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru monopole 1971 en magnum
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#18 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 10:23 am

i.e. ~$700 per pour, depending on how much value you place on the food... O-o
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#19 Post by JLee » December 5th, 2019, 10:40 am

Wow that verticals lineup looks amazing
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#20 Post by alan weinberg » December 5th, 2019, 11:02 am

Troy Stark wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 10:12 am
alan weinberg wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 9:39 am
Paul Jaouen wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 9:37 am
If you go to the auction, bring GREAT wine otherwise you will feel foolish when others at your table are opening bottles and sharing and you have nothing to share.
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What constitutes great? I assume by "great" what you really mean is "expensive," but correct me if I'm wrong.

If I'm correct, would something like '09 Richebourg or RSV suffice? A little young, but it's the "best" (most expensive) I've got.
unfortunately these days great usually means expensive if you have to go to the marketplace to get it—unless you have older stock for which you paid little. When I went to the NY version, it was a Bacchanalian over the top event with amazing rare wine after rare wine. One had to spit 50 year old Musigny to grab the next great wine. It was too crazy for me and I didn’t like not spending adequate time w the wines so I’ve never gone again. People are very generous and I’m sure 09 DRC would be well-received. I wouldn’t bring Beaujolais or Bourgogne!

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#21 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 11:29 am

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People are very generous and I’m sure 09 DRC would be well-received. I wouldn’t bring Beaujolais or Bourgogne!
Unfortunately, not DRC, but rather Hudelot-Noellat. Sounds like they would be fine. Still undecided on whether we will go.
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#22 Post by Mark Y » December 5th, 2019, 11:32 am

So you go to that drc tasting and people who go bring more wine?!
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#23 Post by Troy Stark » December 5th, 2019, 11:44 am

I believe they are talking about the auction and the gala dinner.
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#24 Post by Mark Y » December 5th, 2019, 11:45 am

Troy Stark wrote:
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I believe they are talking about the auction and the gala dinner.
Got it. THAT makes sense..
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#25 Post by Howard Cooper » December 5th, 2019, 12:08 pm

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I've only ever been to the Verticals which were well run and a lot of fun. I never had a problem trying everything I wanted to. I've stopped attending since I've mostly stopped buying new release Burgundy (and the one relatively low cost producer I still buy doesn't attend La Paulee).

Friends who attend the GT speak highly of it. Certainly worth it if you want to get a feel for the current vintage when deciding what to buy.

I like the grand tasting because I get to see a number of producers I have visited in the past and to assess the current vintage. Gives me a very good overview of vintages. For example, I have long felt that I have a better sense of 2010 as a vintage because I went to the Paulee in NYC for that vintage and a lesser feel for 2009 because that one was in SF (I don't go to the ones in SF). It is not just a matter of deciding what to buy; it is also just keeping up with Burgundy.

Also, I have a great time at the Grand Tasting - my #1 reason to go is it is fun. A number of my wine friends from DC go up for that and we have a good time together.

I have only been to the Verticals once. The downside to it is the room was much smaller than for the GT and there was much less food than at the GT. It just was not nearly as much fun. The biggest upside to the Verticals the one time I went was that I met a really generous wine collector from NJ who invited me, a good friend from DC and two of the Tucson lunch bunch to his facility where he stores his wines and opened more wines for us to drink. Still remember very fondly how much fun that was and how generous you were. [cheers.gif]
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#26 Post by Dinesh Goyal » December 5th, 2019, 12:13 pm

I am likely to attend grand tasting and vertical tasting.

Question really is whether with first press package I shell out another $1100 for gala dinner. It’s the last year I could buy first press :)

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#27 Post by Jay Miller » December 5th, 2019, 12:43 pm

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I have only been to the Verticals once. The downside to it is the room was much smaller than for the GT and there was much less food than at the GT. It just was not nearly as much fun. The biggest upside to the Verticals the one time I went was that I met a really generous wine collector from NJ who invited me, a good friend from DC and two of the Tucson lunch bunch to his facility where he stores his wines and opened more wines for us to drink. Still remember very fondly how much fun that was and how generous you were. [cheers.gif]
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#28 Post by Paul Jaouen » December 5th, 2019, 1:13 pm

Another alternative to the gala dinner or any of the other dinners is get with some NYers and other out of towers and set up your own dinner. You might miss some fantastic wines that you barely get to taste but you can still have some great wines that you can enjoy over a good dinner and make some new friends and it will cost you a lot less.
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#29 Post by Mark Y » December 5th, 2019, 1:21 pm

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Another alternative to the gala dinner or any of the other dinners is get with some NYers and other out of towers and set up your own dinner. You might miss some fantastic wines that you barely get to taste but you can still have some great wines that you can enjoy over a good dinner and make some new friends and it will cost you a lot less.
isn't that just every day life everywhere? ;)
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#30 Post by Paul Jaouen » December 5th, 2019, 2:17 pm

Mark Y wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Paul Jaouen wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Another alternative to the gala dinner or any of the other dinners is get with some NYers and other out of towers and set up your own dinner. You might miss some fantastic wines that you barely get to taste but you can still have some great wines that you can enjoy over a good dinner and make some new friends and it will cost you a lot less.
isn't that just every day life everywhere? ;)
True dat! But you can step it up for this dinner!
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#31 Post by Dinesh Goyal » December 5th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 2:17 pm
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Paul Jaouen wrote:
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Another alternative to the gala dinner or any of the other dinners is get with some NYers and other out of towers and set up your own dinner. You might miss some fantastic wines that you barely get to taste but you can still have some great wines that you can enjoy over a good dinner and make some new friends and it will cost you a lot less.
isn't that just every day life everywhere? ;)
True dat! But you can step it up for this dinner!
Love the idea. Though I know when a couple of people on this board have tried to arrange GC burg dinner, they couldn’t get enough interest and were accused of being elitist. Maybe it would be different around La Paulee.

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#32 Post by Howard Cooper » December 5th, 2019, 3:35 pm

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Another alternative to the gala dinner or any of the other dinners is get with some NYers and other out of towers and set up your own dinner. You might miss some fantastic wines that you barely get to taste but you can still have some great wines that you can enjoy over a good dinner and make some new friends and it will cost you a lot less.
My wine friends and I do a dinner every month, but once a year we up the wines a notch or two. For example, from this year, viewtopic.php?f=1&t=157412&p=2648898&hi ... n#p2648898 So, I agree with you.
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#33 Post by maureen nelson » December 5th, 2019, 5:58 pm

Reading through the wines to be tasted at the verticals. Looks like Domaine d’Eugénie didn’t get the memo.

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#34 Post by Joshua Kates » December 5th, 2019, 6:39 pm

Rousseau, who they announced in advance, seems nowhere in sight. Ironically, given what DRC RC goes for the $9000 is probably a deal. Sadly, not one of which I will be taking advantage. Just the verticals, the Lafarge seminar and maybe the Morey seminar. I'm not buying current Burgundy, so the Grand Tasting is no longer so interesting. Howard is right that the food is better there than at the Verticals, but the wines?
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#35 Post by R. Frankel » December 5th, 2019, 7:55 pm

I've been to the Grand Tasting, and most of these kinds of events the last few years (oh, except not the crazy expensive dinners like the Roumier and DRC ones this year). These are my impressions:

Grand Tasting. My favorite of the events, gives me an excellent chance to assess the vintage, try lots of old favorites, investigate new potential yums, and chat with a few wine makers that I've met before. There is a lot of wine (stuff doesn't run out fast) and even more food. I've found that I have to pace myself but move steadily through the tables to hit the ones I really want, which is most of what is there. It IS crowded, sure, and the big names even more so, but not ridiculous. Most people there know what the purpose of the event is (i.e. getting the next wine in your glass). I always spit at these things otherwise I'd be plastered, and that's no problem. If you're likely to be buying 2017, and future vintages, then the GT is THE best event I know to learn a lot fast about Burgundy producers.

Verticals. I've done this a few times in the last few years, and will do it again this year. You can generally taste everything as long as you move steadily through the producers. Might be a bit crowded at Dujac, Rousseau, DRC level folks, but you still can get your glass filled. It's been a lovely event. Highly educational in a different way, and less crowded than the GT. The wine makers themselves are usually pouring, so you can actually chat with them if you like doing that.

Gala Dinner. I'm mostly not doing this kind of thing anymore, I just don't think they're worth it. Yes, you get to a chance to taste a bunch of amazing wines. But the best stuff is usually held back at a few of the top tables and doesn't travel far. You also have to be comfortable tasting a zillion wines while dining and socializing with a lot of strangers. For a social dynamo, these events are a treat. But for the $2500 it would cost to go with a buddy, I'd rather buy a few amazing bottles and really get to spend time with them. If you've never been to one of these ... sure give it a spin. You might love it.

Auctions. You can probably get an invite, but really these are for buyers. Don't be surprised if Zachy's holds you back until close to the date to give existing customers preference. Still, every auction I've attended has been fun, social, friendly, and kind. As long as you like sitting in a room for hours while wine gets auctioned! If you're not a buyer, it might end up being pretty boring. By the way, 2009 Hudelot Noellat RSV is a lovely bottle (hey, let's have dinner!) but unnecessary for this kind of event. Sure, everyone will enjoy drinking it but you won't score more points with that then with some respectable 1er in the $100 - $200 range. The fancier bottle won't buy you anything at an auction. At a gala dinner, a fancier bottle will probably get you seated at a table with others with similar bottles, so that is more worth it.

Seminars. These are really good, but certainly not cheap for what you get. Still, fairly unique experiences.

Off-Grid. They haven't announced this yet, but this has been a very good (though more crowded) event held earlier in the La Paulee week. Basically it's a tasting of lots of smaller producers from in or near Burgundy, less expensive wines that you might not have heard of before. But also affordable-ish. An excellent educational opportunity. More casual, less food, but I like this one a lot.

Private events and dinners. I always try to organize or participate in as many of these as I can. It's great to make friends and connect with them in NY.
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#36 Post by Dinesh Goyal » December 6th, 2019, 10:38 am

Rich, that’s really helpful.

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#37 Post by Troy Stark » December 6th, 2019, 11:52 am

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Rich, that’s really helpful.
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#38 Post by Greg K » December 6th, 2019, 12:32 pm

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December 5th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Gala Dinner. I'm mostly not doing this kind of thing anymore, I just don't think they're worth it. Yes, you get to a chance to taste a bunch of amazing wines. But the best stuff is usually held back at a few of the top tables and doesn't travel far. You also have to be comfortable tasting a zillion wines while dining and socializing with a lot of strangers. For a social dynamo, these events are a treat. But for the $2500 it would cost to go with a buddy, I'd rather buy a few amazing bottles and really get to spend time with them. If you've never been to one of these ... sure give it a spin. You might love it.
Rich, I think that was a really good summary. The one caveat I would add is that for the Gala Dinner, if you know a few people around the room, you can walk around and share your bottle(s), and people are very friendly about sharing theirs (and what's next to them). I find that towards the end of the evening especially, there's a lot more sharing, and especially of the reds. Because the gala dinner spreads producers at every table, you'll have the chance to try nice stuff regardless of which table you're sat (and the wines I bring to these events are by no means on the highest end of the scale).
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#39 Post by R. Frankel » December 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm

Greg K wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 12:32 pm
R. Frankel wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Gala Dinner. I'm mostly not doing this kind of thing anymore, I just don't think they're worth it. Yes, you get to a chance to taste a bunch of amazing wines. But the best stuff is usually held back at a few of the top tables and doesn't travel far. You also have to be comfortable tasting a zillion wines while dining and socializing with a lot of strangers. For a social dynamo, these events are a treat. But for the $2500 it would cost to go with a buddy, I'd rather buy a few amazing bottles and really get to spend time with them. If you've never been to one of these ... sure give it a spin. You might love it.
Rich, I think that was a really good summary. The one caveat I would add is that for the Gala Dinner, if you know a few people around the room, you can walk around and share your bottle(s), and people are very friendly about sharing theirs (and what's next to them). I find that towards the end of the evening especially, there's a lot more sharing, and especially of the reds. Because the gala dinner spreads producers at every table, you'll have the chance to try nice stuff regardless of which table you're sat (and the wines I bring to these events are by no means on the highest end of the scale).
Greg, great point. These things are friendly events. Nothing like a little vinous lubricant to lower social barriers champagne.gif . I would certainly be more into it if I had a crew of friends going. As a San Franciscan, my NY network is pretty limited.
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#40 Post by Greg K » December 6th, 2019, 1:09 pm

R. Frankel wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Greg K wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 12:32 pm
R. Frankel wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Gala Dinner. I'm mostly not doing this kind of thing anymore, I just don't think they're worth it. Yes, you get to a chance to taste a bunch of amazing wines. But the best stuff is usually held back at a few of the top tables and doesn't travel far. You also have to be comfortable tasting a zillion wines while dining and socializing with a lot of strangers. For a social dynamo, these events are a treat. But for the $2500 it would cost to go with a buddy, I'd rather buy a few amazing bottles and really get to spend time with them. If you've never been to one of these ... sure give it a spin. You might love it.
Rich, I think that was a really good summary. The one caveat I would add is that for the Gala Dinner, if you know a few people around the room, you can walk around and share your bottle(s), and people are very friendly about sharing theirs (and what's next to them). I find that towards the end of the evening especially, there's a lot more sharing, and especially of the reds. Because the gala dinner spreads producers at every table, you'll have the chance to try nice stuff regardless of which table you're sat (and the wines I bring to these events are by no means on the highest end of the scale).
Greg, great point. These things are friendly events. Nothing like a little vinous lubricant to lower social barriers champagne.gif . I would certainly be more into it if I had a crew of friends going. As a San Franciscan, my NY network is pretty limited.
Touche! Of the large gala events I've gone to, I've found there to be the most sharing at this one.

My one piece of advice, if going to the gala dinner, is to eat beforehand. There's not enough food and if you're walking around the room, you might just flat out miss some courses.
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#41 Post by Dinesh Goyal » December 11th, 2019, 2:49 am

Got the vertical tasting.

Still on the fence about just buying grand tasting ticket vs buying first press package. If the dinner was on a different day from the tasting, I would have def wanted to try the dinner at least once. But it’s on the same day as the tasting and I don’t want to take a chance :)

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#42 Post by Charlie Carnes » December 11th, 2019, 4:44 pm

Troy Stark wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 6:27 am
We have questions!

Wife and I are considering going for our anniversary, which is on 3/7. Wondering whether we should head up to NYC and make a weekend out of it. Bonus is free babysitting as my sister-in-law lives there. Things we're wondering;

1. Is the Grand Tasting worth it? Walk around tastings can either be good or bad experiences. Seems like the good wines go fast, so if you're not at the table right away, you might miss out. Is this a problem at La Paulee or do the winemakers bring enough to last through the entire event?
2. Tell me about the dinner - again, is it worth the price of admission? How do you get seated? What kind of bottle are you expected to bring to share? If coming as a couple, do you bring 2 bottles or 1?
3. First Press Package - says for people 40 and under. We are 41 and 45, but this would be our first time coming. Any idea whether we could sweet talk our way into this package?
4. The Zachys auction. Very interested in attending, but is there an expectation that you buy wine? What if you just get outbid on everything you are interested in? Is it difficult to reserve a spot? How does that work?

Thanks in advance!
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#43 Post by mdavis » December 12th, 2019, 12:46 am

I've gone to a bunch over the last 13 years. I'm going to the 20th anniversary event, of course!

Quick take:
1. Verticals are great when the producers pour interesting wines from decent vintages...last year was a bit disappointing. I am hopeful that this year it will be a bit better, but there are a lot of 2011s on the list: https://www.lapaulee.com/verticals-wines-2020. Step aside after you get your pour, please.
2. The Grand Tasting is there to give you an overview of the vintage - it is worthwhile. Step aside after you get your pour, please.
3. I find the seminars prior to the grand tasting (2 this year) always interesting and pretty inexpensive...worth it. I loved the talk w/Pataille (2 years ago?).

The Gala: Your enjoyment will be a function of where you get seated, luck, who you know, and how easily you make friends. It's ok. I do remember pouring out '71 La Tache for various wines from the 20s/30s/40s/50s...it gets crazy.

My preference is to do dinners with folks who have palate preferences like mine -- like Truchot, Barthod, Lafarge, Trollat, Overnoy, Mugneret-Gibourg, Tremblay, Bartolo, G. Rinaldi, Juge, Verset, Prevost, and other such stuff? PM me. I usually try to meet with the wine disorder folks as well.

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#44 Post by John Glas » December 12th, 2019, 8:12 pm

Expensive event. Newer vintages are always enjoyable to try but seems quite expensive for my taste.

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#45 Post by Gus Siokis » December 20th, 2019, 6:46 am

The Vertical tasting is sold out. If anyone changes their mind....I will more than happily purchase your ticket.
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#46 Post by Sh@n A » December 20th, 2019, 7:01 am

I have a ticket to Lafarge that I have decided to sell if anyone has interest.
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#47 Post by G. Newman » December 21st, 2019, 5:53 am

Gus Siokis wrote:
December 20th, 2019, 6:46 am
The Vertical tasting is sold out. If anyone changes their mind....I will more than happily purchase your ticket.
You might want to try again. I had no problem signing up for the Verticals just now.
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#48 Post by Gus Siokis » December 21st, 2019, 6:41 am

Thanks and you are correct! Buying my ticket now.....
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