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#1 Post by Frank Murray III » November 7th, 2017, 2:57 pm

As Fall arrives, so does the planning start for Falltacular. Last year we celebrated our 11th year and raised just over $30,000. This was a fantastic result, given that I made a conscious decision to reduce attendance from 2016. So while the event continues to grow in popularity and reputation, and while I could expand it to 200 people, perhaps more, this is not what I want for the event. Instead, my intent is to keep attendance at 150, to allow all of you that have grown the event with me to enjoy it in a more comfortable space. So, think of 2018 to be a lot like 2017--we're not going to break something that doesn't need breaking.

As with the many years I have posted here to get things kicked off, I offer this first post to set the stage, as I know some of you will be attending or maybe will make this your first year. As with all past years, there is an FAQ, which can be found using the Dropbox link below. And using this same link, you will see a few of last year's documents, which I will update in a few weeks time. For now though, they still give everyone the right perspective and view into what the event is, how it works, etc. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n6y1k2ej149j ... yrl4a?dl=0

And you may recall last year I also added our own Facebook page called OCFalltacular. It's where you can see photos from past years and interact in another platform if that is what you prefer. I will again use the Facebook page to incorporate the same messaging and event updates that you will find here on Wine Berserkers. Not everyone uses or visits both sites so you may use either (or both) to interact about the event and post things for others to see, and to obtain event info as we draw closer. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1390241461006038/

Thank you all for the many years of support, and to Todd, for this forum, as it has been the driver of the event's success and we march on together for another year! Love you, Frenchie. flirtysmile

PS--yes, we will do the annual Friday BYOB pre-event dinner, with the location TBD. We do not require you to attend the main Saturday event if you only wish to attend the Friday dinner.
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2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
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2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#2 Post by Mike Grammer » November 8th, 2017, 6:26 am

Thanks once again to you and Dr. Missus for doing this, Frank. El Muchacho Con Sueter intends to attend once again.

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#3 Post by Brian Tuite » November 8th, 2017, 6:51 am

Mother Nature willing! Calendar marked airfare checked.
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#4 Post by Eric Lundblad » November 8th, 2017, 8:43 am

Who's in charge of scheduling appropriate weather this year? Looking forward to it no matter what tho!
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#5 Post by Frank Murray III » November 8th, 2017, 11:00 am

I do hope we can avoid a weather storm this time. While the tent worked well enough last year to afford us all the usual space outside, we had a # of good people who wanted to attend that got stuck at various airports around the US. Was horrible to watch that happen, so we will hold good thoughts for the weekend.

The links are now updated in my original post above, we're off and running.

For any of the winemaker community who may be reading this, I am cool if you want to email me about your pouring/auction commitments if you want to send them along earlier than usual. I will be emailing all of you in a few weeks formally, as I do every year.

Thank you everyone.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#6 Post by C Silkowski » November 12th, 2017, 4:39 pm

Check sent for Gale and I. Looking forward to another wonderful event.

Count me in for golf.

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#7 Post by Frank Murray III » November 14th, 2017, 7:24 am

Silk, you are a good man for making the trip down all the way for Northern Oregon. You're also mailing your check a wee bit early, as it's not time yet. I'd never, ever call you a cheater, but a good anticipator.....well, yes.

Folks, no checks yet please. Laura's House isn't on the clock yet to receive them. Soon.
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2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#8 Post by brigcampbell » November 14th, 2017, 4:07 pm

First auction item donation from the Dr's Fick. A giant champagne cork end table. Very cool. No wine cellar should be without.

I'll drop it off this weekend, it's taking up a parking spot in the garage. LOL.
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#9 Post by Frank Murray III » November 14th, 2017, 4:11 pm

brigcampbell wrote:First auction item donation from the Dr's Fick. A giant champagne cork end table. Very cool. No wine cellar should be without.

I'll drop it off this weekend, it's taking up a parking spot in the garage. LOL.
Brigger, remind me again...what did we say we would open the bid for on this? Tell me and I will add to the Falltac file.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#10 Post by brigcampbell » November 14th, 2017, 6:53 pm

Lowest price online is $179 without shipping.

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#11 Post by Frank Murray III » November 15th, 2017, 7:21 am

Let's start it at $75 and I am certain we'll see the bids float close to full value or more. I'll list it next time I update the file.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
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2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#12 Post by Frank Murray III » November 22nd, 2017, 1:57 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I have now begun updating all the event info via the spreadsheet I maintain on Dropbox. It displays all the committed wines, silent auction items, volunteer schedule and guest payments received. Simply visit Post #1 above and you can click the link to have the file (it is safe, no garbage) be opened.

OK, it's time to send your checks.  Here are the details--please review these before you mail in:

1.  $85 minimum donation, with my invitation that you round up to $100 per person, a small but helpful difference to Laura's House.  For assurance too, I will NOT be posting who donates what amount, only that your check has been received and you're confirmed. The amount you write is both appreciated and kept private to me.

2.  You may mail a check for up to 2 people total.  So, if you are coming solo and want to bring a new person, do it. Or, you attend as usual with a spouse or friend, write it for 2.  All new people to the event will be contacted by me, my policy is I know everyone who attends.

3.  Your check must be made out to Laura's House and mailed to the following address.  You can convey mail your check however you like--USPS, drive it over, overnight, etc. On your check, in the memo section, put your phone # so if we have to phone you (say you're new to the event or the wait list has begun), we can reach you.

Falltacular 2018
C/o Laura’s House
999 Corporate Drive, Suite #225
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
949-361-3775

4.  Total attendance.  Cap again this year is 150 people--this includes everyone who will be in the house so I encourage you to handle your check timely.  Once we reach the collective attendance goal, I will start a wait list.  We would then contact the check mailer (you!) and ask if you want to be wait listed or have your check mailed back.

That's it. Thank you.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#13 Post by Nancy Dolce » November 22nd, 2017, 2:50 pm

Check is in the mail.
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#14 Post by Brian Tuite » November 22nd, 2017, 5:10 pm

Going out FedEx on Friday.
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#15 Post by Paul Hiyake » November 22nd, 2017, 9:52 pm

Check is in the mail...looking forward to another great event!

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#16 Post by Ted Erfer » November 24th, 2017, 11:32 am

OK -- check has been mailed.
This year we are coming out either the Tuesday or Wednesday prior so we don't get "stuck in Denver" again!

I think JoAnn is knitting something special for the auction.

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#17 Post by Brian Bohr » November 25th, 2017, 8:57 am

Check sent!
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#18 Post by Frank Murray III » November 25th, 2017, 9:25 am

Thank you all for the many years of support. You and the winery group make all of this possible--happy holidays.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#19 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 25th, 2017, 9:57 am

Check in the mail!

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#20 Post by SeanHarding » November 26th, 2017, 1:06 pm

In the mail (or as "in the mail" as something can be on Sunday.....).

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#21 Post by Mike Stoneking » November 26th, 2017, 6:28 pm

Will have the lodging details available soon.
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#22 Post by Scott Watkins » November 27th, 2017, 4:18 pm

Checks in the mail, Thanks for all you do Frank!
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#23 Post by T. Melloni » November 27th, 2017, 5:12 pm

Check was mailed and has already been cashed.
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#24 Post by Kevin Stine » November 28th, 2017, 7:43 pm

Can you provide a list of wines that will be featured?
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#25 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 28th, 2017, 8:53 pm

Kevin Stine wrote:Can you provide a list of wines that will be featured?
Kevin, that would be a HUGE list - probably, what, 200 wines from (primarily) CA? It's an incredible tasting - unlike anything you've been to. That's why the repeat 'business' is so consistent.
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#26 Post by Frank Murray III » November 29th, 2017, 1:12 pm

Kevin, the Todd is correct. We usually feature between 130-150 different wines every year. Often what we see are the same wineries contributing year over year, so we'll see Loring, August West, Tercero, Sojourn etc putting in the new vintage of the same cuvee each year. The continuity by so many wineries is what makes the event so cool to put on.

If you click on the link in post #1, you can see the list of committed wines beginning to evolve. Overt the next 8 weeks, the list will fill in completely.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#27 Post by Ted Erfer » November 29th, 2017, 2:23 pm

And even if there were only a couple of wines -- this is a great event. And a great cause!!! It is an honor just to be tasting and grilling with this group.

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#28 Post by Marshall Gelb » November 30th, 2017, 9:46 am

Check is in the mail and hotel reservation made!


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#29 Post by Ted Erfer » November 30th, 2017, 11:28 am

Marshall Gelb wrote:Check is in the mail and hotel reservation made!


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Has the "usual" hotel been contacted and rooms put aside?

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#30 Post by Mike Stoneking » November 30th, 2017, 2:08 pm

Ted Erfer wrote:
Marshall Gelb wrote:Check is in the mail and hotel reservation made!
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Has the "usual" hotel been contacted and rooms put aside?
Yes sir. Details to be posted shortly. Same place and same price.
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#31 Post by Mike Stoneking » November 30th, 2017, 4:59 pm

Lodging Details!!

Best Western Plus Marina Shores
34280 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point CA 92629
(800) 232-3262 or (949) 248-1000

Please contact the front desk to reserve your room. You MUST use the phrase “Laura’s House Falltacular” when reserving to get the group pricing that was offered. These rooms are held until 1/19/18 and will then be released to the hotel’s general inventory. The price is the same as last year at $119 & $109. Standard and AAA rates for the weekend are noted. Use these savings in the auction!!

King Whirlpool Suites- $119 ($190, AAA- $162)
Two Room King Suites- $119 ($180, AAA- $162)
Standard King Suites- $109 ($170, AAA- $162)
Standard Queen Double- $109 ($160, AAA- $162)

Parking is again included, saving $20 for a 2 night stay. (Auction $$$)

The hotel is really looking forward to hosting us during our stay are fully committed to the cause behind Laura’s House. If you or your friends are in the area and looking for lodging, please consider the Best Western Plus, Marina Shores and mention you have stayed here before for Laura’s House to let them know you are appreciative to the savings they offer us.

Contact me with any questions regarding the lodging.
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#32 Post by Frank Murray III » November 30th, 2017, 5:19 pm

King, thanks for handling the hotel again this year--really appreciate the support with this part of things.

Good evening everyone. I just updated the Event File. Of note, we are now just about 50% of the way to being sold out, with 70 people paid. We are going to get to our sold-out point very quickly so I would ask that all of you remind whomever you feel you need to if they have indicated they want to attend, but have yet to act (or don't know it is time to act). Aside from Facebook here, as well as my posts over on Wine Berserkers, these are the ONLY channels where the event is puiblicized. And, to be fair to everyone and consistent, I will not accept more people once I call the event sold out so get your checks in now, don't wait.
Thanks everyone, the support is really humbling.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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#33 Post by Mike Grammer » December 4th, 2017, 10:13 am

As always, Frank, I would like to help with set-up if I can.

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#34 Post by Frank Murray III » December 7th, 2017, 6:00 pm

Thanks, Mike. I got you on the schedule now.

To everyone else who may be following this thread or noodling on attending....please act now, as we're at 105 paid already. When the remaining 25 slots or so are gone, I am starting the wait list.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#35 Post by Marshall Gelb » December 8th, 2017, 9:02 am

Frank: I am not a super duper computer person but how come I (we) look different on the "drop box" sheet? [scratch.gif]

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#36 Post by Frank Murray III » December 10th, 2017, 9:09 am

Marshall Gelb wrote:Frank: I am not a super duper computer person but how come I (we) look different on the "drop box" sheet? [scratch.gif]

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Fixed. Was an error on my end. You now 'look' like the rest of the list. champagne.gif
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
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#37 Post by Marshall Gelb » December 11th, 2017, 9:45 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
Marshall Gelb wrote:Frank: I am not a super duper computer person but how come I (we) look different on the "drop box" sheet? [scratch.gif]

Cheers!
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Fixed. Was an error on my end. You now 'look' like the rest of the list. champagne.gif

Frank:
Thanks! Now I have to go look for some wines for the silent auction. [wink.gif]


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#38 Post by Frank Murray III » December 11th, 2017, 8:20 pm

Good evening everyone. We have sold out the event.

Starting tomorrow, 12/12, we will begin a wait list for all checks that are received. As checks now come in, we'll make contact with the owner of the check to see if they wish to be placed on the wait list (and their check held aside) until we can see if anyone drops out.

I have been up front about the hard stop on attendance and I apologize to anyone who may now be wait listed. I am serious about keeping the house comfortable and the only way to do this is to cap the attendance.

If I am able to squeak in another 6-8 people, I will. It's going to depend on winemaker attendance, as they are encouraged to attend and based on how many make the trip and enjoy the day with us will determine how many off the wait list I can sub in. More to come as we get closer but if you do want to attend, my advice is to get on the wait list and let's see what we are able to do in February.

I want to thank everyone for their dedicated support, as we have raised $13,000 so far, and we have not even built the silent auction yet. Bravo.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#39 Post by Bruce Leiser_owitz » December 12th, 2017, 8:38 am

Frank Murray III wrote:Good evening everyone. We have sold out the event.
Nicely done, Frank!

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#40 Post by larry schaffer » December 13th, 2017, 11:50 am

Congrats indeed - and I will be one of the winemakers definitely in attendance once again! Wouldn't miss it! (and I'll be driving back and up to Paso the next day for the Rhone Rangers event there!!!)

Cheers!
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#41 Post by Margaret Bayston » December 13th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Frank Murray- you are amazing! This is fast becoming ‘THE’ Laura’s House event of the year and we are immensely grateful for the continued support from you and all the wineberserkers folks. The growing passion for our cause and the way many of you are sharing your knowledge to raise awareness about domestic violence makes my heart happy. You are some of the best ambassadors any non-profit could wish for and we appreciate that you choose to support us.
Wishing you all the happiest of holidays. See you in February.
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#42 Post by Mike Grammer » December 13th, 2017, 7:01 pm

As always, so looking forward to seeing your smiling face, Margaret. You and your team are a big part of the enjoyment of the day. Larry--my good friend, so glad you will be there once again. This time, we'll *make* time to do a real catch-up!

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#43 Post by Frank Murray III » December 17th, 2017, 2:05 pm

Good afternoon to the Falltacular family. I'll have a check update for you tomorrow, as my POC at Laura's House has been off a few days.

With the check sending process now wrapping up, I need to move our focus to the Volunteer Schedule and Silent Auction.

If you can make an hour for the event to take one of the volunteer time blocks (dump spit buckets, open second bottles, monitor guests, etc), I would appreciate it. The schedule is in the File that you can link to via Dropbox back in the first post.

I also need to continue building out the Silent Auction items, keeping in mind that this aspect of the event contributes about 60% of what we collect for Laura's House. What do you want to donate? One bottle, several, a case? We take all of it. Simply send me a note when you have decided and I will set the opening price and add your lot to the file. You don't need to send me the wines now, and although it helps if I have them prior to Falltacular, we can accept them when you arrive the day of.

Thank you all for your continued support.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#44 Post by Mike Grammer » December 18th, 2017, 10:25 am

Hotel room booked. BTW, Frank, you can add a 10-CD Music set to my auction item (or have it as a separate, whatever you prefer). It'll be 3 albums of my own music and 7 cover albums. All piano.

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#45 Post by Frank Murray III » December 24th, 2017, 9:09 am

Happy holidays and Christmas Eve day to everyone in the Falltacular family. The event is blessed to enjoy so much support, a gift from all of you to Laura's House that you have made possible now for 12 years. I want to address the wait list and permanent solution for it.

Currently the wait list has Sean Kennedy & Kathy Wiest Kennedy and Robin Miller, all decade supporters (10 years or more attendance). We also have long term supporters in Bruce Weimer and Eldon Gath waiting, along with Neil Barber and the Seibers.

We stand at 133 paid and taking these good people on and confirming them is going to take us to 141. The event is made stronger with their inclusion and I have made the decision to ensure their attendance--they are in. And to be fair to any checks already enroute, any checks arrive to Laura's House on Tuesday, 12/26, we will welcome those, too.

As for going forward, the event is now closed, and I am eliminating the wait list and asking Laura's House to stop honoring checks. Any remaining attendance will be filled by the winemakers who are always encouraged to attend--their attendance is never limited.

I trust everyone understands my decision and to anyone else who was considering attending, the event is now closed.

God bless all of you in this season, and for the fellowship, relationships and legacy we have all created together in support of Laura's House and their work to ending domestic violence.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#46 Post by Frank Murray III » December 24th, 2017, 9:13 am

Mike Grammer wrote:Hotel room booked. BTW, Frank, you can add a 10-CD Music set to my auction item (or have it as a separate, whatever you prefer). It'll be 3 albums of my own music and 7 cover albums. All piano.

Mike
Thank you MG--gonna add this to the Kutch mag that you pledged--it all will be one item. champagne.gif
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

Kindness matters.

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#47 Post by Frank Murray III » January 3rd, 2018, 6:49 pm

Happy new year to everyone. I have successfully shaken off the Vilmart from new year's eve and have kicked Falltacular now into the final gear. Here are some updates that I am sure some of you will want:

Friday Dinner--working on it. It's a test of will and strategy to find the right partner, especially on a Friday night and with winter weather in play. I am meeting with some good folks this Friday night to discuss and am hopeful that will be the love connection I need to make the final announcement about where/details.

Winery Committments--in motion. We'll now start seeing the winery donations comes in, which will support the house and the garage. I will update the Event file every few days so you know how it is taking shape.

Saturday After-Party--working on it. Shooting for food from Basanti (Indian) in San Juan Cap this year. I have become friends with the owner, a good man who is making his way and finding his dream. More to follow...

Friday golf--I am out this year. I want to use my time on Friday to ensure the Friday dinner and main event on Saturday is dialed in so if any of you want to play golf, take on the day without me. Suggest you use San Juan Hills. Remains in good shape, priced fairly.

Silent Auction--I need you all to step forward now and send me commitments. Sooner is better than later, so we can knock down the details while we have the gift of time.

We remain sold out for Saturday and I am turning people away from sending checks. We are fortunate to have success, I want to sensibly manage that and have a comfortable place for you all to enjoy the day.

Thank you!
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#48 Post by Frank Murray III » January 15th, 2018, 8:31 am

I have updated the Event file for a # of winery donations and Friday payments that I have received. You can see all that if you click on the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n6y1k2ej149j ... yrl4a?dl=0

We are continuing to grow the event forward but what I still need help with is the following:

--Grillmaster station: if you want to help on the grill, I need it. You station at the BBQ for one hour and help cook the grill, move it off and either slice it up or give to the Super Dynamic Polish Duo who run the kitchen. 2PM, 3PM and 4PM are the only times I need it.

--Silent Auction. Either by being a bidder and owner of something in the garage, or as importantly, a donator. We earn about $15K in the garage but nothing gets earned unless there are auction items. Do you plan to donate? If so, please do that and help me now by identifying and passing along your auction committments to me via email or PM.

--Friday dinner payments. Keep sending if you are going to attend. Jill gave me a few checks y/day, and along with PayPal, we are about 60% collected. Please send the funds if you are attending.

Thanks again everyone.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#49 Post by Frank Murray III » January 27th, 2018, 3:26 pm

Updates to the Event file. Additions to the Committed Wines, Silent Auction and Friday payments so I wanted you to see everything. We're getting close to 100 auction lots and I would be thrilled to see us bust through that #.

As a side note. I am going to put the white/rose wine station outside this year. The station will be on the side of the house, in the little patio area. We'll place the tubs around the ledge. This allows us to let my wine room become a sitting area, as we have new furniture in there. Should it rain (gulp--knock on wood), we will have to punt and put the station back inside as usual. As much as we need rain, we don't need it on 2/17.

Thank you all for the ongoing support and enthusiasm for this event, which has transcended what it started as, becoming now a family of relationships, goodwill and support.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#50 Post by Cris Whetstone » January 27th, 2018, 6:10 pm

brigcampbell wrote:First auction item donation from the Dr's Fick. A giant champagne cork end table. Very cool. No wine cellar should be without.

I'll drop it off this weekend, it's taking up a parking spot in the garage. LOL.

Can we start bidding on this now? flirtysmile
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