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#1 Post by Mike Grammer » June 21st, 2018, 10:32 am

Yes, I'm back for one night only! Any 'philes available to get together that evening? Let me know---Joel Galang has been a fantastic help in the past with organizing and choosing venue. Hope we can sip some vino, it may be a while before I make it back to one of my favourite cities.

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#2 Post by Craig G » June 21st, 2018, 1:08 pm

I should be available.

And we don’t know anyone by the name “Joel Galant.”
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#3 Post by Yao C » June 21st, 2018, 4:38 pm

I'm in; are +1s allowed?
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#4 Post by Mike Grammer » June 21st, 2018, 10:57 pm

Craig G wrote:I should be available.

And we don’t know anyone by the name “Joel Galant.”

drat, truly hate fading memory! Or maybe it was just my characterization of my friend which overwhelmed me :)


Anyway, glad you're likely free, Craig, and not busy building your sandcastle treehouse that evening.

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#5 Post by AAgrawal » June 22nd, 2018, 8:19 am

Keep me in the loop! I can likely make it, but don't know 100% yet.

Any tentative theme yet? I'll start thinking about what to bring.
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#6 Post by AndyK » June 25th, 2018, 8:48 am

Would love to join if you accept new folks (to this group ;))
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#7 Post by Cindy W a n » June 25th, 2018, 10:34 am

Mike, I will miss you this time due to a prior engagement!

As for themes, hm, July 14th is Bastille Day champagne.gif champagne.gif

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#8 Post by Mike Grammer » June 25th, 2018, 11:18 am

Sorry to miss you this time, Cindy. Yao, I'd have no problem with +1 and would love to meet you, Andy. I think Joel is going to jump on the thread as well. I'd like to hold to 8 or 9 if we can and would be more than fine with French theme. :) That would, of course, allow my Sauternes brother to bring something in that vein [grin.gif]

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#9 Post by J. Galang » June 25th, 2018, 6:19 pm

Mike,

This is what I have so far:

WHAT: Mike on Tour 2018 - SF edition

WHEN: Saturday, July 14 at 7pm

WHO: Attendees
1. Mike
2. Craig G
3. Yao C
4. Yao C +1
5. Ashish
6. Andy K
7. Joel
8. Rich Frankel
9. Leonard (could be interested)


VENUE: This was a tough one, July 14th is a Saturday and not a lot of restaurants take wine groups on weekends as they are pretty busy, those who are not so busy on a weekend might not be worth going to. With that said, I got in touch with our old "The Palace" buddies and this is what I got:

WHERE: Francisca's
3047 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.374.5747
http://www.franciscassf.com/

CORKAGE: $25 per person - also feel free to bring your own glasses as stemware in the restaurant is so-so.

Please bring cash.
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#10 Post by AAgrawal » June 25th, 2018, 7:59 pm

Francisca's sounds good to me.

Out of curiosity, I see on their website a happy hour 4-course meal pricing for seatings at 5:30pm. I don't know whether that applies on Saturdays (the website doesn't say), but it's a substantial discount off their regular 4 course meal pricing ($65). Since it's a Saturday and I won't be rushing from work, I don't mind eating earlier for 50% off if people are up for it (and if it's applicable on Saturdays).

Also don't mind the original plan, if we don't want to push our luck. It's hard to get a place to accommodate a wine group on the weekends.
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#11 Post by Mike Grammer » June 26th, 2018, 8:33 am

Either should be just fine with me---I'll be lunching at Ed and Tim's winery and will be otherwise in the city for the day. Joel, thanks so much again for taking organizing lead. If you can add Andy to our list, would be great. Richard Leland also mentioned maybehood---I will check back with him.

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#12 Post by Yao C » June 26th, 2018, 1:39 pm

Works for me; I'm quite flexible as to time and place. Looking forward to it :)
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#13 Post by George Chadwick » June 26th, 2018, 10:05 pm

Craig G wrote:I should be available.

And we don’t know anyone by the name “Joel Galant.”
Good guy, always does the right thing. But he hangs out with Billy Goofus and we don't want to be like him.

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#14 Post by AndyK » June 27th, 2018, 8:10 am

Venue sounds good! Any ideas on the theme?
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#15 Post by R. Frankel » June 27th, 2018, 1:54 pm

Please add me!
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#16 Post by Mike Grammer » June 27th, 2018, 2:51 pm

By that time, I should be able to provision anything that isn't DRC or first-growth or cult. Don't let that stop any of you guys from bringing one of those, though. I do enough bringing my charm and witty conversation!

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#17 Post by Craig G » June 27th, 2018, 10:01 pm

I’ll probably bring some middle-aged Broad. Oh.
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#18 Post by Craig G » June 27th, 2018, 10:02 pm

Damned auto-correct.
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#19 Post by Mike Grammer » June 28th, 2018, 7:58 am

gets you every time, doesn't it?

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#20 Post by J. Galang » June 28th, 2018, 12:46 pm

Just confirmed the reservation fro 9 people at Francisca's. I was also able to negotiate corkage to $25 per person and not per bottle. Reservation is on July 14th at 7PM.
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#21 Post by Leonard Maran » June 30th, 2018, 2:40 am

Could be interested
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#22 Post by Mike Grammer » July 1st, 2018, 10:23 am

Thanks again, Joel and to everyone for being able to get together. Looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new friends.

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#23 Post by Richard Leland » July 3rd, 2018, 5:02 pm

Mike - You can take me off the list. I'll be way too hungover from lunch to even think about starting again.
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#24 Post by Mike Grammer » July 3rd, 2018, 8:42 pm

Chuckle---got it, but glad to know I'll see you at lunch. I understand the unspoken rule....I will save the good wine for lunch and bring the swill to dinner [grin.gif]

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#25 Post by Leonard Maran » July 4th, 2018, 12:00 am

Any thoughts about a wine theme~or not?

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#26 Post by Mike Grammer » July 4th, 2018, 12:13 am

I'd like to, as is my tradition and preference for the dinner portions of these big trips, stay away from modern Cali, as I'll be tasting all of that during the course of each day. Other than that, up to the assembled. I will certainly have time to source whatever is decided upon. Any preferences on your part, Leonard?

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#27 Post by Leonard Maran » July 4th, 2018, 12:41 pm

Mike, I cannot weigh in on what wines would be best at The Palace (I haven't been in many years).

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#28 Post by AndyK » July 10th, 2018, 8:54 am

What are you guys using to transport stems? Looking at Yelp photos, their glasses are ok at best...

Don't want (more of) my Zaltos to break...
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#29 Post by J. Galang » July 10th, 2018, 4:01 pm

AndyK wrote:What are you guys using to transport stems? Looking at Yelp photos, their glasses are ok at best...

Don't want (more of) my Zaltos to break...

Andy,

I usually bring cheaper but good glasses to offlines, particularly Riedel Overture Bordeaux wine glasses (got at $8 ea. on sale). I use the Riedel wine glass carrier but that is still no guarantee of a safe trip. If I feel lucky, I bring nicer glasses but know that they have a chance of breaking.

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#30 Post by Mike Grammer » July 10th, 2018, 6:00 pm

OK. I'm initially thinking of a 2008 Georges Noellat Vosne Beaux Monts as a possibility.

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#31 Post by AAgrawal » July 10th, 2018, 6:54 pm

Mike Grammer wrote:OK. I'm initially thinking of a 2008 Georges Noellat Vosne Beaux Monts as a possibility.
No sauternes? [wow.gif]

I'm thinking about something old. And sauternes, obviously. 1975 Coutet is high on my list.
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#32 Post by AndyK » July 11th, 2018, 9:00 am

I'm thinking 2011 Hirtzberger GV Honivogl, but will go check out my storage in the morning to see if something else speaks to me more...
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#33 Post by J. Galang » July 13th, 2018, 12:17 pm

As a reminder to all, this offline is already tomorrow, July 14 - Saturday at 7PM. See you all there.
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#34 Post by Yao C » July 15th, 2018, 9:26 am

Last night was lovely! Safe travels Mike and until next time [cheers.gif]

Anyone got pics?
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#35 Post by AAgrawal » July 15th, 2018, 9:31 am

Thanks all for coming! It was great to see everyone again. Joel, thanks for organizing! The food was great.
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#36 Post by J. Galang » July 16th, 2018, 10:45 am

Yao C wrote:Last night was lovely! Safe travels Mike and until next time [cheers.gif]

Anyone got pics?
Here you go. Updated for better quality pics.

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#37 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » July 16th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Well done!

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#38 Post by Mike Grammer » July 16th, 2018, 10:54 pm

So appreciated seeing everyone and special thanks to Joel for organizing. Notes will be up soon---I'm so behind!

Edit: *very soon*. I put my head down and typed...

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vi ... 1&t=152799

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