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#1 Post by terrance.c » September 6th, 2019, 12:03 pm

Hey NW friends,
It's been way to long since our last offline and I'm tired of waiting for someone to visit in order to get us all together, so now that summer is wrapping up, who's up for a tasting in October?!

I can host (I'm in South Seattle) or we can pick a place like Wild Ginger to host us (can get an upstairs private room) or if someone else is eager to host, that's great too. Let's just get together!

The 18th to 20th or 25th to 27th weekends work best for me.

Who else is interested? I (think I) can start a poll after it appears there are enough people who are interested.

(Open to a theme as well based on interest from others)

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October 19th has been selected! I'll start adding names as people chime in.

Going:
Terrance +1 (Cote Rotie)
Brian G
Peter H
Hal (Hermitage or Cote Rotie)
Scott T +1 St. Joe
Mark Y +2 Champagne/Cornas
Geoff F +1 (Condrieu/Hermitage)
Jim D (St. Joe Blanc + CR/Her/Cor)
Eric W (tentative)
Bryan C +1
Travis +2
Emil F
Kevin K

Slim chance:
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Theme: Northern Rhone!
Location: Peter's - msg him for his address if you need it.
Time: 4:00pm

Food:
Geoff - Lamb
Hal - Pork
Terrance - Salad
Mark - Dessert
Scott - Dip/Tart
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#2 Post by Scott Tallman » September 6th, 2019, 1:01 pm

If I’m in town, I’m game for one of those weekends. Likely won’t know for sure until early to mid-Oct, so count me as tenative.
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#3 Post by Brian Glas » September 6th, 2019, 7:18 pm

Sounds like a great idea. I'm open those weekends. I know Jason at Wild Ginger if you would like to have it there.

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#4 Post by PeterH » September 6th, 2019, 8:47 pm

I'm always up for a tasting, and I'm willing to host.
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#5 Post by Mark Y » September 6th, 2019, 10:17 pm

In if I’m town!
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#6 Post by Hal Blumberg » September 7th, 2019, 10:39 pm

Thanks for initiating this Terrance! I can do October 18 or 19. Northern Rhones?

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#7 Post by Geoff F. » September 9th, 2019, 12:30 am

I'm in. Would be great to meet some new tasting buddies.
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#8 Post by terrance.c » September 9th, 2019, 12:35 am

Alright, thanks everybody for writing in. Let's schedule Saturday, October 19th, hope Scott and Mark are in town and go from there.

Peter, nothing beats your place, so if you're willing to host, I say let's keep it there since it's so central.

Thoughts on theme? I would definitely love a Northern Rhone theme. It's also general enough to get some whites in there too.
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#9 Post by PeterH » September 9th, 2019, 10:19 am

I don't have anything else scheduled for that day, so I'm tentatively saying OK.
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#10 Post by Jared Wagner » September 10th, 2019, 10:04 am

I would love to attend and meet all you peeps for the first time. Let me check my two daughter's soccer schedules first, but I'm a tentative yes!

I have a couple high end Condrieu and some Levet or Gonon I could contribute if it's a Northern Rhone theme.

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#11 Post by Geoff F. » September 12th, 2019, 12:21 am

Northern Rhône would be fun. There was also talk of an aged Oregon Pinot night that would be equally enjoyable.
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#12 Post by Bryan Carr » September 12th, 2019, 4:21 pm

We would definitely like to but will be neck deep in moving hell, but count us as potentials! You know we're down af for N Rhone!
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#13 Post by J Diven » September 12th, 2019, 7:30 pm

In for the 2 of us 10/19.
We haven’t hosted for a few years, so happy to do it if you want the (west) Ballard area.
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#14 Post by terrance.c » September 13th, 2019, 10:43 am

Jim, you mean 10/19?
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#15 Post by Eric W » September 13th, 2019, 6:26 pm

Sounds delicious. I'm in if I'm in town, which at this point looks like I will be. Thanks for taking the initiative!
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#16 Post by John Glas » September 13th, 2019, 6:51 pm

[quoteSounds like a great idea. I'm open those weekends. I know Jason at Wild Ginger if you would like to have it there.][/quote] You flying me in?

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#17 Post by J Diven » September 14th, 2019, 9:47 am

terrance.c wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:43 am
Jim, you mean 10/19?
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#18 Post by Brian Glas » September 14th, 2019, 4:59 pm

John Glas wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 6:51 pm
You flying me in?
Wouldn't you rather me send you a case of wine from Kevin White at Christmas?

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#19 Post by Carter Y. » September 17th, 2019, 9:16 pm

Heard wind of a WB offline, so I decided to dust off my account here!
I'm in for 10/19. Most likely will bring Nita with me.
I'm excited to drink with this group again, and meet some new faces.

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#20 Post by terrance.c » September 18th, 2019, 10:19 pm

Awesome, it's great to see everybody coming (so far).

Let's have this one at Peter's house and then get Jim hosting on the schedule for the next one. Which will not be 12 months later. It won't!

Any objections to a Northern Rhone theme? Seems like all are into it. Aged Oregon was mentioned because of the recent thread, but we did blind aged Oregon Pinot last October, so I think it would be best to try another region.
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#21 Post by Geoff F. » September 19th, 2019, 1:35 am

I'm in Lyon at the moment, and have access to lots of great Northern Rhône wine, but I'm not super familiar with the region. If anyone has any requests for a bottle or two that are hard to get in the states for 30-100€, for all to enjoy at this tasting, let me know by Friday.
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#22 Post by Lee Short » September 20th, 2019, 5:21 pm

There's a slim chance I can make this tasting, would love to if I can. Been a while since I've seen any of the Seattle gang.

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#23 Post by J Diven » September 21st, 2019, 11:19 am

I’m good w N Rhone. I have lots of aged reds, however not much in the way of whites unfortunately.

Good w Peter’s this time, turns out my wife is planning some interior painting that week.
Happy to host next - maybe when together we can plan say a mid January event?
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#24 Post by Geoff F. » September 29th, 2019, 4:19 pm

What time of day should I pencil in for this?
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#25 Post by PeterH » September 30th, 2019, 4:23 pm

Sorry for taking so long to reply. I was in the mountains for the last five days.
I suggest an afternoon start, perhaps 4:00 PM. Everyone please give input, as I'm flexible on timing.
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#26 Post by Hal Blumberg » September 30th, 2019, 10:09 pm

I think 4:00 PM is great.

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#27 Post by Scott Tallman » October 1st, 2019, 12:21 am

4 works for me, but flexible on start time.
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#28 Post by terrance.c » October 1st, 2019, 10:12 am

4pm sounds great.

Should we set it as pot-luck style for people to bring some food (if they can)?
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#29 Post by PeterH » October 1st, 2019, 12:03 pm

Food contributions will be most welcome. Perhaps we can post over the next few weeks so that we get a range.
I'd also welcome someone coming early to help with set-up, which will probably involve moving furniture.
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#30 Post by terrance.c » October 1st, 2019, 10:38 pm

I'll be happy to come early and help set-up.
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#31 Post by R yan C omaz zetto » October 2nd, 2019, 4:43 pm

I'm bummed that I won't be able to make this. Hopefully next time!

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#32 Post by Brian Glas » October 3rd, 2019, 7:53 pm

4p sounds great to me.

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#33 Post by Travis @llen » October 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm

I'm going out to dinner with a couple of out-of-town wine buddies that evening. If we bring tasty N.Rhone selections could I bring 2-3 friends for the first couple of hours? I'll have to verify their schedules, hopefully we can make it if there is space available.
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#34 Post by Mark Y » October 6th, 2019, 12:46 pm

Travis @llen wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm
I'm going out to dinner with a couple of out-of-town wine buddies that evening. If we bring tasty N.Rhone selections could I bring 2-3 friends for the first couple of hours? I'll have to verify their schedules, hopefully we can make it if there is space available.
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#35 Post by Scott Tallman » October 7th, 2019, 10:34 am

PeterH wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 12:03 pm
Food contributions will be most welcome. Perhaps we can post over the next few weeks so that we get a range.
I'd also welcome someone coming early to help with set-up, which will probably involve moving furniture.
Sheela & I can bring food. Will discuss with her when she returns from out of town trip and post what we’ll bring. We can come early to help set up.
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#36 Post by terrance.c » October 7th, 2019, 1:18 pm

I'm guessing more the merrier Travis.

Mark & Scott, sounds like you guys are going to be in town?

If anybody knows what food they'll be bringing, mention it here and I'll update the 1st post to make sure it's all in one spot.
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#37 Post by Mark Y » October 7th, 2019, 1:50 pm

terrance.c wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 1:18 pm
I'm guessing more the merrier Travis.

Mark & Scott, sounds like you guys are going to be in town?

If anybody knows what food they'll be bringing, mention it here and I'll update the 1st post to make sure it's all in one spot.
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#38 Post by Scott Tallman » October 7th, 2019, 2:40 pm

terrance.c wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 1:18 pm
I'm guessing more the merrier Travis.

Mark & Scott, sounds like you guys are going to be in town?

If anybody knows what food they'll be bringing, mention it here and I'll update the 1st post to make sure it's all in one spot.
Yes, confirmed I’ll be in town and my wife will join me.
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#39 Post by PeterH » October 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm

Mark Y wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Travis @llen wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm
I'm going out to dinner with a couple of out-of-town wine buddies that evening. If we bring tasty N.Rhone selections could I bring 2-3 friends for the first couple of hours? I'll have to verify their schedules, hopefully we can make it if there is space available.
Yes. :)
We can make space, plus, not everyone will come at the same time. One reason for starting early is to allow plenty of time for leisurely exploration.
One factor, though, with a larger group is that pours will be small, or alternatively, not everyone will taste every wine. That is not necessarily bad. There are often too many wines to appreciate in one sitting.
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#40 Post by Geoff F. » October 7th, 2019, 9:37 pm

My wife will be joining me. We plan on bringing a Condrieu and a Hermitage. For food, we're leaning towards lamb stew or braised lamb shank, since both will pair nicely with the wines. Any chance we can use the stove to reheat it, or should we plan on bringing it warm?
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#41 Post by PeterH » October 7th, 2019, 9:45 pm

Geoff F. wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 9:37 pm
My wife will be joining me. We plan on bringing a Condrieu and a Hermitage. For food, we're leaning towards lamb stew or braised lamb shank, since both will pair nicely with the wines. Any chance we can use the stove to reheat it, or should we plan on bringing it warm?
The kitchen will be available. Both the wine and food sounds great.
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#42 Post by Emil F » October 9th, 2019, 10:37 am

Longtime WB lurker here, finally motivating myself to create an account

I'd love to join, especially if Northern Rhone is the theme

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#43 Post by PeterH » October 9th, 2019, 10:47 am

Emil F wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 10:37 am
Longtime WB lurker here, finally motivating myself to create an account

I'd love to join, especially if Northern Rhone is the theme
I'll send you address information. Anybody else need that?

Given the attendance, some extra stemware will be welcome, and maybe decanters too.
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#44 Post by PeterH » October 10th, 2019, 10:34 am

Tasting day is a little over a week away, and we need to make some organizational decisions.
The roster above lists up to 22 attendees.

Currently the structure is "We will show up and drink Northern Rhone wines (or mostly). We will also have some food. If people prefer no definite structure, that is OK with me, but if anyone has something more organized in mind, let us know.

Are we going to try to all be at my house and ready to pour and taste at the same time (4PM)?
Will we try to assure everyone a taste from every bottle?
Are we going to try to taste each wine in a determined order? How many at a time.
If so, will we have designated pourers?
Flights? If so, who will organize the flights.
Blind or not?
Do people want to disclose what wines they are bringing in advance?
Are we going to make any attempt to score and rank the wines?
Should we try to have uniform, or nearly, glassware?
What if someone does not have, or does not want to bring a N. Rhone wine?
Where does the food fit into the scheme? Food before, then serious tasting, a recess for food, or food throughout?

All of the above takes a lot of organization and coordination, and 22 is a large group to handle, but it was done for the Grenache tasting in Seattle.
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#45 Post by Scott Tallman » October 10th, 2019, 10:44 pm

Answers to a few Qs. I’ll follow up this weekend with the food we’ll bring. Kindly PM me your address. Pretty sure I recall how to get there, but better to be safe.

Plan to be there at 4 (or before if you need help setting up)

We should aim to assure everyone a taste, with 22 attendees and folks likely bringing single bottles, everyone should get a 1 oz pour of each but no revisits later

I like the idea of doing it blind, in flights organized by AOC (white & reds separately). Happy to help organize flights of attendees will share which bottles they are bringing in advance. But also cool if it’s less structured and not blind

Indifferent as to scores, but like the idea of ranking best of flight and best of day.

Likely too hard to guarantee similar glassware

While we are focused on N Rhone - I’d be ok with a limited # of similar, distinctive wines from elsewhere. If permitted by the group, I have one such bottle to contribute in addition to my N Rhone wines.

Food throughout or after the first 2-3 flights sounds good
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#46 Post by Hal Blumberg » October 12th, 2019, 11:33 am

I plan to be at Peter's house by 4:00 PM. I have concert tickets for an 8:00 PM show downtown so will need to leave on the early side. I plan to bring two red wines, either a Cote Rotie or Hermitage (probably a 1999) and a syrah ringer. I will bring a hearty pork dish. Thanks to Peter for hosting and to Terrance for getting the ball rolling.

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#47 Post by terrance.c » October 12th, 2019, 4:28 pm

Great questions from Peter.
As much as I enjoy a structured event with rounds/blind/scores, I think we're too late to start organizing that (especially for 22 people). Plus with some people leaving early (as well I'm sure some others not showing up exactly at 4pm), it'd be a bit chaotic.

My suggestion would be something simple like having the different AOC's separated around the house so people can do whatever flight/pattern they want. Maybe have everybody start with the whites first. But a person may want to compare Cornas to Hermitage - then go on to compare the La Landonne to the Cote Blonde (cause that's what we'll have available... right guys? ...Bueller? :D), so they can pick and choose.
People with ringers can keep theirs in a bag if they want to not reveal it.
I'm totally open to other ideas as well, that's just my thought.

As Hal mentioned and the generosity we've seen from others in the past, there will be people who bring more than 1 bottle. So I would just say no revisiting until it's clear the "Super serious wine tasting" has come to an end. But there will be so many good bottles and different preferences, if everybody kept things to 1-2oz pours, we'll be fine.

I think if people said what region they're bringing, it would help balance out the selection as I'm guessing some of us are debating between a couple different bottles.

I'm between a Cote Rotie and St. Joseph.

I'll also be bringing a salad.
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#48 Post by KevinK » October 12th, 2019, 5:55 pm

If we can accommodate one more I'd love to drop by with something tasty. Relatively new to town and WB and it'd be great to meet y'all.
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#49 Post by Mark Y » October 12th, 2019, 10:01 pm

Boss approved. And pending baby sitting boss will personally come too :). So I’m in +2 (wife and Out of town friend)

I don’t have a lot of northern Rhône. So Will bring a 2006 tattinger comte de champagne for starter, and a Cornas as themed wine. Might also bring another white If I can find the one I’m thinking of!

Food: will bring a dessert.

Will try to come by 4 and can help with organization.
Look forward to it!

Edit;
Agree with Terrance. Organizing flights might be hard. I like separating by region and let folks go at it.
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#50 Post by Geoff F. » October 13th, 2019, 12:35 am

We plan to be there around 4. Happy to help set up. We can bring our own glassware. We will bring one Condrieu and one Hermitage.

It would make sense to sort wines into flights by appellation, then if possible taste blind (brown bag it). I like the idea of tasting as much as possible (1oz from each bottle). Jiggers or small measuring cups would be helpful for that I think.

I like the idea of food first or no later than 1/3 of the way through the wines.
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