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2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

#1 Post by Frank Murray III » November 20th, 2019, 9:03 am

Happy holidays everyone. This is a heads-up to the Wine Berserker community about February's event, this to be our 13th annual. For those who want to learn more about the event, you can click last year's link below to read about some of the feedback.

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=155900&hilit=Falltacular

After Thanksgiving, I will be posting details about how you can sign up to attend, the costs, the payment methods, etc. If you are wanting to attend, I do expect the event to sell out quickly so please do act promptly once you see my announcement. For now, just know that we appreciate all of you, those who helped us raise just under $50,000 last year, as we inch closer to the 1/2 million dollar mark raised for our charity, Laura's House. https://www.laurashouse.org/

Any questions, please PM me or post here.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#2 Post by David Baum » November 20th, 2019, 10:16 pm

Would love to make it this time around. Good Friend's with Bruce W as well

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#3 Post by Frank Murray III » November 21st, 2019, 8:01 am

David, happy to have you. As Bruce will tell you, don't delay on paying for your ticket once I make the call for people to do that. It's going to sell out quickly again I suspect. Thanks for the support too and hope to meet you at the event.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#4 Post by Frank Murray III » November 21st, 2019, 11:57 am

To the Falltacular family, an update about the 2020 registration process. This year, we will eliminate the mailing of checks and we'll be using a special URL that is tied to the Laura's House website. This means you will do everything online, with a credit card payment, automating our process and immediately also generating for you a tax deductible receipt. I will be providing this link the week after Thanksgiving but wanted to let you know about this key change.
Happy holidays to all of you.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#5 Post by joeduncan » November 21st, 2019, 12:51 pm

I'll definitely be there! Eyes peeled for the sign-up notification.

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#6 Post by Mike Stoneking » November 21st, 2019, 4:24 pm

Need a place to stay for the event? Here you go. Of course there will be the usual after parties on both nights. champagne.gif [cheers.gif] pepsi [pillow-fight.gif] [berserker.gif]

Lodging Details

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

Ladies and gentlemen, 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 1/21/20 and will then be released to the hotel’s general inventory. Use these savings in the auction!! All rooms are first come, first served. If the room selection you want is "sold out" there may be others available at the rates below but not secured by the blocked status. The rates are the same as last year

King Whirlpool Suites- $124 - 4 available
Two Room King Suites- $124 - 13 available
Standard King Suites- $114 - 9 available
Two Room Queen Suite- $124 - 8 available
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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#7 Post by Paul Hiyake » November 21st, 2019, 7:05 pm

Thanks Mike!

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#8 Post by Eldon Gath » November 21st, 2019, 8:48 pm

Electronic payments. Awesome. How sad that FedEx will not receive $20 x 100 attendees = $2000 from the event. Maybe therefore we increase the donation to Laura's house and include the FedEx contribution? [cheers.gif]
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#9 Post by Frank Murray III » November 22nd, 2019, 2:43 pm

Eldon Gath wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 8:48 pm
Electronic payments. Awesome. How sad that FedEx will not receive $20 x 100 attendees = $2000 from the event. Maybe therefore we increase the donation to Laura's house and include the FedEx contribution? [cheers.gif]
Eldon
Brilliant. [thumbs-up.gif]
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#10 Post by Mike Grammer » November 26th, 2019, 2:59 pm

Will make time for this, as always. Thanks Frank---will you be posting the URL here or in another way?

Happy T-giving to you, Jill and your family.

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#11 Post by Frank Murray III » November 27th, 2019, 7:09 am

Mike Grammer wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Will make time for this, as always. Thanks Frank---will you be posting the URL here or in another way?

Happy T-giving to you, Jill and your family.

Mike
Here and on the Falltacular Facebook page. Probably Sunday or Monday coming up.

Happy holidays to you too, pal.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#12 Post by T. Melloni » November 27th, 2019, 10:06 pm

Faltacular 2020?
I haven't yet finished entering my tasting notes from Falltacular 2019!

I am still buzzing from the warmth and generosity and kindness from this past February.
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#13 Post by Frank Murray III » December 1st, 2019, 4:37 pm

Ok everyone, time to buy your tickets for Saturday. Please carefully read the instructions below as there are some changes in how to handle payment for the event in 2020. For our 13th year, we are fortunate and blessed that all of you continue to attend and the wineries stay with us too, providing the fuel for the event. Cutting to the chase, here is the donation process:

DATE/TIME/LOCATION. Saturday, 2/22/2020 @ Noon. We hold the event at my house in the OC--if you need the address, PM me please.

COST and ATTENDANCE. $100 per person, a max of 140 total paid guests. You may buy up to 2 tickets, but that is the max. If you have others in your party that wish to attend, I respectfully ask that you have them book their tickets on their own. Please consider absorbing the credit card fee at checkout. This keeps your entire donation with Laura's House.

PAYMENT. We are going electronic this year, so I will need everyone to donate via the Laura's House website. This automates everything for us, a first for Falltacular. Click on the link that follows and make your donation. Once per week, I will post a list of who has paid so that you have peace of mind that your tickets are confirmed. We will start a wait list after 140 paid, and we'll address that topic as we get closer to the event. Note--do NOT mail a check, as it will be sent back to you. https://secure.processdonation.org/Laur ... 8H42E1BCHC

For those who are new or wish to learn more, there is an FAQ, which can be found using this Dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n6y1k2ej149j ... yrl4a?dl=0. We also have our 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! As I said last year, and I mean it with all due respect.....love you, Frenchie.

PS--yes, we will do the annual Friday BYOB pre-event dinner, which is now posted as a separate thread both here in the Offline Planner, as well as our Facebook page. We do not require you to attend the main Saturday event if you only wish to attend the Friday dinner.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#14 Post by Brian Bohr » December 1st, 2019, 4:51 pm

Super easy online payment process. Thanks Frank!!
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#15 Post by Ted Erfer » December 1st, 2019, 5:09 pm

Very easy -- no worries about the US Mail. See you all soon.

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#16 Post by joeduncan » December 1st, 2019, 5:35 pm

Awesome, Amy and I are signed up. Thanks!

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#17 Post by Paul Hiyake » December 1st, 2019, 5:42 pm

That was easy - thanks Frank!

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#18 Post by Rob Bastuba » December 1st, 2019, 5:45 pm

Thanks Frank. If all goes well we will have people coming in from NC, TX and MI this year. Looking forward to it.

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#19 Post by Scott Watkins » December 1st, 2019, 5:53 pm

Very happy to say I didn't fall asleep this year!
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#20 Post by Mike Stoneking » December 1st, 2019, 6:23 pm

Rob Bastuba wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 5:45 pm
Thanks Frank. If all goes well we will have people coming in from NC, TX and MI this year. Looking forward to it.
Nice. Another awesome beer share coming up. Look forward to seeing you. [berserker.gif]
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#21 Post by T. Melloni » December 1st, 2019, 7:31 pm

Just registered. Frank - Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing lots of new friends from last year and contributing to the event.
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#22 Post by Chris Seiber » December 1st, 2019, 8:10 pm

Waiting for it to sell out so I can flip my tickets for a big profit.

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#23 Post by Frank Murray III » December 1st, 2019, 9:01 pm

Thanks for all your posts and replies. We have about 100 paid in just 4 hours. Pretty amazing. Will provide a list tomorrow of all those paid so you can ensure you are all set.

Really blessed here you all believe so much in this event.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#24 Post by Jonathan Sirot » December 2nd, 2019, 2:31 am

Well last year I was indecisive and it sold out in a flash. This year I was on the fence. Have been doing a lot of travelling already and am also trying to buy a place in SC. But I have always been intrigued and through some minor peer pressure decided to attend. It was from gentle urging from Mike Grammer whom I just met in NY at Berserkerfest, and also at the suggestion from our esteemed Mike Stoneking, whom I have corresponded with, but never met as I was involved in doing my small part to help him rebuild his house and life after his home was lost. What better place to meet and pop a few corks than for another great cause. If it was travelling coast to coast for good wine I might pass, but the comraderie and the great cause make the hassle of flying worth the effort ! So no waffling this year, I am in and can't wait to sample some great wine hook up with a few old friends and meet several new ones. Paid up for both events. Thank you Frank for arranging this once again for a worthy cause. I know the amount of work involved is enormous, but the help to your community is immense.

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#25 Post by Mike Grammer » December 2nd, 2019, 10:19 am

Aces, Jonathan--I promise you won't regret the experience. Look forward to seeing you again!
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#26 Post by Frank Murray III » December 2nd, 2019, 1:47 pm

Jonathan, welcome to the event. It's organically evolved through the last decade and it's an awesome weekend that is close to the heart for so many of us. You will see that when you are here. Like a number of those coming from outside of California, welcome to the family.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#27 Post by Frank Murray III » December 2nd, 2019, 3:32 pm

Folks, the Saturday event is Sold Out. Wow. In less than 24 hours we sold 144 tickets. Shortly I will be placing the file up on Dropbox to show all of the payments so you can see who had paid.

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

We have closed the registration link and have put a note there for people to contact me if they want to talk about attendance, i.e. a wait list. We'll deal with those as they come to me.

Thank you all for an amazing 24 hours. I had no idea the event had churned up this much momentum in all of you.

THANK YOU.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

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#28 Post by Jim Burk » December 4th, 2019, 4:19 pm

Hi Frank, I missed the initial date, but really want to make it! Can I get on the wait list? The registration link seemed to accept my payment, but who knows? I don't have your # or E-mail address. Any chance of sending one or both to Jim@JBurk.net.

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#29 Post by Frank Murray III » December 4th, 2019, 4:49 pm

Jim, happy holidays. I've been resolving a few lingering payment issues the past few days so let's just handle over email. You've got that already so shoot me a note.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

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

Kindness matters.

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#30 Post by Adam G » December 8th, 2019, 11:28 pm

Well crap. I just booked a trip back to the homeland for that weekend to see the family and introduce them to my new baby!
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#31 Post by Mike Grammer » December 9th, 2019, 7:25 am

Again we're passing ships in the night, Adam. But mazel tov on the new arrival!

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#32 Post by Adam G » December 10th, 2019, 7:49 am

One of these days, Mike!
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#33 Post by Jonathan Sirot » December 11th, 2019, 3:03 pm

Adam G wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 7:49 am
One of these days, Mike!
Adam
I remember fondly last year your kind hospitality, welcoming me into your home for the holiday. Sorry I will miss you this year when I fly out, but your reason for missing it is superb, Congratulations ! How is your little boy doing ? If I recall is it Jordan or is my memory off ?

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