A little late in getting this started, but it would be nice to continue the annual tradition of a having of gathering of Italian wine lovers in a great city for wonderful wine and food. For the past 3 years, this event has been focused on Brunello, but this may be the year to change things up a little.

The illustrious wine + art has proposed a possible relocation of the event to Chicago this year. Thoughts on theme have varied from Brunello, Barolo & Barbaresco, Super Tuscans etc.

Once we get a host city and theme established we can start working on dates, but these things usually take a couple of months to get nailed down.

Anyone want to do this?

PH
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You guys are killing me. I'm still trying to make it to Toronto and Dallas and now this? Chicago is pretty easy for me though as it can be combined with a trip to the head office. I'm in, but April is looking tough. Can't do the weekends of the 12/13 or 19/20.
Holy cow. Here we go again. Cool I'm uncomfortable capping anything, but we do need to consider pour sizes and venue limitations. I'm thinking multiples of 8, so that we can get a 3 oz. pour per wine. So 16 or 24? We already have 11 possibles and not a peep from the CWM, so we may even go higher.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Holy cow. Here we go again. Cool I'm uncomfortable capping anything, but we do need to consider pour sizes and venue limitations.
PH


Regarding pour sizes, I think you need to get over the idea that we need to try every wine at these events. I've been to several where there were too many people to try every wine and it's still a great time. I thought these things were about the people anyway? Smile Just my two cents. The venue limitation is an issue for sure though.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Holy cow. Here we go again. Cool I'm uncomfortable capping anything, but we do need to consider pour sizes and venue limitations. I'm thinking multiples of 8, so that we can get a 3 oz. pour per wine. So 16 or 24? We already have 11 possibles and not a peep from the CWM, so we may even go higher.

PH
With 19 (thanks Spacewrangler)last year it was almost too much. The two ends of the table had basicly no contact. Of course in a bigger room, with room to mingle, that wouldn't have been an issue.
I agree with Steve. We shouldn't have expectations of tasting every wine. Tables of 8 at the max (as per PH's suggestion) works out fine. Trading of bottles between tables is okay too.

Otherwise you end up with coordination issues, needing to bring magnums, etc. It's a royal pain in the ass for the most part.
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Originally posted by futronic:
I agree with Steve. We shouldn't have expectations of tasting every wine. .....Otherwise you end up with coordination issues, needing to bring magnums, etc. It's a royal pain in the ass for the most part.


I agree with both of you that it's not a necessity, but it would be nice to have everyone drinking the same wines. We're doing a CdP tasting in MD with 18 and seem to be doing just fine getting a couple bottles of each wine to taste. Certainly worth a try, especially given the potentially long planning phase for these damn things. Otherwise, we just get a bunch of wine and drink! It IS about the people, no doubt! Cool

PH
Again, "would be nice," but isn't a requirement. There'll be plenty of great wine to go around. Also, if we're looking at some older vintages, sourcing multiple bottles is not exactly easy, especially when considering provenance.

Keep in mind what happened last April at the Brunello offline in Philly. We had some disappointing bottles, with many affected by questionable storage.
Was hoping to hear from you, otis! Cool Will e-mail in the next few days. Any initial thoughts on a good venue with a larger room for 20+ winos?

Also, it's looking like April will be a tough month for most who have responded so far. That leaves a "hurry up," for March or a May date. Any preferences by the gang?
PH
I'm in too if there's room.

At Otis' CDP of 2005 or 2006 (not the last one, the one before) we held a dinner at a now-defunct restaurant that was attended by about 50-60 IIRC. We had an entire room to ourselves, and not everyone got to taste every wine, but it was definitely do-able and fun. That may change the nature of this event however so of course it is the call of those in charge.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:


Also, it's looking like April will be a tough month for most who have responded so far. That leaves a "hurry up," for March or a May date. Any preferences by the gang?
PH


Not sure I understand the April will be tough for most comment.

A little help please. Smile
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
It just seemed like there were a lot of April dates that were not good for some. Skoshy has suggested the weekend of 4-26. Works for me. Anyone else?
PH

April 26 works for me. Please also include 1 more for me, as Djenane would like to attend I believe and should be in town then. Just let me know if it's an issue. (KSC02+1) Smile

I've heard a few people comment that May MIGHT be better for Chicago, that it might be a little warmer and a bit of Spring in the air. However 4/26 works for me or after mid May.

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