Mrs. Redhawk and I will be in the Chicago Suburbs (Vernon Hills area) in June. Is there any interest in an offline June 17-20?
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We'd love to see you again, but we are not going to be around or available for any of those dates. I'll check back if anything changes.

Sorry to miss you. Have a good time.
I should be able to make June 17 or 20 work. Not sure what is available restaurant-wise or BYOB-wise way up north there.
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Originally posted by jcubed:
I should be able to make June 17 or 20 work. Not sure what is available restaurant-wise or BYOB-wise way up north there.

I bet Chez Wine Sparty has free corkage.

If something happens that Sunday I’d try to be available to meet up with the RedHawks.
Watching this. Overdue for a good offline. Tentatively the 17th would be best for me, but could probably make any of those nights work.

I could probably make my way out to the burbs for a bottle or two, depending on train availability and location.  I'm not available on the 17th, as I will be driving back from Detroit area that day, but I think I could make any of the other days work.

Adelle’s In WHeaton has  treated us well over the years and is free corkage on Tuesdays. Good stemware. It is literally steps from a Metra line. Sparty has been there. Not convenient from Vernon Hills though. Hoping some others chime in. With a pooch needing to be taken out after work, my location options are a bit limited. Hoping some folks closer to where you are staying (Otis?) chime in. 

Not seeing any replies from folks in the areas that Wine Sparty has never heard of. 

This happening may depend on if Mr. and Mrs. Redhawk think we are worth schlepping to the western suburbs, unless Sparty can find a closer locale for them to meet up at. I know that jcubed usually commutes via train and may be more flexible. 

Holy moly!  I just googled Wheaton to Vernon Hills and it says it’s over an hour away in light traffic.  Mrs. Redhawk is balking at that.  :-(

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redhawk posted:

Holy moly!  I just googled Wheaton to Vernon Hills and it says it’s over an hour away in light traffic.  Mrs. Redhawk is balking at that.  :-(

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redhawk posted:

Holy moly!  I just googled Wheaton to Vernon Hills and it says it’s over an hour away in light traffic.  Mrs. Redhawk is balking at that.  :-(

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I don't blame her...that would be a crazy drive.

Bill - any idea of towns that would be a good middle ground between your area and Vernon Hills?  I could search on some BYOB places if there were a couple towns in mind.

Elmhurst comes to mind. It is close to I-294 and also has a Metra stop. Still a healthy drive from VH though.

billhike posted:

Elmhurst comes to mind. It is close to I-294 and also has a Metra stop. Still a healthy drive from VH though.

Yeah, we might need Redhawk to give us his thoughts on how far he's willing to travel.  Looks like Elmhurst would still be about a 35-40 minute drive for him from VH.

I reached out to EB Wine, who lives there. He may know if something. They do have a but if a downtown. I can do some checking s well the next couple of evenings. Are we thinking. Tuesday?

Hey folks- check out Victory Meat and Seafood (small), Livia Italian Eatery and One Fifty One Kitchen and Bar as Elmhurst options. I’ll look into corkage and revert back. Hope I can join- it’s been far too long.

I decided to give those places that EBWine mentioned a call to find out about corkage.  Victory is $35 per bottle, Livia is $15 per bottle and One Fifty One is $20 per bottle.

While we are used to some free corkage options in the area, I'm willing to pay in order to meet up with Redhawk. 6:30 would be the earliest I/we could make it. I haven't been to any of the three places, though I know that Livia is part of the Gia Mia Pizza group that we like a lot. I'm down with any of the options if this comes together. FWIW, via FB message I got the same response from Victory with a manager offering his e-mail and cell # saying they would love to host us. No reply from Livia and interestingly a reply from One Fifty One that they don't allow corkage. Likely a matter of not everyone knowing their policies. 

Redhawk - any preference on which of the dates you'd like to do this?  It looks like we've got responses all over the board in terms of when folks are available.  It looks like Tuesday the 19th may have the most availability, but not sure if Bill is available that date since he only mentioned Sunday the 17th initially.

Tuesday the 19th is the winner!  Works great for us.

Thanks to all who have been investigating venues.  Livia Elmhurst looks fine for us, but I will let you locals make the final choice.

It will be great to see you all again, and maybe meet someone new.

Do we want to pick a wine theme?  Or just pot-luck?

I spoke to the manager at Roberto's Restaurant in Elmhurst. He is going to get back to me on discounted corkage. Dined there many times. Very good food and stemware. We had an offline there about 5 years ago.

Redhawk- Are you driving to Chicago? If so, are you passing South Haven?

VM

The one thing about Roberto’s is distance from the train station for Sparty. But not something that can’t be dealt with,

I am away those dates.  But look forward to meeting one day.  I was in Houston, but now in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  Thanks for your post!

Relax Mr. Cubed. 

Its a free platform designed to make this whole process easier. No money involved. No ads. 

Built it since as a wine student it was tough getting together with students in my class and I wanted a network of students across the city to reach out to. 

But ya...spam, with no personal gain...makes sense.

Ads sell things. I am not selling anything. I present a free alternative to help you all. 

But I know all great things started out with resistance from those who lack vision. An unfortunate but inevitable consequence of innovation. 

 

Well, this thread got a little weird.

As far as the restaurant choice, I should be able to manage getting to Roberto's...I can probably just grab an Uber from the train station when I get there.

redhawk posted:

Tuesday the 19th is the winner!  Works great for us.

Thanks to all who have been investigating venues.  Livia Elmhurst looks fine for us, but I will let you locals make the final choice.

It will be great to see you all again, and maybe meet someone new.

Do we want to pick a wine theme?  Or just pot-luck?

I’m usually ok with potluck. Will try and meet a theme if that’s what the group prefers. Otherwise I’m leaning 04 Bruno Paillard Champagne and an 06 Nozzole il Pareto Tuscan Cab, assuming my wife joins.

Potluck works for me too.  I will bring a 1997 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino.

Sorry about the odd turn. Spammers who claim not to be get under my skin. 

Apparently, posting the same spam ad in numerous threads in a forum that already does what the spam advertisement offers makes you a visionary.

I’m OK with $15.  In Michigan, I’ve been hard pressed to find a place that even allows corkage, and then its $30-35 per bottle and jelly jars for stemware.

I pinged Dan about this over the weekend. He sounded unlikely due to a scheduling conflict. Being a Tuesday I’m guessing it wouldn’t be too hard to add a person or two if he changes his mind. 

I’ve yet to hear from Martin or Welshstar. 

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Made the reservation for 10 people at 6:30. $15 corkage. Also sent an email to Otis to see if he wanted to come. Here is the website with the address:

https://www.robertosristorante.com/

WineSparty- I think I'll be picking up my wife at the Elmhurst station. If so, I'll let you know what train she will be on and if you take the same train I could get both of you.

VM

Thanks VM! See everyone there.

I am changing the wine I’m bringing. I will instead bring a 2002 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas.

J3

Last edited by jcubed

Yes, 

thanks to VM for arrangements!

 I plan to bring Champagne Andre Clouet 1911 Grand Cru.

I’m still debating about which Red to bring.

I'm willing to bring a barrel sample of my 2017 Haven Pointe Vineyard Pinot Noir Wadenswil Cuvee if there is any interest in trying it.

VM

I would have interest in trying your barrel sample, but don’t feel obligated on my part—I know it’s a limited resource.

And I just re-read my last post.  To clarify, the Andre Cluet is cuvée 1911 Non Vintage Grand Cru, not vintage 1911, in case anyone was wondering!

redhawk posted:

I would have interest in trying your barrel sample, but don’t feel obligated on my part—I know it’s a limited resource.

And I just re-read my last post.  To clarify, the Andre Cluet is cuvée 1911 Non Vintage Grand Cru, not vintage 1911, in case anyone was wondering!

I’m glad - I heard ‘11 sucked! 😈

I would also be interested in the sample if VM is willing to bring it. 

In addition to the barrel sample, I've pulled 2 more wines:

2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

2000 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barolo Vürsù Vigneto Campè

VM

Well, the weather this morning has played havoc on the lacrosse schedule, so my son will be playing well into the evening.  I still plan to make it tonight, but Mrs. Redhwk is going to have shuttle boys between fields. So she will have to bow out, with her apologies.

redhawk posted:

Well, the weather this morning has played havoc on the lacrosse schedule, so my son will be playing well into the evening.  I still plan to make it tonight, but Mrs. Redhwk is going to have shuttle boys between fields. So she will have to bow out, with her apologies.

Get those kids an Uber account! 😛

Belated thanks to everyone who came out and especially to Mr. and Mrs. Redhawk, who had a busy schedule that the weather didn't help. I enjoyed having the round table so we could face each other and converse - we should request similar seating for off-lines when possible. Though I liked our Bruno Paillard Champagne more than VM did (based on hist CT note), this was probably the most I've agreed with his tasting notes as a whole from an evening's lineup. Fun gathering. 

The barrel sample of Pinot you brought was very good - well done with those young vines. 

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