Kind of a fun thread to keep up with people, where they are and what they're up to. Lifted this idea from another site started by NorCalVinoLover.

Greetings from...

Encore, Las Vegas, NV.

I'd heard Lost Wages was really hurting but you wouldn't think it based on the sold out flight, number of people out walking around and the traffic. I guess March Madness is giving these guys out here a big boost.
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Originally posted by Sacred Cow:
My sister has been giving the Vegas economy a BIG boost too. And they canceled her flight back here already, so she can contribute even more.

Damn white out here, a full on blizzard. Wish I was ANYWHERE else right now.

Moo


My brother's fiancee is from Fargo, ND. Would you rather be there?
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Originally posted by dannyk8232:
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Originally posted by Sacred Cow:
My sister has been giving the Vegas economy a BIG boost too. And they canceled her flight back here already, so she can contribute even more.

Damn white out here, a full on blizzard. Wish I was ANYWHERE else right now.

Moo


My brother's fiancee is from Fargo, ND. Would you rather be there?

Does she have that...accent? Big Grin Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by dannyk8232:
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Originally posted by Sacred Cow:
My sister has been giving the Vegas economy a BIG boost too. And they canceled her flight back here already, so she can contribute even more.

Damn white out here, a full on blizzard. Wish I was ANYWHERE else right now.

Moo


My brother's fiancee is from Fargo, ND. Would you rather be there?

Does she have that...accent? Big Grin Wink


Yep. Wearing off a bit now that she's lived in Los Angeles for a year and a half. Possibly the worst accent ever.
Beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Very sleepy now that Wolf Creek has closed for the season, just what the doctor ordered for me. But the golf course is open. Cool

It's always fun to tear up a non-local course during the first rounds of the season.

The only question is, will I be here for one night, a week, 10 days? Or maybe for life. I know I don't feel like facing the real world right now. Not if there are people in it. Big Grin

Moo
Barely. The 7:30 flight was canceled. The 10:30 we rebooked to ended up leaving just after 12:30. Made it to the game and sat down just as the Dodgers made the third out in the bottom of the 7th. But it was a great 1-1/2 innings. Big Grin

Great weekend though, thanks for asking Sandy.

Moo
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by KSC02:
Whereabouts? Love me some Playa del Carmen...

Have fun!

Just South of Playa del Carmen.
Some sight seeing and lots of snorkeling with the kids (trip over to Cozumel), etc. Maybe a little diving but not a priority.
FUN is the priority and time with the girls (kids that is) Cool
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by KSC02:
Whereabouts? Love me some Playa del Carmen...

Have fun!

Just South of Playa del Carmen.
Some sight seeing and lots of snorkeling with the kids (trip over to Cozumel), etc. Maybe a little diving but not a priority.
FUN is the priority and time with the girls (kids that is) Cool


Dunno how old your kids are, but if they are teenagers or older you should *strongly* consider taking an ATV trip through the jungle to a ropes course and a cenote. I forget the name of the outfit we used, but had a lot of fun on the ATVs, ropes, ziplines, and cooling off in a beautiful cenote.

Have fun!
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As of tomorrow, Vancouver.

I do not want to see anything above 75 degrees Seaquem. Wink

No problem. I assume you would prefer that it be sunny also? I took the liberty of delivering both. Cool

This is pretty easy stuff. It's hellfire, brimstone, and falling toads that are much more difficult to provide on demand.
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Prague today, Budapest tomorrow

Big Grin You guys are the jet-set couple!

Good to see you taking advantage of your time there.
Smile We are trying to live the life while we can. Just got back, both beautiful city's and worth a visit. If I had to pick, I would go with Budapest.
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The Badlands of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, and Little Bighorn, so far. It's a dining wasteland out here, but the wine is good. (I brought it with me.)


Never mind the food and wine-- how's the scenery and accommodations? I'd like to see the Badlands in the next couple of years. Can we count on a trip report upon your return, sir?
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Originally posted by Board-O:
The Badlands of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, and Little Bighorn, so far. It's a dining wasteland out here, but the wine is good. (I brought it with me.)


My first thought was the movie, North by Northwest.

Enjoy the trip and please tell J hello from Texas.
Cooke City, Montana tonight.

The Badlands is a magnificent national park with wonderful scenery. We stayed in the town of Interior,SD with a population of 61. The only place to eat with a reasonable expectation of avoiding ptomaine is the Cedar Pass Lodge. Indian tacos were surprisingly good. We looked at Wall Drug and wouldn't consider eating there.

Next night was in Custer, SD. We enjoyed Mount Rushmore very much, then drove to Wind Cave National Park for a cave tour and picnic lunch. At dinner in Custer, my wife had the steak and I had the buffalo tenderloin. Both were tough, overcooked and flavorless. Anybody who finds themself in the area would do well to avoid the Sage Creek Grille, although they didn't charge us anything for corkage. The Stefania Syrah was the star of the meal.

Last night we stayed in Hardin, MT. It's a fast food and gas station oasis 15 miles from the Little Bighorn, which is worth a quick visit. Earlier in the day, we loved our visit to Devil's Tower National Monument. We figured we'd forget about any type of fine dining and eat in The Purple Cow. What garbage! I would have enjoyed potato chips and soda more than The Purple Cow. I've never seen such a putrid salad bar. My chopped steak was burnt to a crisp and the frozen French fries were mediocre at best. My wife's trout was at least edible.

Today we spent time in Red Lodge, Montana and I bought myself a real nice cowboy hat, and my wife found a biker belt she liked. We then drove the Beartooth Scenic Byway from Red Lodge to Cooke City, a spectacular road that Charles Kuralt called the most beautiful road in America, a claim I can't dispute. The road traverses the mountains in a series of switchbacks that crests at 11,000 feet. We'll be heading out for dinner in a couple of hours in this tiny town 3 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We're taking a 2003 Martinelli Pinot Noir Reserve with us. I have moderately high expectations for this tiny restaurant.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Cooke City, Montana tonight.

The Badlands is a magnificent national park with wonderful scenery.

I traveled through the Badlands back in the '70s, when its' beauty was at absolute peak.
Impossible that it could be as nice today. Razz

Glad your trip is going well, Board-O. Wink
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Originally posted by Board-O:

We'll be heading out for dinner in a couple of hours in this tiny town 3 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We're taking a 2003 Martinelli Pinot Noir Reserve with us. I have moderately high expectations for this tiny restaurant.


Don't let Yogi and BooBoo anywhere near your food-- they're notorious for running off with it!

Sounds like a great drive. We were a bit north of where you are now and didn't have the time to visit the Badlands as we were hurrying home to honour a commitment, but I have always wanted to go back to the area in a more leisurely fashion and spend some time enjoying it, so thanks for the reporting!

We found the A&W to be the most appealing eatery in some of the towns we passed through. Smile
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I bought myself a real nice cowboy hat, and my wife found a biker belt she liked.

Big Grin Sorry, there's just something about that picture that makes me break into a big grin. Big Grin


You're welcome.

Yeah, Seaquam, we're familiar with bears, mostly from travels in your country and Alaska. Years ago, in the Algonquin Provincial Park, we left our metal cooler out on the table overnight. The next morning, I followed the trail into the woods. The bear didn't get it open, but he chewed and clawed it a bit and everything inside was broke. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton, we may have a few picnics, but the small cooler will stay in the trunk.
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Originally posted by Board-O:

Yeah, Seaquam, we're familiar with bears, mostly from travels in your country and Alaska. Years ago, in the Algonquin Provincial Park, we left our metal cooler out on the table overnight. The next morning, I followed the trail into the woods. The bear didn't get it open, but he chewed and clawed it a bit and everything inside was broke. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton, we may have a few picnics, but the small cooler will stay in the trunk.



About 3 years ago, my sister-in-law and her kids hiked in Yellowstone, and when they returned to their car, a bear had actually clawed and BITTEN (you could see the teeth indentations!) the rear corner of her car. It must have smelled the bit of food they had left in the trunk.

It's quite amazing how fearless they seem to be in a protected environment. I'm sure I don't have to advise you to be careful, but be careful anyway.
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Originally posted by Board-O:

Today we spent time in Red Lodge, Montana and I bought myself a real nice cowboy hat, and my wife found a biker belt she liked. We then drove the Beartooth Scenic Byway from Red Lodge to Cooke City, a spectacular road that Charles Kuralt called the most beautiful road in America, a claim I can't dispute. The road traverses the mountains in a series of switchbacks that crests at 11,000 feet. We'll be heading out for dinner in a couple of hours in this tiny town 3 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We're taking a 2003 Martinelli Pinot Noir Reserve with us. I have moderately high expectations for this tiny restaurant.


Can't tell you exactly how many times we have stayed in Red Lodge and drove the Beartooth in both directions. Absolutely beautiful country. Spent lots of time hiking, shopping and golfing in Red Lodge, but never spent any time to speak of in Cooke City.

Moo
Jackson, WY for a few days.

Dinner at the Bistro In Cooke City, MT was decent but nothing special.

The two days in Yellowstone National Park were great. We only saw one bear and one coyote, but several elk, deer, and pronghorns, and hundreds of bison. What's the difference between bison and buffalo? We got up pretty close when the bison walked up to us, but didn't annoy them. We heard some guy got gored by one last week. The mud geysers were colorful and beautiful and of course, we witnessed an Old Faithful eruption. We took a number of hikes and really got a feel for the place, at least as much as possible in 2 days.

We stayed at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel for 2 days, a beautiful property with large airy rooms, but no TV or cell phone service for me to check on my beloved first place Yankees. The dining room was about the best we've found in any of the national parks, but still nothing special. $12 corkage.

We spent today in Grand Teton National Park, with magnificent scenery. Tomorrow, we're going rafting on the Snake River. We had dinner tonight in Jackson at The Blue Lion. It was the best dinner of the first week of our trip, but the chef loves his peppermill a little too much. We brought a 1999 Martinelli Jackass Zinfandel which was clearly not up to previous bottles. It didn't taste old, but I have to figure its best days are behind it. $15 corkage.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
What's the difference between bison and buffalo?


The short answer is that true 'buffalo' are native only to Africa and Asia (Water Buffalo, etc).
Bison is the correct name for the N. American animal seen out West.

Sounds like a great trip!
Thanks for the info, KSC.

We're in Torrey, Utah this evening and will visit Capitol Reef National Park and Monument Valley tomorrow, winding up in Moab. We hope to dinner there on Saturday with the gigabits.

Yesterday, after another great day in Grand Teton, rafting the Snake River, picnicking, and sightseeing, we had dinner at the Gun Barrel in Jackson. The buffalo wrap appetizer was outstanding and the velvet elk (medallions with a wild mushroom sauce) was good but I'd have liked some delicacy to let the elk shine through. Corkage was $10.

Today, we drove a long way from Jackson to Torrey. Utah sure is a beautiful state. Off to dinner soon at a highly recommended restaurant. We'll see.
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Big Grin Yup... and another day of "aloha"


Being a botanist in Hawaii is cheating if you ask me. It's like a major leaguer showing up to hit at a little league game, just too easy. If Haggis had any fight in him he'd be back here in Chicagoland.
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Originally posted by haggis:


Big Grin Yup... and another day of "aloha"


Being a botanist in Hawaii is cheating if you ask me. It's like a major leaguer showing up to hit at a little league game, just too easy. If Haggis had any fight in him he'd be back here in Chicagoland.


Why don't you come here and say that???!!! Big Grin
Taos, New Mexico at the moment.

Cafe Diablo in Torrey, Utah was good, considering the limited alternatives. If there was any rattlesnake in the rattlesnake cakes, it escaped my detection. The other food we had was dominated by whang.

We then visited Capitol Reef National Park, a conglomeration of towering rock edifices of varying unusual shapes, sizes, and colors, definitely worth a visit.

From there, we drove south to Monument Valley, possibly the most imposing scenery we've seen, but the dirt road was really dusty and rough. Then we drove to Moab, Utah for a couple of days. The sightseeing highlight in the region was Arches National Park, somewhat reminiscent of Capitol Reef and definitely worth a visit. We even visited a winery.

We had a forgettable Mexican dinner the first eveing and then a fun BYO evening with the gigabits at Desert Bistro. Food was good here, but the combinations were a little off for me. The bleu cheese dominated the tenderloin, but dinner was a great success due to the company.

Next we drove to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. This is a park dedicated to keeping the pueblo life of early Indians alive. Dinner in the Metate Dining Room was one of the better meals we've ever had in a national park. The accomodations at The Far View in were in need of a little sprucing up.

The next day (today), we drove high into the Rockies and had an excellent Mexican lunch at The Elkhorn Cafe in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We continued into New Mexico and arrived in Taos. The New Mexico State Trooper who stopped me for speeding let me go with a promise to obey the speed limit. We just returned from dinner at Doc Martin's in the Taos Inn. The 2006 Curran Grenache Blanc ($46) was excellent and stood up to the spice. This was possibly the best dinner of the trip so far. More touring tomorrow and then off to Santa Fe for 5 days on Wednesday before heading home.
Copenhagen: beautiful, quiet, clean, friendly city. Got lucky with the weather too-- lots of rain until I arrived, not a cloud in the sky since, around 75 degrees with slight breeze, about perfect for us.

Great beer here <Jacobsen Dark is the best one so far). Had one of the most memorable meals of my life at Michelin-starred Herman at Nimb, really a razzle-dazzle of presentation with incredibly creative displays. I'll post about it when we get back in a few weeks, but it's how I imagine El Bulli to be, with science contributing to cuisine. Had some excellent Ruinart and Philliponat Champangnes too.

Hope everyone is well here.
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Copenhagen

Cool Very, very nice.

Keep up the travel log, Seaq. We can trip with you vicariously. Smile
Agreed! The bar was raised when you provided us with your Paris diary last year so we expect the same with Copenhagen. Have fun.
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St. Petersburg, Russia. Ugliest waterway entrance I've ever seen, but beautiful architecture once you're into the old city. I'm going to have vodka and caviar for lunch. I think that's what the natives do here. Smile


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Caviar makes up for a lot of ugly. St. Petersburg is on our wish list for next summer.


I loved St. Petersburg when I was there about 10 yr ago. Agree with Seaquam about the architecture. And there's a shabbiness that I like...sort of like tarnished silver. The beauty is there to be seen, but it needs some polishing. On the other hand, the "tarnish" is beautiful in its own way. There are some wonderful gardens there, too.
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Board-O, how do you keep your wine cool on a driving trip such as this? Just a regular cooler?


Just saw this. We travel with the wine in a styrofoam shipper which insulates well. When the wine is in the car, it's seatbelted in the back seat with the air conditioning on. As soon as we get to a hotel, we put the wine in the airconditioned room. If we're travelling and leave the car for a half hour or an hour, we lave the windows open a drop and try to park in the shade. Even on a hot day, after an hour, the wine is still cool to the touch in the sealed styrofoam shipper.
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Originally posted by Don in KS:
Board-O, how do you keep your wine cool on a driving trip such as this? Just a regular cooler?


Just saw this. We travel with the wine in a styrofoam shipper which insulates well. When the wine is in the car, it's seatbelted in the back seat with the air conditioning on. As soon as we get to a hotel, we put the wine in the airconditioned room. If we're travelling and leave the car for a half hour or an hour, we lave the windows open a drop and try to park in the shade. Even on a hot day, after an hour, the wine is still cool to the touch in the sealed styrofoam shipper.


Eek Big Grin Big Grin ROTFFLMAOWTSDMC. You gotta be kidding me. While you will no doubt accuse me of following you, I will honestly say I would laugh at anyone who posted that. That is beyond over the top obsession. The imagery that conjures up is hilarious. You need wine that badly? Ever heard the expression, When in Rome do as the Romans do? Wine geek doesn't even begin to describe that behaviour.
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Napa, CA.


Me, too.

Joe, did I meet you at Randy's tasting and not even realize it?


Actually, we did meet albeit it briefly and we didn't get to talk much.


Bummer!
California ....

8/16-8/21: SF. Highlights include dinner at Fleur de Lys, cocktails at Bourbon & Branch, a free walking tour of Nob Hill by the folks from SF City Guides.

8/21-8/25: Carmel/Big Sur. Highlights so far include dinner at Passionfish and Pacific's Edge and watching sea otters break open clams and oysters at Point Lobos State park.

8/25-8/31: Napa/Sonoma wine country.
...the MGM Grand in sunny (hot) Las Vegas.

I'm here, with my lovely wife, for a conference. However, we will be able to relax a bit and enjoy some time without our children.

Today: Some conference time, then out to the pool.

Tomorrow night: Dinner at Gonzalez y Gonzalez then a show (Zumanity)

Thursday night: Dinner at SEABLUE.

P.S. Nine Fine Irishmen is a very cool bar. Cool
The south of France! Wife and I made our way to Montpellier today after a couple of nights in beautiful Bonnieux. Have also spent some time in Cannes, Avignon and Chateauneuf du Page (tasting at Beaucastel and la Barroche). Lots of eating, drinking, walking, etc. Will give a full report when I get back!
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Salem, Oregon this AM (watching Wisconsin vs. Minnesota on ESPN), then Eugene, Oregon this afternoon to watch the Oregon/Cal game at Autzen this evening.


Get thee to a winery!


I did, both my brother and I did! On Friday we visited the following:

Adelsheim, Bergstrom, Penner-Ash, Carlton Winemakers Studio, Scott Paul, Domaine Serene, and Maresh Red Barn. Wanted to visit a couple other places that we'd been to last year (such as Domaine Drouhin and Archery Summit), but they were either closed for special occasions or we simply got there too late. Awesome dinner at Tina's in Dundee that night.

On Sunday, we made it a leisurely drive back to Portland from Eugene and visited a few other wineries en route:

Van Duzer, St Innocent, Bethel Heights, Cristom, Witness Tree, and Maysara.

I am admittedly very much a novice when it comes to Pinot Noir (which is pretty much all we tasted), but I found the 2007's to be a step down quality-wise from the 2006's (if that makes any sense). Fortunately, many of the wineries, while promoting their '07's, still had a wide variety of the 2006's available for tasting and purchasing. I did a lot of tasting (emphasis on "lot" Big Grin ), but showed remarkable restraint in the purchasing area, even though I was tempted to buy quite a bit of the '06's that I had tried.
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St. John's, Newfoundland. Then, back to Paradise. 12,000 miles in 3 days Eek

Holy Crap! When you get off the island you really go for the other end of the spectrum! Eek


I won't be doing that again for a while! But I must say that that part of the continent is pretty amazing...gorgeous landscape. And Cape Spear is pretty special.
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Fresno!

So sorry about that. Will you be visiting Yosemite while in the area?


LOL! I often do when I visit here (I have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins here) but unfortunately not on this trip. Just here for a couple of days to help the grandparents, who have aged quickly in the past year and aren't doing so well.
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Park Slope - Brooklyn NYC!


Uh oh! GA and Tbird on the loose tonight!!!
I'm his adult supervision.


Weren't you his adult supervision in Seattle, too?!?!?! Wink
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Maui!

Big Grin


Lucky you! Enjoy!


I did! Just got back and going through my normal post-Maui depression. Hawaii might be my favorite place on earth.

Haggis...just a quick layover in the Honolulu airport this time, but we'll be back! Hopefully we can get together next time...
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Maui!

Big Grin


Lucky you! Enjoy!


I did! Just got back and going through my normal post-Maui depression. Hawaii might be my favorite place on earth.

Haggis...just a quick layover in the Honolulu airport this time, but we'll be back! Hopefully we can get together next time...


I usually start getting depressed before boarding the plane home.
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Maui!

Big Grin


Lucky you! Enjoy!


I did! Just got back and going through my normal post-Maui depression. Hawaii might be my favorite place on earth.

Haggis...just a quick layover in the Honolulu airport this time, but we'll be back! Hopefully we can get together next time...


I usually start getting depressed before boarding the plane home.


Funny you say that...I texted a friend of mine while I was waiting to board the plane in Kahalui telling him my normal depression was setting in. That's okay though, it usually passes in 2-3 weeks.
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Maui!

Big Grin


Lucky you! Enjoy!


I did! Just got back and going through my normal post-Maui depression. Hawaii might be my favorite place on earth.

Haggis...just a quick layover in the Honolulu airport this time, but we'll be back! Hopefully we can get together next time...


That would be great! Aloha
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Warm and sunny Phoenix...where is my sunscreen? Cool

Save it for Cabo!


Ha... I forgot which thread we were talking in. Red Face

Golf this week, and fishing next week.

Man, I'm getting tired already! Cool
Heading out early in the morning for some serious fishing, followed each day by dinner and wine with good friends.

We shipped two cases of what we hope will be stellar wines out there that are now resting in a cellar.

When we did this two years ago, the 1967 d'Yquem stole the show with this group of dear friends. Cool
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Heading out early in the morning for some serious fishing, followed each day by dinner and wine with good friends.

We shipped two cases of what we hope will be stellar wines out there that are now resting in a cellar.

When we did this two years ago, the 1967 d'Yquem stole the show with this group of dear friends. Cool


P.S. may the Marlin and Tuna be active for the next several days.

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