I was in Michigan around that time in '01. I'll make sure to be there....then. Big Grin Wink Smile


So, brocolli, Mother says you're very good for me. Well, I'm afraid I'm no good for you!
I've made it and it was alot of fun. The 22nd should do for me. I will check with the wifey.

Email: RichandLinda@wowway.com

Never allow a typo to get threw....These vultures will ketch you fur sure. Big Grin

Cheers to GrapeFriends!
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May 22 is good. Put me down for 2.

Let me know the start time and I'll arrange it with Steve. Dinner is order off the menu. He has a wide selection and everything is good.
if you could 6:30 7 would be great.
maybe 10 to 16 !?
thanks for all that you are doing!
bruce Cool
Sorry gang but I just haven't gotten to Steve's. I plan on stopping by sometime this weekend so will see him then. I will tell him to reserve 15 places for us and we can go up or down from there.
Ok with all??

Sounds like things are shaping up. If there is a vote, I vote for 7 o'clock for a kick off.

Say, while we are killing time to the big event, how's about all of us Michiganders sharing shopping info. "Favorite places to wine shop", "best wine prices", "won't go there if they paid me" etc...Also which on line internet sellsers are willing to ship to Michigan.

I'll go first.

Usually shop at world market (ann arbor & novi), village corner (ann arbor), taorellos (brighton), merchant's fine wines (dearborn), bella vino (plymouth), any of the hiller's stores, costco (northville and the one near pontiac) and numerous other small shops.

I find the best pricing at world market, bella vino, costco and merchant's fine wines.

The wine barrel in livonia, wouldn't go there on a bet. I was looking around for a 1954 "something" like a port, maderia or bdx. They had a 1954 port...get this...price...are you ready...$500.00. I passed.

I have not bought much from on-line stores, however have found that both Neal and Pride will ship to Michigan through Stagecoach.

haaaaaa! you found stagecoach. just to let you know they will pick up at most winery's. talk to larry or sue and if your in the buss.tell the winery and should get discount.will pay for shipping.about tarellos s-=^@ big time ,
and donna i won't go their.the reopen hole foods on plymouth
Originally posted by bez780:
haaaaaa! you found stagecoach. just to let you know they will pick up at most winery's. talk to larry or sue and if your in the buss.tell the winery and should get discount.will pay for shipping.about tarellos s-=^@ big time ,
and donna i won't go their.the reopen hole foods on plymouth

Thanks about Stagecoach picking up from most wineries and also never thought to inquire about trade disc.

Taorellos, hear ya. I used to think their prices to be high, however recently their markups seem to be a tiny bit more reasonable. Maybe because there is a Costco being built about 2 miles away?? Re: Donna, again I hear ya. I almost never used to buy wine there mostly due to the fact that I thought Donna to be rude and snobbish. I don't know when this change came about (maybe others complained) but she is actually friendly nowdays and that makes me more inclined to purchase wine there. I did go to one of their tastings a couple of months ago and she has been more friendly since then and actually calls me by name when I shop the store.

well don't tell her that you are going to meet me the prices will go up. we do not even shop their any more i spend over 10000 ayear.there prices are still to high. an they would not give me a dis count the hell with them .send me an email an will try to get you set up with some people in napa. they just had a tasting at oak point cc. which my wife an i are members. but i think the tasting we did night went well 8 whole salers at least 40 wines . an can buy right from the club at better prices then stores they have lis. to sale out right. plus we have a wine locker there.
as you can see i do not like talking about tarellos sore note.
You guys made me feel guilty so I went to Steve and Rocky's last night. (Steve and I sampled too many wines.)

We are all set for May 22, 2004. They will be ready for us at 6:30 PM but arrival to 7:00 PM is just fine. We will be together as a group but it will not be in a seperate room...in a corner of the main dining room so we can interact with each other. I promised Steve everyone will eat...order off the menu. Saturday nights are very busy at Steve and Rocky's so he is making a very large concession for us. Worse, he has a party of 500 to cook for off-site so he can not attend. He would prefer we meet a different night but I committed us to another wine off-line when he is there.

As we get a little closer to the time, I'll post directions. Anyone want additional info, contact me at:


Now to figure out what to bring.
slapshot check your email re: Stagecoach.

Bez, I'll shut up about THAT store in Brighton. Curious to find out more details about the wine club and will shoot you an email.

See all on the 22nd!
it looks like I am going to be down state that weekend and would like to join you. what can I bring? is there a theme? is there room for me to bring a friend to share the ride?

it is always nice to expand the network of wine friends !


gladto have you, theme hasn't been set yet, just one bottle per head ,
i am bringing ch.montelena estate 1996 mag
an something else!
will be a lot of fun!
thanks for the invite. I can't wait to share some of my favorites.

Who is going to coordinate the selection of wine?

I need to know about a week before since all my good stuff is up North (Boyne City) where we spend most of our time. I will have to bring something back to Saginaw the week before the event. any ideas on a theme yet?

well since this is the first of many, i hope ,i think all should bring what they like best.will help everyone get to know each other better.maybe 90pts plus. then as we grow and know eachother we can get pickey. so any help here. Cool
I agree. Bring what you want but lets all try to make it a high quality wine. Is a 750 a person (Mag for couples) good?

Steve has plenty of glasses but only a couple decanters. I'm not sure if this is a concern or how we should handle it. Any suggestions?
Good question on decanters, if need be I have an extra one that is not real expensive that I would not mind transporting.

Head count so far:

Bez 2

K. Syrah 1

WineO 2

Slapshot 2

She laughs ?

69Lafite 2

Zinfanman 2

Total 11 + ???

Pretty much decided on bringing a sparkling wine to open things up. J. Schram 95. Got a book for Christmas about Schramburg and got interested in their stuff and bought a couple of bottles. Had one, loved it and have been saving the other for an event. This sounds like a good time to pop it.

sounds good to me. i may bring a couple more just for the heck of it .an i do not decant!!! let it open in the glass if i can wait that long Smile oh an maybe something for dersert Big Grin
at another off line I attended some people decanted or opened their bottles way ahead of time and then put the cork back in and brought the wine. If anyone has any wine that has aged, then you really should decant to eliminate the sediment. if a realatively young cab or other wine does not exhibit much sediment then no problem. I will be happy to bring a decanter.

Now, what to bring?? I have a very diverse collection and am open to suggestions. (I like almost everything I have so I really don't have a favorite) Maybe I can provide something that others may not have had a chance to try, like an aged bordeaux or brunello, Caymus from the '80's or early 90's, or a fresh bottle of Philip Togni or Viader cab, 2001?

the best to bring some thing you like and would like to share. i am bringing,
1996 ch. montelena estate cab mag
2001 neal family cab
an maybe some thing sweet Smile
I just picked up a few bottles of Marquis Philips Integrity 2002. rated 98
I have never had it but what a good time to try it. If you have no objections I'll bring it.

If I bring a friend, we can follow that with another fine shiraz or bring a great white. other than champagne, is anyone else thinking of a white. always nice during salad course. It will be fun to see the wine list grow. Big Grin

sounds great,
1995 j schram
1996 ch. montelena estate cab mag
2001 neal family cab
2002 marquis philips integrity
something sweet
How are we doing on space? Is there room for 2-4 more? Let me know. I have a couple of wine geek friends that may be interested. Let me know. Thanks.

Cheers to GrapeFriends!
thats fine just have them bring cash an a nice bottle of wine the more the merryer we need just to come up with some kind of pouring .
I talked to Steve today and all is well. We are set to arrive May 22, 2004, between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. He will be setup for 13 people. There will be a table with extra glasses (mainly red) and two or three decanters. Steve will be with us (off and on as business permits). Everyone to order off the menu. He prefers that the wine come into the restaurant in a bag and unopened. No corkage fees...Thank you Steve.

Steve and Rocky's is located just east of the intersection of Novi Road and Grand River on the north side of Grand River. The restaurant is well marked and not difficult to find. It is next to a Bank One branch and shares the same driveway.

If you are coming from east of Novi you will most likely travel I-696. Go west to I-96. Follow I-96 west toward Lansing and exit at Novi Road. South (left turn) on Novi Road to Grand River (about a half mile). Turn east (left turn) on Grand River about 1/4 mile to Steve and Rocky's.

If you are coming from south of Novi, you will most like travel north on I-275. Follow I-275 to west I-96. This can be a little confusing so be sure to take the I-96 west (Lansing) turn. Follow I-96 west towards Lansing and exit at Novi Road. South (left turn) on Novi Road to Grand River (about a half mile). Turn east (left turn) on Grand River about 1/4 mile to Steve and Rocky's.

If you are coming from the west of Novi, you will most likey travel east on I-96. Exit at Novi Road. South on Novi Road (right turn) to Grand River (about a half mile). Turn east (left turn)on Grand River about 1/4 mile to Steve and Rocky's.

Hope I got all this right! If anyone needs additonal info or instructins, let me know.

I'm still not sure what to bring. Maybe a bottle or two of 01 Pride cab for everyone to try (sorry, not the reserve but still a great wine). I'll bring something else red too.

See you Saturday night!
Two for me. Looking forward to it. I'll be in Frankenmuth Friday night for the World Expo of Beer and then on Saturday we are involved in our sub's garage sale.

Cheers to GrapeFriends!
I am probably arriving as one. If I can get a friend to go at the last minute i will still do it. see you all about 6:30 or so.

Sorry for not replying sooner. It looks like I'm going to miss this one. Sounds like a nice lineup, though, so I'm thinking you'll be just fine Big Grin
she_ laugh,
thanks hope to meet you at the next one or just some where!
if your friends would like to come their should be plenty of room,if not well make it!
Big Grin

I am so steamed at the moment I could just bust! Mad Mad Mad Mad Work has been very intense for the last few weeks as we are implementing some new initiatives that have been all consuming. I have not had any time to visit these boards and was really really looking forward to our 1st Annual Michigan Off-Line. I just found out that I will be sent out of town for work tomorrow night and will be gone for about 4-5 days!!!

Oh the cruelty and injustice of it all Mad Think of me and raise a glass in toast for a missing comrade...I will be with you all in spirit and hope that you all have so darn much fun that you can't wait to have another one so I can attend and get to meet you all! Wink

ks with a red face, steamed and jealous
I did get a buddy to drive down with me and I will provide a second bottle of wine, perhaps a Montrachet or other fine white, since I assume most everyone else is bringing red.

I can have another fine red on standby if everyone preferes.


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