we do EVERYTHING.
last time was all Burgs and whites.
Usually it's whatever we bring. Chinese food runs the gamete where it doesn't match anything so you can just drink whatever you want!

If we do spicy food, we can just do syrahs/rhones/rieslings/whites/champagne as well! Most restaurants have a large variety of dishes, and unless we get all spicy dishes we dont' need to worry about the food overwhelming the wine.
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Originally posted by clayfu:
we do EVERYTHING.
last time was all Burgs and whites.
Usually it's whatever we bring. Chinese food runs the gamete where it doesn't match anything so you can just drink whatever you want!

If we do spicy food, we can just do syrahs/rhones/rieslings/whites/champagne as well! Most restaurants have a large variety of dishes, and unless we get all spicy dishes we dont' need to worry about the food overwhelming the wine.



thought u were taking it easy for while Smile
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Originally posted by rickym13:
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Originally posted by clayfu:
we do EVERYTHING.
last time was all Burgs and whites.
Usually it's whatever we bring. Chinese food runs the gamete where it doesn't match anything so you can just drink whatever you want!

If we do spicy food, we can just do syrahs/rhones/rieslings/whites/champagne as well! Most restaurants have a large variety of dishes, and unless we get all spicy dishes we dont' need to worry about the food overwhelming the wine.



thought u were taking it easy for while Smile


I'm just going there to eat!
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
Heh, I knew that Sean would be in favor of Chinese food! And I did promise to bring something sweet this time since I missed his B-Day...

Okay, so unless there's a violent upheaval among the masses, let's go with a Chinese place. Suggestions?


Why you thought I'd make my suggestion without a place in mind? =P.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ba-ren-szechuan-san-diego

Very well done traditional chinese food. From what I read there is no corkage, I could always double check. I haven't met a chinese restaurant yet that is anti-wine.
Danny! You looking for a place to stay overnight and/or a golf course to duff up? Razz Smile

Ba Ren sounds good - say 6pm on Saturday (4/4)?

clayfu, since these folks are speaking Mandarin to customers coming in the door, I'd appreciate it if you could take point on this. I have real trouble handling heavy accents over the phone (or in person, or...). Red Face
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
Danny! You looking for a place to stay overnight and/or a golf course to duff up? Razz Smile

Ba Ren sounds good - say 6pm on Saturday (4/4)?

clayfu, since these folks are speaking Mandarin to customers coming in the door, I'd appreciate it if you could take point on this. I have real trouble handling heavy accents over the phone (or in person, or...). Red Face


Sounds good. I'll give them a call soon, I was gonna talk to them in English anyways =P . I'll make a reservation for 8 or will we have more? We will need to bring our own glasses ladies and germs!

If anyone wants to view any of the dishes, Kirk @ MMM YOSO has taken pictures of plenty of them!
here here here
and finally here!

Headcount

Charlie +1
Sd-wino +1(?)
Java +1(?)
Sean +2?
Julie
Danny.

Missing anyone?
Zhi Hu +1.

I've been racking my brain for what red wines work well. I've had great success with Saxum (bold fruit with green and mint and long acidity), Bordeaux, Zins (not the spicy kinds, more in the vein of Carlisle), burgs, even ready to drink Rhones (CDP/Tele etc) I think most things without big tannins and oak. The spice/fried nature of the food really makes the oak extra harsh
I look forward to attending this, but have no idea what wine to bring. The Yelp reviews say that most of the menu items are very spicy, even talking about taste buds and entire tongues going numb from the heat. I guess this means white wine, dry, sweet, or sparkling. Cool
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
Danny! You looking for a place to stay overnight and/or a golf course to duff up? Razz Smile

Ba Ren sounds good - say 6pm on Saturday (4/4)?

clayfu, since these folks are speaking Mandarin to customers coming in the door, I'd appreciate it if you could take point on this. I have real trouble handling heavy accents over the phone (or in person, or...). Red Face


Possibly! As soon as I can figure out the surrounding days, I will let you know. Thank you!

Tentatively, yes. Cool Although I haven't played ANY golf lately
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Originally posted by dannyk8232:
Possibly! As soon as I can figure out the surrounding days, I will let you know. Thank you!

Tentatively, yes. Cool Although I haven't played ANY golf lately

Oh, good! That will even things up since I haven't played for at least 4 months. But things are finally lightening up a bit.

Hope you can make it.
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
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Originally posted by dannyk8232:
Possibly! As soon as I can figure out the surrounding days, I will let you know. Thank you!

Tentatively, yes. Cool Although I haven't played ANY golf lately

Oh, good! That will even things up since I haven't played for at least 4 months. But things are finally lightening up a bit.

Hope you can make it.


Yeah, but you were college golf stud.

The only competitions I engaged in during college were drinking contests
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Originally posted by Javachip:
I look forward to attending this, but have no idea what wine to bring. The Yelp reviews say that most of the menu items are very spicy, even talking about taste buds and entire tongues going numb from the heat. I guess this means white wine, dry, sweet, or sparkling. Cool


we'll definitely get some non-spicy dishes as well. Some of their best dishes involve no spice!
I'll go make a reservation at the restaurant on Saturday.
This should be fun and DIFFERENT too..

Still, the wine selection should be interesting.. Clayfu, since this is your world what do you think about Zins? My Linne Calodo stash is still young, but maybe this is the time to bust it out.. I guess a riesling is never a bad option.. Sean T. will be in heaven.. Razz

Wow, 15.. cool, nice to have soo much interest.. It will be good to see ya'll.. It seems like it has been a while.. DK thanx for making the drive down to SD for the event... Maybe we can toast to SPO in his absence and coerce him to come out of the woodwork in the near term..

Cheers and see ya'll on Sat... Wink
Booked! 6:30pm, 4/4 under Charlie Fu. We have the back area to ourselves. I ordered a few dishes already that they need to pre-make but everything else we'll order on the spot.

We will have a mix of spicy and NO spice dishes. Please let me know your tolerance level for the dishes and we can tell them cause there are some SPICY dishes there.

Now for the wines for spicy chinese food:

Most whites are good, unless they are super oaky. Poorly integrated oak shows really strong with spice. Rieslings, Alsace Pinot Gris/Rieslings, whatever you want as long as it's not a California butter popcorn drink ^_^. Feel free to experiment with a red if you think it'll match... we'll have so many dishes it'll be fine!
I think linne Calodo might be good if you want to break one open, i think the acidity on most of their zins matched with the fruit should pierce the heat.
But if anyone brings reds, we'll just drink it with the non spicy food.But it's always fun to experiment with different pairings, I think chinese food is far more versatile than people think.

BRING YOUR OWN STEMS!~!~!~! BRING YOUR OWN STEMS!~!~!~! BRING YOUR OWN STEMS!~!~!~!

BTW Zhi Hu likes to hold himself out as a master of all schezuan food so if you have questions ask him =P
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Originally posted by dannyk8232:
It may be me +1 or even +3. Would that be a problem?


Can you let me know ASAP if it's +1 or +3? I'll wait to call them and change the res until I hear back from you danny.

If you guys are okay with splitting to two tables, we can increase it. They don't have a table large enough for anything past 14 (we're squeezing in with 15).

I think it might actually work better if we have two tables of 8-9, and what I'll do is order the same dishes for each table. We'll have the back section to ourselves so we can pass wine around with reckless abandon.

Everyone okay with this? If so I'll call tomorrow and change the reservation.

EVEN BETTER: we can have one table for the normal spice dishes and another with the wimpy =P
Bring stems. Bring cash. Do we need to cook and wash the dishes too? Razz

I think that 2 tables would work well for a group this size. More elbow room while we're sitting and we can mingle otherwise with the back section to ourselves. Passing bottles between the tables shouldn't be an issue.
Damn I hope I can make this! Not too spicy??? Go eat Taiwanese food instead haha. Perhaps you shouldn't have chosen a Szechuan restaurant! That's like saying, "Lets go to Popeyes or KFC but not eat anything too greasy"

This sounds like a fun offline! You WS people are fun!
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Originally posted by SanDiegoWino:
Damn I hope I can make this! Not too spicy??? Go eat Taiwanese food instead haha. Perhaps you shouldn't have chosen a Szechuan restaurant! That's like saying, "Lets go to Popeyes or KFC but not eat anything too greasy"

This sounds like a fun offline! You WS people are fun!


why don't you find out already if you're coming or not, you're holding up my reservation changes. Freaking guy... AIYAH!

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