rhone warrior is making a returning visit in May, what better way to welcome a fellow forumite than having an off-line. Big Grin

The dinner will take place on Saturday, May 15th, 2004 at La Toque. This has the potential to be one of the best TCF dinner yet.

For this evening, we will have a wine theme to match the wonderful culinary experience at La Toque. Unless there are strong objections from attendees, the theme will be 95pts or better, WA or WS.

We will be limited to 20 seats, first come first serve. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, that would be fine as well.

rhone warrior - 5
pyang - 2
stealthman_1 - 1
enjoyingwine - 2
vista - 2
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2

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La Toque, huh. You sure make it tempting . . . but I would hate for the locks to be changed coming back to Chicago (it's really Better Half Blue Oval's turn for a girl getaway).

Actually, pyang, when do you think you will be coming back to the Midwest?

You all have a great time.

Cheers,
Blue Oval
Blue Oval,

As much as I am enjoying working at winebid, taking the job kind of put a wrinkle into my vacation plans this year.

I am not sure when I can make it out to Chicago, perhaps on a holiday weekend later on during the year, or if Dodgers happen to be visiting the Cubs on a weekend, may go with that as well. Smile

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Powell,

That number of mine is a maximum and may be reduced (I'd like to make room for others if possible). We'll be out there with several friends but we're not sure at this point if they'll want to come to Napa from SF that day.

Either way, Jen and I are looking forward to the dinner.
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I wish I can make it up for this dinner...

Wait, maybe I can just wink and change my schedule...

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"From wine what sudden friendship springs!"
Ok 95 pts. or better, what is everyone bringing?

In the fall, it seemed as though we were all on the Abreu page but this spring?

red4life
Pyang,

Your kind invitation for the 15th is most appreciated and extremely tempting; however, I need to tell you that there are 4 of us. My best friend and her husband will be flying in from Connecticut to join us. We all arrive around mid-day on the 15th. I haven't talked to them about it yet, but I'm sure they would have no problem with joining all of you for dinner (who wouldn't want to go to La Toque?). I'll wait to hear from you first to let me know if you have enough seats to accomodate all 4 of us.

I can tell you that they are big wineo's just like us. As a matter of fact, my friend's husband is probably the biggest catalyst that turned my hobby into more of an obsession.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope this will work. If not, maybe we can get together with you for a glass of wine later in the week.
Would love to meet you.
RedHot,

Have four spots for you, let me know as soon as you can confirm. Look forward to meeting you. Smile

rhone warrior - 2
pyang - 2
stealthman_1 - 1
enjoyingwine - 2
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
red4life - 2
RedHot - 4

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That is fine. I am just working on my private schedule on my Palm for the next few months and some details were lacking.
Thanks
rhone warrior,

Seems like you have been spending a lot of time out in California. I hope this does not mean you are planning to leave Ohio. Smile

rhb
I called La Toque earlier this evening to confirm the reservation as well as checking to see if they would take 22 of us, as I was originally told that they can only handle 20 people in the private salon.

So as long as no one mind being closer to their neighbors, we are good to go for all 22 of us. La Toque have no clue of what they are in for... Wink Big Grin

Now, if any of you on the guest list is even thinking remotely about flaking, better speak up now or else...

rhone warrior - 2
pyang - 1
stealthman_1 - 1
enjoyingwine - 2
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
red4life - 2
RedHot - 4
Brook Hilton - 1
Michael Logan - 2
Paul Walker - 1

Oh, and let's get that wine list thingy started, keep in mind of the 95pts(WA, WS, or Tanzer) or better theme as well as taking food & wine pairing into consideration. Cool

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[This message was edited by pyang on Apr 18, 2004 at 11:36 PM.]
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wow Pyang, that's an impressive start!

My husband and I will bring the '97 and '98 Viader we discussed. My friends want to rise to the challenge and bring something themselves. I'll get back to you on their's. We may just go ahead and bring the Calon-Segur. I'm a little concerned about these wines traveling that day.
I plan on carrying them in an over-the-shoulder bag I have (so I can monitor them during their journey). I'm sure the Calon-Segur will need to be decanted. Could we do that as soon as we arrive at the restaurant?

I'll be sending you an email sometime today re:
other matters.
I'm trying to get a feel for whats being brought before I decide what to bring (I imagine other people are doing the same). My hope is that we can bring something that fits into a common theme to avoid too much switching around.

Again, we have three people (in addition to Jen and myself) on standby if there are cancellations.
RedHot,
We can decant as soon as we arrive at the restaurant or even earlier. We'll work out the logistics via e-mail. I may throw in the '92 Viader just for kicks.

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rhone warrior,
I will keep you updated on any cancellations. I think all but four people are 100% confirmed at this point.

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Wine List
1988 Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil x2 WS96
1998 Viader WS95
1997 Viader WS97

Guest List
rhone warrior - 2
pyang - 1
stealthman_1 - 1
enjoyingwine - 2
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
red4life - 2
RedHot - 4
Brook Hilton - 1
Michael Logan - 2
Paul Walker - 1

Off to a nice start for the wine list, I got another bottle or two up my sleeves. Wink

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I just realized I am double booked for this day and my early engagement overlaps. As much as I want to attend this I must bow out. Sorry. Frown
rhone warrior,

We have room for your three guest, let me know if they will be attending for sure.

Wine List
1988 Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil x2 WS96
1998 Viader WS95
1997 Viader WS97

Guest List
rhone warrior - 5
pyang - 1
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
RedHot - 4
Brook Hilton - 1
Michael Logan - 2
Paul Walker - 1

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Pyang,

It will just be Jen and I. The party accompanying us to Napa on Saturday will be larger than originally expected. Jen and I are planning on splitting with them for dinner and meeting up back in SF after La Toque.

We'll get around to selecting some wines in the next week or so.
So we have three more seats, anyone else? Smile

Wine List
1988 Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil x2 WS96
1998 Viader WS95
1997 Viader WS97

Guest List
rhone warrior - 2
pyang - 1
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
RedHot - 4
Brook Hilton - 1
Michael Logan - 2
Paul Walker - 1

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Pyang,

Add to the wine list:

1997 Castello Banfi BdM
1997 Valdicava BdM

Also add the '95 Calon-Segur, I will definitely bring it.
RedHot,

Let me know if you still need any help setting up tasting appointments or other restaurant recomendations. Look forward to meeting you. Smile

Wine List
1988 Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil x2 WS96
1998 Viader WS95
1997 Viader WS97
1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino IWC97
1997 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino IWC97
1995 Chateau Calon-Segur WS96


Guest List
rhone warrior - 2
pyang - 1
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
RedHot - 4
Brook Hilton - 1
Michael Logan - 2
Paul Walker - 1

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winebrat,

No need to hurry on the wine selection, just wanted to get an accurate headcount for the dinner so I can confirm with the restaurant. Smile

Wine List
1988 Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil x2 WS96
1998 Viader WS95
1997 Viader WS97
1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino IWC97
1997 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino IWC97
1995 Chateau Calon-Segur WS96
1990 Chateau Raymond-Lafon WA95


Guest List
rhone warrior - 2
pyang - 1
winebrat - 2
mjneal - 2
Gove Celio - 2
RedHot - 4
Brook Hilton - 1
Michael Logan - 2

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[This message was edited by pyang on May 12, 2004 at 03:57 PM.]
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We're just about to head off to the airport and will look forward to seeing everyone. We're bringing:

'95 Cos D'Estournel
'95 Caymus Special Select
'92 Avignonesi Vin Santo (unfortunatly it'll be small pours from this 375 mL, but from what I hear one doesn't need much of it.)

I'm not sure I'll have email/internet access while I'm in SF but still have pyang's phone number in case I need to get in touch.

See everyone on Saturday!
Looking forward to Saturday evening...

I just stood up a 1992 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon 11th Anniversary. RP 98 points, WS 89 points. We'll see who was right.

Make Cab, not War.
Wow. Two '97 Brunellos in the lineup. I'd be interested to see how they're doing and how long they were decanted.
Ah, where are our noble scribes? Wink

This was a great evening. The food, the company, and the wines were exquisite. Without having a list of the wines, it's difficult, but I think my WOTN was the 1994(?) Caymus Special Select.

Make Cab, not War.

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