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Chicago OL 12/15?

Post #1  Postby John Chapman » November 7th 2011, 7:06pm

I'll be in Chicago the night of 12/15, looking to pull some folks together! The two themes being bandied are:

•Pre-2000 La La's

•Top Cali Cults, head to head 2001 vs 2002. This would work if we narrow the list to a few that were considered exceptional in both years and are able to taste from both vintages.


But any thoughts appreciated!


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Post #2  Postby Mark Fister » November 8th 2011, 5:35am

I'm in as previously discussed. Both themes sound exciting!
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Post #3  Postby JimmyGillingham » November 8th 2011, 6:13am

Wow. This sounds like it will be impressive. Would love to participate but the subject matter is a little out of my league as a newbie. But, I am excited to see pictures and read notes.
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Post #4  Postby jordan jacobs » November 8th 2011, 11:03pm

I may be hosting an event for work that night, still tbd. If not, I would be in for the La La theme. I'll check back in soon.
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Post #5  Postby John Chapman » November 9th 2011, 9:36am

Been a while Jordan, it would be great to see you!
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Post #6  Postby John Chapman » November 22nd 2011, 9:36am

Any more interest?
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Post #7  Postby Mark Fister » November 24th 2011, 7:24am

I am still interested. Perhaps open the theme up a bit more broadly. A few folks were interested but felt that several themes were a bit to pricy and difficult for sourcing.
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Post #8  Postby alejandra anderson » November 24th 2011, 11:55pm

I might be interested. My only issue is that the last two times I've said I'd go to an offline, I've had a last minute work-related commitment come up.
I've never been to an offline so I'm curious.
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Post #9  Postby John Chapman » November 29th 2011, 6:52pm

Ultimately I'm happy doing whatever--I'll be in town in any case. I will PM a few guys as well. Alejandra, in the off chance that this could become your first offline....what's your interest in pouring?
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Post #10  Postby JimmyGillingham » November 29th 2011, 8:39pm

Let me know what everyone decides on. If the theme ends up being within my reach, I would like to participate.
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Post #11  Postby Mark Fister » November 30th 2011, 9:49pm

To get ball rolling, here are some bottles I would be interested in bringing for the betterment of mankind

- Upper end (but not cult) CA Cabs from the 1990's ('97 Fisher Wedding, Dunn Howell any year from mid-90's, '96 Dalla Valle, etc.)

- Northen or Southern Rhones from classic vintages in the '70s, '80s and '90s ('89 Jaboulet La Chapelle, '90 Mont Olivet CdP Cuvee Papet, '98 Dom Mordoree CdP Reine des Bois)

- Various Italian ('98 Giacosa Falletto, '02 Dal Forno Valpollicella, Il Carnasciale Caberlot)

- Various Spanish (Alion or Valbuena from early 2000s)

Come on folks, toss out some ideas and let's see what we can come up with...
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Post #12  Postby John Chapman » December 1st 2011, 8:15am

OK Mark, good ideas.....

If you bring a 98 Falletto, I will bring a 96...

If you bring a 89 La Chapelle, I will bring a 90...

I'd be happy to have others join in around either of these, no worries that all the wines need to be blockbusters, let's just have a fun night.
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Post #13  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 2nd 2011, 6:12am

I am heading out to Knightsbridge on Sunday for the Hospices tasting and will see if I can find something appropriate there. If any other Chicago people will be at the tasting shoot be a PM so I can introduce myself.
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Post #14  Postby Mark Fister » December 6th 2011, 4:15am

I'm leaning towards the '89 La Chapelle as '98 Giacosa is in magnum and wife can't make it.
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Chicago Dec 15 - Hermitage

Post #15  Postby John Chapman » December 6th 2011, 11:57am

Let's land on Hermitage, preference to 1898 / 1990 vintages...

Mark will bring 1989 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
I will bring 1990 La Chapelle

Others?
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Post #16  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 6th 2011, 12:51pm

I am looking to source something. I should know better tomorrow. Cant say for sure it will be Hermitage. But, I should have a few options for 80s and 90s Rhones.
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Post #17  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 8th 2011, 8:32am

So, I have access to 1998 of:

Beaucastel
Vieux Telegraphe
La Nerthe Cuvee des Cadettes

Would either of these three be of interest? If so, I will pick one up and you can count me in.
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Post #18  Postby Mark Fister » December 8th 2011, 7:07pm

Glad you can join in the fun! Any of the three would be fine with me.

JimmyGillingham wrote:So, I have access to 1998 of:

Beaucastel
Vieux Telegraphe
La Nerthe Cuvee des Cadettes

Would either of these three be of interest? If so, I will pick one up and you can count me in.
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Post #19  Postby John Chapman » December 9th 2011, 7:49am

Jimmy I just replied to your PM, I didn't see you had posted.
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Post #20  Postby Mark Fister » December 10th 2011, 10:40am

Here are some suggestions for places to go:

Acquitane: corkage is $15 per bottle, but they would likely agree to a cap/deal, nice atmosphere, good food. Middle of Lincoln Park, so not that easy from O'Hare area. URL: http://www.aquitainerestaurant.com/

Kiki's Bistro: several of us went there the previous year for Burgundy offline. Food would pair well with the theme. Located in Gold Coast and close to Highway or subway. Excellent service and reasonable corkage. URL: http://kikisbistro.com/

Brown Trout: located in North Center-Lincoln Square, fairly easy to access from O'Hare. No corkage on wines > 10 yr. Good food and fairly good to match with theme. URL: http://www.browntroutchicago.com/Menu.html

Goosefoot: new, Chris Nugent (former head chef of Les Nomades). Only option is $90 prix fixe, but would likely go well with Rhone wines. It is relatively east to access from O'Hare. Completely BYO.URL: http://www.goosefoot.net/
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Post #21  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 10th 2011, 10:57am

Mark thanks for looking into this. All options sound great. I am fine with any.
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Post #22  Postby Mark Fister » December 11th 2011, 3:10pm

Since Goosefoot is new, the menu looks interesting, and no one has objected; I made a reservation for this Thursday at 7:00pm. Looks like we have four right now and it looks like we could easily accommodate more for anyone who might be interested. I will bring a white as well to start things off.

If preferences change, please let me know...
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Post #23  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 11th 2011, 5:06pm

Looks great. Thanks for bringing us the white to start Mark. I'll try an bring a little something extra for the end of the night.
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Post #24  Postby Mel Hill » December 12th 2011, 6:45am

Mark Fister wrote:Since Goosefoot is new, the menu looks interesting, and no one has objected; I made a reservation for this Thursday at 7:00pm. Looks like we have four right now and it looks like we could easily accommodate more for anyone who might be interested. I will bring a white as well to start things off.

If preferences change, please let me know...



Here's a link to a very nice review (noncommercial review)
http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=33575&p=398866#p398866
sure wish I could make it down for this dinner!
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Post #25  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 12th 2011, 8:42am

Ok. For after dinner I have a 2001 Chateau Suduiraut I will bring.
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Post #26  Postby John Chapman » December 12th 2011, 10:31am

Sounds great. I'm looking forward to this.
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Post #27  Postby m@rkj@hnke » December 12th 2011, 8:30pm

If anyone wants to put something together between Christmas and New Years say the word. I'll be in the Barrington area and the city is a Metra ride away. Shipping a case out on Wednesday. -mJ
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Post #28  Postby Mel Hill » December 13th 2011, 4:46pm

If there is room, I can make this dinner.
I'm thinking a white burg would be the way to go but could
Always bring a Rhone if the white side is covered?
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Post #29  Postby Mark Fister » December 13th 2011, 10:14pm

Mel,

Great to hear you can join us! We have room and your idea for white sounds perfect.

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Post #30  Postby John Chapman » December 14th 2011, 11:23am

Of course depending on which Rhone, we may want to give a nudge ;-)

Either way is fine with me, see you tomorrow!
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Post #31  Postby Mark Fister » December 14th 2011, 9:02pm

Looks like we also have another joining us who will be bringing a 1990 Rhone as well as another local oenophile who frequents another board, so total now stands at 6. Should be a fun night!
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Post #32  Postby JimmyGillingham » December 15th 2011, 7:54am

I am really looking forward to this. I have not been drinking many Rhones lately. Also I have never had a Sauternes before so I am excited to try the 2001 Suduiraut. I should have gone with the whole bottle instead of the half since we have more people.
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Post #33  Postby Mel Hill » December 15th 2011, 10:12am

Mark Fister wrote:Looks like we also have another joining us who will be bringing a 1990 Rhone as well as another local oenophile who frequents another board, so total now stands at 6. Should be a fun night!


Might have to bring a 1990 contender as well.....
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Post #34  Postby Sebastian Kouladjian » January 2nd 2012, 4:14pm

I'll be in Chicago the early part of January, 12-15. Anyone up for something in the city?
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Post #35  Postby Mark Fister » January 3rd 2012, 8:55pm

We could probably put something together. I'm out of pocket on Jan 12. Any particular interest or theme?

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