Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by SushiNorth » 18:00 Fri 30 Jan 2009

Oops! screwed up. I counted the 66 as 180 (the old price) not 150. Let's assume it's 180 for now after shipping/etc, and we can adjust a few $$s day-of to accomodate.
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Post by Glenn E. » 19:22 Fri 30 Jan 2009

g-man wrote:the bbq tho, sounds like a great idea and may require aday in advance to do a proper kansas city style ribs (at least if I was preparing it)
Or you could do it the easy way and order from http://www.jackstackbbq.com. My folks were born and raised in the Kansas City area, and we still go out for BBQ every time I get back to visit. There are many good BBQ joints in KC, but my favorite is still Fiorella's Jack Stack. I have hosted BBQ parties at my house by ordering from them, and it's almost as good as the restaurant. They ship it quick frozen in large styrofoam containers with dry ice, and you can warm it in the oven or on the grill (or if your party is large enough, use both :lol:).

I recommend the unsauced ribs... that way you can add your own sauce as you see fit!
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by jfacciol » 21:52 Fri 30 Jan 2009

I just ordered the 1966.

Total, with overnight shipping, is $191.86.

Heating food up would work if there was a massive kitchen (and kitchen help), but as I have neither (life is hard :cry: ), the food needs to arrive ready to eat.

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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by g-man » 21:22 Sat 31 Jan 2009

okay we'll play the food by ear then Jay.

See you guys in 2 weeks!
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by jfacciol » 01:12 Sun 01 Feb 2009

FOOD--Jeff, what about picking up a mix of cold cuts, cheese and bread? I would do it but I will be tied up on both Thursday and Friday. If you can come out a bit early, you could pick it all up at Fairway.

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Post by g-man » 01:34 Sun 01 Feb 2009

jfacciol wrote:FOOD--Jeff, what about picking up a mix of cold cuts, cheese and bread? I would do it but I will be tied up on both Thursday and Friday. If you can come out a bit early, you could pick it all up at Fairway.
I can't, I'm working that day, if we pre ordered I would have been able to just swing in pick it up and take it with me.
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by mosesbotbol » 04:37 Sun 01 Feb 2009

What the story with glasses and decanters for this event?
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Post by jfacciol » 04:58 Sun 01 Feb 2009

Julian and I will supply the glasses (a reminder, Julian, to bring one box).

There won't be any decanters. We will be redecanting into the original, clean bottles.

It sounds as if we are ordering in either pizza or Lebanese food.

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Post by SushiNorth » 15:33 Sun 01 Feb 2009

jfacciol wrote:There won't be any decanters. We will be redecanting into the original, clean bottles.
It sounds as if we are ordering in either pizza or Lebanese food.
Yes -- we'll all be double-decanting back to the bottles. That makes it easier to keep track of which is which, as well as ensuring the pictures look swell :)

Food: I agree, i think we are leaning that way. Besides, I'm all for something a little warm. (as a tip for folks who haven't joined us before, i personally like to have some starch -- a plain bagel or white rice or the like -- before showing up).
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by mosesbotbol » 16:04 Sun 01 Feb 2009

Lebanese food is one of my favorites and NYC pizza is not far behind... What are we doing for dry wines?
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Post by JohninNYC » 17:06 Sun 01 Feb 2009

Hello.

I am all set for Fri 2/13 and can attend. Jay, I believe you set a $ amount for me to bring to chip in. Just let me know please.
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Post by jfacciol » 17:36 Sun 01 Feb 2009

We haven't had any dry wines at tastings before, although we could always start a new tradition. The only time that I remember one was a Bordeaux that was seriously off. Anyone is welcome to bring a dry wine but I, at least, won't be drinking any. A bottle (or even one half a bottle) of port is enough for me.

As to food, why don't I just make an order of Lebanese food that would feed ten? That way, I can place the order early and can arrange to have it delivered at approximately 9 pm. Zaytoons, where I would order, makes its own fresh pita, which comes hot out of its oven and I find delicious. The cost should be $15 to 20 per person. Let me know if you have any objections.

We are up to nine and have room for one more, if there is someone lurking out there.

Josh, could you recalculate what everyone would owe?

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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by SushiNorth » 05:13 Mon 02 Feb 2009

jfacciol wrote:Josh, could you recalculate what everyone would owe?
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by g-man » 16:16 Mon 02 Feb 2009

Can I bring home the partial bottle I deemed the best at the end of the night? =)

since I can't drink that much due to early morning classes saturday would hate not being able to fully appreciate the port in a hurried manner =)
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by SushiNorth » 18:33 Mon 02 Feb 2009

g-man wrote:Can I bring home the partial bottle I deemed the best at the end of the night? =)
since I can't drink that much due to early morning classes saturday would hate not being able to fully appreciate the port in a hurried manner =)
I am hopeful that we will each be able to bring home some partials, as I far prefer next-day-port to next-day-hangover and we will surely have more port that people can drink.
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Post by JohninNYC » 21:40 Mon 02 Feb 2009

Oh I definitely can help! :lol:

I also have reason to celebrate. I passed those 2 wine exams I took early November (one on sparkling wine, the other on fortified wine).
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by jdaw1 » 22:46 Tue 03 Feb 2009

Food: Lebanese works for me. Or a shopping list can be constructed and I will buy it that day.

There will be no partial bottles to take home. All will be drunk.

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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by SushiNorth » 00:11 Wed 04 Feb 2009

Well, not all will be drunk. Some of us must remain sufficiently sober to operate on saturday.

Meanwhile, given that the price is in a reasonable area for everyone (150, as opposed to our first guess of 165), what if we sent a complimentary invite to a guest expert for seat 10? In particular, I was thinking Eric Asimov from the NYT, who seems to make a point of never reporting on Port.
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by jdaw1 » 01:00 Wed 04 Feb 2009

I have neither objection to nor massive enthusiasm for a NYT wine writer. I would be willing to fund my share.

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Post by JohninNYC » 02:01 Wed 04 Feb 2009

If the NYT writers are not available. do you know LIsa Granik? She is an MW and lives in Park Slope. She is also the most highly requested lecturer where I study wine. She is a very smart no nonsense lady.
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by SushiNorth » 04:59 Wed 04 Feb 2009

Well, I was thinking about this more as giving a non-fortified taster a unique experience in exchange for high-level publicity in the NY metro area. For that to work, we need a highly visible columnist from a NY paper or magazine who might actually appreciate the lineup of drinkable Grahams from the past half-century.
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by mosesbotbol » 14:21 Wed 04 Feb 2009

It's not like there's that much excess port, so I would be hesitant on just inviting anybody free to fill a slot. All the port will be gone with just amount of people we have as is.

Eric Asimov's attendence would be interesting, but what value do we get out of it?
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Post by SushiNorth » 15:55 Wed 04 Feb 2009

mosesbotbol wrote:Eric Asimov's attendence would be interesting, but what value do we get out of it?
Well, my hope is that we get a writeup in his blog, along with a link, thereby expanding membership. Given that this is a Graham's-only tasting, they'll probably be appreciative too. Finally, and of most immediate value, we get a perspective beyond our own echo-chamber on the different ports :)
However, I agree with you that we are not in some dire need of having an extra drinker, rather this seemed an opportunity for some fresh input and external exposure.
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by mosesbotbol » 16:07 Wed 04 Feb 2009

SushiNorth wrote:
mosesbotbol wrote:Eric Asimov's attendence would be interesting, but what value do we get out of it?
Well, my hope is that we get a writeup in his blog, along with a link, thereby expanding membership. Given that this is a Graham's-only tasting, they'll probably be appreciative too. Finally, and of most immediate value, we get a perspective beyond our own echo-chamber on the different ports :)
However, I agree with you that we are not in some dire need of having an extra drinker, rather this seemed an opportunity for some fresh input and external exposure.
I understand, if you can get some austere/important that will write up on this, why not I guess? NYT article would be pretty cool and could give port the shot in the arm it could always use. I am not so concerned on his opinions on each one, as I trust our community more and I think his ratings will be inline with ours.
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Re: Friday 13th February: Graham vertical in New York

Post by g-man » 19:26 Wed 04 Feb 2009

Can probably ask Suckling in which case too.
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