Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

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Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 12:49 Wed 11 Mar 2015

Realizing that the proposed date follows hot on the heels of the tasting on 26th March and that this is the Easter week when people may have retreat to their chalets, cottages, country piles or whatever, is there any interest in an informal gathering on Tuesday 31st March?

I have been busy with work and offspring #2 (not that #1 is plain sailing) so i have not been able to attend any of the recent tastings, nor will i be able to do any of those currently planned. For the Easter week however, the better half (and sprogs) will head to the Ards peninsula a few days ahead of me so there is a window of opportunity for me to be let out. Also, we're most likely relocating to Sweden in early summer rendering my future attendance nigh on impossible.

Please let me know of interest and availability.

Theme: bring a bottle shown blind but no constraints on shipper, vintage etc.
Venue: B&F at 18:30 (Green Room has been booked for 8 people)

Attendees:
  1. MW;
  2. DRT;
  3. jdaw;
  4. AHB (probable);
  5. DJ;
  6. flash;
  7. CMAG.
Magnus

Current draft of the food order for 31st March 2015.

Current draft of the placemats.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by DRT » 14:47 Wed 11 Mar 2015

That date looks ok for me at the moment, count me in :smile:
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by AHB » 15:38 Wed 11 Mar 2015

I have a better than even chance of being able to attend.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by djewesbury » 15:48 Wed 11 Mar 2015

The Ards peninsula! Well. If you're near Belfast perhaps I can distract you for a night.
I may be able to attend on the 31st.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 17:10 Wed 11 Mar 2015

djewesbury wrote:The Ards peninsula! Well. If you're near Belfast perhaps I can distract you for a night.
I may be able to attend on the 31st.
A distraction would have been manna from heaven. Alas, neither time nor protocol allow for any such escapades. The Easter weekend will be spent eating incinerated roast beef and biting my lip whilst being garotted for hauling the family off to Sweden, where apparently:

- there are no chapels of the right denomination; and
- 80% of men divorce their wives; and
- both children will lose limbs due to frost bite.

We live in enlightened times.
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Post by DRT » 17:19 Wed 11 Mar 2015

I suspect wide-scale enlightenment will reach that part of the world at roughly the same time it reaches Alabama and Tehran.

Good luck with the move. I hope your wife doesn't become one of the 20% of wives who divorce their husbands.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by idj123 » 22:26 Wed 11 Mar 2015

If there's still space count me in for this.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by jdaw1 » 22:37 Wed 11 Mar 2015

I’m likely to be available. Please sir, may I?

And please may I edit your first post to add placemats and other stuff?

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 07:52 Thu 12 Mar 2015

Idj and jdaw most gratefully added.

Feel free to edit first post. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PhilW » 12:51 Thu 12 Mar 2015

Hi Magnus - I would love to join you, but the chance is very slim (~10%); will let you know if it becomes viable.

At least if you're heading to Sweden there are one or two port fans there who hold regular tastings, if you are anywhere near, or able to travel to, their location. Hope all your travel plans go smoothly.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 13:02 Thu 12 Mar 2015

PhilW wrote:Hi Magnus - I would love to join you, but the chance is very slim (~10%); will let you know if it becomes viable.

I have put you down as very tentative. We live in hope.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by flash_uk » 15:28 Thu 12 Mar 2015

Hi Magnus, I fear that I will struggle to make this as well as the event on the Thursday before...I will try my best though to make it! If we don't get to catch up, all the best with your travels and moves.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by DRT » 15:52 Thu 12 Mar 2015

CMAG might be joining us.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 16:07 Thu 12 Mar 2015

flash and CMAG added to the list. Would be great if you both could make it.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by djewesbury » 18:55 Sun 15 Mar 2015

I've booked a flight.. I now have to figure out what to do about a bottle. I'll report back.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 11:58 Mon 16 Mar 2015

djewesbury wrote:I've booked a flight.. I now have to figure out what to do about a bottle. I'll report back.
Excellent. You have gone from tentative to firm.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by djewesbury » 12:26 Mon 16 Mar 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:
djewesbury wrote:I've booked a flight.. I now have to figure out what to do about a bottle. I'll report back.
Excellent. You have gone from tentative to firm.
I thought there were changes taking place, but I didn't have a name for them yet.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by djewesbury » 12:27 Mon 16 Mar 2015

And I have a bottle sorted out also.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by jdaw1 » 19:54 Thu 19 Mar 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:Feel free to edit first post. Thank you for your help.
The placemats have been added to the first post.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by jdaw1 » 20:29 Thu 19 Mar 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:Venue: B&F at 18:30 (Green Room has been booked for 6 people)
Nine people won’t squeeze into the Green Room. Please consider amending the booking for the Red Room.

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PopulusTremula » 15:49 Fri 20 Mar 2015

jdaw1 wrote:
PopulusTremula wrote:Venue: B&F at 18:30 (Green Room has been booked for 6 people)
Nine people won’t squeeze into the Green Room. Please consider amending the booking for the Red Room.
Red Room is not available as it's already booked. Tom at B&F suggested the Ovens which apparently can seat up to 30 people. They hold a wine course there during the day but this finishes at 5:30 after which they can set the tables we need.

Tentative attendees (flash, PhilW, AHB, CMAG): please advise your current likelihood of attending. I would rather not have B&F do extra work if we end up being only six or less.

Thanks
Magnus

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by AHB » 16:53 Fri 20 Mar 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:
jdaw1 wrote:
PopulusTremula wrote:Venue: B&F at 18:30 (Green Room has been booked for 6 people)
Nine people won’t squeeze into the Green Room. Please consider amending the booking for the Red Room.
Red Room is not available as it's already booked. Tom at B&F suggested the Ovens which apparently can seat up to 30 people. They hold a wine course there during the day but this finishes at 5:30 after which they can set the tables we need.

Tentative attendees (flash, PhilW, AHB, CMAG): please advise your current likelihood of attending. I would rather not have B&F do extra work if we end up being only six or less.

Thanks
Magnus
I've moved from being tentative to probable, but not yet certain (and won't know for sure until the end of next week).
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by flash_uk » 18:00 Fri 20 Mar 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:Tentative attendees (flash, PhilW, AHB, CMAG): please advise your current likelihood of attending. I would rather not have B&F do extra work if we end up being only six or less.
I'm a very weak tentative at the moment...I will need to use this weekend to build up a good case for having two events within a 5 day period 88)

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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by DRT » 13:55 Sat 21 Mar 2015

CMAG has now confirmed his attendance.
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Re: Tuesday 31st March - informal and blind

Post by PhilW » 20:26 Sat 21 Mar 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:Tentative attendees (flash, PhilW, AHB, CMAG): please advise your current likelihood of attending.
I had hoped this would be moving into the "possible" camp, but am afraid it is currently "unlikely" for me.

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