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post #2026 of 20671
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I'm sure he'd appreciate the on campus dairy bar serving fresh milk, cheese, and ice cream.

And no joke, my friends and I had "X high school cow tipping team" t-shirts made up (back in high school, obviously). There was no clip art to support our cause, so we had to hire an artist. I don't wear t-shirts any more and thus don't have this shirt ... but it was epic. I wore it more than my varsity ice hockey stuff.
Cow tipping is teh best.



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Oh, and what's a not-NYC priced hotel/motel/BB up in Sonoma? I'm debating a trip out west sometime this summer.

Yeahhhhh dawg.
There are several. Bigtimers like Matt and Pio stay at Hotel Healdsburg, but that is Vegas level prices. I can think of several out here, some as low as $75 a night. They're chain hotels, but who gives a fuck? You're in Sonoma. Although all my experience is in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg. If you're looking for southern Sonoma county, like the actual town of Sonoma, my advice is useless.
Really nice rooms at Haydon Street Inn, there's a Best Western, Camelia Inn is really nice, there are tons of really nice, family-owned, small hotels around here. Some are great deals, some are insane prices.
If you're looking to actually stay in Hburg, let me know and I'll do some more focused research for you.
post #2027 of 20671
Opened a 2004 Fire Block Grenache last night. Was disappointed to see that it poured very cloudy and tasted very faint.

Cooked maybe?
post #2028 of 20671
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Yeahhhhh dawg.
There are several. Bigtimers like Matt and Pio stay at Hotel Healdsburg, but that is Vegas level prices. I can think of several out here, some as low as $75 a night. They're chain hotels, but who gives a fuck? You're in Sonoma. Although all my experience is in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg. If you're looking for southern Sonoma county, like the actual town of Sonoma, my advice is useless.
Really nice rooms at Haydon Street Inn, there's a Best Western, Camelia Inn is really nice, there are tons of really nice, family-owned, small hotels around here. Some are great deals, some are insane prices.
If you're looking to actually stay in Hburg, let me know and I'll do some more focused research for you.

I have no idea yet. It'd be after a trip to Houston in the middle of summer to attend a wedding for a couple that we just met 6 months ago. And they started dating 5 months ago. I am doing all that I can to avoid it (might even take a trip over to Europe around that time), but if I do have to go out, a trip to Cali for two nights from Houston was proposed by the GF. I might be able to live with this. It's be a matter of keeping it on the cheap since I still want to travel to London/Paris this summer. I don't care about chain hotels, as long as its not a "No-Tell Motel". It's all in the air now.
post #2029 of 20671
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I have no idea yet. It'd be after a trip to Houston in the middle of summer .... blah blah blah ...

sorry, i tuned out after hearing the combination of words that included "houston" and "summer." WTF?
post #2030 of 20671
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sorry, i tuned out after hearing the combination of words that included "houston" and "summer." WTF?

yes. A wedding. For a couple that has been together for 5 months. In Houston. In July. I already told the GF hell no, but I know when to push back and when to ease up (we've been together more than 5 months). I'd rather have a root canal.

I'm sure the Martini Rossi Asti will be quaffable.
post #2031 of 20671
Holy shit! Holy shit, holy shit. Do you think this indicates I'm getting an allocation?

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Mark your calendar! We will announce your status for the 2010 Spring Release (2008 Russian River Valley and 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs) via email on February 15th.

Been on their wait list for 3-4 years and have never gotten an email like that. Btw, this was from Kosta Browne.
post #2032 of 20671
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Holy shit! Holy shit, holy shit. Do you think this indicates I'm getting an allocation?
Been on their wait list for 3-4 years and have never gotten an email like that. Btw, this was from Kosta Browne.

from what i'm hearing, there is no such thing as an allocation this year for almost everybody. the bottom has dropped out of high-end cali wine. drink up.
post #2033 of 20671
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from what i'm hearing, there is no such thing as an allocation this year for almost everybody. the bottom has dropped out of high-end cali wine. drink up.

It's getting close to here, but a few seem to be weathering this. Harlan is still only offering me "The Maiden" and Screagle acts like they don't know me. That's fine, I'm won't even pay the $150 for The Maiden, let alone the other two.
post #2034 of 20671
I'm sure there are some that are weathering the storm. but really, how much $200 cali cab does anybody need? BTW: my initial response was not intended to rain on your parade. it's cool when you get access to something you've wanted.
post #2035 of 20671
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I'm sure there are some that are weathering the storm. but really, how much $200 cali cab does anybody need? BTW: my initial response was not intended to rain on your parade. it's cool when you get access to something you've wanted.

No worries, I didn't take it that way. Last year got me on Sea Smoke and DuMol, and I was here saying it's due to the recession. The facts is the facts!

Agreed on the Cali Cabs. Even many of the pinots are getting crazy stupid.
post #2036 of 20671
KB has a stupid shipping policy. I was offered any number of bottles from a co-worker's allocation last year, but shipping and fees added something like $20 to each bottle price.
post #2037 of 20671
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I'm sure there are some that are weathering the storm. but really, how much $200 cali cab does anybody need?

From Spectator's "Great California Cabs" review:

95 points - 10 wines $225 average, $750 high, $75 low
94 points - 21 wines $177 average, $450 high, $75 low
93 points - 29 wines $115 average, $250 high, $45 low
92 points - 42 wines $104 average, $275 high, $50 low
post #2038 of 20671
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
KB has a stupid shipping policy. I was offered any number of bottles from a co-worker's allocation last year, but shipping and fees added something like $20 to each bottle price.

That's insane. I'll get it shipped out of All Ways Cool if I have to. I'll buy all I can, as it always sells nicely in the secondary market.
post #2039 of 20671
ps - just confirmed that I can probably scoop some of his allocation if I want. Last year's price was around $52/bottle for an appelation wine plus $25 to ship, ground only
post #2040 of 20671
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
ps - just confirmed that I can probably scoop some of his allocation if I want. Last year's price was around $52/bottle for an appelation wine plus $25 to ship, ground only

Is that because you're in NY? I'll head to the website and see what I can find about shipping.
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