From: Wandering between coastal SC and south FL
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Mason H (2)
After taking several years off, I feel that I may have recovered enough to plan (or at least consider) another weekend of Southern debauchery, oops hospitality. The impetus for these weekends happened when Old Doug came to dinner at our place, about this time of year in 2011. I think we drank some wine. During those three years, I met people who I really hope will be lifetime friends. Hopefully, Kyser will still be with us in September. The old boozehound is 12, and is really slowing down, but still savoring Grand Cru Burgundy et al.
For newbies, here are the threads for I, II, and III.
For this event I will make some changes from the previous three.
1. We will not try to block rooms at Kings Courtyard (or anywhere else). That gives people the option of using points, staying at a fave location/brand, or sleeping on the beach or in Marion Square Park. I know that some folks will want to stay downtown, some at the beaches, some at golf resorts. We live on the northern (eastern) beach side of town so I would not recommend anyone staying at Kiawah or Seabrook. Since we won’t be staying at the inn, we will not have the courtyard for afternoon tastings, but I can reserve the clubhouse at our humble townhouse if necessary (sorry vets, we sold the house with the great sunroom). There are plenty of affordable UBER/LYFT etc. services locally.
2. I would put the afternoon tastings late in the day (or eliminate one or both if it is the will of the people), so people can plan outdoor activities such as museum visits, house/garden tours, harbor sails, fishing excursions… If golfers want to bring sticks, HRH and I might be able to arrange an event. mc2wines suggested "Champagne" as a possible theme.
3. I will really push for a private room, or at least a private area for dinners. Hall’s did not work for us the third year.
4. We will limit the number of bottles, and focus on quality. The first year was INSANE, the second wasn’t much better; I can still see BergBurg “asleep” on the bench outside the restaurant during dinner.
Late September seems to be the best time for most people, especially for HRH (which makes it the best time for me), and gives a time buffer for people to restore their blood alcohol to human levels before Tampa Spring Break. Let's just hope we don't get hurricaned like the last three years.
I would propose
Session 1—Burgundy Thursday Dinner at Mason’s home on the harbor
SOLD OUT (unless we go to a restaurant)
This will be multi-course casual dinner with elegant overtones. S1 has designed a meal of luxury ingredients to pair with luxury wines. The Champagne should be Salon; the Sauternes should be Yquem. The level of Burgs should match. Mason’s house is a wonderful space in the historic “Old Village” section of Mt. Pleasant.
If interest exceeds 12 guests, we will need to find a restaurant. Also, when to guest list exceeds 12, my house rules dictate 2x of each bottle. Therefore, people should plan on tag-teaming.
Mason H (2)
BornTo Rhone (2)
skifree (maybe and maybe +1)
waitlist, or let's do a restaurant
Session 2—maybe "Warm Weather Whites and Rosés" in the afternoon.
Session 3—Dinner—Pour to Impress M. (Thanks for that one, Brother Clancy). That day is M's (mc2wines) birthday so you have to bring wine to impress him! Right now we are looking at a BBQ dinner featuring Rodney Scott's pulled pork, and Lewis BBQ's smoked brisket.
Session 4??—"Hipster Wines" in the afternoon. Or "Light Reds". Or, or, or… (We might omit this one so people can play outside)
Session 5—Dinner—Pour to Impress. I have contacted chef Marc about Circa 1886; we are booked! He always enjoys these events, and Circa has that great private room upstairs, which is now reserved for us. He and I will work on a dinner price.
As you plan wines, consider that this is an elegant meal in an elegant location, with foods specially prepared to pair with our wines. $100 per bottle should only be a starting point! Please dig out/source food friendly wines and declare ASAP. I will likely source wines to fill holes in the lineup, and I need to get them before shipping season closes.
Session 6?—Sunday afternoon for people who stay over.
Participants must bring two bottles of pour to impress wine per person (4 bottles per couple) for the weekend (not including Burgundy Thursday). The wine must be >$100.
Once the guest list exceeds 12 at an event, we will need to think about 2x of each wine; I’m not interested in a <2 oz pour. Several people, including me, tag-teamed bottles at previous events.
Here is the catch. HRH and I MIGHT be forcibly retired in June. I doubt that it will happen (I'm teacher of the year at my school so I have significant leverage), but it is a possibility. If we do get the boot, we won’t be living in Chas next fall. Chas IV would have to be in FL! We should know for sure this spring.
(at least probabilities)
1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (possible—mc2wines)
2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot (or maybe an '09 Coche Meursault) (S1)
M’s Birthday BBQ
2005 Alban Vineyards Syrah Lorraine x 2 (S1)
2006 Clarendon Hills Astralis x 2 (Redrunners)
2008 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve x 2 (nycablover)
Maybe ne of these as a white at Circa
(if no whites are declared)
2005 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc x 2 (S1)
2001 Domaine de Chevalier Graves Blanc x 2 (S1)
1990 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg x 2 (S1)
2002 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune x 2 (S1)
Other Possibilities, depending on need
2012 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard x 2 (Redrunners)
2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard x 2 (S1/Mason H tag-team)
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