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Look who's going to MoCool!!

by JuliaB » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:59 pm

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MoCool 13 is a mere 16 days away! Some of you may not be aware that MoCool, which is billed as "the world's longest running off-line gathering of wine lovers", owes some of its successful longevity to our own Robin Garr. From 1995 through 2008, Robin chronicled and took pictures at MoCool and helped promote it to the online wine drinking community here. Over the years, it has given many WLDGers a chance to meet in person, and carry on the camaraderie we enjoy in the forum.

So let's see who we will meet this year...please sign in!

For those who would like to join us..go to http://www.mocool.org and plan to go to the greatest wine event of the year. G.I.R.L.S. gone WILD!!!

I'm going!
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by Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:09 pm

Many of us are unable to attend so good luck. It would be nice if there were some pics of the event and more TNs so that we can all indulge in the experience.
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by JuliaB » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:59 pm

Wish you could make it, Bob. We actually have a nice Canadian faction that attends. I know last year there were abundant pictures and videos of the event on FaceBook. Someone said it was easier to post pictures there...I don't know about that. We'll do our best to keep the WLDG crowd informed....and enticed! :wink:

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by Howie Hart » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:04 pm

Mary Jo and I will be there. Among other things, to enjoy Alan's culinary skills!
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by James Roscoe » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:21 pm

Jeannette and I will be there for the annual MoCool family reunion!
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by Sam Platt » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:00 am

LuAnne and I will be there. We plan to drink good wine and eat good food!
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by Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:55 am

JuliaB wrote:Wish you could make it, Bob. We actually have a nice Canadian faction that attends. I know last year there were abundant pictures and videos of the event on FaceBook. Someone said it was easier to post pictures there...I don't know about that. We'll do our best to keep the WLDG crowd informed....and enticed! :wink:

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by Bob Henrick » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:29 am

I have blown caution to the winds, and will be there arriving on Thursday mid afternoon hopefully. My featured on theme wines will be three of some pretty special Spanish red wines. Along with a story on how they were selected. Will likely bring a couple CndP probably Pegau. Will likely have something decent for opening on Thursday and Friday evenings too.
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by Jim Grow » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:56 am

My sister-in-law Luci and I will be attending and arriving on Fri. afternoon. I got a note from Ol' Willie (William Holmes)that he will be celebrating his and Beth's 50th anniversary at that time and not able to attend, which is too bad as he said the theme wines were his favorites.
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by Tom N. » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:10 am

I am coming and bringing lots of rieslings for my hoizonatal/vertical tasting. It is going to be a great time! Looking forward to seeing all the MoCool regulars again this year.
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by Bob Noland » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:15 am

I will be coming in Thursday... looking for the girls gone wild! :wink:
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by JuliaB » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:31 pm

Looking forward to seeing my brothers and all the cool MoCoolians! I noticed some of our WLDG members haven't signed in here yet...there are more!
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by Diane (Long Island) » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:50 am

Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:
JuliaB wrote:Wish you could make it, Bob. We actually have a nice Canadian faction that attends. I know last year there were abundant pictures and videos of the event on FaceBook. Someone said it was easier to post pictures there...I don't know about that. We'll do our best to keep the WLDG crowd informed....and enticed! :wink:

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My sentiments exactly! Please post them here.
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by Mike Conner » Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:33 pm

I'm in (along with Marwan).

I'm still mulling over bottles, although Pegau, Beaucastel and Prüm on the definite "Saturday" list. Probably find at least one Muscadet and a cab franc to cover the Loire (maybe desert as well?). Adding a special German for Trombley to go with the traveling Sundial bottles, and I'll dig up a few from Spain (maybe a Rioja, and some older Clos Erasmus.... and probably others). That leaves Italy, which I'm going to have to defer to Marwan as the only bottle I have worthy of bringing is too young (I'm very poor when it comes to Italian bottles in the cellar).

Really haven't pondered Thursday/Friday bottles.... I'm sure I'll find something. ;-)

Another (minimum) 2 x 12-pack shipping box MoCool trip!

And, thanks to Kroger's sale flyer this week, looks like we'll have beef for Thursday!

Anyone want me to bring up some Benton's Bacon for them? I'd need to know to do some shopping....


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by Bob Noland » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:17 pm

Mike Conner wrote:I'm in (along with Marwan).
And, thanks to Kroger's sale flyer this week, looks like we'll have beef for Thursday!


Speaking of Thursday I am thinking of Shrimp in a Provencal butter wine sauce over Polenta dish for an appetizer to start the evening. Something a little lighter which should go well with a Chardonnay before the beef and big reds come out!
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by Sam Platt » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:32 pm

For Thursday we are thinking about Salmon with Oregon Pinot (Argyle Nuthouse and/or Archery Summit) and a Zinfandel. For Friday we are leaning toward Bordeaux and we are still narrowing down the theme wines for Saturday. Riesling and CdP will definitely be in the mix.

I am still trying to make a deal for a 76er Auslese to bring, but no luck so far. The provenance is somewhat iffy with significant label decay and the owner wants too much in cash or trade. My "best and final" offer was met with complete silence.
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by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:14 pm

Sam Platt wrote:For Thursday we are thinking about Salmon with Oregon Pinot (Argyle Nuthouse and/or Archery Summit) and a Zinfandel. For Friday we are leaning toward Bordeaux and we are still narrowing down the theme wines for Saturday. Riesling and CdP will definitely be in the mix.

I am still trying to make a deal for a 76er Auslese to bring, but no luck so far. The provenance is somewhat iffy with significant label decay and the owner wants too much in cash or trade. My "best and final" offer was met with complete silence.


This interests me. With all the different wines consumed over the 2/3 day period, how does one coordinate the food/s?
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by Sam Platt » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:41 pm

Bob,

Alan takes care of coordinating the menu with the wine theme on Saturday. Friday is typically a mish-mash of good wines making menu coordination impossible. For Thursday we are bringing a wine to match the food that we plan to supply for impromptu carry-in dinner.
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by MikeH » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:11 pm

Cindy and I look forward to reuniting with the MoCooligan gang in less than two weeks! Haven't finalized the wines but a Donnhoff Spatlese is on the short list. Have a bunch of barolos (baroli??), brunello, and amarone from which to choose. A Pegau or Beau CdP. Probably a nice little Champalou Vouvray as my Loire inventory is pretty small....and Spain as well.
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by Tom N. » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:17 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:This interests me. With all the different wines consumed over the 2/3 day period, how does one coordinate the food/s?

Bob,

As Sam pointed out, Alan does the menu for Saturday and he selects dishes to go with each type of wine. Specific types may only have an appetizer to match, but there will be something. Typically we will have about a dozen different types of appetizers, plus cheeses. The main dishes are usually chosen to go with big reds, which most people bring for their dinner wines.

Thursday night is a party just for people staying in the cabins on site, and we usually chose a theme that is different than the MoCool theme. This year we have not done that, however everyone brings a dish and wine to match. Friday night is a out-of-town MoCooler party at one of the local organizers home. That is a catch all and everyone brings some mighty fine wines and there is no real coordination of wine and food. There will be good matches, but that just happens coincidentally.
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by Mike Conner » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:03 am

Bob Noland wrote:Speaking of Thursday I am thinking of Shrimp in a Provencal butter wine sauce over Polenta dish for an appetizer to start the evening. Something a little lighter which should go well with a Chardonnay before the beef and big reds come out!

Sam Platt wrote:For Thursday we are thinking about Salmon with Oregon Pinot (Argyle Nuthouse and/or Archery Summit) and a Zinfandel.


Besides beef, I might consider duck if my one source has a good supply of breasts. The only small issue would be cooking it -- not really the best on the grill as the rendering fat usually causes flames. And, not looking to smoke up (or heat up) the cabin [I like to cook first on fat side, flip over and place in oven for a bit to bring up temp more evenly]..... I'll ponder it between now and decision time.

I'll definitely try to bring along some local tomatoes again as I did last year. Heard the crop in MI was a little late this year....


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by Tom N. » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:48 pm

Mike Conner wrote:
Bob Noland wrote:Speaking of Thursday I am thinking of Shrimp in a Provencal butter wine sauce over Polenta dish for an appetizer to start the evening. Something a little lighter which should go well with a Chardonnay before the beef and big reds come out!

Sam Platt wrote:For Thursday we are thinking about Salmon with Oregon Pinot (Argyle Nuthouse and/or Archery Summit) and a Zinfandel.


Besides beef, I might consider duck if my one source has a good supply of breasts. The only small issue would be cooking it -- not really the best on the grill as the rendering fat usually causes flames. And, not looking to smoke up (or heat up) the cabin [I like to cook first on fat side, flip over and place in oven for a bit to bring up temp more evenly]..... I'll ponder it between now and decision time.

I'll definitely try to bring along some local tomatoes again as I did last year. Heard the crop in MI was a little late this year....

I am thinking of bringing pork tenderloin, marinating it and cooking medallions on the grill. My pairing would be an Oregon Pinot, Carleton Cellars. However, it looks like the menu is getting quite protein heavy so, I may change my mind. But as far as I am concerned the more pinots the better, especially from the Willamette valley.
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by MikeH » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:51 pm

Tom N. wrote:I am thinking of bringing pork tenderloin, marinating it and cooking medallions on the grill. My pairing would be an Oregon Pinot, Carleton Cellars. However, it looks like the menu is getting quite protein heavy so, I may change my mind. But as far as I am concerned the more pinots the better, especially from the Willamette valley.


At this point it appears we will have some marinated flank steak for the grill so the protein parade continues. And I may be able to dig up a WV pinot.
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by MikeH » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:52 pm

Sam Platt wrote:For Thursday we are thinking about Salmon with Oregon Pinot (Argyle Nuthouse and/or Archery Summit) and a Zinfandel. For Friday we are leaning toward Bordeaux and we are still narrowing down the theme wines for Saturday. Riesling and CdP will definitely be in the mix.

I am still trying to make a deal for a 76er Auslese to bring, but no luck so far. The provenance is somewhat iffy with significant label decay and the owner wants too much in cash or trade. My "best and final" offer was met with complete silence.


Sam, which Archery Summit are you considering?
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