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Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

Yeah, I thought we might get the rate you mentioned earlier of $155, that $215 was that rate including taxes, etc...

The killer is Wednesday night, everyone wants a small fortune for that night.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
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Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

I can now see the $215 rate when I click on the link, Danny.

Two things: that rate goes up a good bit when one adds the Wednesday (to like $256 per night), and it looks like the $215 does not include taxes and fees.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

Any good deals for Weds and Thurs out there?
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: 2009 Philippe Alliet Chinon VV

I find Chinon to be an acquired taste... not for everyone.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2009 Philippe Alliet Chinon VV
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

Ok, I got that price for the Omni, $206/night including taxes, thanks Nic. It's only for Friday to Monday as you say, and I fly out Sunday. I made a no-charge, no-cancellation fee reservation just to have it, and I'll try to figure out if there's a way to wrangle out of the Sunday (and look for a pl...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

This hotel thang is getting a bit protracted... I just went to cheaptickets and they want $351/night for the Omni! Not sure how Nic got it so cheaply there (Canadians only?), but it seems that deal has come and gone...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: So what have you bought lately?

The 04 and 08 L. Barton are $75-$80 today. Not really that tempting, though I see the 2014 for $59. Not that I'm buying wine or anything...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:38 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 485
Views: 27156

Re: Anyone want to visit Ridge Monte Bello on Thursday 3/23?

Hi Danny, We can shift the trip to Friday, instead of Thursday. We'll just have to factor in weekend rush hour traffic for the drive back into town, but my understanding is the traffic is much lighter between Santa Cruz and SF than it is for Sonoma or especially Napa... I will go ahead a make a tast...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Anyone want to visit Ridge Monte Bello on Thursday 3/23?
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Anyone want to visit Ridge Monte Bello on Thursday 3/23?

My brother and I are planning to rent a car for some winery visits on Thursday during the Convention. I'd really like to visit Ridge's Monte Bello vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz mountains, and reservations are required on week days. If others are interested, I can make a group reservation and...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Anyone want to visit Ridge Monte Bello on Thursday 3/23?
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

William P wrote:Sorry guys, they need 10 rooms to qualify for a discount and they won't budge. I tried.

Bill


How many confirmed rooms are we at now?
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:13 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.

Any thoughts/developments on this? Are we still short on numbers for a group rate?
by Blanquito
on Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

I... will... not... buy... any... new... Bordeaux... vintages...***

*2nd-born child birth year exemption for 2016.
by Blanquito
on Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 2824

Re: 82 Mouton a Birthday Treat

Which is better, the 82 or 86 Mouton? Or maybe they're just both awesome in their own way. I've had the 86 Mouton once, probably the single greatest wine I've enjoyed (with some close competition), but I've not had the 82 Mouton. Overall, I prefer 82 v 86, but there are a few Medoc wines where I (sl...
by Blanquito
on Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:51 pm
 
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Topic: 82 Mouton a Birthday Treat
Replies: 13
Views: 163

Re: President Trump

Hillary did well in the debates and put on a good convention, but she ran a wholly lackluster campaign and her tactical decisions in October will be studied for years as a cautionary tale in electoral over reach (e.g. chasing Arizona, ignoring Wisconsin until it was too late). If Nate Silver had goo...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: SF Hotel ?

Weds to Sunday for me and my brother (single room, two beds please).
by Blanquito
on Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Hotel ?
Replies: 23
Views: 215

Re: President Trump

I agree with almost everything you say, Jacques, but two Fridays before the election Hillary was up by 6 points and she was steamrolling into that last week. She was going to pull it out. Then Comey hit. And she never recovered. And Trump won by the narrowest of margins. I agree with you that these...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: President Trump

Yeah, reports of Trump's collusion with the Russians go unmentioned by the FBI, but emails on Carlos Danger's laptop merit a public letter to Congress. Really, Comey should be in jail and the youth of America should be storming the barricades. A coup indeed.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: BWE SF '17 Event & Payment Info

Check mailed today.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE SF '17 Event & Payment Info
Replies: 21
Views: 320

Re: So what have you bought lately?

AKR wrote:New Bassins website is very impressive indeed.


And long over due.
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 485
Views: 27156

Re: So what have you bought lately?

2000 Pichon Lalande
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:53 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 485
Views: 27156

Re: Response from the Omni. SF.

JimHow wrote:Well done, Bill, although I'm planning on staying Wednesday to Sunday rather than Thursday to Monday.


+1. I fly in Weds, fly out Sunday.

I'd be interested in the Omni if my travel dates can be made to work...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Convention: Response from the Omni. SF.
Replies: 54
Views: 405

Re: President Trump

I wouldn't bet on the Dems retaking the House as of today. But no one gave them a chance of it in 2006 as little as a few months before (the gap was even bigger than today I think), and then a wave election developed. The folks at 538 have crunched the numbers and for the Dems to take back the House...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: President Trump

Betting markets now assign 50% probability to Trump being impeached in his first term. It's hard not to at least imagine this coming to pass, especially if a wave of dissatisfaction gives the House back to the Dems in two years. Even without the specter of Russian hookers and a Manchurian Candudate...
by Blanquito
on Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Views: 30943

Re: SF Hotel ?

I played around on Otel.com last night, and I couldn't get it to offer the Palace Hotel at the price Bill found. In fact, Otel wasn't sure there was availability on our dates (?). That said, I'm not an advanced user, so perhaps there's something I did wrong.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Hotel ?
Replies: 23
Views: 215

Re: President Trump

It's called treason. That's the word. At the very least, members of his campaign team committed treason coordinating with Russia. Hard to believe he didn't know this was going on too. We know that Bannon and Tillerson are both pro-Russia, how much of this is being directed from Moscow? My lord, we'...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: President Trump

JimHow wrote:We are so fucked.


I'm beginning to think you're right. I don't want to believe the worst case scenario would happen, but it is looking increasingly probable.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: President Trump

Wow, the latest allegations against Trump are pretty explosive. If more substantive details are produced about direct coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, about bribes and sex tapes of the Donald with prostitutes in a Russian hotel, etc, watch out.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2406
Views: 30943

Re: Resolutions for 2017

I've only bought 3 bottles of wine so far in 2017. An auspicious start.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:45 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Resolutions for 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 278

Re: Palmer's quality

The list does beg the question (in addition to, why not me?), what's the top 3 wines from that list?

P.S. the lack of '61's is a little embarrassing really. ;)
by Blanquito
on Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Palmer's quality
Replies: 51
Views: 476

Re: Palmer's quality

I am Extremely fortunate to have drunk well over 100 first growths and 200 plus first growth and first growth equivalents listed below. I may have missed a few. I have had so many memorable experiences - je ne regrette rien - and very few disappointments. Disappointments (everything not listed has ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Palmer's quality
Replies: 51
Views: 476

Re: What do you like from Chianti?

I'm almost never disappointed by chianti, especially once price is factored in.
by Blanquito
on Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What do you like from Chianti?
Replies: 20
Views: 321

Re: SF Hotel ?

AirBnB?
by Blanquito
on Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: SF Hotel ?
Replies: 23
Views: 215

Re: Palmer's quality

Sounds like I need to go to France.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Palmer's quality
Replies: 51
Views: 476

Re: Palmer's quality

I think I can count on two hands all of the first growths I've had: the 93 Latour, the 86 and 98 Lafite, the 86 and 82 Margaux, the 71, 73, 85, 86 and 99 Mouton, and the 70, 78, 82, 85, 86, 88, 95 and 96 Haut Brion.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:40 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Palmer's quality
Replies: 51
Views: 476

Re: Palmer's quality

I rarely have had Palmer. Pricing these days at least is nearly double that of Pichon Lalande I think, hence my question. But you make a good point about style, David- PLL is something of an outlier with all that Petite Verdot (green) and the occasionally high amounts of merlot (softer). Maybe Palme...
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Palmer's quality
Replies: 51
Views: 476

Re: Palmer's quality

Is Palmer better than Pichon Lalande?
by Blanquito
on Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Palmer's quality
Replies: 51
Views: 476

Re: Resolutions for 2017

I will buy less wine. A lot. I would aim to freeze buying completely, but I recognize that is impossible.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Resolutions for 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 278

Re: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

JimHow wrote:I'm due to arrive at 2:37pm on Wednesday, we can catch a cab.


I land at 3:10 pm.
by Blanquito
on Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 145
Views: 2494

Re: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

JimHow wrote:Booked my flight for Wednesday through Sunday. I'll be arriving mid-afternoon on Wednesday.


I just bought my ticket too! I get in around 3PM on Weds.
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 145
Views: 2494

Re: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

1 - I am in for something every night that people are around and up for getting together. Nalan can join us Fri, Sat and even Sun. We will stay at a hotel in SF for Sat, but other nights we will commute to where we live in San Jose (train and Uber). 2 -I would be up for an old wine dinner - 1920s? ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 145
Views: 2494
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