It's Halloween, so we are once again going to party at Michael's place in Bel Air*. Time to dress up in naughty or nice costumes, drink good wine, eat good potluck stuff and if your in the mood, play some optional poker. . Show up any time after 6PM with a bottle of $20+ European Red wine, (isn't that where the vampires come from?), an appetizer to share and be in costume. The party will go till 12 midnight-ish +? and the pool with the swim up bar will be heated to a steamy, spooky 95+ for those brave enough to swim/jacuzzi with the pool monsters. When you heat the pool to 95 a nice curtain of steam rises up from it. Perfect for Halloween!
Make sure you bring, a bottle of $20+ European Red wine, an appetizer and wear a naughty, (adult themes are encouraged as there will be no children at the event) or nice costume. (Other wise you could be fined at the gate and/or be the pool toss "winner").* Costumes are mandatory.
There will mostly likely be about 100+ attendees/players from the Santa Monica WLA Wine Poker Group, http://wine.meetup.co... and the Santa Monica Wine Meetup Group, http://wine.meetup.co.... The 2000'+ house does about 120 guests comfortably so there should be plenty of room with poker players in one room in the front of the house and the rest of the house including the back living room next to the pool and the bar open for the wine tasting party goers. There will be music & a dance floor.
$6 meet-up donation for host/organizer provided "stuff" as long as you follow the rules. (It helps pay for the party assistants, supplies and the day after cleaning crew. Without paid help it's just too much work to have parties on a regular basis.)**
Bring a bottle of BLOOD RED European wine, ($20+ retail please**) and a potluck item to share. You can bring whatever $20+ bottle of wine tickles your fancy as long as you are willing to take your chances on being tossed in the pool.** As for the appetizer part of the potluck this is your chance to show off your culinary talents. There is nothing like the joy a group of wine soaked friends compliment on you on your foodie masterpiece! The BBQ grill will be available. When you respond give us an idea of what your wine food pairing is.
Arrive anytime after 6:00 PM. The party should be heating up nicely by 7:00ish.
There will most likely be two poker tables in the front living area and one by the pool with some nice lighting and area heaters to keep the monsters away. The poker game will be the usual no limit cash hold'em game with a newbie training table if we get a volunteer teacher. The game will most likely start as soon as five people five folks are ready to play at the same table. (It's a group event; go with the flow). Poker game will have varying buy-in of $40-$100 depending on which table you sit at. Blinds will be 50 cent/$1 at the lower stakes table and $1/$2 at the higher stakes table. The game ends at 11:30ish.
The host will provide bottled water, sodas, Red Bull & other mystery stuff left over from other parties. If you want anything else bring it.
You are encouraged to bring a swimsuit and use the pool or jacuzzi. Watch out for the pool monsters.
Smokers will be shot on sight**anywhere near the house. If you must smoke go out to the front sidewalk of the house and then run around the block a few times to air out before reentering the house.
FAQ: If Bel Air does not work on a mapquest search use Los Angeles, yes the host really does have a pump action shotgun reserved for smokers.
* Don't be too impressed with the "Bel Air" address. We were calling it the Bel Air Barrio but mapquest would not bring it up & people got lost. The movie stars live at the bottom of the hill.
**OK, so you've cleverly calculated that you will most likely not be shot for smoking, (someone pointed out it might not be totally legal ). Accordingly we will have pool toss for at least one offender in this descending order: smoking near the house, raiding Michael's good alcohol, not putting trash in it's proper container, smuggling in two buck chuck, not having a profile photo posted or any other high treason crimes. A wine soaked committee will be be formed to "toss" selected individuals into the pool for their above noted transgressions. So if you are trying to smuggle in the two buck chuck & pointing to your name on the sign-up list that does not have a photo of your smiling face on it start looking around hopefully for a smoker and if you don't see one plan to get wet ! $10+ fines will be imposed for those who show up without a bottle of wine and/or an appetizer. That's assuming we let you in the gate and even then we may toss you in the pool!