January 18, 2008 · 7:00 PM
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Check out http://littlebroswine... & some other sites listed below for sparkling wine ideas.
After the holiday crunch we are taking some time to relax and enjoy 2008 with some good sparkling wine, great food, good poker, and great company!
We have begun to post a list of suggested sparkling wines and appetizers to bring to this event, you can check out the files we have so far here http://wine.meetup.co... . We will be asking everyone to bring one bottle of $20+ retail sparkling wine and an appetizer that serves 20+ people to share. The list should be helpful to those who are wine/food selection challenged. For now we have some resource web pages posted below to help you get started. You don't have to stick to the list but it will be a helpful guide for most for those of you who are selection challenged. There is also a list of what not to bring; yes Korbel is a no-no. Many of the wines on the list are on sale right now.*
$2-7 event donation for host provided "stuff" , host paid help and clean up. We will have bottled water and soda. We will be asking you to post what you are bringing in both the wine & food categories. If you do this and bring a sparkling wine that appears to be $20+ retail it's a $2 entry donation please. Any other $20+ retail non-sparkling wine & it's $4. Forget to post anything & it's $7; (so please post your contributions so everyone can feel the excitement of trying something new). Show up empty handed & you will be directed to the corner market to purchase your contributions. (Insist that you can't be bothered to do that & you will be relieved of $25 for the wine & $20 for an appetizer and one of my assistants will go get "something" for you. You then be entered into the contest for the pool toss "winner").
The game will be the usual no rake, no-limit hold'em cash game with unlimited $60-$100 buy-ins for the first table and maybe $40-$60 buy-ins for the second table.*** Blinds will be $1-$2 & $.50-$1 respectively. I can host up to 2-3 tables for the larger potluck parties. If the blinds are important to you put your preference in your sign-up posting.
We have new custom poker tables made by Curtis Roll, (real works of art), high quality Modiano Italian playing cards, plenty of chairs and nice chips. Come check out the continuing soft opening of the BC casino.*****
Arrive anytime after 7:00 PM. Cards in the air as soon as 5 folks sit down at a table &/or roughly 7:30ish
No smoking anywhere near the house. It's semi legal to smoke on the sidewalk in front of the house. Please flap your arms to air out before coming back inside!
* Hint, if you spent less than $15 for the sparkling wine, (even if it is on sale), it's a no-no and you will be directed to the store around the corner to buy a replacement contribution. Please make sure your appetizer contribution can really serve 20+ or, yes you guessed it, you will be ordering a replacement contribution at the corner deli. It's only fair to those who are following the guidelines to make this a fun, tasty event. Remember post your contribution, follow the guidelines and save $5 off the $7 entry donation. We do this to assist in planning and to help ensure that folks know what they are supposed to bring to make this a fun filled tasty adventure for all.
*** You can re-buy when you get down to 50% or less of the top $ buy-in for your table. If you bust-out/go to zero/$0 you can buy-in for 150% of the top buy-in for your table
***** BC stands for Bel Air Barrio Casino.
Here is a list of places that have great ideas for Sparkling Wine