sanity


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UPDATED 8/12It's time to make plans for the Grape Expectations Awards Dinner being held for all the winemakers at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 20.

This is a casual, fun event. Awards are given in several categories. People love to trade their wine for your wine! We have 4 bottles for trading.

Orleans website

Dinner Cost $50 each - cash or check only to Grape Expectations. If you wish to pay by cc, I will process it through PayPal with the added fee. PM me.

Hotel Rates $82/night - group code “1GEXC08”

Attendees
sanity
mr sanity
d-dog
bam
imagine4vr
Maybes
sparky
richardhod
tenuki

Activities

Thursday 8/18

d-dog and bam make cheesecake at sanity's.
Do a fun touristy, sightseeing thing during the day.
Dinner - Firefly W. Sahara
Back to sanity's for cheesecake!

Friday 8/19
sightseeing during the day?
Tasting at sanity's?

Other dining choices- Breakfast - BabyCakes
Hash House - South Point?

Saturday 8/20 Awards Dinner
email from Charlie

PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL BARREL MATES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

We extend our sincerest thanks to all our winemakers who participated in the 2010 harvest. It was adventurous and fun and we are confident everyone involved learned something from the process.

The bottling is complete and planning for the 2011 harvest continues. Please advise us soon regarding what you intend to produce so we can plan the grape order accordingly assuring the best hand-picked quality.

WAREHOUSE: As many of you realize, we have reached our production capacity in our current facility and our search for a larger, more efficient winery is in progress. We will keep you informed in that regard, but it will not interfere with our 2011 harvest and production schedule this October. Priority on the production schedule will be given to our continuing clientele. If your friends have given you an indication they would like to be part of the 2011 production, please have them contact us soon.

BACCHUS PARTY: Please advise us of your ticket requirements for the Bacchus Party to be held Saturday, August 20th (7pm to 10pm) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, as we must provide them with a head count. We cannot provide credit card processing; therefore, please make your checks payable to Grape Expectations. Tickets are $50 each. Cash will be accepted at Grape Expectations. Please call before you come out to the winery.

The party will feature a live band, food stations with different offerings at each area, a wine exchange, awards in eight categories including labels, cavorting, frolicking, and reveling throughout the evening with Bacchus and his attendants providing a bacchanalian environment. There is no assigned seating, but there will be adequate seating for all attendees.

The Orleans has offered an equitable $82 room rate, tax and fees included for those who want to join the Grape Expectations staff as we continue with the merriment until the early hours. If interested, call 1-800-675-3267 and mention “Grape Expectations” or the group code “1GEXC08” to make reservations or guests can register on-line at www.orleanscasino.com/groups and input the group code when prompted.

Menu:

· Imported and Domestic Cheese Platters with Bread Display

· Sliced Fresh Fruit Platters

· Steamship Rounds of Beef with Au Jus and Creamy Horseradish

· Meatballs Marinara

· Mediterranean Skewer with Grilled Artichoke, Fresh Mozzarella, Sundried Tomato and Kalamata Olive

· Bruschetta with Tomato-Basil Tapenade

· Cannolis

· Mini Beef Wellingtons

· Chicken Liver Pate on Crostini with Pistachios

· Brie Cheese on Date Nut Bread with Kiwi and Strawberry

· Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

· Mini Fruit Tarts

· Deviled Eggs

· Lamb Lollipops

· Mini Maryland Crab Cakes

· Assorted Pinwheel Sandwiches

· Chocolate Covered Strawberries

· California Rolls

· Shrimp Cocktails

· Vegetable Spring Roll

· Chicken Satay

· Bon Bons

WINEMAKERS RECIPE PAMPHLET: After tasting the many gastronomical offerings our winemakers displayed during the various stages of this year?s production, we have decided to produce a recipe pamphlet featuring the recipes you would like to share with your fellow winemakers. A communiqué regarding the recipe project will be forthcoming.

UPCOMING 2011 HARVEST: We have recently returned from a visit to Suisun and Amador, California to pick up new equipment, repair head presses, and visit the vineyards to glean information regarding this year?s harvest. At this point, no one knows just when the harvest will begin, but the vines were in full flourish with excellent canopy throughout the region. We will keep you informed as to the harvest?s progress and any other significant factors that would affect the production schedule.

Don?t hesitate to contact us regarding your anticipated blend or varietal selection, or any other questions regarding the production methodology. There are no questions in the winemaking process that are not important. Winemaking is an evolving art and science, and the more we know, the more there is to learn.

Sincerely,
Charlie Peters and Staff
Grape Expectations, 1971 Whitney Mesa, Henderson, Nevada 89104
(702) 806-3383
umakeadawine@aol.com

ddeuddeg


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sanity wrote:It's time to make plans for the Grape Expectations Awards Dinner being held for all the winemakers at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 20.

This is a casual, fun event. Awards are given in several categories. People love to trade their wine for your wine! We have 4 bottles for trading.

Orleans website

Dinner Cost

Hotel Rates

Activities

Thursday 8/18 d-dog and bam make cheesecake at sanity's, to be consumed later during the weekend...

Friday 8/19 Tasting at sanity's?

Saturday 8/20 Awards Dinner


Are there supposed to be live links here?

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


Ddeuddeg's Cheesecake Cookbook

Imagine4vr


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I made my hotel reservation and am arriving on Thurs afternoon and leaving either Sun or Mon morning.

I'd really love to go to Firefly for tapas this trip, maybe Thurs or Fri night for dinner?

Also, I found this awesome breakfast place that is not too far from sanity's, that has tons of great reviews and sanity jr. is also a big fan. Babycakes Cafe. They have red velvet pancakes!

I'm game for just about anything (although I'd prefer to pass on bowling if it's scheduled.)

sanity


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ddeuddeg wrote:Are there supposed to be live links here?



Of course! I was in quite a rush earlier and will post them soon.

Imagine4vr


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I just checked the Orleans site and without using the discount code, if rooms are booked this weekend, Sat night is $81. It's a 3 day sale from the website.

These are the rates Thurs - Sun
Thu.18 $36.00
Fri.19 $78.00
Sat. 20 $81.00
Sun. 21 $27.00


I still think I am going to stay at the Rio - my rates aren't that much more.

edit: What's the address to send a check for the dinner?

klezman


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This sounds amazing! But what on earth is a lamb lollipop?!

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sanity


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klezman wrote:This sounds amazing! But what on earth is a lamb lollipop?!



Lamb strips on a skewer.

bahwm


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Imagine4vr wrote:I just checked the Orleans site and without using the discount code, if rooms are booked this weekend, Sat night is $81. It's a 3 day sale from the website.

These are the rates Thurs - Sun
Thu.18 $36.00
Fri.19 $78.00
Sat. 20 $81.00
Sun. 21 $27.00


I still think I am going to stay at the Rio - my rates aren't that much more.

edit: What's the address to send a check for the dinner?


OK, so ddeuddeg & I are Total Rewards members at the Harrah properties. I just booked 6 nights at the Rio for $134.40! IN-CON-CEIVABLE! Such a huge price difference from the Orleans! And I really wanted to stay there! Oh, well.

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

JOATMON


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sanity wrote:Lamb strips on a skewer.



Huh. All the lamb lollipops I've ever seen used a rib as the "stick", and it was a single chop from a rack of lamb.

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sanity


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JOATMON wrote:Huh. All the lamb lollipops I've ever seen used a rib as the "stick", and it was a single chop from a rack of lamb.



Yes, usually. I was told they would be some kind of strip meat on a skewer, less expensive than racks of lamb.

Imagine4vr


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bahwm wrote:OK, so ddeuddeg & I are Total Rewards members at the Harrah properties. I just booked 6 nights at the Rio for $134.40! IN-CON-CEIVABLE! Such a huge price difference from the Orleans! And I really wanted to stay there! Oh, well.



Wow! That is really cheap - way cheaper than my 4 nights ($296 incl taxes and fees). I wonder how that works? Maybe because there's 2 of you and they expect you'll do twice as much gambling? Crazy.

Imagine4vr


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sanity - do we send the check for the banquet to Grape Expectations? Do we have to note that we are from Cyberpub Cellars? Or send you a check and you pay for us all?

Thanks!

sanity


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Imagine4vr wrote:sanity - do we send the check for the banquet to Grape Expectations? Do we have to note that we are from Cyberpub Cellars? Or send you a check and you pay for us all?

Thanks!



I'm waiting to hear from Charlie if he'll except checks. Another option is to paypal me the money (adding the necessary fess if applicable)and I'll pay him.

ddeuddeg


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sanity wrote:The bottling is complete and planning for the 2011 harvest continues. Please advise us soon regarding what you intend to produce so we can plan the grape order accordingly assuring the best hand-picked quality.


Sounds like we should get our act together for CyberPub Blend #3. Count us in for a case.

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


Ddeuddeg's Cheesecake Cookbook

bahwm


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sanity wrote:I'm waiting to hear from Charlie if he'll except checks. Another option is to paypal me the money (adding the necessary fess if applicable)and I'll pay him.


To quote from Charlie's note above, "BACCHUS PARTY: Please advise us of your ticket requirements for the Bacchus Party to be held Saturday, August 20th (7pm to 10pm) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, as we must provide them with a head count. We cannot provide credit card processing; therefore, please make your checks payable to Grape Expectations. Tickets are $50 each. Cash will be accepted at Grape Expectations. Please call before you come out to the winery."

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

bahwm


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Imagine4vr wrote:Wow! That is really cheap - way cheaper than my 4 nights ($296 incl taxes and fees). I wonder how that works? Maybe because there's 2 of you and they expect you'll do twice as much gambling? Crazy.


This is the first time we've ever actually seen, let alone gotten one of those MAJOR deals hotel deals in Vegas. I thought that was a thing of the past. I guess it really helps to have one of their rewards cards!

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

LSlipetz


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bahwm wrote:This is the first time we've ever actually seen, let alone gotten one of those MAJOR deals hotel deals in Vegas. I thought that was a thing of the past. I guess it really helps to have one of their rewards cards!



Casino's are throwing deals towards the public now more than ever. The casino's didn't do as well as normal with the recession and Vegas is just starting to get crowded once again. Having one of the rewards cards definitely pays off. They also are just tracking money through the machines and time spent gambling so you dont really have to lose. As long as you go once a year and spend a little bit of time gambling those offers will keep getting better. After my first trip to Vegas I would get cheap room offers. But after I started going yearly and using the same card, I can say that I have not paid for a hotel room in over 5 years in Vegas and have not paid for a meal in about 2 years. Rack up those points, it will be worth it!

bahwm


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LSlipetz wrote:Casino's are throwing deals towards the public now more than ever. The casino's didn't do as well as normal with the recession and Vegas is just starting to get crowded once again. Having one of the rewards cards definitely pays off. They also are just tracking money through the machines and time spent gambling so you dont really have to lose. As long as you go once a year and spend a little bit of time gambling those offers will keep getting better. After my first trip to Vegas I would get cheap room offers. But after I started going yearly and using the same card, I can say that I have not paid for a hotel room in over 5 years in Vegas and have not paid for a meal in about 2 years. Rack up those points, it will be worth it!


Thanks for the encouragement, I think! Actually, ddeuddeg and I got married at the Paris a little over two years ago and spent four or five days there. I never see any deals quite like this one at the Paris--where i would love to stay again! And we do get to Vegas once or twice a year now. However, we've been staying at the Hampton Inn--easy in and out--don't have to go through the smoke filled casino--even though they have some excellent smoke trappers these days. We did score a free night at the Hampton when we were there in May, but we are being lazy--we just want to unpack and pack once while we're there! I guess we'll have to save that one for bottling next May when we're only there for two nights!

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

Imagine4vr


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bahwm wrote:This is the first time we've ever actually seen, let alone gotten one of those MAJOR deals hotel deals in Vegas. I thought that was a thing of the past. I guess it really helps to have one of their rewards cards!



Do you have an offer code?

I have a Total Rewards card, not the credit card though - is yours through a total rewards credit card?

LSlipetz


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bahwm wrote:Thanks for the encouragement, I think! Actually, ddeuddeg and I got married at the Paris a little over two years ago and spent four or five days there. I never see any deals quite like this one at the Paris--where i would love to stay again! And we do get to Vegas once or twice a year now. However, we've been staying at the Hampton Inn--easy in and out--don't have to go through the smoke filled casino--even though they have some excellent smoke trappers these days. We did score a free night at the Hampton when we were there in May, but we are being lazy--we just want to unpack and pack once while we're there! I guess we'll have to save that one for bottling next May when we're only there for two nights!



The more you go, the more you will be rewarded. I would also suggest that you charge absolutely everything back to your room. Even if you have the cash or credit card to pay for it on the spot, charge it to the room. It services two purposes...the casino can see how much you are spending at their properties and if you gamble enough they can take it off your bill when you go to check out. Always ask if they will comp anything though when checking out.

bahwm


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Imagine4vr wrote:Do you have an offer code?

I have a Total Rewards card, not the credit card though - is yours through a total rewards credit card?


No, just the total rewards card. No CC. And, FYI, we're not major gamblers. Right place, right time?

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

bahwm


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LSlipetz wrote:The more you go, the more you will be rewarded. I would also suggest that you charge absolutely everything back to your room. Even if you have the cash or credit card to pay for it on the spot, charge it to the room. It services two purposes...the casino can see how much you are spending at their properties and if you gamble enough they can take it off your bill when you go to check out. Always ask if they will comp anything though when checking out.


Thanks for the tips!

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

sanity


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bahwm wrote:To quote from Charlie's note above, "BACCHUS PARTY: Please advise us of your ticket requirements for the Bacchus Party to be held Saturday, August 20th (7pm to 10pm) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, as we must provide them with a head count. We cannot provide credit card processing; therefore, please make your checks payable to Grape Expectations. Tickets are $50 each. Cash will be accepted at Grape Expectations. Please call before you come out to the winery."



Thank you! The first email he sent out had the incorrect time (beef wellington at 7 am? lol) and I did not read the entire 2nd email.

Here's the address to send your checks:
Please note you are with CyberPub Cellars

Grape Expectations
1971 Whitney Mesa
Henderson,NV 89014

bahwm


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Friday we really want to go to Firefly, but we need to go dancing from 8:15 - 10 PM. I suppose the timing can be a bit flexible there.

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

tenuki


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Thinking about coming but looks like we're doing JT again this year which would likely be Oct. 1st weekend (date of concert hasn't been announced yet) so have to budget accordingly.

CT

sanity


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bahwm wrote:Friday we really want to go to Firefly, but we need to go dancing from 8:15 - 10 PM. I suppose the timing can be a bit flexible there.



So, dinner before dancing? How about 6 pm? Would that get you on the dance floor on time?

sanity


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tenuki wrote:Thinking about coming but looks like we're doing JT again this year which would likely be Oct. 1st weekend (date of concert hasn't been announced yet) so have to budget accordingly.



I've been thinking about the upcoming crush. I would like to do it earlier this year, and was considering the 1st weekend in October. I'll start a thread soon.

ddeuddeg


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sanity wrote:So, dinner before dancing? How about 6 pm? Would that get you on the dance floor on time?


It could, but we'll have the cheesecake waiting for dessert that night, unless we hold it for Sunday. Not the best of plans, depending on which one we make. Some hold better than others.

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


Ddeuddeg's Cheesecake Cookbook

Imagine4vr


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sanity wrote:So, dinner before dancing? How about 6 pm? Would that get you on the dance floor on time?



What about going to Firefly on Thurs night?

bahwm


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Imagine4vr wrote:What about going to Firefly on Thurs night?


Works for us. I wonder if there are others thinking of joining us, or are the five of us it? We all still have to eat on Thursday!

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

sanity


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ddeuddeg wrote:It could, but we'll have the cheesecake waiting for dessert that night, unless we hold it for Sunday. Not the best of plans, depending on which one we make. Some hold better than others.



My mistake, I thought your intention was to make it Thursday, chill it overnight for Friday consumption. If you make it early enough Thursday, it will be ok for Thursday night?

Thursday dinner at Firefly is fine. tenuki, sparky, anyone else considering joining us?

tenuki


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sanity wrote:I've been thinking about the upcoming crush. I would like to do it earlier this year, and was considering the 1st weekend in October. I'll start a thread soon.



Yeah, it'd be awesome if they finally fell together one weekend

CT

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sanity wrote:My mistake, I thought your intention was to make it Thursday, chill it overnight for Friday consumption. If you make it early enough Thursday, it will be ok for Thursday night?

Thursday dinner at Firefly is fine. tenuki, sparky, anyone else considering joining us?



Tempted, but I'm at the beach that week thru Friday. So I might be able to make it for Sat. dinner. But will have to see.


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sanity


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bumpity bump.....

How about this for a schedule:
Thursday day - cheesecake making
Thursday eve - dinner at Firefly or DW Bistro
Thursday apres dinner - cheesecake and tasting at sanity's

Friday eve - dinner at Firefly or DW Bistro

Saturday eve - Awards Dinner at The Orleans

open - Breakfast at Babycakes, breakfast at HH Southpoint, other.....?

Other activities - hiking, drive to Valley of Fire, cool off at Mt Charleston.....

ddeuddeg


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sanity wrote:My mistake, I thought your intention was to make it Thursday, chill it overnight for Friday consumption. If you make it early enough Thursday, it will be ok for Thursday night?

Thursday dinner at Firefly is fine. tenuki, sparky, anyone else considering joining us?

Actually, chilling it overnight was the plan. That's why I said it would be waiting for us on Friday. I'm not sure I can get it done early enough to get it properly chilled by evening. If I show up at your place at 9, I could have it out of the oven by noon or earlier, and that gives it 8+ hours in the fridge. If I make one that doesn't require a bunch of fuss after that, it could work. I'll have to give that some thought.

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


Ddeuddeg's Cheesecake Cookbook

richardhod


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I'll be in CA at the time. Maybe I should divert...

sanity


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richardhod wrote:I'll be in CA at the time. Maybe I should divert...



We'd love to have you join us. Lots of fun to be had.

ddeuddeg


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sanity wrote:We'd love to have you join us. Lots of fun to be had.

Sanity, is it still OK to send you the Banquet $ via PayPal, or should I send a check to Charlie? I'm not about to ask you to make a special trip all the way out there.

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


Ddeuddeg's Cheesecake Cookbook

sanity


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ddeuddeg wrote:Sanity, is it still OK to send you the Banquet $ via PayPal, or should I send a check to Charlie? I'm not about to ask you to make a special trip all the way out there.



If you prefer to use a cc, send it to me with the fee, or you can send it directly to Charlie or me. I don't mind going out there, I'm out that way often.

ddeuddeg


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sanity wrote:If you prefer to use a cc, send it to me with the fee, or you can send it directly to Charlie or me. I don't mind going out there, I'm out that way often.

$ sent. Should be in your PayPal account, or wherever it goes. When you see Charlie, will you be able to find out what kind of harvest we're looking at for this year?

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


Ddeuddeg's Cheesecake Cookbook