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Marilyn Nov 28th, 2004 01:02 PM

Yountville GTG Photos Online
There were 24 fodorites and friends, a most convivial crowd, and we did have a fabulous time, fabulous food, and fabulous wine.

See us living the good life at

Other attendees who shot digital photos, if you would like to email them to me, I will put them up on this site.

I think this is an annual event, so please plan to join us next year!

ElendilPickle Nov 28th, 2004 01:44 PM

Marilyn, thanks for posting the pictures! It looks like a wonderful time was had by all.

Lee Ann

FainaAgain Nov 28th, 2004 02:06 PM

Can I post at all?

Marilyn Nov 28th, 2004 02:12 PM

Faina, not sure what you mean. If you have photos to put up on the worldisround site, you'll have to send them to me and I'll have to put them up.

Or are you just having trouble on fodors?

FainaAgain Nov 28th, 2004 02:16 PM

Marylin, this would be my attempt #8 to post a "report" here on Fodor's. So frastrating! But I am an everlasting optimist, won't give up :)

LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 02:18 PM

Faina, I and several others had trouble posting on the Europe Board last night. Don't give up, but it is sure frustrating. Take care.

Marilyn Nov 28th, 2004 02:18 PM

Faina, people have been having problems with longer posts. Try splitting it into several shorter ones -- that might work.

FainaAgain Nov 28th, 2004 02:19 PM

Hello, everybody, now that this website seems to be working I'm taking the liberty of posting a report. Kal deserves it. You know I joke a lot here, but this time I am so very serious! Kal organized a great get-together. As sexist as it may sound who'd expect so much from a man :) He was like a mother hen to all of us all day, talking to everybody, explaining everything, making everybody comfortable, looking for “Gualala” sweatshirt all over.

Kikahead, thank you so much for smooth ride! I know it was hard to stay away from plentiful wines, how did you do that :)

(trying in small installments)

FainaAgain Nov 28th, 2004 02:20 PM

We spent a couple of hours wandering about. There was a wine tasting for a fee, singing, juggling, costumes and what not! And of course shopping! The day was cool, sweaters and jackets, Kal was the bravest among us wearing a short sleeve shirt and shorts. Kal, are you going through the age change? Sorry couldn’t resist ;)

Then the restaurant. And the wine. EasyTraveler brought huge bottles of Bastardo. She said it’s a name for a mixture of wines, not what I think it is! Budman, you wine went so fast, I got to try only Bordeaux (spelling?) and it was excellent! Thank you, but you owe me more for next GTG :) Just kidding! LoveItaly, you limonchello was a great success. But the best I saved for the end, and don’t even know whom to thank! Please somebody tell me who brought that wonderful strawberry liquor!
(this is installment #2)

LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 02:21 PM

Marilyn, as I am sure you know, I enjoyed the photos so very much!!!
Waited all day to see them so was excited when I saw your thread that they were available :-P
Obviously you all had a wonderful time. And had enough wine too I believe?? Thanks again for your help.

FainaAgain Nov 28th, 2004 02:22 PM

Kal was sitting at the head of the table as The King. He had all rights to do so! And we had a bright dinner, by “bright” I mean all the flashlights, for a while everybody felt like celebrity chased down by paparazzis. We had more cameras per capita then even wine bottles :)

Oh, well, everything comes to an end... when we got out I followed the sound... someone was singing... not the “American Idol” quality, no! It was Kal. Mrs Kal used my friendly shoulder to lean on. Kal continued. This was when in my mind he got downgraded from “The King of Yountville GTG” to “The Royal Something”.

It was so great to meet everybody, to talk to everybody, to share a toast! Kal, from the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU! And Marilyn for keeping the list of our e-mails. And hope we’ll meet again. And again. And again. Now I know the purpose of that “again” in my nickname :)
(last installment)

FainaAgain Nov 28th, 2004 02:29 PM

Marylin, thank you, thank you, thank you for posting! Great pictures! And it reminded me of one more thing: Betsy wouldn't let me borrow her Fodor's pin even for 1 minute to take a picture with it :( Bad, bad Betsy :)

And I agree, we had fabulous time!

When's the next one?

(and now my family wants me off-line)

cigalechanta Nov 28th, 2004 02:48 PM

Faina, you are a riot, it's OK Betsy wouldn't let you wear her pin, BECAUSE she WAS THE ONE PINNED :) Sorry sticky keys. Thanks Marilyn, that was fun seeing all of you having a great timeI thought kal was a female, one never knows!!!! Lol

annesherrod Nov 28th, 2004 02:54 PM

I enjoyed looking at your pictures Too. How nice there are so many people who live close enough to one another to actually come together for a such a fabulous day.
You were indeed living the "Good Life".

Thanks for sharing Marilyn.


razzledazzle Nov 28th, 2004 03:03 PM

Well said Faina.
The day prior to Thanksgiving,
I was talking with an aqauintance
about this GTG.
She thought it all sounded so
fun and asked me loads of questions about why Yountville,the location, the festival,the wine, and such, and then she asked "How did you all meet?"
Few here would not know just how her face looked back at me as I spoke my
own version of the story. We have all seen it at one time on our spouses,partners and friends.
If anyone would have told me 3 years
ago that I would be at yet another party with 24 friends, MOST of whom I had met in an online chat forum, I would have considered them quite in La-La Land.

Well...Welcome then, to the
Land of La's !

Marilyn and Phil Flash have done a brilliant job in telling the story
through their many talents with the camera. (Oh, the one with Dennis Franz
is quite clever! and he was such a nice guy...)
Thank You! Thank You!

Kal and Mrs. Kal did such a superb job of herding the cats, selecting the
Wine Garden & Unbelievable menu
selections, the fielding of wiley
e-mails, truly lovely friends who make hosting such a soiree look easy!
Kudos! Kudos!

Budman's Wine was excellent,there certainly wasn't enough of it and we have a little surprise for him finding it's way back to New Jersey!

Easy Traveler is almost as tall as
her bottles of bastardo, how did she
cary them out of the store?

Oh my, I'll stop going on and on-just everyone was such a delight.

Thank You All !!!!!
@};- @};- @};-

Razzle & Dazzle

easytraveler Nov 28th, 2004 04:00 PM

Groan! For those of us who drank ourselves under the table and are just now picking ourselves up...groan! :-!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

First to Kal, you really are the big Kahuna! Great job! Terrific food! And the best of company! And Mrs Kal is equally as wonderful!

Budman: Thanks for sending the bottles to help us wine-os along! I tasted only two and do agree that the Bordeaux was the better of the two - extremely smooth! You are a wine master! :)

LoveItaly: did you see the picts? Did you see who got the BIGGEST glass of limoncello? Thanks for a wonderful contribution! The limoncello was the best ending to a wonderful dinner!

Marilyn and Phil Flash: A million wonderfuls to see you again! Great, great pictures! Where are the pictures of THE DOG?????
(I've got a bunch more, but they have to be developed. Will you be able to transfer from disk?)

To all the "old" friends: Kir and Mr. Kir, Betsy and Mr Betsy, kikahead and Adora, and last but not least, Faina - soooo great to see you all again! What fine friends you are! >:D<

To all the "new" friends: razzledazzle, gualalalisa, PamSF, and Janis - new hugs and greetings!

I'm told that close to the end of the evening, I volunteered my house for the next GTG! (What a great idea! Who put it into my head?) So, Marilyn, the ball's in your court - please tell us when we meet again!

Cheers to all! What a wonderful group of people! No words can describe how marvellous these folks are! Those of you who didn't show up - you'll just have to come next time and find out for yourselves!


(Faina: mea culpa - my wild strawberry liquor got to you?)

PS - Much as you all like the name of the wine to be "Bastardo", it's really "Nerello". :) And they weren't magnums, they be jeraboims (sp?), which is equal to three ordinary bottles instead of two. Well, what do I know??? :)

Marilyn Nov 28th, 2004 04:19 PM

Easy, did you just wake up? :-D

You did indeed volunteer your house for the next GTG, and I believe you offered to put everyone up. There were witnesses.

We decided on March, and I am supposed to name the actual date. But I assume I have until the beginning of the year to pin it down?

PS It's "jereboam" I think, and there is something so festive about a bottle of wine large enough to sink a ship.

Budman Nov 28th, 2004 04:27 PM

WOW!!! Sounds like you guys had a superb time. I am glad that I could contribute to the festivities -- thanks to your idea, R5. In hindsight, probably not a good idea sending homemade wine out to "wine country." ((a))

Marilyn - great pix. Nice job. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a bunch of happy folks. I've penciled it in for next year. ((b))

cigalechanta Nov 28th, 2004 04:31 PM

The largest size is the Nebuchadnezzar(20 bottles)
Jereboam is 4.

LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 04:41 PM

Budman, I get the impression that you sending your wine out to the Yountville GTG was one of the highlights of the evening!!! Really! By the way, did I read somewhere you get your grapes from Lodi?

tpatricco Nov 28th, 2004 06:06 PM

Hi Guys! Looks like a fabulous time was had by all! Good weather, great friends and delicious food & beverages!

I never saw such large glasses of Limoncello in my life!! No wonder you guys were feelin' it the next morning!

Budman's wine is delicious! Glad you guys enjoyed it too!

Plan your trips to NYC now, and come to the NJ/NY GTG on May 21st! :D Trish

LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 06:14 PM

tpatricco, the BIG glass of limoncello - I thought "WOW". A lot of limoncello for sure. I would have been passed out under the table. LOL

Wouldn't it be fun if the "east coast and west coast" could get together for a GTG? What a crazy fun time that would be. Have a good week.

razzledazzle Nov 28th, 2004 06:29 PM

Ah, yes to be named after a
biblical king.
A Jereboam is 4 bottles if it is champagne, 6 botles if still wine and 4.5 liters European.
Most US Jereboam's are 5 liters and approx 6-6.5 bottles.
I still am laughing imagining easyt
wielding those 2 bottles out the door.

LoveItaly, here are the tasting notes
(sans graphics) on Budman's delicious

Yountville GTG 2004
Tasting Notes
for M&M Wines

All grapes are from the Lodi Region of California.

2001 Cabernet - explains itself

2000 Bordeaux - 75% Cabernet,10% Merlot,15% Cabernet Franc

2001 Chateauneuf du Pape -38% Grenache, 26% Cabernet,
18% Syrah, 18% Alicante

Budman, your Chateauneuf du Pape
was the wine highlight of the evening!


LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 06:44 PM

Thank you razzledazzle (love your nick). My German born maternal grandfather had vinyards in Lodi way back when. Lodi has always had a special spot in my heart for me.

And always wondered if it was named after Lodi in Italy (which I have not visited). Have a good week.

gyppielou Nov 28th, 2004 07:14 PM

I'm speechless.............I thought what went on in Yountville stayed in Yountville.......Kal you slay me, thanks Marilyn....and fun!

Marilyn Nov 28th, 2004 07:43 PM

OK, if I'm going to be able to tell Santa that I was a good girl this year, I have to confess that EasyTraveler did not drink that huge glass of limoncello (let alone 3) by herself. In fact, there were rumors that it was lemonade...

easytraveler Nov 28th, 2004 08:30 PM

Lemonade??? Lemonade??? That was lemonade!!!!????

Then it must have been Budman's Bordeaux that put me under... :)

Marilyn, I've got one California King bed, one ordinary King bed, one full bed, a couch that pulls out to a queen, and then lots of floor space. Two bathrooms only, so it'll be take a number time, but everyone is certainly welcome to stay overnight. I'd like to see what kind of PJs Kal wears! :S-

I'll let you know which dates in March are out for me - soon! (Just returned from the last of my Thanksgiving feasts - pleasssse, no more food or wine until March!)

LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 08:55 PM

Lemonade? That was lemonade? Oh that is too funny!!! I did wonder, thinking how could anyone drink that much limencello. This is a good chuckle for the day

And March sounds like fun easytraveler, oh lucky you.

Hugs to everyone.

PamSF Nov 28th, 2004 10:59 PM

I'm on for your house,easytraveler but I'll sleep anywhere but the floor.(Princess always feels the pea:)
Thank you for the photos Marilyn and Phil. You did seem to capture the feeling.

I laughed quite hard at R5's tale of telling friends just where she meet those Yountville folks. I was talking with my sister by phone on our way to Yountville. She thinks the whole thing is very weird and imagined us all with pocket protectors and no social graces. Hah..says I..we fodorites wrote the book on social graces. 1)fill your glass 2)raise your glass 3)drink what's in your glass 4)return to step 1:)

Imagine my surprise when Peg says "Hey there's Sipowitz"..I'm thinking so who is Sipowitz until I spied him there among us mortals waiting to pee.

Thank you again to Kal and the lovely Mrs. Kal~it was a lovely soiree.

Strike is now two days off. Sutters around the bay area are going out. These are nasty times for the rank and file and nastier times in health care. Thank your local health care worker for continued good health and work hard for a single payer system. It's going to be a mean strike I fear. Oh to be in the South of France.
Lastly, Budman thank you agin. Your wines are quite delicious. I did sample the Bordeaux and it was enough to offer my marriage proposal.

LoveItaly Nov 28th, 2004 11:13 PM

PamSF, being very famaliar with Sutter in Vallejo I understand your pain. I am truly sorry about the strike, especially at this time of the year.

My thoughts are with you, all of you.
My respect has always been with the health care workers, not the "bean counters". Take care and best wishes.

Statia Nov 29th, 2004 04:52 AM

Wonderful photos Marilyn! It looks like you all had a wonderful time together and it's nice to put some faces with names. The company and the food, along with the wonderful beverages all looked lovely.

easytraveler, I had to wonder about that big glass of limoncello! Glad to hear you didn't have three of them. :)

So, is Dennis Franz a Fodorite that we are unaware of? ;)

makai1 Nov 29th, 2004 05:08 AM

Aloha all!

What fun you all had! Was looking for your report yesterday... figured no one probably felt like sitting at the computer :D

LoveItaly, "Wouldn't it be fun if the "east coast and west coast" could get together for a GTG? What a crazy fun time that would be."
I think an east/west coast GTG should certainly meet in the middle. Chicago!!!! Now there's an idea >:D<

I would've loved to join all of you! Mr. Makai was getting a kick out of the whole "GTG" idea.

Pam, "She thinks the whole thing is very weird and imagined us all with pocket protectors and no social graces." LOL :D

What a lovely group... it's great to put faces with names. Thanks for sharing the fun!

joan Nov 29th, 2004 05:42 AM

Great photos! Sounds like you had a terrific time.

Kal is just as cute as I pictured him - and Mrs. Kal is cuter still! ;)

ncgrrl Nov 29th, 2004 06:38 AM

It looks like a good time was had by all (maybe too good of a time based on the hangover reports). Is Kal wearing a "Betty Ford Clinic" baseball cap?

Great photos, captions and reports of the event!

indie Nov 29th, 2004 07:02 AM

Seems like a great time was had by all..thanks for sharing the pics!!! Now there a happy face to put behind the names.

GoTravel Nov 29th, 2004 07:09 AM

Thanks for sharing the pics! They are fantastic!

Hey Kal, would that be a man bag you're sporting in photo #1? Luv it, luv it, luv it!

jgray15 Nov 29th, 2004 08:56 AM

Many thanks to Kal and Mrs. Kal for arranging everything and making us feel so welcome. It was wonderful (briefly) meeting everyone and I'm sorry we couldn't visit longer and enjoy the festivities. Everyone was so warm and friendly that we can't wait until the next GTG, when we can actually stay and talk and eat and ... DRINK!


mikemo Nov 29th, 2004 09:51 AM

Good show all!
What was your fav wine?
I actually open another Napa - a gift -1998 Burgess Merlot - little too much new oak, but VG for now.
Any interest in a GTG in San Miguel de Allende, MX?

annesherrod Nov 29th, 2004 10:00 AM

A GTG in san Miguel de Allende sounds fabulous! I wish I could just hop on a jet plane and be there right now.

Keep us posted on that GTG!!! I still say nothing rivals the wild and crazy GTG that was held in St. Louis earlier this Fall!!!

KirRoyale Nov 29th, 2004 10:29 AM

Great photos Marilyn!

So nice to see all of our old Fodorite Friends, and meet some new ones.

Giant hugs and kudos to Kal & Mrs. Kal for making the arrangements. We had a blast, and look forward eagerly to the next GTG!!

Kir Royale & Mr. Kir

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