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Apr 29, 2013 08:43 PM

The CH yearly meeting @ Wally's Champagne Tasting: a millenary tradition.

Instructions are simple: interested CHs show up with their handles written in a lapel tag.

Starting Sunday 6/2/2013. A thousand years from now, it'll be a millenary thing.

[This is not a shill.
Nah... fuhghetit]

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  1. so this is supposed to be a joke posting ????

    18 Replies
    1. re: kevin

      Wally's Champagne Tasting a joke? I very much doubt it. Going to it every year since I can remember, it's always been top notch.

      1. re: kevin

        not at all a joke if you have $150, much of which will end up being donated to UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, Vista del Mar Child and Family Services, and Food on Foot.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Even though I don't think I can afford it, these charities sounds like a worthy cause. especially the cancer center.

          wg, you going ?

          And more importantly where would you eat in the area after this one ?

          1. re: kevin

            I go the Tatse for a Cure event for the Jonsson Cancer Center and got to know their m.o.. They are a very advanced and efficient charity. My mom used to work at Vista de Mar and they're very legit too.
            I don't go every year but have been to this event. It's a nice lineup of wines including some real top-notch stuff. I might go.

            1. re: kevin

              not going.
              a) normally i like to give money directly to charities that i like, rather than have my charitable giving directed by someone else
              b) not likely that they would be serving enough fish to satisfy me.
              c) although i love champagne, i love food more. i dream about food, not about drink.

              1. re: westsidegal

                "I dream about food, not drink"

                You have a point there.

                1. re: kevin

                  Well, if I had ALL the money I've spent on drink...
                  ...I'd spend it on drink.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    given your handle, i'd expect nothing less!

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      Drinking a fair amount has led to many a persons having "handles"... :-)

                    2. re: kevin

                      Personally, I dream about both and splurge on both.

                      1. re: john gonzales

                        i hear you.

                        I may be a little like westside gal where i may just splurge a little less on the drink side of the matters.

                  2. re: kevin

                    I went to the Wally's Charitable event for the first time last weekend.
                    Since this was a Champagne tasting event, I will discuss the champagne tasting first and the food offerings next.
                    Ace of Spade, in additional to Veqve Clicquot, Krug, Moet Chandom, Louis Roederer, Salon, Taitttinger and Mumm all poured their NV and their Napa versions freely.
                    MC and LR and several others displayed but held back their vintage offerings such as Dom Perignon's and Crystal's to a single bottle at the end off the event for all the ~200 attendies to enjoy. There were wine raffles and many great deal wine auctions.
                    I did not managed to visit and sample every booth.
                    Honestly, I can barely distinguish the taste between the acknowledge premium brands.

                    Except, and I digress, from my recollections, Crystal's effervescence was much subdued compared to comparable vintage champagnes such as Dom Perignon's. This was supposed to be a more refined taste by the Tsar.
                    Of note is that I liked the tasted of "Champagne Thienot". They tell me that they are a new champagne house from an old grape "négociant" from the champagne region and have just recently entered the champagne game on their own. They told me that their champagne was the official OSCAR champagne this year. Mucho dinero paid I presume.
                    Drink-wise, my only disappointment was how both the Scharffenberger's Brut and their Rose" did not compared to the Schramsberg's offerings from the same booth. (OKAY, technically none of these are real champagnes).

                    Now for the food:
                    It is often difficulty to properly pair food with champagne. Wally's Cheese shop in combination with Petrossian Caviar step up to the plate.
                    Petrossian served endless supply of their American sturgeon eggs on toast along with Wally's selection of 3 excellent cheeses non-stop.
                    Big plates of excellent and tasty tortellini were served to all by Pastina Westwood. I am trending low carb and asked for 2, but the lady insist on serving me 3. Everybody else gets 10-12 per serving.
                    Disegarding the mis-matched food-wine pairing for champagne,
                    Meliesse had the best offerings overall : A slice of rare grilled steak served on a crispy cube of disappearing sauce that was supposed to be enjoyed in one bite.
                    The next best food offerings was a Japanese pulled pork from Maru of Valencia, They said that they will soon open a branch on the west-side.
                    I skipped all the dessert venders and several other food venders with name recognitions.

                    Finally, Cafe de Ray gets my food vote for the event. They providedt unlimited blue point oysters that were chucked on site and served with a robust vodka, mignonette sauce.

                    They also served jumble cocktail shrimps (unfortunately, their sauce, but not their shrimp, ran out before the end.

                    Unlike most other vendors that ran out food towards the end, CdR's tasty ceviche offerings never ran out.

                    My only complain.
                    I do not mind paying taxes. However, this event was supposed to be a charitable one hosted by Wally to benefit the Johnsson Cancer Foundation.
                    However, every ticket sold was taxed.
                    I normally gets a tax deduction for all my charitable donations. However, my payment to this event had an additional ~10% tax included. I called Wally to clarify. They said their accountant said so. Go Figure.

                    Finally, there were raffles and auctions of many outstanding wines to add to the fun for all.

                      1. re: FallingLeaves

                        Outstanding, outstanding report! Sounds like it was very well done. I had expected another fiasco like their UGC event. Thank you for the report.

                        Did you run into Ric Rios or baloney by chance?

                        1. re: Porthos

                          Couldn't make it to the event unfortunately, it was my sister's birthday and I was coerced into making pizza for her. LA, please blame her for my large carbon footprint....

                          Porthos, we shall run into each other somewhere eventually. Shunji's is on my shortlist!

                          1. re: Porthos

                            Bad news, good news, and some ugly ones too.

                            The bad: I passed away, am now sitting in Purgatory, waiting for Final Judgment.

                            The good: they have good internet connection here.

                            The ugly: prohibitive rates; run out of Purg$. Bye.

                          2. re: FallingLeaves

                            Regarding Maru, here is the posting notice for their new West Los Angeles location - remember the former Sasabune site now under relocation?
                            Well, Maru will be its replacement:

                    1. we need a meeting place for the 99%. how about tacos leo? lol

                      (only partially kidding)

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                      1. re: ns1

                        I'm with ns1 on this one.

                        WG and Ric and ns1. You ballers going to this one ?

                        I'll only go if I can cover up that fine wine with some great food.

                        1. re: kevin

                          nope. $150 is enough to cover 3 different AYCE eating events, so I'll pass.

                          Maybe when I'm part of the 1%.

                          I'd love to go though, cuz I love me some champagne.

                          1. re: ns1

                            I'd love some 1950s and 1960s Burgundy washed down with some Bordeaux of equal vintage. And maybe a couple bottles of Gaja, and maybe a Barbaresco or Barolo or two.

                            We should set up a hounds event at Valentino for a Friday lunch of white truffles and Barolos. I'm so fucking there.

                            Nuff said.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Sounds like a lovely "mil" event...about 1-2 of them minimum to be exact!

                              1. re: Porthos

                                "MII" event ?

                                1-2 minimum ?

                                What ?

                                1. re: kevin

                                  The champagne event is a millenary event. Yours 1-2 "mil" dollars.

                                  1. re: Porthos

                                    My bad.

                                    it's a thousand dollars per person.

                                    Yeah, I'm out on this one. I'd rather spend that on Urasawa and the French Laundry combined.


                                    1. re: kevin

                                      I'd take your hypothetical event of 50-60 yo burgundy, bordeaux, and barolo (assuming excellent provenence of course) with white truffles over Urasawa and TFL combined anyday! ;-)

                      2. It's a great event. Very legit, and helps a great cause - One of the more fun fundraisers I get to attend...

                        Wally's usually does things right.

                        But blowing my Chow anonymity? I'll have to think about that...

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                        1. re: J.L.

                          You're right,

                          Let's preserve Chowhound anyonymity. You have a point there.

                          We can also be free-r and more honest in our posts. And that's the way I like it as well as other hounds.

                          but I'd also like to check this out,

                          We should set up a hounds event at Valentino for a Friday lunch of white truffles and Barolos.

                          If anonymity may be dropped for the duration of an evening.

                          supposddly someone rec'd i treat tony c to a chinese dinner ?

                        2. I'd be willing to attend and reveal my identité if a few others pledge to! Porthos? :P

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                          1. re: baloney

                            I'd be all over it especially with the Salon, Krug, and Cristal not to mention the chance of meeting you and Señor Rios but unfortunately I have a strict no drinking Sun-Tues policy :(

                            1. re: Porthos

                              I presume this event is on a Sunday.

                              I do miss that puck meals on wheels even that used to be held on the universal back lot. The wines were not that great but the food usually was.

                              1. re: Porthos

                                Quel dommage. But I do enjoy the bubbles quite a bit so I may still make an appearance...

                            2. Whew, I am glad you changed that. I wondered if it had anything to do with hat making for ladies.