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MEL Champagne Appreciation Night [Wed Feb 18 2015]

My choice of date:

  • Tuesday February 17

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • Wednesday February 18

    Votes: 8 66.7%

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The oft mooted MEL Champagne Appreciation Night will indeed be happening mid February - 2 dates suggested above (Feb 19 is start CNY so I know I will be in Oz)

A strategic planning group met pre XMAS and indulged in extensive strategyisationment after which a number of key elements were agreed upon:
1. Consideration was given to guest speaker / educator but decision was this may be cost prohibitive.
2. Evening MUST be totally inclusive - under no circumstances do we want to organise a function where any AFFer might consider attendance too costly
3. Involvement of some Champagne importer / distributor / retailer considered - but due to frugal spending patterns of AFFers probably not viable
4. Venue MUST offer BYO Champagne facility
5. Venue MUST wide range food offerings
6. Venue MUST have suitable availability and layout to permit / promote attendee interaction
7. Date of event needs to be post XMAS and indeed post return to normality of year

The planning discussions took place at Topolinos at 87 Fitzroy Ast, St Kilda - full details here - TOPOLINO'S - Home.

Planning group sampled fare on offer and inspected large room to rear of restaurant. Subsequent communication with Topolinos has revealed they are more than happy with a group virtually making themselves at home in rear area on a Tue or Wed night.

Topolinos is a long standing Fitzroy St / Victorian institution offering very good quality food at very reasonable prices - and indeed have a BYO wine only policy and a very liberal $6 / bott corkage policy. The night of planning we 'popped' 3 botts Champers and paid total $6 corkage. One previous night I was there with family group 8 or so and we 'popped' 7 botts wine - again bill showed only $6 corkage.

Will we get away with this with 20 or 30 botts Champers - I have no idea so let's prepare for a $6 / bott corkage fee.

It was generally agreed that Toploninos would be an excellent location for this event. It was also generally agreed that night be open to one and all AFF members - only proviso is you bring along a bottle of Champagne with you to share with others equally as they will share with you.

This is not designed as a CONTEST to see who can bring the MOST EXPENSIVE bottle of Champagne - you bring any Champagne you have on hand or want to go buy to bring with you.

Again - this is not a CONTEST - it is a social gathering open to ALL where like minded people will get together to enjoy each other's company. Hopefully we will get strong numbers attending.
 
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Strategyisationmenting along on this one Cruiser. Now if it is a Wednesday I might have to wag it from the office.
I am a bit of a fan of champagne so if you allow Perth riff raff in I will look at getting a plane ride over.
 
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I am a bit of a fan of champagne so if you allow Perth riff raff in I will look at getting a plane ride over.
Hmmmm - one from left field - the Sangropers wanting 'in' on this - might require tabling before full Planning Committee - can I get back to you on that one cove?
 

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Yes I can see the need for the full Planning Committee to review this.
To my credit I do know where St Kilda is in relation to the two footy ovals I frequent in Melbourne.
 

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I'm in. Just trying to decide on which day suits better (probably Wednesday)
 

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List me as "in".

Both dates are equally [in]convenient, however leaning towards the Wednesday.
 

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Oh no!! I'll be overseas till 25th Feb :( Hope there'll be plenty more sessions after this one. For what it's worth, we had the planning dinner at Topolinos and I was impressed with the speed of service, quality and price. Easy to find and convenient via the tram for non VIC person like me.
 

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If you are looking for someone to come talk about champagne, I'm happy to do so for no appearance fee. Just my flight over from Perth :) Heck, I'll talk about anything.

More seriously though, if you want to try a small importer who might be willing to come along, have a chat and bring along some samples (obviously cost covered), try getting in touch with Neville Yates from Eurocentric. I can't recall if he is Syd or Melb based though. He does move around a bit so can't hurt to ask him.
 

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Both dates work perfectly with me taking advantage of a 50% SC offer one last time. Unfortunately, work gets in the way.
 

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Most Wednesdays are out for me, and I think this one is no exception.
 
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I shall discuss with mrs GPH. We might be able to swing something as an overnight ( status run)
 
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Depending on numbers of attendees, should we not at least try and coordinate the different champagnes that might be brought and avoid having 80 % turn up with the same bottle?
Just a thought!
 
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Depending on numbers of attendees, should we not at least try and coordinate the different champagnes that might be brought and avoid having 80 % turn up with the same bottle?
Just a thought!
And a good thought and the planning committee also thought of this - we can add possible / probable labels to attendees names as date gets closer.
 
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