Our last meeting was held on
Friday night, March 27th at the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut
Creek. It was the second Awards Night for the
remainder of the wines from our January Professional Wine Judging. There were over 40 people in attendance and 8 category
winning wines were poured. The hors d’oeuvres table
was great as everyone attending brought along something to share as there was no host for this
Not to set a tradition or anything, but we started off
the meeting by singing “Happy Birthday” to Susan Abbanat on the occasion of her 50th
birthday. She even got to blow out the special candles.
All of the remaining category winners were in
attendance and proceeded to pour their wines and then fill our ears with how they went about making their
winning wine, along with a handout showing the numbers. Everyone did a great
job. Cleanup went very well with lots of people helping out. Thank you
This weekend is the last one to take your California
State Fair and Orange County Fair homewine entries out to The Valley Vintner in Livermore.
Mike Orton, the owner of The Valley Vintner has graciously offered to ship those entries for CCWG members for
free. That address is 5963 Graham Court, Unit #D, Livermore, inside of the Eckert
Estate/Artisan Spirits tasting room.
Due to the fact that many of the Contra Costa Wine
Group members will be attending the WineMaker Magazine Conference in Portland, Oregon, held at the end of
May, the membership has voted to not have a meeting for the month of May. That vote was made even easier as we actually had no host
volunteer their home for a meeting. St. Paul’s Parish Hall wasn’t available on May
15th and May 22nd was part of a 4-day Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to not show up OR call me as to where the May meeting might
be. Thank you.
Brand new member, David Buchanan of Berkeley, sent me
this link to a very interesting article. It’s worth a read.
meeting will be, Friday night, April 24th from about 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. or so at the home of Steve and Joyce Mirabito in
Lafayette. Try and carpool as I understand that parking is at a premium. You will be asked to
park below their home and you’ll be driven up the hill in the Mirabito 8 passenger van.
Our speaker for the meeting will be long-time
CCWG Professional Wine Judge, Jennifer Scott. Jennifer is currently working for Huneeus
Wines. Unfortunately, I don’t know her new title at that company. I
know that it is a “high falutin’” one, worthy of her talents. Huneeus represents
some pretty impressive wineries and wines. They include Quintessa-Rutherford;
Illumination-Napa Valley; Flowers Vineyard & Winery
that makes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast grapes; Faust-Napa Valley; The Prisoner Wine Company-a Napa Valley winery specializing in their
Red Blend; Blindfold (not sure what they do); Saldo-high
end Zinfandel; Neyen-Chile; Cuttings-a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend; Veramonte-Chile; Primus-Argentina & Chile;
Ritual-Chile and Thorn-a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Malbec.
Jennifer’s presentation will be
on the subject of “Judging.” I’m not really sure what “spin” she’ll put on it, but, I’m
sure that her talk will be of great interest to us as home winemakers and wine lovers.
Come one, come all.
DIRECTIONS: From I 680 both North and the South, take Highway 24 West toward
Oakland. Take the very first exit, the Pleasant Hill Rd. exit (#14) North. After about 0.7 miles,
turn left at the 3rd Stop Light onto Reliez Valley Rd.
Go through the 2nd Stop Sign about 1/8 of a mile and turn left onto Shangri La Rd. The
Mirabito home is located at 3432 Shangri La Rd., Lafayette.
Be sure to bring a jacket, a wine glass, a folding
chair and a bottle of your best wine, or a commercial one that the group might enjoy, for the hors d’oeuvres
table. Again, Friday night, April 24th from about 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. or so. I’ll see lots of you there!
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine