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August 2013 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter

Our last meeting was held at the home of Donna Guedon in Pleasant Hill.  The meeting was attended by about 40 people.  Donna laid out a beautiful spread of hors d’oeuvres for us and there was lots of wine for everyone to drink.  It was a wonderful, warm evening out on Donna’s patio where the meeting was held.  Our thanks go out to Donna for hosting this great meeting.

Our speaker was Peter Brehm of Brehm Vineyards (www.brehmvineyards.com) He brought along 6 bottles of wine made from his grapes in Washington for the attendees to try.  The wines were all terrific.  Peter is a fount of knowledge about the grape growing industry, spoke for over an hour and could have continued for another two hours.  It was lively, educated and stimulating.  There was very little conversation from the “peanut gallery” as his presentation was riveting to everyone there.  There were lots of questions from the membership and great answers were given to us by Peter.  I’d like to thank Paul Merrill for arranging for Peter to speak.  Unfortunately, my directions to Donna’s home were, apparently, not great as Peter had to stop and ask a taxi driver how to get to Donna’s home.

Here are the CCWG member results from the Alameda County Fair:

Aaron Hardy entered a 2006, 2001 and 2003 Red Wines and was awarded 3 Silver Medals, a 2002 Dessert Wine for a Bronze Medal plus another 2006 Red Wine for a Bronze Medal.  Sharon & Mike Orton entered a 2009 Red Wine for a Silver, a 2003 and a 2006 Red Wine for two more Bronze Medals and a 2009 White Wine for a Bronze Medal and a 2003 Dessert Wine for another Bronze Medal.  Bob Keller entered a 2001 Red Wine and was awarded a Silver Medal, a 2002 Dessert Wine for a Bronze Medal and a 2008 Red Wine for another Bronze Medal.  Congratulations to these winners.  I’m hoping that next years’ judging will have more categories and also provide the CCWG membership (via the newsletter) with sufficient notifice to get more of our entries into their Home Winemaking competition.

The results for CCWG members from the Orange County Fair are as follows:

David Hicks was awarded a Silver Medal on his label for his 2010 Cuvee (Viticultural Category).

Dan Boykin blew everyone away with the following entries:  1) 2010 Cabernet Franc-Double Gold; 2) 2009 Cabernet Franc-Silver; 3) 2007 Cabernet Franc-Bronze; 4) 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon-Bronze; 5) 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon-Bronze; 6) 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon-Honorable Mention; 7) 2010 Malbec-Bronze; 8) 2011 Malbec- Gold; 9) 2010 Merlot-Silver; 10) 2009 Meritage Red-Bronze; 11) 2007 Meritage Red- Bronze; 12) 2007 Meritage Red-Silver; 13) 2011 Meritage Red-Silver; 14) 2010 Meritage Red-Silver; 15) 2010 Meritage Red-Silver; 16) 2010 Blueberry Port-Silver; 17) 2011 Pomegranate Port-Silver; 17) 2011 Blueberry Port-Gold; 18) 2011 Petite Sirah Port-Double Gold; 19) 2011 Petit Verdot Port-Silver; 20) 2011 Syrah Port-Gold; 21) 2011 Zinfandel Port-Silver; 22) 2010 Merlot Port-Silver; 23) 2010 Syrah Port-Gold; 24) 2008 Zinfandel Port-Silver; 25) 2009 Petite Sirah Port-Silver; 26) 2010 Petite Sirah-Bronze; 27) 2011 Petite Sirah-Silver; 28) 2010 Petit Verdot-Double Gold; 29) 2008 Petit Verdot-Silver; 30) 2009 Petit Verdot-Silver; 31) 2010 Red Blend-Honorable Mention; 32) 2009 Red Blend-Silver; 33) 2009 Syrah-Bronze; 34) 2010 Syrah-Bronze; 35) 2011 Syrah-Silver; 36) 2008 Zinfandel-Bronze; 37) 2009 Zinfandel-Bronze; 38) 2011 Zinfandel-Bronze; 39) 2010 Zinfandel-Bronze; 40) 2010 Zinfandel-Bronze; 41) 2007 Zinfandel-Bronze (Whew-typist’s cramp!).

David Hicks was awarded the following: 2011 Petite Sirah-Gold; 2009 Red Blend-Bronze; 2009 Red Blend-Bronze; 2011 Syrah-Bronze; and 2012 Viognier-Bronze.

Mike & Sharon Orton were awarded the following: 2012 Late Harvest Viognier-Bronze; 2010 Petite Sirah-Silver; 2011 Rhone Style-Bronze and 2012 Pinot Grigio Blush-Silver.  Congratulations to the winners above.  I hope to get notice for next year’s judging so that we can have more entries put into the Orange County Wine Society’s fine judging.

The results for CCWG members in the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition are as follows:

Ron Pepper was awarded a Silver Medal for his 100% Niagara 2012 wine in the “White Native American Varietal” category.

Henry Kim was awarded a Gold Medal for his 2009 Chardonnay although the results were listed in the Cabernet Sauvignon category in error.

In the “Other White Vinifera Varietals” category Bonneau Dickson was awarded a Silver Medal for his 2010 Viognier.  David Hicks was awarded a Bronze Medal for his 2012 Clear Lake Viognier in the same category.

In the “Cabernet Sauvignon” category Joseph Caturegli, now of Sonoma, took a Bronze Medal for his 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Donna Guedon was also awarded a Bronze Medal for her 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the “Shiraz/Syrah” category Bonneau Dickson was awarded a Gold Medal for his 2010 Syrah.  He was also awarded a Silver Medal for his 2011 Syrah.  Stephen and Susan Abbanat were awarded a Bronze Medal for their 100% Syrah.  Dan Boykin was also awarded a Bronze Medal for his 2011 blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Petite Sirah.

In the “Zinfandel” category Rupert Perera and former CCWG member Tony Blackburn were awarded a Silver Medal for their 2008 Estate Grown Zinfandel.  Dan Boykin was also awarded a Silver Medal for his 2011 blend of 95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah. 

In the “Other Red Vinifera Varietals” category Dan Boykin was awarded a Silver Medal for his 2010 Malbec as well as a Bronze Medal for his 2011 Malbec.  David Hicks was awarded a Bronze Medal for his 2011 Clear Lake Estate Petite Sirah.

In the “Other Red Vinifera Blends” category Bill English was awarded a Bronze Medal for his 2011 50% Contra Costa County Lamorinda Sangiovese, 50% Contra Costa County Lamorinda Syrah blend.  Joseph Caturegli, now of Sonoma, was awarded a Bronze Medal for his 2012 50% Grenache Noir, 40% Petite Sirah, 3.3% Merlot, 3.3% Malbec and 3.3% Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  Donna Guedon was awarded a Bronze Medal for her 2008 33.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.3% Cabernet Franc and 33.3% Zinfandel blend.      

In the “Port Style” category Dan Boykin was awarded 3 Bronze Medals for his 2011 Petit Verdot Port, his 2011 Petite Sirah Port and his 2011 Zinfandel Port.

Congratulations to the winners above.  I’m pretty sure that we were 2nd in the Wine Club of the Year totals.  If we could somehow get former CCWG member Rex Johnston to completely stop making wine, we would probably end up becoming the Club of the Year again, like in 2010 and 2011.  His Golds, Double Golds and Best of Show awards took the Sacramento club over the top for the second year in a row.  Mea culpa if I missed your name and award.

If you have any ideas at all for a speaker for our September 27th and October 25th meetings, please get in touch with Mr. John Walkinshaw at (925) 933-8220 at your earliest convenience.

Our next meeting is our annual outing, this time to the Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore.  It’s right around the corner as the date is  Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.  As in recent years, we’re going to have just Appetizers and Desserts brought by the attendees for this event.  I’ve swapped it since last year so that those members with a last name from A-G need to bring 16 Dessert servings and more if you’re bringing guests.  Those members with a last name from H-Z need to bring 16 Appetizer/Hors D’oeuvres servings and more if you’re bringing guests.  Please bring along a bottle of your finest and a wine glass.  Tom Coyne will have his tasting room open for us during the hours listed above.  This will be the last opportunity for the CCWG to have an event at Tom’s winery.  The land has been sold and a new winery location on Research Drive, near LLNL, has been leased.

DIRECTIONS:  Take Highway 580 East toward Stockton.  Take Exit 51, the CA84/Isabel Ave. exit and turn right.  After about 4.4 miles, turn left at the light at Vallecitos Rd.  The Thomas Coyne Winery is located on the right at the large barrel and the archway of Chateau Belvedere (or is it Belleview?).  Follow the dirt road around the Detjen home and park in the lot at the end.  You might also bring a folding chair but there are a couple of picnic tables for us to sit at.  I want you all to know that Tom is adamant that we must be out of there by around 6 p.m. so as to not tick off the new land owners. 

This has always been a fun event and it’s going to be a beautiful afternoon out in the Livermore vineyards.  I highly recommend that you plan on attending.  Bring a jacket in case the wind comes up but I’m not anticipating that at all.  See you there! 

Respectfully submitted, Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group