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July 2016 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter

     The last meeting of the Contra Costa Wine Group was our get together with GENCO (Garage Enologists of North County)(Sonoma).  We met in a park near the Russian River and near Windsor.  Unfortunately, only 11 CCWG members were able to attend this event.  A very good time was had by those attending.  Lots of great food and wine was consumed.  Our hosts were very nice and lots of great conversation about winemaking took place. 

     I have to admit that, in retrospect, that this was a very bad decision on my part.  The picnic was held on a Sunday afternoon, starting at around 4:30 p.m.  Strike one.  It was a two hour drive up there.  Strike two.  Returning home after imbibing wasn’t really the smartest thing to do.  Strike three!  The Contra Costa Wine Group has too many members that are still gainfully employed and getting home late on a Sunday night was just too difficult.  For the reasons above, this outing simply wasn’t a good “fit” for the CCWG.  Sorry.

     A discussion and vote upon next years’ dues will be made at the next meeting.  Not to worry yet, but the CCWG Annual Dues are “due” by August 31, 2016 and become delinquent on September 30, 2016.  We will also discuss delinquency penalties, if any, and our policy on those current members that drag their feet.  We currently have a Waiting List of 11 families that want to join our little band of great winemakers. 

     Our next meeting should be a lot of fun.  Our Program Committee has come up with an intriguing idea.  Find members that made wine from the same grapes, likely picked the same day, and compare the final product with each other.  It looks like we’ll be tasting a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir that were made by two different winemakers with each having used the same grapes.  Should be fun, educational and tasty.

What to bring:  1) two wine glasses per person (unless you’re OK with sharing with a “friend.”); 2) a folding chair; 3) a jacket in case the weather turns chilly (fairly unlikely, I know, but you just never know).

What you DON’T have to bring:  any wine at all for the hors d’oeuvres table.  I still have wines left over from the WineMaker Magazine Conference and will be bringing several cases.

     The next meeting will be held at the home of Dan and Marianne Boykin at their home in Concord.  The meeting will be held, starting right around 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, July 29, 2016.

DIRECTIONS From the North:  While on Highway 680 South, take the Willow Pass Rd. exit (Exit #51) and turn left onto Willow Pass.  After 1.4 miles, turn right onto Galindo St.  After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Cowell Rd.  After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Kaski Lane.  Take the second right onto Browning Drive.  Take the first left onto Kipling Ct.  The Boykin address is 1057 Kipling Ct. and their telephone number is (925) 689-7296.
From the South:  While on Highway 680 North, take the Treat Blvd. exit (Exit #48) and merge right onto Treat Blvd.  After 4 miles, turn left onto Cowell Rd.  Turn left onto Kaski Lane.  Take the second right onto Browning Drive.  Take the first left onto Kipling Ct.  Again, the Boykin address is 1057 Kipling Ct., Concord and their telephone number is (925) 689-7296 should you get lost.
 
     The meeting, again, will be held at the home of Dan and Marianne Boykin starting at around
7:00 p.m. on Friday night, July 29, 2016

 I hope to see lots of you there.

Respectfully submitted,

Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group