June 2017 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter
meeting was held on Friday night, May 19th at the home of Steve and Joyce
Mirabito in Lafayette. Steve made wonderful pizzas again and Joyce also had a
great layout of hors d’oeuvres. The CCWG truly
appreciates their efforts in hosting this meeting.
It was a
fabulous evening on the Mirabito deck with views of Mt. Diablo and the Sacramento River
off in the distance. Michelle Beason had
volunteered to lead the group in a round table discussion on any subject that attendees
wanted to bring up. We talked grape growing,
winemaking and the various problems and observations that people had made over their
years of winemaking. It was a lively presentation
with lots of questions and lots of answers coming forth from the group in
attendance. It ran longer than was anticipated but
no one was complaining. It was very beneficial for
everyone, and I truly mean that. Thanks Michelle
for stepping up and leading the group for the evening.
meeting is going to be held at the home of Mike and Ann Koch in Alamo. This will be their first time in several years to host a
meeting as they’ve been in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Chevron and only recently has
Mike joined the ranks of the Retired Community. Mike sent an email to me which I’ve pasted in
Ann and I are looking forward
to the CCWG meeting at our home on the 30th. It has been several
years since we last hosted so here the directions:
Mike & Ann
Get on I-680
Follow I-680 to Stone Valley Road East
exit in Alamo
East on Stone Valley Road for 0.9
Turn right onto High Eagle Rd and drive
Turn right onto Pebble Dr. and go to
second right, 469 ft.
Turn right onto Pebble Ct.
Destination will be on the left of the cul-de-sac (Ivy covered mailbox) - 348 ft.
(Again, 215 Pebble Ct., Alamo)
There is plenty of parking
on Pebble Ct; people can walk from there up the steps to our home. There is very limited
parking at the top of the driveway to our house (six parking places at most) for those who
SHOULD NOT make the hike up our hill.
Our backyard vineyard
looks a little wild right now, with all the winter rains the vines are growing leaps and
bounds. Will begin topping vines the first of next week when we get back from Lake County
so it should like quite presentable by the 30th.
As for the presentation
topic, earlier in the year there was a discussion of having a vineyard expert come and use our
vineyard as an example of good / bad vineyard practices. Not sure who the final candidate
was but I think it will be a great opportunity for everyone to both see and learn as we can
have a “hands on” discussion right in the vineyard.
Giving that approach I would
suggest that we start the meeting with the presentation. Announce the start of the
meeting for Friday night, June 30, 2017 at
7:00pmwith the idea of getting
everyone down to the vineyard and starting the presentation by
7:15. Then ~45 minutes for the
vineyard discussion and then everyone up the hill to our patio before it gets too dark
for pizza, nibbles and wine.
Mike & Ann
NOTE TO PROGRAM
anyone come up with an “expert” to make observations out in the Koch vineyard for this
meeting? Your mission, should you decide to accept, is
to find one, direct them to the Koch home in Alamo and have them get there by 7:00 p.m. on
Friday night, June 30, 2017. Thank you
We’re also hoping for a
report from David Hicks on this years’ Lake County winery tour and catered dinner overlooking
Clear Lake. I’m quite sure that everyone will have had a
Kind of a quiet time of
the year for most of us so that’s all I have at this time.
This newsletter is
therefore respectfully submitted,
Al Turner, Secretary,
Contra Costa Wine Group (925) 837-9384
WineMaker Magazine’s 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017 International Club
of the Year
(WineMaker staff are seriously considering adding the “International”
handle for next year. For now, it’s just
ME!) al t.