March 2016 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter
Our last meeting was held at the home of Marv and Carolyn Schick in
Walnut Creek. There were right around 50 people in attendance for the Red Awards Night. The
Schick’s laid out a nice spread of hors d’oeuvres for those attending. We appreciate very much them
volunteering their home for this event.
During the meeting, I was personally surprised by being handed a
nice card and a $100.00 Basspro Shops Gift Card for my efforts for the CCWG. For those of you that
weren’t in attendance, I especially wanted you to know that this gift was very much appreciated. My
“love” other than winemaking is Largemouth Bass fishing and the gift card has already been spent on lures
that will be put in the water as soon as “Spring” gets here! Thank you all again.
Our next meeting is for the White and Dessert Wine Award winners but
we will also have two Red Wine winning holdovers poured at this meeting. Thus the pouring order for the
meeting to be held Friday night, March 25, 2016 will be as follows:
Other White/Rose Steve & Susan Abbanat 2012 Yolo Co. Sauvignon
Chardonnay (Tie) Bonneau Dickson 2014 OBW John Gist Yolo
David Hicks 2014 Red Hills Lake County
David Hicks 2014 Clear Lake Lake
County-Best of Show-White
Geoff Linder 2014 Napa County Merlot
Andrews 2011 Contra Costa County Zinfandel
Dan Boykin 2014 Northern Sonoma County Merlot Port
Best of Show-Dessert
The winners above are hereby reminded that they need to bring two
bottles of their winning wine with them and 25-30 copies of a one page write-up on all of the particulars on
how they made their winning wines. If you cannot make the meeting, you must get the wine and write-ups to someone who will be
attending the meeting. Thank you.
Also at this meeting Bob Becker will present his idea for a possible
format for future winners to present the specs on how they made their wines. It would present quite a
bit more information to the membership although even I’m not sure if I could fill in
all of the blocks!
Our current Program Committee is getting together just
before this meeting and will likely have some great ideas for topics to be covered in the remaining meetings for
this year. We wish them “well.” Our group could not move forward without a great Program
The next meeting, again, will be held
on Friday night, March 25, 2016, starting at around 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the home of Rupert & Eran Perera. Their address
is 19 Oakview Lane, Martinez, CA 94553. Should you get lost, their telephone is ((25) 957-1918.
DIRECTIONS: For most of you, take Highway 680 North to the Highway 4 West exit toward Richmond,
Pinole, etc. Go West on Highway 4 to the Alhambra Avenue exit (Exit #9). At the bottom of the
offramp, turn left onto Alhambra Avenue. Go about 0.8 miles and turn right onto Travers Drive.
Take the first left onto Oakview Lane and the Perera’s home will be on your left after about 0.1 miles.
That address, again, is 19 Oakview Lane, Martinez.
bring to the meeting: 1) A wine glass; 2) a folding chair; 3) a
bottle of your best (or an eclectic selection you believe the members might enjoy) for the hors d’oeuvres
table. With the current rain, I believe we’ll have to be inside but there is a chance, with good weather,
that the meeting will be held outside. Dress for it.
I hope to see lots of you there. This is one of the CCWG’s
biggest events of the year. Ribbons will be handed out to all of those “placing” in the January 23,
2016 Professional Wine Judging. I will again have a box of serving spoons, forks and the like that were
collected after the judging. The Judge’s notes will also be there. Do come and collect them so the
group doesn’t have to pay for mailing them out to you. Thank you.
Respectfully submitted, Al Turner, Secretary, CCWG