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March 2018 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter

Our last meeting was held Friday, February 23rd at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek.  We celebrated the White/Rose Winners and Dessert Wine Winners at that time.  Ribbons for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention along with Best of Show White/Rose and Best of Show Dessert medals, were handed out at that time.  Averaging Bonneau’s counts, we came up with about 55 people in attendance for the meeting.  All of the winners were present and poured two bottles of their winning wines for those in attendance.  Everyone also had a one-page handout on how they went about making their wines. 

As there was no host for the meeting, everyone had been asked to bring along a plate of hors d’oeuvres with them.  I heard several comments that they were wonderful and that the members had done a very good job.  Thanks to all who brought something.  I must also say that the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s was pristine when I locked the doors after the meeting.  Thanks to everyone who helped out.

The CCWG is still in need of a host for Nouveau Night, Friday, December 7, 2018.  If you have a “Large Home,” please consider helping out your group.  We pay “Large Home” hosts $200.00 for hors d’oeuvres and their efforts.  Please give me a call if you can help out your group.  Thank you.

On another note, our Professional Wine Judging, usually held the Saturday after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday will be one week earlier in 2019.  Please go ahead and mark your calendars (if you have a 2019 one) for Saturday, January 19, 2019.

As no one has stepped up and volunteered for our next meeting, we’ve had to seek out a new venue.  St. Paul’s was unavailable for both March 23rd and the 30th, Good Friday.  Luckily, new CCWG member, Carl Yu, has reserved the clubhouse for us at his housing development in Danville.  To avoid Good Friday, the next meeting will be held on Friday night, March 23, 2018.  The doors will open at around 6:30 p.m. for some required setup.  The hors d’oeuvres and member-provided wines will be available from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. or so when the more “formal” part of the meeting will be held.

This meeting is when the Red Wine Winners will be poured by those First Place winners.  There are 9 red wines being poured that night.   Those winners will also make a short presentation and have a one page handout letting us know how they made their award winning wines.   WINNERS:  Be sure to bring two bottles of your First Place wines to pour for those in attendance.  This is typically a very well attended meeting.  I’m guessing that between 60 and 70 people will be present.  We will have a short presentation before the tastings from a vineyard owner in the North Davis, CA area.

DIRECTIONS:  From Highway 680 in San Ramon, take the Crow Canyon Road East exit.  After just over 3 miles, turn right onto Camino Tassajara.  Drive just over 2 miles and turn right onto Charbray St.   After 0.6 miles, turn left onto Enderby St.  The clubhouse is just after the turn (although I don’t know which side of the street it’s on).  There is a back way in, but I’ll leave that up to you if you live in Dublin, Pleasanton or Livermore.

WHAT TO BRING:  1) A plate of hors d’oeuvres; 2) a wine glass; 3) a bottle of your best or an inexpensive, eclectic selection you think the members might enjoy.  I will again have paper plates and plastic forks available for everyone to use.  We will again be required to leave the facility just as clean as it was when we arrived.  By that, I mean that you remove your wine bottles, etc. when you leave. 

The wine judge’s notes from our 40th Professional Judging, for those of you that didn’t pick them up at the last meeting, will again be available.  Help out your club by picking them up and avoiding the mailing expenses.

I have actually heard from a second grape grower that will be willing to sell to home winemakers.  I will forward that information to the membership as I receive it.  Mike Orton of the Valley Vintner in Livermore has informed me that 7 full cases of entries were timely shipped to the WineMaker International Amateur Judging to be held in Manchester Center, VT.  Cross your fingers for a “Grand Slam!” 

That’s about all I can think of at this time.  The Program Committee can put their thinking caps on for the April 27th meeting.  I am currently unaware of any details.  I hope to see lots of you on March 23rd.

Respectfully submitted,

Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group  (925) 837-9384

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