September 2016 Contra Costa Wine Group
Last month’s meeting was held at the home of Bob
and Darla Becker in Pleasant Hill. Darla laid out a wonderful spread of hors
d’oeuvres for everyone’s enjoyment. There were right around 40 people in attendance
for this meeting. We truly appreciate the Becker efforts in hosting this
Our speaker for the evening was former CCWG
member, Tom Powers of Martinez. His subject for the meeting was grapevine pruning,
training and the proper equipment to be used while pruning. Tom even brought along
a couple of actual grapevines to help everyone visualize what he was talking about.
He dispensed some very useful information to the attendees and answered several questions
brought up by them. We’d like to thank Tom Olson and the Program Committee for
lining up Tom Powers as our speaker for the evening.
During the meeting, it was proposed that the
Host and Hostess reimbursement for hors d’oeuvres be raised. After some discussion,
especially regarding the recently reduced
dues with our Treasurer, a motion was made to raise the reimbursement
from $100.00 to $125.00 for a “Regular” meeting and from $150.00 to $175.00 for a “Large”
meeting and was passed unanimously by the attendees.
“Dues,” our “Drop Dead
Dues Date” is rapidly approaching. The night of our next meeting, September
30, 2016 is the absolute last day that you can pay your dues without your name being
placed at the end of our active Waiting List. We currently have 17 families on that
list that are anxiously awaiting notice that they can join our great little band of
fantastic winemakers. If you can’t make the meeting, please send a check for $60.00
made out to “CCWG” and mail it, posthaste, to our Treasurer, Lee Wines, 1105 West K St.,
Benicia, CA 94510. If you’re able to attend the meeting that night, don’t forget to
bring your check and give it to our Treasurer. We will be compiling the membership
list the very next day and your money must be in our
hands to avoid being dropped as a current member.
There will be no exceptions. We’d hate to lose you.
received a callback from David Green of WineMaker Magazine in Manchester Center,
VT. The cost of an annual subscription to their magazine, which is already included
in your membership dues, is being raised to $9.00 per subscription versus the previous
$8.00 per subscription. We will be mailing our membership list and a check around
October 10 (Columbus Day) or so. Only members in good standing by about October
7th (new members
getting their checks in rapidly) will be eligible for this subscription. We give
WineMaker only names and mailing addresses. So no telephone numbers or email
addresses are sent to them. We also have the proviso with them that they never
“sell” our list.
meeting will be held Friday night, September 30, 2016
starting at around 7:00 p.m. The meeting will
be held at the home of Daniel and Annemieke Howsepian in
From either direction on Highway 680, head for Oakland on Highway
24. Take the very first exit Pleasant Hill Rd. North. After about a mile,
turn left onto Reliez Valley Rd. After about a mile and a half, (and after passing
Shangri La Rd.) turn right onto Hermosa Way. The Howsepian home will be on your
right at 3345 Hermosa Way. The Howsepian telephone is (925) 954-7138 or Daniel’s cellphone at (925)
858-7000 should you get lost.
Upon the recommendation of recently retired CCWG member, Tom Anders, our speaker for the
evening will be Michael Jones of Scott Laboratories in
Petaluma. His C.V. is quite impress sive, having
previously worked at Caymus, Domaine Chandon, a Hunter Valley, Australia winery, and
several other firms in his career. He has been working for Scott Laboratories for
the past 10 years and travels extensively around the country discussing Fermentations and
Fining for them. Michael’s subject for the evening, especially apropos for this
time of the year, is dealing with “Sluggish and/or Stuck
Fermentations.” I’m quite sure that it will be a
very informational presentation that almost every member of the CCWG could benefit
from. Hope to see you at the meeting.
I will be bringing two items to the
meeting. The first is the sign-up sheet for hosting our 2017 meetings. We’ll
need 3 “Large” homes and 6 “Regular” homes for the year. Those dates are as
follows, especially if you want to jump on a specific meeting month, just give me a
February 24, 2017 Large Home White/Dessert Awards Night
Friday, March 31, 2017 Large Home Red Wine Awards
Friday, April 28, 2017 Regular Meeting
Friday, May 19, 2017 Regular Meeting – Early to avoid Memorial Day
Friday, June 30, 2017 Regular Meeting
Friday, July 28, 2017 Regular Meeting
Friday, September 29, 2017 Regular Meeting
Friday, October 20, 2017 Regular Meeting – Early to avoid Halloween
Friday, December 1, 2017 Large Home Nouveau Night – To avoid Xmas &
Please step up and support your group for the coming year.
Secondly, I will have the sign-up sheet for duties necessary to pull off our 39th Annual Contra Costa Wine Group Professional Wine Judging and Potluck
Dinner. Everyone should mark their calendar now
for Saturday, January 21, 2017
for that judging. You can never start gathering help too
early! Please plan on helping out at least a couple of hours that
WHAT TO BRING TO THE
MEETING: 1) a bottle of wine for the hors
d’oeuvres table; 2) a folding chair; 3) a wine glass and 4) a jacket as the meeting is
almost definitely going to be held outside.
Again, the next meeting will be held on Friday night, September 30, 2016 starting at around 7:00 p.m.
with the “formal” part of the meeting starting at around 7:30 p.m. or
so. I know it’s harvest time, but don’t “cop out” with that excuse and I hope to
see lots of you at the meeting.
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group (925)
WineMaker Magazine’s 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016 International Club of the