The Contra Costa Wine Group
(CCWG) has been in existence for over 35 years. The group was started in 1972 by a Contra Costa County Librarian
interested in learning more about the “art/science” of winemaking.
Informal meetings were held monthly in his Pleasant Hill home,
with attendance averaging 5-10 people having a similar interest in learning more about “winemaking” in preference
to “wine tasting”.
As the years passed, the club grew to the point where annual
judgings were conducted to evaluate the quality of the amateur wines produced by the members.
Professional judges commented that quality was improving markedly
as the club members attended extension courses at the U.C. Davis Dept of Viticulture and Enology; analyzed the
techniques that resulted in a mediocre – or – a superior wine; and sourced their fruit from the better vineyard
Now, we are a group of home winemakers that meets
11 times a year at various members homes. Members share winemaking tips and sample each other's home made wine at
We have educational speakers and regularly
scheduled events, like our yearly competition. Many of our members win awards in wine competition that are held all
over the world.
We have even had member go on and establish
successful commercial wineries, like Rosenblum Cellars,Deer Ridge Vineyards and Thomas Coyne Winery. One
of our members, Joel Butler with St Michelle in Washington, is one of 10 Master Wine Tasters in the U.S.
We also provide education to the public via several events throughout the year.
In addition to the annual club judgings held each
January, our members typically enter state, national, and international home wine competitions with exceptional
Our members have submitted wines garnering Best of
Show, Double Golds, and Golds in increasing numbers at these events. Currently we have about 75 members
having diverse occupations, ages, and gender; but all have a basic interest in making – or learning to make - high
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