January 2018 CCWG Newsletter (Addendum)
got most of what I wanted to say out to you in the original newsletter but forgot a couple of
things that you need to be aware of.
First off, I want to thank Jim and Debbie Sawin of Walnut Creek very much for hosting
our annual Nouveau Night. There were great hors d’oeuvres
and lots of room for everyone to maneuver around in.
Bonneau estimated for me that there were around 70 people in attendance for this
There were 17 White/Rose wines entered along with 38 Red wine entries. That’s a very respectful number for our group. 16 of the 17 White/Rose entries got votes. That tells me that we have some really great
winemakers. 33 of 38 Red wines got at least a single
point, good enough that someone thought that they were the Third best wine that they
tasted. Not too shabby considering that many of them
hadn’t finished Malolactic Fermentation, perhaps had no oak, etc., etc. The winners below will be receiving a suitable for framing
certificate at the Potluck Dinner on January 20, 2018.
Those winners are as follows:
Honorable Mention (tie) Dave & Lisa
Honorable Mention (tie) Bill
& Susan Abbanat Rose
Steve & Nate Herz
Congratulations to all of these winners. A
great evening was had by all in attendance.
still have heard from no one about volunteering their “Large Home” for either the Friday,
February 23, 2018 or Friday, March 30, 2018. Please step
up and help out your group. Call me
please. I’m “begging” you!
all of you scheduled to help out during the judging on Saturday, January 20th, per a
past judge’s request, please wear no perfume or cologne to the venue. Those sensitive noses need to be smelling only wine, no
conflicts. Thank you.
Plan on bringing your own place settings, silverware, wine
glass, napkins, etc. to the dinner. If you forget, there will be a minimal amount of
plastic ware, paper plates and paper napkins available. The church also has a few crappy
little wine glasses for your use. Don’t forget about your
Be sure to call Ben Weikert at (415) 810-8261 to insure we
have a seat for you. He’s our “controller” and is aiming
for 40% Hors D’oeuvres (delivered no later than
6:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th), 40% Entrees
and 20% Salads. We’re nearing the point that he’ll have
to direct what you need to bring. Don’t delay! (Judges
need bring no food but, we need to know if you’re coming, the number, and put a place setting in
I continue to ask that everyone is made aware of
“wine tasting etiquette” (that is woefully not adhered to by many people in wineries
across America). This quote is from Rosenblum Cellars and I find it especially apropos:
“Be courteous to others who wish to taste. After receiving your pour, please step
back from the tasting table to do your personal evaluation. Others can then step forward
to receive a sample of the wine.” Please be sure to inform your
guests as well. You don’t want to get yelled
at, do you?
Get your wine entries to one of the drop-off homes, soon
please. The cut-off is Monday, January 15th-
MLK Jr.’s Birthday. I currently have 20 entries, Bonneau
12 or so and Ron Peck had 8 at last count. That tells me
that there are still a lot of you that need to get it together and get them
Again, Mike Orton of the Valley Vintner is again
collecting entries for WineMaker Magazine’s International Amateur wine judging. There will be designated boxes under the name tag table at St.
Paul’s Episcopal for those entries. You’ll need two
checks; one goes to WineMaker ($25.00 per entry) and the other the Valley Vintner ($5.00 per
For those “newbies” that know nothing of the judging/potluck
venue, here are the directions:
LOCATION: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall at
1924 Trinity Ave. in Walnut Creek. From the
North, take Highway 680 South to the North Main St. exit (Exit 47), taking the North
Main St. South Ramp. After about half a mile, take a
slight right onto N. California Blvd. After about another
half mile, turn right on Trinity Ave. There will be a
large parking lot on your left. The Parish Hall is on the
right side of Trinity Ave. From the South,
take the Olympic Blvd exit (Exit 45B) and turn right onto Olympic Blvd. Turn left onto South California Blvd. Turn left onto Trinity Ave. and follow the instructions
I’m hoping for another extremely
successful event. Let’s make it happen.
Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group (925) 837-9384
2015, 2016 & 2017 WineMaker Magazine’s (International) Club of the Year