April 2013 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter


          Our last meeting was held out by the pool at the home of Barry and Cindy Tedmus in Pleasant Hill.   It was a great evening.  The hors d’oeuvres and wines were all excellent.  Thanks so much to Barry and Cindy for hosting this event.  There were right around 35 people in attendance and all of the remaining First Place wine winners from January showed up with their wines and handouts for all present.  Good questions again from the “peanut gallery” plus on a very nice evening in Pleasant Hill. 

          I have several Second, Third and Honorable Mention ribbons left to hand out and will bring them to the next meeting.  I’ve been just a little busy and haven’t prepared them for mailing to the pertinent recipients.  I’ll mail those that remain after the next meeting.


     Second Notice:  If you are not attending the WineMaker Magazine Conference in Monterey, you may now volunteer to pour CCWG member wines on Friday night, May 17, 2013.  I only have a single position available.  Steve Abbanat and Paul Merrill and I are now set to go to this event.  The pouring takes place that Friday night from 6 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., although I really doubt that we’ll be there that long.  I’ll be driving down, hauling the member wines that I’m now going to hit everybody up for, again, as in 3 of the 5 previous WineMaker Magazine Conferences.  We previously poured in Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara.  We didn’t pour in Stevenson, Washington or in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Please bring a bottle of your best to this meeting and place it in the specially marked boxes.  We need to have at least 5 cases of wine to take with us to this event.  It’s a great opportunity to show off the Contra Costa Wine Group’s winemaking skills.  It will be even better if we can take back the “Club of the Year” title from those yahoos up in Sacramento!  Call me if you want to be one of the volunteer pourers at this event, again, on Friday, May 17, 2013.  The request for wines from CCWG members at the last meeting was WAY less than overwhelming!  I collected a whopping total of 8 bottles of wine (although David Hicks and Lee Wines both assured me that since they’re going to the conference, they’ll be bringing a couple of bottles of their wine with them.)  I believe that the “least” amount that we’ve taken to those 3 conferences was right around 5 cases of wine.  Please help out and bring along “several” of your best wines for pouring at that conference, where, I’m sure, the Contra Costa Wine Group will again be crowned as the WineMaker Magazine “Club of the Year!”


          I will be speaking to 36 members of the Amador Winemakers Association (Home Winemakers) on their “Livermore Wine Tour” the night before our next meeting.  They’re getting together at Porter’s Restaurant out at the Poppy Ridge Golf Course Clubhouse.  As their leaders have been kind enough to provide me with a lot of information about what they’re all about, I plan on simply comparing their group with the Contra Costa Wine Group.  How could I pass up a free meal for Michele and me?  I’ll report my “findings” (and success or failure) at the next meeting, the very next night. 


     Our next meeting will be on Friday night, April 26, 2013, starting at about 7:30 p.m. at the home of Rupert and Eran Perera in Martinez.  Our speaker will be one of our judges from January.  He’s John Bristow, D.D.S., and heads up a group of about 30 people in and around Benicia that pool their resources and make lots and lots of great wine.  They’ve been doing it for many years and I’m quite sure that John’s presentation will be both interesting and informative.    


DIRECTIONS:  From Highway 680 merge onto CA-4 WEST toward Martinez/Hercules.  Drive approximately 3.7 miles.  Take the Alhambra Ave. exit toward Martinez.  Turn left onto Alhambra Ave.  Drive approximately 0.8 miles and turn right onto Travers Dr.  Immediately turn left onto Oakview Lane.  The Perera’s address is: 19 Oakview Lane in Martinez.  Their telephone number is (925) 957-1918 should you get lost.  Let’s try and save the parking spots near their home for those members who are a little less mobile please.

     Please bring a wine glass, a folding chair and a bottle of your finest for the hors d’oeuvres table.  If you haven’t made any wine yet, please bring an eclectic selection that you believe the membership would enjoy.  Again, the next meeting will be held at the home of Rupert and Eran Perera, Friday night, April 26, 2013, starting at about 7:30 p.m.


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


Please don’t forget to bring along one, two, three or more bottles of your best wines for the WineMaker Magazine Conference in Monterey.  There will be specially marked boxes to place them in.