February 2018 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter
Our 40th Annual Professional Wine
Judging and Potluck Dinner on Saturday, January 20th was extremely
successful. We had 101 wine entries in 13 different
categories for our 10 professional wine judges to evaluate. Those judges did a wonderful job as the day went by very
smoothly. I’d like to thank them for their judging
expertise and efforts.
Once again, we had a great crew of volunteers
assist throughout the day. Without them, I’m sure that
our day wouldn’t have been as successful. Thank you all
for your time and efforts. Sharon Orton handled the
Judge’s Gift Baskets extremely well again this year. She
had 3 Old World wines, 2 reds and 1 white and 3 New World Wines, 2 reds and 1 white for each of
the judges. A very nice selection. Well done Sharon!
I counted empty chairs at the Potluck Dinner and
came to the conclusion that there were right around 118 people in attendance. The appetizers, entrees and salads brought by everyone were
wonderful. No one went away hungry. I’d like to especially thank Ben Weikert and Michelle Heywood for
controlling that end of the festivities. It was very
well done in that there were almost exactly 40% Appetizers, 40% Entrees and 20%
This years’ winners are as follows:
3rd Place Bonneau Dickson 2015 Powers
Place Eloise & John Pound
Place David Hicks
2016 Middletown AVA Viognier
2014 Mendocino Chardonnay
3rd Place Rogan-Nunns
Cellars 2016 Dry Creek Vly
Place Bonneau Dickson 2016 Yolo Co.
Place M&S Orton & B.
Pruett 2017 Livermore Chardonnay
WHITES/ 3RD Place Tom Anders
2016 SB/Chard/Riesling-Napa AVA
2ND Place Bill Rose
2017 Pinot Gris – CoCoCo
Place Paul Merrill
2017 Pinot Gris – Lodi
3rd Place Steve & Susan Abbanat 2017 Rhone Blend-Sierra
(Tie) Dan Boykin
2017 PV Rose – Dry Creek Vly
1st Place (Tie) M&S Orton
2017 Grenache Rose – Placer Co.
BEST OF SHOW
3RD Place Rich Andrews
2014 Merlot – CoCoCo
Place Jim & Bette
2016 Merlot – CoCoCo
2016 Merlot – San Benito Co.
3rd Place Rich Andrews
Place Greg Bequette
Place Alan Kramer
2016 San Benito Co.
3RD Place (Tie) Paul &
Janet Goetz 2015
Place (Tie) Eloise & John Pound 2016
3rd Place (Tie) Eloise & John Pound
Place Dan Boykin
2016 Zinfandel-Dry Creek Vly
Place Bob Becker
Steve & Nate Herz
2015 CS – Solano Co.
2ND Place(Tie) Greg Bequette
2016 CS – Napa Co.
2nd Place(Tie) Al & Michele Turner 2016 CS – Alexander Valley
Place Greg Lafayette
2015 Maverick CS – Dry Creek Vly
2015 Pinot Noir-Russian River AVA
3rd Place Rich Eber
2016 Petit Verdot – Lodi
2012 Malbec-Clear Lake AVA
2015 Cabernet Franc-El Dorado Co.
NV Dani’s Blend – Sonoma Co.
3RD Place Dan Boykin
NV Angel’s Blend – Sonoma Co.
Place Ron Peck
2nd Place(Tie) Bonneau
2016 Tumbas – Amador Co.
2nd Place(Tie) Bonneau Dickson 2016 Powers –
& Kathy White
2016 Chateau Trixie-CoCoCo
2015 Tumbas – Amador Co.
2016 PS – El Dorado Co.
3rd Place Dave & Lori
Arango 2016 PS
Place(Tie) Bonneau Dickson 2016
Tumbas PS - Amador Co.
1st Place(Tie) Al & Michele Turner 2015 PS-Amer. Oak - El Dorado
BEST OF SHOW
ART & KATHY
3RD Place John Descalzo
NV Primitivo Port – CoCoCo
Place Al & Michele
2016 CS Port – Alexander Valley
BEST OF SHOW
2012 SAUTERNES –
Congratulations to all of the winners
above. You can all be proud of your
achievements. Members of this club make wonderful
The next meeting will
be the last chance
for the CCWG membership to prepare their entries for the WineMaker
Magazine International Amateur Judging. We’re
seeking a “Grand Slam!” (Thanks John Kirtley). We
won in 2015, 2016 and 2017 so this would be four in a row! There will be designated boxes under the name tag table at the
entrance for your submissions. Mike Orton of the Valley
Vintner has again graciously offered to gather and ship those entries to WineMaker in time for
their judging. The wines must arrive in Manchester
Center, VT no later than March 16, 2018. To take
advantage of this opportunity, you’ll need two checks made out. One to “WineMaker” for $25.00 for each of your single bottle
entries and the other to “Valley Vintner LLC” for $5.00 for each of your
entries. The Entry Form, available on WineMaker’s
website, should indicate two things: 1) The Contra Costa Wine Group as your Winemaking
Club and 2) the Valley Vintner as your Winemaking Retailer. Be sure to follow the labeling guidelines shown on the entry
form. Let’s give it the old college try and submit
lots of our great wines and pull off the Grand Slam. CCWG member, Dan Boykin, previously mentioned that the judges
at the WineMaker International Amateur seemed to like the higher acid wines. More acidic, not tannic! Put that piece of information to use in your entry
selections. Thank you all.
Our next meeting will be held on
Friday night, February
23rd. We would like all of the First Place winners in the
White/Rose’ and Dessert wine categories to do a couple of
things. First, insure that their two bottles of
First Place wine are well chilled for the meeting.
Next, each of you need to prepare a single page document telling the members how the wine
was made. We’d like you to bring between 25 and 40
copies of that to be handed out to those attending the next meeting. I am attaching a sample format that each of you winners may
or may not utilize. It’s up to you, but we’re
looking for things like where, how much, additives, oak, etc. This information is essential so that the membership can
continue to improve their wines. If any of you
First Place winners find themselves unable to attend the meeting, please get your two
bottles of wine and the handouts to someone in the group that will be attending the
The next meeting will be held at the St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1924 Trinity Ave. in Walnut Creek, again on
Friday night, February
Ribbons and Medals, coordinated by Donna Guedon, for all of the White/Rose and Dessert winners
will be handed out that night. The Judge’s notes, very
important pieces of information, will also be available to everyone that entered a wine into
the competition. The doors will open at 6:00
p.m. Please come early if you can. We’ll have to set-up ourselves and completely sweep the decks at
the end of the evening. Nothing can remain when we’re
done! That means, take your bottles, utensils, etc. with
you when you leave.
As this is a “No Host” event, those attending
need to bring along an hors d’oeuvres plate. We’ll need
12-24 “servings” per membership. I’ll have small plates
and plastic forks available for everyone. As there will
still be a “Social Hour” (approximately 7:00 p.m.) before we start the “Formal” (7:30 – 7:45
p.m.) part of the meeting, please bring along a bottle of your best, or an eclectic selection
you believe the members might enjoy with you to the meeting. Again, the meeting will be held on Friday night, February
23rd at the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut
Creek. This is typically a well-attended meeting
and rightfully so. These are the best White/Rose’
and Dessert wines that the members of the esteemed Contra Costa Wine Group have
DIRECTIONS: From Northern 680, take the North Main
St. exit. EXIT 47 toward Walnut Creek. Take the North Main St. SOUTH
ramp. Merge onto N. Main St. and go about 0.4 mi. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto N.
CALIFORNIA BLVD. and go about 0.6 mi. Turn RIGHT onto TRINITY AVE. for 0.2 mi. and the
parking lot will be on your left.
Highway 680, take the OLYMPIC BLVD. exit. EXIT 45B and turn right onto
Olympic Blvd. After about 0.4 mi. turn left onto S. CALIFORNIA BLVD. After
about 0.2 mi. turn left onto TRINITY AVE. for 0.2 mi. and the parking lot will be on the
I hope to see lots of
you at the next meeting.
Al Turner, Secretary,
Contra Costa Wine Group (925) 837-9384
The 2010, 2011, 2015,
2016 & 2017 WineMaker Magazine Int’l Club of the Year