February 2012 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter

 

        Our biggest event of the year was held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek.  It was the 34th Annual Contra Costa Wine Group Professional Wine Judging and Potluck Dinner.  The day almost started out as a disaster as I had no key for the kitchen doors that were locked!  We got lucky though as a church member with keys happened by early in the morning.  The “morning shift” volunteers all showed up timely and largely because of the wine entries having been dropped off by the previous Wednesday, we got off to a running start.  There were 96 entries in this years’ competition as compared to 95 the year before.  We reverted to our earlier judging method where each category of entries would have (possibly) a First, Second, Third and maybe even an Honorable Mention award given out.

     Our fantastic wine judges this year were as follows:

1)      Tom Coyne, long time member and owner of The Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore;

2)    Maria Terry, Certified Sommelier and owner of La Sommelierre in Pleasant Hill;

3)    Jim Waltz, previous judge and assists at the Concannon Winery in Livermore;

4)    Brent Amos, Winemaker at Fenestra Winery in Livermore;

5)    Lance Bellamy, Catering Manager at Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek;

6)    Tim Sauer, winemaker at the previous Livermore Valley Cellars;

7)    Jennifer Scott, Luxury Brand Mgr., CA, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates;

8)    Tom Anders, member, VP for Scott Labs in Petaluma, didn’t taste Dessert Wines;

9)    Collin Cranor, Winemaker at Nottingham Cellars in Livermore;

10)  Charlie Kidd, Winemaker at Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore.  Of particular note is that Charlie’s girlfriend actually answered the telephone at 8 p.m. at the winery the Thursday before our event and after listening to my plight, went and got Charlie out of an industry tasting and he then agreed to help us out!  Thanks so very much Charlie.

 

     The judging ended at around 3:20 p.m. which is unheard of for this event.  We gave each judge a nice gift bag (thanks Lori Beecher & Debbie Bussey) for their service.

 

The results of the judging are as follows:

BEST OF SHOW - WHITE

 

John Kirtley

11

Viognier - Lot 2

Lodi

BEST OF SHOW - WHITE

 

Ingraham /Hussey

11

Sauvignon Blanc

Amador Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARDONNAY

1

 McKulla

11

Chardonnay

 Davis

 

2

Schick

10

Chardonnay

Sonoma

 

3

Steve & Susan Abbanat

10

Chardonnay

Yolo Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOGNIER

1

John Kirtley

11

Viognier - Lot 2

Lodi

 

2

John Kirtley

11

Viognier - Lot 1

Lodi

 

3

Bonneau Dickson

10

Viognier

Amador Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAUVIGNON

1

Ingraham /Hussey

11

Sauvignon Blanc

Amador Co.

BLANC

2

Tom Warriner

10

Sauvignon Blanc

El Dorado Co.

 

2

Schick

09

Sauvignon Blanc

Sonoma Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

          GEWURZTRAMINER/

1

Schick

10

Gewurztraminer

Sonoma Co.

ROSE

2

Ingraham/Hussey

11

Gewurztraminer

Davis

 

3

Steve & Susan Abbanat

10

Gewurztraminer

Yolo Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 FRUIT /

1

Tom Anders*

NV*

Sherry*

California *

DESSERT

2

Tom Anders

NV

Cream Sherry

California

 

3

Tom Anders

NV

ZinPort

California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* =Best of Show

 

Fruit/Dessert

 

BEST OF SHOW-RED

 

Donna Guedon

08

Chateau Guedon

El Dorado Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MERLOT

1

 Inzerillo

10

 Merlot

 Napa Co.

 

1

William Wood

09

Merlot

Alhambra Valley

 

3

Tom Warriner

09

Merlot

El Dorado Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MERITAGE

1

Donna Guedon

08

Chateau Guedon

El Dorado Co.

 

2

Tom Warriner

NV

Best Friend's Blend

California

 

2

Tony Saraceno

10

White Steed Meritage

El Dorado Co.

 

2

Mary Rogan

09

Rogan Red

California

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER REDS –

VARIETALS

1

Tony Saraceno

10

Dolcetto

El Dorado Co.

 

2

Mike Orton

10

Barbera

Livermore

 

3

Fike

09

Barbera

Sonoma Co.

 

3

Mike Parker

10

Old Vine Mataro

Oakley

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPRANILLO

1

Turner/Manoukian

NV

Red Table Wine

California

& BLENDS

2

Turner

10

Tempranillo

Livermore

 

3

Manoukian/Turner

NV

Super Rioja

Livermore

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER REDS-

1

Donna Guedon

08

Bella Donna - Meritage

El Dorado Co.

BLENDS

1

Rich Eber

10

Mixed Litter

California

 

3

Mark Beecher

08

Northern Rhone

California

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABERNET

1

Bonneau Dickson

08

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Co.

SAUVIGNON

2

Ingraham/Hussey

09

Cabernet Sauvignon

Contra Costa Co.

 

2

Schick

07

Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma Co.

 

HM

 Inzerillo

10

Cabernet Sauvignon

 Napa Co.

 

HM

Bonneau Dickson

09

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYRAH

1

Tony Saraceno

10

Syrah

El Dorado Co.

 

2

Lee Wines

09

Syrah

Suisun

 

2

Lee Wines

09

Syrah

Groveland

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETITE SIRAH

1

Sharon Orton

10

Petite Sirah

Livermore

 

2

Bonneau Dickson

08

Petite Sirah

Livermore

 

3

 Inzerillo

10

Petite Syrah

 Contra Costa Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZINFANDEL

1

Rich Eber

10

Zinfandel

Placerville

 

2

Mark Beecher

08

Zinfandel

California

 

3

Koch

10

Zinfandel

Livermore

     Congratulations to all of the winners.  The Judges’ Notes for everyone will be available at the meeting to be held on Friday, February 24, 2012.  All of the Red Wine First Place wines will be poured and discussed and all Red Wine winners’ awards will be handed out at that same meeting. 

     All of the White Wine and Fruit/Dessert First Place wines will be poured and discussed and all White Wine winners’ awards will be handed out at the meeting to be held on Friday, March 30, 2012.

     The setup for the dinner that night went flawlessly.  Our wonderful Table Decorations were provided by Bette Felton and at no charge to the CCWG!  Thanks so much Bette.  We tried to leave a little more room around the 5 center tables to make it easier for everyone to move around the room.  As there were a large number of guests in attendance, (I believe) there were several instances where people tended to not back away from the table after receiving their pour.  I’m “sure” that none of “those people” were members of the CCWG!  Don’t you think?  Next year! 

     My estimate was that there were right around 120 people at the dinner that night.  I believe that the change in the food and its’ allocation worked splendidly.  Josie Fike did a great job of gathering “reservations” and assigning them the food that they should bring.  We were trying for 40% Appetizers, 30% Salads and 30% Entrees and there seemed to be plenty for everyone and the Appetizers showed up in a timely manner!  It was mentioned to me that the food was the best that they had ever had at our Potluck Dinner.  We had too many cakes and will cut that down next year and a few people showed up without contacting Josie.  You know who you are!

 

     Information will be available from our Wine Czar, Bonneau Dickson, at the meeting February 24th of an upcoming wine event sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club to be held in the Lamorinda area.  The event will probably occur from about 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday in the summer, probably in July.  The event will probably be patterned after the Napa Home Winemakers Classic at which home winemakers pour their wines.  There will be a judging of the homemade wines.  If, at this stage, you think that this type of event appeals to you, give Bonneau a call at (510) 845-8625 or drop him an email at dickson.bonneau@gmail.com .

 

          The Contra Costa Interfaith Housing charity held their Ruby Slippers 2012 “There’s No Place Like Home” gala on Saturday night, February 4, 2012 at the country club in Pleasant Hill.  The CCWG donated almost 5 full cases of wine for their event.  Our wines were extremely well received by the attendees, many of whom commented that our wines were extremely impressive.  I’ve received a nice letter of thanks from the organization that I’ll pass around at the next meeting.  I’d like to thank all of you that donated your wines for this charitable event.    

 

     Our next meeting is also a “biggie” but will also be just a little different this year.  Our hostess, Carolyn Schick, is still recuperating from foot surgery.  She will simply be unable to host the meeting as it is typically held.  Carolyn has told me that she will actually forgo the Large Meeting stipend of $150 to host this meeting!  What she, and I agree, is proposing is that each “membership” in attendance at this meeting brings with them an Appetizer plate with perhaps 12-24 Appetizers on it.  This is a “first” for the CCWG.  I would suggest using disposable plates and covering them with plastic wrap so we don’t have to worry about utensils and plates getting forgotten.

 

The meeting will be held Friday night, February 24, 2012, starting at around 7:30 p.m.  We’ll start the “program” promptly at 8:00 p.m.  Please try and be prompt as we need to taste 11 different First Place Red wine winners, listen to the winner short presentations  and  hand out the awards.  The meeting will be held at the home of Marv and Caroline Schick, 2303 Belford Drive in Walnut Creek.   

DIRECTIONS: From Highway 680 going South, take Exit 48, toward Treat Blvd./Geary Rd.  Turn left onto N. Main St.  Turn left onto Treat Blvd.  Take a slight right onto Bancroft Rd.  Turn left onto Ygnacio Valley Blvd.  Turn right onto Wiget Lane.  Turn right onto Belford Dr.  The Schick home, 2303 Belford Dr. will be on the left.    

From Highway 680 going North or Highway 24 from the West, take the Ygnacio Valley Blvd. exit.  Turn right onto Ygnacio Valley Blvd.  Turn right onto Wiget Lane.  Turn right onto Belford Dr. and the Schick home at 2303 Belford Dr. will be on your left.  If you get lost you can call them at (925) 945-6199.

          SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:  1) Bring plate of Appetizers; 2) Bring bottle of wine for the pre-event table and 3) Bring a folding chair for your comfort.  FIRST PLACERED WINE WINNERS – Don’t forget to bring two bottles of your winning wine and perhaps 25 copies of your prepared document on how the wine was made.  You must get your winning wine to the meeting, possibly to another CCWG member-no pour-no award.  Thank you all.

 

     I hope to see many of you at the meeting.  Respectfully submitted,

Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group