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February 2014 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter

Our biggest event of the year was held on Saturday, January 25th in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek.  There were 110 wines entered into this year's competition, quite a big surprise to me.  Our count was hovering right around 75-85 going into the last weekend and, all of a sudden, everybody showed up with their wines!  There were right around 90 people that showed up for the Potluck Dinner that evening and a good time was had by all.

     The event couldn't have happened without all of the volunteers that showed up to make the event a success.  Thanks to everyone for rolling up their sleeves and showing up on time, etc.  Special thanks to Bob Keller for figuring out how to get the dishwasher to work!  It needed just that extra touch of expertise to get it going properly.

     Our judges were great again this year.  They were:

1.  Brent Amos, Winemaker at Las Positas Cellars in Livermore, CA

2.  Maria Terry, Sommelier, Owner of La Sommeliere in Pleasant Hill, CA

3.  John Bristow, U.C. Davis Enology Graduate and Dentist in Vallejo, CA

4.  Jennifer Scott of Treasury Wine Enterprises Global, Walnut Creek, CA

5.  Greg Baiocchi of Baiocchi Vineyards & Winery, Somerset, CA with Tasting Room in Sutter Creek, CA

6.  Phil Long, Owner/Winemaker at Longevity Wines in Livermore, CA

7.  Meghann Pine, Sommelier, Pleasanton, CA

8.  Lance Bellamy, GM of The Walnut Creek Yacht Club Restaurant

9.  Tom Anders, CCWG Member & VP, Scott Laboratories, Petaluma, CA (Last minute substitute for which we are grateful)

You all have my permission to boycott Nottingham Cellars in Livermore.  Collin Cranor went fishing in Cabo on us last year and this year, even with a Wednesday reminder email, simply forgot that he had a commitment with us.  He is no longer on my list of possible judges.

Here are the winners selected by those fine, professional wine judges:

WineMaker Magazine of Manchester Center, VT is hosting the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition that will be held April 11-13, 2014.  The entry deadline though is March 7, 2014.  CCWG Member, Mike Orton, of The Valley Vintner in Livermore is offering to ship your entries for FREE  to this years' competition.  You need to pull out a current issue of the magazine or go online, fill out the Entry Form, write out a check for $25.00 per entry and do one of the following:

     1. Deliver the entries to The Valley Vintner, 5963 Graham Ct., Unit #D, Livermore (inside of the Eckert Estates Tasting Room).  They're open only on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 5 p.m.
     2. Bring your Entry Form, check and wine entry to the next meeting on Friday, February 28th and they will be delivered to the Valley Vintner the next day for shipment ASAP. 
     Our next meeting is one of the "biggies" of the year.  It will be held on Friday night, February 28, 2014.  This will be the Red Wine Winners Award meeting.  Ribbons for First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention, plus the Best of Show Red Wine medal will be handed out.  A highlight though, is that each of the First Place in each category winners will be bringing two bottles of their winning wine to pass around while they make a short presentation, with handout, on how the wine was made.  Information such as where the grapes were purchased, how much they cost, what was the Brix, pH, TA, Yeast, Nutrients, Malolactic Culture, Oak Treatment, etc. will be presented at this meeting.  There will be nine First Place wines poured this evening and they will be in the following order:
    1.  Zinfandel - Lisa Anderson
    2.  Other Red Varietals - Petit Verdot - Rich Eber
    3.  Cabernet Sauvignon-Bay Area - Al Turner
    4.  Cabernet Sauvignon-North Counties- Donna Guedon
    5.  Meritage - Donna Guedon
    6.  Other Red Blends - Charbono Blend Bill Rose
    7.  Syrah - Donna Guedon
    8.  Petite Sirah - Donna Guedon
    9.  Sangiovese - David Hicks -BEST OF SHOW - RED

     On Friday night, March 28, 2014, there will be 3 White Wines, 1 Red Wine (Merlot) and 1 Fruit/Dessert wine poured and discussed.  Mark your calendar

      I delivered 7 cases of wine to the Contra Costa Interfaith Housing office on Tuesday, February 28, 2014.  Those wines are for their Red Boots-No Place Like Home charity dinner that was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill.  Thank you all for being so very generous in donating your wines to this worthy organization. 

     Our next meeting will be held in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. with the start of the pouring of the First Place wines occurring at around 7:30 p.m.  As there is no actual "Host" or "Hostess" for this meeting, the attendees are all being asked to bring along a small Saran Wrapped paper plate of hors d'oeuvres for all to enjoy.  I will be bringing 6 bottles of wine for that table that were "left over" from our judging as we only ended up with 9 judges (3 panels of 3 judges each).  If you would, please bring a bottle of your best for that table plus a wine glass for sampling those winning wines. 

DIRECTIONS:  From Northern Highway 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.


From Southern 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 left.

If you happen to have any of the CCWG's temporary ribbons from the Potluck Dinner, please bring them along to be collected.

That's all that I have for now so this newsletter is respectfully submitted,  Al Turner, Secretary, CCWG 925-8374-9384

p.s. if anyone is interested in looking at my 20 pound Azul (3 Bar) Peacock Bass caught on the Jufari River, a tributary of the Rio Negro River, in Brazil, I'm attaching a picture for your perusal.  I'll have pictures of my other four 10 pound plus fish at the next meeting.

BEST OF SHOW - WHITE Susan and Steve Abbanat 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Yolo County
Chardonnay 1 Susan and Steve Abbanat 2011 Chardonnay Yolo County
2 Bill English 2012 Chardonnay Lamorinda
3 Mary Rogan & Alan Nunns 2012 Chardonnay Davis
HM Bill English 2012 Chardonnay Lamorinda
Sauvignon Blanc 1 Susan and Steve Abbanat 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Yolo County
2 Bonneau Dickson 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Contra Costa County
3 Bonneau Dickson 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Contra Costa County
Other White / Rose 1 Bonneau Dickson 2012 Pinot Gris Contra Costa County
2 John Kirtley, Sophia Omania 2012 Viognier Lodi
2 Susan and Steve Abbanat 2012 Gewurztraminer Yolo County
HM Tom Anders NV Estate Rose Contra Costa
Fruit / Dessert 1 Tom Anders NV Marsala
2 Dan Boykin 2011 Petite Syrah Port Dry Creek Valley
3 Dan Boykin 2011 Zinfandel Port Sonoma  
HM Dan Boykin 2011 Syrah Port Healdsburg
* Best of Show
BEST OF SHOW - RED David Hicks 2012 Sangiovese Clear Lake
Sangiovese 1 David Hicks 2012 Sangiovese Clear Lake
2 Bill English 2012 Sangiovese Lamorinda
2 Greg & Kathi Bequette 2013 Sangiovese Lake Co.
Merlot 1 Tom Anders 2009 Merlot Napa Valley
2 William Wood 2011 Merlot Contra Costa
3 Tony Inzerillo 2011 Merlot Moraga, CA
HM Tom Anders 2009 Merlot Blend Napa Valley
Meritage 1 Donna Guedon 2012 Bella Donna - Meritage Sierra Foothills
2 Donna Guedon 2012 Chateau Guedon - Meritage Santa Cruz Mountains / Sierra Foothills
3 Rich Eber 2011 ZinFelMax Cellars - Bordeaux Blend
Cab Sauv Bay Area 1 Al & Michele Turner 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore
2 Tyler Hunt 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lafayette
3 Mike Orton 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore
3 Bob and Georganne Eddy NV Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi
Cab Sauv North Co. 1 Donna Guedon 2011 Chateau Guedon - Cabernet Sauvignon Sierra Foothills
2 Dan Boykin 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma
Dry Creek Valley
3 Aaron Hardy 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Co.
3 Bob & Charlotte Keller 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lake Co.
Other Red Blends 1 Bill Rose 2009 Charbono Blend Placerville
2 Greg & Kathi Bequette 2013 Tempranillo/Graziano Livermore
3 Tony Inzerillo 2011 S. Tuscan Moraga, CA
3 David Hicks NV Other Red Blend Red Hills
Other Red Varietals 1 Rich Eber 2011 ZinFelMax Cellars - Petite Verdot Lodi
2 Mike Orton 2012 Mouvedre Livermore
3 Joe Caturegli 2012 Grenache Noir Sonoma County
HM Donna Guedon 2012 Chateau Guedon - Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains
Syrah 1 Donna Guedon 2012 Chateau Guedon - Syrah Sierra Foothills
2 Mike & Donna Albrecht 2012 Syrah Lodi
3 Bonneau Dickson 2012 Syrah Amador County
HM Bill English 2010 Syrah Lamorinda / Amador County
Petite Sirah 1 Donna Guedon 2012 Bella Donna - Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills
2 Bob Schoenfeld and Bernadette Homen 2012 Viagen Tribut Petite Sirah Lodi
3 John Kirtley, Sophia Omania 2012 Petite Sirah Contra Costa
3 Mike & Donna Albrecht 2011 Petite Sirah CoCoCo
Zinfandel 1 Lisa Anderson 2012 Quail Hill Zinfandel Santa Clara County


Bob and Georganne Eddy