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January 2012 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter


          Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that your holiday season was good for you and your families.  The Turner’s made it till midnight but the rush to bed after that was a sight to see.

          Our last meeting was our Nouveau Night, held on Friday night December 2, 2011 at the home of Marv & Carolyn Schick. As Carolyn was recuperating from foot surgery, Lori Beecher ably stepped in to help in the setup. Our thanks go to all of you for making Nouveau Night such a successful evening.

          We had 10 White/Rose Wine entries and 27 Red Wine entries for this competition.  There were right around 50 people in attendance at this meeting.  It was great fun.  The winners this year are as follows:

White/Rose Wines

3rd Place       Steve & Susan Abbanat                       2011 Chardonnay #2

2nd Place       Dick Ingraham & Bob Hussey               2011 Gewurztraminer

1st Place    Steve & Susan Abbanat                       2011 Gewurztraminer #3

Red Wines

3rd Place       Rich Eber                             2011 Petite Sirah

2nd Place       David Hicks                          2011 Red Blend (60% CS, 25% Primitivo, 15% Syrah)

1st Place    David Hicks                 2011 Petite Sirah

       Congratulations to the winners listed above.  Award Certificates (suitable for framing) will be handed out during the Potluck Dinner on Saturday, January 12, 2012.

          Here is a rendering of the CCWG meeting schedule for the remainder of the year:

      Meeting Mo/Date                      Meeting Type                      Host Family           City

Friday, February 24, 2012    Awards Night for Red Wines

Friday, March 30, 2012           Awards White/Des/Fruit               Burchard          Martinez

Friday, April 27, 2012              Regular                                      Hunt                Lafayette

Friday, May 18, 2012              Regular                                      Blackburn        Martinez

Friday, June 29, 2012             Regular                                      Beecher            Walnut Creek

Friday, July 27, 2012            Regular                         

Friday, September 28, 2012    Regular                                       Hussey              Danville

Friday, October 26, 2012        Regular                                       Beaman             Danville

Friday, December 7, 2012    Nouveau Night

          Please mark your calendars for those dates.  Then, please seriously consider volunteering your home for the 3 meetings for which we have no host.  CALL ME!

          Our next meeting is the highlight of our year.  It will be the Contra Costa Wine Group’s 34th Annual Professional Wine Judging and Potluck Dinner.   The date is Saturday, January 21, 2012.  The venue is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall located at 1924 Trinity Avenue in Walnut Creek.

          Here is a refresher listing of Volunteers and their tasks for the day:

          Task                      Volunteer                                            Time Commitment

Computer Support            Brown, Kirtley & Maas                         All day

Gopher (Go for this, etc.) Michael Parker                                    8 a.m. until Noon

Glass Washers (1st Shift) Hussey, Beaman, Ormonde           10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Glass Washers (2nd Shift) Archer, Albrecht                                1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wine Pourers & Distrib.  Burchards, Merrill, Anders if not judge 9:30 a.m. to end of judging

Lunch Runner                   Weible                                               Deliver by 11:30 a.m.

Dinner Setup                   Kochs, Beekleys, Abbanats                   4:30 to 6 p.m.

Table Decorations            Jim & Bette Felton                              5:00 to 6 p.m.

Judge Gift Baskets Debra Hussey, Lori Beecher &

                                      Eran Perera                                        NLT 3:30 p.m. 1/21/12

Ribbons, Plaques, etc.       Ken Muehring, Al Turner-Asst.             NLT 2/24/2012 Meeting

Table Cleanup & Removal  John & Janine Walkinshaw & Mark

                                      Scheberies (hopefully)                      Start No Earlier than 9:30 p.m.

Temp. Ribbon Placement   Al Turner                                           On all winning bottles as

& Pour Spout on winners                                                             category is completed


          In order for this to be a successful event, we can use all of the volunteers that we can get. No dishpan hands for glass washers so could use some more, plus Jim & Bette Felton could use a hand decorating the tables and I need all the help that I can get to load my Jeep with CCWG owned items after the dinner.

SCHEDULE:  Doors of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be opened at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2012.  Judging will start at approximately 10:00 a.m.  The “Tasting Hour” starts at 6:00 p.m. (please no Early Bird sampling).  Appetizers need to arrive NLT 6:15 p.m. and placed on either Center Table #2 or Center Table #4.  Dinner will start at 7:30 p.m.

          As of this moment, I have 5 judges lined up for the judging on the 21st. Depending upon the number of wine entries, I need to line up either 8 or 10 judges. This also impacts the number of Gift Baskets that we purchase in advance of the event. What I’m trying to say is that it would be really appreciated if you could get your wine entries dropped off soon. The entry fee this year has been raised to $10 per entry. Have a check made out to “CCWG” for the person below. If you’re coming to the dinner, we need two bottles per entry and if you can’t make the dinner, we need three bottles per entry. Don’t forget that the “Drop Dead” last day to get your wines to one of the volunteer “gatherers of wine” is Wednesday, January 18, 2012. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!

The drop off homes and volunteer are as follows (Please call ahead):

  1. Bonneau Dickson, 2428 McGee Ave., Berkeley (510) 845-8625.
  2. Rich Eber, 3422 Wren Ave., Concord (925) 518-5852 IN BELIZE UNTIL THE 14TH
  3. Tony Inzerillo, 500 Rheem Bl., Moraga (925) 260-9734
  4. Donna Guedon, 85 Collins Dr., Pleasant Hill (650) 888-0444
  5. Al Turner, 3776 Norris Canyon Rd., San Ramon (925) 837-9384

          Also, as of this moment, only approximately 60 people are signed up for the dinner. We have room for 128. I would feel a lot more comfortable if more were signed up! Please check and clear your schedules and call Josie Fike to let her know what you’d like to bring to the Potluck. I would suggest to you that guests are extremely welcome. Two persons per membership please. Warning-If you wait too long to call her, she’ll TELL YOU what to bring. Give her a call very soon at (925) 942-0452.

          Please note that any unopened bottles of wine remaining after the dinner will be donated to “Contra Costa Interfaith Housing” for their Ruby Slippers 2012 Dinner that is being held on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

          That’s all that I have for right now. This newsletter therefore is respectfully submitted.

                   Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group