January 2012 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter
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
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:
3rd Place Steve &
2011 Chardonnay #2
Place Dick Ingraham & Bob
Steve & Susan
2011 Gewurztraminer #3
3rd Place Rich
2011 Petite Sirah
2011 Red Blend (60% CS, 25% Primitivo, 15% Syrah)
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:
Host Family City
Friday, February 24,
2012 Awards Night for Red Wines
Friday, March 30,
2012 Awards White/Des/Fruit
Friday, April 27,
Friday, May 18,
Friday, June 29,
Beecher Walnut Creek
Friday, July 27,
Friday, September 28, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
your calendars for those dates. Then, please seriously consider volunteering your home
for the 3 meetings for which we have no host. CALL
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:
Support Brown, Kirtley &
Gopher (Go for this, etc.) Michael
8 a.m. until Noon
Glass Washers (1st Shift) Hussey, Beaman,
Ormonde 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Glass Washers (2nd Shift) Archer,
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wine Pourers & Distrib. Burchards, Merrill, Anders if
not judge 9:30 a.m. to end of judging
Deliver by 11:30 a.m.
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Decorations Jim & Bette
5:00 to 6 p.m.
Judge Gift Baskets Debra Hussey, Lori Beecher &
NLT 3:30 p.m. 1/21/12
Ribbons, Plaques, etc. Ken
Muehring, Al Turner-Asst. NLT
Table Cleanup & Removal John & Janine Walkinshaw
Start No Earlier than 9:30 p.m.
Temp. Ribbon Placement Al
On all winning bottles as
& Pour Spout on
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):
- Bonneau Dickson, 2428 McGee Ave., Berkeley (510) 845-8625.
- Rich Eber, 3422 Wren Ave., Concord (925) 518-5852 IN BELIZE UNTIL THE 14TH
- Tony Inzerillo, 500 Rheem Bl., Moraga (925) 260-9734
- Donna Guedon, 85 Collins Dr., Pleasant Hill (650) 888-0444
- 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.
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 I have for right now. This newsletter therefore is respectfully submitted.
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group