January 2013 Contra Costa Wine Group
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 soon after was a sight to see.
meeting was our Nouveau Night, held on Friday night December 7, 2012 at the home of Marv & Carolyn
Schick. As Carolyn is still recuperating from foot surgery, members were asked to bring along a
plate of hors d’oeuvres. That worked out well and a very nice selection was
available. Our thanks go out to the Schick’s for hosting this event.
We had 11
White Wine entries and 35 Red Wine entries for this competition. There were right around 50
people in attendance at this meeting. It was great fun, as usual. The winners
this year are as follows:
3rd Place Paul & Teresa
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Place Mike & Sharon
3rd Place Mike &
Sharon Orton 2012 Cabernet
2012 Petite Sirah
Congratulations to the
winners listed above. Award Certificates (suitable for framing) will be handed out by Bonneau
during the Potluck Dinner on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Here is a
rendering of the CCWG meeting schedule for the remainder of the year:
Host Family City
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, March 22,
2013 Awards-Red Wines
Tedmus Pleasant Hill
Friday, April 26,
Friday, May 31,
Friday, June 28,
Friday, July 26,
Friday, September 27, 2013
Walkinshaw Walnut Creek Friday, October 25,
Friday, December 6, 2013
your calendars for those dates. Then, please seriously consider volunteering your home
for the 2 meetings for which we have no host. CALL
meeting is the highlight of our year. It will be the Contra Costa Wine Group’s
35th Annual Professional Wine Judging and Potluck Dinner.
The date is Saturday, January 26, 2013. 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:
Gopher (Go for this, etc.) Donna
8 a.m. until Noon
Temp. Ribbon Placement Lee
Wines On all winning bottles + Pour Spouts on 1st Place winners as the
categories are completed
(Reminder: These are only Temporary Ribbons and are not to be taken
Glass Washers (1st Shift) Beaman,
10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Glass Washers (2nd Shift)
1 p.m. –
Wine Pourers & Distrib.
Merrill’s, Hunt, Wines, Bequette
9:30 a.m. to end of judging
Deliver by 11:30 a.m.
Koch’s, Homen, Schoenfeld
4:30 to 6 p.m.
5:00 to 6 p.m.
Judge Gift Baskets Sharon
NLT 3:30 p.m. 1/26/13
Ribbons, Plaques, etc. Donna
Guedon (Trained by Ken Muehring) NLT 2/23/2013 Meeting
Table Cleanup & Removal J & J Walkinshaw, Bob
Bogardus Start No Earlier than
Of CCWG owned items
In order for
this to be a successful event, we can use all of the volunteers that we can get. Walk-ins are
gratefully welcome! No dishpan hands for glass washers, so we could use some more, plus Jim
& Bette Felton could use a hand decorating the tables. We can always use more people as Wine
Pourers. At 9:30 p.m. or so, absolutely more people are needed to help clear the
tables. Bonneau also needs all the help that he can get to load his vehicle with CCWG owned
items after the dinner.
this year we do not have to stack all of the tables and chairs and mop the floor.
Hooray! People may leave the facility whenever they wish, but clearing of the tables after the
Potluck Dinner shouldn’t start until 9:30 p.m. or so. This is a social event for the membership
and many members haven’t seen each other since the previous year. The psychology of starting
tear-down causes everyone to immediately start putting things away and making urgent plans to leave.
SCHEDULE: Doors of the St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church Parish Hall will be opened at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013. 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.
and clear your schedules and call gracious volunteer and former CCWG President, Josie Fike, to let her know what
you’d like to bring to the Potluck (Appetizers, Salads or Entrees) and the number of people
attending. I’d like everyone to bring 12 servings of food for each membership attending and
another 12 servings if you intend on bringing 2 guests (the maximum allowed) for a total of 24
servings. Simply leave the details on her answering machine. Guests
are very welcome. Again, only two persons per membership please.
Warning-If you wait too long to call her, she’ll call you back and TELL YOU what to
bring. Give her a call soon at (925) 942-0452.
bringing your own place settings, silverware, wine glass, napkins, etc. to the dinner. If
you forget, there will be a minimal amount of plastic ware and paper plates available. Don’t
forget about your guests!
I continue to ask that everyone is made aware of “wine tasting etiquette” (that is
woefully not adhered to by many people in wineries across America). This quote is from
Rosenblum Cellars and I find it especially apropos: “Be courteous to others who wish to
taste. After receiving your pour, please step back from the tasting table to do your personal
evaluation. Others can then step forward to receive a sample of the
wine.” Please be sure to inform your guests as well.
It would be really appreciated if you could get your wine entries dropped off
soon. We’re anticipating a lot more unusual blends this year. John
Kirtley will be helping us out from New York via Email in arriving at the categories. The entry
fee this year is the same as last year at $10 per entry. Have a check made out to “CCWG”
for the person accepting your wine entries. For easier accounting, our Treasurer, Lee Wines,
insists upon a written check, no cash. 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 Tuesday, January 22, 2013. There will be
The drop off homes and volunteer are as follows (Please call ahead):
- Bonneau Dickson, 2428 McGee Ave., Berkeley (510) 845-8625.
- Donna Guedon, 85 Collins Dr., Pleasant Hill (650) 888-0444
- Mike & Ann Koch, 215 Pebble Ct., Alamo (925) 552-7827
If your wine label inadequately describes your wine, and is unclear (redundant?), you
will be asked to complete an Address Label with the pertinent information on it, on the spot!
We especially need to know the percentages of each grape in your blends. Another requirement
is the Appellation and Vintage (or non-vintage) of your wine. Vineyard designations are very
nice to know but will not be a requirement. We also need the name(s) of the
winemakers. We simply don’t know everyone’s boutique winery name! I
believe that the more information that we provide to our fellow members on where your grapes came from, the
better their decision-making in grape buying will be in future years.
I have all 10 judges lined up for the judging on the
26th. Those judges are:
1) Long time CCWG Honorary member and former wine judge, Tom Coyne of
the Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore
2) Maria Terry, former wine judge, Certified Sommelier, owner of La
Sommelierre in Pleasant Hill
3) Jennifer Scott, former wine judge, Luxury Brand Manager for
California with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
4) Dave Everett, CCWG Honorary member and former wine judge, Professor
of Viticulture and Winery Technology at Las Positas College in Livermore
5) Brent Amos, former wine judge, Head Winemaker at Fenestra Winery in
Bellamy, former judge, Catering Manager at “Prima Ristorante e Negozio di Vini” in Walnut Creek.
Charlie Kidd, former judge, Head Winemaker at Las Positas Cellars in Livermore.
Collin Cranor, former judge, Head Winemaker at Nottingham Cellars in Livermore.
Long, new (for us) judge, Owner/Head Winemaker at Longevity Cellars in Livermore.
Bristow, DDS, new (for us) judge, U.C. Davis Enology graduate and long time home winemaker in
Benicia. There are over 30 partners in John’s winemaking group. Recommended to us by our beloved
Treasurer, Lee Wines.
LOCATION: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Parish Hall, 1924 Trinity Avenue in Walnut Creek. There is a very large parking lot
available for our use right across the street.
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.
that any unopened bottles of wine remaining after the dinner will be donated to Rupert Perera’s charity function
that is being held shortly after our dinner.
that I have for right now. I’m very sorry to say (again) that I won’t be at this years’
judging. Due to some very poor communication skills on my part, I find that I’m leaving for a
timeshare in Loreto, Baja California the very morning of the judging. This newsletter therefore
is respectfully submitted.
Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group