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July 2014 Newsletter

Our last meeting was held at the home of Gerard and Geraldine Davidson in Dublin.  There were about 25 people in attendance.  It was a lovely evening and the outside venue overlooking the recently planted Davidson vineyard was great.  A very nice spread of hors d’oeuvres was laid out for everyone to enjoy.  You missed a very nice meeting.  Our thanks go out to the Davidsons for hosting this meeting.

          At the meeting, Bill English made a very nice presentation on getting ready for the upcoming harvest.  We were initially worried that it would be too light for Bill’s PowerPoint presentation to show up.  It was just fine.  I forwarded Bill’s presentation slides to the membership shortly after the meeting.  A lot of great points were made during the presentation and lots of questions and/or suggestions were made along the way.  I especially want to thank Bill for wholeheartedly supporting the CCWG.  For two meetings in a row, he has stepped up on fairly short notice to volunteer his expertise to the group.  Well done Bill.

          At our next meeting, Friday, July 25, 2014, we have several things that need to be discussed.  The first item on the agenda will be the amount of next years’ annual dues.  They’ve been $65.00 for the past two years.  More at the meeting.

          Rich Eber poured his wine at Bancroft Gardens last Friday night.  He apparently raised $600.00 for his effort.  He is bring a representative of the Bancroft Gardens to the meeting to make a short presentation to the CCWG.

          To drop a “bomb” on them, Dan Boykin and David Hicks will make short presentations on what they learned and saw at the WineMaker Magazine Annual Conference that was held in Virginia this year.  They are the only members that I’m aware of that attended the event.

          For a “First” (I think), our host for this month’s meeting, Dan Boykin, will also be making a presentation to the group.  Dan will speak on how to make fortified wines, mostly how to make Port-like fortified wines.  He may even pour a couple of his award winners to those in attendance (Hint, hint).  If you’ve ever thought of making a fortified wine, I’m quite sure that Dan’s presentation will prove worthwhile.  Be there!

DIRECTIONS:  From the North:  While on Highway 680 South, take the Willow Pass Rd. exit (Exit #51) and turn left onto Willow Pass.  After 1.4 miles, turn right onto Galindo St.  After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Cowell Rd.  After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Kaski Lane.  Take the second right onto Browning Drive.  Take the first left onto Kipling Ct.  The Boykin address is 1057 Kipling Ct. and their telephone number is (925) 689-7296.

From the South:  While on Highway 680 North, take the Treat Blvd. exit (Exit #48) and merge right onto Treat Blvd.  After 4 miles, turn left onto Cowell Rd.  Turn left onto Kaski Lane.  Take the second right onto Browning Drive.  Take the first left onto Kipling Ct.  Again, the Boykin address is 1057 Kipling Ct. and their telephone number is (925) 689-7296 should you get lost.

The meeting, again, will be held at the home of Dan and Marianne Boykin starting at around 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, July 25, 2014.  I hope to see lots of you there.

I’m currently working through Gerard Davidson and Melinda at Fenestra Winery in Livermore to come up with a date for our annual CCWG outing on a Saturday or Sunday in August.  As soon as I get a firm date from them about our using their picnic area, tasting some of their wines, and buying some, I’ll let you all know ASAP.  The hours are typically from around 4:00 p.m. until around 6:00 p.m. with attendees bringing either an hors d’oeuvres plate or a dessert of some sort.

Thank you to those members that submitted ideas for this meeting and future meetings.  Many of them sound quite promising and will be forwarded to our Program Committee for future consideration. 

This newsletter is thereby respectfully submitted,

Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group