July 2017 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter
meeting was held at the home of Mike and Ann Koch in Alamo. There were right around 50 people in attendance making it one
of the largest meetings of the year. Ann laid out
a great selection of hors d’oeuvres and Mike fired up the pizza oven as well. We’d like to let the Koch’s know how much we appreciate their
volunteering to host this meeting and doing such a good job of it!
As I no longer
grow my own grapes, thus proving that I’m simply not a farmer, I didn’t go down into the
Koch vineyard for the presentation down there. I
asked Mike Koch to prepare a paragraph or two on what was presented and here it
The speaker for the June
30th meeting was Mark Jochner of Diablo Vineyards. Mark serves
as President and Chief Operations Officer of Diablo Vineyards and has been in the
Landscaping business for over 20 years. His company both constructs and maintains
vineyards on small or large parcels of land, targeting central Contra Costa and down
through the Tri-Valley.
Mark used the Koch’s backyard vineyard in
Alamo as a background as he discussed his favorite small vineyard practices. He
focused on canopy management, soil moisture requirements and spraying strategies.
This was followed by a Q&A session that continued though the rest of the
evening. Many thanks to Mark for sharing his extensive vineyard management
knowledge with CCWG members. Mike
I really appreciate the notes taken by
Mike. It makes my job just that much
easier. Thanks Mike for doing such a great job
Our next meeting should prove to be quite
interesting. I’ll have a few words to say about the
results of the WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Competition and then we’re inviting
all of the CCWG winners to say a few words about their wines and why they think they won the
awards, to include the judge’s comments. What, if
anything, did they do to make them special. What is
their approach to making award winning wines and how do they choose which of their wines to
enter into the competition. This discussion should
prove beneficial to the membership as the CCWG attempts to take the crown next year for four
in a row! (Any ideas on what to call
It is that time again to vote upon the officers
of the club, the amount for next year’s dues and what changes might we consider in the coming
years. I’ll have the Treasurer’s report from Lee Wines
along with his recommendation on what due annual dues should be for next year.
I’m especially interested in the establishment of
the 2018 Program Committee for our group. Please
consider stepping up to the plate to help out your club.
Fifteen CCWG memberships have
already RSVP’d for the Saturday, August 19th meeting at Ehrenberg Cellars in
Livermore. So, thus far, nineteen people have signed up
to attend. That means that 70 CCWG memberships haven’t
responded, one way or another, yet. I know it’s almost a
month off but I would really appreciate a response from many more
memberships. Check that calendar and decide
whether or not you can attend and let me know!
Our next meeting will
be held Friday night, July 28, 2017 starting at around 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the home of Daniel and Annemieke
Howsepian in Lafayette.
: From either direction on Highway 680, head for Oakland
on Highway 24. Take the very first exit Pleasant Hill
Rd. North. After about a mile, turn left onto Reliez
Valley Rd. After about a mile and a half, (and after
passing Shangri La Rd.) turn right onto Hermosa Way. The
Howsepian home will be on your right at 3345 Hermosa Way. The Howsepian telephone is (925) 954-7138 or Daniel’s cellphone at
(925) 858-7000 should you get lost.
Things to bring: 1) A wine glass; 2) a bottle of your best or an eclectic
selection you think the group would like for the hors d’oeuvres table; 3) a folding
chair; and, just to be safe, 4) a jacket for a cool evening. It’s possible!
I hope to see lots of you there. It’ll be a very worthwhile meeting.
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group (925) 837-9384
WineMaker Magazine’s 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017 International Club
of the Year