Our last meeting was held
at the home of Steve and Susan Abbanat, just through the Caldecott Tunnel in Oakland in Alameda
County. There were right around 25 people in attendance. Susan and Steve
had a very nice table of hors d’oeuvres prepared and theywere delicious. We’d like to thank
them for allowing us into their home for this meeting. It really is appreciated very
Bill English made a PowerPoint presentation on SO2
Management that was very well received by the attendees. There were lots of questions and
excellent answers given by our presenter. Our thanks go out to Bill for coming up with
this very important subject and presentation.
On a different subject, historically our August meeting
has been held at a winery on a Saturday or Sunday during the day. We had gravitated into
only bringing hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine to this function. Not my job, but, if
anyone has any suggestions and/or very important Points of Contact about our using their facility, please let
me know so that I can incorporate it into our schedule. Thank you.
Speaking of Bill English, in a good way, he has agreed
to make another presentation to us at the Friday night, June
27th meeting. His comments on that talk are shown below.
It sounds to me like his timing is excellent and a great question and answer period is
If you would like me to do a presentation at the next
meeting on preparing for the fall crush and the issues and alternative approaches to the crush and
fermentation, I can do another PowerPoint presentation. Some of his may seem to be elementary to
many, but valuable to the newer members. I would delve into the subject in enough depth to generate
controversy among the group, however, discussing alternatives to the standard book method. It may be
interesting to see how many different ways there are to do the same "standard" thing.
Our next meeting location has
changed. Dan Boykin and Gerard Davidson have swapped meetings. The
June 27th meeting will be held at the home of Gerard and Geraldine Davidson in Dublin
starting at around 7:00 p.m. The July 25th meeting will be held at the
home of Dan and Marianne Boykin in Concord.
DIRECTIONS: From the North: Take Highway 680 South to Exit #31, Alcosta
Blvd. At the light at the end of the offramp, turn left onto San Ramon Valley
Blvd. Go straight and it becomes San Ramon Rd. Turn right onto West
Vomac Road. Take the first left onto Vomac Court. The
Davidson home is located at 8146 Vomac Court, Dublin. Their telephone number, should you
get lost, is (925) 551-0172.
From the South: Take Highway 680 North to the Alcosta Blvd. exit and turn left,
back over the freeway. Turn left at the next signal, San Ramon Rd., Turn right on West
Vomac Road. Take the first left onto Vomac Court. The Davidson home is located at 8146 Vomac
Court, Dublin. Their telephone number, should you get lost, is (925) 551-0172.
Please bring with you: 1) a bottle of wine for the hors d’oeuvres table; 2) a wine
glass; 3) a folding chair and 4) a jacket as it might get cold outside. Unless it rains,
(Ha, ha!) the meeting will likely be held outside on the Davidson deck overlooking their newly planted
The meeting again will be held starting at right around 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, June 27,
newsletter is hereby respectfully submitted,
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group