Our last meeting was held at the home of Michelle
Beason in Walnut Creek. It was the first of two Awards Nights after our January
24th Professional Wine Judging in Walnut Creek. There were approximately 45
people in attendance for this event and Michelle had a wonderful spread of hors d’oeuvres for those in
attendance. Our special thanks go out to Michelle for putting up with
us. It is truly appreciated by the membership.
I currently have about two cases of member wine to
take to the WineMaker Magazine Conference in Portland, Oregon. I truly need a
“minimum” of four cases to take up there. If you are attending the next meeting and
haven’t yet donated any of your finest wine, please consider bringing along one or two with you to the
meeting. There will be specially marked boxes there to place your donations
in. Here’s thanking you in advance for presenting the Contra Costa Wine Group in a
good light at the conference. We make great wine!
The next meeting will be the second Awards
Night. The pouring order for the evening is as follows:
Other White/Rose David Hicks 2013
Lake Co. Viognier-carryover from last
meeting as his “kids” drank what they shouldn’t have!
Varietals Donna Guedon 2013 Sierra
Foothills Cabernet Franc
Super Tuscan Bill English 2012 Mary Leigh CoCoCo
Sangiovese Blend and
Bill English 2013 California Super “T” (1st Place Tie)
Rhone Varietals Bob Joakimson 2013 CoCoCo (Orinda) Syrah
Dickson 2013 Father Tumbas Amador Co. Petite Sirah
Blends Donna Guedon NV Sierra Foothills B’s
BEST OF SHOW-RED
Dessert Dan Boykin 2013 Sonoma
Late Harvest Viognier
BEST OF SHOW-DESSERT
Ribbons and medals will be handed out to the winners above as well as those placing
2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention in those categories. The First
Place winners above will make a short presentation telling us how they made their wines as well as having
a handout for those in attendance while we taste their wine.
The Judge’s Notes for all of the January 24th entries will again be available
at the meeting. They will be on a table all by themselves for people to pick
The next meeting will be held on Friday night,
March 27, 2015 at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall starting at around 7:00 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From Northern
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.
There will be some setup required followed by tear down
at the end of the evening. We may even have to run a mop over the area of our
activities to avoid an additional cleanup charge of $125.00. The kitchen will be open
but needs to be kept super clean for this event.
As there is no host for this meeting, please be prepared to
bring along a paper plate of hors d’oeuvres for others to enjoy. Keep it
WHAT TO BRING TO THE
MEETING: 1) Hors D’oeuvres as above; 2) a bottle of wine for the hors d’oeuvres
table; 3) a bottle or two of your best wine for the WineMaker Magazine Conference.
I hope to see lots of you at this
meeting. It’s always a lot of fun and very educational. It’s where
lots of winemaking expertise is dispensed so new members are especially invited to
Respectfully submitted, Al Turner, Secretary,