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   Sorry for missing the last meeting.  We got our oldest son married off on a very nice day up in Sacramento.  There were about 80 in attendance and a good time was had by all.  The couple is now on Maui enjoying their honeymoon.

     Our beloved Wine Czar, Bonneau Dickson was kind enough to take notes for me for this missed meeting.  Thank you so much to him for doing so.


May 5, 2014




     Our previous meeting was held on April 25, 2014 at the lovely home of Steve and Joyce Mirabito in Lafayette. 


     Only about 20 people attended.  This probably was due at least in part to the rainy weather.  (California desperately needs the rain so don't complain.)  But some of our members probably did not attend because they are also members of the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association (LWGA), which was pouring wine for the Orinda Rotary at the Masonic Lodge in Orinda.  The event was well attended was good publicity for local wines and winemakers.


     Mike Orton graciously volunteered to serve as our substitute presenter for the evening.  He demonstrated an apparatus for measuring the free sulfite in wine.  After demonstrating the procedure he then helped several members measure the sulfite in their wines.


     The food was very good with the high point being numerous delicious pizzas, which were made from scratch by Steve Mirabito and cooked in the outdoor wood oven on his porch.  They were much better than one gets at commercial pizza parlors.


     Our sincere thanks go out to Steve and Joyce for hosting this meeting.  It’s a lot of work getting ready and then cleaning up.


     The early publishing date for this newsletter is because Michele and I leave for a European cruise tomorrow afternoon.  We’re flying to Rome, out to the coast to the port of Civitavecchia to catch our Holland America cruise ship.  From there we’ll hit Cadiz, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Normandy, Zeebrugge and then 3 days in Amsterdam.  There are other stops as well on this 15 day cruise.  It’s a small ship holding only 940 passengers so can sail up both the Tagus and Gironde rivers.  Cool!


     Our next meeting will be held on Friday night, May 30that the home of Steve and Susan Abbanat in Oakland, Alameda County, of all places!  The meeting will start right around 7:00 p.m. with any “formal” presentation happening around 7:30 p.m.


     As of this moment, the CCWG Program Committee hasn’t informed me of any specific program for this meeting.  If nothing arises between now and then, the evening will be a “Social” evening for the Contra Costa Wine Group.  I have faith though that someone will step up to the plate and volunteer their services for at least a brief presentation on some wine related subject.


DIRECTIONS:  Take Highway 24 West toward Oakland/San Francisco.  Go through the Caldecott Tunnel in the right lane.  Take the Highway 13 South Exit (#5A) toward Hayward.  After about 1.4 miles, take the Moraga Ave. exit (#4) toward Thornhill Drive.  Keep right to take the ramp toward Piedmont.  Merge onto Moraga Ave.  Take the second right onto Masonic Ave.  Turn slight right onto Proctor Avenue.  The Abbanat home is located at 5440 Proctor Ave.  Their telephone is (510) 338-0769 should you get lost.


     Again, the meeting will start right around 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, May 30th.Please bring along a bottle of your best for the hors d’oeuvres table, a folding chair, jacket and a wine glass.  If you haven’t made wine yet, bring along an eclectic bottle of wine that you think the membership might enjoy.  Enjoy a night in the Piedmont hills!




Respectfully submitted, Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group (925) 837-9384