meeting was held at the home of Jim and Bette Felton, high in the hills of Danville. The meeting
was the very first inside/outside meeting that we’ve ever had! (You had to be there to know what
I’m talking about) It was a gorgeous night for a meeting with views of the San Ramon Valley and
Mt. Diablo. Bette’s spread of hors d’oeuvres was wonderful. We thank you two
so very much for hosting this meeting.
The meeting was our annual Harvest Report and was once again, a lot
of fun. There were right around 30 people in attendance and lots of great information was
discussed about where people got their grapes and the like. Again, you had to be
John Walkinshaw asked for suggestions on future meetings for the
Program Committee. The idea of a “Blending Party” in July was suggested. The
idea of a “Varietal Focus” night of home wines was brought up as a possible meeting subject.
Food and Wine pairings was mentioned as well “Wine Chemistry Night” and
“Viticultural Practices” such as spraying, etc. If you have any other ideas, please call
either John, Matt Wood, John Archer or Rupert Perera, our 2014 CCWG Program Committee.
your second opportunity to volunteer your home for a meeting in 2014. We need 3 Large
homes as three meetings typically have about 60 or so people in attendance. For that, the hosts
are given a $150.00 check for hors d’oeuvres at their hosted meeting. We also need 3 Regular homes for the other
meetings. Those available dates are April 26, 2014; May 30, 2014 and October 24,
2014. The hosts for those meetings are given a check for $100.00 for hors d’oeuvres at their
hosted meeting. Please give me a call at (925) 837-9384 at your earliest opportunity to reserve
the meeting night that you’d like to host in 2014. Step up and help your group out by
volunteering to be a host!
Here is the schedule for the 2014 calendar year and the 3 hosting volunteers
that have already stepped up. Go ahead and mark these dates down:
Saturday, January 25, 2014 36th Annual Contra
Costa Wine Group Professional Wine Judging & Potluck Dinner, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walnut
Friday, February 28, 2014 Awards for Red Wine
Winners-Need a Large home
Friday, March 28, 2014 Awards for White/Dessert
Winners-Need a Large
Friday, April 25, 2014 Regular meeting (Program Committee
Friday, May 30, 2014 Regular meeting (Program Committee
Friday, June 27, 2014 Regular meeting (Program Committee
Friday, July 25, 2014 Regular meeting
(Program Committee #4)
Friday, September 26, 2014 Regular meeting (Program
Friday, October 24, 2014 (to avoid Halloween) Regular
Friday, December 5, 2014 Nouveau Night-Need a
TBD-Off Site Meeting (Hors D’oeuvres, Desserts & Wine-Local Winery? TBD)
I still need lots of volunteers for the 36th Annual
Professional Wine Judging and Potluck Dinner. I need 1st and 2nd Shift
Glass Washers (note that there is a Power Washer in the church kitchen); a Lunch Runner to buy the food and “get it
to the church on time;” Dinner Set-Up (4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.); and lastly (but very important) Table Cleanup
& Removal of Remaining Wine & CCWG Owned Items after dinner. The sign-up sheet will be
at the next meeting but, to lock in what you’d like to do, call me at (925) 837-9384. We need
all of the help that we can get to make this another exceptional event for the CCWG.
Please bring an extra bottle or two of your
wine to the next meeting for the CCIH Red
Boots Charity Dance & Auction. They are the Contra Costa Interfaith Housing charity and do very fine work
here where we live. In the past, we’ve donated as many as 7 full cases of wine for their
function and they have raised a lot of money from auctioning off our wines. Please be
generous. There will be specially designated boxes for those donations.
Our next meeting is one of the biggest and most fun events of the
year. It’s “Nouveau Night” where members bring their “works in
progress” and have them judged by everyone in attendance. We divide the wines up by Red and
White (no Dessert or Fruit wines please), place them on two or three different tables and go around sniffing,
sipping and spitting. If you drink any of the Red wines, you’ll end up with a really purple
tongue by the end of the evening! I’ll have note sheets, ballots, tape, marking pens and paper
bags for the blind tasting. Get a little of your new wines into a bottle
NOW so that they’ll get over, at least a little
bit of, bottle shock. You only need a piece of masking tape on the bottle identifying the
varietal or blend and the name of the winemaker. I’m expecting a lot of wines to not be
through Malolactic Fermentation yet due to some of them being harvested so late again this
year. We already know that it’s a 2013 vintage! Certificates suitable
for framing will be awarded to the winners of this event and handed out at the Potluck Dinner on Saturday,
January 25, 2014.
The Nouveau Night meeting will be held
Friday night, December 6, 2013, starting
at around 7:00 p.m. We’ll start the “program” promptly at 7:30
p.m. Please try and be prompt as we need to get all of the Nouveau wines into a bag and
then get them randomly numbered. Late arrivals cause the tasting to be a lot less “blind”
because their wines typically get the higher numbers. Please remove any PVC or tin
capsules before your arrival. We try to be fair.
The meeting will be held at the home of Pat & Tyler
Hunt in Lafayette.
DIRECTIONS: From the East you need to get to Highway 24 West
going toward Oakland and the Caldecott Tunnel. Take Exit #13 toward Central
Lafayette/Moraga. Turn right onto Deer Hill Rd. Take the first right onto
1st St. Turn right again onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn left onto
Moraga Rd. After about 8/10s of a mile, turn left onto Old Jonas Hill Rd.
Take the second right onto Powell Drive and the Hunts are located at 3502 Powell Drive.
Their telephone number is (925) 284-5561.
I hope to see lots of you there. Please bring
along a bottle of your best for the Hors D’oeuvres table. Bring along a folding chair and a wine
glass for sampling.
Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group