Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter
Our last meeting was held at
the home of Jim and Bette Felton, high in the hills of Danville. What a beautiful
night for a meeting! Bette laid out a wonderful spread of hors d’oeuvres for the 35
or so people that showed up. We’d like to express our thanks to Jim and Bette for
volunteering their home for this meeting.
This meeting was our annual
“Harvest Report” about where people got their grapes, how much they paid, what condition
the grapes were in and any difficulties that might have occurred. In general, the
harvest quantity was down, and in some cases, substantially. Wind and some rain at
absolutely the wrong time caused grape shatter in quite a few vineyards. The
drought also had an impact as water supplies were quite limited in some areas. The
members in attendance all contributed to this meeting and it went quite well. A lot
of useful information was dispensed during our meeting. Thanks go out to all that
attended and participated.
The group is still in need of a
“Large” home for the Red Wine Awards Night on Friday, February 26, 2016. We also have a
“Regular” meeting on Friday, April 29, 2016
for which we need someone to volunteer their home. Please give me a
call if you can help out your group. It’s a vital part of our meeting year that we
have member homes to hold these meetings.
There has been a change to the date
of our “38th Annual
Contra Costa Wine Group Professional Wine Judging and Potluck Dinner.” We actually
ended up getting the date that we had asked for in the first place! Please mark
your calendars for Saturday, January 23,
2016. Please plan on spending at least some time during the day helping
out with the judging. We cannot pull off this event without the support of lots of
our members during that day.
I will have sign-up sheets for
Meeting Hosts and Volunteer Workers for “Judgment Day” at the next meeting.
At this point, I am in need of a “Gopher,” you know, go for this and that,
etc. I also need glass washers for each of the two shifts. First Shift is
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the Second Shift is from 1:00 p.m. until around 4:30
p.m. I would like to assure you that it isn’t really “glass washing.” They
have a “power” dish- washer in the church kitchen that completes its cycle in about 5
minutes. All you have to do is wipe off the Sharpie markings on the base of the
glass. Easy! Please consider adding your name. We can also always use
help on our “Wine Sample Pourers and Distribution Team.” We’ve got to get the wines
to our judges in an expeditious manner.
There will be three drop off
homes for this years’ judging competition. You’ll need to get your entries to one
of these locations no later than Martin Luther King’s Birthday, January 18, 2016.
If you can make the potluck dinner, you’ll only need two bottles of each entry. If
you have to miss the dinner, we’ll need three bottles of each entry. The drop-off
homes are as follows:
North & Central County: Ron Peck, 1662 Garnet Lane, Concord
Telephone: (925) 685-1172
County & beyond: Bonneau Dickson, 2428
McGee Ave., Berkeley
Telephone: (510) 845-8625
South County & beyond: Al & Michele Turner, 3776 Norris Canyon Rd.,
San Ramon Telephone: (925) 837-9384
These names and
locations will be published again in the next newsletter. The key here is that
you must call and
coordinate your drop-off entries with these individuals. There will also be
no exceptions to the cutoff date of January 18,
2016. We need to get our categories established and into our computer
program before the event. There really is a lot of prep work that needs to take
place before the event.
Our next meeting is one of the
biggest of the year. It’s our annual Nouveau
Night. November 15th
was the actual Nouveau wine (mostly Beaujolais) release date in
France. That’s what we’re emulating. Members are encouraged to bring a bottle
of their wine from this year’s
harvest. The wine only needs a piece of masking tape on it telling the
varietal and the winemaker. That’s all. We will randomly place them into
paper bags that are either numbered (Red wines) or lettered (White wines). Try and
get your wines to the venue no later than 7:15 p.m. or so. Bring a writing
implement. I’ll have 8½” x 11” two-sided sheets for taking notes on both the red
and white wines you’ll be tasting. If you have a clipboard, it’s a lot easier to
take those notes. There will then be ballots that will be compiled to determine the
3rd Place wines in
each category. Suitable for framing certificates will be awarded at the Potluck
Dinner on January 23rd, 2016. Come one, come all, for a really fun night.
The next meeting will be held at the
home of Doug and Mary Cefali in Pleasant Hill. Their address is:
2017 Hoover Ave., Pleasant Hill. Their telephone number is: (415) 240-6453 should you get lost.
The meeting is Friday night, December 4,
2015 starting at around 7:00 p.m.
to avoid Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
DIRECTIONS: From the North – Take Highway 680 South, take the
Geary Rd. exit (#48), turn
left onto North Main St. Then turn right onto Geary Rd. After about 0.60 miles,
turn right onto Putnam Blvd. About ¼ mile later turn left onto Hoover Ave. and the Cefali
home at 2017 will be on the left.
From the South and
West– Get onto Highway 680
North and take the Buskirk/Treat Blvd. exit (#48). Turn left onto Treat Blvd. After crossing North Main St.,
it becomes Geary Rd. Go about 0.70 miles and turn right onto Putnam Blvd.
About ¼ mile later turn left onto Hoover Ave. and the Cefali home at 2017 will be on the
For those of you living in Pleasant
Hill, you’re on your own. Sorry.
That’s all I have at this
time. I’m trying to find someone that will ship our entries in the WineMaker
Magazine International Amateur Competition for little or no charge. The people at
More Wine in Concord seem to be rather incompetent in finding THE person that has any
authority to make a decision. I’m on my second attempt as of this date.
Duh! Wine entries need to arrive in Manchester Center, VT no later than March 16,
2016. We’ll be seeking the title of Wine Club of the Year for 2016 to follow up on
this year’s title.
This newsletter is hereby
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group
p.s. Jeff and Jennifer Vergen have moved back to Illinois. Their
new address is 3506 Thorne Rd., Marengo, IL 60152. Their telephone numbers have not
changed and are on the CCWG membership list. We wish them well in their new home
although Jeff will be out here occasionally for his employer. He might actually be
able to make a meeting while here. Never can tell! al t.