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September 2013 Contra Costa Wine Group Newsletter


Our last meeting was held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore.  It was one of the very last functions to be held at the Vallecitos Road location.  Due to the property being sold, Tom’s winery is moving to Research Drive, off of Vasco Road in Livermore.  We had around 40 people show up for our annual August “outing.”  There were plenty of yummy appetizers and wonderful desserts laid out on a table under the old oak tree at the winery.  Tom’s great wine inside the Tasting Room was supplemented by wine brought by members to the event.  Overall, it was a very nice day out among the vineyards.  I’d like to especially thank Tom and Emily Coyne for putting up with us, especially at this difficult time for them.  We really appreciate your hospitality.   

The deadline for your 2013-2014 dues payment is rapidly approaching (September 30th).  To keep your membership current, please either mail a check for $65.00 made out to “Contra Costa Wine Group” to our Treasurer, Lee Wines, at 1105 West K St., Benicia, CA 94510 or Lee will happily accept your check at the next meeting being held on Friday night, September 27th (more on that later).

Our next meeting will be held on Friday night, September 27, 2013 starting at around 7:00 p.m. at the home of John and Janine Walkinshaw in Walnut Creek.  John was kind enough to write out the following directions for inclusion in this newsletter: 


Dear Al,

 As you may remember, parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended. We also have a large deck, but it is long and narrow, as is the interior, so the "meeting" will be a challenge. 


The September meeting will be held on Friday the 27th at the residence of John and Janine Walkinshaw, 173 Rudgear DRIVE, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Their home phone is 925-933-8220 and John's cell is 925-876-0728 and the meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Directions: If you know how to get to Rudgear Road off of I-680 it is very simple. From the freeway drive East (towards Mt Diablo) for one quarter (1/4) mile on Rudgear Road, then make a right on Rudgear DRIVE. #173 is 0.6 mile up the narrow windy "drive" on the right. Parking is only allowed on the East (left) side, so make a U turn and park in an available spot without blocking someone's driveway. Some neighbors will make some spaces available, but only use them if directed by John. Spaces are limited close to the residence, so please carpool if you can arrange it. Once parked, you will need to walk up a short steep driveway and another 22 stairs to the front door. The views are well worth the effort!

Please bring the following items with you to the meeting:  1) A folding chair; 2) a warm jacket as we will/may be outside for part of the meeting; 3) a wine glass; 4) a bottle of your finest wine to share at the hors d’oeuvres table (or a purchased wine that you’d like to share with the attendees; and 5) lastly (if applicable), your membership check (see above).

As of this moment, our Program Committee hasn’t informed me of what sort of a program that we might be enjoying.  I can tell you that part of the meeting will be used to elect new club officers and Program Committee members, if necessary.  We can use all of the support that we get, so please be prepared to step up to the plate and help out your group. 

The link (hopefully it’s a hyperlink) below is for attendees to RSVP their attendance at this meeting.  Please take the time to “Cut and Paste” it into your browser, enter the number attending in the column next to your name and then simply “X” out of the site.  Your attendance will be duly noted.  It’s really quite simple thanks to Rupert Perera.  See you at the meeting, again Friday night, September 27, 2013, starting at around 7:00 p.m.


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

p.s. I hope that everyone’s harvest/winemaking is going well or that your grapes will be picked in the near future and your numbers all turn out great!  al t.