Our last meeting was held at
the Rios-Lovell Winery in Livermore. It was our annual outing instead of a more formal
meeting in someone’s home. There were just over 30 people in
attendance. The event was arranged by new CCWG member Bob Joakimson, a good friend of
member Dan Boykin.
Attendees brought either hors d’oeuvres or desserts
with them along with a bottle of their wine. The owner of Rios-Lovell, Max Rios, gave us a
tour of the facility while we were there. They opened at least a case of wine for us, much
of it quite good. They make a large variety of Port-style wines there at
Rios-Lovell. Our group was invited inside to a conference-type room which was quite nice
considering how hot it was outside. The air conditioning did struggle but when a door was
opened and the brisk cross breeze came through, all was much better. I’d like to thank Bob
Joakimson for doing such a fine job in making this event happen. Everyone that attended
had a great time.
Lee Wines, our Treasurer, has informed me that between
August 11, 2014 and August 20, 2014, someone was robbing his mailbox! All of the
authorities have been informed and Lee and Mary are still trying to sort things out. The
key here is that if you happened to snail mail your CCWG Membership check to Lee during that period, you
should let Lee know and also check with your bank to see if any unusual and probably illegal transactions
have taken place.
Gardens are looking for wine donations for upcoming events. If you are so inclined, please bring your
donation wines to the next meeting. Rich Eber will be there to collect them for that
organization. Any and all wines donated are greatly appreciated. There will be
specially marked boxes for you to place your wine in. Bring a “couple!”
It’s time again for the payment of our annual dues. We voted
at the July meeting to maintain the dues at $65.00 upon the recommendation of our Treasurer, Mr. Lee
Wines. I have also talked to Brad Ring, Publisher of WineMaker Magazine in Manchester Center, VT.
He has agreed to maintain the subscription rate for our group at $8.00 per subscription. We typically
mail off our check about October 10th. Only those members at the start of our year will
receive that subscription. This is a once a year and a one check offering. We cannot add anyone
at a later date. Annual Dues now become “delinquent” on September 30, 2014. If you become
delinquent, a $10.00 late charge will be made, if there are still openings in the CCWG! We are
currently at 83 memberships and “max out” at 85, per vote of the group. You may bring a check for
$65.00 made out to “Contra Costa Wine Group” to the next meeting. Lee Wines will collect them at the
next meeting. The alternative is to mail your check to him, Mr. Lee Wines, 1105 West K St., Benicia,
Carolyn Schick has dropped me a line to have me put a notice
in this newsletter. For the 9th year in a row, they are hosting a fundraiser
for the education of women who could not otherwise go to school. The event will be held on
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at the Schick home. They will be pouring some of
Marv’s great wine along with selected cheeses to pair nicely, I’m sure, with the wine
tastings. The cost is $20.00 and is indeed for a great cause. Marv and
Carolyn’s home is located at 2303 Belford Dr., Walnut Creek. Their telephone number is
English will be making another fine presentation for us at the next meeting. The CCWG is
purchasing a “Wine Faults Aroma Kit” and it will be used as the basis for the meeting.
Possible solutions to the faults will also be presented by Bill during the presentation. I
truly believe that it will prove to be an extremely worthwhile meeting. Please try and
come. “Playing” with your grapes is NOT a sufficient excuse!
OK? See you there.
The meeting will be held at the home of relatively new
members, Steve & Kristen Riter. The meeting will be held on Friday night,
September 26, 2014 starting at around 7:00 p.m. with the “formal” portion of the meeting starting at
around 7:30-7:45 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From the North: Take
Highway 680 South through Walnut Creek to Alamo. Take the Stone Valley Rd. EAST
exit (#42A). Turn right on Stone Valley Rd. and go about 3.2 miles and turn right onto
White Gate Rd. Take the 2nd right onto Lackland Dr.
Take the 2nd right onto Parkmont
Dr. and then turn left onto Fallbrook Dr. Steve and Kristen’s home is located
at 1836 Fallbrook Dr., Alamo,
CA 94507. Their telephone should you get lost is (925) 820-8963.
From the South: On Highway 680 North through San Ramon, take
the Diablo Rd. exit (#39). Turn right onto Diablo Rd.
After About 0.7 miles, turn right to stay on Diablo Rd. Turn left onto Green Valley
Rd. Turn right onto Stone Valley Rd., take the 1st right onto
White Gate Rd. Take the 2nd right onto Lackland
Dr. Take the 2nd right onto Parkmont Dr. then turn left onto
Fallbrook Dr. Steve and Kristen’s home is located at 1836 Fallbrook Dr.,
Alamo, CA 94507. Their telephone should you get lost is (925) 820-8963
Things to bring: 1)
Your dues check; 2) a bottle of your best for the hors d’oeuvres table; 3) a wine glass; 4) donation wines
for the Bancroft Gardens; 5) a folding chair (just in case); and 6) a jacket, should it turn
cool. If you haven’t made wine yet, please bring along a commercial bottle of wine that
you believe the members might enjoy.
This newsletter is hereby respectfully submitted,
Al Turner, Secretary, Contra Costa Wine Group