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Our activity group concept is to have fun exploring reasonably priced wines ($5 to $35/bottle) in a friendly, sometimes educational atmosphere.
 
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Our goal is expand wine pallets, trying wines from different wineries, different regions, and different countries in a very cost effective manner.  We do have a number of wine appellations within driving distance and we can try new releases, typically very cost effectively.  We are also blessed to have BevMo, Total Wines, Costco, Trader Joe, and Grocery Stores with great pricing.  Our approach to wine tasting is evolving, as such, recommendations are always welcome.
 
Do you need to belong to the wine group to participate? No
 
Are significant others invited? Yes
 
Are there costs to wine events? Yes, hopefully under $25 per person
 
To hear about future events, contact Mike Sorensen to get on the group email notification list.
                                                    
 
 
Upcoming Outings:
Where When What
Benzinger Winery
 
1883 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen
Apr 23
Benzinger Winery Tour & Wine Tasting
 
10:30 am depart San Ramon 5:00 pm arrive San Ramon
Limit 8
Need to know by April 10 if you are attending - Contact Mike directly if interested!
Cost: depends on how many attend, lunch + up to $20
Las Positas Vineyards
 
1828 Wetmore Rd
Livermore
May 10
 
2-3:30 pm
Vertical Barbera Tasting
 
We will sample 5 years of Barbera, a great opportunity to taste side by side years. Brent, the winemaker will be there to provide an overview of the vintages and answer questions. Wine and Cheese will be $25/pp.  This event is limited to the first 12.
 
Register by clicking HERE.
 
John Evan Cellars
 
6800 Greenville Rd, Livermore
Jun 14
 
2-3:30 pm
Vertical Petite Sirah Tasting
 
Sirs and guests are invited to sample 5 years of Petite Sirah, a great opportunity to taste side by side years. John, the winemaker will be there to provide an overview of the vintages and answer questions. Wine and Cheese will be $25/pp.  This event is limited to the first 14. 
 
Register by clicking HERE.
TBD Jul
Tasting 10+ year old wines
2:00 bottles will be opened
Limit 12
Cost: $25
 
 
Concepts for our fellowship:
  • Wines from Specific Locations in the World
  • Blind Wine Tasting – we will try to figure out what is in the Brown Bag
  • Travel to Lodi, or Sonoma, or……
  • Visit local wineries when they announce new releases
  • Horizontal wine tasting from different appellations
  • Maybe we can get the local home wine makers to host an event
  • Rating wines, using the same approach as professionals
  • Joint cooking and wine night
  • Value vs. Price…..or some variation along that theme
  • Old vs. New, we may be able to find some wines for a vertical tasting
  • Dessert Wines/Ports for the Holidays
We might even get a little education along the way.
 
To register, go to our RSVP Page, find our next event, and register!  Or you can email or call me!
 
I hope to see you soon!
Mike Sorensen, (925) 838-0147
 
 
Past Events 
Where When WHAT
Member Home 1/26/18
Yes, there is an Australia Day and our group celebrated the generations of rehabilitation that have taken place Down Under by tasting some of the finest wines in the world.  Australian native and member of our esteemed group, SIR John Yeates, smuggled some very fine wines for our tasting.  These wines for the most part are not available in the US. As the pictures reflect, the group had an awesome time and passed the final quiz with an A+.
Can you pick John out in this 1st photo?
 
  
   
 
 
Yes that is Vegemite - Yummy!
5711 Signal Hill, Dublin Mar 24 2pm
Focus Area: Iberian Peninsula
 
RSVP: upon RSVP will send calendar invite with address
 
The theme of the month is the Iberian Peninsula (for those of you who flunked geography) includes Andorra, Portugal (includes the islands of the Azores and Madeira), Spain (includes the Canaries of the Atlantic and Balearics in the Med), and yes, the British Crown of Gibraltar....
 
So you ask, what am I looking for when I go looking for a wine from that region - if anyone can find a wine from Andorra or Gibraltar - it doesn't matter what it is, should be interesting.....yes I did digress, so back to the point at hand, wines from the known wine making regions:
 
Portugal
In looking at Portugal's wine regions, it's helpful to split the country in two, by drawing a line about a third of the way down. This separates the northern regions of the Douro, Dão and Bairrada, and the central and southern regions of the Alentejo, Ribatejo and Estremadura.  The wines of today have matured significantly from the days of Mateus and Lancers.  
Varietals
There a number of wine makers, 240+, in Portugal.  Typically, Portugal is best known for their fortified wines - Ports and Madeiras .  You will find a number of white wines from coastal and island vineyards.  As you move north you will find many of the varietals you would find in foothills of the Sacramento Valley.....Have fun 
 
 
Spain
Somehow, Spain seems to fly under the radar compared to its next door neighbor, France. Spain is actually the third largest wine producer in the world and has the most land dedicated to vineyards–over two million acres or stated differently, Spain has the biggest vineyard surface in the world (this came from the internet, so it has to be true).  Spanish wines range from great values to highly prestigious wines, such as Alvaro Palacios’ L’Ermita and Vega Silicia’s Unico. There are 7 distinct climates further broken down over 60 different regional micro climates producing everything from light and zesty Albariño to inky black Monastrell. The significance is the 200+ grape varieties grown in Spain allowing this country to produce some truly remarkable wines.
Varietals
Some 8,500 winemakers are located in Spain....so finding a wine from Spain should not be difficult.
 
 
 
Rules:
1) Each bottle needs to be under $20
2) Cost will be $5 at the door (covers cheese, crackers, etc.)
3) If you are bringing a Port or Sherry - bring one you have never tried before - and please let me know so I can figure out what to pair with it.
4) Bring your own wine glass......
5) Before we serve your wine, we would like a story about the wine.....can be anything, like when you were in college, there was this blond....., or this wine was recommended by doctor xyz to cure....., or something you found out about the winery etc.....nothing formal, just for fun
6) No Portuguese or Spanish varietals from the US....that would be cheating.
 
RSVP to Mike Sorensen
 
or call 925 570 5035
Total Wines
3250 Buskirk Ave
Pleasant Hill
Apr 21
2 pm
Focus Area: Wines from North and South of the Border
 
RSVP: upon RSVP I will send calendar invite with address
 
The theme of the month is Mexico, Canada, and maybe one other.  We will be enjoying wines at Total Wines in Pleasant Hill, same parking lot as Best Buy.   Originally we were going to taste wines from the other 47 states, but the manager of Total Wines said he had sweet wines from New York region, some bubbly from New Mexico, and anything else he brings into the store sits on the shelf forever, then he has to discount to move it…..so best laid plans are not going to work for that venue.
 
So, further discussions we explored Mexico as a unique region that many of you probably would have said – Mexico makes wines, you must be kidding….Sang Lee said he had several very nice wines from Mexico.  Then he added, I have some really nice Ice Wines from Canada.  We have not finalized the complete tasting venue so I will be updating this in the coming weeks.  Significant others are always invited.
 
Rules:
1. Have Fun
2. We may actually learn something here
3. No more rules.
 
Cost will be $20.00/person (maybe a little more, working on the final wine list), plus $5.00/person for cheese, crackers, etc.
 
We need to commit at least 14, they can accommodate 30+/-
 
RSVP to Mike Sorensen
msorensen.us@gmail.com or call 925 570 5035