May Salutations! CANCELLED

Unlike our first two dinners of the year which featured wineries we had not featured before, for May we will be bringing back an old favorite. Sobon Estate was our featured winery in January 1997 and in April 2010, and also a stop on both of our Amador County trips. Sobon Estate was established on the site of the former D’Agostini Winery, which in turn was previously the Uhlinger Winery, established in 1856, making it the oldest continuously operated winery in California. Sobon Estate has been known for their Zinfandel for years and has added Rhone varietals to their portfolio.

For this dinner, Sobon Estate sent us a dozen bottles, and Martino prepared several sample courses for us to try. For the first course, he prepared the Calamari steak and a seafood risotto. The assembled group (Joyce & Dan Jones, Karen & Keith Kato, Peter Mierau and I) tried three wines with those dishes and concluded that the best combination was their Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc with the Calamari steak. (Their Viognier just didn't work as well.) Similarly, with the third course we tried both the Lasagna and the Penne Bolognese to go with either the Barbera or the ReZerve Zinfandel. We decided we couldn’t leave out either wine, and that both went better with the Bolognese. You might also notice the ultra-rare occurrence of two (yes, two) dessert wines.

Reminder of the new incentives for 2022: Please help us out with these.
  • As much as we love Martino et al, we would prefer a core group of restaurants. So, instead of one Diablo Point. We are upping it to five Diablo Points. Please send me the name of the restaurant and the email for the contact person that you have previously discussed our group with.
  • To encourage an increase in membership, we are also increasing the Diablo Points for new members from three to five. Also, if you re-indoctrinate a member(-ship) who has not been to a dinner for more than four years, you and the members that renew split four Diablo Points. If the former member rejoins of their own volition, they receive the whole four Diablo points.

Covid Protocols 2022 – All Attendees, Members, guests and speakers, will be required to show proof of vaccination and booster before entry. There will be no refunds. If you are a member, you only have to show your proof of vaccination once.

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Copia Vineyards of Paso Robles Our June dinner will feature wines from Copia Vineyards of Paso Robles.
Hook & Ladder of Sonoma County Our Septemer dinner will feature wines from Hook & Ladder.
Foxen Vineyards of Santa Barbara County Our October dinner will feature Foxen Vineyards of Santa Barbara County.

Castoro Cellars of Paso Robles Castoro Cellars of Paso Robles will be pouring their "Dam Fine Wine" for the November dinner.
Under the Wire and Bedrock Wineries of Sonoma County December's dinner will feature two sibling wineries.  Under the Wire produces sparkling wines and Bedrock produces still wines, many of which are from old vines.