Feb28
Celebrating 25 years Happy New Year!  
 
Twenty five years ago we started our little group. Along the way, we have had 224 dinners at 42 different restaurants, plus 16 trips, three picnics and three gatherings at member's houses.
 
This year, our first dinner will feature Bouchaine Vineyards of Carneros. We visited Bouchaine as part of our 2016 Caravan to Carneros, and finally got them to agree to a dinner. Brian Allard, Director of their Direct to Consumer business, will be our speaker. The wines we will be pouring include two Pinot Noirs from the same vintage and same vineyard, but different clonal selections, poured side-by-side for your comparison.
 
The dinner will be held at Dana's in Danville. Chef Michael Garcia has a different take on the menu this time around, and we are sure you will enjoy it.

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Mar21
Rock Wall Wine Company at C'Era Una Volta in Alameda For March, we will have an "all Alameda" affair, with an Alameda based winery at an Alameda restaurant. The Alameda winery is Rock Wall Wine Co. We asked some members what wineries we should invite back, Rock Wall was the top choice. Rock Wall, and their Owner / Winemaker, Shauna Rosenblum, were previously featured in February 2011 and March 2016. Being an Alameda winery means that they get their grapes from all over the state including such far off places as Livermore (Viognier) and Castro Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon).
 
The dinner will be held in Alameda too, at C'Era Una VoltaChef Rudy Duran has come up with a tasty menu to pair with the wines.

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Apr18
Charles Krug Winery at Buon Appetito For April, we will have a combination of old and new. The "old" is our featured winery, Charles Krug, which was founded in 1861 and has been owned by the Mondavi family since 1933. The "new" is also Charles Krug winery, because we have never featured them before. Our "in" with the venerable Charles Krug is one of our speakers, Jim Morris. Jim was our speaker once before, when we featured Michel-Schlumberger at Karma Lounge in September 2010.
 
The dinner will be held at Buon Appetito in Hayward. Chef Martino Oviedo has come up with a tasty menu, including a crustacean filled version of his famous risotto, to match up with the wines.
 
For our 25th year, we have lowered the annual membership to $25 per year per "couple". Membership in Diablo Wine Tasters allows two people to come at member price to each event. If you don't remember when your membership is due, send us an email at diablowinetasters@gmail.com

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May30
25th Anniversary - Hall, Walt, and Baca Wineries at Dana's SOLD OUT!

In May 1994, we held our first event, a dinner at the Blackhawk Grille featuring Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignons. Our next event is the Twenty-Fifth anniversary of that dinner. It is also our 250th event. To celebrate the occasion, we are featuring three wineries.

This will be the third time we have featured Hall Winery. Hall Winery is known for their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from various appellations,and other Bordeaux varietals. We will be featuring two of Hall's best Napa Cabernet's (Mt Veeder and Diamond Mountain) and their Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.

Hall's first sibling winery is Walt Winery, which we have featured once previously. Unlike Hall's focus on Bordeaux varieties, Walt focuses on the Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their Pinot Noir's come from all over the State, (and even Oregon), and we will be featuring a Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast along side one from Santa Barbara County's Santa Rita Hills. The Pinot Noirs will be preceded by a Chardonnay from the renowned Sangiacomo Vineyard.

The third winery is the newest member of the family is Baca Winery, which specializes in Zinfandel. Like Walt's Pinot Noirs, Baca sources their Zinfandel fruit from prime vineyards throughout the State. For the dinner, we will have one from Napa's Howell Mountain and one from Paso Robles.

Jeff Zappelli, Walt's General Manager, will be our Guest Speaker.

Due to some unusual circumstances, we had to forego our usual menu planning ritual, and instead went with dishes we have enjoyed at Dana's previously. Carlos Hernandez, the new Executive Chef at Dana's will be in charge.

Because the wines we will be pouring, especially the Cabernet Sauvignons, are more expensive than our average wines, we are charging a little more for this dinner.
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Jun13
Wood Family Vineyards at C'era Una Volta With our 25th Anniversary dinner still more than a week way, we are announcing Wood Family Vineyards of Livermore at C’era Una Volta in Alameda. Diablo Wine Tasters Vice President Jim Lipman, brought Wood Family to our attention, and Wood Family’s Vice President, Harrison Wood, will be our speaker.

C’era Una Volta’s Executive Chef, Rudy Duran has created a menu to go with the Wood Family Livermore-grown wines featuring two courses we have enjoyed previously (first course and dessert) and three that are new for this dinner.


As a reminder: Parking at C’era Una Volta is very limited, but there is a large parking structure adjacent to the theater, a block away


For our 25th year, we have lowered the annual membership to $25 per year per "couple". Membership in Diablo Wine Tasters allows two people to come at member price to each event. If you don't remember when your membership is due, send us an email at diablowinetasters@gmail.com


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Jul18
Acorn Winery at Buon Appetito Déjà vu? At our last dinner, we featured a pink wine and a passel of reds from Wood Family Vineyards at an Italian restaurant, C’era Una Volta. This month, we will feature a pink wine and a passel of reds from Acorn Winery of Russian River Valley AVA at an Italian restaurant Buon Appetito.  Betsy and Bill Nachbaur purchased the then century-old Alegria Vineyards in 1990, and started Acorn Winery a few years later. They are known for their field blended wines, grapes grown together (like in the photo) and then co-fermented.

If you like maps, like I do, you’ll find this vineyard map most interesting: Vineyard Map

For our 25th year, we have lowered the annual membership to $25 per year per "couple". Membership in Diablo Wine Tasters allows two people to come at member price to each event.
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Aug15
Cedar Mountain Winery at Dana's When we were scheduling this anniversary year’s winemaker dinners, we were contacted by Linda Ault asking if Cedar Mountain could participate. Of course we said yes. We held our fifth anniversary and tenth anniversary Barbecues at Cedar Mountain Winery. We also featured Cedar Mountain at our June 1995 and July 2014 dinners, as well as having Earl Ault as our speaker at our February 1995 ports and dessert pairing and September 2000 10-year old cabernet sauvignon dinner.
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