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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Sep4
Road Trip: Central Coast Cavalcade We are going to the Central Coast the first week of September.
 
The plan is:
Wednesday September 4th = travel to Paso Robles wineries
Thursday September 5th = visit the wineries of Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande,
Friday September 6th = Visit wineries of Santa Barbara county
Saturday September 7th = travel home via Paso Robles wineries.
 
You can come for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 days. You can also taste wine one day, and go shopping the next,
 
We will be using the town of Pismo Beach as our base. It is a little south of Paso Robles, north of Buellton (center of the Santa Barbara country wine area and home of Pea Soup Andersen), and west of the Edna Valley region.

Note - Vespera on the Ocean hotel is currently undergoing renovation, and will not reopen in time for our trip. If you desire to use a Marriott facility, there is one in nearby San Luis Obisbo.

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Sep19
Tablas Creek Vineyard at PLāYT For our second event in September, we will be featuring a returning favorite winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard of Paso Robles (also the lunch stop on the first day of our Central Coast Cavalcade trip), at a new (for us) restaurant PLāYT in Hayward. PLāYT is a Southern restaurant, and we will be featuring modified versions of some of their menu favorites. Original member, Carol Rose, introduced us to the restaurant. With three of the courses, we will be featuring blends of Rhone-originated grapes, alongside a varietal offering of the blend’s principal variety. Our dessert course will be paired with a Petit Menseng, which is the first time we have had that variety in our 25 years.
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Oct24
Mauritson Winery For October, like we did in August and September, we are bringing back one of our favorite wineries, last featured during our 20th Anniversary year of 2014. This time, the winery is Mauritson Wines of Dry Creek, and the venue will be C’era Una Volta in Alameda. Actually, we will be featuring three of the four labels from the Mauritson line-up. The two white wines with the spinach salad have the “Mauritson” label. The Pinot Noir served with the gnocchi is produced under the “Charlie Clay” label, a joint venture between restauranteur Charlie Palmer and winemaker Clay Mauritson. The wines for the third and fourth courses are made with the “Rockpile” label, which Mauritson uses for wines from grapes grown in that AVA. I wrote a piece about the wines from that AVA a few years ago that you can find on our website.

A note about the third course, peposo... We asked Chef Rudy Duran to come up with a dish that would go with the three vineyard designated Rockpile Zinfandels that Clay Mauritson wanted to feature. He came up with a delicious roast pork dish. Alas, these zinfandels had too much intensity for the roast pork, so we are reprising the dish we served with the cabernet sauvignons at the last C’era Una Volta dinner. The peposo Tuscan black pepper stew should be able to stand up to these Zins.

Reminder: Parking at C’era Una Volta is extremely limited.  It is strongly suggested that you please park at the garage next to the theater.

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