Napa / Sonoma Chapter
WINO’s---our annual summer get-together is set for Saturday, July 22, in the Valley of the Moon. Returning to tradition after a procedural change last year, this year our lunch will be partially pot-luck. Because the Wecks will be travelling, Sandra won’t be able to coordinate the pot-luck as usual, so Rita will take on those duties.

We begin the day at 10:30 a.m. at Madrone Estate Winery (777 Madrone Rd., Glen Ellen); we’ve visited here before when it was Valley of the Moon Winery. The new owners, two Canadian brothers, have renovated the venue, and are producing some great, elegant wines. We’ll enjoy a 30% discount on our purchases.

At 12 noon, we’ll check in at Mayo Winery (13101 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen---NOT the Kenwood location!), where we’ll taste in their barrel room; they feature single vineyard Zins, along with other varietals. Again, 30% discount on purchases.

At around 1 p.m., we’ll gather at Dennis and Olga’s Tall Grass Ranch home (4516 Grove St., Sonoma), up in the western hills for our traditional pot-luck picnic. D&O will provide the main course and we’ll all pot-luck the rest: appetizers, salads/sides, desserts. Water and iced tea will also be provided, and we’ll do some tasting of recent Tall Grass Ranch releases, but you’re welcome to bring additional beverages of your own choosing, perhaps purchases from the earlier stops.

Total cost per WINO will be $25.00 ($30.00 for guests); if you’re a non-tasting designated driver, the cost is only $2.50! To reserve your spot, just send me a check payable to Rodrick M. Arriaga at 1378 – 38th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122, so that it’s in my hands no later than Saturday, July 15.

THE POT-LUCK: as soon as you’ve sent in your reservation, contact Rita (arriagar37@gmail.com; 415-385-4102) regarding your prospective menu item, keeping in mind that her job will be to assure that appetizers, salads/sides, and desserts will be fairly evenly distributed, so flexibility on your parts may be needed.

Looking forward to seeing you all next month!---Rod (415-317-5643)

2017 WINO dates are: Saturdays----May 6, July 22, October 21, and December 9.