Garage Enologists of Sonoma County

Sonoma County, California

GENCO was formed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and  information, and to promote viticulture and production of quality wine within the membership. We share information on experiences, successes, failures, and pitfalls in making wine and conduct tastings of member wines for evaluation and enjoyment.

At each meeting we explore a subject of particular interest to our members regarding home winemaking or grape growing. We have an open discussion at some meetings and at others we have a knowledgeable guest speaker. We share in the purchase of winemaking supplies (bottles, corks, carboys, supplies, etc.) to obtain larger lots for better pricing.

GENCO meets once a month in or near Healdsburg. The group shares ideas, problems, and wine, and is not only informative, but fun. We have beginner and experienced winemakers. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about GENCO, please contact us at

" Friends, Like Wine - the Older the Better! "
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Next Meeting

Next meeting is THURSDAY, March 28th, 7:00 pm
at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Healdsburg
Bring 2 wine glasses

Speaker: Bruce Hagen - Group Discussion

Topic: Rosés

Rosés have increased in popularity in the last few years and for good reason; they’re versatile, festive, relatively simple, fruit forward, aromatic, fresh and crisp-thoroughly delightful. While this style has been made in France, Spain, and Italy for more than 30 years. It has taken some time Americans to take some interest in them. If you hadn’t noticed, the rosés from Provence, and elsewhere have been a featured item in many commercial outlets, and sales have been off the charts in the last few years, and for good reason. The French are noted for rosés that are fruit forward, perfumed, balanced, and elegant. I thought for the March meeting, I’d do a quick overview of the basic steps in making a pink wine-how hard can it be? After that I want do an open discussion to hear from those of you who’ve made one or more rosés, to learn from your experiences and insights.

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