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

" If you walk a mile in my shoes... you'll end up in a Wine Bar! "
- Author Unknown
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, February 27th, 7:00 pm
at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Healdsburg

Speaker: Chris Louton, Winemaker St. Francis Winery

Topic: Strategy for Bordeaux Style Wines

Chris will touch on his career as a winemaker, why he pursued the profession, and how he honed his skills. Chris will focus his discussion on Bordeaux-style wines - to compare traditional winemaking methods used in the France with those commonly used in California. And then compare and contrast French and California 'Bordeaux' blends and varietals. He’ll also talk about his strategy for blending, and what each of the five Bordeaux varietals contributes to the blend. Afterward, we’ll taste the varieties he uses separately and then his blend.

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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition
Entry Form Deadline: March 15th
Wine Entry Deadline: March 15th

Bottle Shock Open
Entry Form Deadline: Feb. 15th
Wine Entry Deadline: Feb 15th

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