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

" Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, a bottle of wine in the other, body thouroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, "Woo Hoo, what a ride! "
- Anonymous
Next Meeting

GENCO Monthly Meetings begin at 7pm on the 4th Wednesday of the Month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Healdsburg.

Next meeting: March 28, 2018
Speaker: Brian Maurer, Owner Cellar Searchers & GENCO Wine Competition Judge
Topic: Identification of Wine Defects, Prevention and What To Do When Detected

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Competition & Awards

WineMaker Magazine
Entry Form Deadline: March 16th
Wine Entry Deadline: March 16th

GENCO Wine Competition
Entry Form Deadline: March 28th
Wine Entry Deadline: March 28th

All Competitions & Awards


Rod Larrick ~ 4/2016

Rod Larrick ~ 4/2016

One of our most experienced GENCO GEMS, Rod made his first batch of wine from Muscat grapes in 1978 with a disappointing end point: vinegar. We would all agree that he has come a very long way, now boasting a sparkling track record of growing grapes for

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