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

" One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and one talks about it. "
- King Edward VII
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, January 26th, 7:00 pm
at the Location of your choice Via Zoom

Speaker: Renowned Sonoma County Winemaker, Don Van Staaveren

Topic: What constitutes a wine great, and the important concepts to keep in mind to ensure quality.

Besides talking about what constitutes a wine great, and the important concepts to keep in mind to ensure quality... Don will also discuss his approach to winemaking, particularly Pinots, Chardonnay, and Cabernet blends. I asked him to offer practical advice on handling grapes, managing fermentations, MLFs, making adjustments, etc. that he thinks would be useful to home winemakers.

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