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

" May the road rise up to meet you… May the wind blow at your back… May you always drink wine you enjoy! "
- Darby O' Gill
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, March 24th, 7:00 pm
at the Wherever You Have Access to Zoom

Speaker: Ben Papapietro - Papapietro-Perry Winery

Topic: Papapietro-Perry Winery Pinot Noir

Ben Papapietro and a friend Bruce Perry began making wine in a garage more than 35 years ago. Like their grandfathers, they started making wine for the enjoyment of their families and friends. Later as their skills improved, they began making wines to sell commercially under the Papapietro-Perry label. Ultimately, they expanded to their present location among other wineries in the Timber Crest Collective just off of Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg.

It was through their common passions - cooking and wine - that Ben and his now business partner became fast friends. The two began to make wine as a hobby. He and his partner experimented with many varietals, but both found Pinot Noir to be their true passion. Ben’s passion for pinots began when he explored wines from around the world in his early twenties and he was smitten when he tasted vintages of Burgundies from 1956 and ‘57.

Today, Papapietro-Perry specializes in Pinot Noir and make a number of vineyards designates. They also make Chardonnay, Rosé of Pinot Noir, and a Zinfandel

After almost 30 years of winemaking, we still firmly believe in a minimalist approach, allowing the wine to express itself and reflect the growing season through the nuances that appear from vintage to vintage. For this to happen and to produce those great wines, it is vital to pay attention to every detail; carefully attending to every step of the winemaking process, yet always with a light hand. We don’t over-extract or over-oak our wines. We give the wines the fermentation and aging environments that allow them to become exceptional - so we can smell and taste what the fruit has to offer us.

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Competition & Awards

CANCELED! - Sonoma-Marin Fair
Entry Form Deadline: April 13th
Wine Entry Deadline: April 13th - 5pm

POSTPONED TO 2021! - San Diego County Fair
Entry Form Deadline: April 3rd
Wine Entry Deadline: April 21st

POSTPONED! - CA State Fair Home Wine Competition
Entry Form Deadline: May 6th
Wine Entry Deadline: May 6th

ON HOLD! - Alameda County Fair Amateur Wine Competition
Entry Form Deadline: May 1st online
Wine Entry Deadline: May 16th

CANCELED! - Orange Wine Society/Orange County Fair
Entry Form Deadline: Prior to May 28th
Wine Entry Deadline: May 28th

CANCELED! - Marin County Fair
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