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

" A house with a great wine stored below lives in our imagination as a joyful house, fast and spledidly rooted in the soil. "
- George Meredith
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, October 28th, 7:00 pm
at the Computer of your choice via Zoom

Speaker: Mary Lou & George Marek

Topic: Queen of Grapes ūüćá Pinot Noir




Do you prefer your Pinot Noir lush and fruit forward or lean and earthy? The October meeting will explore the story of this challenging grape with a focus on its two premiere viticultural areas: Cote d‚ÄôOr in Burgundy and the Goldridge area of the Russian River Valley. We‚Äôll look at how the terroir informs the two classic styles of Pinot Noir, along the way sharing some lesser known facts about this ‚ÄúQueen of Grapes.‚ÄĚ

No particular wine purchase is neces- sary, but you may wish to taste rep- resentative samples of one or both styles. Pinot Noir does tend to be onthe pricey side, but you can find some reasonable Cote d‚ÄôOr bottles at Bottle Barn or even Costco. You probably already have a Russian River Valley Pinot in your cellar--maybe even one you‚Äôve made--or a nice bottle of Balletto RRV Estate is a bargain at $29 retail at the winery.

George and I are looking forward to seeing you for a fun evening on Zoom, Sign-in 6:45.

Mary Lou Marek


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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
Entry Form Deadline:
Wine Entry Deadline:

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