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

" Wine is Life" I have heard it said, It is drunk most nights before we hit bed, Very good for us in moderation we hear, So we should do our bit and avoid the beer • To celebrate or just have with a meal, Wine is the ultimate drink I feel, We share a glass of bubbles or two, When we get married and say we do • We open a bottle when friends come around, To share a success or some news just found, It helps to de-stress, relax and wind down, Or party with friends for a night on the town. "
- Judy Valon
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:00 pm
at the Your HOME... via ZOOM

Speaker: Bruce Hagen w/ Members


No doubt, many of you will have already harvested grapes and are now managing one or more fermentations, and preparing for what lies ahead. So, I thought it would be helpful to discuss the current harvest, and how our winemaking is progressing. The recent fires and pervasive smoke have presented some real challenges, particularly for making red wine. Some of us, fearing the prospect of making smoke tainted wine, may have decided to sit this one out. How many of you opted to make rosé instead? Who has or soon will be making a red? Where did you/ or will you get your grapes, and were the smoke levels there reasonably low? If you made a white, was it your first time, and what were the results? Did anyone buy new equipment, and how did it work for you? If this was your first harvest, how did it go? Did anyone try new varieties? We can also talk about winemaking issues, like watering-back, adjusting acidity, cold-soaking, natural fermentations, MLF, preferred yeast or ML culture, clarifying white juice, etc. This will be an opportunity to catch up with other members, share thoughts and experiences, seek input, or just commiserate with everyone else. 


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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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Wine Entry Deadline:

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