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

" Where there is no wine there is no love. "
- Euripides
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, October 27th, 7:00 pm
at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Healdsburg

Speaker: Co-Director of Education: Dave Schaffer

Topic: Rosé Tournament Taste-Off

Dave Schaffer has rounded up 8 wines for the Rosé taste-off. 3 GENCO and 5 Commercial (3 California, 1 French and 1 Spanish). Only 2 wines from

100% Pinot Noir, 8 other varietals were used. 5 wines are 100% of one varietal the other 3 are blends.

The commercial wines range from 11.9% - 13.5% alcohol.
The commercial wines range from $12.49 - $21.99 in price.

The taste-off will be like March Madness: 1 wine is tasted with 1 other wine and a winner is declared. It then advances to the next taste-off.

After a winner is declared we will probably have 2 bottles left of the 6 wines (that didn’t make it to the final taste-off) for a little social time.


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