Members Corner

2016 Election for Board of Directors

The three open positions on the Board of Directors received applications from three candidates. Since the number of candidates is equal to the number of Director positions to be filled, these candidates will be declared elected at the upcoming Annual Business Meeting. Learn more about these candidates from their written statement of qualifications below. Dennis […]
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2016 Award Book Correction

2016 OCWS Wine Awards Book Cover Photo Contest Winner B.J. Fornadley  Unfortunately, the credit for this amazing photo was inadvertently attributed to last year’s winner on the back cover of the book. Our sincerest apologies go out to B.J. with thanks to he and Tina for their longstanding OCWS membership and for his, clearly evident, […]
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Gold Medal Wines Mini-Tasting Results

A total of 167 members and guests attended the July 9th Gold Medal Mini-Tasting at nine host sites. The evening began with 4 Star Gold Korbel Blanc de Noirs. The blind tasting followed with seven flights of two wines each that included 3 Four Star Golds and 11 Gold medal winners. The superb selection of […]
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OCWS Scholarship Program

Since the Wine Society’s inception 40 years ago, and the development of the Scholarship Program, the Orange County Wine Society has raised and donated $549,007 in scholarships to students studying enology (winemaking), viticulture (grape growing), wine appreciation, and culinary arts at several colleges throughout California. Colleges have included Allan Hancock College, California Polytechnic University Pomona, […]
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OCWS Board of Directors – Call for Candidates

It is that time again! Have you considered running for the Board of Directors? Do you enjoy organizing events, working with people and trying new ideas? Then a position as a Director of the OCWS might just be right for you. The beginning of a three-year term of the nine-members of the Board of Directors, […]
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In Memoriam: Barbara McVey Martens

It seems to Sam and I, Barbara has always been a member of the Wine Society but really I am told it is only around 25 years. We first knew Barbara in the early days due to our mutual and continuing love of fine food. Barbara was a successful caterer when we first met her. […]
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In Memoriam: Linda Riley

A long time member, Linda (Martin) Riley, passed away on June 4, 2016 after a courageous battle against Leukemia. Linda will be remembered as a lovely, classy lady who enjoyed wine tasting throughout all the wine producing regions of California. She also enjoyed participating in many of our OCWS events. Linda’s entire career was devoted […]
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Searching for a Newsletter Editor and Publisher

The Board of Directors regretfully announces that our Wine Press Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Philo, is stepping down. Michelle has served as our Editor for over four years. Her humor, expertise, and interaction will be truly missed. We thank her and wish her well in all her endeavors. As you know, our newsletter is the hub for […]
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Commercial Competition Wrap-Up

The 2016 Commercial Wine Competition was held June 4 and 5 at the Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel. Our 40th year celebration of this event was a great success and it was all due to the outstanding efforts of our many volunteers! Each year, the judges tell us how organized this event is and they look […]
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Call for New Member Ambassadors

The Orange County Wine Society is continuing to seek members to volunteer as ambassadors to new members. It does not take a great deal of time. You will be given one or two names each month and your job will be to call the newest members and welcome them to the Wine Society, talk to […]
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