OCWS Varietal Hours

The OCWS Varietal Hour is completing its 17th month of Monday evening tastings!  Thank you to all the hosts and attendees over the past year and a half. As we go into the busy season for the OCWS, with the wine competitions and OC Fair Wine Courtyard, the Varietal Hours will take a break.

Join us on Monday, August 29 for our next Varietal Hour, and every other Monday thereafter, through December 19. We look forward to seeing you later this year on Zoom, with a glass of wine in hand!

Until then… Cheers!

– Carolyn Christian & George Cravens, Event Co-Chairs

A Refresher on Using Zoom for Virtual Winery Programs

The host of the OCWS virtual wine event initiates an e-blast informing members of an upcoming seminar. The e-blast identifies the seminar event, date and time, and shows a sign up bar (link) for members to click and fill out. Once you have filled out the information, an email confirming your attendance will be sent to you from Zoom—please be sure to check your junk/spam folders if you didn’t receive a confirmation email.

Later you will receive another email providing you with everything you need to know about the event and how to access the Zoom event with a “Click Here to Join” link. It also provides a password, which is unique to you so that the event cannot be accessed by others—it is member specific.

Members also have the option of using a landline or cell phone to dial in to the event using the dial in numbers shown, the webinar identification number, and password. If this option is selected (not using your computer), you will not be able to view any presentations—you will only be able to listen to the audio of the event taking place.

Remember, you do not have to have a Zoom account to attend, you will be prompted to download the software once you click the link that you have been provided, utilizing your personal computer. For demonstration purposes only, below is a screen shot of how to join the event, which will be located midway in each seminar registration email. Each registration email will be different, so please do not rely on the password contained below:

Reprinted from and thanks to Director, Sara Yeoman

– Leslie Hodowanec, Director
– Rich Skoczylas, Director & Winery Program Chair