The 2017 OC Fair is here, and we are well under way with our most important fundraising effort of the year, The Courtyard. The OC Fair is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays through Sunday, August 13.
In exchange for running the OC Fair Wine Competitions (Commercial and Home Wine), the Orange County Fair and Events Center affords us the opportunity to run The Courtyard and realize the income from it. In addition to the income received from The Courtyard which funds the wine competitions, it also provides funds for our Scholarship Program and year- round office expenses. It is of the utmost importance to the OCWS that The Courtyard be a huge success! Whether you are a new volunteer or a veteran at The Courtyard, this is your opportunity to support the fundraising efforts of the OCWS.
In addition to hosting The Courtyard at the Fair, some of our most knowledgeable and experienced members are conducting wine seminars on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out the seminar schedule on the OCWS website and come learn something new about wines and wine pairings that you may not know.
With this year’s Fair quickly coming to an end, don’t miss coming out on having some Farm Fresh (Wine) Fun at The Courtyard! We look forward to seeing you there.
Whether you are a new volunteer or a veteran at The Courtyard, this is your opportunity to support the fundraising efforts of The Wine Society. Members see our SOS (Staff Our Shifts) schedule for needed shifts within the Courtyard.
Presented by some of our most wine knowledgeable OCWS members, Wine Seminars will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at The Courtyard throughout the run of the Fair. The schedule below is for members and the general public to purchase tickets. Call the office to reserve your seat 714 708-1636.
|12||Saturday||July 29||3×3 in 3 (Kit Wine in Virtually No Space and Time)||How to make wine from concentrated juice. It takes about 3 hours, and takes up about 3 x 3 feet of your floor space. Come and learn how to get into Winemaking in an easy and inexpensive way.||Noon||Jim Graver||Free|
|13||Saturday||July 29||Wine Making for Mere Mortals||Winemaking for Mere Mortals – How to make wine from fresh grapes. Come learn about this thousands of years old tradition, and how modern techniques allow home winemakers to make wine as well as the top-name professionals!||1:00||Kevin Donnelly||$10|
|14||Saturday||July 29||Location, Location, Location (Wine Regions of CA Compared)||3:00||Carolyn Christian||$25|
|15||Saturday||July 29||Pinot Noir (Ce soir, Pinot Noir – Viola!)||5:00||Chris Cunningham||$25|
|16||Sunday||July 30||Cheese & Wine Pairing (Perfect Pairs, Perfect Partners)||Learn how to pair different wines with popular cheeses, from all over the world. In this class you will enjoy 8 cheese and wine pairings and learn why some cheeses go better with certain wines. This will be an informative and interactive class.||3:00||Dawn Iglesias||$30|
|17||Sunday||July 30||Syrah & Petite Sirah (Que Sera Sera – the Other Red Wines)||5:00||Carolyn Christian||$25|
|18||Saturday||August 5||3×3 in 3 (Kit Wine in Virtually No Space and Time)||How to make wine from concentrated juice. It takes about 3 hours, and takes up about 3 x 3 feet of your floor space. Come and learn how to get into Winemaking in an easy and inexpensive way.||Noon||Jim Graver||Free|
|19||Saturday||August 5||Wine Making for Mere Mortals||Winemaking for Mere Mortals – How to make wine from fresh grapes. Come learn about this thousands of years old tradition, and how modern techniques allow home winemakers to make wine as well as the top-name professionals!||1:00||Kevin Donnelly||$10|
|20||Saturday||August 5||Fair Food & Wine Pairing (OMG….can that really be done?)||If you thought wine pairing only works with gourmet foods, think again. Let’s have some fun. We will taste some common, everyday wine styles paired with actual foods from the OC Fair. You’ll learn some simple tricks to make these pairings easy and fun. And, since the fair runs only for a few weeks, we will give you ideas and tips so you can pair wines with similar, everyday foods all year long. This seminar will be great fun for people with all levels of wine experience.||3:00||Ed Reyes/Sara Yeoman||$25|
|21||Saturday||August 5||Rhone Blends (What’s Rhone with these wines?)||5:00||tbd||$25|
|22||Sunday||August 6||Wine 101 (Basics for Beginners)||New to wine tasting? Want to find out what wine you prefer? This seminar will have you speaking like an experienced wine drinker. Take home lists of phrases to use while discussing wine, wine varietals and other helpful hits while tasting wine. Mostly, we will have fun trying great wines from many different categories from white to bold red to dessert wine.||3:00||Ken Knapp||$25|
|23||Sunday||August 6||Cabernet Sauvignon (Want a Big, Bold Wine……Call a Cab)||5:00||Chris Cunningham||$25|
|24||Saturday||August 12||3×3 in 3 (Kit Wine in Virtually No Space and Time)||How to make wine from concentrated juice. It takes about 3 hours, and takes up about 3 x 3 feet of your floor space. Come and learn how to get into Winemaking in an easy and inexpensive way.||Noon||Jim Graver||Free|
|25||Saturday||August 12||Wine Making for Mere Mortals||Winemaking for Mere Mortals – How to make wine from fresh grapes. Come learn about this thousands of years old tradition, and how modern techniques allow home winemakers to make wine as well as the top-name professionals!||1:00||Kevin Donnelly||$10|
|26||Saturday||August 12||OC Fair Gold Medalists (Best of the Best)||3:00||Chris Cunningham||$30|
|27||Saturday||August 12||Dessert Wines (A Perfect Ending)||Whether you choose to pour before or after a meal or with snacks, we will sample a wide range of sweeties. Depending upon what is available from the commercial judging, expect ports , muscat, sherry and riesling.We will sprinkle medal, non-medal, and perhaps, a mystery wine along with some food bits to test against the wines.||5:00||Walter Reiss||$25|
|28||Sunday||August 13||Zinfandel (It’s Zinful not to try!)||A brief introduction to one of California’s native varietals. Emphasis will be placed on the distinctive characteristics of this varietal as well as a comparison of regional nuances. Goal is to compare Zins from the Central Coast, the Napa/Sonoma County areas, and the Amador County area depending on availability of wines. Will also have samples of both low and high end Zins as well as a medal-winner or two.||3:00||John Goodnight||$25|
|29||Sunday||August 13||Cheese & Wine Pairing (Perfect Pairs, Perfect Partners)||Join us for a unique tasting of cheeses from around California, the United States, and around the world paired with assorted wines, including medal & award winners. Each wine will complement the cheeses and we will explain which wines and cheeses compliment each other. You will get to sample 8 to 9 cheeses and wines during this class.||5:00||Carol Frank||$30|
|Seminars are held in the Wine Courtyard and (except Wine Making for Mere Mortals and 3×3 in 3) include:|
|A 2017 Govino Fair Logo Glass, 8 Wines and assorted nibbles and munchies|
|OC Fair Gold Medalists: Award Winning Wines served|
|Cheese & Wine Pairing: Includes all of the above plus assorted gourmet cheeses to compliment the wines|
|Fair Food & Wine Pairing: Includes all of the above plus fair food samples|
|Wine Making for Mere Mortals: Includes a Govino 2017 Fair Logo Glass and an 8oz glass of wine|
|3×3 in 3: Free Seminar – Nothing included|
As a concessionaire, the OCWS must adhere to contractual requirements established by the OC Fair & Event Center. One of the requirements is that our volunteers, in order to serve wine, must be professionally trained and certified in alcohol awareness techniques. New OCWS members and members who completed TIPS training in 2014 are required to certify this year. The certification is valid for three years. Click on the link for Information on TIPS training sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Marcy or George Ott at 714.235.6459 or email TIPS@ocws.org.
Additional Requirement: New trainees will need to have their photos taken by the OC Fair following TIPS certification. All volunteers will be screened, as required by the Fair authority, through the Megan’s Law database. All volunteers are required to sign a Server Responsibility Statement. More information on this topic is covered in a subsequent article in this edition of the newsletter.
The Courtyard volunteer sign-up form is available for signups. Sign-up is online only. Please take the time to sign up as soon as possible and, please remember to indicate parking needs, whether one pass is needed per individual or just one per membership.
There are four jobs to be worked at the Courtyard:
- Servers: Volunteers who pour and sell wine to the public
- Stewards: Experienced volunteers who select wine for pouring and restock as needed
- Cashiers: Experienced volunteers who handle money, record sales on cash registers and process credit cards
- Credit Card Processors: Volunteers who assist cashiers in processing credit cards during the busy, pre-concert 4:00 pm -8:00 pm shift
All shifts are noted on the online sign-up form and all schedules are the same as last year, with the exception of the opening weekend shifts. The OC Fair will be now be opening at 11:00 am (versus 10:00 am previously) on Saturdays and Sundays; hence the opening shift will begin one hour later than previous years. Members are requested to work a minimum of 3 shifts during the run of the Fair. Typically, the morning weekend shifts fill up fast. The hard to fill shifts are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights. We urge you to please consider signing up for one or more of these shifts, if at all possible.
The deadline to sign-up online is June 15 and, although every effort will be made to assign shifts and duties as requested, spaces will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis. Please note that you can sign up for shifts prior to being TIPS certified; however, you MUST be certified prior to working at the Fair. Your final assignments will be confirmed in the early part of July via U.S. mail. This mailing will also include your photo ID badge and parking pass(es), along with a parking map.
New Member Orientation
Two sessions, to be held in early July, are being planned for new members to be trained on how the OCWS serves wine at The Courtyard and for experienced volunteers who are interested in learning and performing other functions such as cashiering, credit card processing and stewarding. The training session dates will be posted on the OCWS website shortly.
If you have any questions, please contact the Courtyard Executive Committee via email at Courtyard@ocws.org. Looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!
– The Courtyard Committee