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Holy cow, can you believe it is 2018 already? Looking back over the past 12 months, it has been a great year for the OCWS Winemakers’ Group. We have had training, trips (remember the zip line adventure) and great parties. Members like Bill, Bruce, Mike and Rob have provided us with fabulous grapes for our 2017 vintage wines. We had our Homewine Competition, and although our numbers were a little low this year, we have plans to hit the ground running for our next Competition. Through them all, we have enjoyed the camaraderie of our fellow winemakers and enjoyed the “fruits of our labors” in each other’s wines.

Winemakers’ Group Holiday Party Recap. In December, we had our 3rd Annual Winemakers’ Group Holiday Party in Yorba Linda. As experienced in the past, this event sold out all 100 seats within hours, and the party was a huge success! Watch for photos in the February newsletter, on our OCWS Facebook page or on the Photos page of our website.

Quarterly Meeting & Potluck Dinner. Our next Winemakers’ Group Quarterly Meeting & Potluck Dinner will be held in February. Details for this meeting will be featured in the February edition of The Wine Press and also online at

Making Rosé Wines. To understand what makes a rosé a true rosé, you have to understand how it is made. Bruce Powers and Bill Forsch are looking to host a class on making rosé wines in March. Details will be provided soon.

2018 WineMaker Magazine Conference. We are looking forward to the WineMaker Magazine’s annual conference to be held May 17 through May 20 in San Diego. We are hoping to have a large contingent of our winemakers attend and flex our muscles as a fabulous and energetic part of the OCWS!

The program is being finalized with full details to come early this month. If you are interested in attending, contact Kevin or visit WineMaker website at for more information.

Details on all Winemakers’ Group events will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Wine Press or posted on

If you have any questions, contact Kevin at

– Kevin Donnelly