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As I pen this article in mid/late February for our March newsletter, the Winemakers’ Group continues to be hindered by the pandemic. Yes, many are receiving vaccines, our Orange County numbers continue to improve, and generally, I hope and think everyone is more optimistic than we were several months ago.

The OCWS’s main group and the OCWS’s Winemakers’ Group are mostly “social” animals; if we can’t meet together, it isn’t really much fun. Yes, we can Zoom to our hearts content – but we really miss getting together in our groups. Hopefully we will soon be able to do that.

We continue to conditionally prepare for the Home Wine Competition and await the OC Fair’s decision on our ability to do that. We will also embrace the day when we can get back to having Quarterly Winemaker get-togethers and in person seminars to improve our winemaking skills. We try to develop ideas that can be shared now via video methods; but so much of our winemaker experience is actual seeing, smelling, and tasting – it won’t be nearly as much fun until we can get back to that.

That said, I would encourage all to take the “long” approach. And be ready and prepared when we are allowed to meet in person again.

And to our winemakers – Dave Rutledge sent some links to several great sites that have free articles to review on a wide range of topics regarding winemaking. They are:

Blending:

https://winemakermag.com/article/97-blending-to-improve-wines

Making Fruit Wines:

https://www.thebeveragepeople.com/how-to/wine/fruit-wines-at-home.html

The Beverage People website has a lot of articles that are well done:

https://www.thebeveragepeople.com/how-to/wine-making.html

Enjoy those sites for additional information and education at your leisure.

As I pen this article in mid/late February for our March newsletter, the Winemakers’ Group continues to be hindered by the pandemic. Yes, many are receiving vaccines, our Orange County numbers continue to improve, and generally, I hope and think everyone is more optimistic than we were several months ago.

The OCWS’s main group and the OCWS’s Winemakers’ Group are mostly “social” animals; if we can’t meet together, it isn’t really much fun. Yes, we can Zoom to our hearts content – but we really miss getting together in our groups. Hopefully we will soon be able to do that.

We continue to conditionally prepare for the Home Wine Competition and await the OC Fair’s decision on our ability to do that. We will also embrace the day when we can get back to having Quarterly Winemaker get-togethers and in person seminars to improve our winemaking skills. We try to develop ideas that can be shared now via video methods; but so much of our winemaker experience is actual seeing, smelling, and tasting – it won’t be nearly as much fun until we can get back to that.

That said, I would encourage all to take the “long” approach. And be ready and prepared when we are allowed to meet in person again.

And to our winemakers – Dave Rutledge sent some links to several great sites that have free articles to review on a wide range of topics regarding winemaking. They are:

Blending:

https://winemakermag.com/article/97-blending-to-improve-wines

Making Fruit Wines:

https://www.thebeveragepeople.com/how-to/wine/fruit-wines-at-home.html

The Beverage People website has a lot of articles that are well done:

https://www.thebeveragepeople.com/how-to/wine-making.html

Enjoy those sites for additional information and education at your leisure.

Look for more information or sign up on our OCWS website at ocws.org and click on the Winemaker tab. My email contact is:    Billforsch@ocws.org. Stay safe, cheers!

Bill Forsch, Winemakers’ Group Chair