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Minutes South Guild March 16, 2010

Posted by Tom Corbett, March 17th, 2010 | 0 Comments

Minutes South Guild March 16, 2010

We had a very good meeting with nine members attending.


  • We agreed that the membership dues will set at $30 per year with a couples’ fee of $45.
  • Dues will go toward Guild expenses. For example: food pairings/snacks and commercial wines for tastings. The food preparations will be rotated fairly among the members.
  • The Guild season/year will run from September to June, therefore the initial dues will not be payable until the September 2010 meeting.
  • The Vineyard will extend a 10% discount to all members in good standing.
  • We will plan two ‘Social’ events throughout the season: A Christmas Potluck and a Spring BBQ.

Wine Tasting:

We ‘blind tasted’ two South African Chenin Blanc wines. The results were very enlightening with the homemade version being picked above the commercial example. The homemade wine was a World Series South African Chenin Blanc produced by and for a wine making class held at The Vineyard in 2009. The commercial wine was a “Ratts Chenin Blanc from South Africa, costing a little over $20.

A huge improvement to the homemade was seen by the use of a Vinturi (wine breather) and a decanter. It is strongly recommended by the Guild that wines must be decanted and allowed to breath.

Next Meeting: Tuesday April 20th

We will taste some special dessert wines handcrafted by members. If you have a dessert wine – please bring a bottle to the meeting. Debbie has volunteered to an appropriate snack – thanks.

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