Member Memo – July 21, 2015

Beth Costa on Jul 27, 2015

Thank you to Trione Winery for hosting our Member Dinner/Meeting last Wednesday. We had a GREAT turn out, an abundance information was shared, not to mention Alan Kropf’s motivating video. A recap of the meeting is on our website in the MEMBER section, under Meeting Minutes.

Our first 40th Anniversay PRESS – so exciting!
Haute Living did a story on picnic areas along the Wine Road, with beautiful photos from our members AND they are the first to pick up our 40th Anniversary story and start to spread the word. We’re off and running… Haute Living

Where Should We Donate?
If you could click on the survey link and check off your top TWO choices, that will help our Events Committee and Board of Directors make their choices. These are funds we will raise during various events in 2016 – auctions, Art of Oak barrels, wine tasting ticket money from smaller events.
Click For Survey

New Maps
We have some new maps – hot off the press. The cover has the photo on the top of this email with a chocolate brown cover. They are stacked outside of our office door, so you can swing by anytime to restock your stash. 9 pallets, 150,000 maps, should last until Jan/Feb, then we’ll print some RUBY RED 40th Anniversary maps!

One Person Operation
As most of you know, Anne has left the building…she’s moving to Paris to continue her studies in Creative Writing. Friday was her last day. Beth is on vacation this week, so Debbie is holding down the fort alone. The office will be closed this Friday.

Wine & Food Affair
We have wrapped up Wine & Food Affair recipe collection. We have our most participants ever – 110 wineries! Our editor, Kris Balloun is busy reviewing recipes and will reach out with any questions she has. The google and Mondo maps are done and we’re about to post the participation list online. Tickets on sale Aug 28.

Food MANAGER or ServSafe and a new Sensory Wine Tasting Experience…
Learn Something New…we’ve got you covered. We currently have dates booked for all of the classes mentioned above. Download the link for the various sign-up forms. The TiPs Class is filled. The Sensory tasting is filled in Aug, but we have slots open in Sept & Oct. The FOOD MANAGER class is hard to come by and we will not offer it again until spring, so don’t wait if you need this training.
Food Manager
Sensory Tasting

We’re gearing up for CA Wine Month
Please send us your special offers by Aug. 15th. You can offer anything you’d like, but it needs to be a special offer, not; Come Enjoy The Views and Taste Award Winning Wines. Maybe vineyard tours every Wednesday in September, Barrel Samples every Tuesday afternoon, a shipping discount for the month, a buy one get one free tasting – your call! But please sumbit in the format below, so we can just cut and paste the info without having to look up your hours, address etc. Limit text to 60 words.
Winery or Lodging Name
Hours of operation
Special Offer – 60 words max
Some wineries are offering Show your Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass from September for a comp tasting. We will make a whole section in the program for that offer.

40th Ruby Anniversary
Details about our year long celebration were mailed out a few weeks ago and distributed at the Member Dinner/Meeting, the sign up forms are rolling in every day! If you have questions about any of the events being planned just give us a call 433-4335 (Debbie is here this week, Beth is on vacation). Download form with event outline OR Download sign-up form.

Yearly Assessment – they were in the mail June 24 – due anytime between now and Aug. 31. $450 for lodgings, $800 for wineries and $1600 for a co-op tasting room. Download form here:

Used Barrels Needed
Art of Oak
Right now, we need 30 barrels for our Art of Oak program (we have 10 already).
I know there are some wineies out there that would love to dump off 8-10 used barrels at our warehouse – so give us a call and let’s make it happen!
40 artists will turn those barrels into works of art, which will then be auction off (for a yet to be determined non-profit). Maybe your winery or lodging would like to sponsor or buy a finished barrel – let me

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