Member Stats, June Sightings & News Digest

We are happy to report on our first month of 2013 CSW Membership (May 15 - July 15, 2013).

I expected this to be a battle of East vs West, but I did expect the West to make a stronger showing during this early period. The Northeast is almost tripling the West's efforts (66.7% vs 22.3% Membership, 65.2% vs 26.0% Shareship). Surely you'd think the West would want to best the East in something after all of the sports titles we've amassed in New England over the past decade. Remember, bragging rights are measured in the percentage of profits that are earmarked to help kids in your local community. I'm happy to add a trophy to sweeten the pot if it makes a difference. So far, the Northeast has secured the lion-share of philanthropy from 2013 vintage.

Kidding aside, my New England roots have lead the membership and shareship charge with 55.6% and 56.5%, respectively. The Pacific subregion has accounted for 16.7% of membership and 21.7% of shareship. The Mountain subregion of the West and the West South Central and South Atlantic subregions in the South are equal stakeholders holding 5.6% of membership and 4.3% of shareship. Our compatriots in the Midwest are still to be heard from.

A sincere Thank You to all who have jumped aboard to help create the first community supported winery with a social mission. Someday, when we are 'big-n-famous', you'll be able to say you were here first.

Lookout for next month's membership update. And if you like what we are doing, please pass this along to a friend (or two). 

June Sightings

Here's where we've been and where we'll be this month. Members are welcome and encouraged to join us on any of our excursions.

June 8th, Aqus Foundry Festival, Petaluma CA (Thanks to all who helped and rallied our cry. You know who you are!)

June 18th, Private Member Tasting, Los Angeles CA (email me if you would like to attend, availability for only 3-4 people)

June 19th, Wine & Cheese Soiree, Jayden Presleigh Salon Carlsbad CA I'll be pouring our 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel, 2010 Bordeaux Red Blend, and some very special Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made from Sangiacomo Vineyards. Oh, and I'm bring some other Sonoma tidbits.

June 20th, Private Member Tasting, San Diego CA (email me if you would like to attend, availability for only 2-3 people)

June 26th, Private Member Dinner & Tasting, Manchester NH (email me if you would like to attend, availability for only 2-3 people)

June 28th, Private Member Tasting, Newton MA (email me if you would like to attend, availability for only 2-3 people)

If you are a member and would like to host a private tasting, you can always reach me at I'm happy to accommodate if I can.

News Digest

True to our DNA, we read dozens of articles and blog posts daily on wine and mentoring. We share the vast majority of them in real time through TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Tumbler. Every month, however, we digest the most interesting stories and share them with you here.

But first, I'd like to thank Debbie Gioquindo at Hudson Valley Wine Goddess for posting about us. You can read her post here.  And lookout for another piece on BottleNotes' Daily Sip that should hit the web sphere on June 24th.

Wine News

Age of enlightenment hits California wines  | SF Examiner

California Sustainable Winegrowing Program: How Does it Compare on the World Stage?  | Wine Business

The real issues behind wine labels  | Inside Scoop 

5 Wine Preservation Systems Tested | Wired Magazine

Where Are Today's Classics? | Wine Spectator


California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing | Wine Spectator

Chardonnay flavor varies by locale | The News Star

In Search of Style | 


Pinot noir: It's a matter of style — or not |

Sonoma Coast [Pinot Noir] | Napa Valley Register

Burgundy Steps into the Future | Wine Enthusiast  


Mentor News

Mentoring could be key to boosting grad rates |

Mentoring program opens young eyes | Sonoma Valley Sun

Mentoring proves that relationships matter | Holland Sentinel