Welcome to Cellarmasters of Los Angeles Home Winemaking Club

Tom DuKet

Freshly pruned grape vine

February Monthly Meeting

Please come join us at our monthly meeting on 1 February at 7p at The Shop, 22836 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. We will complete our Tasting of the Golds, distribution of Medals from our competition to the local membership and our own Best in Show Red winner Chet Schreiber will give us some basic pruning tips. Bring a bottle of Cab Sav to share and food that will pair nicely with it.

Pruning Clinic

It’s that time of year so brush up on your technique. Saturday 3 February at 10a at DeeDee & Bruce’s Vineyard. Email Bruce for the address if you dont have it. Please RSVP.

Membership Renewal.

It’s that time of year.  Please renew your Cellarmasters membership. Click HERE for more info.

The Best of Show results for the 44th Annual US Amateur Wine Competition.

Best of Show – Reds: 2013 Calaveras County Cabernet Sauvignon by Mark Jurgens
Best of Show – Whites: 2017 Paso Robles Vermentino by Ben Brown
Best of Show – Sweet & Dessert:  2016 Rhode Island Strawberry by Luke Capotosto & Barbara Medeiros

Click HERE for an Excel file of the full results

Label Competition

Congrats to Michael Krafft for his Petite Zinfandel Blush.  Click HERE to see the label and for all the final results.


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14 Responses to 'Welcome to Cellarmasters of Los Angeles Home Winemaking Club'

  1. George A. Anderson IV says:

    Cellar Masters,

    I received my Medals from the 2015 Wine Making Competition in January and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Yes, the medals are nice, but my great thanks goes to those who organized and ran the competition and to those who judged. I have been involved in organizing officials for sporting tournaments and understand the work involved. Thank you for your dedication to promoting Amateur wine making.
    To the judges, I was very disappointed by the results of a contest that I had entered previous to yours. Zero info! I can’t begin to thank you enough for the feedback sheets. I had no idea what was right with my wines, what was wrong or most importantly what I could do, if anything, to improve my wines. Thank you for reinvigorating my “juices”, pun intended. PLEASE continue to judge and share the detailed feedback for those of us learning the art. I for one will continue making, and now refining, my wines. Thank you for such constructive support!!!

    George A. Anderson IV

    • Gregg Ogorzelec says:

      George, thanks SO much for the great feedback. We pride ourselves on the notes and comments from the judges because as winemakers, that’s what we would want too. Objective feedback is invaluable and is hard to get from friends and loved ones. Thanks for entering and keep making wines.

  2. melissa says:

    Do you know if there is a Cellarmasters or similar club in the Thousand Oaks/Simi valley area?

    • Gregg Ogorzelec says:

      Hi Melissa, we’re pretty much the only Home Wine Making Club that we’re aware of in the LA area. We have many members from the TO/Simi area and we’re having our monthly planning party in TO tonight infact. Come and join us at our next monthly meeting on April 7. Thanks for the note.


  3. Michael Holland says:

    Great meeting. Best food and wine while planning Derby Day and other events. Yum.

  4. Juanita Schmidt says:

    Hi all, the results of the 43rd Amateur Wine Making Competition is now live. Please click on the link at top of page under 43rd Annual Competition Best of Show Winners Are…. it now includes a pdf file with all winners.

  5. joe pauline says:

    will send out tomorrow when will the awards be sent??

  6. Paul Boyechko says:

    Hi Cellarmasters,
    I won BOS red, and has same questions as Joe on previous post.
    But already read your answer. I’ll send you bottle of my 2013 Merlot tomorrow.
    Thank you.
    Paul Boyechko

  7. Amanda Spieker says:

    I received my ribbons from the 2016 Wine Making Competition today! I want to thank everyone – those that planned to those who judged. Thank you for promoting the amateur wine making world I love so much.
    To the judges – I can’t begin to thank you enough for the feedback you gave me. Seriously the constructive feedback is priceless and from the comments you took your task very seriously. I thank you ten-fold!
    Have a blessed year!

  8. Mike Krafft says:

    I see results for wine contest posted, look forward to reading the notes in a few weeks. When/Where are the wine label results posted?
    Thanks, already looking forward to next year, Mike Krafft

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