Kurt's Korner: Maple Creek Winery Tour and Annual Pool Party
Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President
Maple Creek Winery Tour
A beautiful Saturday morning in
the best time of the year in Northern California; September and 50
crazy Redwood Region members ready to tackle the back roads of
Sonoma County on our way to Maple Creek Winery.
Leaving our standard meeting
place; Kaffe Mocha... heading west and then north past numerous
wineries until we reach the Mac Murray Winery on Westside road and
coming to a complete halt...seems this is Taste of Sonoma weekend
and Mac Murray is parking cars in their field and as it turns
out...2500 people were there! It took us about 15 minutes to inch
past the entrance, and we were set free on the rest of our journey
with little or no traffic.
Our Past President, Vern Rogers,
who missed our departure from Kaffe Mocha suddenly appears in front
of me on West Dry Creek. Seems he was sent our route via smartphone
and took a guess where we might be...ah the wonders of new
technology! Vern falls into line behind me and off we go!
A brief stop in Cloverdale for a
bio break and off westward on California Highway 128 for our 18 mile
drive to Maple Creek. 128 is one of our most scenic Northern
California drives and especially for Porsches! Along the way we see
a new Carrera Cab with his engine cover up and waving to us as we
pass...he was not in our group, and it turns out that he had a
broken radiator hose! Note to all wasserpumper drivers...carry a
spare radiator hose!
Up the newly paved road to the
tasting room and there smiling and cooking our chicken breasts are
Paige and Eileen Gaines, our volunteer BBQer's! We park on the side
of the road and bring our dishes to the table outside the tasting
room..ready for lunch! Inside the tasting room, Houston, our Maple
Creek guy is pouring and talking up the Maple Creek wines... with 50
people in the cool tasting room! Bruce and Cheryl Lawton (from Pech
Merle Winery) jump behind the bar helping out Houston. Nothing like
50 Redwine Region members clamoring for tastes!
Annual Pool Party 2015
The food...damn..we have
good cooks in the Region...we fill our plates and sit outside
under a huge oak tree and talk about the route, the weather and
various other lies and gossip...this group is not short of
Many thanks to Maple Creek
for their wonderful setting, superb wines and general
hospitality for our 3rd visit to their mountain side
winery retreat! We will be back!
What a weekend...Saturday; Tour to
Maple Creek and now, Sunday at the Bergman's for our 6th
and last time basking the warmth of the stunning Bergman Estate and
their salt water pool!
I arrive along with Vern Rogers,
Craig Steele and President Mike Hinton at 10:30 AM to help with the
setup of tables and chairs brought by our caterer, Randy Apel. We
move lawn furniture back... and set up tables for six with checkered
flag table coverings... how apropos!
Randy's standard fare...tri tip,
chicken breasts, Caesar salad, pasta with pesto and of course the
cookies await our members that will arrive at 12:00 noon. We park
the Porsches on John's driveway that can hold up to 60 cars, today
only 15 cars, an easy fit.
The members arrive; bottles of
wine and coolers with beer in hand...it's going to be a hot
day....90 plus F. Shorts and bathing suits, towels and sunscreen
are present and accounted for! We are ready for a day of fun in the
Just after 1:00 PM, the dinner
bell rings and into the poolside cabana where food is set up, troop
the members. Randy is waiting...knife in hand to slice the tri tip
and kibitz with everyone...he does have a great personality.
Tables are filled up with
hungry people and of course the banter at the tables covers
everything under the HOT sun:) Randy has enough food for all... and
with seconds! This crowd eats and eats!
After lunch...the bathers are
into the warm 80 plus degree salt water pool. Remember in the old
days...no swimming after eating...for at least 2 hours...that's
ancient history! John's water toys are present and the fun begins!
At the end of the day as the
landscaping around the pool offers shade, about 10 of us sit at the
picnic tables and talk of all the fun time the Redwood Region has
had John and Wynne's home...sadly this was our final time at the
Bergman Estate as they have sold this wonderful home and are moving
in October...the last hurrah has happened!
Many thanks to
John and Wynne Bergman for their gracious offering of this
delightful home. . We will miss this place and wish the Bergman's
the best in their new home! For all of you that missed this
event...you have missed a Redwood Region legend!
Got questions? Please let me know... I am Kurt Fischer