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Happy summer to all!  I trust that you are finding time to enjoy the beautiful weather we are finally having, after a rather cool wet Spring.  In spite of that, I was just looking on the WSU extension page at the Growing Degree Days for this year in Eastern Washington, and it looks like 2017 is slightly ahead of an average year so far.  So, with the beginning of grape harvest not far off, I’d like to remind everyone that our club can only exist through the efforts of our members and volunteers.  Harvest and Crush time always requires help for activities from driving to Eastern Washington to pick up the grapes, to assistance at the crush (crush masters, weigh masters, site preparation and clean up).  Before all that though, we are requesting help to get our club equipment cleaned and in good working order (Aug 20 at 9:30AM at Snoqualmie Ridge Storage facility).  Please consider volunteering for this important event, especially if you are purchasing grapes.  It’s a great way to learn more about this fantastic hobby/vocation.

Also, I’d like to remind you that we have a Facebook page (Boeing Employees Wine and Beermakers Club) and, of course, this web page.  These are two good resources to help you stay abreast of upcoming activities, meetings and educational opportunities for both Beer and Wine makers.  For example, Steve Foisie’s Introduction to Winemaking class, which is tentatively planned to start in late August.  Stay tuned.




Most of the wine-drinking world considers wine an accompaniment to food.  We’re locally a bit different in our stand-alone wine consumption customs.  Perhaps we can learn something about how to select or create wine and food together, as a pair, thereby maximizing our enjoyment of both.  Elena Smirnova has been studying this topic, and offers this new Facebook group BEWBC Food Wine Pairing Group  to share our wine tasting and food/wine pairing adventures and discoveries.  Enjoy, and thanks to Elena.




It's about  time for our cork order.  I have found these to be very good quality corks at very reasonable prices and most importantly, they are treated and bagged in SO2 to reduce chances of contamination to your wine.  The corks come adorned with our lovely club logo, but you can get them without the logo as well.  You can even get a personal logo for a small fee.  I paid $50 for mine many years ago, I am checking to see what the going rate is, but the BEWBC logo is really cool.  Feel free to send me an email if you have questions.


In past years if we make a total order of at least 1000 corks of any type,  ACI will bag them in lots of 50 or more.  However, since this is extra work for ACI, there has been a $5 per bag charge. Prices are TBD as well, but I would assume for the time being that they will be close to the estimates below.  I will confirm prices and bagging options with everyone that makes an order. 


Instructions for ordering corks is at the bottom of this email.


BTW;  People often ask me what I think of the corks.  I am not going to make any guarantees, but I have personally only four times had a corked bottle of wine using these corks for many years, and yes I have had several bottles of corked wine, so I know what they smell and taste like.  Lastly, I do not receive anything for ordering these corks except a yearly X-mas card sometimes (once they sent some chocolate) and the satisfaction of helping other winemakers out; which is plenty. 


I am targeting having corks in-hand by early August.  So, if you want these corks, I'll need you to respond to this email with your order by the middle of July.  That will give me time to confirm orders, request the checks, etc...  

ACI uses a proprietary boiling process to extract volatile elements from their corks, and follow that treatment with a multiple stage process which includes a peroxide wash to prevent microbiological growth, further disinfect the cork, and to eliminate aromatic components.  Once these processes have been completed, the corks are labeled, hydrated, run through a surface treatment to protect and lubricate them and then packaged in sealed bags filled with sulfite gas.

You'll see in the table below the products offered from ACI.  These corks come in two different “washes”. One is slightly darker than the other, but they’re otherwise the same cork (the darker ones just spent slightly less time in the peroxide wash cycle).  There is no benefit to the lighter wash except they are lighter so you can see the logo better.

AC-1s are the highest quality corks, followed by AC-2s and AC-3s.  For those that are interested, there are “Naturtop” corks as well. These corks have an agglomerated core, with natural cork layers on either end.  On the low end of the spectrum, there are Aglica corks, which are basically fine grained agglomerated corks.  ACI also offers corks in multiple sizes , so if you want a special order, just let me know. 


Prices are estimates and you should plan on an additional 2% for shipping.  

45 X 24mm AC-1 - $461 /1000

45 X 24mm AC-2 - $ 328 /1000

45 X 24mm AC-3 - $248 /1000

45 X 23.5mm Naturtop - $11/1000

45 X 23.5mm Aglica - $7/1000




To Order Corks:



Send me an email, by July 18th, describing the quantity (multiples of 50) of corks you want in each style.  After all the orders have been collected and any adjustments made, I will send you a confirmation email and request a check.  No orders will be made until all moneys are received.




150 45X24mm AC-1; light wash - one bag of 100 and one bag of 50

200 45X23.5 Aglica; light wash   - one bag of 200


I look forward to hearing from you,




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