From the Wise Master (February, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 4:42 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 4:43 PM ]
By the time you read this, my first article for the Rite Word, we will all have enjoyed a wonderful installation and reception of the new 2014 Officers Team. Our work started several weeks ago, setting the foundation for this year’s program for the Valley. We are looking into a good mix of social, formal, casual, entertaining and educational events, hopefully, something for everyone.
For the Chapter Rose Croix, we are looking into organizing a wine tasting tour, potentially even a few of them. We realize that the calendars are already pretty well booked, between our own programs and those of the other appending bodies, and one single event is not likely to work for everyone. But, wine tastings are always popular, and what we’re planning is special! We think that many of you will want to join us!
For those familiar with the Santa Cruz Mountains wineries, it is no secret that in this region, one of the oldest but lesser known, we have 50 to 60 wineries, many of them open only a few times a year, on the so called Passport day. On those days, the third Saturday of April, July, November and January, wine cellars are opened for tours, barrel samples tasted, and often some snacks served and music played. All you need is a one time only purchase of the “Passport”, a $45 little book that entitles you to visit the participating wineries. Passports can be ordered online at www.scmwa.com, or purchased at participating wineries - while their supplies last! So - I strongly suggest you order your “Passport” online NOW to prepare for the tasting tour. 
The first trip, Saturday April 19, will get us to one of the most stunning views over the whole valley, at Ridge Winery on Montebello Road. Ridge is one of the California wineries that outperformed the big and famous French wineries, such as Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion and others, so this will be a treat. They are also famous for their Zinfandels. From there we will visit two more wineries - Naumann, a small family winery, and Cooper Garrot. I will have a sign-up sheet so that I can contact you with directions via email, or cellphone if needed and reception is available. Since this is a casual event, in the early afternoon, there will not be a formal lunch or dinner. I recommend bringing a light snack, maybe to share, and water, but we will not be able to reserve tables on Passport Day. Based on feedback, we may do a more formal tasting some time in the summer timeframe, and could even organize a winery production tour at one of the larger wineries. All those interested, please let me know.
I am looking forward to this year as your Wise Master, and would like to thank the Officers in my line for continuing their service to the San José Scottish Rite for this New Year.

Wolfgang Lochner, 32°
Wise Master