Monthly Archives: February 2013

Planning a Home Vineyard

Contact Satt Baines at

New SHW member Satt Baines is hoping to plant a home vineyard this spring.  The sunny quarter acre site Satt has designated for his future vines is in the Roseville area with a 40 degree slope along with some flat land.  He is planning to plant cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot and zinfandel. Satt’s goals for his vineyard are to start small, stay managable, and expand in increments.

He’s looking for home vineyard technical assistance and hopes that SHW members can offer advice and best practices on soil, vines, irrigation – you know, the wisdom that comes from years of experience.  Thanks for contacting Satt to get him started.

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Pruning Clinic

Contact Linda Neal at and 530 306-9454.

Linda Neal of Mellowood Vineyard in Fair Play is offering pruning clinics.  She writes:

“Each year I hold assorted Vineyard Clinics, the most popular being the Pruning Clinic.
These events are designed for the passionate wine drinker that wants to deepen their
connection to the vines.  You do not need a vineyard to enjoy this hands-on activity.
After a brief instruction, you will be given the shears used by pros and prune your own
vine.  You can then attach your name tag and monitor “your” vine throughout the year.
There is no charge to participate, but advance sign up is required.

Choose your time and date:

March 2nd, 10 am

March 2nd, 2 pm

March 3rd, 10 am

March 3rd, 2 pm

To secure your spot, call or email by March 1st.”

If you cannot make your reserved time and date, please contact Linda asap so that she can fit someone else in.

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2013 Syrah and Viognier Grapes for Sale – Amador or Delivered

Contact: Paul Di  Stefano/Sentinel Oak Vineyard, (916) 335-0028 or

Picked for you, can be delivered in large quantities within 75 miles. Price is negotiable, please call. Estate Grown Syrah and Vigonier, sustainably grown, in the Shenandoah Valley.

Wines made form these grapes rank in the high 90’s and are medal winning wines.

Will have from 1 to 2 tons of viognier (makes great white!) and about 10 tons of !st class syrah.

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SHW Members Interviewed by Bloomberg

SHW members Barbara Bentley and Rex Johnston were recently interviewed by Bloomberg, a financial and news media corporation, for Bloomberg’s article “The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine.”  Read what the reporter learned from Rex and Barbara and compare your wine making costs.  Here’s the link:

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California State Fair Home Wine Competition Interest

Sacramento Home Winemakers was the home wine making club that originally ran the California State Fair’s home wine making and label competitions, and continued to perform that effort for decades. In 2005, the Club decided to no longer coordinate the competitions and the Fair chose others to run the competitions.

Pooch Pucilowski and Aaron Kidder are two key people, who have recently been involved in putting on the State Fair home wine and label competitions for the past several years. They sent a notification to many home wine makers advising that the State Fair will again not have a home wine competition in 2013. There was also no contest in 2012.

They ask that if you to share your thoughts with the State Fair officials if you agree that the California State Fair home wine competition is important to you. Below is their notification.

“Dear Home Winemaker,


For the second year in a row, the California State Fair has decided not to hold a Home

Winemaking Competition. They did leave the option open to reconsider this for the

future. Experience shows however, that the longer an event is not held the less chance

for its resurrection.


To be fair, there are several reasons that may have influenced their decision:

• a new State Fair Manager

• budgetary constraints

• venue conflicts


Most of these reasons can be addressed but the State Fair may need to hear it from you.

If you agree that this competition is an important, objective competition for validating or

improving your winemaking skills and you would like to see the competition continue —

then please contact the State Fair Management and share your feelings.


Please understand, we are not trying to cause problems or ill feelings. We simply want

them to know how important this competition is to you. Please be kind and respectful,

but do share your thoughts.


Please email your comments to the following:

Rick K. Pickering <>

Tomme Jo Dale

Greg Kinder


Thank you,

G.M. “Pooch” Pucilowski

Aaron Kidder”


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January 2013 Meeting – Randall Grahm

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SHW’s January 16, 2013 meeting featured Randall Grahm, owner and winemaker for Bonny Doon Vineyard.  Randall shared his experiences and viewpoints on winemaking and viticulture including wild/natural yeast fermentations, malo-lactic conversion, making wine in glass carboys, and the practice of … Continue reading

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Wine Equipment – Citrus Heights

Selling old equipment from a father in law who passed away…best offer wins. Contact  Gary L. Cook at 916-962-0653 or

ALSO have a small wine press ROSSI made in Italy – 30  Please Make Best Offer

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