Monthly Archives: March 2013

Orange County Fair Home Wine Competition

The ORANGE COUNTY WINE SOCIETY, in conjunction with the OC Fair, is proud to sponsor the 37th annual OC Fair Wine Competition. This will be held on Saturday June 8, 2013 at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa.   All amateur winemakers in California are invited to submit their wines for judging. Last year there were 829 entries from all parts of California.  If you are considering competing for SHW’s Winemaker of the Year, this is a competition that you should seriously consider entering.  For those without such lofty ambitions, entering your wines in this competition will bring you helpful  comments for your future winemaking efforts.

The deadline for entries is May 18, 2013.  Wine entry forms are submitted on line.  More information is available at  


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Equipment Loan Program for Members

As there are so many new members, we wanted to remind you of the availability of equipment for rental or use.

Because we had to do a major repair to the crusher stemmer last year, we have decided to charge a minimal fee $10.00 for the crusher stemmer, and $5.00 for the filter. The basket press has no rental fee (hard to wreck that one!)

See all details at:

Also note you need to be trained how to use the equipment and sign a document before borrowing. We do equipment training at the Winemaker 101 Class, this year on Saturday August 3, 2013, details to come later.

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WineMaker Magazine Conference – May 17-18

Hi all –

I wanted to make sure that all of our membership was aware that registration for the 2013 WineMaker Magazine Conference is still open.  Join fellow winemakers from across North America in Monterey County wine country for two full days packed with dozens of seminars and special events to help you make your own great home wine.  At last report almost a dozen of our members had already signed up to attend.  Sounds like the party of the year (oh, except for our own 40th Anniversary on April 17th!)

Go to for more information and to register for this conference, which for the first time in many, many years, is in Northern California.   

Donna Bettencourt

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Reminder to Bring 4 Wine Glasses to March 20 Meeting

Contact John Avila at, and Sonia Baron at

Vice Presidents John Avila and Sonia Baron reminds all to bring four wine glasses for your use to Wednesday’s, March 20 meeting.  Winemaker John Troiano will be guiding us through wine judging sheets and tasting.  Please also refrain from wearing scents and perfumes so that we can capture the wine aroma characteristics.

Wednesday’s meeting starts a 7 PM upstairs at the Turn Verein meeting hall located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

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El Dorado County Fair Home Wine Competition

Once again, the El Dorado County Fair will hold its home wine competition in Placerville at the county fair grounds.  Judging is May 11, Saturday, and the entry window for home wines is April 5 through May 3, 2013.  Go to for entry information.  This is a great competition, with excellent judges, and will qualify you, along with entries in the SHW June Jubilee and one other competition,  to enter the Club’s Winemaker of the Year competition.  Remember, there is no California State Fair Home Wine competition this year.


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WineMaker Magazine Renewal Notices

Contact Gin at or 916 217-0294.

Most SHW members are currently receiving a subscription to WineMaker magazine via Club membership and these members are also receiving repeated subscription renewal notices.  If you renewed your SHW membership by March 1 of this year, your subscription will automatically renew; please ignore the renewal notices.  If you didn’t renew your membership by March 1 of this year, your subscription ends with the April/May issue.

On a technical note, while SHW membership is for the year (January-December), the magazine subscription for the membership starts with the June/July issue and concludes with the April/May issue of the following year.

If you joined SHW by March 1 of this year, your magazine subscription starts with the June/July issue.

If you’re confused about your membership, please contact Membership Co-Chair Gin Yang.


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Wanted: Pictures of You in the 1970s

Please contact Carol Clark at

Preparations are well underway for SHW’s 40th Anniversary party on Wednesday, April 17.  Party committee member Carol Clark wants your photos from the early 70s for a slide show during the evening.  Carol is particularly seeking photos of wine club members who are making wine, and if you don’t have any of those, please submit any pic of you from the 70s.  We want to see what you looked like.  If you weren’t at wine making age during that decade, submit your baby pics.

Please send you pics to Carol at the email address above or bring them to the March 20 meeting. If you’d like the hard copies returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

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March 2013 The Grapevine

March 2013 The Grapevine

Hot off the press for your reading enjoyment! See you next Wednesday!

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February 2013 The Grapevine

February 2013 The Grapevine with Form

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2013 WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition

SHW President Gary Young reminds us that the deadline for entering the WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition is Friday, March 15.  In 2012, SHW earned the competition’s “Wine Club of the Year” award.  Enter your best to defend the Club’s title!

Entries must be received by March 15 (entries are received in Vermont).

Wines are judged April 19-21.

Winners will be announced at the magazine’s conference in Monterey, California on May 18.

For entry forms and detailed information, please visit:


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