Monthly Archives: April 2013

2013 San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine Contest

Dear Winemaker,  The 2013 San Diego County Fair Homemade Wine Contest Information is now available! For your convenience, we have attached a .pdf version of the entry information. This year’s competition will be open to all amateur winemakers, 21 years or older.

All entries must be submitted online. No mail in entries will be accepted. All entries must be submitted by Friday, May 10, 2013 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). The processing fee of each entry is $15, which is non-refundable. Every contestant in the Homemade Wine contest is also eligible to compete in the Label Design Competition. There is no processing fee for the Label Competition. We hope you will join us once again for this premier event. If you have any questions, you may e-mail them to or contact the Entry Office at (858) 792-4207.

 All information for this competition can be found here:


The San Diego County Fair Team

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Next Meeting May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013 Wednesday – Regular Meeting

Red Wine Evaluation – Non Bordeaux Varietals – Bring two (2) 750 ml bottles of your 2012 non Bordeaux Varietals.

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San Joaquin County Home Wine Competition Deadline Extended Until May 1

From the Lodi Amateur Vintners Association:

Call John Bischoff for directions or to schedule a drop off at (209) 663-0104.

Hello Winemaking Friends…

The Entry Deadline for the San Joaquin County Home Wine Competition has been EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 1st

You can find forms and information on the San Joaquin Fair web site:

Or on LAVA’s web page:

For your convenience – here is a direct download of the form:

Hand deliver or mail your entries to:

Lodi Amateur Vintners Association

11700 Mayer Road

Acampo, CA  95220

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San Joaquin County Home Wine Competition

Hello Wine making Friends!


Entries are due April 25th for the San Joaquin County Home Wine Competition.

You can find forms and information on the SJ Fair WEB site:

Or on our WEB page:

For your convenience – here is a direct download of the form:

Hand deliver or mail your entries to:

Lodi Amateur Vintners Association

11700 Mayer Road, Acampo, CA


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40th Anniversary Party

It is the Party of The Year…..Be There or Be Square!

Wear your seventies outfit, bring a potluck item (not assigned …your pick). Bring any drinkable wine older than 6 years.  And be prepared to party.  Also bring wine to share with others!

See everybody there!


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Meeting Reminder – Wednesday, April 17, SHW 40th Anniversary Party

Contact Co-VP Sonia Baron for more information: and (916) 825-4952.

Come celebrate Sacramento Home Winemakers 40th Anniversary!

Meeting warm-up begin at 6:30 PM; announcements start at 7 PM.  Be part of the party by bringing wine and a dish to share (bring serving utensils also), along with your own wine glass.  There’ll be a “peoples choice” competition to determine the best oldest home wine there, so grab a long-forgotten bottle from your cellar, secret hiding place, or ex-partner.  A generous supporter has donated a few bottles of his home wines from 1968 and 1970 for us to taste. Flashbacks include 70s music and pics from then, and if you dare, show up in your love beads, tie-dyes, and Angel Flights.


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Here is the April 2013 THE GRAPEVINE chock full of important information.  Attached are the rules and entry forms for the June Jubilee Competition and Picnic. See you next Wednesday!

April 2013 The Grapevine

Entry Form final

Sacramento Home Winemaker Competition Rules 2013



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A Day in the Vineyard – Pruning Clinic II, April 13

Please contact John Avila at or 916 997-7554.

If you missed the first pruning clinic or would like more practice, Co-VP John Avila invites you to his Fair Play Petite Sirah vineyard on this Saturday, April 13 to gain more experience. You’ll be rewarded for your contributions!  Here’s what he has planned for you:

9 AM – 11 AM – in the vineyard

11 PM – 1 PM – we’ll scoot next door to Mellow Wood Winery where Chef Giovanni will be cooking up tasty snacks

2 PM – 3 PM – we’ll trot down for Wine Salon Tasting – 5 Flights at Winery by the Creek

and then, if you’re still game

we’ll have a choice of a couple release parties – Morse Wines or Van Der Vijver Winery.

Please contact John to let him know you’ll be there that day.  Also, if you’re interested in making Petite Sirah this upcoming harvest, John will provide a discount depending on your participation.


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Details – May 4 Tour of UC Davis’ Brewery, Winery and Food Science Building

Contact Co-Vice President John Avila at and 916 997-7554 for additional information.

Not only do we live in the midst of some of the best wine grapes in the world but we also have one of the world’s most highly regarded Viticulture and Enology teaching programs  in our backyard, at UC Davis.  The university recently completed a $20 million 34,000 square feet state-of-the art Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory that houses the labs and research facilities for the winery, brewery and food science programs.  The 2010 facility earned LEED Platinum certification, the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Put on your most comfortable walking shoes, bring your questions and enjoy and in-depth  tour UC Davis’ Brewery, Winery and Food Science (BWF) labs. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind tour. Here’s the details:

Date and Time:  May 4, Saturday, 10 AM.  Tour will last  1-2 hours depending on questions.

Parking: parking is available in the Visitor Lot 2 or south entry parking structure. See UC Davis website – campus map or at enter 38.532943,-121.750166. The surface lot will be closest to
the entrance of the BWF building. Parking is not enforced on the weekend (unless there is a special campus event) so no cost.

Directions and Where to Meet: From I-80, take Old Davis Road (main campus exit), follow to north and road will turn to east. Go past the traffic circle and the Robert Mondavi Building, turn right onto Hilgard Lane. Park. Building is south of the 3-story Robert Mondavi academic lab buildings.

The winery/brewery (BWF) is a one-story building.  Meet at the entrance off the parking lot.

What We’ll See: the tour will explains a little on the exterior (surrounding buildings, the landscape design and unique rainwater capture system) and then mainly in the interior. We’ll focus on the winery side (special collections room, main fermentation room, long term bottle and barrel storage, offices and lab), but will also see the Food Sciences side which includes the brewery, milk processing room and food pilot plant. The tour will give an overview of the teaching and research and special features of the building, such as its LEED Platinum certification and the 152 custom small research fermenters.

The building’s environmental design also includes conserving processing water and on-site solar power generation. The winery is planned to capture carbon dioxide from fermentation and removing it from the building using an innovative process.  The ultimate goal is for the building to not contribute to global warming.

The Shaker and Mover: The tour’s leader is SHW member Julianne Nola, UC Davis’ Assistant Director of Project Management in the campus’ Design and Construction Management Division.  Julie was the project architect for this building that was completed in 2010 and the building is the second  UC Davis facility to receive LEED Platinum certification.

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Wine Bottles for Sale – Sonoma

Wine Bottles for Sale in Sonoma: 47 cases leftover from a project – the glass is Saverglass Paradis – antique green – This glass runs about $25/cs and am willing to let it go for $12.50/cs obo. It is in white kraft boxes

Wendy Fantozzi can be reached at (707) 484-3887 or email at

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