Monthly Archives: September 2013

Bottles for Free! – West Davis

Contact James Morris at: jgmorris@ucdavis.edu .  Lives in West Davis Phone 530 756 6246 ONLY evenings

FREE  Large number (probably>20 dozen) of loose clean Bordeaux and Burgundy bottles (without labels) These are free for the taking. Bottles are stored in a loft (need 2 persons to take down and requires containers to put them in for transport away)

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October 16 Meeting – Save Your Golds and How Does That 2012 Taste?

Contact Co-VP Sonia Baron at soniabaron@hotmail.com and 916 825-4952.

The October 16 general meeting is when gold medal winners to showcase their winning wines.  If your wine won a gold award or better in the past 12 months, and you would like to share your wines for tasting at the meeting, please contact Co-VP Sonia Baron.

At this meeting, we’ll also be tasting the 2012 harvest varietal focus groups wines including Touriga from St. Amant coordinated by JD Phelps, Bogle Chardonnay organized by Sonia Baron, and beginning winemakers Amador Cellars Zinfandel mentored by Henry Wilkinson.  If you participated in any of these groups, we’re looking forward to tasting your wines.

Thanks for bringing two bottles of the winners and/or 2012 varietal focus group wines.

 

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Grapevines for Sale – Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Contact Vince Craft at 530-559-5213.

62 one-year old Cabernet and Merlot grape vines for sale for $10. each or $550 for whole lot.

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Grapes for Sale – Syrah – Amador County

Contact: Ken Bailey, Winddance Farm at winddance@volcano.net or 209-296-4054 home; 209-304-2795 cell

1 ¾ tons of very good high altitude Syrah grapes for $1200 a ton.  250 lbs  minimum. It will be an assisted self pick and we would have to work out a mutual time, though I am usually somewhat flexible. The last readings available are from 9/20. 25.5 brix and 3.65 pH.

We do not have a crusher/stemmer available. Our vineyard is at an elevation of 3000’ on a south slope in Amador County. Wine made commercially with our grapes consistently scored 93-94 from Wine

 

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Grapes for Sale – Syrah – Yours for the Picking, Lincoln

Contact George Smith at 916 434-1937.

End of season! Syrah grapes free for the picking. Approx 600 lbs still on vines.  You pick what you want.

Dinosaur Vineyards

7783 Thousand Oaks Drive

Lincoln 95648

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The Biochemistry of Winemaking: Why Is My Must pH Not Stable?

Must I Wait–Yes! The Initial pH Rise in Winemaking

Harvest:  crush grapes, test the must, document numbers.  A few hours later, the readings may have changed including the must’s pH.  Is the pH meter not working right?  Maybe the pH did change – why is this?

We posed this question to SHW member Angela Romo.  Angela, with an advanced degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, explains why this happens and provides a perspective from – gulp! – grapes that must become must.

pH Stability Sept 2013

 

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Grapes for Sale – Petite Syrah and Zinfandel – Sebastapol

Contact Chris Hoadley at 707-287-8174.

Gold medal grapes for sale. One ton of Zinfandel and one ton of Petite Sirah.  Petite Sirah will be ready Sept. 28 and Zin by Oct. 5. Hand crusher/stemmer available and have scale. $1/pound. Grapes are in Sebastapol.

 

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Grapes for Sale – Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg AVA

Contact Paul Baldwin at 916 425-4763.

SHW members Paul & Nancy Baldwin have a small amount of red grapes still available.  They have about 250 lbs. Barbera at 27+bix in very nice condition and about 600 lbs. of Cabernet Sauvignon at 24 brix also in nice condition and easy to pick.

Grapes are 50 cents a lb.; you pick with free use of picking boxes, clippers and destemmer-crusher with their help.  Fruit is ready to pick now, call Paul for directions to the vineyard near I-5 and Lambert Road in south Sacramento County.  They are always glad to help new winemakers.

 

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Wine Bottles for Sale

Contact Peter Goedeck at 530 409-0594.

70 cases of bordeaux flint 750ml bottles for sale. $6.75 per case; any quantity by the case.  Pick-up in Fair Play.

 

 

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Grapes for Sale – Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, Sonoma

Call Chris Hoadley at 707 287-8174.

Gold medal grapes for sale. One ton Zinfandel and one ton of Petite Sirah. Petite Sirah ready Sept. 28 and Zin Oct. 5. Hand crusher/stemmer available and have scale. $1/pound.

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