Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sustainable Winegrowing Workshop for Ag Professionals

See this flyer for additional information:  CSWA Dec 12th Sustainability Workshop Flyer.  Contact Kate Venugopal with questions at or 415.356.7548.

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) invites agricultural professionals and service providers who work with California’s wine industry to this first-of-a-kind workshop.  Learn about programs and resources that can augment your existing expertise and tools.

Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2013

Location  Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI), UC Davis, RMI Sensory Building, 392 Old Davies Road 95616

Registration:  8:00 AM

Workshop: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and tour of the UC Davis Sustainable Winery)

Wine and Cheese Reception:  2:30 PM

Cost:  $30 per person


Space is limited.


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Winemaker of the Year Entry Form Error

It has come to my attention that the Winemaker of the Year Entry Form contains an error.  According to the Winemaker of the Year Competition criteria, if five or more wines are entered, 3 wines may be excluded,  not 2 as the Entry Form indicates.  I will be reviewing all entries to make sure and contact you to resubmit your form if necessary.  Entries are due by Saturday, November 30, 2013, to Donna Bettencourt,, or mail to:  5208 8th Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95820

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2014 SHW Officers Elected

Contact President Gary Young for additional information:  916 451-3893 and

2014 SHW officers were elected at the November 20, 2013 Annual Meeting:

President – Donna Bettencourt

Vice President  – J. D. Phelps and Sonia Baron (shared)

Treasurer – Steve Barrett

Secretary  – Joe and Lynne McGillivray (shared)

Membership Chair  – Fred Millar and Gin Yang (shared)

Congrats to the 2014 officers!

SHW depends on volunteers to help keep the Club running smoothly.  If you would like to help on a committee or event, host a board meeting, assist with fund raising, bring reimbursed snacks to a meeting, please contact incoming president Donna Bettencourt at

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November 2013 The Grapevine

Hot off the press!  Here is your edition of the November 2013 The Grapevine, the monthly newsletter of the Sacramento Home Winemakers.  Enjoy!

November 2013 The Grapevine

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Peter’s Gate Winery – Special Pouring Event, November 16-17, 2013

Contact Peter and Debi Goedeck at 530 620-7113.

Take the beautiful drive to Amador next weekend and enjoy a special pouring by Peter and Debi Goedeck of Peter’s Gate Winery at Amador Vintage Market on Main Street in Plymouth.  Three different wines each day will be paired with appetizers prepared by Beth Sogaard.

For additional information:   Peter’s Gate Winery Special Pouring Nov 16-17



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Foothill Petite Sirah – Free

Contact John Avila at 916 997-7554.

This weekend, John’s picking the petite sirah from a Somerset vineyard (Fair Play/El Dorado County) he’s helping manage.  If you’re interested in getting some, they are yours for the picking.  Last weekend, the sugars were  21 degrees Brix and the pH at 3.28.  Hopefully by this weekend the readings will reflect 22 and 3.3, respectively.

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UC Davis Lecture: From Winemaking to Winegrowing

The Walt Klenz Lectureship Series

Hosted by the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Sciences


From Winemaking to Winegrowing:  The Long View with Zelma Long, Owner, Vilafonte Vineyards.

 When:  Thursday, November 7.  Registration opens at 5:00pm

Event begins at 5:30pm followed by a wine and appetizer reception hosted by Treasury Wine Estates

Where:  Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute

This event is free.




































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Wine Labels 101: Wine label presentation from Sept meeting is available

WINE LABELS 101:  The wine label presentation from the Sept 18th meeting is now posted on the website, along with the Maestro Label Software instructions.  If you have additional information that would be of help to your fellow SHW members, please send it along to so she can keep improving the shared information.

Additionally, does anyone know if Canon ink is waterproof?  Please let Barbara know.

Also, there’s a member who knows of an online label supplier located in Sacramento… please reshare the information with Barbara.

Wine Labels 101


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