Monthly Archives: February 2014

An Evening With Winemaker Merry Edwards, April 8, 2014

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis hosts the Walt Klentz Lectureship Series.  Merry Edwards, owner of Merry Edwards Winery in Sebastopol is series’ next speaker.

Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Location:  Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater & Food Innovation, UC Davis

Registration opens at 5:00pm and seating is no charge. 

Reception follows the lecture hosted by Treasure Wine Estates.

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Date Correction – Lake County Winery Tour

Contact David Hicks at

Oops!!  The February 23, 2014 blog post on the Lake County Winery Tour indicated a wrong date.  The correct date for the tour is Saturday, June 14.

Click here to take you to the February 23 blog post that has the tour’s details.

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The Winemaker’s Answer Book by Alison Crowe Available at March 19 Meeting

Contact Sonia Baron at and 916 825-4952.

Alison Crowe is the featured guest speaker at SHW’s March 19 meeting when she’ll be talking about the joys and hiccups on making Pinot Noir.  In addition to making wine for her partnership and consulting for other wineries, Alison writes a monthly column for WineMaker magazine – she is the Wine Wizard, answering questions posted by readers.

Alison is also the author of The Wine Maker’s Answer Book, Solutions to Every Problem, Answers to Every Question.  In this book, Alison covers everything from funky smells to identifying mystery grapes that might be growing in your backyard to solutions for turning so-so wines into something you could be proud of.   Her response to questions is practical and straight-forward.

Wanting the best for its members, SHW is planning to pre-order Alison’s book at $15 each (includes tax and shipping).  Furthermore, SHW has also arranged for Alison to personally sign your copy at the March 19 meeting.  Her book makes an inspiring gift for the wannabe winemakers in your life, and a welcome reference for all winemakers.

Please indicate your interest for Alison’s book to Sonia Baron by Monday, March 3; Sonia’s contact information is at the head of this post.

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California State Fair Home Wine Competition – Entries Open Soon

Polish off those bottles you’ve been saving for competition!  Entry dates for the California State Fair is quickly approaching.  Wine and label entries will be accepted March 17 through April 18.  More information can be found at this link:  State Fair Home Wine Competition Flyer.

In addition to SHW’s Jubilee Wine Competition, the California State Fair Home Wine Competition is one of the required contests for members to compete for SHW’s Winemaker of the Year (WOY) Award.  SHW’s 2014 Jubilee Wine Competition is planned for Saturday, June 28 with the Jubilee picnic on the following day, June 29.

2014 Jubilee information will be published soon.  The 2013 WOY competition information can be found here.  Information on other home wine competitions can be found here.

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Volunteers Wanted – California State Fair Home Wine Competition

If interested in volunteering, contact Tom or Rebecca Ramme at by Friday, March 14.

The California State Fair Home Wine and Label Competitions are back in 2014 after a 2-year MIA.  The Fair’s Home Wine Coordinators, and also SHW Members, Tom and Rebecca Ramme are looking for volunteers to work the competitions.  They write:

“…This competition has a rich tradition and is dedicated to increasing the knowledge, skill and abilities of amateur winemaking. We are so excited that this event is back on for 2014 and it can’t happen without the dedication of our fabulous volunteers!

The competition will require one full day and will be held on Saturday, May 10th at CalExpo – that is the California State Fairgrounds on Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento. Volunteers will receive wine from the competition and State Fair tickets. Volunteers are needed for these jobs:

–          Pourers

–          Stewards

–          Clerks

–          Panel Assistants

–          Data

–          Communications

In addition, we are also looking for a few workers ahead of time for jobs like picking up wines and processing entries in the evenings the week before the competition, plus a few folks to help after the competition with activities like organizing the awards ceremony, score sheet mailing, etc. …”

If interested in volunteering, notify Tom or Rebecca Ramme at the email address at the top of this post by Friday, March 14.  State your availability and your job preference, if you have one.  Following your response, you’ll be sent a confirming email with additional instructions and details.


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Lake County Wineries Take Top Awards at American Fine Wine Competition

SHW Member David Hicks shares honors earned by Lake County wineries at the American Fine Wine Competition held in southern Florida.

David would like to add a note regarding Sol Rouge Winery (one of the article’s main subjects) “…Bryan Kane’s winery is actually on Treasure Island along with 11 others.  It’s a wonderful and unusual afternoon of wine tasting to visit TI.”

(Hmmm….maybe we can convince David to coordinate a winery tour on Treasure Island.)

Here’s the link to the Lake County News article.  Lake County has lots to be proud of!

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Lake County Winery Tour, June 14, 2014 – Corrected Date

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SHW member David Hicks is coordinating a one-of-a-kind winery tour around the Lake — Lake County that is, on Saturday, May June 14.  For everyone’s maximum comfort, David’s contacted the area’s trusted tour van company, checked out the best bed and breakfast in the county, and is making tour and “meet the winemakers” arrangements at 4-6 wineries. If that’s not enough, David’s also letting us party at his home for an evening BBQ to conclude this exciting event.

David is looking for a volunteer to help coordinate the soiree at his home along with a small committee to help ensure all comes together.  Details for this fab weekend can be found at this link:  Lake County Winery Tour.

David requests that for those who signed up at last week’s SHW meeting to reconfirm their interest by contacting him.

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Used Barrels for Sale – Lodi

Contact: George Smith at or Layne Montgomery at or 209-339-1071

Barrels for Sale! m2 Winery in Lodi are selling used barrels for $ 75.00 each. They have different types to choose from.

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February 19 General Meeting – White and Rose Wine Evaluations

Contact JD Phelps at or Sonia Baron at

The February 19 meeting is the evaluation of members 2013 white and rosé wines (non-dessert wines).  The evening’s evaluators are Craig Haarmeyer, winemaker with Sacramento’s Revolution Wines, and winemakers Grover Lee and Kevin Luther with Wise Villa Winery in Lincoln.

If bringing your wines for evaluation, please:

  • bring two 750ml bottles of the same wine clearly marked with the varietal and your name.  If you haven’t yet bottled, please do so without adding sulfites.  No capsules, please.  Check in with the cellar master before the meeting starts;
  • you’ll be asked to briefly share your winemaking notes (please come prepared):  varietal; vineyard; harvest date; brix; pH; acid; TA; yeast; any adjustments made; any additives and special treatments; and fermentation temperature.

2013 Chardonnay varietal focus group wines will be evaluated at another meeting so please do not bring those to this meeting.

2013 Primitivo Beginning Winemakers varietal focus group members are requested meet at 6PM at the Turn Verein.  Bring a 1 ounce sample of your Primitivo for malo-lactic completion testing.

Thanks to everyone for bringing your own two wine glasses for use, and for helping set up and cleaning at the meeting.

Only members wines are evaluated, so if you haven’t already, please remember to bring your 2014 membership dues;  2014 SHW Membership Form.  Renewing by March 1 helps keep your WineMaking magazine subscription delivered to your mailing address.

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February 2014 The Grapevine

Hi all,

Our new newsletter editor, Holly Heggli has assembled an informative and lively newsletter for your reading pleasure.  Read up about all the activities planned for the next few months.


2014 SHW Membership Form

February 2014 The Grapevine

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