Monthly Archives: March 2014

Grapes for Sale – Bordeaux and Rhone Varietals – Clos du Lac, Loomis

Contact Debbie Arnold at or visit the vineyard’s website at

Clos du Lac Community Vineyards has six red Bordeaux and Rhone varietals available for the 2014 harvest.  Click on list below.

Clos du Lac 2014 Varietals

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UC Davis Alumni Wine Program – Amador County Wine Tasting Tour

Contact:; 530 752-4502; or click here.

UC Davis’ Alumni Wine Program is presenting an all-day Amador County Wine Tour of wineries involving the university’s alumni.  Behind-the-scenes looks are provided at Yorba Wines, Andis Wines and Amador Cellars.  The day includes tours, tastings, transportation, and lunch.  Click on this link for details.


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Italian Varietals – 2014 Harvest Group Buy(s)

Contact J.D. Phelps at and 916 295-9121.

Interested in making Italian varietals in the upcoming harvest?

SHW Co-Vice President J.D. Phelps offers to coordinate group buys with interested parties to secure access to Italian varietals including Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo.  If you: 1) know of a grape source; 2) can help coordinate; and/or 3) am interested in participating in a group buy, please contact J.D.

There’s no guarantee that the grape varietals will be available; larger quantities can provide increased access.  Please let J.D. know how much of which varietal you’re interested in.



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Lake County Winery Tour – There’s Still Room!

Contact David Hicks at 925 997-1997, or

For those of you who missed David Hicks’ update on the Lake County Winery Tour at the March 19 meeting, attached are the details and a new deposit date, April 14. Click for more information:  wine tour sign up sheet.

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2014 SHW Home Winemaker of the Year

The competition season is upon us and if you aspire to be 2014’s SHW Home Winemaker of the Year, please take a look at the 2014 criterion and the actual entry form, due by November 30, 2014 to the Chief Judge, Donna Bettencourt.  The California State Fair and our own Jubilee are two required competitions, and the third competition you may choose from any of the others that you enter. 



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12th Annual Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival – Lakeport

Contact Ed Bublitz at  and 707 277-8172.

Our friends at the 12th Annual Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival in Lakeport extend a special invitation to SHW members to compete and pour their wines at their fundraiser.  The event benefits the Lake County Symphony and the LCSA Youth Orchestra.  Entries are due June 10; the event is on June 21.  The event’s Ed Bublitz writes:

“Great New!  The Home Wine and Beer makers Festival is Back!  We have finally resolved our legal issues with the Ca. ABC.  It is now legal for home wine and beer makers to pour tastes of your efforts to the  public in non-profit fund raisers such as ours.  Our event, The 12th  Annual  Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival,  is on June 21,  2014 at Library Park in Lakeport from 1 to 5 PM.  Professional Judging will again be held at the Bell Hill Tasting Room across the street from the  park.  All entries must be received by 9:30 AM.  I have attached an application to participate and a wine entry form.  Please respond ASAP.   See you there…”

Lakeport wine and beer competition application

Lakeport wine entry classification form


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March 19 Meeting – Home Winery Tour Planning

Contact Gin Yang at and 916 217-0294.

Thanks to all of you whom shared your suggestions and to those for volunteering their wineries as a home winery tour destination.   Previous home winery tours (also known as Passport) was one of the most popular SHW events combining both social and educational interaction as members opened their home wineries, many with innovative physical set-up ideas.  The bonus was the generosity of each winery pouring their own wines for tasting.  Snacks were enjoyed along to the way to help us get to the next destination and the event cumulated into a BYOB and a dish to share at the last stop.

We’d like to bring back the educational home winery tours designing them a differently as we’ve grown a bit. Maybe we have a series of smaller tours and perhaps everyone heads off to dinner at a restaurant afterwards.

At this Wednesday’s meeting, March 19, we ask for your participation in grouping with fellow winemakers from the same general area to toss around ideas and destinations for each area.  We’d like for you to tell us what you want. Hey, we might end up with a SacTown Appellation!

We have 15 minutes near the beginning of the meeting for this quick exercise – please bring your creativity and a pen to write jot down notes. Even if your winery isn’t yet ready to showcase, this is a fun way to meet you winemaking neighbors and volunteer!


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March 19 Meeting – Alison Crowe: Pinot Noir’s Winemaking Challenges and Rewards

Contact Vice Presidents J.D. Phelps and Sonia Baron at and, respectively.

The March 19 meeting features WineMaker magazine’s own “Wine Wizard” Alison Crowe who wil be discussing the challenges and rewards of making Pinot Noir.

Alison is a graduate of UC Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program.  She current serves as the head winemaker for Plata Wine Partners, LLC, in Napa and provides custom winemaking services and consulting to nationally-distributed as well as start-up brands.  Alison is also the author of the book “The Winemakers Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem, Answers to Every Question” and is also a frequent contributor to Wine Business Monthly.

Alison is bringing 3 Pinot Noirs for comparative tasting.  Please bring 3 wine glass for your use.  The meeting is free to SHW members and $10 for non-members.

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March 2014 The Grapevine

Here it is, hot off the press.  Your March 2014 issue of The Grapevine.  Read all about the exciting upcoming educational and fun events that your home winemaking club is organizing.  (Excuse the slightly funky format…the newsletter “genie” didn’t come through this time.)

March 2014 The Grapevine

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Reminder to Sign Up for Lake County Winery Tour

Contact David Hicks at

Event coordinator David Hicks would like to remind all interested parties that the deadline to RSVP for the June 14 Lake County Wine tour is Friday, April 4.

David is also 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 fun weekend can be found at this link:  Lake County Winery Tour.


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