Monthly Archives: April 2014

Looking for Pinot

Contact Don Vinson at: is 916-372-6093 or e-mail

I have exhausted my contacts and found no pinot grapes. Not really interested in Bogle. Does anyone know of a source?


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Food Grade Plastic 15.5 Gallon Beer Kegs for Sale

Contact David Hicks at 925 997-1997.

David Hicks writes:

A local Lake County brew pub is switching their plastic kegs to stainless steel and has 14 for sale.  I am using 4 for storage before bottling and they work great. The pressure spear is removed and they take a standard 2″ bung.  Their price is $60 each and if anyone would like to buy some please call me so I can have him tag them for me.  It’s easy for me bring the kegs to the club meeting for you to pick up.

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Shaker Ridge Vineyard Announces Second Annual Competition

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Shaker Ridge Vineyard is pleased to announce Shaker Ridge Vineyard’s second annual competition to recognize home winemakers who compete successfully with this vineyard’s grapes.  The grand prize is 250 lbs. of Shaker Ridge Vineyard grapes that are still “available for sale” redeemable for the 2014 or 2015 season.  Please see this link for competition details.

Shaker Ridge Vineyard grapes show well in both commercial and home wine competitions.  Check out this list!

Vineyard owners Andy and Elizabeth Standeven, also home winemakers and SHW members, are strong supporters of home winemakers.  As with last year, Beginning Winemakers Varietal Focus Group will be making Shaker Ridge’s primitivo.  Another 2014 varietal focus group will be making port with five Portuguese varietals from the vineyard’s “Quinta” acreage.

For this upcoming harvest, Shaker Ridge has small quantities of barbera, primitivo and touriga nacional still available.  For real-time availability, click on this link and find the latest “Current Grape Availability” post on the right side of the page.

Posted in Meetings & Events | Leave a comment – May 15 Tasting Tour Invitation invites SHW members to their Mary 15 Sacramento Tasting Tour stop with special pricing on tickets.  The wines to be tasted that evening are from a global mix of small independent wineries. In addition to the special pricing on tickets, the event’s participants can receive discounts on the evening’s case purchases.

For more information on the event, please see Sacramento Home Winemakers -Naked Wine.

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Amador Winemakers Association – SHW Wine Competition Entry Form

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Save time and complete the attached entry form with your Amador Winemakers Association-SHW wine competition to the April 16 SHW meeting.


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Lake County Winery Tour – Room for 2 More

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Lake County Winery Tour Coordinator David Hicks advises there’s room for a couple more on the tour.  Please contact him immediately if you’re interested and David will also be at the April 16 SHW meeting.

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California State Fair Home Wine Competition Entries Accepted at April 16 SHW Meeting

The California State Fair Home Wine Competition entries are due this Wednesday, April 16.  One of the competition’s coordinator, Tom Ramme will be on hand at Wednesday’s SHW meeting to accept your entries.  To save you the effort of carrying your entries up the Turn Verein stairs, Tom will be poised either in the parking lot behind the Turn Verein or in front of the building.  He plans to arrive by 6:15Pm and will also be accepting entries after the meeting.

Entries will also be accepted at other locations.  Please see this link for more information.

Here’s some competition dates to note:

Wednesday, April 16 – Deadline to enter online 
Friday, April 18 – Deadline to drop off or have shipments arrive at CalExpo
Saturday, May 10 – Competition at CalExpo
Saturday, June 21 – Awards Ceremony and Wine Tasting Reception at CalExpo Turf Club
July 11 to 27 – Top Award winners will be on display at the California State Fai
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April 2014 The Grapevine

Please see the link to April’s The Grapevine below.

Members’ 2013 red wines, non-Bordeaux varietals, will be evaluated at the April 16 meeting.  Please bring two 750ml bottles clearly marked with the varietal and your name, and your winemaking notes. If you haven’t yet bottled, please do so without adding sulfites. No capsules, please.  Check in with Cellarmaster Henry Wilkinson with your wines before the start of the program.

The evening’s evaluators are Joel Omhart, assistant winemaker with St. Amant Winery and Layne Montgomery with m2 wines.

Please bring 2 wine glasses for your own use.  Thanks for helping clean up after the meeting.  The April 16 meeting starts at 7PM upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

We’re also accepting wine competition entries for the California State Fair Home Wine Competition and the Amador Winemaking Association-SHW Shootout. More information can be found in the April newsletter: GV April 2014.

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Last Call! Clear Lake Winery Tour

Contact David Hicks at 925 997-1997 or

Still time to participate in the Clear Lake wine tour! See wine tour sign up sheet and sign up now.

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Karen MacNeil – New Video Series About Wine

Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and The NEW Wine Bible (out Spring 2015), is launching a hilarious new video series about wine. “Bible Study with Sister Karen” will cover topics ranging from the taste of tannin to the sex life of grapes, and will be posted every Sunday (naturally) and Wednesday on Karen MacNeil’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“Bible Study with Sister Karen” debuts this Sunday, April 6th–don’t miss it!  Subsribe to her YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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