Monthly Archives: February 2015

West Coast Bottles Extend an Offer on Bottles

Roni From West Coast Bottles is extending a discount to SHW.  There will be no “will call fee” from now until March 15th on wine bottle orders.  They accommodate small orders.  No minimum number of cases.  People need to contact:
Roni Llewellyn, Sales and Accounts
(916) 798-4602 P
(800) 282-2028
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In Search Of Clear Wine Bottles

Sue Summersett

Looking to buy 3 cases of clear wine bottles, new. Thanks!

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2015 In Search Of : Stainless Tanks Wanted

Jim Garrett : or 530-346-2403

I am interested in purchasing used stainless steel, variable capacity, tanks in 100 liter to 200 liter sizes. I’m planning on making various sized batches of Chardonnay and Syrah rose’ this fall. If you have any tanks available, please contact me with a description, condition and price. Thanks.


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SHW Club Crusher-Destemmer Moves

As noted on the SHW website, the club has several pieces of equipment to rent to club members at minimal rates.  See:

Recently the Crusher-Destemmer moved to a new location in Sacramento. The contact information is as follows:

Destemmer‐Crusher – RENTAL FEE – $10.00

Contact: Matt Sainson,  (916) 833-4214  e-mail:

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Tony Oppedahl – Celebration of Life

Our hearts are saddened with the loss of SHW member Tony Oppedahl on January 30, 2015. Tony arrived early to many SHW meetings and greeted members while helping the crew set up for the evening.  Around the table, he poured his award-winning wines (his Touriga took a gold at the 2014 Amador – SHW Shootout) which were adorned with his creative labels that most recently earned double-golds at the 2014 California State Fair. Tami Oppedahl shares with all winemakers: Celebration of Life event for Tony, Saturday, February 21, 1-5pm, at the clubhouse at Swallows Nest Country Club.

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The Grapevine – February 2015

Attached for your reading pleasure is  The Grapevine – February 2015 edition.

The February 18 general meeting is the evaluation of members 2014 white and rose wines.  If you have not yet bottled wines for evaluation, please do not add sulfites.  Bring two 750 ml bottles for tasting and check in with the Cellar Master (he’ll be at the bar) prior to the meeting.

Only current members’ wines will be evaluated, and if you haven’t yet renewed your dues or joined, click on this link for a copy of the 2015 membership form.

Please remember to bring to the meeting 2 wine glasses for your use; Club glasses are for guests.  Thank you for helping set up before and clean up after the meeting.  Meeting starts at 7PM upstairs at the Turn Verein, 3349 J Street, Sacramento.

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Group Buy – reWine French Oak Barrels

Contact Sonia Baron at

reWine Barrels will be demonstrating barrel toasting, maintenance and leaky fixes on Saturday, March 21 at the home winery of SHW members Carol Clark and Sonia Baron. Details on that event are in the February 2015 The Grapevine newsletter.

reWine has also extended their 15% trade show pricing on their barrels until March 1 to SHW members.  With the discount, 60-gallon barrels are $297 and 30-gallon conversion barrels are $322. Barrels are medium toast unless specified.

Place your order via email to Sonia (email address above) by March 1.  There is no delivery charge; the barrels are to be paid for and picked up on March 21 at the demonstration.  Bring cash.  If paying with a credit card, 2.75% will be added to the cost.  Thanks for honoring your commitment.

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Executive Board Meeting Chili

Member Mike Anderson opens his charming Land Park home for SHW’s executive board meetings almost annually.  In addition to making wine and limoncello (his Creamy Limoncello is soooo smooth!  That recipe’s coming soon.), Mike makes a killer chili that is enjoyed by meeting attendees.

And he’s sharing his delicious chili recipe.  Mike says he’s developed the concoction over the years, adding some unexpected ingredients to create a chili bean dish that’s full of flavor and depth.  Be forewarned, Mike Anderson’s Chili results in a HUGE pot of chili beans, enough to feed half a neighborhood!

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Small Urban Home Vineyard Looking for Vineyard Manager

Contact Brad Sanborn 916 425-4950.

SHW Member  Brad Sanborn helped the owner of a small urban vineyard manage and harvest her zinfandel vineyard in 2014.  Brad is not able to manage the vineyard this year and is helping the owner find someone who would be willing to do so.  Please contact Brad if you are interested.  The vineyard can yield up to 75 gallons of wine.

The original request for help came from the owner last year:

“I have a small vineyard located in Sierra Oaks Vista. 2800 Northrop. There are 70 zinfandel vines that are approximately 8 years old. The previous people who have made wine from these vines have had to retire, so I am looking for someone to come in and take over. I am not charging money. I would expect the vines to be cared for and also I would like to receive at least two cases of wine at the appropriate time. Of course since we live nearby, we would be available to help.

I hope someone can take advantage of this lovely vineyard. It is gorgeous and a wonderful place to work.”

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Winemaking Items for Sale: Granite Bay

Call John Lewis (916) 791-1053  A Variety of Items :

1. 60 crossarms (for stringing wires on a grape post) $1.00 ea, also free (used ) grape posts.

15  5 gallon buckets for picking grapes $ 2.00 ea

4-5 30 gallon fermenters $10

12  5 gallon carboys $10.00

15 cases of cleaned wine bottles $5 ea


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