Monthly Archives: April 2015

West Coast Bottles – New Sacramento Location

Contact West Coast Bottles at 800 282-2028.

West Coast Bottles shares that they have moved to a larger and better location: 4601 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento.  Click here for more info.

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Last Call for AWA’s BBQ and Sierra Foothills Wine Competition

Contact Jerry Roark at 916 384-7299 or

This Sunday, May 3, is the final date to trot your wine to enter the Sierra Foothills Wine Competition. The Amador Winemakers Association contest was opened to SHW last year and this year the Grass Valley and El Dorado home wine clubs have also been invited to compete with Amador and SHW home winemakers.

The associated May 30 AWA BBQ will be at Andis Winery. Last day to sign up for the BBQ where the wine competition winners will be announced is May 8. If you previously signed up and still need to pay, call Jerry to make arrangements.

The events details can be found here.

2015 Foothill Wine Club Competition Rules 2015

2015 Sierra Foothills Hone Wine Competition Entry Form

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The 2nd Annual Bottleshock Wine Competition

The second annual The Bottleshock Wine Competition invites home wine entries.  This competition is associated with the Lodi Amateur Winemakers Association.  June 3 is the last day to enter.  More info here.

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For Sale – Neutral Barrel

Contact Danyal Kasapligal at

SHW Member Danyal Kasapligil has a neutral used Nadalie chateau (thin stave) barrel for sale. Gassed with SO2. $50.-

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The Grapevine – April 2015

The Grapevine – April 2015 edition is available for your reading pleasure.  In it, along with a bunch of Club info, you’ll find details and entry form to enter your wine into SHW’s Jubilee wine competition.  The Cellar Master will be accepting wine entries at both the April 15 and May 20 general meetings.

Please note that VP Bruce Currie will not be at the April 15 meeting.  If you’d like your wines tested/analyzed, please bring your samples to the May 20 meeting.

See you at this Wednesday’s meeting (April 15) when UC Davis Winemaker Chik Brenneman will be evaluating members’ 2014 red Bordeaux varietal wines.  Meeting starts at 7pm, upstairs at the Turn Verein, 3349 J Street, Sacramento.

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Interested in Going Commercial?

Think you make pretty good wine?

Check out the Craft Beverage Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center on May 6-7. More information can be found here.

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April 15 Meeting – Wine Entries and Wine Evaluations

Polish off your best and see how they stack up with statewide, regional and SHW winemakers!

And we’ll make it soooo easy and convenient for you to enter.  At the April 15 SHW meeting, we’ll be accepting wine competition entries for the following home wine contests:

California State Fair – entries are due April 16.  Enter on-line and bring your wine to the meeting.  This year, the State Fair requires only one bottle of wine (vs. two) per entry.  Click here for competition and entry details. Tom and Rebecca Ramme, California State Fair Home Wine Coordinators will be at the meeting to accept your bottles.

Sierra Foothills Home Wine Competition – May 1 is the deadline for entering wines and to reserve your spot for the May 30 BBQ at Andis Winery.  Please see this link for more information on the May 30 BBQ.  Wine entry rules can be found here: 2015 Foothill Wine Club Competition Rules 2015.  Please use this form for your wine entries:  2015 Sierra Foothills Hone Wine Competition Entry Form.  Jerry Roark will be on hand to accept your entries and forms.

Sacramento Home Winemakers Jubilee Wine Competition – wine entries will be accepted starting at SHW’s April 15 meeting.  Last day to enter is May 20.  Check out the details with wine entry form here.  Only one bottle per entry is required.  See SHW Cellar Master Henry Wilkinson at the meeting.

Thanks for clearly marking your entries, completing forms beforehand, and remiting fees as instructed for each competition.  If you’re interested in competing for SHW’s Winemaker of the Year award, the same wine must be entered in the California State Fair,  the SHW Jubilee, and a third wine competition of your choice.

The April 15 meeting is the evaluation of 2014 red Bordeauxs.  Please bring two 750 ml bottles of each wine to be evaluated.  Details in the forthcoming April 2015 The Grapevine.

If you haven’t noticed, the Turn Verein has an elevator located next to the stairs on the ground floor.  It’s slow and cranky, but it works, and this may be the time you’ll want to use it.



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