Monthly Archives: May 2015

Make Your Reservations NOW for the Jubilee Picnic!

The lower rate for the picnic is ending this Thursday, June 4, 2015. Pay now if you are coming! Don’t forget to bring your assigned side dish.

The very last day to pay is June 9 and the cost goes up by 10 dollars a person after June 4th.

We cannot take ANY last minute reservations or there will not be enough steak!!

Jubilee Picnic – contact Judy Pinegar at or 916 224-6742

Sunday, June 14 (awards ceremony and picnic). The Jubilee is one of the Club’s biggest events – you won’t want to miss it! Bring your kids and your swim suits.

Picnic – below is picnic information including location, and reservations forms to mail in NOW. Please make your reservations by June 4.

2015-Juiblee-Picnic Announcement

2015 June 14 SHW Jubilee Picnic Reservations

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Volunteers Requested for “The Bottle Shock Open” Home Wine Judging Event – June 19, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT — Volunteers Needed for the 2nd Annual Bottle Shock Open Home Winemakers Competition (June 19, 2015 – Friday)

The Bottle Shock Open (TBSO) Home Wine Judging Competition replaced the County Home Wine Judging at the San Joaquin County Fair in association with the Lodi Grape Festival. As opposed to the County Fair, the TBSO is open to any, and all, home winemakers throughout the world, and it has the guidance of seasoned professionals.
Aaron Kidder (IT guru) and G.M. ‘Pooch’ Pucilowski (Certified Wine Educator) have organized many large events (1,100-1,300 entries) over the years, and now they are enthusiastic in guiding home winemakers to this event ‘in the heart of wine country’!

Why would you want to participate/volunteer in this event?
1. It is going to be held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi, CA
2. The educational benefits in learning wine judging protocol is phenomenal!
3. Winemakers can enter their wines for judging by knowledgeable wine tasters who will give constructive comments regarding your wine(s)
4. Awards will be top-notched and high quality
5. Sponsorships are available to support this new venture for a stable platform for home winemakers to enter their wines
6. You will receive event wine to drink and take home.
7. After-party with food and wine after the judging is complete

Hopefully, many of you have volunteered in the past to similar events (or even the First BSO) and would have an interest in volunteering for the 2nd Annual BSO competition.
The competition itself will require one full day and will be held on Friday, June 19, 2014 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi, CA. Some volunteers might be needed for additional days as the event comes together. Volunteers will receive wine from the competition and be fed as well. Also, if you have someone who is interested in helping/volunteering, please write down their name, phone number(s) and email info so they can be included.

Here is an extensive list of volunteer slots needed:

Volunteer Positions:
Clerks (5-8 slots depending upon entry numbers)
Their job would be to assist the judges in tracking and scoring the wines. They need to be very organized and good at keeping track of paperwork and judges (who may not be very organized). They sit at the judge’s table and record all the judge’s scores. They keep track of all paperwork judges are required to fill out and make sure it is correct.

Pourers (5-8 slots depending upon entry numbers)
This position requires an early start in the morning. They need to open & pour the correct wines into the correct glasses. They will be on their feet all day long.
They are the back room workers who keep the wine flowing during the day. They are not allowed in the judge’s room.

Stewards (4-8 depending upon entry numbers) The only link between the Pourers and the Judges are the Stewards. They pick up and deliver wines, set up the glasses in front of the judges and help clear the empty glasses. They also help remove the judge code sticker on the glassware.

Panel Assistants (2-6 depending upon entry numbers)
This group will do everything needed to assist the judges, clerks and stewards. There may be long stretches of sitting but they have to be vigilant; if a judge needs crackers or a pencil sharpened, they do it. They will help clear the tables after the judges finish tasting, and run the glasses to the kitchen as needed.

Washing Wine Glasses (? depends upon whether we get a portable dishwasher onsite)
We will need to wash the glassware on a continuous basis. We will have to see if we can rent a dishwasher. Carts will be needed to bring the glasses to the pouring tables. A lot depends if we rent or buy glasses.

After Party
We will need to clean up the place after the competition. All Volunteers will help do this before they leave for the day and before the party starts. It will be the
Cellar Crew responsibility to mark the medal winners and place the wines on the tables. We will need a volunteer to arrange the food for that evening.

Please sign up regarding your availability and your job preference, if you have one. Please respond ASAP as the event is less than four weeks away. Once you sign up, additional instructions and details will be sent to you.


Please contact John Brooks, Volunteer Coordinator, 916-705-0550 ASAP, less than three weeks to go!

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June 3 is Last Day to Enter Bottle Shock Wine Competition

The Lodi Amateur Vintners Association’s reminds SHW that entries for their 2nd Annual Bottle Shock Wine Competition are due June 3.  The event is LAVA’s home wine competition. Entry info and details can be found here.

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Envisioning California Conference – October 2, 2015

While a little far off, Sacramento State University would like for you to Save the Date:

Please Save the Date of Friday, October 2, 2015 for the 26th Annual Envisioning California Conference, California’s Liquid Gold: Brewing & Winemaking in the Golden State at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento.

 As a follow-up to our 2013 Food for Thought conference, this Envisioning California Conference will explore recent trends in brewing and winemaking, examine current policy implications, and consider possible future developments in the industry. It will also provide an opportunity to talk directly with California winemakers and brewers, to sample their products, and join a broader conversation about California’s liquid gold.

More information coming soon at: or join the event on Facebook at: Registration for this Sacramento State, Center for California Studies event will open in July.

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SHW Jubilee – Still Time to Enter and Make Picnic Reservations

Jubilee Wine Competition Entries – contact Henry Wilkinson at 916 997-3056.

Jubilee Picnic – contact Judy Pinegar at or 916 224-6742 (call after May 27).

This year’s SHW Jubilee is on Saturday, June 13 (wine competition) and Sunday, June 14 (awards ceremony and picnic).  The Jubilee is one of the Club’s biggest events – you won’t want to miss it!

Wine Entries – deadline to enter your best has been extended to May 23 – there’s still time to enter!  Go here for info and entry form, and contact Cellar Master Henry Wilkinson to arrange for drop-off.

Picnic – below is picnic information including location, and reservations forms.  Please make your reservations by June 4.

2015-Juiblee-Picnic Announcement

2015 June 14 SHW Jubilee Picnic Reservations

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SHW Jubilee Wine Entries – May 20 Last Day to Enter

Contact Cellar Master Henry Wilkinson at 916 997-3056.

Friendly competition reminder – bring your Jubilee competition wines to next week’s May 20 SHW meeting. See here for details.

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Sacramento Home Winemakers May Newsletter

New Newsletter – Publisher May 2015  I hope you enjoy the new format!   Contact Kevin D. Hubred for More information at (916) 847-7270

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Shaker Ridge Vineyard – Homemade Wine Competition

Contact Shaker Ridge Vineyard.

SHW Members and supporters Andy and Elizabeth Standeven are the owners of Shaker Ridge Vineyard where they grow tempranillo, barbera, primitivo, and several Portuguese varietals.  Their primitivo has been the grape of choice for first-time winemakers participating in the beginning winemakers varietal focus group.  Additionally, their Quinta grapes, a melody of Portuguese varietals used in making ports, has garnered coveted ribbons for winemakers.

Andy invites SHW members to enter Shaker Ridge Vineyard’s Homemade Wine Competition:

We are also pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Shaker Ridge Homemade Wine Competition to encourage formal judging and award excellence in wines made from our grapes.  The grand (and only…) prize will be 250 lbs. of free wine grapes from our “Grapes Available” list. This year, we only have barbera still available for sale, but the prize could be used in a future vintage where additional choices may be available.

Entry rules are as follows:

§             The wine must be made at least 85% from grapes grown at Shaker Ridge Vineyard from vintage 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014.

§             You must contact us, in writing (email is fine), ahead of judging for a given competition to let us know that you have entered a wine of type X, vintage Y from our grapes.  We will confirm that your entry is or is not valid for our competition based on our sales records.  There is no cost to enter, and no obligation for future purchases.

§             2015 home winemaker competitions results considered:  El Dorado County Fair, Amador County Fair, Orange County Fair, California State Fair, and Sacramento Home Winemakers June Jubilee.  Additional 2015 public, blinded competitions will be considered with advance agreement from Shaker Ridge, provided that results will be known by August 1, 2015.  Unfortunately, for the purposes of this competition, we cannot consider past results with the above vintages, only upcoming (prospective) entries.

§             Wines winning our competition previously are not eligible for winning again.

§             Appreciating the subjectivity in wine judging, we will consider the best outcome for a  given wine unless two or more wines with the same best outcome have been entered multiple times.  In the latter case, we will consider the best average outcome.  Ranking of outcomes is: double gold>gold>silver>bronze>honorable mention, with acceptable competitions given equal weight for such designations.  Tie breakers would include additional distinctions, e.g., Best of Show, Best of Class.   If the above criteria don’t yield a single winner, we may request a taste-off to designate the grand prize winner.

§             Entrants agree that we can choose to post the results–good, bad, or indifferent–including winemaker, wine, competition, and result, on this website.  We will use your initials if you prefer relative anonymity and if you let us know this at the time you contact us with your entry.  Otherwise, your full name will be used.

Good luck!

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WineMaker Magazine – Digital Subscription

Contact Gin Yang at

For 2015 members who paid their dues by March 1 of this year, your membership entitles you to both print and digital subscriptions of WineMaker magazine for a year.

You might have received a recent email entitled “View your new digital issue of Winemaker.” To activate your account, follow the instructions which may entail entering your email or mailing address separately.  When all else fails, ask for a password reset.

The digital version allows subscribers to access the magazine’s archives plus view articles not available in the print version.

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Vineyard Manager Wanted

Contact Brad Sanborn at 916 425-4950.

The owners of a small home vineyard with 43 head-trained four-year old cabernet sauvignon vines are looking for someone to take care of all aspects of the vines and harvest in exchange for 10-15% of bottled wine.  The vineyard’s location is in Carmichael close to Palm Drive and Fair Oaks Blvd.  If you’re interested, please call SHW member Brad Sanborn for additional information.

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