Monthly Archives: July 2015

SHW’s Winemaking 101 on Good Day Sacramento

Winemaking 101 is this Saturday, August 1, on the beautiful winery grounds of Ron and Kathy Loder in Granite Bay.  Good Day Sacramento (CW31/CBS Local) is planning to broadcast “live” at 10 AM in the midst of the workshop.  Tune in and see your Club having fun!

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Wanted: Group Buy Coordinators for Bogle Vineyards Grapes

Contact Sonia at 916 825-4952 or

Member Sonia Baron has coordinated popular group buys for several years from Clarksburg’s Bogle Vineyards. Sonia’s not able to organize such groups this year and if a member is interested in organizing a group buy (or two), she’ll share Warren Bogle’s contact info.

Bogle Vineyards sell in 1/2 ton minimum lots.  Warren has been kind enough to let us use his bins and we return no later than next day.  Whites are $1000/ton and reds are $1200/ton.  Chardonnay will be ready in approximately 2-3 weeks.

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Grapes for Sale: Syrah, Barbera, Zin – Auburn

Contact Seth at 805 453-2276.

Seth writes:

I have 3 acres of Syrah and Barbera, one row of Zin as well. Grapes are located in Auburn off of Mt. Vernon Road and were planted in 1990 and are ~25 years old with a history of producing great wine. This year they have been slightly neglected, but still have plenty of great grapes on them. You pick the grapes for $500 per ton, or $.50 per pound with a 100 lb minimum. Give me a call or text if you’re interested.

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Group Buys: Lodi Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot

Contact Henry at 916 997-3056 or

Cellar Master Henry Wilkinson is putting together 2 group buys for members only:  petite sirah and petit verdot.  Both varietals are sourced from Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi.  Grapes are 75 cents per lb.

The varietals can be made as stand-alone varietals or as blending wines.  Each varietal adds color and its own personality to other varietals.  Petit verdot is often used in red Bordeaux blends to enhance the mid-palate, and petite sirah can add needed structure to many reds.

As both varietals make excellent blenders and topping wine, Henry offers to lead a “Blending Varietal Focus Group’ after the wines have aged.

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Grapes for Sale: Chardonnay, Viognier, Tempranillo – Schribner Bend, Clarksburg

Contact Mark Schribner 916-247-8209 or email

Clarksburg grapes, hand picked, field sorted, in your container. weighed in vineyard. Prices are FOB vineyard. Scribner Bend is located 15 minutes from Sacramento along the Sacramento river. All good clean well tended fruit. Only pick early morning in small lots.  For 2015, only have chardonnay, viognier and tempranillo left.  Please call for pricing.

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Join the Fun! Last Call for Volunteers – State Fair’s Home Winemaking Booth

Contact Fred Millar at 916 576-9596 and

From Fred, who is again tirelessly coordinating the volunteer staffing of the California State Fair home winemaking booth:

Hello SHW Members and a HUGE Thank you!!

We have had a Great Volunteer Participation staffing the California State Fair’s home winemaking booth.   Thank you to All who have made this a very  successful year for SHW and California State Fair-goers.

With 3 days left we still have several afternoon and evening shifts that need volunteers:

Saturday, July 25:  1-3 and 5-9

Sunday, July 26:     1-5 and 5-9

Please call or email me so I can get you your complementary ticket
and parking pass.  1-3 people per shift will be great!


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Grapes for Sale: Whites and Reds, Clarksburg Appellation

Call Paul at P & N Enterprises, Vineyard 916-684-2086 or better choice Cell 916-425-4763

Long time members Paul & Nancy Baldwin have grapes for sale. Whites: Chardonnay, Sauvginon blanc, Chenin blanc, Semillon and Symphony.  Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Barbera, and Merlot.

$.50/lb. You Pick. Free use of picking boxes, clippers, press and crusher-destemmer with their help.

The vineyard is located in southern Sacramento County.  It enjoys a Delta environment of warm days and cool, breezy nights as part of the Clarksburg appellation. Paul and Nancy hedge the vines, pull leaves and use bird netting and bird scare devices to ensure quality and control diseases. They follow an adviser driven spray program for mildew and the grapes are very clean this year.

Check web site for sugar level every week starting about Aug. 1. Don’t wait to order your grapes, harvest will be several weeks early this year, some grapes are already at 16 brix so call and reserve now.

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Zinfandel Grapes in Exchange for Wine

Contact Jay Smith at

Jay and Pam Smith in Elk Grove have a small vineyard which is estimated to yield 500 lbs of zinfandel.  They are interested in providing the grapes to a winemaker in exchange for wine made from the same grapes.


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Select Shifts Still Available at State Fair Home Winemaking Booth

Contact Fred Millar at 916 576-9596. Booth volunteers will receive a complimentary parking pass and ticket into the fair.

The California State Fair is finishing up its first week and the home winemaking booth has seen lots of visitors! SHW is staffing the booth again this year and shifts are the booth are still available – this is a fun way to volunteer and support SHW.

Of urgency are 3-4 hours shifts for Friday, July 17 from noon – 9m. Fridays are busy fair days – the booth will see lots of activity.

Other available shifts:
Tuesday, July 21, 11am – 2pm
Wednesday, July 22, 11am -1pm
Friday – Sunday, July 24-26, 10am – 9 pm (3-4 hour shifts)

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Winemaking Item for Sale – Bird Netting – Between Lincoln and Auburn

Contact Jeff Snyder at , phone  916-645-1712.

I have new roll of fruit zone, 42″ Tenax Bird Netting, 4900’+/-, that I am selling for $135.00

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