Monthly Archives: September 2015

For Sale: Bladder Press and Flex Tank

Contact Joe Sogge directly at 916 204-6783.

Member Joe Sogge has winemaking equipment for sale:

Wine Press – Speidel Bladder Press – 180 Liters – $1800

Originally purchased in 2013 and used only 6 times. All original parts and accessories included. While similar to Italian bladder presses, this German-made Speidel offers several quality upgrades. To obtain a better press of your must, Speidel uses a slotted screen, similar to what is offered on large commercial presses, instead of a screen with circular perforations. This 180L model also offers superior hardware, a recessed valve assembly (to reduce accidental breakage) and a stainless frame. Overall height is 52″ and basket height is 34”. The base is 36″ deep and 38″ wide. Will deliver within the greater Sacramento and Sierra foothills area.

200 Gallon FlexTank – Dexter DM200 – $500

2014 – 200 Gallon FlexTank with stainless steel tri-clamp butterfly valve assembly, fittings, and floating skin: Combined $1000 retail value. Self supporting cylindrical tank offers good value with excellent access through the 19 in. diameter clamp lid for cleaning and oak adjunct management. May be mounted on a pallet for mobility with a pallet jack or fork truck. In addition to bulk aging of wine, it is a useful for batch blending and bottling tank. Dimensions: Diam.: 34 inches, Height: 64 inches, Weight: 68 lbs. Will deliver within the greater Sacramento and Sierra foothills area.

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ISO: Winemaker to Lease Auburn Vineyard

Contact Seth Woltz directly at 805-453-2276 or if interested.

Seth Woltz writes:

I‘m leasing my 3 acre Syrah and Barbera vineyard on the Auburn wine trail about 3 miles from downtown Auburn. The vineyard produces 10 tons of grapes per year. It was planted in 1990, and has well established vines. Irrigation is run off of NID water that I pay for (free water). All infrastructure is setup and intact. This is a plug and play vineyard that I’m offering to the right person for a very low rate who is knowledgeable in vineyard management. Long term lease available. $500 per month, paid annually.

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Harvest Dinner – November 1

For more information, contact Fred Millar at 916 576-9596 or Shannon Shackelford at 916 317-0558.

As your winery quiets down toward the end of harvest, relax and join fellow winemakers at SHW’s Harvest Dinner.  The casual event is an evening of sharing stories and wines while enjoying a buffet dinner with eastern European influences.

$30 for SHW members and $35 for non-SHW members.  Gratuity and sales tax are included in the set price.  Complimentary wine corkage.

This is one of SHW’s most popular social events.  Space is limited, so please make your reservations by October 24.  Details and reservation form can be found at this link:  2015 SHW Harvest Dinner Announcement and Reservation

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For Sale: 12-Gallon Plastic Beer Barrels

Call Charlie Coyne directly at 916 813-9979.

For sale: 2 heavy duty 12-gallon plastic beer barrels. Great for aging wine. Easy to move even when full. $60 each.

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September 16 Meeting – Successful Fermentations

Whether your harvest has yet to start, or are in the middle of fermentation. or just pressed your batch, don’t miss this Wednesday’s (September 16) meeting on fermentation practices to get you the results you want.  John Troiano, winemaker and co-owner of Wreckless Blenders in Carmichael spends the evening with us talking about successful fermentation practices.  He’ll also answer your questions about fermentations – primary or secondary/malo-lactic conversion.  John started out as a home winemakers (a former SHW member) so he’s aware of small batch fermentations.

Wreckless Blenders 2013 Touriga earned a gold medal and Best of Region – Foothills at this year’s Califorinia State Fair commercial wine competition.  The El Dorado County Tourgia grapes are from Shaker Ridge Vineyard owned by Andy and Elizabeth Standeven, who are also SHW members.  John plans to bring the wine for tasting.  Please bring a wine glass for your use, and if you like, a bottle to share at the meeting.

Meeting starts at 7PM upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.  Thanks for helping clean up after the meeting.

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Taste 2015 – Evening of Wine, Beer, Food and Music at the Robert Mondavi Center

Taste  2015, a collaboration with the UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, combines wine, food, beer, and music for one unforgettable autumn evening, October 9, 2015. The evening concludes at the Mondavi Center, with a performance by Los Lobos in Jackson Hall.

A portion of the silent auction proceeds will provide funding for Broadening Horizons, a program supporting Chicano/Latino students at the university’s departments of Viticulture and Enology, and Food Science and Technology.

Click here for additional information.

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ISO – Two Used 59-Gallon Barrels

Call Greg at 916-847-6157.

SHW member Greg Leathem is looking for two 59-gallon barrels.


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Grapes for Sale: Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, Clarksburg

Call Paul directly at 916-425-4763.

Paul & Nancy Baldwin, SHW members still have Cab and Zin available to pick this weekend. Cab was 23+ brix last weekend while Zin was 24 brix. Fruit is exceptionally clean and pretty and quite easy to pick. Grapes are 50 cents per pound you pick with free use of picking boxes and crusher/destemmer with their help.

They also still have some of the new bottles shown at the last meeting for $5 per case in new boxes with dividers.

They will be picking Sunday Sept 13 or during the week.

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Grapes for Sale: Merlot and Syrah, Wilton

Contact Ron directly at 916 203-9838.

Grapes for sale:  300-400 lbs each of syrah and merlot in Wilton.   20 year old vines from UC Davis clones.  Buyer picks.  100 lbs minimum.  40 cents per lb.  50 cents per lb with use of destemmer-crusher.  Grapes are ready now.

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ISO: Apple Cider Group Buy

Contact Luke Laubaugh directly at

SHW member Luke asks:

Is anyone interested in doing a group buy on apple cider for some fall projects?

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