Monthly Archives: November 2015

Last Chance – SHW’s Holiday Party!

There’s still a few seats left for SHW’s annual holiday soiree!  Don’t miss out on this fun evening.  Send in your reservations by this Wednesday, December 2.  Click here for the details and reservation form.

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SHW Holiday Party and Fundraiser – Make Your Reservations

Don’t forget to make your reservations for SHW’s December 13 Holiday Party.  This year’s soiree is at Old Sacramento’s Embassy Suites.  We’re up on the Terrace.  Your party reservation comes with complimentary valet parking so all you have to do is zip in and unload at the Embassy’s front door.

Join the party, use this reservation form, choose your entrée, and send it in by December 2.

The Embassy is offering a special room rate for the night of the party with complimentary overnight valet parking for $129 plus taxes and fees.  Reservations must be made by Monday, November 30.  To book:  Go to and make a reservation using the group/convention code: SHW, or call (916) 326-5000 and ask for the Sacramento Home Winemakers discount rate.  Call Samantha Weiss at 916 326-5006 if you have questions regarding this offer.

Donations for the silent auction are heating up –

  • JD and Erin Phelps are donating a Spanish cooking class for 8 (bid by 2’s) with paella, sangria, Iberian varietal wines (sounds like a party!).
  • Jacque and Craig Brown are offering 2 nights at their South Lake Tahoe cabin on the lake with private beach access, hot tub, Wi-Fi … but you’ll want to forget to recharge your electronics.
  • We hear talk of a bottling party (guests get to take home some really good wine!), gift baskets, holiday cookies, and wines.

Can you come up with more? — wine grapes, dinners, gift certificates, winery tour vouchers, rounds of golf, or ski passes?  If you have items you’d like to donate for the silent auction and raffle, please contact Judy Pinegar at or 916 224-6742.

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Recap of November 2015 Meeting with Cellar Notes

Wow!  Did we get a lot done at SHW’s November 18 meeting!!

Congratulations to the 2016 Executive Board who were elected last night:

President – Joe McGillivray

Vice President – Donna Bettencourt

Treasurer – Jacque Brown

Secretary – Bruce Currie

Membership Chair – Fred Millar and Gin Yang

Member-at-Large (3) – Craig Brown, Angie Cassidy, Bob Peake

Thanks to Kurt Burris for evaluating fruit and port wines.

Thank yous go to members who brought in their gold medal winners for tasting.

Here’s the cellar notes on the gold medal and best of show wines we tasted last night  – Meritage, Sauvignon Blanc, and Elephant Heart Plum – made by Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley:  Bentley Cellars.

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Free – Used Wine Bottles

Contact Jim Fortunato at or 916 747-7253

Home winemaker Jim Fortunato has 30+ cases of used wine bottles (green for red wines).  Most are 759 ml with some magnums, to donate.  He’d like them donated by Thanksgiving.  Interested?  Contact Jim.

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Bob’s World of Wine – Portuguese Grapes

Bob Peak, partner with Santa Rosa’s The Beverage People and a guest speaker at SHW’s meetings,  writes “Bob’s World of Wine,” a wine-related blog published on WineMaker magazine’s web site. His latest blog post talks about the small acreage of Portuguese varietals planted in California.

Bob was delighted to discover that SHW members Carol Clark and Sonia Baron pursued their dream and recently purchased a vineyard in Fair Play (El Dorado County) and have named their new reality Bom Vinho! At SHW’s recent Harvest Dinner, Sonia excitedly conversed with Bob about the Portuguese varietals that are growing on Bom Vinho! and also about Shaker Ridge Vineyard’s Portuguese varietals (owners Andy and Elizabeth Standeven are also SHW members).

Bob’s see Portuguese wines maybe as soon as the next harvest!  Check out Bob’s blog.

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Update on Members-At-Large Nominations

Please contact Board of Directors Chair Fred Millar at 916 576-9596.

Update on November 18, 2015 Annual meeting: election of 2016 executive board members.

Nominations have been accepted from the members below for the positions (3) of members-at-large:

Angie Cassidy

Kevin Hubred

Bob Peake

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting prior to the elections.



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Screw Cap Wine Bottles – Free

Contact Bob Peake at 916 365-1819.

Member Bob Peake has 5 cases of unused 750 ml ROPE (screw caps) bottles he is giving away free.  The bottles are green in color.

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Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards with Taste Restaurant Luncheon

Contact Taste Restaurant at 209 245-3463.

Former SHW member Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards is partnering with Taste Restaurant in Plymouth this Sunday, November 22, featuring a Winter Wine Luncheon.  The 12:30pm seating is full.  The second seating at 4:00pm has seats available.  Please see the menu and wine pairings below.

Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards lunch 2015 (1)

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November 18 Meeting – Wines and More

SHW’s November 18 meeting is hopping!

Vote for your leaders.  SHW’s Annual Meeting is in November.  This is when you elect the incoming year’s leadership team – president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, membership chair, and 3 members-at-large.  Show up to the meeting or someone might throw your name in the ring and because you have a wide fan base, you just might get the necessary votes!  Nominees for these positions thus far are listed in the November Grapevine.

Sunshine your sweets, bubblies, and fortifieds.  Kurt Burris, winemaker and sales guy (including Camino’s Madroña Vineyards) is planning to taste and evaluate your port, fruit, dessert, and sparkling wines.  Please bring two 75o ml bottles for all to taste.

Share your best.  If your wine(s) earned gold, double gold or “best of …” this year and you still have some left, please bring two 750 ml bottles to the meeting for tasting.  Continue to be recognized for your outstanding winemaking abilities!

See how you stack up.  If you were a part of the 2014 primitivo or/and petite sirah varietal focus groups, please bring two 750 ml bottles for tasting.  You’ll be amazed how the same grapes harvested at same time but vinified by various winemakers can taste so different!

Make your reservations for SHW’s Holiday Party.  The annual dinner and fundraiser is on Sunday, December 13.  We appreciate your generosity by donating an item and also by participating at the fundraiser.  Party reservation form:  2015 SHW Holiday Party Announcement Reservations.  To make donations:  Judy Pinegar, and 916 224-6742.  For more party info:  Fred Millar, 916 576-9596.

Bring 2 wine glasses to this meeting for your use.  We appreciate your help cleaning up after the meeting.  Contact VP Bruce Currie for more meeting info: and 916 448-4244..

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The Grapevine – November 2015, for more information contact SHW Newsletter Editor Kevin D. Hubred at (916) 847-7270

The Grapevine – November 2015

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