Monthly Archives: December 2016

2017 Unified Wine and Grape Symposuim Exhibit Vouchers

Contact Gin Yang at or 916 217-0294.

SHW is offering a limited number of vouchers for the Exhibits only (no programs) part of the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center, January 25-26, 2017 (exhibits).  The symposium’s exhibits are a fun way to see and hear about all things viticulture and enology.

Unknown at this time is the amount of vouchers that exhibitors will be providing.  Please contact Gin to get your name on the list.  $10 each; members only, please.

Thanks to SHW member Blair Gould for securing the vouchers.

For your convenience:  2017-shw-membership-form


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SHW Wine Analysis Service Update

SHW offers a wine analysis service for members for a nominal fee.  The fee covers the cost of the supplies used to conduct the tests.  Alcohol by volume has been added to the suite of analyses.  Residual sugar (RS) analysis is no longer available.

Analyses available:

  • pH ($5.), determines the overall acidity, usually will be pH = 3.20 – 3.80
  • TA ($10.), determines “total acidity” as tartaric acid, usually 0.5 to 0.7 g/L
  • pH + TA ($10.), both pH and TA measured on the same sample
  • free SO2 ($10.), determines free SO2 levels, usually 25 to 35 ppm at bottling
  • MLF completion ($10.), estimation by paper chromatography
  • Alcohol by volume (abv) ($15.), measured by ebulliometer, standard method

The details and form can be found here.

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The Grapevine – December 2016

The Grapevine – December 2016

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Introduction to Mead Making – UC Davis

Seriously interested in learning to make mead?  The Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis is offering a 2-day course in January 2017. Click here for more information and to register.

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Group Buy – Bordeaux Style Glass

Please contact Thad Rodgers at 916 715-3688 and

Thad’s making another run to Martinez for more wine bottles. $5 a case. 750 ml; deep punts.  New glass but the cased goods might have been sitting around for awhile.  Antique Green and Flint (clear) available. If you’re interested, please contact Thad ASAP. He’ll accept orders as late as December 14 at the Holiday Party IF he still has room on his truck.

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Reserve by December 4 for the SHW Holiday Party

We have just a few seats left for SHW’s Holiday Party on December 14. Don’t miss out on the good times, scrumptious dinner, and wines!  Send in this form to make your reservations: holiday-party-reservations.

Club members and supporters have generously donated to this annual fundraiser and appreciate your support.  This is a fun way to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way and get some goodies for you!  Auction and raffle items include gold medal winning wines, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting for 10-20 people, artisan birdhouse, IT support, winery tours, cork wreathes, winemaking items, dim sum brunch, and an assortment of artisan brews, foods, and preserves.

Let us help you make your decisions:

Contact Vickie Rosalli at to donate, bid by proxy, or help with the fundraiser.

Contact Fred Millar at 916 576-9596 for info on the dinner.  If sending in your check after December 4, please let Fred know so that he can save your space if seats are available.

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