Monthly Archives: April 2017

For Sale: Winemaking Items

Call or text Chad Steiner at 509 470-2354.

11 carboys for sale: two 5 gallon plastic, two 3 gallon glass, the rest 5 & 6 gallon glass. $110 for all or $10 a piece.

2 Johnson Controls for regulating temperature on a freezer – great for regulating fermentation temperature. Like new, $50/piece.  $78 when new on Amazon.

5 cases of mixed bottles – free.

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Must for Sale: Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel

Contact Scott Harvey at to reserve your must or for further info.

Scott Harvey is selling Syrah, Barbera, and Zinfandel grape must at $1 per lb. (stems usually comprise 7-12% of picked grapes by weight).

When the grapes are ready Scott will contact you and you just roll up with your vessels to his winery in Amador and they will pump your must into your vessels.  


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Sorry, the Sign up Sheet was not in the Newsletter : Jubilee Picnic…140 bottles of wine on the table!

RESERVE NOW : 2017 Jubilee Picnic is Coming Up!!

The Judging will be May 20, 2017, so the Jubilee Picnic will be Sunday May 21, 2017 …Mark your calendars. The location will be Judy Pinegar’s Back Yard and Barn as in past years. The actual picnic/BBQ will begin at 12 AM with the main course planned for about 1:30 PM.

Please!!  Lend a hand with set up or clean up… call Judy at 916-224-6742.

The club will provide BBQ meat, Chili Beans, French bread, and lots of water. All wines from the competition will be available for tasting, including the Golds and Best of Shows.  Last year there was over 130 bottles!

Please bring a dish to share at the potluck: appetizer, salad, entree, or dessert according to the following list based of your last name (first initial): A – G = Salads or Sides (please large dishes – note no chili beans!); H –O = Appetizers; and P– Y = Desserts. I try to switch this around every year to keep it even!

Remember to bring your wine glasses.
For those of you who are new to the event, Judy’s place has 2 ½ acres with room to explore nature in the summer. Some of Judy’s lawn chairs are available, but club members should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or whatever if they want to be sure to have a place to sit on the lawn under the trees. The swimming pool also will be open, so bring your suit, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses (if it is warm enough!) in May maybe not so much, but even if it Rains, the barn will be open. We will have pop-up tents around and there is an upstairs to the barn also (billiards anyone?)!. The event is great fun, lawn games will be available, and the party sometimes goes until dark… so plan on making a day of it! Children, pets and guests are welcome!

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ Cut here an Mail_ _ __ _ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

YES! I will be attending the Jubilee Picnic and Wine Tasting:

(Price is the same as last year!) Great Food!

Name(s) ________________________________

Reserving by  May 5, 2017

____Number of Members @ $12 per person

____Number of NON Members @ $16 per person

____Number of children under 13 (free)

Reserving between  MAY 5, 2017 to May 12, 2017

 ____Number of Members @ $22 per person

____Number of NON Members @ $26 per person

____Number of children under 13 (free)

Send form and check to:

Jacque Fabian Brown, SHW Treasurer

1616 Berkeley Way, Sacramento, CA 95819

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For Sale: Macro Bin

Contact Matt Lonergan at 916.715-7589.

Matt has a 1/2 ton waffle macro for sale. No lid. In Sacto. $50.

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The April 2017 Edition of the SHW Grapevine Newsletter can be found here.

The Grapevine – April 2017

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Wine Competitions – SHW Jubilee, El Dorado Home Winemakers, Orange County Fair

SACRAMENTO HOME WINEMAKERS JUBILEE wine competition is inviting entries through Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  For your convenience, bring your entries with completed paperwork and fees to that evening’s meeting.  VP Henry Wilkinson will be accepting your entries in the back parking lot before the meeting.  See this link for the details and entry form.  This is a members only competition.

The El Dorado Home Winemakers Association in conjunction with the EL DORADO COUNTY FAIR is calling for entries for their HOMEMADE WINE AND LABEL competitions.  Wine entries are accepted through May 2, 2017 and wine label entries are accepted through May 24, 2017.  Also for your convenience, this competition’s entries will also be accepted at SHW’s April 19 meeting.  Check out this link for the specifics.

The OC FAIR HOME WINE COMPETITION is calling for entries.  The deadline is May 22, 2017.  There’s also a wine label competition.  Here’s the link to more information.


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Second reminder – Lake County Wine Tour

This is a reminder for the June SHW Lake County Wine Tour.  If you have already signed up with David Hicks your information is already on hand, no need to follow-up.  If you’ve been meaning to sign-up but have not, this is a great opportunity.


Saturday June 17, 2017

SHW members and guests are invited to attend my fourth annual wine tour and catered wine dinner which will be held at my home in Buckingham Park on the shore of Clear Lake in Lake County Ca.  These events are my effort to showcase Lake County wineries and their wines to folks from other wine areas.   It will require a two night weekend stay and require attendees to arrive in Lake County on Friday afternoon/evening June 16.   Most attendees stay at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, or near by hostelries. I will provide directions to Upper Lake in subsequent emails.   [for those interested please ask me for the names of other nearby hotels]

Our tour bus departure and arrival will be at the Tallman Hotel.  Upper Lake has a lovely wine studio across the street from the Tallman for those interested in sampling Lake County wines on Friday night.  The hotel dining room and bar has a selection also.  For those planning on attending PLEASE reserve your room at the Tallman NOW, they only have 17 rooms and sell out quickly in the Spring.  I strongly suggest you make dinner reservation for Friday night at the same time.

On Saturday morning we depart the Tallman Hotel at 10:30 AM in a Black Tie 24 passenger van and drive to our first winery stop in Lakeport Ca.   Our second stop will be at a lovely hillside winery where there will be a catered box lunch.  These first two wineries are small owner operated wineries where you will be able to meet and discuss winemaking with the owners.   After lunch we will drive to the East end of the lake and visit a lovely and much larger winery with some of the most beautiful wine caves in California.   [Details on menus and wineries to follow]

After the tour the van will return you to the Tallman to freshen up for an hour or so.  Weather is changeable at this time of year so I recommend you bring warmer jackets and such for the evening.   The van well then chauffer you to my home for a lovely lakeside wine tasting, followed by dinner.   Depending on the temperature that day for those with an adventurous sporting bent feel free to bring swimming apparel.  I have a large dock and the lake is lovely for swimming.  I have towels and changing rooms by the lake.

Costs:  I charter the van and retain the caterer and pass that cost directly to attendees on a per person basis.  Once I have a head count I will be able to determine the amount. Once I contract with those providers I am obligated to pay them in full.   I will require a deposit by check of 50% of the TBD cost in early March and final payment in full by April 20, 2017.   Your deposit would only be refundable if you cannot attend and either you or I can refill your spot.

Costs you cover:  Your transportation to Lake County, your stay in the hotel, your meals and wines other than the lunch and dinner I provide on Saturday.  And of course any other assorted amusements you and your SHW friends care to indulge in?

Comment regarding wine:   We taste each others wines regularly at our events.  This weekend is especially designed for you to learn about and experience Lake County wines.  I will be providing an array of wines from our local wineries for you to taste as part of the late afternoon wine tasting hour and our dinner.  Therefor I request that you not bring any of your or wines?

If you are interested in attending this fun weekend please contact me by email at the address below, and PLEASE make your reservations at the Tallman. I will take your name and contact info and in early March I will send all who contacted me a request to issue me a 50% deposit check and mail it to me right away.  Deposits will be logged in on a first received, first reserved bases.  When I last did this event, several folks got left out by not reacting quickly.  If you wish to speak to me regarding anything about the event, feel free to call me by phone any time?

I look forward to having a great weekend.

David Hicks,  916B Dewing Ave,  Lafayette, Ca, 94549

925.997.1997 or

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2017 California State Fair Home Wine Competition Results

Hey!!!  The results are out for this year’s California State Fair Home Wine competition.  SHW members did pretty good!  Here’s a few highlights:

Best of Show Whites – Rex Johnston

Best of Class – Rex Johnston (two Best of Class awards), Sue Summersett, Neal Shleffar, Rob & Ester Pock, Alan Piccardo, Mike & Chris Anderson, and Tom Montgomery.

SHW winemakers also earned lots of double-golds, golds, silvers,  and bronzes!  Click on the link below for the deets.

Congrats to all!

2017 CA State Fair Home Wine Awards

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Wine Equipment for Sale

Contact Tony Scott at

17 breathable bungs – $4.00 each

17 solid bungs – 5.00 each

45 gal. wood basket press – 700.00

Jasco self-priming wine pump, 30520 – 2,800.00

4 hydrometers: -5 to +5, 0 to 10, 10 to 20, 15 to 25 – 80.00 for all

4 – 50 gallon poly wine tanks, with stainless steel valves/Flextank Dexter 50 – 350.00 each

2 – 220 gallon IBC wine tanks, with stainless steel valves/Snyder Bulk Barrel – 1,500.00 each

7 – 20 gallon food quality tubs with lids/Continental Huskee 2000 – 25.00 each

Pallet jack – 200.00

Keg hand truck, aluminum and concave, b&p Manufacturing, Cadillac, MI – 125.00

10 – 15 gallon Kegco stainless steel kegs – 70.00 each

 6 Steel barrel racks – 15.00 each

6 cases, Libbey/8552, 12.75 oz. wine glasses – $50.00 a case (24 glasses to a case)

1  – 1 K box of Micro Essentials Complete-TR – 10.00

3 – 1K packages of Potassium metabisulfite – 10.00 each


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