Monthly Archives: May 2017

2017 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival – Call for Participation

Contact Symphony Association President Charlie Schley by June 7.  He can be reached at (707) 279-2997, or

Members of the Lake County Symphony Association Wine Club are looking for home brewers and garage wine makers to participate in the 2017 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival taking place from noon-5pm on Saturday, June 17 at Lakeport’s Library Park. The Wine Club sponsors the event as a major fund- raiser for the Lake County Symphony and Youth Orchestra.

Each year, dozens of amateurs from throughout northern California show up to pour tastes of their home-made beverages, hoping to win a coveted “Peoples’ Choice” award from event attendees. There is no booth fee for the amateurs, who have until June 7 to sign up for this year’s festival. Amateur wine makers also have the opportunity to enter their creations for separate professional judging and the chance to win one of the wide range of ribbons offered. They are joined by many of Lake County’s leading commercial wineries, who, although not eligible for prizes (which are restricted to amateurs) nevertheless want to show their support for our fine local music.

Now in its 16th year, the Winefest (as it has been abbreviated) also attracts artists and artisans who offer their wares for sale, along with musicians who provide live entertainment for the entire festival.  Additionally, the Norcal Aircooled Group vintage car club will be on hand with more than four dozen collectable car owners showing off their unique antiques.

Adults eligible for tasting wines and beers are charged $25 at the gate, or $20 in advance, available through the Chamber of Commerce or most winery tasting rooms. There is no charge to visit the vendors or to explore the vintage automobiles.

Symphony Association President Charlie Schley urges potential amateur participants to contact him as soon as possible; June 7 is the cutoff date for entries. He can be reached at (707) 279-2997, or Additional information is available on-line at

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CA State Fair Home Wine Making Booth Volunteers

Contact Robert Wharton at for questions relating to the mechanics of using the sign-up page.  A link to his email address is also found on the sign-up page.

As announced at the recent SHW club meeting, Fred Millar is seeking volunteers to staff the home wine making booth at the upcoming run of the California State Fair, July 14-30.  Volunteers will be provided a complimentary fair admission ticket and parking pass for each day they volunteer which also entitles them to enjoy the fair before and/or after their shift is completed.  Please follow the directions on the sign-up page.

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Photographer Wanted – State Fair Home Wine Awards Ceremony

Contact Donna Bettencourt at
by May 30th if interested.

Photographer wanted
California State Fair Home Wine Awards Ceremony
June 3,  Saturday
1 pm – 4 pm
Cal Expo

Need someone with a decent digital camera to photograph the home wine awards event.  Photos will be used for State Fair publicity purposes.

This volunteer opportunity is an unique opportunity to taste some of the best home wines in the state.  Two entry tickets to event provided.

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Wanted: Beer Kegs

Contact Sue Summersett at

Sue is interested in buying 15-gallon beer kegs in clean and sound condition.

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Order Extra Jubilee Ribbons by May 25

Contact Gin Yang at or text 916 217-0294.

Interested in extra Jubilee ribbons? Please place your order by Thursday May 25. Best of divisions and show rosettes are $20 apiece. All others are $7 each.

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2017 Jubilee Wine Competition Results

Congratulations to all!

BEST OF SHOW – 2014 Red Blend (Portuguese Varieties) – Donna Bettencourt

Best of Division White Wine – 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley
Best of Division Red Wine – 2014 Red Blend (Portuguese Varieties) – Donna Bettencourt
Best of Division Blush / Rose Wine – 2016 Rose (Zinfandel) – Angie Cassidy
Best of Division Fruit / Exotic Wine – 2016 Stone Fruit (Cherry) – Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley
Best of Division Dessert Wine – 2014 Port (Portuguese Blend) – Thad and Heather Rodgers

Awards details: Award Report by Winemaker-2017 Jubilee(rev)

The stats:

Entries – 156 wines in 5 divisions.  No sparklers were entered.

16 Double-gold (10%)
31 Gold (20%)
72 Silver (46%)
23 Bronze (15%)
12 Honorable Mention (8%)

Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt is proud of members’ winemaking skills – 76% of the wines earned silver awards or better.  If  you didn’t pick up your judging sheets at the picnic, they’ll be at the June 21 SHW meeting.

If you’d like to purchase additional award ribbons, please email Gin Yang at or text 916 217-0294 by Thursday, May 25. 

President Donna Bettencourt thanks the 45+ volunteers who tirelessly dedicated this weekend to make the Jubilee wine competition a success. The front and back of the house were seamless in the competition’s execution. Special appreciation goes to: Competition Coordinator Henry Wilkinson;  Head Clerk Linda Skinner; Pit Master Thad Rodgers; Hospitality Chief Vickie Rosalli; Data Guru Bill Staehlin; and to the 15 wine judges.  The Club especially thanks Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt for her dedication and guidance in this competition.

Sunday’s Jubilee picnic and awards ceremony continued the weekend’s festivities.  Very special thanks are extended to Judy Pinegar for again offering her ranch for this annual event, and to chef John Lewis.  Appreciation goes to all who helped set up and clean up after the party.

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Jubilee Location

Jubilee Location:

Judy Pinegar Winery and Barn and Yard

Facebook  Location: “The Barn”

9195 Vista Ct, Loomis, CA 95650

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El Dorado County Fair 2017 Home Wine Competition Results

El Dorado County Fair’s 2017 Homemade Wine competition was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

SHW members did well!  Donna Bettencourt’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc earned a gold and and also Best White.  Bill Staehlin / Gin Yang’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon brought home a Gold award.

Congrats also go to Tom Ramme, Linda Clevenger / Seth Brunner, Gary Palmero, Terry Piazza-Perham, Pilar Millar, Fred Millar, and Danette and Ron Davis.

Here’s the complete list: 2017 El Dorado Co Home Wine Awards

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The SHW May 2017 Issue of “The Grapevine” Can Be Found Here!

The Grapevine – May 2017

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Grapes for Sale TWO Varieties – Russian River, Sonoma County

Contact: Bob Bennett, Bennett Ridge Vineyard, Healdsburg, 95448,


Quality grapes from the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County available to home winemakers. A number of Sacramento Home Winemaker members have purchase their grapes from us in the past. We have limited quantities of several varieties available. Check out our website at for availability and pricing.  You pick with some help, crusher available for an additional $0.10/lb.
Varieties currently available are Cab Sauv, and Zinfandel.
You can contact us by email or phone.


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