Monthly Archives: October 2017

2018 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, January 23-25

Registration has opened for the 2018 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.  The upcoming symposium is on January 23-25 at the Sacramento Convention Center.  Discounted program fees are available through mid-January. More information can be found here.

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Cold-Hardy Grapes in Central Oregon

SHW members Grant and Yoka Koch recently relocated from Loomis to Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. Grant writes:

“This is an article about a winery in central Oregon, Faith Hope & Charity, (named after the three sisters volcanoes), … it is a beautiful area and a fun place to visit so if anyone is planning to go to central Oregon, they should put it on their list. It’s close to the Bend and Sun River area. As soon as the next wines are available I will snag a few bottles and bring them on my next trip to California for the club to taste.”

Here’s the link to the article Grant refers to about Oregon wineries producing wines from cold-hardy varieties.

We await Grant’s visit!

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Enter Cellarmasters 44th Annual Wine Competition

Cellarmasters, the home winemaking club in the Los Angeles area invites Sacramento Home Winemakers to compete in their annual wine competition:

“Cellarmasters ( is one of the largest amateur winemaking clubs in the country and we host the best amateur wine tasting competition. I say it is the best because I have entered my wines in many competitions and although I have won numerous medals, I have never received the kind of useful notes and feedback from any of them like the tasting notes that our judges return to each and every entry to our competition. We get letters and emails each year thanking us and the best part is that the wines entered get better each year!

We only get hundreds (not thousands) of entries each year. This gives our panels of judges (4 to 6 judges per panel) the time to carefully consider each wine. Not only for the chance of a medal, however from the perspective of a fellow home wine maker with the self-serving notion that what we say can help make everyone better wine makers and we then get to judge better wines each year.

Sacramento Home Winemakers have entered our competition in the past and have been very successful.

Take a look at our Facebook page and website to see the entry information.


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UC Davis: The Emergence of Modern California Wine

The UC Davis Library invites you to join them as world-renowned British wine writer Hugh Johnson, California wine writer Bob Thompson and Founder and Former Proprietor Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Warren Winiarski share their different perspectives on the emergence of the modern California wine industry, from the 1976 Judgment of Paris through today. The panel, moderated by KCBS Radio Food and Wine Editor Narsai David, will also include a discussion of how wildfires like those in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino might impact winemaking.

November 8, 5:30-7:30 PM

For additional details and to make reservations, please see this link.


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Free – Seven 5-Gallon Demijohns

Please contact directly former SHW member Bruce Pierini at 916 600-0781.

I’d like to give away 7 5-gallon demigiana bottles to anyone who could come by my Curtis Park home and pick them up. Please call.

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For Sale: Used Winemaking Equipment

Please contact Daniel directly at 209 916-5507.

My parents recently bought an apartment in Sonora with a garage full of home or amateur wine making equipment: barrels, wine presses, barrel holders, bottles, etc. We need to sell the equipment to use the garage. Pictures are available. Available during the day to show equipment.

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October 18 Meeting: Sweets, Fortifieds & Bubblies Evaluation

Scott Harvey, of Scott Harvey Wines in Napa and Amador, is this meeting’s guest evaluator of 2016 and 2017 fruits, desserts, fortifieds, and sparklers.

For evaluation, please bring two 750 ml bottles to pour at the meeting. Please use the evaluation form for your winemaking notes:  This form can also be found on the right side of the SHW website at

For everyone, please bring two wine glasses for your own use. Your help setting up and cleaning up at the meetings is appreciated. Please consume responsibly.

At the meeting, we’ll also have a table of experienced winemakers ready to troubleshoot your 2017 vintage.  If your newest ferments are not smelling, looking, or acting like it should, bring in a sample and we’ll offer possible fixes.

Meeting starts at 7pm on Wednesday, October 18 upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street, Sacramento. Doors open after 6:30 p.m.

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Grapes for Sale: Merlot, Fair Play

Contact Al or Sylvia directly at 530 620-3510.

Merlot for sale in Fair Play, El Dorado County.

Picked:  one ton available, picked Saturday, gassed, and in cold storage in Lodi.  26º Brix.  $1500.

You pick:  $0.75 lb. in Fair Play through the end of this month.


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The October Issue of The Grapevine can be found here! If you have any questions, please contact Kevin D. Hubred at (916) 847-7270

The Grapevine – October 2017

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Grapes for Sale: Sangiovese, Barbera, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel, Amador County

Contact John or Marianne Rittenhouse directly at 916-205-6912 (cell, text ok) or for details.

The vineyard is located in Amador County at an elevation of approximately 2000 ft.
All about 26 Brix, U-pick at $0.50 per pound.

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