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Make Your SHW Holiday Party Reservations – December 13

Are you back from the long holiday weekend?

Remember how hard your crush crew worked on YOUR wines this harvest?  Show them that you care and bring them to the December 13 SHW Holiday Party.  They’ll have a chance to  taste a variety of wines, mingle with other crush teams, and maybe discover that your wines are pretty good!  Party reservation form can be found here.

Party Fundraising Coordinator Vickie Rosalli welcomes your donations for the silent auction and raffle items.  The diff?  Silent auction items are bid on quietly (check your bids throughout the evening often) and is awarded to the highest bidder.   These include gems such as art work, wine dinners, Tahoe lodging, winery tours, and cooking lessons.  

Purchasers of raffle tickets drop as many tickets as they’d like into the bag that corresponds with the raffle item and gets the item if their ticket is drawn.  Raffle items can include logo goodies, holiday cookies, wine-related items, and small plants.

You can drop off your auction / raffle donations at various locations by December 7:  

Folsom Area Vickie Rosalli 916 342 1099

Loomis Area Judy Pinegar 916 224 6742

Sacramento Area Jacque Fabian Brown 916 838-5834

South Sacramento Area Donna Brown 916 952 4624 freeportlanding

South Sacramento Area Helen Frisch 916 719 1116

Thank you for your support!



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2017 Winemaker of the Year Competition

Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt continues to accept entries for 2017 SHW Winemaker of the Year. Click here for details and entry form.  Completed applications can be emailed to Donna at or contact her at 916 548-3199 for a mailing address if sending by USPS.  Applications will be accepted until midnight November 30, 2017.

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French Wines Poured at November 15 Meeting

What a fun meeting we had on Wednesday night!

Congrats to the brave members who are elected to the 2018 executive board at the meeting.

Thanks to the winemakers of the gold medal (and higher) award-winning wines for sharing their coveted wines for tasting and talking about them.  

Many thanks to Luke Laubaugh for his travelogue – we enjoyed touring the French wine regions he highlighted from his summer studies.  Some members have about the wines poured during Luke’s presentation. In pouring order:

2012 Charles Baur “Brand” Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
2008 Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Savagnin
2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu “Tentation” Beaujolais-Villages
2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape
(All but the Savagnin were purchased from K&L Wine Merchants.)

And congrats to Lynne McGillivray and Terry Piazza-Perham as the winners of the December 13 SHW Holiday Party raffle. 

We’ll see you at the party!

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November 15 – SHW General Meeting

This Wednesday’s meeting is packed with all sorts of fun!

Business first! Elections will be held for the 2018 executive board positions – president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and membership chair. The Board of Directors has accepted nominations and more will be accepted from the floor on Wednesday night. Vote by proxy if you can’t come to the meeting. Nominations and details in the November 2018 The Grapevine.

And next…remember to bring 2 wine glasses and enjoy tastes of wines that earned gold medals this year. The corresponding winemakers will be sharing their secrets for making top award winning wines.

Don’t pack up those wine glasses yet! Luke Laubaugh studied wine in France this summer and will be sharing his experiences and sights of some of the best wine regions in that country. He’s also put together a French wine tasting sampler so that we can enjoy armchair traveling at its best.

No monthly meeting in December. Instead we wrap up the year with the annual SHW Holiday Party on December 13. Treasurer Jacque Brown will be at the meeting to receive your party reservations. The party form can be found here and on the right side of the SHW website.

Holiday Party Fundraiser Coordinator Vickie Rosalli will be at the meeting to receive your fundraiser donations. Pssst…do you have something extra special to contribute? This is the time to share with Vickie. Be sure to look for the volunteers who will be selling raffle tickets at the meeting.

We’re raffling off 2 Holiday Party admissions worth $50 each at Wednesday’s meeting.  Two tickets will be drawn. $5 for one ticket; $10 for 3 tickets.

Your help in setting up, cleaning up, and consuming responsibly is appreciated.

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The November 2017 issue of “The Grapevine” Newsletter can be found here. Posted by Kevin D. Hubred

The Grapevine – November 2017

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Annual SHW Holiday Party – Save The Date!

December 13, 2107.  Wednesday evening starting at 6 PM.

SHW Holiday Party.   Dinner.   Fundraiser.  Annual SHW Awards including Winemaker of the Year.  Bring wine to share.  

More info to make your reservations here.

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