Monthly Archives: February 2018

Grapes for Sale: Cabernet Sauvignon, Yolo County

Marcus and Jenny Meadows-Smith would like to offer their Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for sale from their vineyard: Great Bear Vineyard and Winery in Davis. Rates for Sac Home Winemakers 80c/lb ; held at 2017 rates. Crusher/ Destemmer on site. Please see website below.

Reserve your premium hand tended and hand harvested Cabernet Sauvignon grapes now.

Tel: 530 574 1516
Tel: 203 558 1957

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Group Buy – Corks

Please note:  this cork buy is now CLOSED.  No futher orders will be accepted.

SHW members Kevin Lemay and Jeff Giordano are looking for partners to share in the minimum purchase of 1000 1+1 and AC3 corks. We are splitting the purchase into 250 count bags. Each bag will be separately bagged and gassed by ACIC Corks and Closures. The prices are as follows:

AC3 – $74 per 250 count bag
1+1 – $32 per 250 count bag

If interested, please contact Kevin Lemay at 916 605-6620 or by 3/11/18.

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February 21 SHW Meeting – White and Rose Wine Evals

Current SHW members can have their 2017 white and rose wines evaluated at this Wednesday’s meeting.  The evening’s guest evaluators are Craig Haarmeyer with Haarmeyer Cellars and Kurt Burris formerly with Madroña Vineyards in Camino.  They’ll give you advice on making your wines better, if needed.

  • Please do not add sulfites if you haven’t already bottled.
  • No capsules, please.
  • Clearly mark the bottles with your name and variety and check in the Cellar Master Joe Morgan before the meeting starts.
  • Bring your winemaking notes by using the wine evaluation form.

We’re moving up!  We have a new sound system so the “old” sound system will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the meeting via silent auction.  Opening bid is $25. The sound system will be present at the meeting for inspection.

Plus, we have new water pitchers and bread baskets.  The pitchers have seen years of meetings but we understand that the sturdy water pitchers make great grape must scoopers.  Available at the meeting for free but one must get a raffle ticket to vie.  Vickie Rosalli will be at the door with the tickets.

Please bring 2 wine glasses for your use; club glasses are for guests.  We appreciate your help in setting and cleaning up.  Please consume responsibly.

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California State Fair Home Wine Competition – Entries Now Accepted

The 2018  California State Fair Home Wine competition is accepting entries through March 14, 2018  Entries are accepted on-line only.  See this link for the competition’s  details and entry information.  This competition along with SHW’s Jubilee are the 2 required competitions (plus a competition of the entrant’s choice), to compete for the coveted SHW Winemaker of the Year award.

At the February 21st SHW meeting, Thad Rogers will be accepting SHW member entries for the 2018 California State Fair Home Wine competition for the transport of your wine(s) to CalExpo for the competitions cataloging, flighting and judging.   Please register your wine(s) via the State Fair web site and ensure your wine(s) is properly labeled prior to Wednesday’s club meeting.

Alternatively, several entry drop-off locations can also be found in the competition guide.

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UC Davis Wine Executive Program

This past March, the Graduate School of Management, in partnership with the College of Viticulture and Enology, hosted the 17th annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program. The program is uniquely designed to blend both the business and science of winemaking, teaching the fundamentals of grape growing and winemaking as well as the finance, marketing, and management skills necessary to be profitable in today’s challenging and dynamic wine industry.

There are only 25 seats left in the 2018 program, which will happen on March 25-29. Sign up now before it’s sold out!

 To learn more and REGISTER, please click here:

Please do not respond to this message with questions. Questions should be directed to Natalie Hull-Frazier at or to

Here is what past participants have said about the program:

This program is exceptionally well crafted to appeal to novices and experts alike, covering all aspects of the industry from the corner office to the field in a fun and engaging environment that promotes both learning and networking.”-Walt Geist, Vice President, American Ag Credit

“The University of California at Davis Wine Executive Program provides a 360 view of the wine industry from Vine to Consumer Table. The program content is of the highest caliber and the professors are more than willing to engage with students in class to ensure full understanding of each concept. The conference encourages collaboration with industry peers and provides a unique way to discuss challenges that each of our business discuss. Well Done!”

-Chris Schlag, Manager of Business Analytics, The Wine Group

 Thorough and complete content, knowledgeable and personable professors, outstanding and professional staff and some of the best networking you could ask for with some truly wonderful people … what a great way to learn the wine industry and what a great experience overall!”

-Bill Nienburg, Executive Director, Integrated Business Planning Associates


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The Grapevine – February 2018

Click on this link for the February 2018 SHW newsletter, The Grapevine.


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Neutral Barrels for Sale

Bumgarner Winery has barrels for sale.

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm, $60 a barrel, cash only. It will be on a first come first serve basis.  The address is 7380 Vineyard View Dr. Somerset, CA 95684

Tami Fries
530 303-3418

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