Monthly Archives: March 2018

Corks Available

The ACIC cork order is in! If you are a part of the order, you should have received a notification email from Kevin Lemay.

Two 250-count bags of 1+1 corks are still available for purchase. $33 per bag.

If interested, please contact Cork Coordinator Kevin Lemay at 916 605-6620.

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Grapes for Sale: Syrah and Tannat, Davis / Solano

Grapes for Sale

Approximately 26 tons of syrah and 29 tons of Tannat available.

The vineyard is located in the Davis portion of Solano County.  This vineyard used to produce for Putah Creek Winery which has been awarded Gold & Best in Class of Region for the Syrah and Tannat. New owners purchased the vineyard mid last year. The vineyard is 18 years old and will be using organic methods for this upcoming year.

$2300/ton. Grower picks. Late September- early October anticipated harvest date.
No destemmer-crusher available on premises.
References from previous buyers available.

Please contact Joaquin Fraga at 530-220-3849 or at

Bulk wine available for sale as well:
2017 syrah- 2497 gallons
2017 tannat- 4359 gallons


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For Sale: Used Barrel Racks

Two used double barrel racks for sale. $75 apiece.

If interested, contact Sandy at

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March 2018 The Grapevine

Catch up on the latest!  Find this month’s SHW newsletter, The Grapevinehere.  

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SHW Communications Possibly Hacked

SHW’s communications may have fallen into unfriendly hands.

You may receive emails from board members or appointed positions requesting you to send money or click on unknown websites. Please DO NOT send money or click on unfamiliar wesites without discussing the topic with board member or appointee. Board member and appontee contact information is in the February 2018 newsletter.

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Update California State Fair Home Wine Competition Set-up

As previously announced, our club is helping to help set-up the cellar, check-in and reconcile the entries, and finally pull flights in preparation for judging day. Volunteer slots are still available for all three Saturdays. Please access the sign-up page here.

For questions on volunteering for this event, contact Robert Wharton,

The 2018 California Home Wine competition is accepting entries through March 14, 2018. The details can be found here.

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Have You Renewed Your 2018 SHW Membership?

A benefit to the SHW annual membership is a 1-year subscription to WineMaker magazine. To receive the subscription, 2018 membership dues must be paid by March 1, 2018; however, this deadline has been extended to March 12.  Thus, to receive the magazine subscription, payment must be received by March 12

Please use this membership form to remit your dues:  2018 SHW Membership Form. The form can also be found on the SHW website.  The mailing address to SHW Treasurer Bob Peake is on the bottom of the form.

Please direct membership questions to the Membership Co-Chairs:  Fred Millar at 916 576-9596 (call/text) or Gin Yang at

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Now Closed: Group Buy – Corks

The ACIC cork group buy posted February 19, 2018 is now closed. Thanks for your support!

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Johnston and Bentley

Some of you have inquired about SHW members Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley as they have been absent from Club events for a while.  As Rex’s health challenges continue, they have been busy navigating through these obstacles. 

We hope to see them at a meeting soon!  If you’d like to drop them a line, Rex’s email address is Their mailing address is Barbara Bentley or Rex Johnston, 778 Palomino Ct, Walnut Creek CA 94596.

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Collaborative Opportunity Available

SHW supporter Kevin Luther, winemaker and vineyard manager for Wise Villa in Lincoln, and consulting winemaker for Clarksburg’s Schribner Bend, is hoping winemakers can help collaborate in his dream.  Kevin writes:

“… My vision is to create a small luxury hand-crafted experimental wine production space in Sacramento. This space will be filled with antique-style wood & steel winemaking equipment, barrels, tanks, art, creating a natural elemental aesthetic. I would primarily produce my wine here, occasionally hosting small private tastings. 

For this, I need 500-1500 sqft of cement floor, roller or double door access, a drain, water, and electrical access, 205V 3-phase ideally and the more amps the better, 100-200 is ok though. Insulation and/or the ability to cool to 65F are also important.  

I’m happy to collaborate, share space, share equipment, etc. with parties interested in working with me.  Here’s some info on me and my project: “

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