Monthly Archives: June 2018

For Sale: Wine Making Items

Winemaking items for sale:

2 plastic carboys – 3 gallon, $21 each
19 plastic carboys – 5 gallon, $21 each
10 glass carboys, 3 gallon, $25 each
21 glass carboys, 5 gallon, $25 each
1 Brute w/ lids, w/o casters, 32 gallon $20
1 Enolmatic bottle filler, filter housing and 3 new fileters, $360

Interested parties: contact Thad Rodgers at and 916 715-3688.

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Order Extra SHW Jubilee Award Ribbons

If you would like to order additional 2018 SHW Jubilee award ribbons, please contact Gin Yang at by noon on June 29 (Friday).  The ribbon order gets sent off on Friday evening.  “Best of’s” are $20 each and others are $8 apiece.

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Last Chance! Order 2018 SHW Crush T-Shirts by July 31

Harvest is just around the corner! Order your limited edition SHW Crush T-Shirts by July 31. See here for details and order form.

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State Fair Home Winemakers Booth

SHW club members are invited to participate again this year in staffing the home winemakers booth during the run of the California State Fair, July 13-29, at CalExpo. Each day of the fair offers three different shifts. Volunteers will be provided with a complimentary parking pass and fair ticket for the day volunteered.

Come early or stay late the day you volunteer so that you can take in the sights, sounds and smells of the State Fair. Visit the sign-up page.

Questions? Contact Robert Wharton at (his contact info can also be found on the sign-up page).

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Grapes for Sale: Sangio, Syrah, Grenache, Vermentino, Viognier – Winters

SHW member Dough MacKenzie has the following grapes are available at his 1-acre vineyard located to the northwest of Winters just at the base of the coast range hills. He is asking 60 cents/lb, no quantity limits. You pick.

Sangiovese ~1500 lb
Syrah ~ 600 lb
Grenache ~ 1000 lb
Vermentino ~ 1500 lb
Viognier ~ 250 lb (maybe)

Note: Doug will be traveling from 26 June thru 9 July, and unavailable to respond during that time. Feel free to send him an e-mail, which he will prioritize when he returns.

Contact: Doug Mackenzie at (530) 383-8058 or

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June 20 SHW Meeting – Evaluation of Non-Bordeaux Reds

John Troiano, former SHW member and winemaker for Wreckless Blenders, is the meeting’s evaluator of member’s 2017 non-Bordeaux red wines. “Non-Bordeaux” for this meeting’s purpose are those varieties not grown in France’s Bordeaux region.  Bordeaux varieties include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, and petit Verdot.

If you made a red in 2017 other than what’s listed above, bring a couple 750 ml bottles to the meeting for evaluation.  John can help make your good wine better.  If you think it’s not so good, he can walk you through some fixes.  If you haven’t already bottled, please do so without adding sulfites (otherwise, all we’ll be tasting are the sulfites). Check in with Cellar Master Joe Morgan and complete the wine evaluation form at the meeting if you haven’t already done so (we’ll need 2 copies – one for you and one for John).

Thanks to everyone for bringing 2 glasses for your use.  We appreciate your help in setting up and cleaning up at the meetings. Please consume responsibly.

The June 20 meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.  Doors open slightly after 6:30 pm.


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Grapes for Sale: Primitivo, Zin, Barbera, Petite Sirah, Sangio, Cab Sauv – Jamestown

Arthur Michael Vineyards is a family owned boutique Vineyard with excellent Primitivo, Zinfandel, Barbera, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and Cabernet. We are located in the Sierra Foothills at Table Mountain in the town of Jamestown. The Vineyard is 14 years old. We are selling 3 tons of Primitivo and 2 ton of Zinfandel, 3 ton each of Petite Sirah and Barbera for $1,700 a ton and Cabernet for $1,800 a ton. Professionally maintained. Pruned to produce a lower volume, high quality fruit. Smaller lots available. Discounted price if you pick.

Contact Kirk Carroll at 510 304-7558 and

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June 2018 The Grapevine

Here’s the June 2018 The Grapevine.  The newsletter is loaded with lots of stuff – the Club’s been busy!

The June 20 meeting is the evaluation of 2017 red non-Bordeaux variety wines.  If you haven’t bottled yet, please do so without sulfites.  Bring two 750 ml bottles and don’t forget your wine making notes.

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Winemaking Items for Sale

Two 5 – Gallon Carboy Better Bottles: $15.00 each

One 10 – Gallon white Huskee continental food grade bin with lid: $20.00

One 20 – Gallon white Huskee continental food grade bin with lid: $30.00

Two cases used green 750 ml. wine bottles: Free

All items are clean and in good condition.

Contact Joy Smathers at

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2018 Jubilee Wine Competition Results

The 2018 SHW Jubilee wine competition results are in!

Best of Show – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Rob & Ester Pock

Best of Division Red Wines – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Rob and Ester Pock
Best of Division White Wines – 2016 Chardonnay – Donna Bettencourt
Best of Division Dessert Wines – 2016 Peach Port – Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley

156 wines were entered in 5 divisions with 6 panels of 3 judges each evaluating the wines. A complete list of awards can be found here:  AwardReport-2018 (3)

Awards (ribbons) are given for bronze winners and higher. If you would like to order extra ribbons at your cost, please contact Gin Yang at ASAP.

Thank you for competing and congrats to the winners!

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