Monthly Archives: July 2018

Placer County Wine and Grape Association Home Winemaker Competition

Placer County Wine and Grape Association is accepting entries for their 13th Annual Home Winemaker Competition.  Award ceremony and BBQ are on August 4.  Entries are due August 1, 2018 by noon.  Visit here for additional information.

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Grapes for Sale: Bordeaux Reds, Petite Sirah, Chard, Viog, Symphony – Lodi AVA

Grapes available for sale this year:

Reds – Cab Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Petite Sirah.

Whites – Chardonnay, Viognier, and Symphony.

The Cab is in Wilton, the rest are grown in Acampo, all in the Lodi AVA.  $0.50 lb. , you pick.  We have made gold medal wines from most of these varieties.  

Contact Tom McFadden at 209 817 5510. 

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Grapes for Sale: Syrah – Shenandoah Valley / Amador County

Sentinel Oak Vineyard has special Syrah for sale again, costs: one ton: $ 1,900.00 1/2 ton: $950.00.   Must have macro bins delivered before picking.  We will pick & load.

Sentinel Oak Vineyard is at 1,500 ft. elevation, in the heart of Amador County’s legendary Shenandoah Valley. The vines are on a vertical trellis and are drip irrigated in years only when needed. 

Contact Paul Di Stefano of Sentinel Oak Vineyard at 916 335-0028.


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Reminders: Everybody READ This!!

The Jubilee Ribbons and Judging sheets will be at the next General Meeting THIS Wednesday 7/18/18. Please pick them up there. Also buy stickers for silver, gold and bronze awards to put on your bottles when you pass them out to friends and family!?

If you volunteered to work at the State Fair SHW Booth, please come and pick up your parking tickets, and entrance tickets into the State Fair at the meeting!!

Bring your cash or checkbook to purchase a 2018 SHW “CRUSH” T shirt at the meeting too!!

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Equipment Certification at Winemaking 101 – July 28

One of the perks of being an SHW member is the ability to rent the Club’s large pieces of wine making equipment including the destemmer-crusher and basket / rachet presses. Prior to renting, SHW requires members to be trained in the safe operation and cleaning protocol for this equipment.

At Winemaking 101 on Saturday July 28, SHW will be demonstrating the use and care of this equipment. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Members not participating in the workshop and wish to be certified to rent Club equipment can show up at any time before 1:00 p.m. for the run-thru. Equipment training and care is a part of the workshop for attendees.

If you are interested, please contact Christa Ring at 916 505-8247 and

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July 2018 The Grapevine

For your reading pleasure:  July 2018 The Grapevine.

The July 18 program features Joaquin Fraga who specializes in sustainable and organic vineyards.  If you’ve wondered about the unique characteristics of these vineyards, the evening can help answer your questions.

2018 SHW Crush T-Shirt orders can be placed through the end of July.  Winemaking 1o1, July 28 (Saturday) for beginning winemakers has just a few seats available.  Deets are in the July newsletter.

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State Fair Home Winemakers Booth

Second call… The State Fair is less than two weeks away and there are still plenty of available slots to volunteer to staff the winemakers booth. Remember, each day you volunteer you will receive a complimentary parking pass and fair ticket. When you are not staffing the booth, you can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the 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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