Monthly Archives: February 2019

Group Buy: Cabernet Franc

Clos du Lac in Loomis grows and sells several wine grape varieties including cabernet franc, petite sirah, mourvèdre, and petit verdot.  Commercial and home winemakers alike consistently earn high honors for their wines made from this vineyard’s grapes.  

Clos du Lac traditionally prunes leaving two buds per spur.  This year they are pruning select areas to a single bud per spur including the vineyard areas where some SHW members got fruit from in the last harvest.  Less spurs = less fruit per plant = higher fruit quality.

SHW member Ron Loder has again offered (thanks, Ron!) to coordinate a SHW group buy for Clos du Lac cabernet franc.  Price:  $1,500/ton which includes the ‘single bud per spur’ block.  This pricing is available until March 15, 2019; the grower cannot guarantee price and availability after that date.  Group buys are an opportune way for those desiring smaller quantities to access fruit available only in larger quantities.

Interested?  Before March 15, contact Ron Loder directly for the details:  916 417-3085 or

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SHW Dues – Renew or Join by March 1

Hey, if you haven’t already, renew or join SHW by March 1 to receive a one year 6-issue subscription to WineMaker magazine. The benefits of membership are many including Club equipment rentals, in-house wine analysis, group buys, feedback on your wines, and hanging with some awesome winemakers!

The 2019 membership form can be found here and also on the Club’s web site at  Annual dues are $50 (January – December) for up to two people at the same household/address.  

Membership questions?  Please contact the membership co-chairs:

Christa Ring at and 916 798-5982; and

Gin Yang at and 916 217-0294.

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SHW Web Site Resources – Presentation, Toolbox, Mentors, Corker

So fun to see you at last Wednesday’s Club meeting! The evening’s guest speaker Scott Harvey brought 30 copies of his Austrian Wines presentation but 106 of us showed up. Scott’s generously shared his presentation and you can find it near the bottom of this page.

Right above Scott’s Austrian Wines presentation is Scott’s Toolbox.  This Excel workbook is filled with lots of formulas to help make adjustments in must, juice, and wine.

At the top of the same page are Club mentors with their contact info.  Mentors can help guide you when you’re not sure about what’s going on in the lab, cellar, or vineyard.  These experienced winemakers and vineyard owners can help answer your wine and vine concerns.

To help your bottling sessions go faster, the Club has acquired a floor model corker thanks to a donation from members Barbara Bentley and Rex Johnston. The corker, along with the Club’s destemmer-crusher and basket presses can be rented by SHW members for a nominal fee.

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February 20 Meeting – Austrian and German Wines

Dust off and pack 2 wine glasses for the February 20 SHW meeting to learn about and taste Austrian and German wines.  Wine maker Scott Harvey guides us through this unique evening of central European wine making history, techniques, varietals, and styles. 

No charge for current members; $15 for non-members.

If you haven’t remitted your 2019 dues ($50), bring them to the meeting – we’ll have membership forms for your use.  Activate your membership by March 1, 2019 and receive a 0ne-year 6-issue print subscription+ digital access to Winemaking magazine ($40 value).  Thank you for your support!

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street, Sacramento.  Your help to set-up and clean-up, and consuming responsibly is appreciated.

Please contact Vice President Terry Piazza-Perham with meeting questions at 

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Nevada Vines and Wines Home Wine Competition

Nevada Vines and Wines invites SHW members to enter their annual home wine competition.  The contest is open to Nevada residents and neighbors residing within 100 miles of Nevada’s state border.  Entries are accepted February 22 – March 18, 2019.  Click here for the details.

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The Grapevine Newsletter- February 2019

The Grapevine Newsletter Feb 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We hope you will be joining us this coming Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for our monthly meeting.  The speaker this month is Scott Harvey and he will be talking about Central European winemaking.

Don’t forget to pay your dues by March 1st to be eligible to receive a complimentary annual subscription to WineMaker Magazine.

Check out the newsletter for updated competition information and also a GREAT list of books you can read during these down months while we wait for the magic of ML to complete.


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Lake County Wine Tour

5th Annual Lake County Wine Tour and Tasting Weekend, July 12-15, 2019, hosted by David Hicks

SHW member David Hicks has again organized a relaxing weekend of Lake County wineries and scenery and invite SHW members to enjoy the best in Lake County wines and scenery. If you haven’t been wine tasting in Lake County, you’ve been missing out! David has changed the format from previous years’ tours and the details are outlined here: 



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2018 Year End Fiscal Report

At the bottom of this post is a link to the Club’s end-of-the-year 2018 fiscal report. The Club’s 2018 income was a little over $1,200 greater than the year’s expenses. This balance is reflective of a board who carefully oversees the year’s budget, fiscal diligence on the part of the program and event coordinators, successful fundraising efforts throughout the year especially at the Club’s annual Holiday Party, and the support of members.

Please direct questions on this report to President Joe McGillivray at 

Profit – Loss July-Dec 2018

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For Sale: Used 3-gal Kegs & Tap Handles

For Sale: 17 three-gallon kegs with five tap handles that we no longer use and would like to sell. They worked great in our tasting room and are perfect for parties and events.   $45 each OBO. See photos below.

Contact Colleen at Revolution Wines at 916 444-7711.

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Free – Used Wine Bottles


Free to a good home:
11 cases of used wine bottles. Washed with labels removed. Most are green. They do not have a “punt” in the bottom.

If interested call Jacque Brown: cell phone 916-838-5834.

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