Monthly Archives: July 2019

PCWGA Home Winemaker Wine Competition – Invitation to Compete

The Placer County Wine and Grape Association invites all surrounding area home winemakers to enter their 14th Annual Home Winemaker Competition. Entry deadline is July 29, 2019. Wines will be judged on August 1 followed by the awards ceremony and dinner on August 2. Please see here for the details.

Questions?  Contact Satt Bains at 530 300-2861 and

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CA State Fair Booth – Volunteer Opportunity

As mentioned in last night’s SHW member meeting, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the CA State Fair Winemakers booth. Since we, the club, are compensated for our services in assisting with the home winemaking activities for the State Fair, there is an expectation that we staff the booth from fair opening until about 8:30 p.m. each day. Remember that for each day you volunteer, you receive a complementary parking pass and gate ticket.

Come early, stay late…enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the State Fair before and/or after your shift. Questions? Contact Robert Wharton at To sign-up, please go here  (

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Fruit Wine Class # 2!

Fruit Winemaking Class (for those of you that missed it the first time)


Date:           Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time:          10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (approx)

Location:    Judy’s Barn, 9195 Vista Ct. Loomis CA 95650

Cost:            Free to Club Members, $10.00 for Non Menbers

Bring:          Any fruit wine you have made, and a Potluck Dish to share with others.

Provided:    Class Materials, Fruit to Start Processing, Fruit Wine to rack, filter and bottle.                        Go home with a bottle of wine!

 “Remember making fruit wine is not as easy as regular grape wine, it truly is a labor of love and a lot of work, but oooh the results!!”


  1. The Fruit
  2. The Process, Freezer, other processing when thawed, Nutrients/ingredients, Yeast, Small yeast starter.
  3. How to make like White Wine in small quantities
  4. Racking and Fining
  5. Sweetening, Stabilizing
  6. Filtering and Bottling
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Winemaker Wanted for Small Lot Production

Well-behaved 5-year old vines are looking for a home winemaker. They live in Roseville and are lovingly tended by the home owner but need a winemaker to turn their grapes into wine. Last year’s crop produced 3 1/2 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 cases of Chardonnay.  Grower and winemaker split results evenly.

Interested? Contact Randy Rich at 505 720-1824.

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Grapes for Sale: Sangio, Cab Franc, Viognier, Sauv Blanc, Cab Sauv, Syrah – Fiddletown/Amador County

Grower Jamie Wibbenmeyer writes: 

Hello Slate Creek Hills winemakers!

It’s going to be a fantastic harvest! We are now taking orders for small quantities of our carefully tended grapes. This year we are pleased to offer the following varietals:

Cabernet Franc
Sauvignon Blanc*
Cabernet Sauvignon*

Pricing will again be $1.25/l. We will crush into your bin for an extra fee. We require a 10% deposit with final payment when you pickup the grapes. We anticipate harvesting the whites in late August/ early September and the reds in September.

Quantities of grapes are limited so let us know ASAP if you are interested.  Contact Jamie Wibbenmeyer at

*Harvested from our partner, Le Mulet Rouge. Minimum 250# order please!

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July 17 Meeting – Gadgets and Gizmos

Smart, ingenious, and adaptable – that’s us home winemakers! Show us how you’ve made it work in your home winery – haul in your gadgets and gizmos to this Wednesday’s meeting, July 17. If you’d like, bring a bottle of wine to share (bring your wine glass, too) and let’s talk and learn about your invention.

SHW Jubilee ribbons will be at the July 17 meeting for you to pick up. Make space for them in your winery!

Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein meeting hall located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

Meeting questions? Please contact VP Terry Piazza-Perham at 916 806-1621.

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July 2019- The Grapevine Newsletter

Below is the link to the July 2019 Grapevine Newsletter.  We look forward to seeing you at the next General Meeting on Wednesday, July 17th and we hope you share all of your Gizmos & Gadgets with us that evening.

July 2019- The Grapevine

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For Sale: Winemaking Equipment

Home winemaker who lives in Ballico (east of Turlock) is giving up home winemaking and selling his winemaking equipment.

Please see this list Wine Equipment Andy Littlejohn for the items and contact Andy Littlejohn at or 209 988-2581 for more information. 

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SHW Rental Equipment Training – July 27

Harvest is just around the corner!

If you’re planning to rent the Club’s wine making equipment, you’ll need to be certified in the use and care of the destemmer-crusher and basket presses.  We’ll be offering the short training at Winemaking 101 on Saturday, July 27.

Let us know that you’re coming for equipment training only by using the form on the right side of SHW’s home page or text/call Gin Yang at 916 217-0294.





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Grapes for Sale: Barbera, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Zinfandel -Amador County

For Sale: Barbera, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, and Zinfandel. Vines are 5-6 years old. Have 1-2 tons of each variety still available.

Selling any variety for 50 cents a pound. You pick. 100 lb. minimum.

Anticipate September or October harvest dates. Can give you updated as the sugar gets closer.

Call Terry at 209-245-6685 or email at to get on our list for updates.

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