Monthly Archives: October 2019

Response: Restarting Stuck Fermentation with Wine Juice Kit

A member asked whether juice from a wine kit could be used to restart a stuck fermentation. Veteran Rex Johnston responds with a clear “no”! Read Rex’s rationale here. (Scroll to bottom of post.)

More questions and responses to your wine making inquiries can be found under Member Resources, Winemaker Q & A.

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Last Call – October 26 SHW Harvest Dinner

There’s still a few seats left for SHW’s Harvest Dinner for this coming Saturday evening October 26. Vince’s Ristorante in West Sacramento is preparing a special dinner featuring dishes that aren’t on their menu. To reserve your seats, please contact Fred Millar via email fredmillar1@gmail.com or call/text 916 576-9596.  More details here.

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Question for Winemakers: Restarting Stuck Fermentation with Wine Kit Juice

Winemaker Mike Skeels writes:

Stuck Pinot fermentation at 1 Brix. 120 gals! I have only 1/2 quart of refrigerated pinot juice to help with the restart. It would be better to have a gal or two for the amount of wine I need to restart. My question is can I use a wine kit to supplement my pinot juice? 

Seasoned winemaker Don Koehler responded to Mike’s question: ”

“… Just off the top of my head, I don’t see why a kit would not work. Or even go find a few grapes that are still around, and get some juice from them to help out.

One brix is not stuck very much. This might not be an easy one to get started again – of course they never are. If you rack the wine to aerate it and warm it up a bit, like 70 – 75 degrees, it might slowly lose some sugar over the winter, or next spring when things wake up again…”

Don suggested blogging this issue out to you.  What do you suggest?

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Grapes for Sale: Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc – Camino (El Dorado County)

Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc available.

$0.80 per pound picked.

Grapes are farmed in Camino at 2781 and 2785 Larson Rd.

Crystal Basin Cellers is one of the wineries that purchases their fruit.

Contact is Janet Biama at 949-973-7557.

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West Coast Bottles Warehouse Sale

West Coast Bottles is clearing out their warehouse on October 25 (Friday) starting at 8 a.m. Glass is $3 a case. This special pricing applies to cased goods with slight damage (e.g., crushed corners) and/or on very small lots. First come, first served. Buyer transports.
Warehouse: 8440 Rovana Court Sutie 400, Sacramento, CA 95828.

October 25 Sale Flyer

 

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Grapes for Sale: Zin, Cab Franc, Nebbiolo – Camino (El Dorado County)

Grapes available are:

Zin, approx 15 tons at $0.50 per pound picked.

Cab Franc, 10 tons available at $0.50 per pound picked.

Nebbiolo, 3 tons available at $1.00 per pound picked.

Grapes are farmed in Camino at 2781 and 2785 Larson Rd.

Crystal Basin Cellers is one of the wineries that purchases their fruit.

Contact is Janet Biama at 949-973-7557.

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Grapes for Sale: Cabernet Sauvignon

Scott Harvey writes:

I came across some great Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard I have made the wine from. It is rich, dark and extractive. There are an extra 4 tons of fruit left. If anyone is interested in some must at $1 per pound let me know and we’ll schedule it in. Probably next week sometime.

If interested, contact Scott Harvey ASAP at: scott@scottharveywines.com.

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October 16 Meeting – Taste the Golds

Hey, Winemakers! Are your future gold medal wines settling down in your cellars?  Take a step back and come to SHW’s October 16 meeting when you’ll can taste several gold medal winners and chat with the winemakers for tips on how they made such good wine. 

If your wines have earned top honors and you’d like to share, bring a couple of bottles and ping VP Terry Piazza-Perham to let her know what you’re bringing:  916 806-1621 or piazza-perham@att.net.

  •  Please bring your own wine glass.
  •  $10 per person for non-members.  If joining SHW anytime between October and December, Club dues are prorated.  Non-members can join in October for $12.50 (household membership)  and enjoy SHW meetings and activities until the end of 2019.  See Membership Co-chairs Christa Ring or Gin Yang at the meeting.
  •  If you haven’t already, bring your reservations/$ for the October 26 SHW Harvest Dinner.  Vince’s Ristorante in West Sacramento offers a special menu for the evening.  Details and form can be found here.   Questions?  Contact Fred Millar at fredmillar1@gmail.com.
  • Thanks for helping with meeting set up and clean up, and for enjoying responsibly.

 

 

 

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The Grapevine Newsletter- October 2019

Check out the latest SHW Grapevine Newsletter.  You will find a save the date for the annual Holiday Party, a reservation form for the Harvest Dinner and a call for nomination for the SHW Winemakers Annual Awards.  Enjoy the newsletter and we hope to see you at the many fun events coming up this Fall/Winter season!

October 2019- The Grapevine

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Question: pH Meter TA Method vs. Vinmetrica TA Method

A reader asks: 

Do you find that “TA pH Meter Method Using NaOH 0.1N” on your website to be reliable, or comparable to the Vinmetrica TA method? 

See SHW member Don Koehler’s response at this page on the SHW web site:  Determining Titrable Acidity with Sodium Hydroxide.

Thanks for your response, Don!

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