Monthly Archives: October 2019

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:

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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

  •  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
  • 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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Question: Must Temperature When Adding Tartaric Acid

A viewer has asked a question:

At what temperature should the pre-fermented MUST be prior to adding the tartaric acid?

For SHW member Don Koehler’s response to question, please reference the bottom SHW web site’s Table for Addition of Tartaric Acid page.  


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Grapes for Sale: Zinfandel – Dry Valley AVA (Sonoma County)

Canale Vineyard writes:

Canale Vineyards is a family owned small vineyard in the Dry Valley AVA. The Canale Ranch has been in our family since the 1940’s when my grandfather purchased the property as a prune orchard. But scattered amongst the prune trees he planted zinfandel, grenache, carigangne, and other assorted white vines for his personal winemaking consumption.

Today, we farm primarily zinfandel grapes and a little bit of cabernet. The original zinfandel was planted to St George root stock in the late 1960’s and cabernet in the early 70’s. A portion of the original zinfandel remain and in 2011, 1/2 of the vineyard (1,000 vines) were re-planted to zinfandel, again using St George root stock and field grafted with zinfandel bud wood from the existing and original zinfandel planted in the 1960’s.

Though not certified, we utilize organic farming practices using only elemental sulfur to protect against powdery mildew. Weeds are managed, not eradicated, using labor and not herbicides. The original zinfandel are dry farmed while the newer vines are currently supported with irrigation until they are fully mature, at which point they too will be dry farmed. The result of our style of farming is a vineyard which reflects the feelings of wild Sonoma County while producing a zinfandel that results in a zesty, spicy wine,

Currently we have 2 tons of zinfandel available for $1,500/ton or $.75/lb.
As of 10:00am Friday October 4, 2019 fruit tested at 24 Brix. Grapes are ready for harvest now and will peak over the next week given temperature forecast for the next 7 days.
Fruit is clean, free of mildew/bunch rot.
Small quantities can be accommodated, as well as self-pick arrangements. On-site crushing is also available and is included in price.

The vineyard is located at 2150 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Contact person is:
Dominic Canale
(907) 301-3222

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2019 SHW Mid-Year Fiscal Report

The link below is the income / expense report for SHW from January – June 20-19.  Please direct questions to President Joe McGillivray at

2019 Jan-Jun P&L (1)

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Looking For Holiday Party Fundraising Coordinator

SHW’s annual Holiday Party, dinner and fundraiser, is planned for mid-December. Negotiations on the dinner details are just about finished – please watch for the announcement soon.

The festive event is in need of a Fundraising Coordinator for the silent auction.  With the help of volunteers who have experience in this fundraiser, the Coordinator would make the fundraising pieces come together.  We’re ready to play but need an organized leader to guide us. This is a once-a-year volunteer opportunity that makes a big impact. 

Could you be that person?  Please contact President Joe McGillivray at or 916 261-9438 as soon as possible.




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