Monthly Archives: November 2019

SHW Holiday Party – December 15

Make your reservations for SHW’s annual holiday party for Sunday, December 15. This year’s party is at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade near Old Town Sacramento.

The evening’s program includes recognizing outgoing board members. The Board of Directors will be presenting the Club’s annual awards to members or the community for their outstanding contributions. The Chief Judge will also reveal the 2019 Winemaker of the Year.

The Embassy will be preparing a unique buffet dinner for the party. Thus, please make your reservations / pay by December 8. Please note that no refunds or new reservations can be made after that date. For your convenience, we’ll be accepting your reservations at the November 20 SHW meeting. 

Here’s the link to the reservation form: Holiday Party Reservations 2019

For partyers, the Embassy is offering guest rooms at a special rate that evening. For the details, please text or email Fred Millar: 916 576-9596 or

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Grapes for Sale: Cab Sauv, PS, Primitivo, Zin, Syrah – Fair Play

November 5 Update:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Primitivo also available.

Please let your membership know that pricing is negotiable depending on who is doing the picking.


Zinfandel and Syrah for sale:
Element 79 Vineyards, located in the Fair Play AVA of El Dorado County/Sierra Foothills at 2400 feet elevation writes:
Zinfandel – Our Zinfandel has won Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Commercial Wine Competition. It is Dupratt clone on 101-14 rootstock, VSP and cordon pruned to 8×5 spacing and farmed with great pride and best practices. We prune to a yield of 4 tons per acre and we use deficit irrigation practices both which enhanced flavors. $.65 per pound and minimum of 500 lbs. Harvest on the Zin will be late September or early October.
Syrah – We may have a couple tons available this year. It is the fantastic 877 Clone on 101-14 rootstock, VSP and cane pruned to 8×5 spacing and farmed with great pride and best practices. We sell all that we don’t use to a top tier Napa winemaker and this year we have a larger crop so we have a couple extra tons. No watering was necessary this year. $.90 per pound and a minimum of 500 lbs. Harvest will be late September.
We will pick it for you but you must bring your own macro bins or containers. We have a forklift on site and will load for you. Call Les for maturity numbers. We will be taking samples at least weekly from now through harvest.
Come up to our tasting room and taste the estate wines we make from these grapes. You will be glad you did and we would love to meet you.
Call Les Heinsen at 916-337-2718 or email

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