Monthly Archives: January 2020

Wanted: Smaller Barrel

SHW Vickie Alvarez is in search of a 15-gallon or less barrel.  She currently uses carboys and wood chips and is ready to age in barrels.

Contact Vickie Alvarez at (916) 833-1424 or


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For Sale: Half-Ton Macro Bins

10 half-ton macro bins for sale. Used for wine making only. Previously branded. $250 each.

Contact Justin Black at 916-628-0999.

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Internet Trolls

Posting on behalf of SHW President Robert Wharton:

Over the past few days several SHW members have reported receiving email requests from me, Robert, for gift cards and money wires/transfers. Please understand that NONE of those messages come from me. I will never ask you for money or items of monetary value (e.g. gift cards). If you are ever in doubt, please contact me to verify authenticity of the message prior to taking action. Otherwise, delete the message and go on with your day. Please don’t forward the messages to me as there is little I can do to stop them. Awareness is the best defense in this case. Cheers…Robert Wharton, SHW President.


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For Sale: Large Filter with a Case of Pads

For Sale: large 10-plate filter on rollers with a case of 100 filter pads. Operate with 1.5 hp pump. One set of filters can last 3,000 gallons.  $2,500.

If interested, contact Jerry Nolestine at 209 304-9595.

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January 15 SHW Meeting

This Wednesday’s meeting features winemaker extraordinaire Chik Brenneman who will talk about varietal characteristics of Syrah and will also bring 3 Syrahs for us to taste.  

Chik was a SHW member before embarking into the world of commercial winemaking. Progressing into higher education, as the Winemaker for UC Davis, Chik was instrumental in building a world class campus winery to further the education mission of UC Davis.  His most recent commercial adventure is with Baker Family Wines in West Sacramento where he’s the winery’s vintner and baseball legend Dusty Baker grows grapes for the brand.

Please bring 2 wine glasses to the meeting for your use; Club glasses are for guests. Also bring your 2020 membership forms and dues – look for Membership Co-Chair Christa Ring.  Thanks for helping set up and clean up at the meeting, and consuming responsibly.

Non-members:  $15 meeting charge.

2020 SHW Membership Form

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Glass for Sale, Limited Quantity

25 cases of antique green burgundy bottles for $6.00 per case.

Contact Ken Musso at

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The Grapevine Newsletter- January 2020 edition

Happy New Year!  Attached you will find the latest club newsletter.  Please be sure to read the welcome message from our new club president, Robert Wharton as well as see the fun we have in store at the January general meeting, which is coming up on Wednesday, January 18th and our Chief Judge, Donna Benttencourt, has a list of upcoming competitions where you can enter your wine.  If there is anything you would like to see in future newsletters or if you are interested in contributing an article, please get in touch with the Newsletter Editor, Stephanie Wilson, at

January 2020- The Grapevine


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Free Enartis Webinar

Periodically Enartis hosts webinars on different topics of interest to the winemaking community. While intended for the commercial winemaker, home winemakers such as ourselves can also benefit from this information. Their next webinar, How to Avoid and Treat Reductive Wines, will be held Tuesday, January 21st from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. PST.

To register for this event, go to

SHW does not endorse Enartis but is simply publicizing their activities which might be of interest/benefit to our club members.

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