Monthly Archives: March 2020

Sideways

Time on your hands?  Your Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt doesn’t want you to forget about wine.   She recommends this refresher.

 

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Wine Tour

From Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt:

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Prune at the Wolfskill Experimental Orchards

A message from SHW President, Robert Wharton…

This past Saturday I took advantage of the opportunity to help prune at the Wolfskill Experimental Orchards. It was a beautiful day, the song birds were active, and I’m working in a vineyard…a great way to unwind from my typically hectic work week.

While I was able to prune 45-50 vines in my six-hour stint, there are still hundreds more vines which need to be pruned. You can help prune starting at 9:00 a.m. weekdays (23-27 March) and 8:00 a.m. next Saturday (28 March). If you can count to one and know your left from your right, you are qualified. They will train you on the spot as to how to prune the vines. It’s not a race, everyone works at their own pace.

The vineyard is located at 4334 Putah Creek Road, Winters 95694. Drive down their tree-lined driveway, zig right then left around the building and park on your right under the olive trees. You will see vineyards in front of and behind you. If you have a favorite pair of loppers and work gloves, take them. Please leave your hand clippers at home as you cannot use them due to liability issues. Take a sack lunch if you plan to stay through the lunch hour (I ate my lunch while pruning vines). A good hat, sunscreen and lots of water is highly recommended. There is a porta potty there on site. They have loppers to use should you not have a pair or want to use yours.

Please drop an email to John Preece (John.Preece@ars.usda.gov) to let him know you are coming and on which day (they like to know when non-employees will be on the property).

Here is the link to the email blast sent out previously. 

 

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For Sale: Stainless Tank, Filter Housing, Picking Totes

For Sale:

Filter housing, the filter is not for sale. $20.
Sturdy picking totes, nesting and stacking, holds up to 50#, normally 35# – 100 @ $10 each
Stainless steel 620L (162 gal) variable lid with conical bottom, great for malolactic fermentation and storage, lees settle to the bottom for easy pumping and clean out at the bottom. $1000.00
The items are located in Valley Springs area in Calaveras County.

Contact directly:  Annette Derivi
209-207-8511

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Cancelled – March 18 Meeting (This Wednesday)

From SHW President, Robert Wharton:

Hello Everyone.

In light of the current situation with the coronavirus/Covid-19, we, the Executive Board of the club has decided that it is best to cancel the regular March 18th SHW membership meeting held at Turn Verein. Since this is last minute, please share this information with your friends who might normally attend the meeting as well.
This same message will be blasted out to all members on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 16th, 17th and 18th, to help ensure all members receive this message.
Each month we will make the determination of holding or canceling the membership meeting given the status of the coronavirus/Covid-19 at that time.

Cheers…

Robert

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Cancelled – March 18 Meeting

From SHW President, Robert Wharton:

Hello Everyone.

In light of the current situation with the coronavirus/Covid-19, we, the Executive Board of the club has decided that it is best to cancel the regular March 18th SHW membership meeting held at Turn Verein. Since this is last minute, please share this information with your friends who might normally attend the meeting as well.

This same message will be blasted out to all members on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 16th, 17th and 18th, to help ensure all members receive this message.
Each month we will make the determination of holding or canceling the membership meeting given the status of the coronavirus/Covid-19 at that time.

Cheers…

Robert

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March 18 SHW Meeting Cancelled

From SHW President, Robert Wharton:

Hello Everyone.

In light of the current situation with the coronavirus/Covid-19, we, the Executive Board of the club has decided that it is best to cancel the regular March 18th SHW membership meeting held at Turn Verein.  Since this is last minute, please share this information with your friends who might normally attend the meeting as well.

This same message will be blasted out to all members on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 16th, 17th and 18th, to help ensure all members receive this message.

Each month we will make the determination of holding or canceling the membership meeting given the status of the coronavirus/Covid-19 at that time.

Cheers…

Robert

 

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For Sale: Wine Making Equipment

From SHW member, Jim Garrett…

Good friends of mine here in the foothills, Mary and Randy Woolwine, are moving on to other adventures, and wish to sell their complete trove of winemaking equipment. They’d like to sell all the items as a package for $2,500.00.

This appears to be a bargain, particularly since Randy has kept all items in pristine condition, and all are only about 4 years old.

1. Enotecnica Pillan Electric crusher/de-stemmer
2. Steidel 40 liter vertical bladder press
3. Buon Vino Super Jet filter/pump
4. 3 x100 liter Toscana Inox variable capacity stainless steel tanks with stands and valves
5. Husky base and upper tool box with miscellaneous tools, stoppers, hoses and other supplies for wine making
6. 4 x 32 gallon food grade containers for fermenting wine
7. Vinmetrica SC-300 SO2, pH & TA Analyzer Kit
8. Portugese Floor Corker
9. CO2 Tank and gauges
10 Burette stand with holders
11. Two glass carboys (1 x 6 gal and 1x 3 gal) and 12 clean 5 gallon buckets for picking and grape transport
12. Bottle washing and drying equipment
13. Single and double 30 gallon barrel racks (no barrels)
14. Stainless punchdown tool
15. 12 wine bottles

Get in touch with Randy, if you are interested.

Randy Woolwine
303-898-4758
randall.woolwine@gmail.com

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Last Call – Paint and Sip Class

Don’t miss out on the creative energy in creating artwork for your wine labels.  Join the fun on this Saturday, March 14 in Sacramento when you’ll paint and sip the day away.  You bring snacks and wine and all of the paint supplies and canvas are provided. 

Email/text Donna Bettencourt no later than Thursday and bring your check with you on Saturday.  Reach Donna at donnab1045@gmail.com and 916 548-3199.

For more information, see this flyer: 1ST Annual Sacramento Home Winemakers Paint and Sip Workshop (3).

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Grape Pruning Opportunity – Wolfskill Experimental Orchards

The USDA germplasm repository at Wolfskill in Winters (near Davis) has an emergency need for people to help prune its grape collection. There are over 3000 varieties of grapes there.

John E. Preece, Ph.D. Supervisory Research Leader at USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository writes:

“…Normally, we hire a contractor to prune the grape collection at Wolfskill. We just learned that the contractor suddenly lost his crew to another contractor who offered them a higher wage. That makes it impossible to work another contractor through the system in time to get the grapes pruned in March.

We do not have enough staff to prune the grapes properly, so really could use your help, as well as any friends who would like to pitch in.

Since many people work during the week, we are going to set aside Saturday, March 21 as a grape pruning day.

Also, if you are available and can make it to Wolfskill on weekdays, we can use you.  It is a big job, there are about 150 rows and the more of you that can help us, the better chance that we can get them all pruned.

This is also a good chance to learn a lot about grapes.

If you are interested, please email me, so we get a count, can get volunteer forms together, and I can give you better details about what to bring, etc.

In advance, we really appreciate any help that you can provide.”

John Preece’s email is: John.Preece@ars.usda.gov.

Please let him know that you’re with Sacramento Home Winemakers.

More about Wolfskill Experimental Orchards can be found at https://ucanr.edu/sites/wolfskill2/The_land_and_Orchards/.

 

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