Monthly Archives: May 2020

Group Buy: Chardonnay, Davis

Donna Bettencourt would like to make chardonnay this harvest but the quality grapes she’s interested is requires a minimum purchase of half a ton.  Donna is a small lot wine maker and would like only 250 lbs. of this chardonnay.  She is offering to coordinate a group buy so that she and other SHW members can have access to the fruit.

Interested?  Contact Donna Bettencourt at or 916 548-3199.  This group buy closes on June 30, 2020.

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Group Buy: Cabernet Franc – Clos du Lac, Loomis

Clos du Lac in Loomis grows and sells several wine grape varieties including cabernet franc, petite sirah, mourvèdre, and petit verdot. Commercial and home winemakers alike consistently earn high honors for their wines made from this grower’s grapes.

SHW member Mark Davis is coordinating a SHW group buy for Clos du Lac cabernet franc. Price: $1,500/ton. Group buys are an opportune way for those desiring smaller quantities to access fruit available only in larger quantities. Only current Sacramento Home Winemakers members are eligible to participate in this group buy.

Interested? Contact Mark Davis at Quantities are limited.  Order by August 1, 2020.


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For Sale: Winemaking Equipment and Items

For Sale:
Ferrari wine tree and vinator. (bottle drying rack) ….. $20
Large box of bungs and fermentation traps ….$30
163 gallon fermentation tank……..$400 obo
Large box of rubber tubing for transferring wine…$75
Bulldog barrel transfer wand, nitrogen tank & regulator $300
2 spout bottle filler $125
Ferrari floor corker …..$100
500 new corks $100
Box of odds and ends $20
Box of wine books and interaction manuals $50

$1100 will take it all.

Contact Diego Munoz at 970-331-1030

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Grapes for Sale: Chardonnay and Grenache – Davis (Yolo County)

Gene Glaeser in Davis writes:

I have 10 tons each of Chardonnay and Grenache grapes for sale. I am open to group purchases and even destemming and crushing at my place. Price is $1200/ton picked. $1500 per ton for smaller orders, 1000 pound minimum.

Contact Gene at 916-747-2131 and

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Grapes for Sale: Quinta Port Blend – Shaker Ridge Vineyard (Update)

Shaker Ridge Vineyard is once again offering “shares” in its Quinta field of Portuguese/Iberian varietals consisting of Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Souzao, and Tinta Amarela. 

Each share is entitled to 250 lbs of the Quinta harvest, which will occur on a single Saturday TBD (based on ripeness) in the mid-Sept to mid-Oct 2020 time frame, and will be a blend of the 5 varietals in the proportions harvested.  The grapes will be suitable for, and have been used quite successfully by SHW members in the past, to make both complex (dry) red wines and Portuguese-style port wines. 

UPDATE:  Only one share remains available (5/26/20) at a cost of $300.

Contact Andy Standeven directly at

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SHW Wine Analysis Service – ML Chromatography Only

Club member Bruce Currie,  offers  testing for members’ wines.   Wine samples are collected for testing at SHW’s monthly meetings but we haven’t been meeting in person to gather the samples. 

Thus, at this time, Bruce will be conducting malolactic chromatography ONLY.  The progression of malolactic fermentation in wines can be tracked by paper malolactic chromatography.

Please see this link for wine testing details, sample preparation and paperwork.  Contact Bruce Currie at to arrange for drop-off.


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June 2 (Tues) Zoom Meeting – Smaller Wine Quantities Management

At the May 20 Zoom meeting, several of you, particularly winemakers with 1-2 years of winemaking experience, asked for more information on smaller wine quantity and cellar management.

Join us for in a Zoom session on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 7 pm and let’s chat about what’s in your cellar.  The forum is designed to provide answers to your questions on small cellar heat and equipment management, ageing and oak additives in carboys, testing, finishing, and sourcing grapes and preparing your cellar for the upcoming harvest.

This session may be of special interest to you if you participated in SHW’s 2018-2019 Winemaking 101 and/or the 2018 and 2019 Beginning Winemakers crush.  Aspiring winemakers who’ve yet to endure their first crush are also invited to participate. To help ensure we address everyone’s questions, this forum is limited to 20 participants who are current SHW members.

To receive login and password information for the June 2 Zoom meeting, please email Gin Yang at


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May 20, 2020 Zoom SHW Meeting

ZOOM !!!!

Have you heard?  Have you seen?  Well, you would have if you were one of the 35 SHW members who attended the May 20, 2020 Zoom Sacramento Home Winemakers Meeting.

Did you know that Beth and Larry Carducci have made a delightful Rose of Grenache?  Jim and Kate Garrett has also made a Rose of Tempranillo; we can’t taste it, but we could see how lovely it looked.  Donna Bettencourt said she bought a case of commercial wine for drinking as she didn’t want to tap into her lovely Rose of Grenache.  What!? Home wine better than commercial wines?  And, Noni’s wine does not smell, or taste, like poop anymore!  Yeah!

Have you seen?  Wreatha Duverney and Amos Olson’s new wine cellar?  Well, attendees at the May 20th meeting did.  Catch a glimpse of Michael MacWilliams and Kathleen Swanson’s barrel room in San Francisco?  Well, you would have seen that too at Wednesday’s Zoom Monthly Meeting.  You would also have seen a lot of shaggy haircuts and T-shirts, babies crying, and children sipping milk.  We also weighed in on the wines we were visibly drinking:  the wines ranged from a 15-year old Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon made by Gin Yang and Bill Staehlin to a Costco Merlot, made by, well, who knows?  We also shared the great bargains that are out there:  commercial wineries have wine they can’t sell and are offering it at deep discounts.  Similarly, wine grape vineyards have had their contracts cancelled or greatly reduced, and have grapes to offer at, hopefully, a discount price, to us home winemakers.

Gin Yang took us on a tour of the SHW website and what a tour it was:  who knew we had recipes for exotic wines, and Excel formulas for watering down, and records of past recipients of SHW awards, all on the website?  Well, we do.  Check it out someday.

We do not yet know what format we will be presenting for the June SHW Monthly Program.  The Turn Verein intends to open its facilities on June 1st, but we do not yet know what that means for SHW.  If we can not meet in person, we plan to offer a Zoom meeting again on June 17th on a first come first served basis.  Stay tuned.

In the first week of June, however, we will be offering a new or nearly new home winemakers Zoom meeting hosted by Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt, for home winemakers who participated in either the 2018 or 2019 Winemaking 101 class.  SHW mentors will be in attendance to answer your questions.  This Zoom session will respond to the needs of fairly new home winemakers who are struggling with such issues as:  finishing 2019 wines, winemaking in carboys, oak additives, sourcing grapes for the 2020 harvest, etc.  Watch your email inboxes for a blog update regarding how to sign up for this session.

While we all missed the handshakes and the hugging, we can say that the Zoom meeting on May 20th reconnected us with those who share the same passion:  making wine at home!  Many thanks to Gin Yang for facilitating the meeting, and to Darcy and Robert Wharton for hosting and providing technical assistance.

Finally, contact a board member if you have ideas for future SHW Monthly meetings, whether virtual, or in person.


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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition

This year’s WineMaker magazine’s conference has been cancelled but their wine competition is still on.  The deadline to enter is June 1.  The competition hopes to judge in Vermont by the end of June.  For competition details, see this link.

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Grapes for Sale: Select Varieties – Sierra de Montserrat, Loomis

Rob Pock, SHW member with Sierra de Montserrat Vineyards writes:

We are a community owned and professionally farmed vineyard in Loomis with 28 acres of outstanding fruit.  The vineyard was planted in 2007 and we harvest 3-3.5 tons per acre. This is the first season we are reaching out to SHW members who are interested in small lot purchases.  We have Cabernet Sauv, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Tempranillo, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Barbera, Graziano, Petite Sirah, Vermentino and Verdelho.  Forty three tons from the vineyard are already under contract with commercial wineries so some of the varieties may not be available.

We will be providing discounts to members who commit to purchases of one bin minimum, (1,000 lb).  If you would like a private tour of the vineyards contact Rob Pock at .  For availability and pricing contact Alice Jack at: .  Check out the website at:


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