Monthly Archives: September 2020

ISO: Wine Making Gadgets and Innovations

Our October 21, 2020, “Gadgets & Innovations” program still needs interested members to share a short video or photo which shows off your DIY gadget utilized in your winemaking efforts.

We will be featuring your video or photos during our October Zoom meeting where we’d love for you to explain/narrate your DIY gadget. So, “show n’ tell” the group about what you made that helps you out in your winemaking.

Please forward your entry(ies) to VP Fayne Katz at by October 12, 2020.

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Cider Making Focus Group

Well, it takes a lot of cider to make wine!  Are you interested in learning how to make cider?  Do you want to learn more about the many kinds of cider that you can make?  Kendall Johnson and Donna Bettencourt are putting together a zoom workshop with an award winning cidermaker, and will be coordinating a focus group for members to make cider together.  The zoom will be scheduled in mid-October, with the cidermaking in later October, when your red wines are safely tucked away.

If you are interested in participating in this zoom session and/or focus group, please contact Donna at by September 30th.  SHW members only.


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Grapes for Sale: Barbera – Clarksburg

For Sale: 800 pounds of very nice Barbera at 24 brix available in Clarksburg.

We provide picking boxes, picking shears, fruit haul in and crusher/destemmer with our help. We also handle the mess.

Please call Paul at 916 425-4763.  They are ready to pick now. $.60 per pound you pick.

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For Sale: Hydraulic Press #50

For Sale: 

Hydraulic press, #50 size (22 in. dia. basket) Can process ½ ton in two fills.

10 yrs. old, new food grade epoxy paint, these things last forever…


Located in Davis

Danyal  Kasapligil

cell: 831-750-4509

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Grapes for Sale: Cab Sauv, Merlot, Syrah, Tinta Cao, Tempranillo – Paso Robles

The Estate Vineyard, located in the Geneseo District sub-AVA, southeast of the town of Paso Robles, exemplifies the quality of the Paso Robles region with its warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils.

The vineyards are watered when needed but not dry farmed, yield averages 2.5 tons per acre. Vines were planted in the 80’s. Total vineyard is a solid 45-50 acres of Paso wine grapes.

Harvest for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah is estimated at early October.  Brix are currently sitting at around 20-21 on average.

Tempranillo and Tinta Cao are ready now.

Grower picks: $1000 / ton. Half ton minimum.

Buyer picks: For Syrah, $700-900 / ton. Everything else $800 / ton. No minimum.

Red Blotch may be in some areas of vineyards.

Directly contact Daniel at (805) 448-4412.

Transport for small quantities – member RJ Harlow can possibly help;


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Need Help? Call a Mentor.

Funny smells?  No burps?  Didn’t look this way before?

Don’t get stuck in the cellar in the dark.  Find help.  Check out these club mentors.  They can shed some light to get your must or juice to the finish line.


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Call for Nominations for 2020 Executive Board Positions

The Board of Directors of the Sacramento Home Winemakers is calling for nominations for 2021 Officers and At Large Executive Board members. The following are the open elected officers and At Large Positions:


Vice President


Membership Chair

5 At Large Members

The Board Treasurer is elected for a a 2-year term and the current treasurer will be serving her  second year as Treasurer in 2021.

On the Sacramento Home Winemakers website, go to “About Us” and then chose the “Job Descriptions” sub-tab on the SHW website to learn more about the duties of these positions. 

Please contact Donna Bettencourt, Chair, SHW Board of Directors at by October 2, 2020 if you are interested in being nominated for any of these officer and At Large positions.  Nominations will also be accepted at the October and November Zoom regular meetings.  The elections will be held at our General Membership meeting on November 18th.


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Grapes for Sale: Cabernet Sauvignon – Granite Bay

600 lbs of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes remaining for sale.

The clusters look good; see photo below.  Current brix is 24.  Ready now.

$0.75/lb ( you pick). Crusher-destemmer is available on-site free of charge. If you need help to pick grapes, please let grower know ahead of time and she can arrange for helpers at your expense.

Contact directly:  Jane
cell: 530-219-1649
location: Reba Drive and Barton Road, Granite Bay Ca 95746

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Grapes for Sale: French Colombard – Ceres (Stanislaus County)

We still about 4 tons of French Colombard grapes available for picking now in Ceres (Stanislaus County).

The contracted commercial winery didn’t take them all as expected. They are 30 year old vines, Brix was about 20 at the end of August. Makes a lovely, crisp, high acid varietal wine, blends great with almost anything, or is a common component of sparkling wine.

$400 per ton or $0.25 per pound, buyer does the harvesting at their convenience, any day is fine.

Call or email for more information. 


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Group Buy: Petite Sirah – Heavenly Farm Vineyards, El Dorado County

SHW Member Gerard Van Steyn writes:

Heavenly Farms Vineyards, located near Boeger Winery above Placerville, has biodynamically farmed Petite Sirah grapes that should be ready for harvest in 2 to 3 weeks. The owner was trained in biodynamic grape growing by some of the top consultants in the Country.  We picked Tempranillo grapes from this vineyard recently and tasted their Tempranillo and Petite Sirah wines while there. 

All Heavenly Farms wines are really good, and have a really interesting expression of place – biodynamic grapes of this quality are not typically available to us mere home winemakers ;-). The price is $1/lb and approximately 2 tons will be available in about 2 to 3 weeks. The grapes do not appear to have smoke taint, but our fermentation of their Tempranillo will be finished within two weeks, so we will be able to taste the finished wine to confirm this before the Petite Sirah harvest.

If anyone is interested in joining us for a larger group buy, contact me at or (707) 758-7441

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