Monthly Archives: November 2020

Congratulations to the Incoming 2021 SHW Officers and At Large Members!

Please welcome the following SHW members who were elected to the Executive Board at last Wednesday’s general meeting, via Zoom.  They will take office on January 1, 2021.  Their job descriptions are posted in the member resources tab at our website:  www.sachomewine.org

President – Robert Wharton

Vice President – Brad and Tina Melin

Secretary – Mike Menard

Treasurer – Wreatha Duverney (2nd year of two year term)

Membership – Gin Yang

At Large Members –

Jerry Rorke

Thad Rodgers

Will Carlton

Bob Peake

Kevin Lemay

Many thanks to the 2020 officers and appointed Executive Board members for their nimble response to a challenging year.  Here’s to a new year where we can all meet again and toast once more to the art and science, and joy, of home winemaking!  Salud!

 

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November 18, 2020 Meeting – Recordings

In case you missed last night’s meeting, video +audio or audio-only recordings of the meeting with Jonathan Pack can be found on the Speakers Resources page.

Thanks to all for your questions.

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For Sale: Cover Crop Seed

We have 350 lbs. or seven 50 lb. bags of new vineyard cover crop seed. Purchased late this October. Kept dry and cool. This is a special vintners mix used by large Ag companies. Cost is $1.50 a pound. Sold by the bag only. 50 lbs. to the acre seeding rate. This is a reduced rate and obviously a big saving on shipping as well.

Dora Dain Wines in Lincoln 916-628-0999.

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November 18 Meeting – Annual Election + Vine and Wine Talk

Don’t forget to Zoom in this Wednesday night at SHW’s Annual Meeting starting at 7pm. 

What’s the Club’s Annual Meeting?  It’s when we elect the incoming year’s executive board members.  The Board of Directors slate of nominees can be found here.  Additionally, nominations are accepted up until the election with members self-nominating or nominating others.  Beware!  If you’re not at the meeting, you might be elected for a board position…!

Returning as a guest speaker, viticulturist and winemaker Jonathan Pack recaps what happened this year in the vineyard and cellar.  In this casual meeting, Jonathan talks about Beaujolais Nouveau, what transpired in the vineyard this year, and what you can expect from 2020 wines (smoke taint?).

To receive your invitation to the November 18 Zoom meeting, please contact Donna Bettencourt at donnab1045@gmail.com. 

Please also contact Donna if you’d like to nominate a member or yourself for a board position.

Can’t be at the meeting?  Proxy vote by emailing Board Secretary Mike Menard at menardm@surewest.net.

 

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Slate of Nominees for 2021 SHW Executive Board Positions

The Board of Directors of the Sacramento Home Winemakers is pleased to present the slate of nominees for the elected positions of the 2021 Executive Board. They are:

OFFICERS

President – Robert Wharton

Co-Vice Presidents – Brad Melin and Tina Melin

Secretary – Mike Menard

Membership – Gin Yang

AT LARGE MEMBERS (SHW by-laws allow for up to 5 at large members)

Thad Rodgers

Will Carlton

Bob Peake

Jerry Roark

(The Treasurer is elected for a 2-year term and the current treasurer, Wreatha Duverney will be serving her second year in 2021.)

Nominations are still being accepted up until our November monthly zoom meeting on November 18th  during which we will take a formal vote.  If you wish to nominate yourself, or someone else, for any of these positions, please contact Board President, Donna Bettencourt at donnab1045@gmail.com  If you are unable to attend the November Zoom meeting and wish to cast a vote, please contact Executive Board Secretary Mike Menard at menardm@surewest.net, or (916) 791-5087 by 6 PM November 18th.

 

 

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PCWGA Home Winemaker Competition

The Placer County Wine and Grape Association (PCWGA) 15th Annual Home Winemaker Competition is a go! Entries are due November 16 and PCWGA invites all SHW members to enter. 

The competition’s details can be found here.  

 

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November 18 Meeting Zoom – What Happened This Year?

How crazy is 2020??

Time to escape from the news and numbers!  Grab your favorite wine and relax at this Wednesday’s SHW meeting.  Returning as a guest speaker, viticulturist and winemaker Jonathan Pack recaps what happened this year in the vineyard and cellar.  In this casual meeting, Jonathan answers your questions about vines and wines. 

Jonathan is the winemaker for Gwinllan Estate Vineyard and Winery in Fair Play.  A UC Davis graduate, Jonathan is also a consultant viticulturist and winemaker for several wineries in the Sierra Foothills.  Gwinllan Estates makes a limited production Beaujolais Nouveau and Jonathan will be sharing tidbits on wine making via carbonic maceration. Beaujolais Nouveau Day this year is on November 19.

To receive your invitation to the November 18 Zoom meeting, please contact Donna Bettencourt at donnab1045@gmail.com. 

 

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Juice for Hard Apple Cider – Last Chance for Orders

If you’re interested in making hard apple cider, apple juice from the foothills is available – delivery is this Thursday, November 5.  

Place your order by Wednesday morning, November 4 with Kendall Johnson at 214 794-4798.  SHW members only, please.

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Winemaking Items For Sale

30 gallon food grade fermenters (about 8)
4 15-gl stainless kegs (sanke on top); 1 7.5-gl stainless keg (bung on side)
Dollies
Wooden Barrel Holders
4 funnels – different sizes
4 5-gl carboys; maybe 2 3-gl carboys
Various glass containers holding bungs, stoppers, and chemicals

Prices negotiable.

Contact Matt at (916) 833-4214.

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