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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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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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Will Work in Winery for Free in Europe in 2020

SHW member David Ichikawa writes:

…”In 2020, I’m travelling for an indefinite number of months in Europe. If anyone has contacts with a winery that might be interested in free labor (say 15 hours/week for several weeks), that might be a fun way to see an area and their winemaking methods. Spain is my preference because I will be semi-conversational once I resuscitate my Spanish, but other countries would work too.”

If you have any possibilities, please contact David at

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Holiday Party Reservations – Make Yours Now!

Don’t wait!

As President Joe McGillivray announced at the November meeting, reservations for the Club’s December 15 Holiday Party will NOT be accepted after December 8. No exceptions.

Please use this form to reserve your seats.

Direct questions to Fred Millar at or text 916 576-9596.

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Make Your Reservations – SHW Holiday Party on December 15

There’s still time to make your SHW Holiday Party reservations!  

This year’s soirée is at the Embassy Suites at the Sacramento River Waterfront.  Bring your wines to share and enjoy a festive Sunday evening with on the Embassy’s Terrace.  Reservations must be made by December 8 (no exceptions).  See this link for the details and reservation form.

Please direct inquires to Party Coordinator Fred Millar:  email to and text 916 576-9596.

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Winemaker of the Year Competition

SHW’s Winemaker of the Year (WOY) competition gets more fierce every year. The annual award, named for winemaker extraordinaire Rex Johnston, recognizes the winemaker whose wine(s) earned a cumulation of top honors.  The Chief Judge reminds all that 2019 WOY entries are due by November 30, 2019.

Please see here for the details. Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt can be contacted at

Good luck!

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November 20, 2019 Meeting

Luke Laubaugh, with for St. Amant Winery in Lodi is this Wednesday night’s guest evaluator. Bring two 750 ml bottles of your fruit, port-style, fortified and sparkling wines for evaluation. The meeting’s wine evaluation form helps organize your wine’s fermentation and ageing adventure so complete that for each of the wines you’re bringing for evaluation.

SHW’s annual holiday party is on Sunday, December 15. We’ll be accepting reservations at the meeting so don’t forget to bring your party form and check/cash.

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento. Thanks for consuming responsibly.

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