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SHW Jubilee Wine Competition Entries Accepted Around Town

Enter your wine for competition at the Club’s Jubilee!  Only one 750 ml bottle is required and the first bottle is free. May 7 is the last day to enter.

Call ahead and make delivery arrangements. For the Sacramento area, text / call Competition Coordinator Donna Bettencourt at 916 548-3199. Text / call Cellar Master Joe Morgan at 916439-7205 in Citrus Heights.   And in the Auburn area, contact Thad Rodgers at 916 715-3688.

Click here for the Jubilee’s details.

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Forum: A Winemaker’s Perspective on Genetic Diversity

The Robert Mondavi Food and Wine Institute at UC Davis sponsors forums on food and wine sciences. On Tuesday May 14, 2019, the forum topic is “A Winemaker’s Perspective on Genetic Diversity” featuring a joint lecture delivered by Elisabeth Forrestel, a National Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, and Steve Matthiasson, owner of Matthiasson Wines will deliver the joint lecture.

Preceding the lecture is an optional tour of the Wolfskill Experimental Orchard home to the world’s most genetically diverse grape collection.  Details here.

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Must for Sale: Scott Harvey Wines, Amador

Scott Harvey has for sale: Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo. $1 per pound for crushed de-stemmed must.

Directly contact Scott Harvey at

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Last Call! Lake County Wine Weekend, July 12-14

David Hicks still has room for several more couples at his 5th edition of his Lake County Wine Weekend and tour on July 12/14th. David will be at the meeting Wednesday to describe the event to everyone and take sign ups. Read the entire description of this fun filled wine adventure:  AN INVITATION TO WINEMAKERS AND GUESTS OF.

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Calling For Entries – 2019 Alameda County Homemade Wine Competition

SHW Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt advises that Lodi lab and Amador 360 are drop off locations for this competition.

Alameda County Homemade Wine Competition entries open Friday, April 12th thru Friday, April 26th. Wine must be entered and delivered to a drop spot by Friday, April 26th unless you are delivering your wine to the fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4th from 10 am-noon in building Q. If delivering your wine, it must be entered online by April 26th.

Link to this catalog that shows you the wine categories and any other information you may need.

Here is the link to enter online:

You should enter the “2019 Alameda County Homemade Wine Competition”

The logo that shows says “The Spirit of Summer”.

Please do not enter the Alameda County Wine Competition on Enofileonline.
This is for Commercial wineries only.

As a reminder, when entering your wines it may ask for information you do not have such as a winery name, price of wine, or % of residual sugar. You can put in a 0 for the areas that ask for a number. If you make up a winery name, be sure to remember the exact name so that you can easily sign in next year. If you have entered through Enofileonline before, your winery/brand information will still be there.

Drop Spots are listed on the attached catalog as well.

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April 17 Meeting: Wine Entries, Wine Analysis, Crush T-Shirts

If you’re bringing your California State Fair home wine entries to Wednesday’s meeting, Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt reminds entrants that on-line registration and fees must be completed and bottles appropriately labeled before Cellar Master Joe Morgan and Thad Rodgers can accept your entries. Meet Joe and Thad in the Turn Verein back parking lot starting at 6:30 pm.

Cellar Master Joe will also be accepting Jubilee entries in the parking lot and upstairs at the meeting. Please seek out Niles Fleege at the meeting with your El Dorado County Fair home wine entries.

Are you wondering if your wines have completed their malo-lactic conversion? Spring is a good time to check for MLF progress especially with your 2018s. In addition to testing for MLF, resident chemist Bruce Currie performs others wine analysis for members for a nominal fee. Bring your wine samples to Wednesday’s meeting with this completed form.

Outfit you and your crew in style during crush!  Bring your 2019 SHW Crush T-Shirt order form to the meeting and look for Treasurer Bob Peake.

The April 17 meeting is Red Wine Roundtable discussion. Come with a bottle of your red wine along with your wine glass and let’s taste and talk about your wine. Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located a 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

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How Science Can Preserve the Ancient Art of Winemaking

Is winemaking art or science? Do we have a responsibility to preserve ancient winemaking practices, native varieties, and vineyards and wines known for their distinctive flavors?

The Klenz Wine Business Speakers series features an evening with vintner, physician and author Laura Catena, founder of the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina and whose family has been making wine in Argentina for over one hundred years.

May 29, 2019 7-8 pm
UC Davis – Robert Mondavi Institute

Details here.

This event is part of the Wine Klenz Wine Business Speakers series, which brings leading figures in the domestic and international wine business to the Robert Mondavi Institute for evenings of talks, insights, and unique perspectives about the wine industry.

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Accepting Wine Competition Entries at SHW’s April 17 Meeting

With this beautiful weather, it’s sometimes difficult to get yourself back into your winery. But do it – this weekend!

Round up the crew, decide which wines to enter into upcoming wine contests, and clear a spot in your cellar to hang incoming shiny award ribbons.

We make it easy for members to submit entries at this Wednesday’s April 17 SHW meeting.  Please come prepared with the necessary completed paperwork, bottles, and fees.

  • El Dorado County Home Wine Competition. Niles Fleege will be at Wednesday’s meeting to accept home wine entries for this competition. May 1 is the entry deadline. See here for more info.
  • California State Fair Home Wine Competition. Entries for this statewide competition will be accepted at Wednesday’s meeting by Thad Rodgers and SHW Cellar Master Joe Morgan. Entry information can be found here. Last day to enter is May 23.
  • SHW Jubilee. Entry period is April 17 – May 7. Bring your entries to Wednesday’s meeting to Cellar Master Joe Morgan.  Please note that only one bottle per entry is required and these is no entry fee for the first wine candidate – no risk! Entry details and forms here and also at

To make arrangements for Jubilee wine entry delivery outside of the April 17, contact Competition Chair Donna Bettencourt at or 916 548-3199. 

Jubilee wine judging is on Saturday, June 1 in Sacramento.  Jubilee Awards Ceremony and Picnic is on the following day, Sunday, June 2.  Please see the April 2019 newsletter for the June 2 details or here.

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California State Fair Home Winemakers Competition Set-up

It’s only bud break and yet we are already thinking about the CA State Fair activities. Once again our club will be helping to set-up the cellar, check-in and reconcile the entries, and pull the flights for the Home Winemakers Competition.

To help out, go here or to

Questions?  Contact Robert Wharton at


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Wine Making Items for Sale – Carboys, Riddling Rack, Glass, Cooler

SHW member Rex Johnston has wine making items for sale:

9 – 5 gal plastic carboys with stoppers & airlocks $10
14 – 5 gal glass carboys with handles $10

Sparkling riddling rack – holds 36 bottles $25

Clear bottles – 14 cases $6 per case
Burgundy bottles – 6 cases $6 per case

GDM-47 True Cooler Reduced to $900
Holds 16 – 5 gal carboys
This cooler has been instrumental in the production of more than 75 Best of Shows and several Golden Bears.
Rex will mentor whoever purchases this cooler and share experience that he has accumulated over 50 years.
Example :

Contact Rex directly at

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