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January 17 Meeting – Eastern and Central European Wines

Let’s kick off 2018 with new and exciting wines!

Central and Eastern European Wines is the January 17 meeting program. The evening’s guest speaker is Eric Danch, NorCal rep for Blue Danube Wine, importers of wines from that part of Europe.  Learn about the regions’ little known varieties, geography, history, and wine making techniques.

We’ll have wines to taste.  Please bring 2 wines glasses for your use.

Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein meeting hall located at 3349 J Street in Sacramento. Doors open after 6:30 – bring a bottle of wine to share if you like.

$10 for non-members; no charge for SHW members.

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Wanted: Neutral Small French Oak Barrel

SHW member is searching for a clean and neutral French oak barrel, 15-30 gallon capacity.

If you have one for sale, please contact Jenny Meadows-Smith at 203 558-1957 or

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Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Exhibits Passes Available

Check out the biggest toy store for wine makers and growers at the 2018 January 23-25 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center. SHW has secured “Exhibits Only” vouchers for January 24-25 (no access to progams) and is making them available to members at $10 each.

If interested in a voucher(s), please contact Gin Yang at or 916 217-0294.

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The Bottleshock Open

Bottle up! It’s open season for home wine competitions! The 5th Annual Bottleshock Open will be accepting entries from January 8, 2018 through February 9 and 16, at remote and cellar locations, respectively. Judging happens on March 8 in Lodi.

Check out the details here.

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For Sale: Used Wine Barrels

Full-size used wine barrels for sale.  $75.  Cash only.

m2 Wines, 2900 E. Peltier Road,  Acampo.  209 339-1071

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For Sale: Gently Used CO2 Bottle and Gauges

For Sale:

CO2 bottle 20lb., and  dual gauges, tank is 95% full and gauges are close to new. $100.

Contact directly:  Lou Rego at 530 878-8770.


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See You At The Party on Wednesday!

Hey, Partygoers,

SHW Holiday Party Fundraising Coordinator Extraordinaire Vickie Rosalli is excited to share with you some of the unique items that you’ll have a chance to get your hands on at this Wednesday’s party. 

Amongst the generous donations, you’ll find original art work, decor, gold medal winning wines and grapes, knife sharpening and lawnmower tune-up services, bottling parties, home made sausages, baked sweets, and gourmet collections.  Additional highlights:

Mountains and lakes beckon – 

Two nights on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore (sleeps up to 9) at Brown Bear Lodge.  Donated by Jacque and Craig Brown.

Clear Lake Weekend for 2 People – donator David Hicks invites you to spend 3 days / 2 nights pampered by him!  You’ll visit the area’s wineries, go sailing or power boating on the lake, get fed, and relax in the expansive scenery.  Two weekends for 2 people each.

Pair of Adult Ski Tickets to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.  You might even see Mountain Host Bill Staehlin at the lodge.

Fill Your Tummies – 

Italian Cooking Class –  grab your bestie and learn to make ravioli and lunch and wine with Alan & Peggy Piccardo.

Ever been to Fair Play?  Here’s your chance!  Bom Vinho offers a day of winery and vineyard visits topped off with a scrumptious crab dinner for 4 people.

Expand your winemaking skills – 

If you’ve wondered about making wine from  kits, Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley make it easy for you.  They’ve donated 20 different wine kits (yes, 20!) for the silent auction.  The varied collection includes Stag’s Leap District Merlot, Italian Nebbiolo, and Blackberry Pinot Noir.  

Check out this list for other fun silent auction items:  2017 Silent Auction Items.  You don’t need to present to wine win – bids accepted by proxy.  Contact Vickie Rosalli prior to the party:  916 342-1099.

Many thanks to members and guests supporting Sacramento Home Winemakers!  

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SHW Holiday Party – Last Call!

The December 13 SHW party is getting crowded so we’re squeezing in a couple more tables. if you haven’t made your reservations, there’s still a few seats left.

Make your resevations by using this form. If mailing after December 5, please contact Fred Millar to secure your spots. Fred can be contacted at 916 576-9596.

The Holiday Party is also SHW’s biggest fundraiser and your generous support is appreciated. either through donations or bids. Please contact Vickie Rosalli at 916 342-1099 if you would like to donate or make bids en absentia.

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Make Your SHW Holiday Party Reservations – December 13

Are you back from the long holiday weekend?

Remember how hard your crush crew worked on YOUR wines this harvest?  Show them that you care and bring them to the December 13 SHW Holiday Party.  They’ll have a chance to  taste a variety of wines, mingle with other crush teams, and maybe discover that your wines are pretty good!  Party reservation form can be found here.

Party Fundraising Coordinator Vickie Rosalli welcomes your donations for the silent auction and raffle items.  The diff?  Silent auction items are bid on quietly (check your bids throughout the evening often) and is awarded to the highest bidder.   These include gems such as art work, wine dinners, Tahoe lodging, winery tours, and cooking lessons.  

Purchasers of raffle tickets drop as many tickets as they’d like into the bag that corresponds with the raffle item and gets the item if their ticket is drawn.  Raffle items can include logo goodies, holiday cookies, wine-related items, and small plants.

You can drop off your auction / raffle donations at various locations by December 7:  

Folsom Area Vickie Rosalli 916 342 1099

Loomis Area Judy Pinegar 916 224 6742

Sacramento Area Jacque Fabian Brown 916 838-5834

South Sacramento Area Donna Brown 916 952 4624 freeportlanding

South Sacramento Area Helen Frisch 916 719 1116

Thank you for your support!



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2017 Winemaker of the Year Competition

Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt continues to accept entries for 2017 SHW Winemaker of the Year. Click here for details and entry form.  Completed applications can be emailed to Donna at or contact her at 916 548-3199 for a mailing address if sending by USPS.  Applications will be accepted until midnight November 30, 2017.

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