General Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Turn Verein Hall located at 3349 J Street, Sacramento starting at 7 PM. Bring 2 wine glasses for your use unless otherwise noted.
Executive Board meetings are on the first Wednesdays of the month starting at 7 PM; locations vary. Contact President Joe McGillivray for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANCELLED — January 16 – Austrian Wines. Guest speaker: Scott Harvey. Scott Harvey spent time in Austria and Europe learning to make wines with central Europe’s unique grapes varieties and terroir. Bring two wine glasses for tasting. Non-members: $15.
January 26 – Winemaking 201. 2 panels: Harvest and Initial Adjustments, and Cellar Operations and Ageing. Members only. Look for details the January newsletter.
February 6 – Executive Board Meeting. All members are welcome. Location: Folsom.
February 20 – General Meeting: Austrian and German Wines. Guest speaker: Scott Harvey. Scott Harvey spent time in Austria and Europe learning to make wines with central Europe’s unique grapes varieties and terroir. Bring two wine glasses for tasting. Non-members: $15.
March 6 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome. Location: Sacramento.
March 20 – General Meeting: 2018 White and Rosé Wines Evaluation. Guest evaluators: Craig Haarmeyer and Kurt Burris. Bring in your white and rosé wines from the fall harvest and get them evaluated before you bottle. You’ll receive tips on possible adjustments that can make your good wine into one they won’t forget.
April 3 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome. Location: Folsom.
April 17 – General Meeting: Red Wine Roundtable. Bring your wine for discussion of its attributes in an informal interactive atmosphere. Check out this post for more information.
April 28 – Ethiopian Food and Wine Dinner. 3-6 pm. Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine, Sacramento. More deets here.
May 1 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome. Location: Sacramento.
May 15 – General Meeting: Non-Bordeaux Varieties Red Wine Evaluation. Guest Evaluator: John Troiano, winemaker for Wreckless Blenders. Bring your 2018 red non-Bordeaux varieties wines for tasting and comment.
June 1-2 – Jubilee! Enter your best into the Club-exclusive wine competition. Wine judging is on Saturday, June 1 with awards ceremony and picnic on Sunday, June 2. The Deets.
June 5 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome. Location: TBA.
June 19 – General Meeting: Barrel Use and Care. Guest Speaker: Guillaume Maugeais of Mellowood Vineyard.
July 17 – General Meeting: Gadgets. Bring in your creative wine making gadgets and show us how your inventions make your wine making life easier!
July 27 – Winemaking 101. Designed for new or rusty winemakers – learn the basics of making dry red and white wines. Location: Granite Bay. Club equipment certification at workshop for members. Contact Gin Yang at email@example.com if interested.
August 3 – Fruit Winemaking Class. Learn to make fruit wines! Location: Loomis. Details here.
August 21 – General Meeting: Flex Tanks. Ask the industry reps about the pros and cons of these fermentation and storage vessels.
A Saturday in Mid – September: Beginning Winemakers Crush. Specially designed group crush for new and novice winemakers who have participated in WM 101. Wine making mentors available to assist you through fermentation. Participants must be certified to use Club equipment.
September 18 – General Meeting: Shea Comfort, The Yeast Whisperer. Shea will be sharing his thoughts on yeasts, fermentation and malo-lactic conversion. Shea can tackle your geekiest winemaking questions!
October 16 – General Meeting: Taste the Gold: Top Medal Wines. SHW members are encouraged share their best wines that earned top honors in competitions. Bring your winemaking notes and talk about your techniques to crafting your recognized wines. $10 per person non-member.
October 26, Saturday – Harvest Dinner. Unwind from the harvest at dinner with fellow winemakers at Vince’s Ristorante in West Sacramento. Bring wines to share; corkage waived. Reservations required; details to follow.
November 20 – General Meeting: Sweets, Bubblies, Fortifieds, Fruits Evaluations. Guest Evaluator: Luke Laubaugh. Bring your wines – fruits, ports, fortifieds, bubbles, and experiments for tasting and evaluation. Luke, UC Davis Viticulture and Enology alum, is the assistant winemaker at Lodi’s St. Amant Winery.
December 15, Sunday – Annual Holiday Party. Embassy Suites, Old Sacramento. No general meeting in December. Details: Holiday Party Reservations 2019
January 15, 2020 – General Meeting: Chik Brenneman, winemaker and partner with Baker Family Wines in West Sacramento kicks off the first meeting of the new year and decade. Chik shares his thoughts and philosophy on all things winemaking. Who knows? Grower partner baseball legend Dusty Baker just might share the table with Chik! $15 per person for non-members.