Events Calendar 2018-19

General Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month, except for November and December when meetings are on the 2nd Wednesdays of those months, 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 6:30 PM; locations vary.  Contact President Joe McGillivray for more info:


January 3 Executive Board meeting.   Location: Sacramento.  All members welcome.

January 17  –  Central / Eastern European Wines.  Come with 2 glasses in hand as we learn about some of the oldest winemaking areas in the world.  Spend the evening with guest speaker Eric Danch with Blue Danube Wine as he shares winemaking history and the wines that are little known outside of eastern Europe.  No charge for SHW members; $10 per person for non-members.

February 7 – Executive Board meeting.  Location:  Davis.  All members welcome.

February 21 – 2017 White and Rosé Wines Evaluation.  Guest evaluator TBA.  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.

March 7 – Executive Board meeting.  Location:  Sacramento.  All members welcome.

March 21 – Round Table Red Wine Evaluation.  Bring a bottle of red wine  (at least 375 ml), yours or commercial, and let’s taste talk about it in a round table format. We’ll be using wine judging sheets to help get us going.  

April 18 – Corks and Closures.  Guest speaker:  Phil Durrett, ACIC Corks and Closures.  Learn about how corks are made and  the the latest developments in closures to protect your wines.

 April 28 – UC Davis Winery Tour, Picnic and Wine Tasting.   Starting at 10:30, tour UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology wine making facilities, then take a short jaunt to the Davis winery of Marcus and Jenny Meadows-Smith where we’ll enjoy  lunch and taste wines from Berryessa Gap.  Details to follow.

May 16 – Fermentation Whisperer.  Guest Speaker:  Shea Comfort.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get all of your fermentation questions answered.  Fermentatioa guy extraordinaire Shea Comfort is shares his expansive knowledge on wine making and will be on hand to answer other wine making questions.

June 9-10 – Jubilee!  Enter your best into the Club-exclusive wine competition.  Wine judging is on Saturday, June 9 with awards ceremony and picnic on Sunday, June 10.  Wine entry details can be found here.  Picnic registration form is here.

June 20 – Red Non-Bordeaux Varietals Wine Evaluation.  Guest evaluator:  John Troiano, winemaker for Wreckless Blenders.  Bring your 2017 red non-Bordeaux varieties for evaluation.

June 30 – Fruit Wine Making Workshop.  Learn to make wine from fruit (other than grapes) and veggies. Members only.  In Loomis. Details here

July 18 – Sustainable Vineyards.  Guest speaker:  Joaquin Fraga.  Learn about sustainable vineyard practices. 

July 28 – Winemaking 101.  Designed for new or rusty winemakers – learn the basics of making dry red and white wines.  Location:  Granite Bay.  Contact Gin Yang at if interested.

August 15 – Native and Ambient Fermentation.  Guest Speaker:  Ryan Sherman, Winemaker,  Fields Family Wines.  Come hear about Ryan’s experiences making wines with or without lab-created critters.

September 19 – Top Winners.  SHW members whose wines have earned gold and higher honors in this year’s competitions bring their winners for tasting and share their techniques and tips for crafting the best.

October 17Harvest Dinner,  Club Pheasant, West Sacramento.  See home page for details.

November 14 (please note that this is the SECOND Wednesday in November) – Ports, Fruits, Desserts, and Sparklers Evaluation.  Guest evaluator:  Vern Vierra and Luke Laubaugh, St. Jorge Winery.

December 12 (please note that this is the SECOND Wednesday in December) – Annual Holiday Dinner and Fundraiser.  Details in the November 2018 The Grapevine newsletter.

January 16, 2019 – 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, 2019 – Winemaking 201.  2 panels:  Harvest and Initial Adjustments, and Cellar Operations and Ageing.  Members only.  Look for details in December and January newsletters.

February 20, 2019 – 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.



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