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Home Winemaker Roundtable Discussion – C. G. Di Arie

Join A Roundtable Discussion With Chaim Gur-Arieh, Winemaker And learn some of his winemaking secrets.

Saturday, August 25, 2018. 2 Sessions: 11:00am & 1:00pm. Reservation needed due to limited seating.

C. G. Di Arie Tasting Room 19919 Shenandoah School Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669

Discussions will cover the following: Process of winemaking from harvest to cellar. Taste wine and learn about his style. Answer questions, discuss problems and potential solutions. Bring your wine for feedback & discussion.  Snacks will be served $25/per person.

RSVP: 530.620.6500 – Please no later than August 20.

See this flyer for the deets: Home Winemaker Roundtable C G Di Arie

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Absolutely Last Chance to Order 2018 SHW Crush T-Shirts

Logo Wear Guru Bob Peake is sending in SHW’s 2018 Crush T-Shirt order in on Friday, August 3 – crush shirts will be available for pick-up at the August 15 SHW meeting. 

Is your crush crew still doing without?  Use this 2018 Crush T Order Form BP (1) – contains shirt details,  and send Bob an email to let him know your order’s en route:  bobpeake@jps.net.

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Placer County Wine and Grape Association Home Winemaker Competition

Placer County Wine and Grape Association is accepting entries for their 13th Annual Home Winemaker Competition.  Award ceremony and BBQ are on August 4.  Entries are due August 1, 2018 by noon.  Visit here for additional information.

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Equipment Certification at Winemaking 101 – July 28

One of the perks of being an SHW member is the ability to rent the Club’s large pieces of wine making equipment including the destemmer-crusher and basket / rachet presses. Prior to renting, SHW requires members to be trained in the safe operation and cleaning protocol for this equipment.

At Winemaking 101 on Saturday July 28, SHW will be demonstrating the use and care of this equipment. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Members not participating in the workshop and wish to be certified to rent Club equipment can show up at any time before 1:00 p.m. for the run-thru. Equipment training and care is a part of the workshop for attendees.

If you are interested, please contact Christa Ring at 916 505-8247 and cmring@citlink.net.

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State Fair Home Winemakers Booth

Second call… The State Fair is less than two weeks away and there are still plenty of available slots to volunteer to staff the winemakers booth. Remember, each day you volunteer you will receive a complimentary parking pass and fair ticket. When you are not staffing the booth, you can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the fair! Visit the sign-up page.

Questions? Contact Robert Wharton at robert.wharton@hpe.com (his contact info can also be found on the sign-up page).

 

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Order Extra SHW Jubilee Award Ribbons

If you would like to order additional 2018 SHW Jubilee award ribbons, please contact Gin Yang at ginyangstaehlin@yahoo.com by noon on June 29 (Friday).  The ribbon order gets sent off on Friday evening.  “Best of’s” are $20 each and others are $8 apiece.

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Last Chance! Order 2018 SHW Crush T-Shirts by July 31

Harvest is just around the corner! Order your limited edition SHW Crush T-Shirts by July 31. See here for details and order form.

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State Fair Home Winemakers Booth

SHW club members are invited to participate again this year in staffing the home winemakers booth during the run of the California State Fair, July 13-29, at CalExpo. Each day of the fair offers three different shifts. Volunteers will be provided with a complimentary parking pass and fair ticket for the day volunteered.

Come early or stay late the day you volunteer so that you can take in the sights, sounds and smells of the State Fair. Visit the sign-up page.

Questions? Contact Robert Wharton at robert.wharton@hpe.com (his contact info can also be found on the sign-up page).

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June 20 SHW Meeting – Evaluation of Non-Bordeaux Reds

John Troiano, former SHW member and winemaker for Wreckless Blenders, is the meeting’s evaluator of member’s 2017 non-Bordeaux red wines. “Non-Bordeaux” for this meeting’s purpose are those varieties not grown in France’s Bordeaux region.  Bordeaux varieties include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, and petit Verdot.

If you made a red in 2017 other than what’s listed above, bring a couple 750 ml bottles to the meeting for evaluation.  John can help make your good wine better.  If you think it’s not so good, he can walk you through some fixes.  If you haven’t already bottled, please do so without adding sulfites (otherwise, all we’ll be tasting are the sulfites). Check in with Cellar Master Joe Morgan and complete the wine evaluation form at the meeting if you haven’t already done so (we’ll need 2 copies – one for you and one for John).

Thanks to everyone for bringing 2 glasses for your use.  We appreciate your help in setting up and cleaning up at the meetings. Please consume responsibly.

The June 20 meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.  Doors open slightly after 6:30 pm.

 

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2018 Jubilee Wine Competition Results

The 2018 SHW Jubilee wine competition results are in!

Best of Show – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Rob & Ester Pock

Best of Division Red Wines – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Rob and Ester Pock
Best of Division White Wines – 2016 Chardonnay – Donna Bettencourt
Best of Division Dessert Wines – 2016 Peach Port – Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley

156 wines were entered in 5 divisions with 6 panels of 3 judges each evaluating the wines. A complete list of awards can be found here:  AwardReport-2018 (3)

Awards (ribbons) are given for bronze winners and higher. If you would like to order extra ribbons at your cost, please contact Gin Yang at ginyangstaehlin@yahoo.com ASAP.

Thank you for competing and congrats to the winners!

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