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February 20 Meeting – Austrian and German Wines

Dust off and pack 2 wine glasses for the February 20 SHW meeting to learn about and taste Austrian and German wines.  Wine maker Scott Harvey guides us through this unique evening of central European wine making history, techniques, varietals, and styles. 

No charge for current members; $15 for non-members.

If you haven’t remitted your 2019 dues ($50), bring them to the meeting – we’ll have membership forms for your use.  Activate your membership by March 1, 2019 and receive a 0ne-year 6-issue print subscription+ digital access to Winemaking magazine ($40 value).  Thank you for your support!

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street, Sacramento.  Your help to set-up and clean-up, and consuming responsibly is appreciated.

Please contact Vice President Terry Piazza-Perham with meeting questions at 

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Nevada Vines and Wines Home Wine Competition

Nevada Vines and Wines invites SHW members to enter their annual home wine competition.  The contest is open to Nevada residents and neighbors residing within 100 miles of Nevada’s state border.  Entries are accepted February 22 – March 18, 2019.  Click here for the details.

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Lake County Wine Tour

5th Annual Lake County Wine Tour and Tasting Weekend, July 12-15, 2019, hosted by David Hicks

SHW member David Hicks has again organized a relaxing weekend of Lake County wineries and scenery and invite SHW members to enjoy the best in Lake County wines and scenery. If you haven’t been wine tasting in Lake County, you’ve been missing out! David has changed the format from previous years’ tours and the details are outlined here: 



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Enter The Bottleshock Open Home Wine Competition

Entries to The Bottleshock Open will be accepted through February 8 at drop-off locations and through February 15 at the Cellar (Woodbridge Winery). Please see here for the competition’s details.

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Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Exhibits Passes Available

SHW has just a few Unified Wine and Grape Symposium “Exhibits Only” passes available. The symposium is at the Sacramento Convention and the exhibits are open January 30-31. If you’re interested, please text / call Gin at 916 217-0294 or email $10 per pass. SHW members only, please.

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CANCELLED – January 16 SHW Meeting

The Sacramento region’s weather forecast / warning for Wednesday is a wet and increasingly windy storm. SHW President Joe McGillivray, concerned for the safety for both you and our guest speakers, has CANCELLED the January 16 meeting.  We hope to enjoy Scott Harvey’s Austrian and German Wines presentation at SHW’s February 20 meeting.

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Austrian and German Wines – January 16 Meeting

SHW kicks off 2019 with the return of Scott Harvey, owner and winemaker of Scott Harvey Wines. With over 40 years of winemaking experience both in the States and Europe, Scott artfully blends food-friendly old and new wine styles. Bring 2 wine glasses for you and come learn about and taste Austrian and German wines. No charge for members; $15 per non-member.

If you haven’t already, join or renew your annual Club membership. More membership info and 2019 membership form can be found here.

Dick Minnis, wine judge, author, and home winemaker, will be at the January 16 meeting to invite SHW members to enter their wines in The Bottleshock Open, an educational home wine competition. The competition is now accepting entries and we make it easy for you to submit your best – Dick can deliver your bottles with completed paperwork and entry fees.

Dick also wants to share information about a barrel, whom his distillery neighbor uses, that has a stainless body with wooden heads. He will bring a model to the meeting for us to check out, and please do so at the end of the meeting.

The January 16 meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

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Winemaking 201 Workshop – Saturday, January 26

So, you’ve made wine for 3-4 years and you’re wondering if you’ve covered the essential steps or question whether your wine could be better.

This could be the workshop for you. At WM-201, experienced home winemakers provide you with feedback to your questions. Panel #1 focuses on The Harvest and Initial Adjustments. Panel #2 shares the next steps in Cellar Operations and Ageing.

At this workshop, ask your “whys” and “what ifs”.  Session runs from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 26 at Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave, Sacramento. $10 for SHW members. Contact Bruce Currie to register: and 916 947-3358.

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The Bottleshock Open – Now Accepting Entries

The Bottleshock Open is now accepting home wine entries for competition.

Below are the competition’s important dates plus links to entry forms and additional information.  

Bring your wines entries along with the labeled bottles and necessary entry paperwork/checkes to SHW’s January 16 meeting and a competition representative can accept and deliver your entries.

Monday, January 7, 2019: First day for accepting entries for The Bottle Shock Open!

Friday, February 8, 2019: Last day to accept wines at all Drop-off locations

Friday, February 15, 2019: Last day to accept wines at the Cellar (Woodbridge Winery)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Competition to be held at Viaggio Winery in Lodi (Not open to the public or entrants)

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Awards Ceremony – Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Details to follow)

Click here for the Entry Form:

Click here for the Handbook:

Click here for more information:

Questions? Contact Aaron Kidder (209) 969-9296.

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Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Exhibits

The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium is the largest wine and grape industry trade show biggest in North America.   The Sacramento Convention Center hosts this event annually and this year the symposium runs January 29-31. 

The vendor exhibit show is a fun way to learn about new developments and products related to wine making and grape growing.  SHW has a limited number of January 30-31 “exhibits only” passes available for members only.  SHW requests a $10 donation per pass to benefit the Club.  

To get on the waiting list (no guarantees), please contact Gin Yang at or text 916 217-0294.

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