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TASTE: Wine, Art, Beer and Music – UC Davis Event

University of California Davis’ annual TASTE event highlights the region’s foods and beverages as participants stroll the grounds near the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and enjoy the art exhibits in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Schrem Musuem of Art. 

The Oct 19, 2019 event includes tastings from eateries, breweries, and wineries.  SHW is proud to be a partner in this event by pouring wines made by SHW members. If you are interested in donating your wines, please contact Seth Brunner at

You can also support this event by enjoying the evening on the campus.  Registration details can be found here.

SHW recognizes the contributions of the UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology by offering an annual scholarship to a UCD V&E student.  SHW also offers discounted Club membership for all UCD V&E students.


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River City Wine Week

Wine on your mind? Check out Sacramento’s inaugural River City Wine Week, August 7-11.

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Beginning Winemakers Group Crush – Tinta Roriz

If you’ve taken SHW’s Winemaking 101 (or equivalent), OR after a vintage or two you’re still struggling with winemaking, this Club activity can get you on the path to making good wines.

The Specifics:

Beginning Winemakers Group Crush •  This mentored group crush brings together new and novice winemakers where we crush together and participants ferment their batch in their home winery.  If fermentations finish around the same time, the group may reassemble at the crush pad for a pressing party.  This activity is for SHW members only.

Tinta Roriz • This year’s group crush will be making Tinta Roriz, a Portuguese grape that’s known as Tempranillo in Spain. We’ve partnered with St. Jorge Winery in Acampo for a couple of tons of grapes.

Vineyard Walk and Lodi Wine Labs Field Trip  • The  vineyard walk at St. Jorge Winery is scheduled for Saturday, August 24.  You’ll get to check out the grapes and also meet St. Jorge’s winemaker, Luke Laubaugh. The vineyard walk is optional but recommended.  • We’ll also visit Lodi Wine Labs where you’ll get acquainted with the yeast, chemicals and other additives to get you started in winemaking.

The Crush  • We’ll try to schedule the crush for a Saturday and give you as much head notice as possible – Nature makes the call on when the grapes are ready for harvest.  • The grapes will be picked for us.  • Thad Rodgers and Joe Morgan will haul the grapes to Joe’s driveway/crush pad in Citrus Heights and everyone participates in the group crush.  • At the crush, Thad will go over some chemistry.  • Between now and crush, connect with a group crush mentor to guide you in making a wine you’ll be proud of: Thad Rodgers, 916 715-3688; Joe Morgan 916 439-7205; or Joe McGillivray 916 261-9438.

If you’d like to participate (for beginning/newer winemakers only)    • Reserve your quantity: contact Gin Yang at with the amount of grapes you’d like. We suggest purchasing a minimum of 125 lbs of grapes = 6 to 7+ gallons freshly pressed  = 5 gallons finished wine (25 bottles).   Only two tons are available so reserve early.  • Cost: the grapes will probably run about $1 lb and includes picking crew, transportation, renting crusher, testing, etc.

Your Commitment 

•  Once you commit to buying the grapes, you are responsible for payment and getting the grapes.

•  If you aren’t available on crush day, please find someone to get your must (crushed grapes) and help with crush/clean-up.

•  Because Nature doesn’t know your social calendar, stay available by not scheduling unbreakable commitments during harvest season weekends (late August to mid-October). 

•  You’re responsible for your own transportation and containers to transport the must to your home winery. Please note that the liquid-like must is prone to uncontrolled sloshes and makes the stickiest messes in cars.

•  Be prepared with your basic winemaking ensemble, and basic chemicals (yeast, yeast nutrient, tartaric acid, malo-lactic bacteria and nutrient, SO2/KMBS/potassium metabisulfite).  A “Resources” list has been supplied to WM 101 participants; contact Gin if you would like one emailed.   

• Lodi Wine Labs has several chemical items “carboy sized” and offers a 5% discount on retail items (call first for availability). 

•  If you are participating and you don’t receive periodic communications on this activity, please contact your mentor.



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Last Call CA State Fair Winemakers Booth

The 2019 CA State Fair is in its final week. We still need volunteers to staff several of the remaining shifts this week and weekend. While it might be 95+ degrees outside, CalExpo has the thermostat turned way down in the area of the booth! Remember that volunteering entitles you to free parking and a gate pass for each volunteer. Many thanks to those of you who have helped staff the booth.


To volunteer… click here (

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PCWGA Home Winemaker Wine Competition – Invitation to Compete

The Placer County Wine and Grape Association invites all surrounding area home winemakers to enter their 14th Annual Home Winemaker Competition. Entry deadline is July 29, 2019. Wines will be judged on August 1 followed by the awards ceremony and dinner on August 2. Please see here for the details.

Questions?  Contact Satt Bains at 530 300-2861 and

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CA State Fair Booth – Volunteer Opportunity

As mentioned in last night’s SHW member meeting, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the CA State Fair Winemakers booth. Since we, the club, are compensated for our services in assisting with the home winemaking activities for the State Fair, there is an expectation that we staff the booth from fair opening until about 8:30 p.m. each day. Remember that for each day you volunteer, you receive a complementary parking pass and gate ticket.

Come early, stay late…enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the State Fair before and/or after your shift. Questions? Contact Robert Wharton at To sign-up, please go here  (

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Fruit Wine Class # 2!

Fruit Winemaking Class (for those of you that missed it the first time)


Date:           Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time:          10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (approx)

Location:    Judy’s Barn, 9195 Vista Ct. Loomis CA 95650

Cost:            Free to Club Members, $10.00 for Non Menbers

Bring:          Any fruit wine you have made, and a Potluck Dish to share with others.

Provided:    Class Materials, Fruit to Start Processing, Fruit Wine to rack, filter and bottle.                        Go home with a bottle of wine!

 “Remember making fruit wine is not as easy as regular grape wine, it truly is a labor of love and a lot of work, but oooh the results!!”


  1. The Fruit
  2. The Process, Freezer, other processing when thawed, Nutrients/ingredients, Yeast, Small yeast starter.
  3. How to make like White Wine in small quantities
  4. Racking and Fining
  5. Sweetening, Stabilizing
  6. Filtering and Bottling
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July 17 Meeting – Gadgets and Gizmos

Smart, ingenious, and adaptable – that’s us home winemakers! Show us how you’ve made it work in your home winery – haul in your gadgets and gizmos to this Wednesday’s meeting, July 17. If you’d like, bring a bottle of wine to share (bring your wine glass, too) and let’s talk and learn about your invention.

SHW Jubilee ribbons will be at the July 17 meeting for you to pick up. Make space for them in your winery!

Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein meeting hall located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

Meeting questions? Please contact VP Terry Piazza-Perham at 916 806-1621.

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SHW Rental Equipment Training – July 27

Harvest is just around the corner!

If you’re planning to rent the Club’s wine making equipment, you’ll need to be certified in the use and care of the destemmer-crusher and basket presses.  We’ll be offering the short training at Winemaking 101 on Saturday, July 27.

Let us know that you’re coming for equipment training only by using the form on the right side of SHW’s home page or text/call Gin Yang at 916 217-0294.





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Shifts Still Available – CA State Fair Home Winemaking Booth

There are still several shifts available at the SHW Winemaker booth at the CA State Fair opening this Friday. Some people don’t realize that our club is financially compensated to staff the booth during the run of the fair…to the tune of about $1,500. Working a shift provides you with a complementary parking pass and gate pass. Please lend a hand by helping to staff the booth.

Questions? Contact Robert at To sign-up go here (

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