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January 15 SHW Meeting

This Wednesday’s meeting features winemaker extraordinaire Chik Brenneman who will talk about varietal characteristics of Syrah and will also bring 3 Syrahs for us to taste.  

Chik was a SHW member before embarking into the world of commercial winemaking. Progressing into higher education, as the Winemaker for UC Davis, Chik was instrumental in building a world class campus winery to further the education mission of UC Davis.  His most recent commercial adventure is with Baker Family Wines in West Sacramento where he’s the winery’s vintner and baseball legend Dusty Baker grows grapes for the brand.

Please bring 2 wine glasses to the meeting for your use; Club glasses are for guests. Also bring your 2020 membership forms and dues – look for Membership Co-Chair Christa Ring.  Thanks for helping set up and clean up at the meeting, and consuming responsibly.

Non-members:  $15 meeting charge.

2020 SHW Membership Form

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Holiday Party Reservations – Make Yours Now!

Don’t wait!

As President Joe McGillivray announced at the November meeting, reservations for the Club’s December 15 Holiday Party will NOT be accepted after December 8. No exceptions.

Please use this form to reserve your seats.

Direct questions to Fred Millar at or text 916 576-9596.

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Make Your Reservations – SHW Holiday Party on December 15

There’s still time to make your SHW Holiday Party reservations!  

This year’s soirée is at the Embassy Suites at the Sacramento River Waterfront.  Bring your wines to share and enjoy a festive Sunday evening with on the Embassy’s Terrace.  Reservations must be made by December 8 (no exceptions).  See this link for the details and reservation form.

Please direct inquires to Party Coordinator Fred Millar:  email to and text 916 576-9596.

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Make the SHW Holiday Dinner Party a REAL PARTY…stay the night!! No Designated Driver NecessaryI!

Dear Sacramento Home Winemakers and Guest,

The Embassy Suites is offering the Sacramento Home Winemakers  a special discounted rate for those attending our Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December 15th at the Embassy Suites.

Everything is setup and ready to go for guests to begin making their lodging reservations for the evening of December 15, 2019  for the Sacramento Home Winemakers event!

Below is a list of three ways that guests can make their lodging reservations:

  1.  Go to the following web page address at:
  2. Visit and make a reservation using the group/convention code: SHW.
  3. Call(916) 326-5000 and let the Front Desk Agent know you would like to make a reservation under the Sacramento Home Winemakers discounted rate.

Please keep in mind that all reservations must be in by: December 6, 2019.

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Winemaker of the Year Competition

SHW’s Winemaker of the Year (WOY) competition gets more fierce every year. The annual award, named for winemaker extraordinaire Rex Johnston, recognizes the winemaker whose wine(s) earned a cumulation of top honors.  The Chief Judge reminds all that 2019 WOY entries are due by November 30, 2019.

Please see here for the details. Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt can be contacted at

Good luck!

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November 20, 2019 Meeting

Luke Laubaugh, with for St. Amant Winery in Lodi is this Wednesday night’s guest evaluator. Bring two 750 ml bottles of your fruit, port-style, fortified and sparkling wines for evaluation. The meeting’s wine evaluation form helps organize your wine’s fermentation and ageing adventure so complete that for each of the wines you’re bringing for evaluation.

SHW’s annual holiday party is on Sunday, December 15. We’ll be accepting reservations at the meeting so don’t forget to bring your party form and check/cash.

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento. Thanks for consuming responsibly.

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SHW Bylaw Amendment Proposal

The SHW Bylaws have been dusted off and updated. Two different versions (same base content) are available for your review. One copy contains all the proposed mark-ups (called <track changes> in MSWord). The other has been simplified to show only the proposed bylaws going forward and the major changes are highlighted in yellow. The proposed bylaw amendments will be voted upon at the upcoming November 19th club meeting. If you will not be present but would like to register a proxy vote, please contact Gin Yang, Questions or concerns, please contact Robert Wharton,

SHW Constitution and Bylaws Update Proposal 20191106 (1)

SHW Constitution and Bylaws Update Proposal 20191106 no markup (1)

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SHW Holiday Party – December 15

Make your reservations for SHW’s annual holiday party for Sunday, December 15. This year’s party is at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade near Old Town Sacramento.

The evening’s program includes recognizing outgoing board members. The Board of Directors will be presenting the Club’s annual awards to members or the community for their outstanding contributions. The Chief Judge will also reveal the 2019 Winemaker of the Year.

The Embassy will be preparing a unique buffet dinner for the party. Thus, please make your reservations / pay by December 8. Please note that no refunds or new reservations can be made after that date. For your convenience, we’ll be accepting your reservations at the November 20 SHW meeting. 

Here’s the link to the reservation form: Holiday Party Reservations 2019

For partyers, the Embassy is offering guest rooms at a special rate that evening. For the details, please text or email Fred Millar: 916 576-9596 or

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Last Call – October 26 SHW Harvest Dinner

There’s still a few seats left for SHW’s Harvest Dinner for this coming Saturday evening October 26. Vince’s Ristorante in West Sacramento is preparing a special dinner featuring dishes that aren’t on their menu. To reserve your seats, please contact Fred Millar via email or call/text 916 576-9596.  More details here.

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October 16 Meeting – Taste the Golds

Hey, Winemakers! Are your future gold medal wines settling down in your cellars?  Take a step back and come to SHW’s October 16 meeting when you’ll can taste several gold medal winners and chat with the winemakers for tips on how they made such good wine. 

If your wines have earned top honors and you’d like to share, bring a couple of bottles and ping VP Terry Piazza-Perham to let her know what you’re bringing:  916 806-1621 or

  •  Please bring your own wine glass.
  •  $10 per person for non-members.  If joining SHW anytime between October and December, Club dues are prorated.  Non-members can join in October for $12.50 (household membership)  and enjoy SHW meetings and activities until the end of 2019.  See Membership Co-chairs Christa Ring or Gin Yang at the meeting.
  •  If you haven’t already, bring your reservations/$ for the October 26 SHW Harvest Dinner.  Vince’s Ristorante in West Sacramento offers a special menu for the evening.  Details and form can be found here.   Questions?  Contact Fred Millar at
  • Thanks for helping with meeting set up and clean up, and for enjoying responsibly.




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