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El Dorado Homemade Wine Competition

The El Dorado County Fair is accepting homemade wine entries for their Homemade Wine Competition from May 1-15.  Please see this link for the details.

 

 

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Prune at the Wolfskill Experimental Orchards

A message from SHW President, Robert Wharton…

This past Saturday I took advantage of the opportunity to help prune at the Wolfskill Experimental Orchards. It was a beautiful day, the song birds were active, and I’m working in a vineyard…a great way to unwind from my typically hectic work week.

While I was able to prune 45-50 vines in my six-hour stint, there are still hundreds more vines which need to be pruned. You can help prune starting at 9:00 a.m. weekdays (23-27 March) and 8:00 a.m. next Saturday (28 March). If you can count to one and know your left from your right, you are qualified. They will train you on the spot as to how to prune the vines. It’s not a race, everyone works at their own pace.

The vineyard is located at 4334 Putah Creek Road, Winters 95694. Drive down their tree-lined driveway, zig right then left around the building and park on your right under the olive trees. You will see vineyards in front of and behind you. If you have a favorite pair of loppers and work gloves, take them. Please leave your hand clippers at home as you cannot use them due to liability issues. Take a sack lunch if you plan to stay through the lunch hour (I ate my lunch while pruning vines). A good hat, sunscreen and lots of water is highly recommended. There is a porta potty there on site. They have loppers to use should you not have a pair or want to use yours.

Please drop an email to John Preece (John.Preece@ars.usda.gov) to let him know you are coming and on which day (they like to know when non-employees will be on the property).

Here is the link to the email blast sent out previously. 

 

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Cancelled – March 18 Meeting

From SHW President, Robert Wharton:

Hello Everyone.

In light of the current situation with the coronavirus/Covid-19, we, the Executive Board of the club has decided that it is best to cancel the regular March 18th SHW membership meeting held at Turn Verein. Since this is last minute, please share this information with your friends who might normally attend the meeting as well.

This same message will be blasted out to all members on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 16th, 17th and 18th, to help ensure all members receive this message.
Each month we will make the determination of holding or canceling the membership meeting given the status of the coronavirus/Covid-19 at that time.

Cheers…

Robert

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March 18 SHW Meeting Cancelled

From SHW President, Robert Wharton:

Hello Everyone.

In light of the current situation with the coronavirus/Covid-19, we, the Executive Board of the club has decided that it is best to cancel the regular March 18th SHW membership meeting held at Turn Verein.  Since this is last minute, please share this information with your friends who might normally attend the meeting as well.

This same message will be blasted out to all members on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 16th, 17th and 18th, to help ensure all members receive this message.

Each month we will make the determination of holding or canceling the membership meeting given the status of the coronavirus/Covid-19 at that time.

Cheers…

Robert

 

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Last Call – Paint and Sip Class

Don’t miss out on the creative energy in creating artwork for your wine labels.  Join the fun on this Saturday, March 14 in Sacramento when you’ll paint and sip the day away.  You bring snacks and wine and all of the paint supplies and canvas are provided. 

Email/text Donna Bettencourt no later than Thursday and bring your check with you on Saturday.  Reach Donna at donnab1045@gmail.com and 916 548-3199.

For more information, see this flyer: 1ST Annual Sacramento Home Winemakers Paint and Sip Workshop (3).

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Grape Pruning Opportunity – Wolfskill Experimental Orchards

The USDA germplasm repository at Wolfskill in Winters (near Davis) has an emergency need for people to help prune its grape collection. There are over 3000 varieties of grapes there.

John E. Preece, Ph.D. Supervisory Research Leader at USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository writes:

“…Normally, we hire a contractor to prune the grape collection at Wolfskill. We just learned that the contractor suddenly lost his crew to another contractor who offered them a higher wage. That makes it impossible to work another contractor through the system in time to get the grapes pruned in March.

We do not have enough staff to prune the grapes properly, so really could use your help, as well as any friends who would like to pitch in.

Since many people work during the week, we are going to set aside Saturday, March 21 as a grape pruning day.

Also, if you are available and can make it to Wolfskill on weekdays, we can use you.  It is a big job, there are about 150 rows and the more of you that can help us, the better chance that we can get them all pruned.

This is also a good chance to learn a lot about grapes.

If you are interested, please email me, so we get a count, can get volunteer forms together, and I can give you better details about what to bring, etc.

In advance, we really appreciate any help that you can provide.”

John Preece’s email is: John.Preece@ars.usda.gov.

Please let him know that you’re with Sacramento Home Winemakers.

More about Wolfskill Experimental Orchards can be found at https://ucanr.edu/sites/wolfskill2/The_land_and_Orchards/.

 

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Just a Few Seats Left – Paint and Sip Workshop

After a multi-year hiatus, this year’s SHW Jubilee brings back a wine label competition. You can win golds for both your wines and labels! Watch for the details on entering wines and wine labels into the Jubilee that takes place on June 13-14, 2020.

Get your label idea down on canvas at the first annual Paint and Sip Workshop on Saturday, March 14.

Painting supplies and canvas are provided; you bring the snacks and wine.

Class size is limited; current SHW members receive priority. Register for the Paint and Sip Workshop using this form: 1ST Annual Sacramento Home Winemakers Paint and Sip Workshop (3)

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Renew Dues by March 6 To Receive Winemaker Magazine Subscription

If you haven’t already, renew your dues or join by March 6, 2020 to receive a one-year print subscription (6 issues) to Winemaker magazine.

Current members can also subscribe to the magazine’s digital subscription at half-off. Contact Membership Co-Chair Gin Yang for the details:  ginyangstaehlin@yahoo.com or 916 217-0294.

If you have renewed or joined SHW, we appreciate your support!

 2020 SHW Membership Form

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Education Committee Meeting

The Education Committee is looking for new educational fermentations – technical topics for monthly meetings, different approaches, opportunities to blend education and social, and getting more of you as part of the mix.  The committee’s first 2020 meeting is on Friday afternoon, February 28 in Sacramento.

Terry Piazza-Perham and Gin Yang are co-chairing the committee.  Please contact them for the meeting’s details.  If you can’t make it to Friday’s gathering, contact them to share your thoughts and your availability for future meetings.

SHW 2020 Education Committee’s co-chairs:
Terry Piazza-Perham:   916 806-1621;  piazza-perham@att.net 
Gin Yang:  916 217-0294;  ginyangstaehlin@yahoo.com

 

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Paint and Sip Workshop – Saturday, March 14, 2020

Still scribbling on your wine bottles because you don’t have time to design a label?  No more excuses!  Get inspired at the first annual Paint and Sip Workshop on Saturday, March 14.  Painting supplies and canvas are provided; you bring the snacks and wine.

After a multi-year hiatus, this year’s SHW Jubilee brings back a wine label competition. You can win golds for both your wines and labels!  Watch for the details on entering wines and wine labels into the Jubilee that takes place on June 13-14, 2020.

Class size is limited; current SHW members receive priority.  Register for the Paint and Sip Workshop using this form:  1ST Annual Sacramento Home Winemakers Paint and Sip Workshop (3).

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