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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 (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 ASAP.

Thank you for competing and congrats to the winners!

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2018 SHW Crush T-Shirts – Order Yours

Harvest will be here before we know it!  SHW again offers for a limited time, the almost annual,  almost exclusive, SHW Crush T-shirt. 

You’ve seen members wear these shirts around – at meetings, on vineyard walks, out getting beer for their crews.   These shirts are a fun way to get YOUR crush crew excited about helping you on the weekends – load, pick, unload, crush, wash, press, wash, wash, wash – show them that you’re grateful for their help by making sure they don’t stain their wardrobe on your behalf.

Order your Crush T-shirts no later than July 31.  We’re making only one run of these, so don’t miss out this year.  Shirts will be delivered at the August 15 meeting. 

Use the order form below.  Contact Bob Peake if you have any questions:  Order form:  2018 Crush T Order Form BP (1)


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Do You Want to Learn How to Make Fruit Wine??

Well then this is your class! Taught by Judy Pinegar (a 30+ year member of the club) and Angie Cassidy, an experienced fruit wine maker under Judy’s tutelage. 

DATE :  June 30, 2018 (Saturday)

TIME : 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, or so!

LOCATION :  Judy Pinegar’s Barn and Yard, 9195 Vista Ct. Loomis, CA 95650 (of Jubilee Picnic Fame)

BRING : A Potluck Dish, something for notes, and maybe a little wine? (fruit preferred)

PLAN: 1.5 hours of classroom style presentations and handouts, Lunch with fruit wine!, 1.5 hours of hands on experience with fruit or vegetable wines in various stages, starting, preparing, racking, and bottling some fruit wine, go home with a bottle and Taste Everything You Can! Tested recipes for fruit wines will be provided to take home!!

NO FEE for PAID SHW Members

LIMIT: 14 people

REGISTER : By sending an e-mail to If this class fills up fast, more will be offered (don’t worry)!



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Clos du Lac – Cabernet Franc Tasting and Competition

The cabernet franc grapes from Clos du Lac Vineyard in Loomis are sought out by both commercial and home winemakers.  The vineyard is hosting a cabernet franc tasting and competition on the day of this year’s cabernet franc harvest. If you are a home winemaker and you made cabernet franc from Clos du Lac’s vineyards from a couple of years ago, they’re looking for you.

Please contact Ron Loder for the details. Ron can be reached at 916 417-3085.


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May 16 Meeting – Fermentation

Shea Comfort, The Yeast Whisperer, is this Wednesday’s meeting speaker.  Shea plans to talk everything about fermentations and will also take questions on other aspects of winemaking from the floor.  The meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento. 

Bring a bottle of wine to share if you’d like – don’t forget your wine glass.  Your help in setting up and cleaning up at the meeting is appreciated.  Please consume responsibly.

May 16 is also the last day to enter SHW’s wine competition, The Jubilee.  The cellar master will be accepting entry wines at the meeting.  Enter with a 750 ml bottle and the required forms and fees.  The first entry is free!  Click on this link for the details.

Are one of your wines smelling or tasting a little funky?  Ed Shepard, the evening’s pro in the know, can help troubleshoot your wine at the meeting.  Find him in the room’s southeast back corner.   


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Port Group Buy: St. Jorge Winery Vineyard Walk – May 12

Vern Vierra at St. Jorge Winery in Lodi has committed to hosting a port group buy, and he is wanting a quantity from the group by mid-May. He is giving us first chance to purchase before putting the fruit on the market.

Vern and Jenice are offering to host a vineyard walk this coming Saturday, May 12th at 9:00 am. Address is 22769 Bender Rd. Acampo, CA. 95220.  The walk includes touring the vineyard while Vern discusses the vines and history of Portuguese grapes, and then it’s on to tasting each individual port variety, paired with cheese.

Here is a link to a recent piece from the Stockton Record about St. Jorge Winery’s ports. 

The following grapes and prices are what Vern uses in his Portuguese port.

Tinta Cao – .60 per pound

Touriga National – .60 per pound

Tinta Roriz – .60 per pound

Souzao – .80 per pound only 1500 lbs available

Trincaderia – .60 per pound

You will also have the opportunity to taste and purchase St. Jorge’s white port,
Mideira, made with Verdelho. This variety is also available for purchase.

Please let Thad Rodgers know if you plan on attending asap so that the winery can plan for the size of the group. Thad’s contact: 916 715-3688 and


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Jubilee Entries Due May 16!

Hey! There’s only a couple of weeks left to enter your wines into the 2018 SHW Jubilee Club-only wine competition. Last day to enter is Wednesday, May 16.  This year’s Jubilee is weekend is June 9-10 with the wine competition is on Saturday and the awards – picnic on Sunday.

Only one 750 ml bottle is required to enter. The first wine entry is free and additional entries are only $8 each.

Entries will be accepted by Cellar Master Joe Morgan at SHW’s May 16 meeting. Can’t make it to the meeting? Deliver wine entries to Joe Morgan at 916 439-7205 (Roseville area), Donna Bettencourt 916 548-3199 (Sacramento area), or Thad Rodgers at 916 715-3688 (Auburn area).

The Brewmeister, beer and wine making supply stores in Folsom, Roseville, and West Sacramento continues to support SHW awarding a $100 gift certificate to the Best of Show winner.

Entry forms can be found here and also on the right side of the SHW website at

Make your reservations for the awards – picnic on Sunday, June 10.  You’ll get to taste the competition’s wines.  You bring a side dish, chairs, more wine, the kids.  SHW provides the entree, beans, dining acctrements, and water. Click here for picnic reservation form.



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Malbec, Zinfandel, Syrah Vineyard Walk – May 12

One of this year’s Group Buys is from the vineyard that used to supply Putah Creek Winery. The vineyard was sold last year, and the good news for us is the grapes are now being offered to SHW members.

Joaquin Fraga, the vineyard consultant, offered to give a vineyard walk at the aforementioned vineyard (now known as Willowbank Station) and the adjacent vineyard (Reitan) which he also manages.

Date: May 12, (Saturday); 9:30 AM
Location: 9518 Drummond Lane, Davis CA 95618
Please RSVP to so that Joaquin knows how much wine to bring for tasting.

Malbec is available at Willowbank Station and Zinfandel and Syrah are available from Reitan vineyards.  All grapes are $0.75 lb, 1,000 lbs minimum.  Higher price if harvested.


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