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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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Looking For Holiday Party Fundraising Coordinator

SHW’s annual Holiday Party, dinner and fundraiser, is planned for mid-December. Negotiations on the dinner details are just about finished – please watch for the announcement soon.

The festive event is in need of a Fundraising Coordinator for the silent auction.  With the help of volunteers who have experience in this fundraiser, the Coordinator would make the fundraising pieces come together.  We’re ready to play but need an organized leader to guide us. This is a once-a-year volunteer opportunity that makes a big impact. 

Could you be that person?  Please contact President Joe McGillivray at or 916 261-9438 as soon as possible.




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Update on October 26 Harvest Dinner

Make your reservations for the SHW Harvest Dinner on Saturday, October 26 using this updated form: Harvest-Dinner-2019-Reservations (1).  The event is at Vince’s Restaurant and Bar in West Sacramento.  See reservation form for the details.

See you there!

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SHW Harvest Dinner – October 26

Come and share your grape harvest adventures and your wines at SHW’s annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, October 26. Vince’s Restaurant and Bar in West Sacramento is preparing a special dinner to help us celebrate the season abundant with friends and grapes. Bring your reservations to SHW’s October 16 meeting. Event Coordinator Fred Millar can answer your questions:  Check out the specs here: Harvest Dinner 2019 Reservations

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Cellarmasters LA Home Wine Competition

Cellarmasters of Los Angeles invites home wine entries for their 46th Annual U.S. Amateur Wine Competition.  Entries due November 10.  Details here.

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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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