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June 21 General Meeting – Red Bordeaux Evaluations

Guest evaluator and former SHW member Layne Montgomery will be evaluating members’ 2016 red Bordeaux varieties. Layne is the winemaker for m2 wines in Lodi. Details can be found on page 1 in the June 2017 Grapevine newsletter.

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Wanted: Your Funniest Wine Making Photos

Contact Prez Donna Bettencourt at

The 2017 California State Fair is preparing for its run from July 14-30. Sacramento Home Winemakers is again helping staff the fair’s home winemaking booth.

Part of the booth’s visuals is a video loop and this year, we’re hoping to fill that loop with home wine making photos – yours! So, scroll through your phones, thumb drives, fb pages and pick your favorite funniest shots and send them soon to Gin at  JPGs, please.

Did you miss the notice to sign up to volunteer for the home winemaking booth? More info here.

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2017 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival – Call for Participation

Contact Symphony Association President Charlie Schley by June 7.  He can be reached at (707) 279-2997, or

Members of the Lake County Symphony Association Wine Club are looking for home brewers and garage wine makers to participate in the 2017 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival taking place from noon-5pm on Saturday, June 17 at Lakeport’s Library Park. The Wine Club sponsors the event as a major fund- raiser for the Lake County Symphony and Youth Orchestra.

Each year, dozens of amateurs from throughout northern California show up to pour tastes of their home-made beverages, hoping to win a coveted “Peoples’ Choice” award from event attendees. There is no booth fee for the amateurs, who have until June 7 to sign up for this year’s festival. Amateur wine makers also have the opportunity to enter their creations for separate professional judging and the chance to win one of the wide range of ribbons offered. They are joined by many of Lake County’s leading commercial wineries, who, although not eligible for prizes (which are restricted to amateurs) nevertheless want to show their support for our fine local music.

Now in its 16th year, the Winefest (as it has been abbreviated) also attracts artists and artisans who offer their wares for sale, along with musicians who provide live entertainment for the entire festival.  Additionally, the Norcal Aircooled Group vintage car club will be on hand with more than four dozen collectable car owners showing off their unique antiques.

Adults eligible for tasting wines and beers are charged $25 at the gate, or $20 in advance, available through the Chamber of Commerce or most winery tasting rooms. There is no charge to visit the vendors or to explore the vintage automobiles.

Symphony Association President Charlie Schley urges potential amateur participants to contact him as soon as possible; June 7 is the cutoff date for entries. He can be reached at (707) 279-2997, or Additional information is available on-line at

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CA State Fair Home Wine Making Booth Volunteers

Contact Robert Wharton at for questions relating to the mechanics of using the sign-up page.  A link to his email address is also found on the sign-up page.

As announced at the recent SHW club meeting, Fred Millar is seeking volunteers to staff the home wine making booth at the upcoming run of the California State Fair, July 14-30.  Volunteers will be provided a complimentary fair admission ticket and parking pass for each day they volunteer which also entitles them to enjoy the fair before and/or after their shift is completed.  Please follow the directions on the sign-up page.

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Photographer Wanted – State Fair Home Wine Awards Ceremony

Contact Donna Bettencourt at
by May 30th if interested.

Photographer wanted
California State Fair Home Wine Awards Ceremony
June 3,  Saturday
1 pm – 4 pm
Cal Expo

Need someone with a decent digital camera to photograph the home wine awards event.  Photos will be used for State Fair publicity purposes.

This volunteer opportunity is an unique opportunity to taste some of the best home wines in the state.  Two entry tickets to event provided.

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Order Extra Jubilee Ribbons by May 25

Contact Gin Yang at or text 916 217-0294.

Interested in extra Jubilee ribbons? Please place your order by Thursday May 25. Best of divisions and show rosettes are $20 apiece. All others are $7 each.

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2017 Jubilee Wine Competition Results

Congratulations to all!

BEST OF SHOW – 2014 Red Blend (Portuguese Varieties) – Donna Bettencourt

Best of Division White Wine – 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley
Best of Division Red Wine – 2014 Red Blend (Portuguese Varieties) – Donna Bettencourt
Best of Division Blush / Rose Wine – 2016 Rose (Zinfandel) – Angie Cassidy
Best of Division Fruit / Exotic Wine – 2016 Stone Fruit (Cherry) – Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley
Best of Division Dessert Wine – 2014 Port (Portuguese Blend) – Thad and Heather Rodgers

Awards details: Award Report by Winemaker-2017 Jubilee(rev)

The stats:

Entries – 156 wines in 5 divisions.  No sparklers were entered.

16 Double-gold (10%)
31 Gold (20%)
72 Silver (46%)
23 Bronze (15%)
12 Honorable Mention (8%)

Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt is proud of members’ winemaking skills – 76% of the wines earned silver awards or better.  If  you didn’t pick up your judging sheets at the picnic, they’ll be at the June 21 SHW meeting.

If you’d like to purchase additional award ribbons, please email Gin Yang at or text 916 217-0294 by Thursday, May 25. 

President Donna Bettencourt thanks the 45+ volunteers who tirelessly dedicated this weekend to make the Jubilee wine competition a success. The front and back of the house were seamless in the competition’s execution. Special appreciation goes to: Competition Coordinator Henry Wilkinson;  Head Clerk Linda Skinner; Pit Master Thad Rodgers; Hospitality Chief Vickie Rosalli; Data Guru Bill Staehlin; and to the 15 wine judges.  The Club especially thanks Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt for her dedication and guidance in this competition.

Sunday’s Jubilee picnic and awards ceremony continued the weekend’s festivities.  Very special thanks are extended to Judy Pinegar for again offering her ranch for this annual event, and to chef John Lewis.  Appreciation goes to all who helped set up and clean up after the party.

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Jubilee Location

Jubilee Location:

Judy Pinegar Winery and Barn and Yard

Facebook  Location: “The Barn”

9195 Vista Ct, Loomis, CA 95650

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El Dorado County Fair 2017 Home Wine Competition Results

El Dorado County Fair’s 2017 Homemade Wine competition was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

SHW members did well!  Donna Bettencourt’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc earned a gold and and also Best White.  Bill Staehlin / Gin Yang’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon brought home a Gold award.

Congrats also go to Tom Ramme, Linda Clevenger / Seth Brunner, Gary Palmero, Terry Piazza-Perham, Pilar Millar, Fred Millar, and Danette and Ron Davis.

Here’s the complete list: 2017 El Dorado Co Home Wine Awards

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OMG Have you missed the best event of 2017? Jubilee Picnic is Coming Up!! Last Date to POSTMARK your reservation is TODAY May 4. 2017!!!

The Judging will be May 20, 2017, so the Jubilee Picnic will be Sunday May 21, 2017 …Mark your calendars. The location will be Judy Pinegar’s Back Yard and Barn as in past years. The actual picnic/BBQ will begin at 12 AM with the main course planned for about 1:30 PM. Please!! lend a hand with set up or clean up… call Judy at 916-224-6742.    Sign up today or rates come up!!

The club will provide BBQ meat, Chili Beans, French bread, and lots of water. All wines from the competition will be available for tasting, including the Golds and Best of Shows.  This year there will be 153 Bottles!!

Please bring a dish to share at the potluck: appetizer, salad, entree, or dessert according to the following list based of your last name (first initial): A – G = Salads or Sides (please large dishes – note no chili beans!); H –O = Appetizers; and P– Y = Desserts. I try to switch this around every year to keep it even!

Remember to bring your own  wine glasses.
For those of you who are new to the event, Judy’s place has 2 ½ acres with room to explore nature in the spring. Some of Judy’s lawn chairs are available, but club members should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or whatever if they want to be sure to have a place to sit on the lawn under the trees. The swimming pool also will be open, so bring your suit, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses (if it is warm enough!) in May maybe not so much, but even if it Rains, the barn will be open. We will have pop-up tents around and there is an upstairs to the barn also (billiards anyone?) !. The event is great fun, lawn games will be available, and the party sometimes goes until dark… so plan on making a day of it! Children and guests and pets are welcome!

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ Cut here an Mail_ _ __ _ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

YES! I will be attending the Jubilee Picnic and Wine Tasting:

(Price is the same as last year!) Great Food!

Name(s) ________________________________

Reserving by  May 5, 2017

____Number of Members @ $12 per person

____Number of NON Members @ $16 per person

____Number of children under 13 (free)

Reserving between  MAY 5, 2017 to May 12, 2017

____Number of Members @ $22 per person

____Number of NON Members @ $26 per person

____Number of children under 13 (free)

Send form and check to:

Jacque Fabian Brown, SHW Treasurer

1616 Berkeley Way, Sacramento, CA 95819


Jubilee Location:

Judy Pinegar Winery and Barn and Yard

Facebook  Location: “The Barn”

9195 Vista Ct, Loomis, CA 95650




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