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August 16 Meeting Recap

What a fun night we had a last evening’s SHW meeting! Thanks to everyone who brought wines, winery ideas, and gadgets, welcoming our newest members and guests, supporting SHW activities, and interacting with the businesses who support SHW.

Forgot to make reservations for the August 26 Harvest Dinner at Frasinetti’s? You have until August 23 – find the reservation form in the August 2017 newsletter.

Congrats to Edward Hyde, a new SHW member, for purchasing the winning ticket for the 30-gallon Titan barrel raffle. Titan Barrel Works is extending a 15% discount to SHW members. Many thanks to Titan Barrel Works for their donation and to Thad Rodgers for coordinating the donation.

If you didn’t make it to the Brewmeister winemaking supplies table, they have several stores in the greater Sacramento area.

Your ideas and comments help shape your club. Board members and coordinators heard many suggestions from you last night – please keep the feedback coming and consider volunteering for a leadership role with SHW.  President Donna Bettencourt can be reached at

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August 16, 2017 SHW Meeting

Hey!   Dismantle the most innovative part of your winery and bring it to this Wednesday’s Gadgets, Gizmos and Barter.  This is the meeting where you get to show off the ideas you’ve put into place to make your winery work for you. 

Too big to drag through the door?  Take a picture of it and display it on a photo board or set up a digital slide show.  We’ll have the projector and a PC at the meeting.

Bring your wine things to barter – old winemaking magazines, too many of whatever you don’t use.

Bring your wine to trade!

Bring a quarter-zize photo of you and take home something that’s very usable.  Prez Donna has a fun project for everyone. 

If you ordered crush T-shirts, Bob Peake will bring them to the meeting so remember to pick up yours from him.  Didn’t get around to ordering a shirt?  Bob will have extra order forms.

The Harvest Dinner is on August 26 at Frasinetti’s Winery in Sacramento.  We’re extending the RSVP date to Wednesday so please bring your checkbooks or cash.  Reservation forms can be found in the August newsletter here.

The 30-gallon Titan barrel that we’re raffling at Wednesday’s meeting is en route.  This new barrel concept boasts a stainless body with wood heads and stave inserts.  We’re selling tickets at $5 each or 5 for $20.  Thank you for supporting SHW!

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street.  Remember to bring your wine glass and please consume responsibly.

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Sacramento’s Legends of Wine Event Seeks Volunteers

The Sac Event Crew is looking for volunteers to support September’s Farm-to-Fork events, including, Legends of Wine, on the West Steps of the Capitol, (Sept. 14th), F2F Festival on Capitol Mall, (Sept. 23rd) and the Tower Bridge Dinner, (Sept. 24th).

Some volunteer opportunities have already been posted with much more to come. Don’t miss out! Sign up early and often,


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Port Making Class – The Beverage People

The Beverage People in Santa Rosa is offering a port making class the evening of September 6.  More info here.


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Make Your Reservations for SHW’s August 26 Harvest Dinner

Contact Sue Summersett at

Kick off the 2017 harvest with a dinner filled with food, wine, and winemakers.  Join SHW on Saturday, Ausgust 26 at Frasinetti’s Winery in Sacramento.  Reservations are accepted through August 15.  Please use the reservation form found on page 8 of  July’s newsletter, The Grapevine.


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UC Davis Wine Executive Program

For those of you who may have future dreams of owning or managing  a commercial winery, the UC Davis Wine Executive Program helps winemakers understand the business side of the house. More info at this link.

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The 2017 Barbera Festival Seeks Volunteers

The Barbera Festival is on September 16, 2017 at Tera d’ Oro Winery in Plymouth in Amador County. The festival is still looking for a few more volunteers.

More about The Barbera Festival can be found here.  Proceeds benefit the Amador Community Foundation.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, please click on this link.


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Sonoma Valley Uncorked – Sonoma Home Winemakers

Sonoma Home Winemakers (the other SHW) invites Sacramento Home Winemakers to their 2nd annual “Sonoma Valley Uncorked” on September 17, 2017.  Sonoma Home Winemakers will be pouring their wines while event goers enjoy food and music.  Proceeds support Sonoma Plaza Kiwanis and Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.  Please see this link for tickets and more information.

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Last Week! Sign Up to Volunteer at State Fair Home Winemaking Booth

SHW is still seeking volunteers to staff the home winemaking booth at the California State Fair which runs through July 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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July 19 Meeting – Wine Additives and Their Effects

The July 19 SHW meeting is focused on Wine Additives and Their Effects. We’re going to be getting into a bit of geek-speak that can amp up both your wine chemistry knowledge and wines. We’ll do side by side by side comparisons of wine for Gum Arabic, Mannoproteins and a variety of tannins, and possibly gloucosidase. Please bring TWO wine glasses for your use.

Thank you for ensuring that everyone can enjoy our meetings: help set up and clean up, keep noise at a minimum while the speaker has the floor, and consume responsibly.

If you have photos to share for Henry Wilkinson’s July 23 Celebration of Life, please email them to Linda Clevenger at or bring them to the July 19 meeting.

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