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Forum: A Winemaker’s Perspective on Genetic Diversity

The Robert Mondavi Food and Wine Institute at UC Davis sponsors forums on food and wine sciences. On Tuesday May 14, 2019, the forum topic is “A Winemaker’s Perspective on Genetic Diversity” featuring a joint lecture delivered by Elisabeth Forrestel, a National Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, and Steve Matthiasson, owner of Matthiasson Wines will deliver the joint lecture.

Preceding the lecture is an optional tour of the Wolfskill Experimental Orchard home to the world’s most genetically diverse grape collection.  Details here.

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Last Call! Lake County Wine Weekend, July 12-14

David Hicks still has room for several more couples at his 5th edition of his Lake County Wine Weekend and tour on July 12/14th. David will be at the meeting Wednesday to describe the event to everyone and take sign ups. Read the entire description of this fun filled wine adventure:  AN INVITATION TO WINEMAKERS AND GUESTS OF.

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Calling For Entries – 2019 Alameda County Homemade Wine Competition

SHW Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt advises that Lodi lab and Amador 360 are drop off locations for this competition.

Alameda County Homemade Wine Competition entries open Friday, April 12th thru Friday, April 26th. Wine must be entered and delivered to a drop spot by Friday, April 26th unless you are delivering your wine to the fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4th from 10 am-noon in building Q. If delivering your wine, it must be entered online by April 26th.

Link to this catalog that shows you the wine categories and any other information you may need.

Here is the link to enter online:

You should enter the “2019 Alameda County Homemade Wine Competition”

The logo that shows says “The Spirit of Summer”.

Please do not enter the Alameda County Wine Competition on Enofileonline.
This is for Commercial wineries only.

As a reminder, when entering your wines it may ask for information you do not have such as a winery name, price of wine, or % of residual sugar. You can put in a 0 for the areas that ask for a number. If you make up a winery name, be sure to remember the exact name so that you can easily sign in next year. If you have entered through Enofileonline before, your winery/brand information will still be there.

Drop Spots are listed on the attached catalog as well.

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April 17 Meeting: Wine Entries, Wine Analysis, Crush T-Shirts

If you’re bringing your California State Fair home wine entries to Wednesday’s meeting, Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt reminds entrants that on-line registration and fees must be completed and bottles appropriately labeled before Cellar Master Joe Morgan and Thad Rodgers can accept your entries. Meet Joe and Thad in the Turn Verein back parking lot starting at 6:30 pm.

Cellar Master Joe will also be accepting Jubilee entries in the parking lot and upstairs at the meeting. Please seek out Niles Fleege at the meeting with your El Dorado County Fair home wine entries.

Are you wondering if your wines have completed their malo-lactic conversion? Spring is a good time to check for MLF progress especially with your 2018s. In addition to testing for MLF, resident chemist Bruce Currie performs others wine analysis for members for a nominal fee. Bring your wine samples to Wednesday’s meeting with this completed form.

Outfit you and your crew in style during crush!  Bring your 2019 SHW Crush T-Shirt order form to the meeting and look for Treasurer Bob Peake.

The April 17 meeting is Red Wine Roundtable discussion. Come with a bottle of your red wine along with your wine glass and let’s taste and talk about your wine. Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located a 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

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How Science Can Preserve the Ancient Art of Winemaking

Is winemaking art or science? Do we have a responsibility to preserve ancient winemaking practices, native varieties, and vineyards and wines known for their distinctive flavors?

The Klenz Wine Business Speakers series features an evening with vintner, physician and author Laura Catena, founder of the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina and whose family has been making wine in Argentina for over one hundred years.

May 29, 2019 7-8 pm
UC Davis – Robert Mondavi Institute

Details here.

This event is part of the Wine Klenz Wine Business Speakers series, which brings leading figures in the domestic and international wine business to the Robert Mondavi Institute for evenings of talks, insights, and unique perspectives about the wine industry.

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California State Fair Home Winemakers Competition Set-up

It’s only bud break and yet we are already thinking about the CA State Fair activities. Once again our club will be helping to set-up the cellar, check-in and reconcile the entries, and pull the flights for the Home Winemakers Competition.

To help out, go here or to

Questions?  Contact Robert Wharton at


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Orange County Fair Home Wine Competition – Local Drop Off Added

The Orange County Wine Society (OCWS) is accepting wine and wine label competition entries through May 27 for their 2019 competition.   Sacramento area’s Brewmeister, with locations in Folsom, West Sacramento and Roseville, has just been added as an entry drop off location; contact Brewmeister to arrange. See here for OCWS’ competition details.

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Ethiopian Food and Wine Dinner – April 28, 2019

Come for what promises to be a fun filled afternoon with friends sharing delicious food and wine in a casual, comfortable and relaxing environment. Join fellow home winemakers for a delicious buffet of Ethiopian foods in the heart of Sacramento.

Let’s see which wines compliment the uniquely spiced and earthy flavors of Ethiopia.  You are invited to bring your home wines to pair and share. Additionally, the owner of the restaurant is looking for help identifying a commercial wine that pairs well with the dishes served.  So, there will be a competition of sorts:  if you bring a commercial wine that really pairs well with Ethiopian food and if she decides to offer this wine at her restaurant, the person who brings that wine will receive a coupon for dinner for 2.

Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are included in the buffet. $20 per person inclusive of sales tax and gratuity.  No corkage fee so bring a variety of your wines.  Seating is limited to 20 people.

R.S.V. P. Fred Millar, as soon as possible:, or text or call 916 576-9596.

Wine Dinner
Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine
1704 Broadway
Sacramento 95818

April 28 (Sunday) 3 – 6 pm

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2019 SHW Jubilee – Wine Competition and Picnic

SHW is calling for entries starting April 17, 2019 for the Club’s members-only Jubilee wine competition.

Competition and Awards Picnic. This year, the wine competition is on Saturday, June 1 in Sacramento. The Awards Ceremony Picnic on the next day (June 2) is in Loomis at the winery of Judy Pinegar (deets on picnic to follow).

Entries and Dates. There is no charge for the first wine entry. Subsequent entries are $8 apiece. Please ensure paperwork is completed and the necessary fees are attached when submitting entries. A convenient way to enter is to bring your entries to the April 17 SHW meeting. Entries will be accepted outside of the meeting (see contact info below). Entry period is from April 17 through May 7, 2019.

The Fine Print and Paperwork. Rules, categories, and forms can all be found here. Rules and forms are also posted on the right side of the home page (click on 2019 Jubilee Wine Competition) on the SHW website.

Who To Contact. To make entry delivery arrangements outside of the April 17 meeting or for inquiries, please contact Competition Coordinator Donna Bettencourt at 916 548-3199 and

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April 17, 2019 General Meeting Program

April 17, 2019  General Meeting Program

Round Table Red Wine Evaluation:  Join your fellow home winemakers on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7 pm for our Monthly Program upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in Sacramento. There is additional parking in the back.

We will be evaluating reds, so everyone needs to bring a bottle of red wine, with preference for this year’s wine. This can be a split bottle if a new wine, or if you don’t have any this year’s wine bring an older one or a store bought wine is fine. We will be doing round table tasting focusing on the competition judging sheet. This will be educational and a lot of fun for everyone. Your wine will be poured for members at your table for evaluation, after the leader of the group pours their own wine and you all evaluate it with the judging sheets…

Bring 2 wine glasses for your use at the meeting. Your help in setting up and cleaning up at meetings is appreciated. Contact Vice President Terry Piazza-Perham if you have program questions: or 916 806-1621.

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