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CANCELLED – January 16 SHW Meeting

The Sacramento region’s weather forecast / warning for Wednesday is a wet and increasingly windy storm. SHW President Joe McGillivray, concerned for the safety for both you and our guest speakers, has CANCELLED the January 16 meeting.  We hope to enjoy Scott Harvey’s Austrian and German Wines presentation at SHW’s February 20 meeting.

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Austrian and German Wines – January 16 Meeting

SHW kicks off 2019 with the return of Scott Harvey, owner and winemaker of Scott Harvey Wines. With over 40 years of winemaking experience both in the States and Europe, Scott artfully blends food-friendly old and new wine styles. Bring 2 wine glasses for you and come learn about and taste Austrian and German wines. No charge for members; $15 per non-member.

If you haven’t already, join or renew your annual Club membership. More membership info and 2019 membership form can be found here.

Dick Minnis, wine judge, author, and home winemaker, will be at the January 16 meeting to invite SHW members to enter their wines in The Bottleshock Open, an educational home wine competition. The competition is now accepting entries and we make it easy for you to submit your best – Dick can deliver your bottles with completed paperwork and entry fees.

Dick also wants to share information about a barrel, whom his distillery neighbor uses, that has a stainless body with wooden heads. He will bring a model to the meeting for us to check out, and please do so at the end of the meeting.

The January 16 meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.

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Winemaking 201 Workshop – Saturday, January 26

So, you’ve made wine for 3-4 years and you’re wondering if you’ve covered the essential steps or question whether your wine could be better.

This could be the workshop for you. At WM-201, experienced home winemakers provide you with feedback to your questions. Panel #1 focuses on The Harvest and Initial Adjustments. Panel #2 shares the next steps in Cellar Operations and Ageing.

At this workshop, ask your “whys” and “what ifs”.  Session runs from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 26 at Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave, Sacramento. $10 for SHW members. Contact Bruce Currie to register: and 916 947-3358.

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The Bottleshock Open – Now Accepting Entries

The Bottleshock Open is now accepting home wine entries for competition.

Below are the competition’s important dates plus links to entry forms and additional information.  

Bring your wines entries along with the labeled bottles and necessary entry paperwork/checkes to SHW’s January 16 meeting and a competition representative can accept and deliver your entries.

Monday, January 7, 2019: First day for accepting entries for The Bottle Shock Open!

Friday, February 8, 2019: Last day to accept wines at all Drop-off locations

Friday, February 15, 2019: Last day to accept wines at the Cellar (Woodbridge Winery)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Competition to be held at Viaggio Winery in Lodi (Not open to the public or entrants)

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Awards Ceremony – Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Details to follow)

Click here for the Entry Form:

Click here for the Handbook:

Click here for more information:

Questions? Contact Aaron Kidder (209) 969-9296.

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Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Exhibits

The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium is the largest wine and grape industry trade show biggest in North America.   The Sacramento Convention Center hosts this event annually and this year the symposium runs January 29-31. 

The vendor exhibit show is a fun way to learn about new developments and products related to wine making and grape growing.  SHW has a limited number of January 30-31 “exhibits only” passes available for members only.  SHW requests a $10 donation per pass to benefit the Club.  

To get on the waiting list (no guarantees), please contact Gin Yang at or text 916 217-0294.

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Holiday Party Auction Highlights

Hey, Party Animals!

The SHW Holiday Party is next Wednesday! Below are a few auction item highlights:

Tahoe Donner Cabin (Truckee) – 3 days and 2 nights. Donated by Robert and Darcy Wharton.

36-Bottle Wrought Iron Wine Jail. Donated by Brad and Tina Melin.

Award winning wines donated by David Blitstein (California State Fair Gold Bear Winner), Donna Bettencourt, Kevin Lemay, Gary and Melody Palmero, and Richard Mirrabella.

Wine tasting at Great Bear Vineyards in Davis, boutique winery of Marcus and Jenny Meadows-Smith.

2 nights in San Francisco’s Worldmark Vacation Condo. Donated by Judy Pinegar.

Wine themed metal art. Donated by Cori and Joe Morgan.

Champagne and glass champagne cooler. Donated by Vickie Rosalli.

Ravioli making party. Donated by Al and Peggy Piccardo.

Party: Wednesday, December 12. Social starts at 6 PM and buffet dinner begins at 7 PM. Please bring wine to share.   See you upstairs at the Turn Verein at 3349 J Street in Sacramento.

Robert Wharton is the auction’s proxy if anyone who cannot attend wants to bid. His phone number is 916 223-4289.

Auction items: Vickie Rosalli at and 916 342-1099.
Dinner reservations: Fred Millar, call / text 916 576-9596.

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Get Your Holiday Party Reservations In By December 5!

Have you made your dinner reservations for SHW’s Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 12?  

If not, please make your reservations by this Wednesday, December 5 using this form:  Holiday Party Reservations 2018

Please call / text Fred Millar at 916 576-9596 with questions.

At the dinner, we’ll be presenting the Club’s annual awards and the Winemaker of the Year Award. 

Guests are welcome!  


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SHW Holiday Party Reservations

Remember to make your reservations for the Annual Holiday Party is on Wednesday, December 12 at the Turn Verein. Seating is limited. Click here for the details and reservation form.

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November 14 Meeting – Ports, Fruits, Desserts Evaluation

Have you recovered from the long harvest season?

Mellow out some more – come next Wednesday, November 14, to SHW’s monthly meeting for the evaluation and tasting of members’ port, fruit, and dessert wines.  Guest evaluators are St. Jorge Winery’s owner Vern Vierra and winemaker Luke Laubaugh.

This is also the Club’s annual meeting when the 2019 executive board members are elected.  The slate of nominees will be in the November 2019  newsletter due out very soon.  The Board of Directors will also be accepting nominations from the floor so get more involved with SHW and throw your name into the hat!

The annual Club holiday party is on December 12 (also second Wednesday of the month).  The deets on that festive evening to follow soon.

Bring a couple of wine glasses for your use at next Wednesday’s meeting.   Questions about the meeting?  Please contact Vice Prez Terry Piazza-Perham at 916 806-1621 and


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October 17 SHW Harvest Dinner Reservations

If you missed the October 5 deadline to send in your reservations for the Harvest Dinner at Club Pheasant, no worries!

Please email VP Terry Piazza-Perham or leave her a text to let her know that you’re coming. Terry’s contact info: and 916 806 1621.

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