Category Archives: Meetings & Events

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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Make Your Harvest Dinner Reservations by October 5

If you haven’t already, send in your reservations by this Friday (October 5) for SHW’s October 17 Harvest Dinner at Club Pheasant.  The dinner is in place of October’s monthly meeting.

Here’s the Harvest Dinner reservation form:  2018 Oct 17 Harvest Dinner.

Questions?  Please contact VP Terry Piazza-Perham at

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Cellarmasters of LA – Wine and Label Competitions

The Cellarmasters of Los Angeles invites SHW members to compete in their 45th Annual US Amateur Winemaking Competition & 2nd Annual US Amateur Wine Label Competition will be held on November 17, 2018.  

Entries must be received between October 1 and November 10, 2018.  International entries may be received earlier. Please send entries c/o: The Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop, in Woodland Hills, CA. ( Entry forms and rules are posted on the Cellarmasters of Los Angeles website:

Cellarmasters of LA has been sponsoring the US Amateur Winemaking Competition since the club was founded in 1973. As always, the Competition is an all-volunteer endeavor and is the oldest home wine competition in the United States.

Good luck to all!

Questions? Please email:

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September 19 SHW Meeting: Taste the Gold!

This Wednesday’s meeting gives us the opportunity to taste some of the best!   Wines that have earned gold medals or better in wine competitions this year are lined up to be shared by the winemakers.  Come taste, mingle, and learn from the winemakers and hope that what is bubbling in your winery will turn out like these acclaimed wines. 

Please bring your wine glass.

Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein located at 3349 J Street in midtown Sacramento.  Thanks for helping with set-up and clean-up and for consuming responsibly.

Meeting questions?  Contact VP Terry Piazza-Perham at 916 806-1621.

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Taste 2018 – Robert Mondavi Institute

Taste is an evening of food, wine, beer and music event showcasing the Robert Mondavi Institute of Food and Wine at UC Davis. This year the annual fundraising event is on Saturday, October 13, 5p.m. and again Sacramento Home Winemakers volunteers will be pouring wines made by SHW members. Go to this link for tickets and more information.

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Clos du Lac Wine 2018 Wine Competition

 Clos du Lac vineyards in Loomis invites entries for their wine tasting competition to be held on Tuesday, August 21.  The competition is open to ANY home made wine and have a Best Wine Winner. The winner will receive a Clos du Lac beautiful decanter.

For more information, please contact Ron Loder at 916 417-3085.

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Webinar: High pH Red Winemaking

Enartis USA webinar:  

pH is one of the most important parameters that winemakers measure and track in the winemaking process. Typically measured simply with a probe and meter, pH affects several aspects of wine stability and quality. High pH has historically been a difficult winemaking situation, where microbial stability and oxidative challenges can depreciate wine quality through fermentation and ageing. Join Enartis USA for our last webinar of the season before harvest kicks off in the northern hemisphere! This brief 40-minute presentation will include the following topics:
– How pH affects red wines
– High pH/ high TA situation
– Acid adjustments for pH management
– 20 minute Q&A with Enartis technical winemaker

Fee: Free!
Date & Time: August 28, 9 AM PDT

Instructions to participate in the webinar:
Register here for the webinar. You will receive an email after registering with a personalized link for the webinar. If you don’t receive this email within several hours of registering, contact Webinato support team to request a link:

You may be prompted to download the latest version of Flashplayer (download the latest version to participate in the webinar). It is a good idea to check your connectivity prior to the webinar date to ensure ample time to address any connectivity issues you may encounter before the webinar commences.

The best connection is through a physical Ethernet cable. Wi-Fi can also be used from a desktop computer. Alternatively, you may also access the webinar through a tablet or smartphone via the Webinato webinar application, downloadble in your app store.
If you require anymore information please contact:

Enartis USA

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Home Winemaker Roundtable Discussion – C. G. Di Arie

Join A Roundtable Discussion With Chaim Gur-Arieh, Winemaker And learn some of his winemaking secrets.

Saturday, August 25, 2018. 2 Sessions: 11:00am & 1:00pm. Reservation needed due to limited seating.

C. G. Di Arie Tasting Room 19919 Shenandoah School Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669

Discussions will cover the following: Process of winemaking from harvest to cellar. Taste wine and learn about his style. Answer questions, discuss problems and potential solutions. Bring your wine for feedback & discussion.  Snacks will be served $25/per person.

RSVP: 530.620.6500 – Please no later than August 20.

See this flyer for the deets: Home Winemaker Roundtable C G Di Arie

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Absolutely Last Chance to Order 2018 SHW Crush T-Shirts

Logo Wear Guru Bob Peake is sending in SHW’s 2018 Crush T-Shirt order in on Friday, August 3 – crush shirts will be available for pick-up at the August 15 SHW meeting. 

Is your crush crew still doing without?  Use this 2018 Crush T Order Form BP (1) – contains shirt details,  and send Bob an email to let him know your order’s en route:

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Placer County Wine and Grape Association Home Winemaker Competition

Placer County Wine and Grape Association is accepting entries for their 13th Annual Home Winemaker Competition.  Award ceremony and BBQ are on August 4.  Entries are due August 1, 2018 by noon.  Visit here for additional information.

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