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Want to go to a Fruit Wine Making Class?

This class is full.  To be put on waiting list, please contact Judy Pinegar at

Want to go to a Fruit Wine Making Class?

This is the 3rd year that this class has been taught by Judy Pinegar. It lasts maybe 3 – 3 1/2 hours, we start at 10 AM and end with tasting fruit wines with some food (TBD by consensus of attendees)  The date will be Saturday July 11, 2020

There is a lecture session with lots of tips on fruit wine, with handouts to take home including many fruit wine recipes.  Then we will begin making apricot wine with some luscious apricots that I will have already frozen to break the cell walls. We will then move to racking, then filtering and bottling some fruit wine to take home.

Because of Covid 19 I am limiting it to six (possibly 8) people. The class will be socially distanced, but please bring a mask to use when doing the “hands on” lessons. (I will have gloves, and actually masks too if needed)

Location : Judy Pinegar’s Home Winery and Barn ( I will send directions after you confirm, which you can do at: or text: 916-224-6742


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Best Way to Ship Cased Wine Across Country

SHW member John Lymath’s asking for a friend: what’s the best way to ship 20 cases of wine (refrigerated) across the continental USA?

Contact John at or 916 765-3451.

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Group Buy: Chardonnay – Closing June 30, 2020

SHW member Donna Bettencourt is leading a group buy of Chardonnay grapes from Gene Glaeser’s vineyard in Davis. The group buy has enough to meet the minimum purchase requirement and Donna is closing the group buy on June 30. Still want in?  Please see this link for more information.

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For Sale: Winemaking Equipment and Items

For Sale:
Ferrari wine tree and vinator. (bottle drying rack) ….. $20
Large box of bungs and fermentation traps ….$30
163 gallon fermentation tank……..$400 obo
Large box of rubber tubing for transferring wine…$75
Bulldog barrel transfer wand, nitrogen tank & regulator $300
2 spout bottle filler $125
Ferrari floor corker …..$100
500 new corks $100
Box of odds and ends $20
Box of wine books and interaction manuals $50

$1100 will take it all.

Contact Diego Munoz at 970-331-1030

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Grapes for Sale: Quinta Port Blend – Shaker Ridge Vineyard (Update)

Shaker Ridge Vineyard is once again offering “shares” in its Quinta field of Portuguese/Iberian varietals consisting of Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Souzao, and Tinta Amarela. 

Each share is entitled to 250 lbs of the Quinta harvest, which will occur on a single Saturday TBD (based on ripeness) in the mid-Sept to mid-Oct 2020 time frame, and will be a blend of the 5 varietals in the proportions harvested.  The grapes will be suitable for, and have been used quite successfully by SHW members in the past, to make both complex (dry) red wines and Portuguese-style port wines. 

UPDATE:  Only one share remains available (5/26/20) at a cost of $300.

Contact Andy Standeven directly at

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June 2 (Tues) Zoom Meeting – Smaller Wine Quantities Management

At the May 20 Zoom meeting, several of you, particularly winemakers with 1-2 years of winemaking experience, asked for more information on smaller wine quantity and cellar management.

Join us for in a Zoom session on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 7 pm and let’s chat about what’s in your cellar.  The forum is designed to provide answers to your questions on small cellar heat and equipment management, ageing and oak additives in carboys, testing, finishing, and sourcing grapes and preparing your cellar for the upcoming harvest.

This session may be of special interest to you if you participated in SHW’s 2018-2019 Winemaking 101 and/or the 2018 and 2019 Beginning Winemakers crush.  Aspiring winemakers who’ve yet to endure their first crush are also invited to participate. To help ensure we address everyone’s questions, this forum is limited to 20 participants who are current SHW members.

To receive login and password information for the June 2 Zoom meeting, please email Gin Yang at


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Order Yours: SHW Name Badges

“Absence makes the heart fonder” or is it “absence makes the memory wander?”

Help your fellow winemakers remember you when they see you in person.  Order a permanent name badge that you can wear at Club meeting and activities.  The badges have a magnetic backing so they’re easy to use and no puncturing your clothing.  Click on the link below to see what they look like and for order information.


Name Badge Order Form V1

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California State Fair Home Wine Competition Opening Date

The California State Fair has postponed the opening date for entries for its Home Wine Competition to April 20, 2020. Please see this link for additional information.

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The Grapevine – April 2020

For your reading pleasure, SHW’s April 2020 newsletter The Grapevine can be found by clicking on the link below.  In this issue, both SHW President Robert Wharton and Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt provide updates to Club activities and wine competitions.

Please note that the April 15 SHW meeting has been cancelled.

Many thanks to Stephanie Wilson who generously served as The Grapevine newsletter editor for several years.  We are currently searching for a new editor so if you’re interested, please contact The Prez at

April 2020 – The Grapevine

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10 Wine Films to Watch When You’re Staying at Home

SHW Chief Judge Donna Bettencourt wonders how many wine-themed wine movies have you seen?  Check these out.


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