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The Grapevine Newsletter- October 2019

Check out the latest SHW Grapevine Newsletter.  You will find a save the date for the annual Holiday Party, a reservation form for the Harvest Dinner and a call for nomination for the SHW Winemakers Annual Awards.  Enjoy the newsletter and we hope to see you at the many fun events coming up this Fall/Winter season!

October 2019- The Grapevine

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2019 SHW Mid-Year Fiscal Report

The link below is the income / expense report for SHW from January – June 20-19.  Please direct questions to President Joe McGillivray at

2019 Jan-Jun P&L (1)

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September 2019- The Grapevine Newsletter

This month’s newsletter (just a little bit late–sorry!) has information about our September General Meeting with Shea Comfort as our guest speaker on Fermentation and Post-Fermentation.  Also there is information on the  upcoming elections (which will be held in November) and how you can participate if you are interested in volunteering for the club in executive positions. Looking forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday!

September 2019- The Grapevine

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The Grapevine Newsletter- August 2019 edition

Check out our latest edition of The Grapevine Newsletter!  Our next General Meeting is Wednesday, August 21st.  Details are in the newsletter, we hope to see you there!

August 2019- The Grapevine

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River City Wine Week

Wine on your mind? Check out Sacramento’s inaugural River City Wine Week, August 7-11.

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Last Call CA State Fair Winemakers Booth

The 2019 CA State Fair is in its final week. We still need volunteers to staff several of the remaining shifts this week and weekend. While it might be 95+ degrees outside, CalExpo has the thermostat turned way down in the area of the booth! Remember that volunteering entitles you to free parking and a gate pass for each volunteer. Many thanks to those of you who have helped staff the booth.


To volunteer… click here (

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Fruit Wine Class # 2!

Fruit Winemaking Class (for those of you that missed it the first time)


Date:           Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time:          10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (approx)

Location:    Judy’s Barn, 9195 Vista Ct. Loomis CA 95650

Cost:            Free to Club Members, $10.00 for Non Menbers

Bring:          Any fruit wine you have made, and a Potluck Dish to share with others.

Provided:    Class Materials, Fruit to Start Processing, Fruit Wine to rack, filter and bottle.                        Go home with a bottle of wine!

 “Remember making fruit wine is not as easy as regular grape wine, it truly is a labor of love and a lot of work, but oooh the results!!”


  1. The Fruit
  2. The Process, Freezer, other processing when thawed, Nutrients/ingredients, Yeast, Small yeast starter.
  3. How to make like White Wine in small quantities
  4. Racking and Fining
  5. Sweetening, Stabilizing
  6. Filtering and Bottling
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July 2019- The Grapevine Newsletter

Below is the link to the July 2019 Grapevine Newsletter.  We look forward to seeing you at the next General Meeting on Wednesday, July 17th and we hope you share all of your Gizmos & Gadgets with us that evening.

July 2019- The Grapevine

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Shifts Still Available – CA State Fair Home Winemaking Booth

There are still several shifts available at the SHW Winemaker booth at the CA State Fair opening this Friday. Some people don’t realize that our club is financially compensated to staff the booth during the run of the fair…to the tune of about $1,500. Working a shift provides you with a complementary parking pass and gate pass. Please lend a hand by helping to staff the booth.

Questions? Contact Robert at To sign-up go here (

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Alert: Get Ready for our July General Meeting

For our July 17th general meeting we will be sharing our Gadgets and Gizmos. So our Vice President would like to have a good showing of these, for instance she uses a giant potato masher for her punch down tool, which she purchased at the restaurant supply store on Arden Way.

So everyone think about the gadgets you have come up with or made and bring them to the July meeting to help other winemakers learn!  We will have the long tables set up around the perimeter of the room for displaying these items and round tables in the center for members.

Also it will be a meeting to bring your excess wines and trade it for another person’s wines, trade yours for a varietal you don’t make… easy, bottle for bottle!

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