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Group Buys for Harvest 2018

Spring is here and the growing season is well underway which means harvest is just around the corner. As you know, there is strength and buying power in numbers. If you don’t meet a growers minimum weight or you’d like to make a particular varietal but don’t have a source, Group Buys are a great way to go! We are actively looking for group leaders. Group leaders will be the point of contact (POC) for the group buy and the grower and be responsible for pricing and communication with the grower as it relates to payment, pick dates and other terms of the transaction. HW members David Ichikawa and Jerry Roark have volunteered to facilitate group buys. Contact David at and Jerry at for Group Buy Information.

To view potential group buy grapes available, click Group Buy Master List.

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Grapes for Sale: Syrah and Tannat, Davis / Solano

Grapes for Sale

Approximately 26 tons of syrah and 29 tons of Tannat available.

The vineyard is located in the Davis portion of Solano County.  This vineyard used to produce for Putah Creek Winery which has been awarded Gold & Best in Class of Region for the Syrah and Tannat. New owners purchased the vineyard mid last year. The vineyard is 18 years old and will be using organic methods for this upcoming year.

$2300/ton. Grower picks. Late September- early October anticipated harvest date.
No destemmer-crusher available on premises.
References from previous buyers available.

Please contact Joaquin Fraga at 530-220-3849 or at

Bulk wine available for sale as well:
2017 syrah- 2497 gallons
2017 tannat- 4359 gallons


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SHW Communications Possibly Hacked

SHW’s communications may have fallen into unfriendly hands.

You may receive emails from board members or appointed positions requesting you to send money or click on unknown websites. Please DO NOT send money or click on unfamiliar wesites without discussing the topic with board member or appointee. Board member and appontee contact information is in the February 2018 newsletter.

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Have You Renewed Your 2018 SHW Membership?

A benefit to the SHW annual membership is a 1-year subscription to WineMaker magazine. To receive the subscription, 2018 membership dues must be paid by March 1, 2018; however, this deadline has been extended to March 12.  Thus, to receive the magazine subscription, payment must be received by March 12

Please use this membership form to remit your dues:  2018 SHW Membership Form. The form can also be found on the SHW website.  The mailing address to SHW Treasurer Bob Peake is on the bottom of the form.

Please direct membership questions to the Membership Co-Chairs:  Fred Millar at 916 576-9596 (call/text) or Gin Yang at

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Now Closed: Group Buy – Corks

The ACIC cork group buy posted February 19, 2018 is now closed. Thanks for your support!

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Johnston and Bentley

Some of you have inquired about SHW members Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley as they have been absent from Club events for a while.  As Rex’s health challenges continue, they have been busy navigating through these obstacles. 

We hope to see them at a meeting soon!  If you’d like to drop them a line, Rex’s email address is Their mailing address is Barbara Bentley or Rex Johnston, 778 Palomino Ct, Walnut Creek CA 94596.

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Collaborative Opportunity Available

SHW supporter Kevin Luther, winemaker and vineyard manager for Wise Villa in Lincoln, and consulting winemaker for Clarksburg’s Schribner Bend, is hoping winemakers can help collaborate in his dream.  Kevin writes:

“… My vision is to create a small luxury hand-crafted experimental wine production space in Sacramento. This space will be filled with antique-style wood & steel winemaking equipment, barrels, tanks, art, creating a natural elemental aesthetic. I would primarily produce my wine here, occasionally hosting small private tastings. 

For this, I need 500-1500 sqft of cement floor, roller or double door access, a drain, water, and electrical access, 205V 3-phase ideally and the more amps the better, 100-200 is ok though. Insulation and/or the ability to cool to 65F are also important.  

I’m happy to collaborate, share space, share equipment, etc. with parties interested in working with me.  Here’s some info on me and my project: “

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UC Davis Wine Executive Program

This past March, the Graduate School of Management, in partnership with the College of Viticulture and Enology, hosted the 17th annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program. The program is uniquely designed to blend both the business and science of winemaking, teaching the fundamentals of grape growing and winemaking as well as the finance, marketing, and management skills necessary to be profitable in today’s challenging and dynamic wine industry.

There are only 25 seats left in the 2018 program, which will happen on March 25-29. Sign up now before it’s sold out!

 To learn more and REGISTER, please click here:

Please do not respond to this message with questions. Questions should be directed to Natalie Hull-Frazier at or to

Here is what past participants have said about the program:

This program is exceptionally well crafted to appeal to novices and experts alike, covering all aspects of the industry from the corner office to the field in a fun and engaging environment that promotes both learning and networking.”-Walt Geist, Vice President, American Ag Credit

“The University of California at Davis Wine Executive Program provides a 360 view of the wine industry from Vine to Consumer Table. The program content is of the highest caliber and the professors are more than willing to engage with students in class to ensure full understanding of each concept. The conference encourages collaboration with industry peers and provides a unique way to discuss challenges that each of our business discuss. Well Done!”

-Chris Schlag, Manager of Business Analytics, The Wine Group

 Thorough and complete content, knowledgeable and personable professors, outstanding and professional staff and some of the best networking you could ask for with some truly wonderful people … what a great way to learn the wine industry and what a great experience overall!”

-Bill Nienburg, Executive Director, Integrated Business Planning Associates


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January 17 Meeting – Eastern and Central European Wines

Let’s kick off 2018 with new and exciting wines!

Central and Eastern European Wines is the January 17 meeting program. The evening’s guest speaker is Eric Danch, NorCal rep for Blue Danube Wine, importers of wines from that part of Europe.  Learn about the regions’ little known varieties, geography, history, and wine making techniques.

We’ll have wines to taste.  Please bring 2 wines glasses for your use.

Meeting starts at 7pm upstairs at the Turn Verein meeting hall located at 3349 J Street in Sacramento. Doors open after 6:30 – bring a bottle of wine to share if you like.

$10 for non-members; no charge for SHW members.

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Holiday Raffle Mandarins?? Who won them?

There should have been 6 winners of the Satsuma Mandarins at the SHW Holiday Raffle. Judy just forgot to bring them to the party!!  Sooo.. if you are one of the lucky ones, just call me at 916-224-6742. 

Or if you are free this Saturday Dec 30, there is another famous Satsuma Mandarin Picking Party at the Barn, (9195 Vista Ct, Loomis, CA 95650)… 11 to 2 PM, bring something to share, pick Mandarins, take home 2 bags, drink Mandarin Sunrises, help bottle the 2017 Zin Rose, or even have a glass of Mandarin Wine! What a deal for a raffle ticket!!

But don’t worry if you cant make it , we can arrange delivery to you somehow.  Call me or e-mail at

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