Category Archives: Viticulture – Pruning

Grapevine Pruning Clinic – Saturday, January 30

Contact Gin Yang at or 916 217 0294.

SHW member J.D. Phelps is offering a short grapevine pruning clinic starting at 11AM on Saturday morning, January 30, in his Lodi zinfandel vineyard.

Interested?  Please contact Gin for location.

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Pruning Clinic This Weekend – Fair Play

Contact John Avila at 916 997-7554 or

Sounds like this weekend is destined for perfect spring-like conditions especially in the foothills.  Hey, wanna channel your inner energy and learn to prune grapevines and wine taste?  SHW member John Avila invites you join the fun on Saturday or Sunday or both days (March 15-16) in El Dorado County’s Fair Play appellation.

Here is the schedule:

9 – 11 am in the vineyard (Pruning clinic)

11 – noon (wine break) visit one of the local wineries

Noon- 1pm (Lunch) Lunch will be at Fair Play Pub

1pm – 2pm Visit another winery

2pm – 5pm Release Party at Charles Mitchell Winery!

The fun will begin at 9am at the Vineyard :

 2521 Omo Ranch

Somerset, CA  95684

Please let John know if you will be attending,  so he can have enough supplies and food at the release party. Or if you plan on staying overnight, he can point you to local accommodations.


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A Day in the Vineyard – Pruning Clinic II, April 13

Please contact John Avila at or 916 997-7554.

If you missed the first pruning clinic or would like more practice, Co-VP John Avila invites you to his Fair Play Petite Sirah vineyard on this Saturday, April 13 to gain more experience. You’ll be rewarded for your contributions!  Here’s what he has planned for you:

9 AM – 11 AM – in the vineyard

11 PM – 1 PM – we’ll scoot next door to Mellow Wood Winery where Chef Giovanni will be cooking up tasty snacks

2 PM – 3 PM – we’ll trot down for Wine Salon Tasting – 5 Flights at Winery by the Creek

and then, if you’re still game

we’ll have a choice of a couple release parties – Morse Wines or Van Der Vijver Winery.

Please contact John to let him know you’ll be there that day.  Also, if you’re interested in making Petite Sirah this upcoming harvest, John will provide a discount depending on your participation.


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A Day in the Vineyard – Pruning Clinic

Please contact John Avila at and 916 997-7554.

Enjoy a day in the vineyard and learn to prune vines with this unique hands-on experience.

SHW member John Avila is offering pruning clinics at his Petite Sirah vineyard in Fair Play on Saturday mornings, March 30, April 6, and possibly on April 20.  Join John in the vineyard from 9-11 AM, and then he’ll provide lunch following pruning.  Since your hands will want to keep working, you can opt to flex those fingers around a couple of wine glasses – John can show you around to a couple of local wineries.

And, if you’re interested in making Petite Sirah in the upcoming harvest, a discount is provided on this fruit dependent upon your participation.

John’s contact info is listed above; please contact him for more information.

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Pruning Clinic

Contact Linda Neal at and 530 306-9454.

Linda Neal of Mellowood Vineyard in Fair Play is offering pruning clinics.  She writes:

“Each year I hold assorted Vineyard Clinics, the most popular being the Pruning Clinic.
These events are designed for the passionate wine drinker that wants to deepen their
connection to the vines.  You do not need a vineyard to enjoy this hands-on activity.
After a brief instruction, you will be given the shears used by pros and prune your own
vine.  You can then attach your name tag and monitor “your” vine throughout the year.
There is no charge to participate, but advance sign up is required.

Choose your time and date:

March 2nd, 10 am

March 2nd, 2 pm

March 3rd, 10 am

March 3rd, 2 pm

To secure your spot, call or email by March 1st.”

If you cannot make your reserved time and date, please contact Linda asap so that she can fit someone else in.

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