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Sacramento Home Winemakers

We’re a volunteer non-profit social club promoting the art and science of home winemaking. Meet new friends, make wine and have fun!

Join Sacramento Home Winemakers

SHW is currently accepting 2023 memberships for both continuing and new members. Memberships may be submitted on-line, by USPS, or in person at a Club meeting. For membership details and membership form, click here.

Next Events

2023 – Sacramento Home Winemakers turns 50 years old!

June 21 – General Meeting: Troubleshooting Tips for Homemade Wines. Guest speaker Bob Peak, winemaker, scientist, and author of many WineMaker magazine articles spends the evening sharing tips and techniques on hleping our wines be their best.

July 8 – Sensory Evaluation Workshop for Winemakers. This final workshop in a series of 3 focuses on wine faults. In this session, you’ll learn to recognize common wine faults and ways to prevent, control, and fix if possible. Members only. Workshop is full. Contact Donna Bettencourt at donnabe1045@gmail.com to be put on wait list.

Winemaking 101. Learn to make wine in this beginning winemaking workshop. Details here.

Recent Events

May 4-20 – California State Fair Home Wine Competition

The California State Fair Home Wine Competition is back after a multi-year hiatus. The event has many moving parts and SHW is proud to be an integral part of this popular event. SHW crews assisted in organizing the judging, spent hours on the road retrieving wines and lived in the cellar for a few evenings checking in and flighting entries. On May 20 (competition day), SHW crews worked the cellar, coordinated the judges, judging panels and flights, and helped with pouring and delivering the wines to the judging panels. But our involvement isn’t over yet. SHW is coordinating the competition’s awards ceremony on June 10 and SHW members will be staffing the State Fair’s home wine booth during the fair’s fun from July 14 -30. Thank you, Volunteers!

April 1 – French Dinner (Auction Item)

Starting with sparkling wine paired with caviar and garlicky escargot with puffy bread, the party slowly meandered into the magical cave to leave handprints. After emerging from under the waterfall, guests fed the koi while enjoying smoked pork belly and sipping on fresh pea soup and white wines. Inside the cellar, the party continued with more wine (including an orange one), cheese souffles, grilled ribeyes, and luscious vanilla and chocolate tarts accompanied by white and ruby ports. Many thanks to hosts Wreatha and Amos Olson for a memorable night!

March 25 – Wine Blending Class

In this Saturday class, more than 2 dozen winemakers kept blending and tasting and blended and tasted some more. We learned what a difference 1% makes!