Monthly Archives: July 2019

Beginning Winemakers Group Crush – Tinta Roriz

If you’ve taken SHW’s Winemaking 101 (or equivalent), OR after a vintage or two you’re still struggling with winemaking, this Club activity can get you on the path to making good wines.

The Specifics:

Beginning Winemakers Group Crush •  This mentored group crush brings together new and novice winemakers where we crush together and participants ferment their batch in their home winery.  If fermentations finish around the same time, the group may reassemble at the crush pad for a pressing party.  This activity is for SHW members only.

Tinta Roriz • This year’s group crush will be making Tinta Roriz, a Portuguese grape that’s known as Tempranillo in Spain. We’ve partnered with St. Jorge Winery in Acampo for a couple of tons of grapes.

Vineyard Walk and Lodi Wine Labs Field Trip  • The  vineyard walk at St. Jorge Winery is scheduled for Saturday, August 24.  You’ll get to check out the grapes and also meet St. Jorge’s winemaker, Luke Laubaugh. The vineyard walk is optional but recommended.  • We’ll also visit Lodi Wine Labs where you’ll get acquainted with the yeast, chemicals and other additives to get you started in winemaking.

The Crush  • We’ll try to schedule the crush for a Saturday and give you as much head notice as possible – Nature makes the call on when the grapes are ready for harvest.  • The grapes will be picked for us.  • Thad Rodgers and Joe Morgan will haul the grapes to Joe’s driveway/crush pad in Citrus Heights and everyone participates in the group crush.  • At the crush, Thad will go over some chemistry.  • Between now and crush, connect with a group crush mentor to guide you in making a wine you’ll be proud of: Thad Rodgers, 916 715-3688; Joe Morgan 916 439-7205; or Joe McGillivray 916 261-9438.

If you’d like to participate (for beginning/newer winemakers only)    • Reserve your quantity: contact Gin Yang at with the amount of grapes you’d like. We suggest purchasing a minimum of 125 lbs of grapes = 6 to 7+ gallons freshly pressed  = 5 gallons finished wine (25 bottles).   Only two tons are available so reserve early.  • Cost: the grapes will probably run about $1 lb and includes picking crew, transportation, renting crusher, testing, etc.

Your Commitment 

•  Once you commit to buying the grapes, you are responsible for payment and getting the grapes.

•  If you aren’t available on crush day, please find someone to get your must (crushed grapes) and help with crush/clean-up.

•  Because Nature doesn’t know your social calendar, stay available by not scheduling unbreakable commitments during harvest season weekends (late August to mid-October). 

•  You’re responsible for your own transportation and containers to transport the must to your home winery. Please note that the liquid-like must is prone to uncontrolled sloshes and makes the stickiest messes in cars.

•  Be prepared with your basic winemaking ensemble, and basic chemicals (yeast, yeast nutrient, tartaric acid, malo-lactic bacteria and nutrient, SO2/KMBS/potassium metabisulfite).  A “Resources” list has been supplied to WM 101 participants; contact Gin if you would like one emailed.   

• Lodi Wine Labs has several chemical items “carboy sized” and offers a 5% discount on retail items (call first for availability). 

•  If you are participating and you don’t receive periodic communications on this activity, please contact your mentor.



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Wanted: Partner to Split Pallet of New Wine Bottles

SHW member Ron Loder is looking for a partner to split a pallet of wine bottles from West Coast Bottles.

½ pallet = 60 cases

750ml-W96-AG-S FLORA 750ml Bordeaux bottle in Antique Green with mid-height punt.

$487 for the half pallet (includes warehouse / pallet fees and sales tax). Cost goes up by 25% on August 1 due to tariffs.

Interested? Contact Ron ASAP on his cell at 916 417-3085.

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Grapes for Sale: Whites and Reds – Clarksburg Appelation

SHW members Paul and Nancy Baldwin have wine grapes for sale. Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and Semillon; Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah and Merlot.

Wine made from their Symphony grapes took a double gold at the 2019 California State Fair and a gold at the 2019 El Dorado County Fair.

$.60/lb. You Pick. 100 pound minimum. Free use of picking boxes, clippers, press and crusher/destemmer with our help.

Paul writes:  our vineyard is located in southern Sacramento County. We enjoy a Delta environment of warm days and cool, breezy nights as part of the Clarksburg Appellation. We hedge the vines, pull leaves and use bird netting and bird scare devices to ensure quality and control diseases. We have an adviser driven spray program for mildew and insects. Check web site for sugar level every week starting about August 1.

Don’t wait to order your grapes, call NOW. Call Paul at P & N Enterprises, Vineyard 916 684-2086 or better choice 916 425-4763 (cell).

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Small Home Vineyard is Looking for Winemaker

Small home vineyard owner is looking to partner with home winemaker to help make wine out their grapes. Last harvest yielded 4 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 6 cases of Chardonnay. Grower and winemaker split results evenly.  Vines are 5 years old and live in Roseville.

Interested? Contact Randy Rich at 505 720-1824.


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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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PCWGA Home Winemaker Wine Competition – Invitation to Compete

The Placer County Wine and Grape Association invites all surrounding area home winemakers to enter their 14th Annual Home Winemaker Competition. Entry deadline is July 29, 2019. Wines will be judged on August 1 followed by the awards ceremony and dinner on August 2. Please see here for the details.

Questions?  Contact Satt Bains at 530 300-2861 and

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CA State Fair Booth – Volunteer Opportunity

As mentioned in last night’s SHW member meeting, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the CA State Fair Winemakers booth. Since we, the club, are compensated for our services in assisting with the home winemaking activities for the State Fair, there is an expectation that we staff the booth from fair opening until about 8:30 p.m. each day. Remember that for each day you volunteer, you receive a complementary parking pass and gate ticket.

Come early, stay late…enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the State Fair before and/or after your shift. Questions? Contact Robert Wharton at To sign-up, please go 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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Winemaker Wanted for Small Lot Production

Well-behaved 5-year old vines are looking for a home winemaker. They live in Roseville and are lovingly tended by the home owner but need a winemaker to turn their grapes into wine. Last year’s crop produced 3 1/2 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 cases of Chardonnay.  Grower and winemaker split results evenly.

Interested? Contact Randy Rich at 505 720-1824.

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Grapes for Sale: Sangio, Cab Franc, Viognier, Sauv Blanc, Cab Sauv, Syrah – Fiddletown/Amador County

Grower Jamie Wibbenmeyer writes: 

Hello Slate Creek Hills winemakers!

It’s going to be a fantastic harvest! We are now taking orders for small quantities of our carefully tended grapes. This year we are pleased to offer the following varietals:

Cabernet Franc
Sauvignon Blanc*
Cabernet Sauvignon*

Pricing will again be $1.25/l. We will crush into your bin for an extra fee. We require a 10% deposit with final payment when you pickup the grapes. We anticipate harvesting the whites in late August/ early September and the reds in September.

Quantities of grapes are limited so let us know ASAP if you are interested.  Contact Jamie Wibbenmeyer at

*Harvested from our partner, Le Mulet Rouge. Minimum 250# order please!

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