October 20 Meeting Notes – Enzymes

At the October 20 meeting, guest evaluators Joe Real and Val Tiangco discussed using several enzymes in their wine making. There are many enzyme products; the ones shared below are Scott Laboratories products.  Joe shares: The generic names of enzymes are cellulases (for basil leaves and other high cellulose materials) and hemicellulases (to release flavors…

2021 SHW Holiday Dinner Survey

Given that we are not entirely “out of the woods” regarding covid-19, weask that you complete a one question SurveyMonkey survey regarding a SHWholiday dinner this December in place of the monthly membership meeting. Please take a minute to complete the short survey by clicking on thelink: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRMQL98. Please contact President Robert Wharton at president@sachomewine.com…

2022 Executive Board-Slate of Candidates

At SHW’s November 17 meeting, the membership will be casting their votes for the 2022 executive board positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, membership chair, and members at large (5). The board’s secretary position is elected for a two-year term, and the current secretary will be completing his second year in 2022. The SHW Board of…

Grapes for Sale: Zinfandel – Russian River Valley, Sonoma

Grower Will Dixon writes: “I typically sell all of our fruit to a Sonoma County winery, the same one for 30 years.Our 10 acre vineyard is 118 years old and in Fulton, Russian River Valley, Sonoma.Primarily zinfandel the vineyard has mixed black varieties interplanted. The section still hanging is going to be primarily zin. The…

Save the Date! Winemaking 201 – November 13

Wine makers with 3+ vintages are invited to participate in Winemaking 201. This morning workshop is designed to integrate fermentation processes and post-fermentation techniques to help wine makers achieve desired stylistic outcomes. Panelists are seasoned home wine makers who can address participants’ questions during the session. Winemaking 201 is on Saturday, November 13, 8 a.m….

Entries Open for 2021 Rex Johnston Home Winemaker of the Year Competition

The Rex Johnston Home Winemaker of the Year is an annual members’ only competition that celebrates the accomplishments of members who have had excellent results in recognized home wine competitions entered each year.  Sadly, we had to cancel last year’s competition as there were no opportunities for our members to have their wines judged. To…

ISO: 30-Gallon Barrels

SHW member is looking for two 30-gallon barrels that have been used for red wine with the following preferences:1. American oak, medium toast, 1-3 years old 2. Medium toast, neutral oak, no origin preference, greater than 3 years  Would prefer if they came with a rack but that is not necessary. Contact Michael at michael@michaelvalania.com or text at…