PLEASE NOTE: for the safety and comfort of all participating, attendees at SHW’s monthly meetings and other events are encouraged to follow current public health guidelines.
General Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Turn Verein Hall located at 3349 J Street, Sacramento starting at 7 PM. Bring 2 wine glasses for your use unless otherwise noted.
Executive Board meetings are on the first Wednesdays of the month starting at 7 PM; locations vary. Contact President Kevin Lemay for more info: email@example.com.
January 5, 2022 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
January 19, 2022 – General Meeting: White Rhone Varieties. This meeting will be virtual via Zoom. Guest Speaker: Susan Tipton, owner/winemaker of Acquiesce Winery and Vineyards. Spend an evening with trailblazing winemaker Susan Tipton as she shares her wine making journey, love of Rhone white wines, and decisions to focus on a winery that stands alone in the Lodi wine region. We’ll taste 5 of Acquiesce’s wines.
February 2 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
February 16 – General Meeting: 2021 White and Rosé Wine Evaluations (Virtual). Guest evaluator: Craig Haarmeyer, owner and winemaker for Haarmeyer Wine Cellars. To zoom on the meeting. log in and go to Member Resources – Speaker Resources for the Zoom credentials.
March 2 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
March 9 – Vineyard Soil, Water and Plant Tissue Testing (Virtual). This Wednesday Zoom kicks off the first in the Club’s Vineyard Series with guest speaker Danyal Kasapligil with DellaValle Labs. Recording available on website in Member Resources.
March 16 – General Meeting: Blending. Guest Speaker: Peter Story former owner and winemaker for St. Helena Winery and Winemaker Emeritus for Mount Saint Joseph Wines. Learn about blending!
March 25 – New Clairvaux Vineyard Winery Tour. See here for the details.
April 6 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
April 20 – General Meeting: Wine Yeasts. Guest speaker: Shea Comfort “The Yeast Whisperer.” Shea has been focused on wine yeasts for most of his wine career. This meeting is a Q & A format where he’ll discuss answers to your questions.
April 27 – Climate Change and Terroir. This Wednesday 7 pm Zoom is the second installment of our Vineyard Series featuring winemaker and plant scientist John Troiano who will be presenting on the impacts of climate change and what it means for vineyards and wines. Recording available on website soon.
May 4 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
May 18 – General Meeting: Evaluation of Red Non-Bordeaux Wines and Website Overview. Guest evaluator: Chik Brenneman, winemaker and co-owner of Baker Family Wines in West Sacramento. Get your 2021 wines made from red grapes other than red Bordeaux varieties evaluated. SHW’s web guru Jim Garrett leads us through a website overview including a spiffy way to buy / sell / group buy grapes. Details here.
May 25 – Vineyard Decisions and Outcomes (Virtual). This Wednesday 7 pm Zoom is the third installment of our Vineyard Series. Elizabeth Standeven, Shaker Ridge Vineyard co-owner leads a discussion on vineyard decisions made during the growing season resulting in expected and unintentional outcomes. Blog post forthcoming. Recording and PP presentation available on website soon.
June 1 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
June 15 – General Meeting: Wine Chemistry. Guest speaker: John Troiano, co-owner and winemaker for Wreckless Blenders Winery. Harvest is just around the corner so time to sharpen up the chemistry! Submit your wine chemistry questions to VP Will Carlton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 25 (Saturday) – Jubilee Wine Competition. This is the Club’s annual club-exclusive wine competition when entries vie for the honors! Enter your wines and receive written feedback from the judges. Competition results here.
June 26 (Sunday) – Jubilee Picnic and Awards Ceremony. Top honors from the Jubilee Wine Competition are announced and everyone enjoys an afternoon in rural Loomis filled with the Jubilee’s wine competition tastings, food and fellow winemakers.
July 16 (Saturday) – Hands-On Blending with Pat Henderson. Sacramento. This workshop is no long accepting reservations.
July 20 – General Meeting: Evaluation of Red Bordeaux Wines. Guest evaluator: winemaker Luke Laubaugh. Participate in this roundtable format where both peers and the guest evaluator discuss members’ 2021 red wines made from Bordeaux variety grapes.
August 4 (Thursday) and 6 (Saturday) – Winemaking 101. Learn to make wine. This workshop is designed for aspiring and novice winemakers. The workshop is virtual via Zoom on the evening on August 4. In-person demonstrations and equipment use training morning of August 6. Details.
August 13 – Cider Making 102. This workshop is for members who participated in 2021’s cider making class at Hemly Cider. Location: Courtland.
August 13 – Petite Sirah 102. This workshop is for members who participated in 2021’s petite sirah group buy. Location: Courtland.
August 17 – General Meeting: Gadgets, Gizmos and Swap: Club members bring their winemaking innovations for show and tell. Also bring wine and wine-related items to swap.
September 7 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
September 10 – New Winemakers Group Crush: new and newer winemakers have the opportunity to participate in this group crush of cabernet sauvignon from Great Bear Vineyards.
September 21 – General Meeting: Evaluation of members’ sweets / non-grapes / fortifieds / bubblies. Guest Evaluator: Kurt Burris. Members bring their desserts, fortifieds, non-grape and sparklers to meeting for evaluation. Following the evaluations, Kurt leads us through tastes and talk on different sparkling wines including pet-nat.
October 5 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
October 15 – TASTE is the Robert Mondavi Institute’s annual fundraising event and SHW has again been invited to share members’ wines at this evening event on the UC Davis campus. Watch for the invitation to donate your wines. Tickets go on sale on September 15.
October 19 – General Meeting: White Bordeaux Wines. Partnering with SHW member Rex Johnston, Baker Family Wines winemaker Chik Brenneman returns to SHW for this special presentation on white Bordeaux wine varieties. We’ll taste a carefully curated vertical of aged semillon crafted by Rex. SHW members only. Limited tastes – watch for the blog post.
Autumn Field Trip – we’re going to Winters in Yolo County to meet with Nicole Salengo, winemaker for Berryessa Gap Vineyards. We’ll tour the winery and learn about Nicole’s philosophy on wine making, plus hear about her recent wine making adventures which includes creating aperitifs for L’Apero les Trois.
November 2 – Executive Board Meeting. All members welcome.
November 16 Meeting – General Meeting: Annual Meeting and Taste the Golds. Elect next year’s Club officers and taste members’ wines that earned top honors.
December 7 – Executive Board Meeting. This is the board meeting when both the outgoing and incoming executive boards come together. All members welcome.
December 14: Holiday Party and Auction (please note that this event is on the 2nd Wednesday in December; there is no general meeting in December). The soiree’s at the Turn Verein – wines, food, silent auction, annual awards, Winemaker of the Year award. To volunteer and / or donate, contact Gin Yang at email@example.com.
Sometime in 2023 – Sacramento Home Winemakers turns 50!