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Holiday Party Highlights

A frosty night saw us dashing into the Turn Verein for an evening of holiday cheer with Club members and guests. We shared wines, dined on delicious foods, hovered over fundraising items, and recognized the exemplary efforts of members who were recognized for their contributions to the Club.

Congratulations to the recipients of SHW’s annual awards!

  • Kevin Lemay, 2022 SHW president, was recognized for his year of leadership as president. Kevin has been re-elected so look for exciting things to come as he guides SHW in its 50th Anniversary year.
  • Marcus and Jenny Meadows-Smith, owners of Great Bear Vineyards were honored for their continued support of the Club by receiving this year’s Community Partner Service Award. Great Bear set aside a block of their cabernet sauvignon for Club members, opened its crush pad for the New Winemakers Crush, hosted the Club’s executive board annual retreat, and donated a generous tasting and lunch event for the Holiday Party fundraiser.
  • Joe McGillivray received the Bob Beck Educator of the Year award for his continued contributions in educating Club members. As the Winemaking 101 Coordinator, Joe helps get new winemakers off to a solid start. Joe keeps giving by mentoring and serving on the Education Committee.
  • Christi and David DeLemos were awarded the Rookie Winemaker of the Year honors. Their inaugural vintage was in 2020 – so much to learn and questions asked. It all paid off as their 2020 Primitivo earned a silver medal in this year’s Jubilee wine competition.
  • Christa Ring was recognized with the Stu Shafer Memorial Award for the Most Improved Winemaker. Christa meticulously crafts wines made from her home vineyard grapes, improving her wine with each vintage. This year, Christa’s tenacity paid off. At the 2022 Jubilee wine competition, Christa’s 2021 Zinfandel won a Double Gold and went on to capture Best of Class Zinfandel.
  • Nasser Assadi is this year’s other recipient for the Stu Shafer Memorial Award for the Most Improved Winemaker. In previous Jubilee competitions, Nasser’s wines did well and then his entries didn’t. Nasser kept trying to make good wines, asking for help, and even tried making white wine. He was rewarded for his efforts, as in this year’s Jubilee, Nasser’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc earned a gold, his 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded Best of Class and his 2021 Verdelho was judged as Best of Show.
  • Kathryn and Byron Froman deservingly received the Henry Wilkinson Service Award – Volunteer of the Year. The Fromans joined SHW just a few short years ago and haven’t looked back. They make wine. They keep asking questions. They continue to plant more vines. They help the Club when they can – storing the Club’s equipment, hosting small group meetings, making the Holiday Party’s festive tabletop decor, and serving on the Executive Board and Education Committee.
  • Heather and Thad Rodgers successfully competed for this year’s coveted Rex Johnston Winemaker of the Year honors. Entrants must have entered wines in two required and one other home wine competition with points tallied for each wine award. There were four contestants in this year’s contest, all earning top honors in competitions, and the Rodgers’ score came out on top.

Winemakers are generous with sharing their experience, equipment and other resources. The Silent Auction and Raffle team (special thanks to Coordinator Heather Rodgers!) worked tirelessly to make the fundraiser a success and wow (!!), at last count, the evening’s fundraiser grossed over $7,100. There’s some unrivaled fun ahead with a wine dinner, BBQ+, weekend getaways, SF games, wines, and more! Thank you SHW members, guests, and supporters for your continued generosity.