Wine Making Resources – Education & Supplies


Sacramento Home Winemakers’ Manual

UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology

  • UC Davis Extension Short Courses on Wine and Winemaking
  • Home Winemaking Manual – published by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Phenolics – videotaped seminars from the 2007 RAVE Conference focused on Phenolics impact on wine
  • A Focus on Flavor – free videotaped seminars from the 2009 RAVE Conference.  Topics include flavor compounds, vine management for flavors, impacts on flavors from microbes, bentonite replacement and oxidation.

The Beverage People – their website catalogues contain several winemaking articles on beginning winemaking, wine additives, maintenance, and enhancements.  They have classes on making wine, beer, mead,  cheese and other fermentation edibles.


Wine Making Supplies

Lodi Wine Labs – offers a wide range of wine testing services as well as an extensive stock of winemaking and beer making supplies. Most of their products and services can be seen at Not all of the items and sizes are listed (they break down most products to carboy size for home winemakers).

For SHW members, Lodi Wine Labs gives a 5% discount on products and a 10% discount on analysis (SHW membership cards can be obtained from SHW membership chairs).  Ask about their home winemakers discount on lab analysis.  They will match prices and also offer free delivery to specific locations.  Phone 209.339.1990 or email at

More Wine! – wine making supplier with retail locations in the bay area and on-line ordering.  They also sell beer making supplies.

Brewmeister – locally owned wine making and brewing supplies with locations in Roseville, West Sacramento, and Elk Grove.  Brewmeister offers 10% off purchases for SHW members (SHW membership cards can be obtained from SHW membership chairs).

The Beverage People – wide selection of winemaking, brewing, mead, cheeses and fermentation supplies in Santa Rosa.  They ship for a flat fee in California.

Napa Fermentation – wine making, brewing and fermentation supplies for amateurs and professionals.

TriMark Kitchen Restaurant Supply – carries food safe fermenters and more.  30% off purchases with card and secret code: 9162170294 (SHW membership cards can be obtained from SHW membership chairs).

Hanna Instrument Representative.  Many of you have Hanna pH meters and other Hanna winemaking instruments. The local Hanna representative (in Napa) is Jason Pepper and he can help answer inquires on probe maintenance, pH, TA, SO2 and related questions.  Jason can be reached at 916 207-0525 and

Grapes, Must, Juice, Concentrate


Must and JuiceWine Grapes Direct has select varieties; shipped frozen.

ConcentrateDelicato, California Concentrate, F. Colavita & Son,


reWine refurbishes your neutral oak barrel. They also have refurbished wine barrels, including smaller sizes for sale.

ReCoop Barrels –  refurbished small barrels for home use. 10, 15, 20, 30 & 60 Gallon French and American Oak Barrels for sale. 707-829-7103.

The Beverage PeopleWine Barrel Care Guide for Home Winemakers


West Coast Bottles – New Bottles for reasonable prices. Contact Roni Llewellyn- West Coast Bottles, LLC  (916) 798-4602  (800) 282-2028


ACI Corks – can ship several different types to you… contact Phil Durrett.

Other Home Winemaking Wine Clubs

El Dorado Home Winemakers – EDHWM is an organization of amateur winemakers who enjoy the making and drinking of wine.

Lodi Amateur Vintners Association  -LAVA founded in January 2001 to promote amateur winemaking in the Lodi area.

Cellarmasters Los Angeles Wine Club – Home Winemaking club that meets in Woodland Hills, Southern California

GENCO – Garage Enologists of North County – Home Winemaking club meets once a month in Healdsburg, CA.

Nevada Wines and Vines – home and commercial winemakers and vineyards in northern Nevada.

Orange County Wine Society – Orange County Home Wine Makers, they hold one of the largest Home wine competitions each year

Central Coast Home Vintners – The Central Coast Home Vintners’ Association promotes winemaking in the Central Coast region of California.

San Diego Amateur Winemaking Society – The objectives of the SDWS are to foster a general interest in wines and to give Society members a means of exchanging information on winemaking methods, materials and equipment.

Silicon Valley Amateur  Winemakers – Develop and share the skills associated with the growing of vines through the making of wines in a friendly and safe environment.

Amador Winemakers Association – Amador Winemakers Association

Contra Costa Wine Group – The Contra Costa Wine Group is an organization of home winemakers dedicated to making and drinking good wine.

Paso Robles Wines & Steins – A home Beer and Wine making group located in the Paso Robles Wine Region of San Luis Obispo, CA. Our focus is the promotion, education, and enjoyment of hand crafted wines and beers.

Sonoma Home Winemakers – The Sonoma Home Winemakers, formerly known as the Valley of the Moon Dilettante Enological Society, are a group of home winemakers whose charter is to promote the fine art of making great wine and share information amongst its members.

Interesting Information

Winemaking Manual by Lum Eisenman – A to Z of amateur winemaking, 169 pages. Mr. Eisenman has been a lifelong resident of southern California, spending the last 57 years in San Diego County. He worked as a teenager in the Zinfandel vineyards and wineries of the Cucamonga Valley, and then spent a career as a physicist, while making garage based home winemaking an art form. Upon his retirement, he wrote and published The Home Winemakers’ Manual, which he generously published on the internet for all to share. – This site contains extensive information ranging from growing grapes to racking wine. It includes a discussion area that might contain some answers to your questions. Nicely organized so give it a shot! – A Texas site to meet your wine making needs. – Fun group of enophiles.

Fun Site