Sacramento Home Winemakers 2022 Annual Awards – Nominations Now Being Accepted

Each year, the SHW Board of Directors (comprised of the current and last four Presidents) consider the merits of SHW members and supporters to receive the Club’s annual awards.  These awards recognize the contributions of individual members to our Club, recognize their own achievements in home winemaking, or honor those who keep SHW’s culture and mission strong. 

Consider nominating a Club or community member who has gone beyond the crush. It could be someone who quietly works behind the scenes, has excelled in making better wines, or promotes winemaking and viticulture through education or mentoring, Nominations are accepted for the annual awards listed below by emailing Board of Directors Chair, Donna Bettencourt at by November 16, 2022. 

The 2022 annual awards for consideration are:

  • Bob Beck Educator of the Year – This award recognizes the contributions of an SHW member who has consistently, throughout 2022, shared their knowledge of home winemaking, mentored new members, and contributed to the educational activities of the club.
  • Henry Wilkinson Volunteer of the Year – This award recognizes the volunteer efforts of a member, one who has “gone above and beyond” to contribute their time and effort by volunteering to help in a variety of ways in 2022.
  • Stu Shaeffer Most Improved Winemaker – We award this honor to a member who has proven their significant progress in making excellent home wine.  Evidence could be their dubious showings in past years in competition, and their progress by achieving high honors in competitions in 2022.
  • Rookie of the Year – Think of a member who is fairly new to winemaking, but right out of the gate, has gone down the rabbit hole in their efforts to make excellent home wine, either by the range of wine varietals and styles they make, or for their uncurbed enthusiasm and curiosity.
  • Community Partner – This award recognizes people or entities who are not members, but who have generously contributed to the mission of our Club through their education and support.

All awards will be announced at the SHW Holiday Party on December 14, 2022.