Welcome to the Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

The Picnic is tomorrow, Saturday July 22, 5 pm!

Sorry folks, RSVPs are closed. This is just a reminder for those who may have misplaced the address:

Sierra Knolls Winery, 10024 Linnet Lane, Auburn CA, about a mile south of the Wolf-Combie intersection.They have a really nice facility and provide tables, chairs and most everything we need for a perfect setting.

Our host, Sierra Knolls Winery, has asked us to guarantee a minimum purchase of wine to hold the event at the Winery, so please purchase their wine at the picnic. They have a nice selection including sparkling wine, so enjoy their offerings. They are also permitting us to bring our homemade wine for drinking and sharing with friends. Please, only homemade wine.

The picnic will once again feature a Scholarship Raffle, so please bring a bottle of wine or purchase one there to contribute to the cause. There will also be a Silent Auction of some exceptional award winning wines donated by our members. All raffle and auction proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund.


Our last meeting was a great success

When chefs goes out to dinner, which do they select first, the food or the wine?

Rod Byers, the well known wine expert and Certified Wine Educator, discussed the often-puzzling questions surrounding pairing wine and food. Rod examined a few current theories as well as a look at history to see how we’ve gotten to where we are. Finally he guided us through a wine and food tasting exercise that demystified the process and allowed each of us to become our own best expert. Check out his handout Byers pairing outline.

Our Social Coordinators, the Tonnies, served a delicious array of appetizers during the social half-hour.

Nevada County Fair Home Wine Competition

It’s time to start thinking about entering the Nevada County Fair Home Wine Competition. You can enter online now, by mail, or in person.
Check out the 2017 Competition Handbook at the link below. See page 42 for details. Be sure to pay attention to the delivery date and times.
There should be quite a number of entries from SWGGA members this year. And, don’t be bashful about entering your wine. One of the best benefits of doing so is getting the tasting notes from the judges.

Link to Competition Manual

Key Dates

Entry Applications due by Friday, July 21, before 4PM
Receiving, Wednesday, July 26, 11AM-6PM
Judging, Wednesday, August 2
Pick-Up, Monday, August 14, 9AM-6PM

If you have any questions about your entries, please contact the Fair Office by email at  or by calling our office at (530) 273-6217. Mailing address: P.O. BOX 2687, GRASS VALLEY, CA 95945

The Purpose of Our Organization

Our purpose is to inform and educate our current and future members, neighbors, the media and the general public about grape growing and wine making in a casual and social environment.

Who We Are tells our association’s story: its description and history, the benefits of membership, how the association is managed, and policies of the organization.

The Members Area is for active members, including slides and documents from recent programs, links to technical sites and downloads, as well as other matters of association business.

Want to join? Click on the link below for an application form.

SWGGA Application