Welcome to the Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association
Here comes the Picnic!
The 2017 Annual SWGGA Picnic is only 5 weeks away. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 5 pm. The Picnic will be held at 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.
In order to plan food properly, please RSVP and choose your entrée (chicken or pulled pork) as soon as possible (but no later than July 12), by emailing Jim Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org. To help defray the cost of the picnic, we suggest a contribution of $20 per person, which you can give at the picnic. Please bring exact cash or a check. No one will be turned away who can’t contribute $20, or wishes to contribute more.
This event is only for active SWGGA members and their guests. If you haven’t paid your dues for 2017, please do so as soon as possible. Dues are only $50 for the year. You don’t want to miss this…! If you are not sure whether you paid, please contact Jim at the above email address.
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.
For more information, or as a reminder, click on the flyer.
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
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.