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Welcome to the Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

Next Meeting

Thursday, September 21, 7pm

Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

The SWGGA Group Zinfandel Project – You be the judge! Our September 21, 2017 meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in Ballroom A of the Gold Miners Inn (Formerly the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Grass Valley).

This meeting will feature samples of the wines produced by our members in the Group Zinfandel project, where in 2014 we purchased Zinfandel grapes from a commercial grower in Eldorado County.  Each winemaker then took their crushed grapes home and performed their own “vintners magic” to make the best wine that they could.  While we had a previous tasting at a prior meeting, this should give the membership a chance to evaluate the wines when they are reasonably mature.

We are going to ask our members to group themselves into panels of three judges for the tasting, and to taste the wines as a tasting panel would.  We will have the same score sheets as Rod Byers uses at the Nevada County Fair.  This should be a great way to taste a lot on very nice Zins, as well as learn how the wine judging process works.

As usual, bring a bottle of wine to share before the meeting! Also bring your own glasses for tasting.


Save the Date! Annual Holiday Party Friday December 8, 6 pm, Alta Sierra Country Club

More details and RSVP form forthcoming


The August Meeting

The August meeting, presented by the incomparable Rod Byers, focused on the results of the Nevada County Fair wine competition. Each of the category winners talked about their wine and received their awards. In addition, Rod presented two other awards, to Dan Carrick for his sustained achievement over the years, and a surprise new award presented to Jon Smedberg and Hosea Bostic, new winemakers who won a gold medal for their Zinfandel.

Jon Smedberg, Hosea Bostic – New Winemakers

Dan Carrick – Sustained Achievement

Bill Betts – Best Other Red Varietal

Al Roe – Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Teri Dougherty accepting on behalf of  Gary Glaze – Best Non-Varietal Red

Kirk Norris – Best of Show, Best Rose, Dessert, or Fruit Wine

Bernie Zimmerman – Best Red, Best Zinfandel

Dave Elliott – Best White Wine

Peter Willcox – Best Syrah

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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