Got Grapes… Let’s Make a Deal

Got Grapes… Let’s Make a Deal

A prospective member, William Anderson, recently contacted us regarding a property he purchased that has a vineyard. He’s looking for input from knowledgable people in the area and would like to see the grapes go to a good home this year. He’s open to any ideas or arrangements. If you’re interested, contact him directly. From William…

Here is the list by row of the varietals I have inherited. I have not done any DNA confirmation on the list given to me by the previous owner and home builder.

Winemaking Nuts and Bolts
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Winemaking Nuts and Bolts

There are still a couple of openings for Guy Lauterbach’s three session Winemaking Basics class. The first meeting is scheduled for August 22 at 9:00 am at Guy’s Gray Pine Winery. The 2nd meeting will be on a Sunday in mid-September and the 3rd will be on a Sunday in early October, starting at 9:00 am, exact dates to be determined. (Dates are subject to change based on in what is going on in the vineyard and winery.)

Course Topics:
Session 1 (Pre-harvest): Sanitation, equipment, crop evaluation.
Session 2: Crush, fermentation, press off.
Session 3: Racking, oaking, aging, bottling.

Masks and other protective COVID safeguards will be required. Participants will be determined on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to sign up for these sessions, please email Tony Clarabut at

A big thank you to Guy and Gray Pine Winery for providing this opportunity to SWGGA.

New Member Vineyard

New Member Vineyard

Scott and Melissa Melamed recently bought the property off McCourtney Road previously owned by members Randy and Mary Woolwine. They are new to grape growing, but have jumped right into maintaining their 200 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Zinfandel.

Because they are new to this, they would like to know if someone would be willing to get involved with their new adventure, give some advise, and maybe some help. Looking to the future, maybe someone would want to maintain the vineyard in exchange for grapes. Anything is open for discussion.

If you might be interested, or just discuss this, give Scott a call at 805-415-3749 or email: