Wine tasting at Ponderosa Hall! That’s the big idea for our October meeting. We will explore the world of low-cost wine. Dare I say cheap? They may surprise you. You’ll be the judge of six wines, and it will be a blind tasting. They’ll be commercial wines so that you can say what you’re really thinking – you won’t hurt anybody’s feelings. We’ll see if we can arrive at some sort of consensus when the dust settles. Bring two glasses each, as we will taste in pairs: A versus B, and so forth.
So, it has been decided, in order to keep in contact with the SWGGA membership, there will be a Zoom meeting on September 16th at 7:00 PM. This will be a casual meeting with general discussions, Q & A about wine and grapes, harvest, crush, or anything else you’d like to discuss. Pour a glass of wine and enjoy.
Our annual SWGGA Potluck and Barbecue Picnic originally scheduled at the home of members Al and Linda Schafer on Sunday, August 29th, has been cancelled by the SWGGA Board of Directors. Everyone is disappointed with this difficult decision, but the health and well being of our members has to come first.
We are fortunate to have Alison Crowe join us by Zoom for this meeting. Alison is a very busy winemaker, and finds time to write columns (known as the Wine Wizard) for WineMaker magazine and has books to her credit. “The Wine Maker’s Answer Book” is a tour de force, as they say; well worth reading and keeping as a reference.
At our next monthly meeting on June 17th, Rod Byers will present the final results and special awards for the 2021 SWGGA Wine Competition, describe the judging process and discuss the winning wines with the winemakers, as he has done in the past. Getting to know how some of the best wines were made is always a hit, as is Rod’s inimitable way of conducting the meeting. We hope everyone will attend this special event.
There were a total of 51 wines submitted, of which 33 were Red, 13 Whites, 4 Roses’ and one dessert wine.
As of this writing, it will be by Zoom on Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 PM. You will be emailed the Zoom Invitation on the morning of the 17th.
Get your wines ready for our May Meeting: “Can This Wine be Saved” Hear expert commentary on your favorite or not-so-favorite wine that you made with loving care.
We don’t have to have 750 ml bottle samples. But whatever bottle you use, exclude air, have a good closure, and label it with your name and what’s in the bottle… the usual.
Drop off your sample at the UPS store at 111 Bank Street in Grass Valley starting Tuesday, May 18 through Thursday May 20 at 5 PM. If you need an alternate drop off, let me know: Peter Willcox: email@example.com.
We’re lucky to have Chik Brenneman speak to us as Chik is a busy guy. Retiring from UCD Teaching and Research Winery in 2019, he is now back with a small, start-up winery: the Baker Family Winery. At UCD, Chik was principle to getting the Research Winery designed, built and operating. The winery currently crushes about 100 tons. Imagine simultaneous fermentations with, say, different temperatures and/or yeasts, and/or extended maceration times.
This meeting’s program will concentrate on Lab Techniques, mainly how to use a pH meter to measure grape juice and wine pH; how to measure Total Acidity (TA), and some comments on general lab practices as relates to our interests. You will see chemistry in action as there will be actual demonstrations! Equipment! Chemicals! Glassware! All in the name of better wine! Our speaker will be John Lyon, whom is a chemist and runs the Wine Lab in the heart of Sierra Moonshine. And, best of all, John is one of us, a SWGGA member.