Meeting

April Evening Zoom With Chik Brennemen

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.

Prior to his 13 year stint at UCD, Chik worked in several wineries in the foothills, from small to large, from Amador Foothill and Terre Rouge in Amador to Mondavi in Lodi.

Much of this session will likely be driven by your questions. This is an opportunity to hear some answers from a person with both education and experience. But Zoom can constrain the process, so kindly think of your questions ahead of time and send them to me (willcoxps@yahoo.com). I will consolidate and get them to Chik. Of course there will still be opportunity for “live” Q&A.

The meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 15th. You will receive your Zoom invitation the morning of the 15th.

March Meeting in the Zoom Laboratory

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.

February Meeting – Vineyard Irrigation and Fertilization

It’s time to start preparing your vineyard for the coming season. Pruning, cleaning the spray equipment, mower servicing and much more. Ready for fertilizing and watering?

The February Zoom program will be about the two things your grape vines need, fertilizer and water. It won’t be long before you’ll be thinking about both. Macronutrients, think N-K-P, and the alphabet soup of micronutrients. And let’s not forget H-2-O! Needed to make W-I-N-E. 

Sierra Starr’s Jackson Starr has agreed to share the ABCs of watering and fertilizing to maximize our harvests. This general Zoom meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 18th. Your Zoom invitation will bye emailed to all on that date.

We hope to see everyone then.

December – A Special Holiday Meeting

It’s time to start preparing your vineyard for the coming season. Pruning, cleaning the spray equipment, mower servicing and much more. Ready for fertilizing and watering?

The February Zoom program will be about the two things your grape vines need, fertilizer and water. It won’t be long before you’ll be thinking about both. Macronutrients, think N-K-P, and the alphabet soup of micronutrients. And let’s not forget H-2-O! Needed to make W-I-N-E. 

Sierra Starr’s Jackson Starr has agreed to share the ABCs of watering and fertilizing to maximize our harvests. This general Zoom meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 18th. Your Zoom invitation will bye emailed to all on that date.

We hope to see everyone then.

November is for Elections and Port

The November SWGGA meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Elliott entitled “Techniques for Producing Port-style Wines in the Home Winery”. Three examples of a Port-style wine will be discussed and an opportunity to taste each wine in real time, and note the differences for yourself. 

Twenty-five packets containing one and a half oz samples of each of the three wines along with slides will be available for our members to pick up from the Grass Valley UPS Store from Monday the 16th through Thursday the 19th, prior to the meeting. The samples are available to our members on a first come basis. 

The meeting will be on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 PM. This, of course, will be a Zoom Meeting. You will receive an invitation by email prior to the this date.

I addition to this fun program we will be announcing the results of our 2020 SWGGA Election.The slate for the 2021 SWGGA Officers and Directors was published in the last Trellis Wire. In the next few days, you will receive a ballot by email that you can fill out and return no later than Thursday, November 19, 2020.

See you on Zoom.

Corks – Forest to Bottle

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October is for Corks


Our presenter for October will be Russ Warren of ACIC Cork & Closures. He’s extremely experienced in the world of corks, and is entertaining as well. You may change your attitude about something we sometimes take for granted. His background:
My cork adventure began at an early age and has grown into a 30+ year passion. It has been fascinating to observe and participate in the evolution of an industry now utilizing the latest technologies to produce a cleaner and more neutral product. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with major producers of cork stoppers in Portugal, Italy, Spain and France to learn their process from forest to bottle. Our product, not unlike yours, is grown and cared for over time, seasoned and aged, then crafted to create the finest closures on the market.
The meeting will be by Zoom at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 15th. You will get an email with the invitation.

September Meeting on Zoom

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All About Sulfites


Using  Sulfites
A panel consisting of one professional and three home wine makers will each tell how they use sulfite in the making of their wines.   Starting at crush, through the aging process, and finally at bottling.  When do you add, how much to add, do you measure?  If you use a formula, when do you deviate?   Red vs. white?  High pH vs. low?  Let’s talk parts per million!

Hope you can join us for this virtual meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 9/17/20.  Look for a Zoom invitation coming soon!

August Meeting is in the Vineyard

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August Meeting is in the Vineyard


August’s meeting will be a (Virtual) Trip to Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery.

We’re excited that Jack Starr of Sierra Starr Winery will be leading us on a virtual tour of their vineyard and winery at our August 20 regular meeting.  Our Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm with information and business and then move in to the Starr program.  Jack will be showing us his vineyard, his techniques for evaluating grape readiness and how he chooses the grapes to sample as he prepares for harvest. 

Jon Smedberg will be our videographer and we will put together a video that we’ll show during the Zoom.  Jack will also be available to answer questions from the group after we show the video.  
We’re excited about this trip to the vineyard and hope that you will join us on this adventure!

Time:  7:00 PM on Thursday, August 20, 2020  The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you.