May Meeting – Can This Wine Be Saved?

May Meeting – Can This Wine Be Saved?

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: willcoxps@yahoo.com.

April Evening Zoom With Chik Brennemen

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.

March Meeting in the Zoom Laboratory

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

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

December – A Special Holiday Meeting

As we’re sure you’re aware, due to our new way of life, there will be no SWGGA Holiday Party this year, so we’ve decided to have a special Holiday Zoom Meeting on Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM.

Get your favorite Holiday sweater, ugly or not, a glass (or 2) of wine and join us for our Holiday Zoom Social. We all miss the social hour at our regular meetings, so we’ll do it via Zoom! Have a glass of wine and chat. Maybe we can get to know each other better, let everyone know how your 2020 wine is coming along, or ask some questions.

We’ll send out the Zoom invitation on Thursday the 17th, and hoping you can all make it.

November is for Elections and Port

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.

September Meeting on Zoom

September Meeting on Zoom

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!