Pruning Demonstration Scheduled

The pruning “class” is scheduled for March 13 at 10AM, unless it rains, whereupon we will move it a week.  (We’ll notify participants if that is the case.)  This will be at Curtis Peterson’s vineyard a bit south of Grass Valley.  If you are interested and are not on the list, contact Peter Willcox at

Platform Scale For Sale

Platform Scale For Sale

Available for all your winery and vineyard weighing tasks!

1000 lb. platform scale with both standard and metric weights. $75.00

Contact David Blitstein for more information.


Winemaking Nuts and Bolts

Winemaking Basics Still Open

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 Members Need Some Input

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: