Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

News and Events

Here’s the news, announcements and other matters of interest…

Winery Equipment For Sale

#55 (cm) Italian basket press: Great for red wine fermentations of ~250# – 800# of grapes. Excellent condition. Mounted on pallet for easy movement. $900
Includes $50 nylon mesh screen and $20 spare shivs, plus several oak spacers.
(Compare to ~$1000 new + $$$ shipping)

Stainless steel portable sump w/ screen: Perfect to fit under press or can be used for pumpovers. Has 2” tri-clamp outlet. $1200
(Compare to as much as $2000 new, plus shipping)

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November – Annual Meeting

November – Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 21st
Location: Ponderosa Hall, Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2)

The November meeting has been, for many years, a short business session with elections and then a wine tasting. This year the Board of Directors has planned a more comprehensive Annual Meeting where we want to share with the membership what the BODs does and what the various coordinators do to keep SWGGA going.

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October Meeting – Oak and Port

October Meeting – Oak and Port

This month’s SWGGA Meeting will be a combination of two short programs by Dave Elliott, with an opportunity to “put to palate” flavors and descriptions. The first program is tasting the effect of different oaks on the same wine.

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Petite Sirah Grapes On Sale

Sunshine Valley Vineyard is offering an end of season sale of Petite Sirah grapes from 8 year old vines.

Today (9/17/2019) they are at 20 brix, and should be ready to harvest near the end of the month, depending on your requirements.

Only $.50 lb., you pick.

Cheers, David Blitstein,  530-615-1297 

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Chicago Park Grapes for Sale

We have quantities of grapes from 100 to 400+ pounds that would be suitable for home wine makers. The varietals soon to be available will be:

Sauvignon Blanc Musque – 800 to 1000 pounds – ripening soon

Semillon – 300 to 400 pounds

Grenache – 100 pounds

Cinsault – 250 – 300 pounds

Tanat – 400 to 500 pounds

The grapes have been grown without pesticides or herbicides. We will pick into containers provided by customers. The price is $0.50 per pound.

Alan Tangren
Bonne Terre Vinyards

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Vineyard Visit for September

Vineyard Visit for September

On Thursday, September 19th we will be meeting at the foothill vineyard of SWGGA member Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill. With almost 30 acres of vines off of Bitney Springs Road, Kelseyville based Chacewater has been operated locally by the Manuel family for over 30 years.

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Harvest Time Reminder

From Bernie Zimmerman: As harvest approaches, this is a reminder that there is a lot of information on our website that may help you make better wine. For example, if you go to the resources section of our Members Area and click on Winery Files, you will find a number of spreadsheets that will help you with wine chemistry. Check it out in the Members Area at

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Organic Grapes Available

Chacewater Vineyards located in Nevada City has 3 tons Cabernet Franc, 5 tons Syrah, 25 tons Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5 tons of Zinfandel all organically certified available for sale this year. Free delivery available for local buyers. Call Matt for more information at 530-277-8661 or email

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