Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

News and Events

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

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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Do You Have Some Black Plastic Pots?

Does anyone have any 1-2 gallon black plastic pots they would care to be rid of? These can be dirty, labels  etc. If you have only a few, could you bring them to the SWGGA meeting on Thursday August 15th.

Or,  if you have quite a few, I can come retrieve them!

Thanks So Much!!!

Member Carrie Lou Peterson

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Basic Winemaking Program Offered

In the recent survey responses, several members indicated a desire to learn more about making wine. Guy Lauterbach, owner of Gray Pine Vineyard & Winery, has graciously agreed to teach the basics of winemaking. While the details are still being worked out, we presently envision some time spent explaining the basics of winemaking and wine chemistry, and then some hands on work making wine.

We would start by picking some red grapes at Guy’s vineyard, then going through the crushing/de-stemming process, testing and sulfiting, cold soaking, yeast inoculation, and pressing. This would take place over several days as the process unfolds, probably in late September or early October.

Before we do any significant preparatory work, we need to make sure there is sufficient interest in this proposal. So, if you are interested in participating and willing to commit to the multi-day process, please send an email to Bernie Zimmerman at .

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Due to limitations following recent major surgery, an experienced, successful winemaker is looking for one or more able-bodied assistant winemakers/cellar rats. We will make 2 to 3 white wines and two red wines. Help needed harvesting, crushing/stemming, pressing, transferring, adjusting chemistry, fermenting, and punching down. This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, which could lead to great new winemaking! Will pay in generous shares of wine produced!

If interested, please call Dave Elliott at (916) 201-2403

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Rod’s Back with the NCF Wine Competition Results

Our August Meeting will feature Rod Byers and the wines from the Nevada County Fair Home Winemaking Competition.

On Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 PM, we will continue the annual tradition of tasting the wines of the 2019 Nevada County Fair Home Winemaking Competition. Rod Byers, wine educator and writer extraordinaire, will introduce and interview the top classification winners from the fair, and we’ll all get a chance to taste the best reds, whites, rose’, dessert and fruit wines.

The meeting will be at Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2).

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UC Davis: Fermentation Readiness Program

UC Davis V&E Extension will host an On-Campus Fermentation Readiness program in the Sensory Theater at The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. It will cover harvest and fermentation decisions from the vineyard to the winery. Presentations will include vineyard decisions, getting your winery ready for harvest and how, when and what to measure in the winery laboratory.

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July Meeting

Our next meeting, in July, will be a visit to a commercial vineyard in our area. The details are still being finalized, so more info will follow soon.

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