Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association
News and Events
Here’s the news, announcements and other matters of interest…
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.
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
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.
Bonne Terre Vinyards
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.
Double Oak Vineyards will have fruit for sale this year:
3 tons Chardonnay
4 tons Zinfandel
3 tons Cabernet
500 # minimum sale
Call Bob @ 530-292-3235 , or email him at Bob@doubleoakwinery.com
Grapes for Sale – Rough and Ready
Field blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah
Rough and Ready Vineyard
1 Ton $800 or 1/2 ton $500
Great for a group buy of 4 winemakers
Contact Mardie 530 913-1223
Or Jorge +1 (530) 913-2426 for info
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 www.swgga.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com .
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