Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

News and Events

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

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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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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