June Meeting – Wine Competition Awards and Discussion

June Meeting – Wine Competition Awards and Discussion

At our next monthly meeting on June 17th, Rod Byers will present the final results and special awards for the 2021 SWGGA Wine Competition, describe the judging process and discuss the winning wines with the winemakers, as he has done in the past. Getting to know how some of the best wines were made is always a hit, as is Rod’s inimitable way of conducting the meeting. We hope everyone will attend this special event.

There were a total of 51 wines submitted, of which 33 were Red, 13 Whites, 4 Roses’ and one dessert wine.

As of this writing, it will be by Zoom on Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 PM. You will be emailed the Zoom Invitation on the morning of the 17th.

Vineyard Help Request
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Vineyard Help Request

Hello!

We just bought a property near Round Mountain with 1.25 acres of 5 different red varietals. You may know our place, as this property was previously owned by Gary Glaze.

As much as we LOVE wine and would like to learn more about making wine, we do not have the bandwidth to tend to these lovely vines right now. We would love to find someone interested in taking over the vineyard. Please contact me for more details, Amy Taylor; amyreneetaylor@gmail.com or 510-292-9806

May Meeting – Can This Wine Be Saved?

May Meeting – Can This Wine Be Saved?

Get your wines ready for our May Meeting:  “Can This Wine be Saved” Hear expert commentary on your favorite or not-so-favorite wine that you made with loving care. 

We don’t have to have 750 ml bottle samples.  But whatever bottle you use, exclude air, have a good closure, and label it with your name and what’s in the bottle… the usual. 

Drop off your sample at the UPS store at 111 Bank Street in Grass Valley starting Tuesday, May 18 through Thursday May 20 at 5 PM.  If you need an alternate drop off, let me know:  Peter Willcox: willcoxps@yahoo.com.

April Evening Zoom With Chik Brennemen

April Evening Zoom With Chik Brennemen

We’re lucky to have Chik Brenneman speak to us as Chik is a busy guy.  Retiring from UCD Teaching and Research Winery in 2019, he is now back with a small, start-up winery:  the Baker Family Winery.  At UCD, Chik was principle to getting the Research Winery designed, built and operating. The winery currently crushes about 100 tons.  Imagine simultaneous fermentations with, say, different temperatures and/or yeasts, and/or extended maceration times.

March Meeting in the Zoom Laboratory

March Meeting in the Zoom Laboratory

This meeting’s program will concentrate on Lab Techniques, mainly how to use a pH meter to measure grape juice and wine pH; how to measure Total Acidity (TA), and some comments on general lab practices as relates to our interests. You will see chemistry in action as there will be actual demonstrations! Equipment! Chemicals! Glassware! All in the name of better wine! Our speaker will be John Lyon, whom is a chemist and runs the Wine Lab in the heart of Sierra Moonshine. And, best of all, John is one of us, a SWGGA member.