We are fortunate to have Alison Crowe join us by Zoom for this meeting. Alison is a very busy winemaker, and finds time to write columns (known as the Wine Wizard) for WineMaker magazine and has books to her credit. “The Wine Maker’s Answer Book” is a tour de force, as they say; well worth reading and keeping as a reference.
The annual SWGGA picnic returns
When: August 29 from 5 to 9 PM
Where: Poolside at the Schafer residence in Alta Sierra
What: Our usual potluck format. We will provide the barbecue.
Feature: Your opportunity to taste the wines entered in this year‘s competition
An invitation and other details will follow.
From David Blitstein: Would you please run a blast for these kegs. I have
4 – 15 gal – $35 each
1 – 7.5 gal – $25 each
2 – 5 gal – $20 each
They have been cleaned and are ready to be used.
If interested, contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-615-1297
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.
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; email@example.com or 510-292-9806
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Linda Lyon:
I have 8 yards of organic horse manure compost ready for pick up. If anyone is interested, I can load with my tractor. I have some flexibility for pick up, but, please contact me for scheduling.
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.