The pruning “class” is scheduled for March 13 at 10AM, unless it rains, whereupon we will move it a week. (We’ll notify participants if that is the case.) This will be at Curtis Peterson’s vineyard a bit south of Grass Valley. If you are interested and are not on the list, contact Peter Willcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s time to start preparing your vineyard for the coming season. Pruning, cleaning the spray equipment, mower servicing and much more. Ready for fertilizing and watering?
The February Zoom program will be about the two things your grape vines need, fertilizer and water. It won’t be long before you’ll be thinking about both. Macronutrients, think N-K-P, and the alphabet soup of micronutrients. And let’s not forget H-2-O! Needed to make W-I-N-E.
Sierra Starr’s Jackson Starr has agreed to share the ABCs of watering and fertilizing to maximize our harvests. This general Zoom meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 18th. Your Zoom invitation will bye emailed to all on that date.
We hope to see everyone then.
As we’re sure you’re aware, due to our new way of life, there will be no SWGGA Holiday Party this year, so we’ve decided to have a special Holiday Zoom Meeting on Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM.
Get your favorite Holiday sweater, ugly or not, a glass (or 2) of wine and join us for our Holiday Zoom Social. We all miss the social hour at our regular meetings, so we’ll do it via Zoom! Have a glass of wine and chat. Maybe we can get to know each other better, let everyone know how your 2020 wine is coming along, or ask some questions.
We’ll send out the Zoom invitation on Thursday the 17th, and hoping you can all make it.
The November SWGGA meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Elliott entitled “Techniques for Producing Port-style Wines in the Home Winery”. Three examples of a Port-style wine will be discussed and an opportunity to taste each wine in real time, and note the differences for yourself.
Twenty-five packets containing one and a half oz samples of each of the three wines along with slides will be available for our members to pick up from the Grass Valley UPS Store from Monday the 16th through Thursday the 19th, prior to the meeting. The samples are available to our members on a first come basis.
Our presenter for October will be Russ Warren of ACIC Cork & Closures. He’s extremely experienced in the world of corks, and is entertaining as well. You may change your attitude about something we sometimes take for granted.
A panel consisting of one professional and three home wine makers will each tell how they use sulfite in the making of their wines. Starting at crush, through the aging process, and finally at bottling. When do you add, how much to add, do you measure? If you use a formula, when do you deviate? Red vs. white? High pH vs. low? Let’s talk parts per million!
A prospective member, William Anderson, recently contacted us regarding a property he purchased that has a vineyard. He’s looking for input from knowledgable people in the area and would like to see the grapes go to a good home this year. He’s open to any ideas or arrangements. If you’re interested, contact him directly. From William…
Here is the list by row of the varietals I have inherited. I have not done any DNA confirmation on the list given to me by the previous owner and home builder.
Just in case you missed our meeting last Thursday, we’ve put the video of our visit to Sierra Starr Winery & Vineyard on YouTube.
Thanks to all who contributed to the production… well done!
Here’s the link: