Winemaking Nuts and Bolts
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Winemaking Nuts and Bolts

There are still a couple of openings for Guy Lauterbach’s three session Winemaking Basics class. The first meeting is scheduled for August 22 at 9:00 am at Guy’s Gray Pine Winery. The 2nd meeting will be on a Sunday in mid-September and the 3rd will be on a Sunday in early October, starting at 9:00 am, exact dates to be determined. (Dates are subject to change based on in what is going on in the vineyard and winery.)

Course Topics:
Session 1 (Pre-harvest): Sanitation, equipment, crop evaluation.
Session 2: Crush, fermentation, press off.
Session 3: Racking, oaking, aging, bottling.

Masks and other protective COVID safeguards will be required. Participants will be determined on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to sign up for these sessions, please email Tony Clarabut at

A big thank you to Guy and Gray Pine Winery for providing this opportunity to SWGGA.

New Member Vineyard

New Member Vineyard

Scott and Melissa Melamed recently bought the property off McCourtney Road previously owned by members Randy and Mary Woolwine. They are new to grape growing, but have jumped right into maintaining their 200 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Zinfandel.

Because they are new to this, they would like to know if someone would be willing to get involved with their new adventure, give some advise, and maybe some help. Looking to the future, maybe someone would want to maintain the vineyard in exchange for grapes. Anything is open for discussion.

If you might be interested, or just discuss this, give Scott a call at 805-415-3749 or email:

Grapes for Sale – Attention Winemakers

Grapes for Sale – Attention Winemakers

We have a quality Field blend of mostly Zinfandel, some Sangiovese, Petite Syrah grapes for sale.
Perfect Location in Rough and Ready California. Well cared for vineyard.

1 Ton $600 or 1/2 ton for $400. Has been compared at $1200 a ton. Great for a group buy. You pick or we can hand pick into your bins for a fee.

Contact Mardie 530-913-1223 Or Jorge 530-913-2426 for info

August Meeting is in the Vineyard

August Meeting is in the Vineyard

August’s meeting will be a (Virtual) Trip to Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery.

We’re excited that Jack Starr of Sierra Starr Winery will be leading us on a virtual tour of their vineyard and winery at our August 20 regular meeting. Our Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm with information and business and then move in to the Starr program. Jack will be showing us his vineyard, his techniques for evaluating grape readiness and how he chooses the grapes to sample as he prepares for harvest.

Jon Smedberg will be our videographer and we will put together a video that we’ll show during the Zoom. Jack will also be available to answer questions from the group after we show the video.
We’re excited about this trip to the vineyard and hope that you will join us on this adventure!

Time: 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 20, 2020 The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you.

Annual Picnic Cancelled

Annual Picnic Cancelled

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the SWGGA Picnic for 2020.
Originally scheduled for June 12th at the home of Gary Glaze and Teri Dougherty, the Board of Directors felt the picnic would not allow for proper social distancing and other elements of the pandemic guidelines from the state and local officials.