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Cold-Hardy Grapes in Central Oregon

SHW members Grant and Yoka Koch recently relocated from Loomis to Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. Grant writes: “This is an article about a winery in central Oregon, Faith Hope & Charity, (named after the three sisters volcanoes), … it is a beautiful area and a fun place to visit so if anyone is planning to…

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Sacramento Bee Highlights Home Wine Making and SHW

At this year’s SHW’s Winemaking 101 workshop on July 22, Carolyn Wilke, Scacramento Bee’s science reporter, stayed cool as she busily interviewed the WM 101 crew, simultaneously asking questions and writing responses in her notebook.  The result is a well-rounded piece on the multi-faceted aspects of home winemaking – part science, part technical support, and all…

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Rick Kushman Talks SHW on NPR Cap Radio’s Insight Program

Rick Kushman, communications strategist for E&J Gallo, is a New York Times best selling author and an award winning journalist.  Rick is also the chief judge for the California State Fair commercial and home wine competitions. His “Kushman by the Bottle” is a monthly segment heard on NPR / Cap Radio’s Insight hosted by Beth Ruyak. …

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Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul

Vice President Donna Bettencourt has found some fun stuff. Rick Kushman and Paul Wagner and two crazy guys who know a lot and talk a lot about wine.  Rick’s a journalist and co-chief judge of the California State Fair wine competitions.  Paul is a wine industry guy who is focused on wine marketing.  Their show…

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Bob’s World of Wine – Portuguese Grapes

Bob Peak, partner with Santa Rosa’s The Beverage People and a guest speaker at SHW’s meetings,  writes “Bob’s World of Wine,” a wine-related blog published on WineMaker magazine’s web site. His latest blog post talks about the small acreage of Portuguese varietals planted in California. Bob was delighted to discover that SHW members Carol Clark…

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WineMaker Magazine Wants Your Gadgets and Innovations

Contact Dawson Raspuzzi at dawson@byo.com. WineMaker magazine is looking for home wine innovations for the Cellar Dwellers section of the magazine.  Some of you brought your bright ideas to the August meeting and some didn’t make it through the doors that evening.  If you would like WineMaker magazine to consider your invention or adaptation to share with…

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Grapes for Sale – Tips for Buyers

Do you hear the rumble?? Harvest! and the SHW website is seeing increased incoming messages of “Grapes for Sale”.  We’ll try to post these “ads” as soon as we can.  You can find these posts on the SHW web site a couple of ways: – on the right side of the SHW web page, click on “2015…

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Steve Tankersley’s Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos Recipe

We swooned over them at the Jubilee and sought out the cook who brought the cheese-filled bacon-wrapped jalapenos. Member Steve Tankersley fessed up – he’s the one who’s been playing around with these hot little guys.  He said he got the original recipe off the Internet where they’re known as Atomic Buffalo Turds or ABTs.  Steve…

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Karen MacNeil – New Video Series About Wine

Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and The NEW Wine Bible (out Spring 2015), is launching a hilarious new video series about wine. “Bible Study with Sister Karen” will cover topics ranging from the taste of tannin to the sex life of grapes, and will be posted every Sunday (naturally) and Wednesday on Karen…