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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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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…

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Lake County Wineries Take Top Awards at American Fine Wine Competition

SHW Member David Hicks shares honors earned by Lake County wineries at the American Fine Wine Competition held in southern Florida. David would like to add a note regarding Sol Rouge Winery (one of the article’s main subjects) “…Bryan Kane’s winery is actually on Treasure Island along with 11 others.  It’s a wonderful and unusual…

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Cresci Vineyard – Sacramento Bee Article

Long time Sacramento Home Winemakers members Gerald and Nellie Cresci were featured in an August 29, 2012 Sacramento Bee article.  Authored by wine writer and judge, Mike Dunne, the article highlights Cresci Vineyard grapes and the appellation-appropriate varietals grown on the vineyard since 1983.  The grapes, lovingly tended by the Crescis, produce award winning wines for…

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The Vine of Life

La Vide de la Vida You never know what life brings.  With the wine making experience of only one prior vintage in 2007, member Pilar Millar, now 84 years old, made a 2010 merlot.  She liked the taste of it and entered the merlot into the 2011 SHW June Jubilee and the wine won a silver award. What…