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Wine Barrel Care Guide for Home Winemakers

The Beverage People, Sonoma County’s one-stop wine making and all things fermentation supply store has updated their Wine Barrel Care Guide for Home Winemakers.  The 2021 publication covers what’s needed so that your barrels continue to help you make good wines even after years of use.  The guide’s topics include hydration, pH balance, cleaning, and…

Viticulture | Winemaking Help

Got Pests?

Be proactive this year and don’t let your vineyard get out of control. SHW member Paul Baldwin, who has been farming for a long time, brought to our attention one of the most complete resources on pest management. What pests, you ask? Just about anything that can damage your vines and berries including insects, nematodes,…

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Save The Grapes: Pest Control in the Vineyard

You don’t mind sharing but sometimes hungry nature doesn’t know when to stop. Cellarmasters of Los Angeles’ President Andy Cordadeshi shares some of his home vineyard pest management ideas. Check out his vid on YouTube and also on SHW’s website (click on More Resources tab and choose Home Viticulture).

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Videos for July 15, 2020 Meeting: Scott Harvey Series

Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines shares a series of videos demonstrating techniques for determining and adjusting levels of components in wine.  Viewing these videos is helpful for the July 15, 2020 SHW meeting webinar “Adjusting pH in Wine” featuring Scott Harvey and the winery’s assistant winemaker Mollie Haycock. The upcoming Scott Harvey webinar requires…

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Video: Hot July Weather – Watering Your Vines

Hot summer temperatures are forecasted for this coming week. Wondering if  your vines need water? Andy Coradeschi, with the SoCal home winemaking club Cellarmasters of Los Angeles, has posted a video on the Cellarmasters YouTube channel. Follow Andy as he inspects his vines and explains when he’ll be irrigating them again. More home viticulture videos…

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Free Enartis Webinar

Periodically Enartis hosts webinars on different topics of interest to the winemaking community. While intended for the commercial winemaker, home winemakers such as ourselves can also benefit from this information. Their next webinar, How to Avoid and Treat Reductive Wines, will be held Tuesday, January 21st from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. PST. To register for…

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Will Work in Winery for Free in Europe in 2020

SHW member David Ichikawa writes: …”In 2020, I’m travelling for an indefinite number of months in Europe. If anyone has contacts with a winery that might be interested in free labor (say 15 hours/week for several weeks), that might be a fun way to see an area and their winemaking methods. Spain is my preference…

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Response: Restarting Stuck Fermentation with Wine Juice Kit

A member asked whether juice from a wine kit could be used to restart a stuck fermentation. Veteran Rex Johnston responds with a clear “no”! Read Rex’s rationale here. (Scroll to bottom of post.) More questions and responses to your wine making inquiries can be found under Member Resources, Winemaker Q & A.