Primitivo Varietal Focus Group for New Winemakers

Contact Henry Wilkinson at and 916 997-3056.

Cellar Master Henry, who is coordinating the Beginning Winemaking Varietal Focus Group, reminds interested members to contact him ASAP if interested in participating in this group.  Mentors are available to guide new winemakers through their first batch.

Two tons of primitivo from El Dorado’s Shaker Ridge Vineyard have been reserved for this group.  Owners and winemakers Andy and Elizabeth Standeven have scheduled a vineyard walk for Saturday, August 16.  This event is open only to those participants who have signed up; more details to follow.  Harvest is anticipated at the end of August.  More information about the vineyard can be found at

New winemakers – members whom have not made wine before – will have priority access to these grapes.

Second priority will go to new members who may have made a batch or two of wine prior to this harvest but didn’t like the results.  These novice winemakers will also have access to the group’s mentors.

If you’re interested, don’t wait!  Heard on the grapevine today that Temecula started its harvest!