Sonoma Home Winemakers meet the second Thursday of each month except August and December (see below). We meet at the Vintage House, 264 First St E, Sonoma, CA 95476. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM and last until around 9:00 PM. We encourage members to bring wines they are particularly proud of or for which they want member assessments and advice. Most meeting have a guest speaker who offers insights into viticulture and oenology as practiced in the Sonoma Valley, with lively discussion following.
The August meeting is given over to our annual pot luck picnic (where we taste more home made wines) and the December meeting is replaced by our Christmas party.
The meeting schedule for 2019 follows.
January 10 – Vineyard Management during Winter Months
- The Sonoma Home Winemakers will host guest speaker Mike Sangiacomo on Thursday, Jan. 10. The third-generation grape farmer’s family has been growing grapes in Sonoma Valley for more than 50 years. He will discuss vineyard management with an emphasis on dormant vines, and winter activities to control saturated soil, weed control and cover crops.
February 14 – [planned] Distilling (informational)
March 14 – Making Port
April 11 – Wood and Wine Barrels
May 9 – Wine Making: Post-fermentation to Bottling
June 13 – Canopy Management
July 11 – Bottling and Sealing
August 8 – SHW Picnic
September 12 – Yeast
October 10 – [TBD]
November 14 – Pruning
December 12 – SHW Holiday Dinner