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Our Next Meeting

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Thursday March 14, 2024

Sonoma Community Center Room 110,

276 East Napa Road, Sonoma 

Robert Rex, Deerfield Winery 2018 Winemaker of the Year with 4 double gold medals from the American Fine Wine Competition.  Robert will share his experience as a winemaker including his “clean wine” methods.

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Sonoma Home Winemakers meet the 2nd Thursday of each month except August and December. 

We meet at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA

Socializing at 6:30. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM

We encourage members to bring wines they are particularly proud of
or for which they want member assessments and advice.

Most meetings have a guest speaker who offers insights into viticulture and oenology. 

Upcoming Meetings

April 11,  2024

Speaker - Allison Bettis,

vineyard manager for Silver Oak Cellars will talk about her methods of vineyard management.  


Sonoma Community Center - Room 110


6:30 Socializing 7:00 Start

May 9,  2024

Speaker - TBD


Sonoma Community Center - Room 110


6:30 Socializing 7:00 Start

June 13,  2024

Speaker - TBD


Sonoma Community Center - Room 110


6:30 Socializing 7:00 Start


Pruning Demo

Extending a huge thank you to everyone who attended the pruning demonstration at the Tex Juen Park & Vineyard on Saturday, February 3.  We had a great turn out and we think everyone left having learned something new and useful. 

Keep your eyes peeled for de-suckering vineyard demonstrations as the season progresses.

Past Speakers

  • Eric Close, A Vineyard Manager with Enterprise Vineyard Management . Winemakers and vineyard owners call on Enterprise Vineyards when they aspire to the highest standards of responsible stewardship of land and resources. 

  • Maggie Staines, Assistant General Manager of La Rochelle Winery.  She spoke about “The Tasting Experience - Past, Present, & Future.” We strongly encourage you to visit her at La Rochelle Winery.

  • Leigh Meyering, Enologist & Winemaker at myEnologist.Leigh's technical skills enhance her creative vision creating a diverse background in all levels of production. myEnologist

  • Ruben Calatayud, Second part of the seminar on "common winemaking mistakes". Rueben, the “Wine Doctor”,  presented 16 common problems and solutions. Ruben is Enologist at Kosta Browne Winery  that is part of the Duckhorn Portfolio.

  • Kelley Levin, Marketing Communications Manager for sister brands Marin French Cheese Co. and Laura Chenel.  Kelley conducted a class on the Art of Pairing Cheese and Wine. 

  • Mike Faulk, Lab Technician for Enartis discusses tips for the home winemaker- yeast strains, nutrients and wine adds. Mikes favorites yeast strain is WS.
    Enartis winemaker's solutions


  • Rick Tranchina, Co-owner of the new shop in town, Pomme Cider Shop & Tap Room discusses the changing trend towards lighter, lower alcohol and even alcohol-free beverages.  These beverages include artisanal ciders, Pét Nats, natural fermentations, and other styles of wines and ferments. 

  • Ruben Calatayud, Enologist at Kosta Browne Winery . Rueben has earned the reputation as the “Wine Doctor” and the solver of wine problems by fixing any wine issues that come his way.  Kosta Browne is part of the Duckhorn Portfolio.

  • Sam Baron, Winemaker GM at Kivelstadt Cellars -  California non-traditional varietal & style winemaking.

  • Jack Sporer, the co-owner and manager of Magnolia Wine Services -  Ways to make the vineyards better using natural, organic and regenerative farming methods.  Jack makes wine under the label Fresh Wine Co

  • Brian Casey, Sommelier at The Sonoma  Mission Inn - Wine varietals and history of local grape growers.

  • Taylor Serres, History of the valley through the eyes of The Serres Ranch Farm and Winery that spans six generations of growers and winemakers. 

  • Mike Benziger, Founder of Benziger Winery - Importance of pollinators in the vineyard and beyond. 

  • Mike Sangiacomo, 3rd gen. grape grower Sangiacomo Wines.

  • Robert Rex, Winemaker at Deerfield Ranch Winery - Use of sulfites in winemaking. 

  • Katie Madigan, Winemaker at St Francis Winery - Winemaking techniques.

  • Steve Hill, Grower and winemaker. History of winemaking and vineyard management. Durrell Vineyards

  • Alison Crowe, Winemaker at Garnet Vineyards, columnist, UC lecturer and author of the Winemaker's Answer Book - winemaking techniques.

  • Ken Wornick, Winemaker at Dysfunctional Family Winery - Fruits, tannins and the best time to pick grapes.

  • Bill Reading with Sonoma Portworks - The art and science of making Port.

  • Jeff Murrell, Director of Research at StaVin - Barrels, Oak,and Aging Techniques

  • Michael Jones, Fermentation Specialist at Scott Laboratories - Yeast and Fermentation.

  • Lydia Constantini, Manager of Sonoma Mission Gardens- Compatible local plants to support sustainable vineyard farming.

  • Jeff Gaffner, owner/winemaker of Saxon Brown - The business of wine marking and harvesting grapes.

  • John Rodrigues, Founder of Home Wine Lab - Testing and analysis to protect what goes in the bottle.

  • Casey Graybehl, founder and winemaker at The Grenachista Wine Company - Producing the Rhone-style varietal, Grenache.

  • Bob Peak, Writer/Editor for Winemaker Magazine - Critical decisions that need to be made on harvest and winemaking.

  • Doug Ghiselin, SHW member - Managing vine growth and removing suckers. 

  • Rich Treghillo, Chef and SHW member - Wine and food pairing.

  • Dennis Przybycien, SHW member - Vineyard pruning demonstration.

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