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Our Next Meeting

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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Kelley Levin discusses Wine and Cheese Pairing


We welcome Kelley Levin, Marketing Communications Manager for sister brands

Marin French Cheese Co. and Laura Chenel. 
Kelley will join us to talk about the Art of Pairing Cheese and Wine. 

We will be pairing cheeses with our home winemakers wines.

This meeting will be at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma. 
With the fine weather, we meet in the Secret Garden off the parking lot
behind the Sonoma Community Center.  The meeting starts at 7:00pm.
Come as early as 6:30 to enjoy a glass of wine and reconnect with friends.  


See you on June 8th for what will be a great speaker and a delicious event!

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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

July 13, 2023

Guest speaker: Rubàn Calatayud, 

Enologist at Enologist at Kosta Browne Winery

Rubån will continue with his 16 issues home winemakers face.

September 14, 2023

Guest speaker: Leigh Meyering, 

Enologist & Winemaker at myEnologist

November 9, 2023

Guest speaker - TBD


Upcoming Events

August 17, 2023

The Pot Luck Summer Picnic

Further details will be provided in our monthly news letter.

Past Speakers

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

  • 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 WineryRueben has earned the reputation as the “Wine Doctor” and the solver of wine problems by fixing any wine issues that come his way.

  • 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.

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

  • Taylor Serres, Granddaughter at The Serres Ranch Farm and Winery - History of the valley.

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

  • Mike Sangiacomo, 3rd gen. grape grower - Vineyard management during winter months.

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

  • Katie, Winemakers at St Francis Winery - Winemaking techniques.

  • Steve Hill, History of winemaking and vineyard management.

  • Alison Crowe, Author of the Winemaker's Answer Book.

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

  • 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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