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2017 Harvest Moon Homage

 A Food & Wine Paring Social Event for Members and Guests of 

Knights of the Vine and The Lodi Amateur Vintners Association 

Harvest Moon Homage

Viaggio Estate & Winery
100 E. Taddei, Acampo, CA
Thursday, September 14: 6 – 8 pm
Dress: casual attire

$20 ticket ($25 at the door)
All profits to 4H, Future Farmers of America & Scholarships!

A food & wine pairing event featuring small bites provided by members of Knights of the Vine along with wine from some of the best amateur winemakers in the region!

Proceeds from the Ironstone Concours Foundations support Youth in Agriculture
John & Gail Kautz will give one free ticket to the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance (a $25 value) for every ticket purchased for the Harvest Moon Homage. The Concours d’Elegance is Saturday, September 23rd.
For more information:
NOTE: Tickets to the Concours D’ Elegance will be handed out at the Harvest Moon Homage.

 RSVPs and Checks are due by SEPTEMBER 9th

2017 Harvest Moon Homage Invitation and RSVP (53 downloads)

UC Davis Wine Program Signups

Registration Now Open for the 17th Annual
UC Davis Wine Executive Program

March 26-30, 2017

In its 17th year, the UC Davis Wine Executive Program is uniquely designed to teach the fundamentals of winemaking and grape growing along with the business and management skills necessary to be successful in today’s challenging and dynamic wine industry.

Last year, the program sold out on January 20th, so register early to ensure your participation in this one of a kind professional development program!

Learn More

We encourage you to take advantage of early bird pricing to secure your spot in this limited-registration event. Save $200 by registering before the end of the year. Special pricing is also available when multiple participants from the same organization register at the same time.Click here for a more in-depth breakdown of the program fees.

Register Today to Receive Early Bird Pricing


SAVE THE DATE-The 3rd Annual Bottle Shock Open HOME International Wine Competition


The 3rd Annual Bottle Shock Open HOME International Wine Competition…Held in Lodi, California…is now SET for 2016

“The Educational Home Wine Competition”

Here are the key dates:

  • Monday, May 23, 2016: First day for accepting entries for The Bottle Shock Open!
  • Sunday, June 26, 2016: Last day to accept wines at all Drop-off locations
  • Sunday, July 3, 2016: Last day to accept wines at the Cellar (Woodbridge Winery)
  • Monday, July 18, 2016: Competition to be held at Viaggio Winery in Lodi

This year the wines will be cellared at Woodbridge Winery (Mondavi) here in Woodbridge.

Stay tuned for shipping instructions, and drop off locations!


The Bottle Shock Open TEAM

Equipment Needs Oct 1, 2015 thru Oct 4, 2015

If you are in need of checking out equipment for your wine making between Thursday October 1, 2015 and Sunday October 4, 2015, please contact DON NORMANnot Charlie.  We do not put contact information in posts to protect our members privacy.  You can get Don’s number on the website membership list if you are logged into the system.  Otherwise email and we will make sure you get the contact info.

UP Country Zin Available NOW

From Aaron Kidder: (contact him using your membership lookup online)
I have a neighbor (1 block away from me) up here in Pioneer.  He has a small vineyard of Zinfandel.
We are at 3500 feet here (a little too high for grapes) and I asked him what possessed him to plant grapes.  Turns out it was his brother-in-law who planted them 5 years back and he bought the house from him.
Anyway – he doesn’t want to just drop the fruit so was hoping someone might be interested in making wine with it.  If so – he would “give the fruit away” in return for 1 case when done.
I just walked the vineyard, and did a sugar test.
The fruit is in good shape but not ripe yet (at around 17 brix)
It won’t make 24 and I’d guess it lucky if it makes 20 given the weather is going to start to cool here in another week or so.
That said – it might make a nice White Zin or Rose (at 20 brix)
I’m guessing around 500 lbs (maybe a little more)
Contact Aaron Kidder for more information.

2015 Club Crush

To ALL the club members who have never made wine before and would like give it a try this year…….

Charlie and Mamie Starr have again generously agreed to donate Zinfandel from their vineyard to further the cause of fermenting grapes in every cellar, shed, garage, and/or spare bathroom in Lodi. If you have any hesitation to make wine because you don’t think that you are up to the challenge, come to the meeting on Thursday and we will lubricate you with some home made wine and promises of technical expertise, immoral support and twist your arm until you relent to getting your hands dirty and have fun on a challenging, creative adventure. If the wine doesn’t turn out you can always give it a second chance as a great vinegar!

That might be a little problem because ALL the wines from new members just keep getting better. Besides many experienced winemakers willing to help you out, there have been two opportunities to get anonymous feedback on newbie efforts with the annual club crush judging by LAVA members and the Bear Creek Winery organoleptic evaluation done by professional winemakers complete with laboratory analysis of your wine.

If you would like to contribute to the annual plume of CO2 wafting from Lodi by making your own wine, or you can offer to mentor someone though their first crush, contact Dany Coyne at meeting on Thursday August 20th at Heritage Oak Winery.

Depending on the response of aspiring winemakers, newer winemakers can take a place in line to try again with another varietal.

Dan Coyne

Barrel Recouping

We just talked with Lori at ReCoop which does recooping of barrels for the wine industry and lots of local wineries use their services like Macchia, Jeremy Wince Co and others and she is doing a one-time recoop on peoples existing barrels of $110 per barrel + cost of return to Lodi which will probably run $20. She is sending a truck to Lodi to pick up barrels from Tim at Macchia and is looking to fill up the 55′ truck.

Normal price runs over $200 per barrel so this is a significant savings

Lori can be reached at 707 829 7103. People want to ask me any further questions they can call Jerry Manzel.