September 2018 Meeting

There will be a SDAWS Meeting on 9/29/2018 at 2 PM at the house of John and Lorraine Estey, 15434 Paseo Penasco, Escondido, CA 92025.

Has it been a strange year for growing grapes for you?

Have your grapes ripened evenly or are they turning to raisins in the sun while others still remain green?

Have you learned new tricks for netting or bird repellent that you’d like to share with fellow vineyard owners?

Come to the home of John and Lorraine Estey on September 29th and share your stories with fellow SDAWS winemakers.

Invite your friends to become members.

More to come. . .

June Meeting – 6/9/18 at 2 pm

Bring a list of your grapevine growing questions to the next SDAWS meeting 2 PM, Saturday June 9th at 1435 Logan Court, Escondido, CA 92027.

There will be a guest speaker to answer your questions on vineyard management and what can go wrong in growing your own wine grapes.

Bring a bottle of your wine to share, and one for the raffle, along with your own glasses, a chair, and cheese and crackers to share with the group.

November Meeting

Don’t forget about our November meeting!

It will be on November 18th at 13909 Indian Canyon Ln in Poway.

We’ll start at around 2pm and end at 5pm or so.

Bring some of your wine to share.

There will be a guest speaker so prepare to be intrigued.

August meeting

Hi everybody,
There will be a SDAWS meeting on 8/5 noon to 2 at Ramona Ranch Winery. There will be a group email sent out with more information. Hope everybody can make it.

SDAWS June Meeting at Domaine Artefact Vineyard and Winery

Hello All,

Just an update on upcoming meeting on 6/17/17  from Noon to 2pm. Domaine Artefact   15404 Highland Valley Rd   Escondido, CA

This will be our first meeting in a long time, so we are asking to hold off on bringing wine. Mark and Lynn La Chapelle have so kindly offered to host our meeting, there will be wine available at this event from Domaine Artefact.  You can bring cheese, crackers….  Mark will also be the guest speaker there.  We are hoping to update the email list and add as many new members as possible . Please let everybody know that is interested about the meeting. Hope to see everybody there.

Upcoming Meeting

The SDAWS will be meeting on 6/17/17. We will be posting the location of the meeting soon. We may have lost some of the SDAWS contacts, so please let everybody know if they are not included. Looking forward to seeing everybody .

Home Winemaking Seminar Series with Lum Eisenman at Curds and Wine

Curds and Wine will be hosting free home winemakers’ seminars every month from February through June on the third Saturday at 1 pm. Seminars are given by Lum Eisenman, a winemaking guru that we are lucky to have in the San Diego area. Lum will share his expertise on various winemaking techniques and issues.

These seminars are free, but limited to 20 people. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP; a full list of seminar links are available at

2/18/17 – Introduction to Home Winemaking
3/18/17 – Facilities, Equipment & Sanitation
4/15/17 – Getting Ready for Crush
5/20/17 – Must Adjustments
6/17/17 – Common Wine Faults

January 2016 meeting Saturday 1/30/16

Before January gets away lets get together to discuss winemaking and taste
the results of our oenological endeavors.

Please join us for the SDAWS meeting hosted by Mark & Lynn Robinson at
their winery & vineyard property in Highland Valley, Domaine Artefact.
This is an outdoor venue.

When : January 30, 2016 – 12-2 PM  – rain or shine
Where : 15404 Highland Valley Road , Escondido, CA 92025
Phone :  619.992.8034

What to bring: WINE GLASS, chair,  wine friendly food to
share, a bottle of wine to share and a second bottle (optional) for the wine raffle /

November 2015 Meeting – Chili Cook-off!

 Please join us for the November meeting hosted by Keefe & Elane Baker at their new vineyard property in Ramona. Bring your crock pot full of chili (not mandatory) and sides, corn bread, etc. for the annual chili cook-off. We will discuss the 2015 harvest and the different steps in the fermentation process.
Also, we will be taking nominations for officers for the SDAWS elections to be held at the January meeting.


When : November 21, 2015 – 12-3 PM
Where : Ramona – contact us for address if you did not receive the group email

What to bring: WINE GLASS, chair, Chili or other wine friendly food to share, a bottle of wine to share and a second bottle for the wine raffle / exchange