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San Diego Amateur Winemaking Society Restart Meeting Saturday April 1st at 1 pm

It’s time for budbreak, spring, renewal, and re-starting San Diego Amateur Winemaking Society (SDAWS)! Please join us for a re-organizational meeting on Saturday April 1st (no joke!) at the former Curds and Wine warehouse, 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd 92111, at 1 pm. We will discuss goals, organization, and leadership for SDAWS and hopefully bring back this great group to benefit all San Diego area winemakers and wine lovers. 

Please RSVP for this event for details on what to bring and what to expect with the “register” button:

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.

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