Sensory Evaluation Clinic

This Thursday, Sensory Perception training on the aromas of wine. Karyl Newton and Lynda Lo-Hill are presenting an all-natural home-made wine aroma class. You will be challenged to recognize aromas, and will go home with an aroma-memory of primary, secondary and tertiary aromas that are typically found in wine.  You don’t want to miss this!!! Please join us at 7p on 3 October at The Home Wine, Beer, and Cheesemaking Shop at 22836 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Please bring a dish and a bottle to share.

Avoiding Stuck and Sluggish Fermentations

Michael Jones from Scott Labs notes about Fermentations Issues.

Fermentation Problem Prevention

Yeast Nutrients

A great recap of a UC Davis seminar on Yeast Nutrients.

Grape Lecture

Watch this interesting Silverlight embedded video (Microsoft Silverlight will automatically be downloaded to view if you dont have it.) where a French oenology professor from Stellenbosch University discusses how to get your grapes to mature earlier, avoiding the cool weather and end-of-season shutdown.


pH Meters

FOR WINE GEEKS ONLY – pH Meters   (Word doc)

Sulfur Dioxide Measurement and Management

SO2 by Chik Brenneman


Stonebarn makes it into Westways Magazine

Stuart Byles, a member of Cellarmasters and the organizer of the vineyard at Stonebarn Conservancy in La Canada-Flintridge, sent us a two page spread of the vineyard from the current issue of Westways magazine.

Congratulations, Stuart and the rest of the Conservancy group!

The pages can be viewed here

Westways – Stonebarn Pg 1 Westway – Stonebarn Pg 2

Newbie looking for vineyard consultation

We got a call from a new HBWC customer who has a new vineyard and is looking for an extra set of eyes to evaluate his baby vines. Anyone available? See his request below:

Thanks mike,
I’m jim Shelburne, retired teacher, live in West Hills 91307,  who has begun growing grapes (very small # of vines but have some room to add)
I need so much help. I’ve been into the home beer shop on Ventura.
I’m not sure if I have wine making fever but I am curious.
Question.  Is there any one in my area who could come by my place for a small consult? To see how much I might want to get into all this

Thanks mike and club members

13 vines  table and wine.  Room to expand
30 other fruit trees
Great tomato grower
7119 pomelo drive, west hills, 91307, 818-632-8539
Retired teacher, 33 years
Active volleyball, soccer, softball official
Curious to make home beer too

Jim Shelburne

MLF scorecard from ScottLabs

Thank you to Sigrid who has sent the MLF scorecard slide from her excellent presentation at the Yeast Etc. seminar. We’ll have other downloadables as they are submitted to us.

Thanks to everyone who attended and especially to Michael Jones and Sigrid Gertsen-Briand for making the drive down from Monterey. Salud!


Download the Yeast Etc. presentation sheets before June 29th

Here’s a chance to prep for the seminar coming up this Saturday at Old Oak Cellars.

Download, print and be ready to ask our guest experts.

ScottLab – Alcoholic FermentationScottLab –

Timing of Malolactic FermentationScottLab –

YAN and Yeast Nutrient levels