The Sonoma Home Winemakers will host guest speaker Mike Sangiacomo on Thursday, Jan. 10. The third-generation grape farmer’s family has been growing grapes in Sonoma Valley for more than 50 years. He will discuss vineyard management with an emphasis on dormant vines, and winter activities to control saturated soil, weed control and cover crops.

Sangiacomo’s grandfather made Sonoma County his home in 1927 when he purchased a fruit-tree ranch now known to the family as the “Home Ranch.” In 1969, under the leadership of the family’s second generation, they transitioned from farming pears to grapes. As a member of the third generation, Mike grew up learning the grape business and grape farming through hands-on work as well as formal education. The Sangiacomos, in addition to selling grapes to over 80 wineries, set an example to the world for agriculture that is environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable

John Randazzo, president of Sonoma Home Winemakers said, “Mike’s extensive experience in grape growing will be particularly helpful this time of year as we plan our winter activities.”

The Sonoma Home Winemakers meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Vintage House, 264 First St. E. The Sonoma Home Winemakers are a group of home winemakers whose charter is to promote the fine art of making wine and sharing information among its members. They meet once a month to share ideas and information, evaluate each other’s wine and host speakers from the wine community.

Prospective members are welcome to attend. For information or to become a member write to: grapes@sonomahomewine.org.