On April 13, 2015, the Lake County Winegrape Commission presented Momentum 2015 and attracted a who’s who of the Lake County wine and grape industry.
The afternoon featured an in-depth look at the wine and grape industry and a lively discussion about Lake County’s place in it, and kicked off with an informative keynote presentation, “The Outlook for Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc,” by Christian Miller of Full Glass Research. He shared his analysis of where demand is headed for Lake County winegrapes with specific opportunities for Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
LCWC Chair Peter Molnar expanded on Christian Miller’s analysis and shared a thought-provoking view “out over the horizon line” as to where Lake County could be in 10 years. Discussion focused on two key points: achieving widespread sustainability certification across the region, and building on consumer trends and trade recognition that Lake County takes a leadership position as a Sauvignon Blanc winegrowing region.
A panel of five of the region’s experienced winegrowers considered the future direction for Lake County as a wine region and the possibilities of taking a leadership position with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Panelists included Christian Ahlmann, Vice President & Vineyard Manager at Six Sigma Ranch; Jonathan Walters, Director of Farming at Brassfield Estate Winery; Keith Brandt, Director of Compliance at Shannon Ranches; Cameron Lyeth, Sales Manager at Beckstoffer Vineyards; and David Weiss, Owner of Bella Vista Farming Company.
A technical tasting of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc followed, which was led by Joy Merrilees, Director of Winemaking & Production at Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, along with Jason Moulton, Winemaker at Brassfield Estate Winery, and Eric Stine, Winemaker at Langtry Estate & Vineyard. The three winemakers discussed points of distinction and style of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc.
The afternoon concluded with a wine social where attendees mingled and enjoyed tasty hors d’oeuvres by Rosey Cooks, delicious wines poured by the Lake County Winery Association, and music by David Neft on piano.
Thank you to all LCWC Affiliate Sponsors who help make this annual event possible with special appreciation to those sponsors who exhibited at the event: American AgCredit, Allied Grape Growers, Bob Bartley Pump, Inc., Guillaume Grapevine Nursery, Knights Grapevine Nursery, Lincoln-Leavitt Insurance Agency, Inc., Novavine, Vintage Nurseries, Vineyard Industry Products.
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