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Community Spotlight: Erica Lundquist, NRCS District Conservationist

Recently appointed as District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for Lake and Mendocino Counties, Erica Lundquist discusses her role and vision for the region. Erica Lundquist’s newly appointed position is a win for the region and Lake County winegrowers alike. Erica hopes to help growers in a multitude of ways, citing conservation programs aimed […]

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Volcanic, High Elevation Vineyards Produce Small Grapes With Thick Skins

In his winemaking, Arpad Molnar sources grapes from two very different extremes. The first — his father’s vineyard — lies at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, and the second sits at 2,640 feet atop the volcanic soils of Red Lake County. When first planting the latter, which would be named Obsidian Ridge, Molnar and […]

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Farming One of the Largest Organic Mountain Grown Vineyards

What’s the key to taking a one-thousand-acre mountain vineyard that’s been conventionally farmed and converting it to all-organic farming? In the case of Shannon Family of Wines, it’s the sheep. “It’s really all based around using the sheep to run in the vineyards,” Clay Shannon, CEO and owner, told Wine Business Monthly. Shannon Family of Wines will be […]

Glenn McGourty Retires, Leaves a Legacy in Lake County Viticulture

When Glenn McGourty arrived in Lake County in the 1970s, he was immediately smitten. “I was blown away at how special it is,” he recalled recently. “It’s just a beautiful place—unusual geology and native plants in this striking mountainous landscape.” More than three decades later, Glenn’s love for Lake County is as strong as ever. […]

Lake County Sauvignon Blancs

Sauvignon Blanc is Lake County’s flagship varietal – it grows beautifully in the region’s abundant sunshine and clean mountain air. Explore a variety of styles from these Lake County Sauvignon Blanc producers: Lake County Sauvignon Blancs Art + Farm Wine (The Girls in the Vineyard label) Beaver Creek Vineyards Bell Wine Cellars Boatique Winery Brassfield […]

Grower Spotlight on Sustainability: Rosenthal Vineyards

With a long-standing reputation for professionalism and quality winegrape production, Lake County winegrape growers take sustainability seriously. Most growers use sustainable practices, participate in sustainable seminars and tailgates, and support the Master Vigneron Academy®, which has graduated more than 80 vineyard supervisors since it was established by the Lake County Winegrape Commission in 2012. Over […]

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Smoke & Winegrapes: A Conversation with Glenn McGourty

With major wildfires occurring every year in California, winegrape growers and buyers are obviously concerned about the effect of smoke on vineyards. Do wildfires necessarily mean problems for vineyards? Working in collaboration with the Lake County Winegrape Commission, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor Glenn McGourty set out to answer that question. “It can be difficult to […]

Lake & Mendocino Counties IPM Seminar December 13, 2019

Recap: 22nd Annual UCCE Lake and Mendocino IPM Seminar

More than 60 growers, vineyard consultants, and pest control advisers gathered at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center on December 13 for an update on a broad range of pest management topics at the annual UCCE Lake and Mendocino IPM Seminar. The following speakers gave presentations: Matt Daugherty, Ph.D., ag biologist with the Mendocino […]

California's Other Cabernets Photo (c) Meg Baggott, Wine Enthusiast

Discover California’s Overlooked Cabernet Sauvignon

While offerings from Napa continue to take top billing, other regions of the state are producing distinct, expressive bottles worth exploring. Photo by Meg Baggott Central Coast’s Central Players The long history of Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is not all glorious. Many of the region’s early Cabs were quite green. But better attention to microclimates […]

Rosey Cooks' Greek Chicken

Grilled Greek Chicken with Mint Feta Sauce

In celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc day on May 3rd, Rosey Cooks has provided a recipe that will pair nicely with your favorite Lake County Sauvignon Blanc.           Recipe 1 lemon, zested and juiced 3 sprigs fresh oregano 3 sprigs fresh dill 3 sprigs fresh mint 2 cloves garlic Red pepper […]

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