The Vine Line Podcast

The Vine Line podcast is an audio resource produced by the Lake County Winegrape Commission for grape growers and winemakers. It includes lectures and other technical presentations from across the California wine industry. See episode descriptions below.

You can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

Track Listing

“Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions”

Clay Shannon, Shannon Ranches & Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Bryan Rahn, Coastal Viticultural Consultants, Cameron Mauritson, Thomas Mauritson Vineyards, Broc Zoller, PhD,  Zoller Vineyards, and Sheriff Brian Martin discuss how farmers can manage water usage during drought conditions.

“Certified Organic vs Certified Sustainable”

California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing auditor, Emily Farrant, Two Leaves, LLC, Tony Britton, Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery, and Ariel Russell, Auditor for Certified Organic and Certified Sustainable Winegrowing discuss the key differences between the certification processes.

“Sauvignon Blanc Experience Virtual Tasting”

Sauvignon Blanc is Lake County’s flagship varietal – it grows beautifully in the region’s abundant sunshine and clean mountain air. Winemakers understand why Lake County produces some of California’s most delicious Sauvignon Blanc, and now you can too. Join three Lake County producers as they lead you through an interactive tasting of Sauvignon Blancs and share insights for why Lake County is an ideal location to grow this varietal.

“All About Clear Lake”

Greg Giusti, an emeritus advisor to the California Extension, has spent a career studying Clear Lake the largest lake totally in California. At a recent event in Lakeport, California, Giusti shares his insights from a career studying the lake.

“GRN Rootstocks”

In this episode, Dr. Andrew Walker, a professor at the U.C. Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology will conclude this series with a discussion of GRN Rootstocks. He will talk about how these rootstocks are at the cutting edge of efforts to fight the diseases that threaten vineyards.

“Trunk Diseases”

In this episode, Kendra Baumgartner talks about diagnosing trunk diseases and treating them once that diagnosis has been established. Kendra is an adjunct professor at the University of California and a research plant pathologist at the USDA-ARS.

“Canopy Management”

This episode features Kaan Kurtural, an extension specialist at the UC Extension’s experimental station in Oakville, California. Kaan takes an in-depth look at canopy management in vineyards. His focus is on practices that help to optimize crop load, yield efficiency, and sustainability.

“Drought Management”

California has a Mediterranean climate. So even though recent years have been rainy, drought is an ever present concern. In this episode, Associate Professor Megan Bartlett from UC Davis looks at the phenomenon and ways to prepare vineyards to minimize the effect of drought years that certainly lie ahead.

“Smoke Taint”

This is a one-hour, highly technical exploration of the impact of smoke on grapes and wine. The participants, who took part in a forum held in Lake County in the spring of 2019, include Glenn McGourty, Dr. Anita Oberholster, and Dr. Michael Jones of the UC Cooperative Extension.


    LCWC Finance Committee Meeting 10:00 am
    LCWC Finance Committee Meeting @ Video Conference
    Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Agenda – LCWC Finance Committee Meeting, June 13, 2024
    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
    Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee Meeting, June 25, 2024
    LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
    LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
    Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, June 25, 2024
    Soil Health and Irrigation Water Management 7:30 am
    Soil Health and Irrigation Water Management @ Thomas Mauritson Vineyards
    Jun 26 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am
    Soil Health and Irrigation Water Management @ Thomas Mauritson Vineyards
    In-the-Vineyard Tailgate Session for Spanish -Speaking Vineyard Workers LEARN HOW TO… Assess, restore, and maintain soil health Implement sustainable farming practices Develop irrigation management plans Event Details Wednesday, June 26, 2024 7:30 a.m. – 11:30[...]
    Grower Conversation Series: Winegrape Wednesdays 4:00 pm
    Grower Conversation Series: Winegrape Wednesdays @ The Mercantile
    Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Grower Conversation Series: Winegrape Wednesdays @ The Mercantile
    You are invited to attend the Grower Conversation series hosted by Lake County Winegrowers. This series aims to connect growers, buyers, and industry experts to discuss the climate of today’s market. Each conversation will feature[...]
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