Lake County Winegrowers – September 2012

Harvest Underway ~ Wines with Altitude Wrap ~ Master Vigneron Update

Lake County Rising LogoLake County Rising... Harvest is in full swing here in Lake County! So, everyone is busy with this exciting and tiring time of year. That being said, things are looking pretty good for 2012.

Below, we’ve got some notes on the progress of harvest, a wrap-up of the “Wines with Altitude” event and a Master Vigneron Program update…

Harvest 2012 Underway
Lake County Is Buzzing With Activity As Grapes Start To Roll In…

Fork lift lifting micro bin of white wine grapes Lake County, CA – The 2012 harvest kicked off a bit over a week ago or so, with many varietals beginning to roll in, including Chardonnay and our famed, world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Of course, as you can imagine, everyone is as busy as can be and there is a lot of action. It’s a bit early to get a firm read on things at this point, but overall, so far, so good.

“Conditions have been excellent for ripening and balance,” said Paul Zellman, Education Director for the Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC).

“We’ve been getting overnight lows in the 40’s and daytime highs in the upper-80’s and lower-90’s,” he continued. “It’s allowing the fruit to achieve proper sugar all while minimizing transpiration, which means they’re keeping their acid. It’s should be terrific for balance and structure.”

Early indications are that yields might be down a bit from average. But, overall things are on track with a harvest that is coming at the right time, as opposed to much later like we’ve experienced a couple times in recent years. It looks, at this time, that 2012 will be a very good year for quality. More coming soon on harvest ’12 as things progress…

There is still some world-class Lake County fruit available – check out our listings to see how we might fit your wine program needs with top-quality winegrapes from the “Mountains of the North Coast.”

Master Vigneron Program Update
Master Vigneron Program Continues Pioneering Education

Group of students standing in the vineyard with a harvesterLake County, CA – The inaugural class of the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Mast Vigneron Program (MVP) has completed their education activities for the period, as it’s currently ‘all hands on deck’ for harvest. A graduation ceremony will take place later in the year. This program, which sits as part of the LCWC’s aggressive push towards sustainability in the vineyard, addresses the human capital portion of the equation.

The program gives participants, mainly vineyard forepersons, a broad-based education in the viticulture and viniculture industries. The goals of the program are to make better professionals who, in-turn, foster better quality and more effective vineyards. Additionally, it provides skill development that creates more valuable employees and gives them increased advancement opportunities.

In June, the MVP visited the Gallo facility in Sonoma where the group got a first-hand look at their vineyards and top-of-the-line crush pad. They also had the opportunity to see the Geyser Peak vineyard training demonstration block. In July, it was off to UC Davis for a tour of student vineyards guided by Prof. Andrew Walker. They then visited Davis’ Foundation Plant Services to learn about winegrape varietals and how they are handled for disease prevention and vineyard introduction. In August, it was all about Lake County – visiting various growing areas that included reviews of vineyard management techniques.

Group of students in labratory
Currently, a new class is being recruited for this incredible opportunity. The program exposes students to many critical aspects of the industry. It gives them the chance to see things that most workers do not normally get to see, allowing them to make critical connections and develop a comprehensive understanding of the wine industry. For more information, contact Paul Zellman, Director of Education for the LCWC at

Wines With Altitude Wrap-Up
Lake County Wine Invasion of San Francisco Was a Great Time!

Group of wine tasters posed in front of Lake County muralTreasure Island, San Francisco, CA – A great time was had by all at the 2nd Annual “Wines with Altitude” event held at the Winery SF on Treasure Island on Saturday, September 8th. The event showcased Lake County wines to interested consumers, many of whom were new to our terrific region. Guests were able to interact with growers, winemakers and others from the county.

More than 100 Lake County wines were on display along with lots of other treats. For example, Dave Rosenthal, a local grower and owner of the Yokayo winemaking facility in the county, brought some Sauvignon Blanc juice made from grapes harvested just a couple of days before the event. Julie Hoskins, from Chic Le Chef, a local private chef and caterer, was at the event with some excellent food pairings to tickle the palate.

Broc Zoller, Sharron Zoller, and Buz Dereniuk Many of the attendees expressed surprise at the quality and value that Lake County has to offer on the wine front. One guest, who had never visited Lake’s wine country, was “shocked” to learn that many tasting rooms do not charge for tasting and she planned to make a trip right away. Of course, we were very happy to see the many folks who were familiar with our high-elevation terroir, great wine and terrific people. See you next year!

Visit our website for much more. Our website, which can be seen here, has much more information on our region, our winegrapes and all of our programs and activities.

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