Lake County SOMM Camp 2017

Lake County Somm Camp 2017, by Nathan DeHart
Visiting Somms Impressed by Lake County

“You know it was a good trip when you are a little sad to see it end. Many thanks to the Lake County Winegrape Growers and The Somm Journal for a wonderful tour of Lake County wine country. I am not sure what I loved more, the wines or the community that creates and promotes them. This is a very special place.” — Dawn Smith @sommgirl98112

For three days in early June, 16 sommeliers from major restaurants in Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York City, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area attended Lake County SOMM Camp. This event was presented by the Lake County Winegrape Commission in collaboration with The SOMM Journal. It offered a unique opportunity to provide key influencers in the wine trade with a first-hand experience of the region’s wines, winemakers, winegrape growers, stunning landscape, and burgeoning food-and-wine scene.

Attendees toured vineyards across several Lake County subappellations, talked with grape growers and winemakers, and visited wineries. They also participated in technical tastings of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other varietals and listened to educational presentations from leaders in the Lake County wine industry, including vineyard-owner and US Congressman Mike Thompson.

“Events like SOMM Camp highlight the finest qualities of Lake County — the beautiful landscape, the great food, and of course the exceptional wines,” said Peter Molnar (Obsidian Ridge), who believes it to be a critical time for the region. “Eyes are turning to Lake County,” he said, emphasizing the growing interest in the region, the recognition that truly interesting and distinctive wines are being produced here, and the importance of building a genuine narrative to differentiate the Lake County wine industry.

Peter was one of the presenters at the event. He spoke to the visiting sommeliers about why high elevation and volcanic soils are key to understanding and appreciating Lake County wines. “During the presentation, we really focused on the technical aspects that distinguish Lake County,” he said. “Combining technical knowledge with extensive, carefully considered tastings allowed us to provide the kind of information sommeliers are eager for, and to present it at a level and depth that sommeliers expect.”

Lake County SOMM Camp 2017

Lake County SOMM Camp 2017

Lake County SOMM Camp 2017

Lake County SOMM Camp 2017

Calendar of Events

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LCWC Board Meeting 4:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, December 4, 2018
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North Coast Wine Industry Expo 9:00 am
North Coast Wine Industry Expo @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
North Coast Wine Industry Expo @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds | Santa Rosa | California | United States
North Coast Wine Industry Expo Trade Show and Conference Expands The 7th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), the second largest wine industry trade show in North America, is scheduled to take place[...]
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2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings 8:00 am
2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings
Dec 10 @ 8:00 am
December 10 & 20 Continuing education credit is available. For more information, call the Lake County Agriculture Department at (707) 263-0217.
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