April 2022 Newsletter

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In this Issue…

REMINDER: Winegrower Vineyard Sign Orders Due May 13
VIDEO: Life on the Edge of a Continent
SAVE THE DATE: Master Vigneron Academy® Vineyard Tailgate
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
UC ANR: Drought Webinar May 11-12
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: G3 Enterprises
Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products

Deadline Extended: Winegrower Vineyard Signs

Orders for the Lake County Winegrower Vineyard Signage Program must be received by May 13.

This signage program was designed to support local winegrowers in branding their own vineyards and to convey a professional image of the region as a whole.

Adobe Creek Vineyard Sign in the vineyard

To participate, simply complete, sign, and return the order form along with payment. The Commission has funded signage design costs, so winegrowers only pay to reimburse the cost to produce their requested sign(s). See order form for details.

Additional information about the signs can be found on the Lake County Winegrape Commission website.

For any questions about the Lake County Winegrower Vineyard Signage Program, please contact meganh@lakecountywinegrape.org.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: To be included in this batch of signs, orders must be received no later than May 13, 2022.

VIDEO: Life on the Edge of a Continent

Life on the Edge of a Continent features Randy Krag as he discusses the soil types, volcanoes, and other geographical features that make explosive winegrapes in Lake County. Please post and share widely.

The Master Vigneron Academy® website houses a library of videos with Spanish translations. Other videos include discussions on pruning, cover crops, irrigation, and more.

SAVE THE DATE: Master Vigneron Academy® Vineyard Tailgate, June 8

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Miguel Garcia will lead a tailgate session on soil health and irrigation water management on June 8, 2022. His in-the-vineyard presentation will also include a Distribution Uniformity Kit demonstration for optimizing irrigation systems.

Miguel is the Sustainable Ag Program Manager for the Napa Resource Conservation District. He provides on-farm technical assistance and planning related to soil health, nutrient management, erosion control, carbon sequestration, and irrigation management. Miguel is a certified crop adviser and has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Riverside.

This workshop is designed for Spanish-speaking vineyard workers. Additional details coming soon.<

LCWC Grape Marketplace

Grape & Wine Marketplace

For an up-to-date list of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC website.

Grapes for Sale

45-50 tons 2022 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Thompson Creek Vineyard Ranch (formerly Pollywog Vineyard). Contact JJ Singh: 707-540-1105 or jjsingh.sat@gmail.com

200 tons 2022 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or tjroos@hotmail.com

Bulk Wine for Sale

2,250 gallons 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or moryan45@gmail.com

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Lake County Wines in the News

Congratulations to the following gold medal winners from Lake County at the North Coast Wine Challenge:

  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley) Best of Lake County, Double Gold, 97 Points
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2019 Eruption (High Valley) Gold, 93 Points
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2021 Pinot Gris (High Valley) Gold, 92 Points
  • Enkidu Wine 2019 Humbaba Sonoma County (Sonoma County / Lake County) Gold, 92 Points

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which Wine Enthusiast recently reviewed:

  • Prima Materia 2019 Seely Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Prima Materia 2020 Rosé, 91 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Prima Materia NV Nebbiolo, 90 Points
  • Prima Materia NV Sagrantino, 90 Points
  • Sottomarino 2017 Aglianico, 93 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Sottomarino 2017 Sopraffino Red, 93 Points, Cellar Selection

News from UC ANR

WEBINAR – Water Resilience for Vineyards in Drought

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Join some of the top experts in viticulture and water to learn about policy, regulations, and strategies to cope with drought in vineyards.

When: May 11 – 12, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Topics include:

  • Curtailments and VDI
  • Climate Resilience
  • Soil Practices Under Drought
  • Viticulture in Drought
  • Management strategies

View printable flyer. Registration is free.

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Weather & Climate

View April report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

Affiliate Sponsor: G3 Enterprises

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2022 Ag Hauling Internship & Seasonal Positions

The G3 Enterprises Agricultural Logistics Internship Program offers individuals the opportunity to engage in the daily operations of transporting winegrapes and pomace during harvest. Interns can expect to work with our teams on all aspects of the business, including dispatch, systems, customer relations, data collection and analysis, shuttle operations, and special projects.

View flyer with details about available positions and information on how to apply.

Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products

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