April 2024 Newsletter

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In This Issue…

Lake County Wines at Columbia University
REMINDER: Weather Forecast Service and Custom Dashboards
News from UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology
REMINDER: UCCE Pear and Grape Field Day, May 28
News from USDA
Lake County Ratings & Reviews
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

LCWC Showcases Lake County Wines at Columbia University

Lake County slideshow and tasting at Columbia University event

Lake County Winegrape Commission showcased Lake County wines at DeVinimus, Columbia University’s Wine Club, on March 28 for a lesson on volcanic wines. The club welcomed nearly 100 guests to the tasting, during which they sampled Dancing Crow 2022 Sauvignon Blanc and Sol Rouge 2018 Mélange Rouge Red while learning about Lake County.

The seminar provided an opportunity to understand this fascinating category and explain why volcanic terroirs produce wines that are popular among consumers. Lake County’s young volcanic origin offers a quintessential expression of volcanic wine regions.

REMINDER: Maximize Weather-Based Decisions with Local Forecasting and Customizable Dashboards

Lake County growers have access to a robust weather station network operated by Western Weather Group that provides a wealth of weather data, including daily weather forecasts, springtime frost forecasts, powdery mildew stress index, enhanced radar images, 30- and 90-day weather outlooks, and much more.

Choose from several ways to access these timely, detailed weather forecasts and in-depth weather reports:

  • To receive Lake County daily weather forecasts directly in your e-mail inbox from Western Weather Group, simply fill out the form on the LCWC website.
  • For more detailed weather station info and updated satellite imagery, be sure to bookmark the Lake County page on Western Weather’s web site.

Funding for these weather services is made possible by American AgCredit and LCWC, in collaboration with the Lake County Fruit Frost District.

Western Weather offers the ability to create a customizable dashboard and has provided this introductory video showing some of the key data and how to navigate to specific reports.

Western Weather demo video
In addition to weather updates from Western Weather Group, the LCWC website also links to monthly weather reports from renowned wine climatologist and terroirist Dr. Gregory V. Jones. His reports, which are issued during the growing season, include a summary of recent weather conditions and trends with forecasts for the coming months.

News from UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology

Emerging & Future Challenges in Viticulture

UC Davis Event promo

Wednesday, April 17
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Fee: $100

Topics and presenters will include:

  • Update on the Greenhouse Foundation: Current and Future Plans, Maher Al-Rwanhi, Director, UC Davis Foundation Plant Services
  • Cultivars and Climates: Rootstock and Mesoclimate Impacts on Winegrape Production in the North Coast, Christopher Chen, Integrated Vineyard Systems Advisor, UCCE Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Napa’s Viticulture Industry, Monica Cooper, Director & ANR Advisor (Viticulture), UCCE Napa County
  • Red Blotch: What is it? What are the vectors? What can you do to prevent spread?, Alec Levin, Director, Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
  • Grapevine Rootstocks’ Response to Salinity, Yaniv Lupo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Diaz Garcia Lab, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
  • Advances and Challenges of Breeding Powdery Mildew-Resistant Grape Cultivars, Melanie Massonnet, Assistant Project Scientist, Cantu Lab, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

Agenda & registration.

News from UCCE

REMINDER: UCCE Pear and Grape Field Day, May 28

UC Cooperative Extension Diversified Agriculture and Viticulture are collaborating to present the first UCCE Pear and Grape Field Day on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Hopland.

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Rosetti Orchards, 14200 Old River Road, Hopland

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Campovida Winery, 13601 Old River Road, Hopland

The event will focus on the intersection between pear and winegrape production in the North Coast. Presentation topics will include site monitoring, cover crops, common pathogens, pests, soil health, water use efficiency, and more.

Learn more & register. 

News from USDA Farmers.gov

New Resource Available for Specialty and Small-Scale Producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently created a new tool for specialty and small-scale producers: a searchable database of crop insurance agents who sell Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and Micro Farm policies.

Learn more. 

Local Dashboard Now Available for Producers in All 50 States

Farmers in all 50 states can now access county specific farming data and USDA resources via the new farmers.gov local dashboard. The farmers.gov local dashboard includes farming data and USDA resources including USDA news, commodity pricing, weather forecasts, historical climate data, past storm events, USDA service center locator, and additional state resources for your state and county.

Learn more. 

Ratings & Reviews

Lake County Wine in the News Banner

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

  • Brassfield Estate 2019 Perspective Syrah (High Valley), 94 Points
  • Brassfield Estate 2021 Merlot (High Valley), 93 Points
  • Brassfield Estate 2022 Pinot Gris (High Valley), 91 Points
  • Brassfield Estate 2022 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley), 90 Points
  • Obsidian Wine Co. 2021 Half Mile Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 93 Points
  • Obsidian Wine Co. 2021 Volcanic Estate Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 94 Points
  • Prima Materia 2020 Nebbiolo (Kelsey Bench-Lake County), 92 Points
  • Prima Materia 2021 Primitivo (Kelsey Bench-Lake County), 92 Points
  • Prima Materia 2021 Refosco (Kelsey Bench-Lake County), 92 Points
  • Prima Materia 2021 Sagrantino (Kelsey Bench-Lake County), 92 Points
  • Prima Materia 2022 Chardonnay (Kelsey Bench-Lake County), 93 Points
  • Six Sigma Ranch 2020 Marianne’s Reserve Syrah, 93 Points

LCWC Grape Marketplace


In the market for bulk wine? Visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC website for an up-to-date list of Lake County bulk wine and grapes available for sale.

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Weather & Climate

View April report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

Wine Industry Network event promo
The Symposium will host 11 engaging sessions geared toward emerging trends that focus on the evolving wine consumer, key insights on consumer demographics, advice and predictions from industry experts to wineries looking to grow sales and profits. The day’s program also will discuss best practices in sales and marketing, customer communication, wine club retention strategies, and more.
Learn more & register. 


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