August 2016 Newsletter

Vineyard workers harvesting red wine grapes

A Note from Commission President

Harvest in Lake County is just around the corner, and while it looks to be about a week or so later than last year, this still means another early harvest. Many local winegrape growers estimate the harvest push to get going in the third week of August, beginning with our flagship varietal, Sauvignon Blanc.

We are especially grateful for last winter’s rains and spring’s mild temps and showers – which filled reserves and ponds and contributed to good soil moisture levels even now, in early August. While we are seeing some yield variability from one area to another, in general, we anticipate overall crop yield to be near average. And the best news yet…demand for Lake County grapes remains extremely strong.

Wishing you a successful harvest!

Debra Sommerfield

PS. Mark your calendar for a 25th Anniversary Celebration on October 29. More information coming in the next couple of weeks.

California’s Next Big Wine Region

It’s great to see Lake County getting press on a website like!

“In the winemaking world the name Beckstoffer is synonymous with quality but it’s truly insufficient to simply say ‘quality’ about the grapes that Andy and David Beckstoffer grow-it’s rather like saying ‘nice’ about Ferrari or ‘good’ about Krug Champagne. Many of Napa’s most exquisite, sought-after wines are made from Beckstoffer fruit and the duo’s fabled To Kalon Vineyard is globally recognized as one of the finest regions in the world to grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

“As is often the case with perfectionists like the Beckstoffers, they aren’t resting on their To Kalon laurels; instead they have been busy looking for the next thing and they believe it is in the Red Hills of California’s Lake County…”

Read more >

Wines & Vines Packaging Conference: Aug. 17

Wines & Vines is hosting the 3rd annual Packaging Conference on August 17th in Yountville, CA. The conference sold out the first two years and has moved to a bigger venue to bring more winery staff and packaging experts together.

Lake County winegrape growers may receive $50 off the admission price. Just visit the registration page, choose Full Day Sessions, enter the promo code LCWC16 into the box, and click Apply.

Also remember to enter a package for the Wine Package Design Awards!

Risk management workshop presenter and group on July 12th at the Tallman Hotel

Wrap-Up: Risk Management Workshop

cswa_logoThe California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) and the Lake County Winegrape Commission hosted a successful workshop on July 12th at the Tallman Hotel as part of a statewide workshop series on Navigating Risks with Sustainable Practices, funded by a USDA Risk Management Grant.

If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can view the agenda, download the presentations below and view a recent webinar workshop from this series. The full guide is available to the public and can be downloaded from the CSWA website:

Download A Winegrowers’ Guide to Navigating Risks to learn how sustainable winegrowing practices can help to mitigate risk in the vineyard, winery, and marketplace. Topics include drought mitigation, water conservation/quality, soil and air quality, pest management, employees, energy efficiency, severe weather and natural disaster risks, insurance and business planning, and more.

Workshop Presentation & Handouts:

Webinar Recording Link:

Novavine Grafts 6 Million Vines Per Year

With an emphasis on premium quality, Novavine, a Sonoma-based grapevine nursery, is happy to be associated with Lake County growers as an Affiliate Sponsor of the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

“Our nursery caters to premium grape growing, and we believe Lake County is a premium winegrape growing region,” says Jay Jensen, chief executive officer and owner of the business. “We want to help create high-end vineyards, and Lake County is a targeted region for us. We want to do all we can to help promote Lake County and be an integral part of its wine industry success.” Read more >

Inside Novavine Nursery greenhouse with new plants

Call 811 Banner from PG&E

A PSA from PG&E: Call 811 Before You Dig

Yesterday was August 11, and PG&E (one of our affiliate sponsors) would like to remind everyone to call before you dig. Dial 811 or visit the PG&E website:


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