August 2016 Newsletter


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.

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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!



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 >

Novavine Nursery

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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:

Calendar of Events

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Spanish and English Language USDA Housing Fair 1:00 pm
Spanish and English Language USDA Housing Fair @ Glebe Hall
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is planning a Spanish and English Language Community Housing Fair on Saturday, March 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.  The[...]
Pan American Training Session: Sexual Harassment Prevention & Agricultural Management Training 9:00 am
Pan American Training Session: Sexual Harassment Prevention & Agricultural Management Training @ Big Valley Hall
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pan American Training Session: Sexual Harassment Prevention & Agricultural Management Training @ Big Valley Hall
This two-session workshop, presented by Pan American Insurance Services, will be conducted in Spanish for Spanish-speaking foreman, supervisors, and managers.   Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Big Valley Hall, 1510 Big Valley Road,[...]
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee, March 26, 2019
LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, March 26, 2019
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County 8:30 am
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County @ Soper-Reese Community Theater
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – 1:15 pm
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County @ Soper-Reese Community Theater
  Since 2012, the Department of Viticulture and Enology has taken various researchers “on the road”. These educational seminars serve to not only communicate to the California wine industry the research being done here at[...]