August 29, 2019 Newsletter

Lake County vineyards and blue sky, by Nathan DeHart

A Note from Commission President

Excitement for the 2019 harvest abounds in Lake County as growers, winemakers, and harvest crews all roll back their sleeves eager for what looks to be a really beautiful crop. In the cool early morning hours, crews bring in loads of Lake County’s flagship white – Sauvignon Blanc. At the end of a warm summer day, raise a glass of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc as a perfectly chill way to celebrate the bounty of harvest.

Wishing you a successful harvest season!

Cheers,
Debra Sommerfield


In this Issue…

Lake County Winegrape Harvest Gets Underway
Wine & Grape Marketplace
VIP Introduces New Harvest Light Tower


Harvest 2019 gets underway in Lake County with a Sauvignon Blanc pick in the early morning hours at Shannon Ridge in High Valley AVA. Photo credit: Shannon Ridge Family of Wines.
Harvest 2019 gets underway in Lake County with a Sauvignon Blanc pick in the early morning hours at Shannon Ridge in High Valley AVA. Photo credit: Shannon Ridge Family of Wines.

Lake County Winegrape Harvest Gets Underway with Its Flagship White: Sauvignon Blanc

Growers Express Enthusiasm for Grape Quality Amid Compressed Harvest

The 2019 Lake County winegrape harvest is underway and growers in the high-elevation winegrowing region are once again pleased with this year’s growing conditions and optimistic about the grape quality.

Many of the region’s growers and vineyard managers are anticipating an earlier-than-normal harvest, which was unexpected given the region’s wet spring and relatively cool early season temperatures. However, by midseason, more normal temperatures prevailed, making for consistent, and in some cases, even early ripening.

“It’s been a really beautiful growing season,” said Debra Sommerfield, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission. “After a cool start, Lake County has had moderately warm, clear days throughout the summer along with its typical elevation-induced nighttime cooling. Growers couldn’t have been more pleased.”

While a few vineyard owners started picking late last week, harvest is steadily getting underway this week with the region’s flagship white varietal – Sauvignon Blanc – being picked in many growing areas.

Read the full press release

2019 night harvest, Shannon Ridge, Lake County, Calif.
Lake County’s Sauvignon Blanc harvest gets underway; pictured here, a crew brings in a load up at Shannon Ridge in Lake County’s High Valley AVA. Photo credit: Shannon Ridge Family of Wines.

 


LCWC Grape Marketplace, vineyard workers harvest red wine grapes

Grape & Wine Marketplace

For the full listing of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC web site.

Grapes For Sale

35 – 40 tons of Chardonnay, Big Valley AVA. Contact Gayle Christopher or vineyard manager Peter Chevalier: 626-722-7888

30+ tons of Cabernet Franc, Red Hills AVA. Contact Craig Shannon: 707-349-7892 or deerhntr1963@hotmail.com

20 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills AVA, CSWA Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or moryan45@gmail.com

20 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, hand picked, Red Horse Ranch, Mt. Konocti shoulder. Small lot purchase orders are accepted. Contact Ron Ryskalczyk: 707-295-6400 or ronryskalczyk@gmail.com

50 – 60 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills AVA. Contact Bob Fraser, Jago Bay Vineyards: 707-291-2048 or jagobayvineyards@yahoo.com

Up to 50 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Big Valley AVA, La Roca Vineyard. Contact Bo Lundy: 775-772-1935 or lundymd1@gmail.com

230 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Certified Sustainable. Contact Eric Seely: 707-349-6337 or ericseely1@gmail.com

1/2 ton of Riesling, Red Hills AVA, Amber View Vineyards. Contact Dennis Dill: 707-972-7549 or dennis@amberviewwineyards.com

25 tons of Riesling, Big Valley AVA, Zoller Vineyards, CSWA Certified Sustainable. Contact Sharron Zoller: 707-279-4335 or sazoller@pacific.net

45 tons of Sauvignon Blanc, Big Valley AVA. Contact Pilar Luchsinger: 707-489-2632 or pilar@luchsingervineyards.com

150 tons of Sauvignon Blanc, Clear Lake AVA, CSWA Certified Sustainable. Contact Nick Schlies, Sandy Bend Vineyard: 925-963-8587 or drschlies@gmail.com

Up to 160 tons of Sauvignon Blanc, 8989, Clone 1. Contact Bo Lundy: 775-772-1935 or lundymd@gmail.com

10 tons of Syrah, Kelsey Bench AVA. Shannon Gunier, North Coast Winegrape Brokers, 707-995-3173

 


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