December 2017 Newsletter
A Note from Commission President
As clear and crisp winter days approach and folks gather with family and friends both near and far, we would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a warm, safe, and joyous holiday season. And now, perhaps more than ever, is an important time to shop local, travel local, eat local, and give local – all as a way to support vitality across the North Coast.
In this Issue…
Buz Dereniuk, owner of Catspaw Vineyard, explains what makes Lake County wines distinct.
Lake County Wines Poured in Chicago
The Lake County Winegrape Commission featured a selection of award-winning Lake County wines as part of the Wine Spectator presence at the LuxeHome 11th Annual Chill event held November 9 at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
Lake County winegrape growers Buz and Terry Dereniuk of Catspaw Vineyard represented Lake County, pouring wines and sharing information about the area’s elevation, varietals, and viticultural areas. The event attracted more than 3,500 attendees and raised more than $250,000 as a benefit for several organizations including the Respiratory Health Association.
Looking for a Last-Minute Gift?
The Lake County Winegrape Commission has a selection of items available for purchase, just in time for holiday gift-giving. Quantities are limited. All prices include sales tax. To purchase in time for the holidays, stop by the Lake County Winegrape Commission during regular office hours, Monday-Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Lake County Wine Region Map.
A beautiful map of Lake County’s viticultural areas, designed to recall the classic wine maps of Europe. This 20″ x 30″ poster is suitable for framing. Available flat or rolled in a shipping tube. $20.
“Volcanic Wines – Salt, Grit and Power.” By John Szabo MS.
This book takes a novel approach to the world of wine, using volcanic soil as the overarching theme and link between a wide range of grapes and wine regions – from Alsace and Italy to Chile and Northern California (includes a section on the volcanic wines of Lake County). Special holiday price. $40.
YETI Brand 20 oz. Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lake County Winegrape Growers logo.
Show your support for local farming while keeping that “cup of joe” at the perfect temperature – all with the quality you expect from YETI. $35.
Congratulations to the MVA Class of 2017
In November, the Master Vigneron AcademySM (MVA) graduated its sixth class, awarding 14 students with the credential of Master VigneronCM. To date, 61 vineyard managers and supervisors have completed the year-long Spanish-language program, gaining insight into many aspects of the wine industry and bringing valuable skills back to their employers.
Lake County’s Master Vigneron Academy Class of 2017. Pictured, from left: Broc Zoller (LCWC Research & Education Chair), Ricardo Hernández, Omar Hernández, José Lepiz, Guadalupe Duran Villalobos, José Rojas, Gerardo Guerrero, Arturo Jiménez, Daniel Cruz, Jesús Serrato, José Hernandez, Juan Ceja Reyes, Paul Zellman (LCWC Education Programs Director). Not pictured: Gil McCullaugh, Anastacio Ceja, José Rangel. (Click to view high-res image.)
The Master Vigneron Academy is the first of its kind anywhere. Created in 2012 by the Lake County Winegrape Commission, the MVA program remains ahead of the curve in recognizing that the key to quality winegrapes and sustainable practices is the professionalism of those in the vineyard.
Lake County Wines in the News
Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which Wine Enthusiast recently rated a score of 90 points or better:
- Mt. Konocti Winery 2016 Un Doux Baiser Late Harvest Muscat Canelli(Clear Lake): 93 points
- Lake & Vine Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 91 Points
- Brassfield 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley): 91 Points
Sidebar 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County: #32
Some of today’s most exciting Sauvignon Blanc wines are made from Lake County grapes. Wine Spectator recognized this quality in naming Sidebar 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley) #32 on its Top 100 wines.
Weather & Climate
The December climate report from Dr. Gregory Jones is out. “November was relatively cool and wet from central California throughout most of the PNW, while warm and very dry from southern California across into the Great Basin and Rockies…” Download Report (PDF)
- Recently appointed as District Conservationist, USDA...In his winemaking, Arpad Molnar sources grapes from two...What’s the key to taking a one-thousand-acre mountain...
- With major wildfires occurring every year in California,...More than 60 growers, vineyard consultants, and pest...