February 2020 Newsletter

Bud break in a Lake County vineyard by Nathan DeHart

A Note from Commission President

As the beauty of dazzling orchard blossoms signal that spring is nearing, we are reminded of the need for more precipitation. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of Northern California is experiencing “Abnormally Dry” conditions with some areas experiencing “Moderate Drought.” Now is a great time to plan ahead for irrigation system readiness. Distribution uniformity testing kits (in English and Spanish) are available to borrow from the Commission office.

And mark your calendars for Momentum 2020 coming up on March 26. This must-attend industry event will feature engaging guest speakers on a range of topics, including Glenn Proctor of Ciatti, who will provide insights on the state of the wine and grape market, and Lise Asimont, who will share cutting-edge vineyard optimization techniques. Stay tuned for details…

Cheers,
Debra Sommerfield


In this Issue…

Save the Date: Momentum 2020!
Cultivating Future Professionals in the Wine Industry
CDFA Healthy Soils Program Workshops and Application
Grower Spotlight on Sustainability: Rosenthal Vineyards
Congratulations to Marilyn Holdenried!
Lake County Wines in the News
7th Annual Wine Conversations, Sponsored by G3 Enterprises
Wine & Grape Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report


Momentum 2020 logo

Save the Date: Momentum 2020!

Mark your calendars for Momentum 2020, which takes place March 26. This must-attend industry event will feature guest speakers, including:

  • Glenn Proctor of Ciatti who will provide insights on the state of the wine and grape market
  • Lise Asimont who will share cutting-edge vineyard optimization techniques
  • Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, the Momentum keynote speaker

Be sure to check your email in the next few days for registration information.
 

Momentum 2020 is presented by
Lake County Winegrape Commission & Lake County Winery Association

Lake County Winegrape Commission logo

Lake County Winery Association logo


Cultivating Future Professionals in the Wine Industry

Cultivate 2020 Youth Program FlyerThe Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Farm Bureau are proud to present a new program to introduce high school students to careers in the winegrape industry.

Cultivate 2020 takes place March 12, from 9 AM to 1 PM at Ely Stage Stop in Kelseyville.

High school students will have the opportunity to learn about winegrape cultivation, using falcons for pest control, careers in sales and marketing, and cutting edge technology.

For more information about this exciting new program, contact the Lake County Winegrape Commission. Please note that this event has reached capacity.

Funding for this event is made possible by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the following sponsors: Allied Grape Growers, Bella Vista Farming Co., Beckstoffer Vineyards, Community Development Services, Grow West, Merrilees Precision Farming, Obsidian Ridge, Shannon Ranches, and Six Sigma Ranch.


CDFA Healthy Soils Program Workshops and Application

The CDFA Healthy Soils Program provides financial assistance for incentivizing and demonstrating the implementation of soil management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health.

The application process is now open. The maximum grant award is $100,000. To learn more and apply for a grant, visit the CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program web page.

CDFA offers workshops on the follow dates:

March 12, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Boonville
March 17, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Ukiah
March 19, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Kelseyville

In addition, CDFA offers an application clinic:

April 2, 3:00 – 5:00PM, Ukiah

Download the flyers to the right to learn more about the Healthy Soils Program, including locations of workshops.

For more information, email Katy Brantley or Linda MacElwee.

CDFA Healthy Soils Program Flyer CDFA Health Soils Program Flyer (2)


Grower Spotlight

Grower Spotlight on Sustainability: Rosenthal Vineyards

With a long-standing reputation for professionalism and quality winegrape production, Lake County winegrape growers take sustainability seriously. Most growers use sustainable practices, participate in sustainable seminars and tailgates, and support the Master Vigneron Academy®, which has graduated more than 80 vineyard supervisors since it was established by the Lake County Winegrape Commission in 2012.

Over the past few years, the number of Lake County vineyards that have earned a Sustainability Certification has increased substantially with a total of 53 certified vineyards in 2018, 71 certified vineyards in 2019, and 102 certified vineyards today, which comprise nearly two-thirds of planted vineyard acreage.

Rosenthal Vineyards, owned by Monica and David Rosenthal, is one example that has met the stringent requirements to be Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).

Read the full story
Monica and David Rosenthal raise a glass in the vineyard

Monica and David Rosenthal


Congratulations to Marilyn Holdenried!

Marilyn HoldenriedLake County News recently announced that Kelseyville resident and vineyard owner Marilyn Holdenried will be among five Northern California women honored for their extraordinary contributions to agriculture and their communities. Marilyn will be recognized during the 2020 Common Threads North Award dinner on April 1.

The event will be held at Hotel Winters in Winters, Calif. on Wednesday, April 1, beginning with a reception at 5 PM followed by dinner and awards at 6 PM. Tickets are $65 each.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Common Threads North website.

Read the full article on the Lake County News website.


Lake County Wine in the News Banner, microphone and six glasses of white wine set up for technical tasting

Lake County Wines in the News

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which Wine Enthusiast recently scored 90 points or better:

  • Dancing Crow 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County): 90 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Enkidu 2017 Diener Ranch Petite Sirah (Red Hills): 93 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2013 Latigo Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 91 Points
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2014 Petit Verdot (Red Hills): 94 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Prima Materia NV Aglianico (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Prima Materia NV Sagrantino (Lake County): 90 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Home Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County): 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Ovis Betsy’s Vineyard Petite Sirah (High Valley): 93 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Ovis Cabernet Franc (Red Hills): 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Ovis Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley): 93 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Ovis Petit Verdot (Red Hills): 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Two Bud Block Reserve Zinfandel (Lake County): 90 PointsSteele 2017 Cabernet Franc (Lake County): 92 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Coyote’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Sticky Monkey Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County): 91 Points


Affiliate Sponsor

7th Annual Wine Conversations, Sponsored by G3 Enterprises

Flyer for 7th annual Wine Conversations, presented by G3 and DIAMG3 Enterprises and DIAM Bouchage announce the “Seventh Annual Wine Conversations: A Global Tasting and Marketing Forum.” This program aims to provide greater insights and fresh perspectives in winemaking and wine marketing. It’s a forum for winemakers and wine marketers to share ideas and learn from one another.

The keynote will feature a range of esteemed industry professionals who will share their takes on current industry trends and their position in the market.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Venue: The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa

Learn more and register at WineConvoNapa.eventbrite.com


LCWC Grape Marketplace

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

30 tons of 2020 Cabernet Franc, Red Hills AVA, Robertsbridge Vineyards. Contact Craig Shannon at 707-349-7892 or deerhntr1963@hotmail.com

230 tons of 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clear Lake AVA. Certified Sustainable. Contact Eric Seely at 707-349-6337 or ericseely1@gmail.com

300 tons of 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Clear Lake AVA. Certified Sustainable. Contact Eric Seely at 707-349-6337 or ericseely1@gmail.com


Weather Banner

Weather & Climate

“The seasonal forecast for February through April tilts the odds to a near-normal PNW, to a warmer than average period for northern to southern California and across the southern tier of states to all the way to the east coast. Precipitation for FMA is forecast to be near average in the PNW and drier than average from northern to southern California…”

Download the February weather report (PDF) from Dr. Gregory Jones.

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Wildfire Crop Insurance Q&A 4:00 pm
Wildfire Crop Insurance Q&A
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
LCWC is hosting a 30-minute webinar with Pan American Insurance exclusively for Lake County winegrape growers. Thursday, September 17, 2020: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Register: http://bit.ly/lcwc-crop-ins-webinar The session will feature details on crop insurance[...]
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