February 2022 Newsletter

In this Issue…

REMINDER: ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship Applications Due April 8
LCWC Board Candidacy Forms Due Feb 28
News from CDFA: Healthy Soils Program Applications Due February 25
News from CDFA & the PD/GWSS Board: Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
Community Spotlights
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: American AgCredit
Affiliate Sponsor: HotSpot Ag
Affiliate Sponsor: JSC Agricultural Supply

REMINDER: ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship for College-Bound High School Students, Application Deadline April 8

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is offering a new scholarship program – “Future of Agriculture” – open to Lake County graduating high school seniors who will attend college in the 2022-2023 academic year to offset tuition and supplies.

LCWC will award one $5,000 scholarship to assist a graduating high school student who will attend a four-year university in a program of study that will enable the student to contribute to the winegrape industry. Preference may be given to those who will study viticulture, enology, plant pathology, crop science, sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, public policy, political science, or a related field from a four-year university.

For scholarship application and details (including eligibility and how to apply), please visit the LCWC website.

DEADLINE: Application packets must be postmarked by Friday, April 8, 2022.

Please encourage high school seniors who are interested in a career supporting agriculture to apply.

LCWC Board Candidacy Forms Due February 28

LCWC’s 2022 Annual Board Member Election has four positions to be filled for the 2022-2024 term. Packets have been mailed to all eligible growers. To qualify for the ballot, any eligible grower interested in serving on the Board must complete a Declaration of Candidacy form and submit it to the LCWC office with a postmark date no later than February 28.

News from the CDFA

Healthy Soils Program Incentives Program Application Period Open

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Incentives Program until funds run out or by Friday, February 25. This program provides financial incentives to California growers and ranchers to implement conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), and improve soil health.

News from the CDFA & PD/GWSS Board

Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert

The invasive spotted lanternfly, which is spreading throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic, is a threat to California’s vineyards, nurseries, and urban, suburban, and rural environments. In addition to keeping this destructive pest out of California, knowing what to look for and what to do if you spot it are key.

Spotted Lanternfly

This pest alert and other spotted lanternfly communications tools, in English and Spanish, can be found on the PD/GWSS Board website.

Spot the Spotted Lanternfly? Snag it. Snap it. Report it.

CDFA Pest Hotline: 1-800-491-1899
Report online:reportapest.cdfa.ca.gov

Learn more about the pest.

LCWC Grape Marketplace

Grape & Wine Marketplace

For an up-to-date list of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC website.

Grapes for Sale

20 tons 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Provisionally Certified Sustainable and Certified Organic. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or moryan45@gmail.com

Bulk Wine for Sale

2,250 gallons 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or moryan45@gmail.com

8,000 gallons 2021 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or tjroos@hotmail.com

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Lake County Wines in the News

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which Wine Enthusiast recently reviewed:

  • Manzanita Creek 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 91 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Obsidian Ridge 2019 Half-Mile Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 95 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Obsidian Ridge 2019 Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 93 Points
  • Pestoni Family 2018 Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah, 92 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Shannon Ridge 2017 Ovis Betsy’s Vineyard Petite Sirah (High Valley), 92 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Shannon Ridge 2017 Ovis Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley), 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2017 Ovis Petit Verdot (Red Hills), 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2018 Clay Shannon The Barkley Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Buck Shack Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Buck Shack Small Batch Red, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 High Elevation Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 Points

Upcoming Wine Competitions

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The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge is currently accepting entries for the 2022 competition. The submission period will end March 28.

View additional information

TEXSOM International Wine Awards logo

TEXSOM is currently accepting entries for the 2022 International Wine Awards. The regular submission period will end April 24. Late entries will be accepted until May 5 at a higher entry fee per bottle.

View additional information

New Lake County Tasting Rooms

Two new Lake County tasting rooms are open and welcoming visitors.

The Mercantile
4350 Thomas Drive
Kelseyville, CA 95453

Wild Diamond Tasting Room
Wild Diamond Vineyards
15015 Spruce Grove Rd.
Lower Lake, CA 95457

Visit Lake County Winery Association and Visit Lake County for upcoming events and additional places to visit this spring.

Community Spotlights

Sharron Zoller
Sharron Zoller

Congratulations to Sharron Zoller of Zoller Vineyards on her recent appointment as California Women for Agriculture (CWA) State President.

Sharron was inducted last month at the CWA’s 2022 Convention held in Lake County.

Katherine Vanderwall
Katherine Vanderwall

Congratulations to Katherine Vanderall on her recent appointment as Lake County Agricultural Commissioner.

Katherine will succeed Steve Hajik, Lake County’s longest-serving agricultural commissioner. Hajik retired in February after 20 years of service.

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Weather & Climate

View February report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

Affiliate Sponsor: American AgCredit

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Capital Strategies for Your Wine Business

Whether you’re investing in land to plant a vineyard, finding a way to cover operating costs while your wine ages in barrel, or looking to update your equipment or facilities, the wine business can be a capital intensive endeavor. As your financial needs shift throughout the growing season, it’s important to find a financial partner who is able to structure a loan, operating line of credit, or lease to support your operation’s cash flow.

What may surprise you is that there are lenders with wine industry expertise who can provide smart financial solutions to help your business grow and succeed for the long term.

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Affiliate Sponsor: HotSpot Ag

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Utility Rate Selection

Save money and make the best selection for your 3/22 PG&E AG rate reset

Rate Selection | Time of Use | Energy Accounting | Pumping Efficiency

PG&E opens AG utility meter rate plans to new selection in March of every year. A grower chooses a plan that best suits an operation. Rates plans vary in energy cost, demand charges, TOU periods, and other terms. Most utilities provide online selection tools based upon the previous year’s use. Crop demand is not included, and your growing conditions are likely different than a model based on billing alone.

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Affiliate Sponsor: JSC Agricultural Supply

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What is the KLIMA system?

KLIMA is the world leader in vineyard pruning mechanization

KLIMA was established in 2008 by two leading New Zealand viticulturists, Nigel George and Marcus Wickham. KLIMA has developed and refined, and now it sells a highly efficient vineyard pruning system, consisting of a revolutionary machine that mounts to a tractor/crawler coupled with an extensive range of highly efficient trellis products. In 2011, the KLIMA pruning machine was awarded a Gold Medal for innovation at the Sitevi Exhibition in Montpellier, France, and the Gold medal and overall prize for innovation at the Simei Exhibition in Milano, Italy. Today, KLIMA pruning machines and trellis products are used by the worlds leading grape growers on tens of thousands of hectares all over the world. KLIMA products save millions of dollars in vineyard labor costs year after year. We want to help vineyards in California and all over the country grow and increase their efficiency. Through the KLIMA system and our compatible trellising products, we can show you a safer, more cost-effective way to manage your vineyards.

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