January 2022 Newsletter

In this Issue…

REMINDER: Crop Insurance Deadline, January 31
LCWC Offers ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship for College-Bound High School Students
RECAP: Master Vigneron Academy Fall Courses
Wine Institute: Apply for Green Medal Awards
CDFA: California Winegrape Inspection Advisory Board
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
Weather & Climate Report

Reminder: Crop Insurance Deadline, January 31

Applications for crop insurance and changes to coverage for the upcoming 2022 crop year must be signed no later than January 31, 2022. Contact your insurance provider for details.

LCWC Offers ‘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.

RECAP: Master Vigneron Academy Crew Lead Training, Ag Labor Management, and Vineyard Tailgate Series

Master Vigneron Academy logo

LCWC’s Master Vigneron Academy® conducted a number of seminars this fall focused on leadership training topics and sustainable viticulture for vineyard supervisors and crew leaders.

In early December, Lupe Sandoval conducted three days of training, including the Crew Lead Program and Ag Labor Management Seminars. Topics included the roles and responsibilities of crew leads and supervisors, communication techniques, safety practices, and more.

Also in December, Miguel Garcia from the Napa Resource Conservation District (RCD) conducted two days of training as part of the MVA Vineyard Tailgate Series on the topics of soil health and irrigation management. Using several hands-on demonstrations, Miguel showed the importance of soil health and irrigation as it relates to vineyard management. Thank you to Beckstoffer Vineyards Red Hills for hosting the series on their property.

News from Wine Institute

Demonstrate Outstanding Sustainable Practices – Apply for Green Medal Awards

Applications are being accepted through February 4, 2022, for the annual California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Now in its eighth year, the awards provide an opportunity for California vintners and grape growers to demonstrate their commitment to outstanding sustainable practices. In addition to the prestige of the awards, past recipients have found other benefits including:

  • Credibility — use of the California Green Medal logo in marketing materials, email signatures, websites, packaging, and displaying the medal in tasting rooms.
  • Content — leverage a professionally produced winner video to share with audiences across social media, websites, direct mail, etc.
  • Recognition — media attention, invitations to speak on panels, award ceremonies.

Wineries and vineyards are invited to apply to four categories:

  • Environment Award demonstrating maximized environmental benefit.
  • Community Award showing enhanced relations with employees, neighbors, and/or communities.
  • Business Award demonstrating efficiencies and cost savings.
  • Leader Award signifying multiple objectives of environment, economic and social goals, and sustainability integrated into the overall business.

Last year’s winners who are leaders in implementing sustainable practices were Shannon Ridge Family of Wines (Environment), Boisset Collection (Community), Trinchero Family Estates (Business), and O’Neill Vintners & Distillers (Leader). View all of the past winners making a meaningful impact.

View the selection criteria, 2022 judging panel, eligibility, and complete an application at greenmedal.org. To help get applicants started, here are a few tips:

  • Highlight a breadth of practices, projects, or initiatives from the past year to three years, featuring major accomplishments and measurable results.
  • Provide compelling supporting documentation, such as marketing materials, media coverage, social media, and letters of recommendation.
  • Prior applicants that did not receive a Green Medal in the past three years are encouraged to update responses and reapply, as the application is largely the same.

For specific questions, contact info@greenmedal.org.

News from California Department of Food and Agriculture

Notice of Nomination Meetings for the California Winegrape Inspection Advisory Board

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is calling meetings for the purpose of receiving nominations of winegrape growers and vintners qualified and interested in serving on the California Winegrape Inspection Advisory Board for the next three-year term of office beginning on April 1, 2022 and continuing through March 31, 2025.

The California Winegrape Inspection Marketing Agreement is a state marketing program authorized to conduct third-party inspections of winegrapes and research relating to inspection procedures for winegrapes. Funds for administering the Agreement are generated by inspection fees levied upon winegrape vintners who have signed-up to participate in the Agreement and winegrape growers who sell product to signatory vintners.

Access an electronic copy of this notice with embedded hyperlinks at www.cdfa.ca.gov/mkt/mkt and click on “Notices to Industry.”

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.

Bulk Wine for Sale

2,525 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

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

Lake County Wines received numerous awards at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Congratulations to these outstanding wineries!

Best of Class Winner
  • Langtry 2018 Marsanne Night (Guenoc Valley)
Double Gold Medal Winners
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Laujor Estate Winery 2018 Little Ruby Fortified Wine (Red Hills)
  • Lost Hog 2021 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sunce Winery & Vineyard 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills)
Gold Medal Winners
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley)
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2019 Eruption (High Valley)
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2019 Pinot Noir (High Valley)
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2019 Majestic Elk Red Blend
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2020 Chardonnay
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2020 Reserve Chardonnay
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2020 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Rosé
  • Langtry 2018 Genevieve Chardonnay (Guenoc Valley)
  • Langtry 2018 Lillie’s Blend White Wine (Guenoc Valley)
  • Shed Horn Cellars 2018 Zinfandel
  • Wild Diamond Vineyards 2019 Grenach

Off The Beaten Path: Six Wine Regions In California To Search Out That Are Not Napa Or Sonoma

Editor’s note: This article appears on the Forbes website.

“Nestled along the spine of the Mayacamas Mountains, just north of Napa and Sonoma Counties, the volcanic-mineral rich soils of Lake County turn out some fantastic wines. Due to its higher elevations, ranging from 1,000 ft to over 3,000 ft, the wide diurnal swings here give the grapes higher acidity and natural vibrancy. The Cabernets here tend to be concentrated with a focus of fresh blackberry and a bright acid, making them perfect for Napa and Sonoma fans looking to explore a new region.”

Winery: Hawk and Horse

“Owned by the Hawkins and Boies families, Hawk and Horse uses organic and biodynamic practices to produce stellar wines. Their wines have a fantastic structure which allows their Cabernet Sauvignon to age ten years or more with beautiful tertiary notes of leather and spice onto the rich blackberry palate.”

Read full article.

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Weather & Climate

View January report from Dr. Gregory Jones.


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