January 2023 Newsletter

Jacopo Miolo instructing group in vineyard

In This Issue…

REMINDER: Crop Insurance Deadline January 31, 2023
Lake County at 2023 Unified Symposium
Wine Writers Attend Lake County Pruning School
Update from CAWG
Lake County Wines in the News
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: American AgCredit
Affiliate Sponsor: G3
Affiliate Sponsor: Circadian Crop Sciences, LLC

Reminder: Crop Insurance Deadline, January 31

Applications for crop insurance and changes to coverage for the upcoming 2023 crop year must be signed no later than January 31, 2023. Contact your insurance provider for details.

Lake County at 2023 Unified Symposium

LCWC logo on sign at Unified Breakout Session
Unified Wine & Grape Symposium debuted a new format for the Spanish Workshop at this year’s event and LCWC sponsored one of the new Breakout Sessions. The Lake County Winegrower’s logo was prominently displayed in multiple locations at the event and on electronic and print materials.

Debra Sommerfield, Pietro Buttitta, and Will Weiss poured a selection of Lake County wines during this year’s Regional Tasting. LCWC presented a wide variety of the county’s wines, representing the region’s key varietals and viticultural areas, and answered a range of questions about the winegrowing region.

Simonit & Sirch booth at Unified
Jacopo Miolo of Simonit & Sirch was spotted at the event where he demonstrated the pruning techniques that are being taught at Lake County Pruning School.

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Wine Writers Attend Lake County Pruning School

John Szabo MS, author of “Volcanic Wine: Salt, Grit and Power”, attended the first session of Lake County Pruning School in December. Szabo shared insight regarding the crucial role of pruning and his experience in Lake County via social media:

“The most critical vineyard action takes place in the dormant season: pruning. Get it wrong, and your production drops at best. At worst, you shorten the life of a vine and compromise quality and cause more work in the summer. Jacopo Miolo and Jett Johansson of Simonit and Sirch taught Northern California growers (and me) how to prune for quality and vine longevity in the radically volcanic soils of beautiful Lake County, on the slopes of the Mt. Konocti Volcano.”

Szabo also took time during his stay to visit several Lake County wineries and vineyards. You can view his adventures on his Instagram account, @johnszaboms.
Jacopo Miolo and John Szabo pruning a vine
Wine writer, Randy Caparoso attended Cohort 2 of Lake County Pruning School and had the following to say:

“I recently attended the master’s level Lake County Pruning School during two days in December. I nearly got frostbite from this hands-on experience, but I can think of no better way to learn, and appreciate the latest nuances of grapevine cultivation, and its impact on critical industry concerns such as climate change and sustainability. This IS winegrowing in Lake County. It is cutting-edge, ground-up, and literally as high level as the appellation’s lofty, volcanic origins. Perhaps, most the wine world has not quite caught on to this, but inevitably it will. You can only hide a mountain of a wine region, such as Lake County, for so long.”

Randy can be found on Instagram @randycaparoso.wineauthor.
Randy Caparoso pruning a vine

Many thanks to Lake County Pruning School Affiliate Sponsor

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News from California Association of Winegrape Growers

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Workplace Safety Regulations
COVID-19 Regulatory Compliance Tax Credit

Submitted by Michael Miiller, Director of Government Relations
California Association of Winegrape Growers

Last month the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved a new workplace safety standard for prevention of COVID-19 in the workplace. The new standard will replace the emergency temporary standard (ETS) which expired on December 31, 2022. The new standard is very similar to the ETS with some minor improvements.

Additionally, the requirement for employers to provide employees up to 80 hours of paid leave in 2020 for COVID-19-related reasons expired on December 31, 2022. The new COVID-19 standard does not require paid leave. However, the new standard is still estimated to cost California’s employer community around $2 billion annually.

Even though Governor Newsom has said he will end the current COVID-19 state of emergency on February 28, 2023, the Board believes California needs a workplace safety standard to protect against bringing COVID-19 into the workplace. In doing so, the Board is leaning on employers to provide the social safety net for the community spread nature of COVID-19.

Last month the Board also indicated that they intend in the future to adopt a new standard that would protect against any transmittal of any infectious disease at work. In so doing, they intend to provide mandatory paid leave for any workers who may be excluded by the standard because they have symptoms of an infectious disease.

This means that employers would be required to provide paid leave for employees who have a cold or the flu.

Growers have made it clear that enough is enough – Employers are not the deep pockets solution to protecting Californians from a community-spread virus. That is why the California Association of Winegrape Growers is sponsoring legislation in 2023 that would create a tax credit to reimburse employers for the costs of complying with the new COVID-19 standard in 2023 and 2024.

Getting a new tax credit approved by the legislature won’t be easy. But, our industry needs to make policymakers in Sacramento aware that their approach to protecting the workplace needs to be realistic – Especially as they ponder requiring paid leave for an employee who has a minor cold or flu.

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In the News

Lake County Wines received numerous awards at the 2023 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Congratulations to these outstanding wineries!

Best of Class

  • Shed Horn Cellars 2019 Zinfandel, Best of Class

Double Gold Medal Winners

  • Chacewater 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Double Gold
  • Langtry 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Guenoc Valley), Double Gold
  • Maker Wine Company 2021 Sparkling, Double Gold
  • R Vineyards 2020 Red Blend, Double Gold
  • R Vineyards 2019 Reba Red, Double Gold
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Gold
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Gold

Gold Medal Winners

  • Boatique Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), Gold
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2020 Petit Verdot, Gold
  • Chacewater 2020 Petite Sirah, Gold
  • Chacewater 2020 Merlot (Kelsey Bench), Gold
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Old Vine Field Blend (Kelsey Bench), Gold
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Corbeau Ruse, Gold
  • Six Sigma Winery 2019 Tempranillo, Gold
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold
  • Wild Diamond Vineyards 2017 Red Blend, Gold
  • Wild Diamond Vineyards 2019 Red Blend, Gold

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

  • Clay Shannon 2019 The Barkley Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 Points
  • Langtry 2019 Serpentine Meadow Petite Sirah (Guenoc Valley), 94 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2019 The David Red, 93 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 Buck Shack Sustainably Farmed Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 Buck Shack Sustainably Farmed Red, 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 High Elevation Collection Wrangler Red, 90 Points

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Weather & Climate

View January report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

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We understand the wine business and its financial challenges, so our payment terms can be timed to match your harvest and sales cycles. Our financial services for winegrowers include:

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Affiliate Sponsor: G3

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10th Anniversary Celebration
Wine Conversations
A Global Tasting and Marketing Forum

Hosted by DIAM Bouchage and G3 Enterprises

It’s a celebration! You are invited to the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the largest-yet Annual Wine Conversations: A Global Tasting and Marketing Forum.

This pivotal program will provide conversation and fresh perspectives in the dynamic field of winemaking, as well as insights into industry trends led by critically acclaimed author, journalist, and keynote speaker Jamie Goode.

Longtime wine columnist for The Sunday Express, Jamie Goode has published award-winning books including Wine Science, Authentic Wine, I Taste Red and Flawless.

Hone your tasting skills and enjoy a discussion surrounding a diverse selection of wines in an exciting, double-blind tasting hosted by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein who has selected highly allocated, top-quality wines from all over the world for this master class.

Acclaimed author and internationally recognized educator, Evan Goldstein MS is President and Chief Education Officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions and Master Sommelier for the MLB’s San Francisco Giants.

March 9, 2023
Santa Rosa Country Club
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Time TBD

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