July 2020 Newsletter

Guenoc Valley, Lake County, by Nathan DeHart

A Note from Commission President

While life is still far from normal, summer has arrived, the days are long, the sun is shining, and the vines and clusters look beautiful.

As growers anticipate a stellar 2020 harvest, buyers looking for high-quality mountain fruit can check out the Marketplace section below, bookmark the Marketplace webpage, or contact the Commission office.

As the Commission’s new Board term begins, please join me in thanking Broc Zoller for his many years of leadership and service on the Board and in welcoming Bonnie Sears as newly appointed Board Chair. We are grateful for their dedication to our region.

Cheers,
Debra Sommerfield


In this Issue…

A Note from the New Commission Chair
Webinar: Two Invasive Species Threaten Grapevines
Momentum 2020 Offers Market Insights
Research Shows Increased Demand for Sustainably Produced Wine
Updated COVID-19 Resources
Winegrape Commission Recognizes Broc Zoller for His Leadership
LCWC Seats New Board Members
Glenn McGourty Retires, Leaves a Legacy
Lake County Wines in the News
New Recipe: Cool Cucumber-Green Grape Gazpacho
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Weather & Climate

 


A Note from the New Commission Chair

I am honored to continue to represent Lake County winegrape growers through my service on the Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) Board of Directors.

Bonnie Sears, LCWC ChairAs I begin my fourth term, now in the role of Board Chair, it is my hope that we can increase the active involvement of growers and industry colleagues to advance our efforts in marketing, research, and education.

Grower participation with the Commission is key to the continued growth and success of our winegrowing region. We encourage all Lake County growers to play an active role by joining a committee, attending virtual events, and staying in touch through the Commission’s eNews and social media channels.

Please reach out to LCWC President Debra Sommerfield at debras@lakecountywinegrape.org if you are a grower interested in serving on the Marketing Committee, Research & Education Committee, Finance Committee, or Community & Industry Relations Committee. Upcoming meetings are posted on the LCWC Calendar, and virtual events are announced in the eNews.

We invite you to join us as we adapt to shifts in our industry and continue to grow as a community.

Cheers,
Bonnie Sears

Editor’s Note: Bonnie Sears has served on the LCWC Board of Directors since 2014 and previously held the office of Secretary-Treasurer and served as Finance Committee Chair. Bonnie works as Office Manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards-Red Hills. The LCWC thanks Bonnie for her willingness to serve in her newly appointed position as LCWC Board Chair.

 


Webinar: Two Invasive Species Threaten Grapevines – Brown Marmorated Stinkbug and Spotted Lanternfly

Brown marmorated stink bug and spotted lanternfly

Brown marmorated stink bug (left) and spotted lanternfly (right). Credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University; Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Proper identification of invasive species can contribute to early detection and action to prevent the insect’s establishment and economic loss.

This webinar for Lake County winegrape growers will focus on how to identify two insect species that are of potential concern to vineyards – the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug and the Spotted Lanternfly – as well as the origin, biology, hosts, and behavior of these species.

UC Extension logoThe webinar will be presented by Dr. Cindy Kron, UCCE IPM Advisor serving Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties.

Date: July 23, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

Register for the webinar

Presented by the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Farm Bureau, Lake County Department of Agriculture, and UC Cooperative Extension.

 


Momentum 2020 Offers Market Insights

In June, the Lake County Winegrape Commission presented a virtual version of its annual Momentum seminar. The event offered attendees the opportunity to learn about the state of the wine industry from Glenn Proctor of Ciatti Global Wine & Grape Brokers and Jeff Bitter of Allied Grape Growers. Keynote Speaker Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines presented market observations and insights.

A recording of the event is now available on the LCWC YouTube channel.

Momentum 2020 recording video

 


Research Shows Increased Demand for Sustainably Produced Wine

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) along with co-hosts from California, New York, Oregon and Washington hosted a webinar June 5, 2020, sharing the latest consumer and trade perceptions on sustainable wine.

Over 500 webinar registrants from 19 U.S. states and representing all aspects of the wine industry attended, confirming strong interest in this topic.

Key insights on consumer perceptions:

  • While organic wine is more universally understood, sustainably produced wine has the highest future purchase consideration.
  • Millennials lead the way in purchasing from the range of sustainably and environmentally produced wine, and nine in 10 are “willing to pay” more for sustainable wine.
  • Younger consumers (Millennials and Gen Z of legal drinking age) are significantly more engaged with sustainability.
  • Consumers seek easy ways to find and identify sustainable wine such as clear and simple visual cues.

 

Question: To what extent are sustainability practices a factor when choosing a wine to market or sell to your customers?

CSWA sustainability research (2020), presented by Christian Miller

Read the press release. Watch the webinar.

 


Updated COVID-19 Resources

As the understanding of COVID-19 evolves, so does the guidance for agricultural employers.

Please visit the COVID-19 resources page on the LCWC website for links to programs, protocols, suppliers, and best practices useful to safeguard our workforce. Here are a few recent additions:

 


Winegrape Commission Recognizes Broc Zoller for Dedicated Leadership

At its May meeting, the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Board of Directors and staff recognized the valuable contribution and dedicated leadership of Broc Zoller, PhD, outgoing LCWC Board Chair, for his eight years of service on the Board.

Broc Zoller receives plaque for his years of service to the Lake County Winegrape Commission.Broc served for several years as the Research and Education Committee Chair and also as Chair of the Board this last year. His commitment and leadership have proved invaluable to Lake County and the winegrowing industry as a whole.

In 2015, after the Valley Fire, Broc stepped up and conducted in-depth, on-site vine damage assessments for 11 different growers whose vineyards had been impacted. And in 2018, he helped lead research efforts to understand the impact of smoke and its relation to levels of guaiacol in grapes and wine.

Broc also led an effort to generate awareness of the threat posed to vineyards by the invasive Brown Marmorated Stinkbug. In 2014, he presented concerns about the threat to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Pierce’s Disease (PD)/Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (GWSS) Board. Soon after, the Board officially added it to its pests for study. And in 2015, the Board funded research to study the pest and its impact in Western vineyards.

Please join us in thanking Broc Zoller for his commitment to the Lake County wine industry!

 


LCWC Seats New Board Members

At its May meeting, the Lake County Winegrape Commission seated the four Board Members elected by eligible winegrape growers to serve the 2020-2022 term: new Board Member Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge Vineyards and incumbents Bonnie Sears of Beckstoffer Vineyards, Bill Oldham of Oldham Vineyards, and Jonathan Walters of Brassfield Estate.

The Board appointed the following officers for this year: Bonnie Sears as Chair, Bruce Merrilees of Castilleja Farms LLC as Vice Chair, and Pete Dodson of Savings Bank of Mendocino as Secretary-Treasurer.

The other grower members serving on the eight-member Board include Keith Brandt of Bella Vista Farming Co. and Cameron Mauritson of L&L Vineyards.

We thank each of them for their dedication to serving our industry.

 


Glenn McGourty, photo by Nathan DeHart

Glenn McGourty Retires, Leaves a Legacy

Glenn McGourty is retiring as the Winegrowing and Plant Science Farm Advisor for Lake and Mendocino Counties for the University of California Cooperative Extension. He has held the position since September 1987.

When Glenn arrived in Lake County in the 1970s, he was immediately smitten. “I was blown away at how special it is,” he recalled recently. “It’s just a beautiful place.”

More than three decades later, Glenn’s love for Lake County is as strong as ever. The region is part of him, and he is an important part of it – both its past and its future.

The Lake County Winegrape Commission thanks Glenn for the many years of service and dedication he has provided to the growers of Lake County. We wish him the very best in his retirement and the adventures that await.

Read the full tribute to Glenn.

 


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 continue to receive recognition at competitions and among wine reviewers.

Sunset International Wine Competition

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which won Gold or Double Gold at the Sunset International Wine Competition:

  • Cache Creek Vineyards 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Gold, 90 Points
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2019 Rosé: Double Gold, 97 Points
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2019 Sauvignon Blanc: Double Gold, 95 Points
  • Dumb Luck 2016 Grenache: Double Gold, 96 Points
  • Dumb Luck 2017 Grenache: Gold, 90 Points
  • Maker Wine Company 2019 Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc: Gold, 90 Points
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonaria, Barrel 3: Gold, 90 Points
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Series: American: Gold, 91 Points
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Series: French: Gold, 94 Points
  • Stonehouse Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sticky Monkey: Gold, 91 Points
  • Thorn Hill Vineyards 2017 Big Magic: Gold, 91 Points
  • Wild Diamond Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc: Gold, 91 Points
  • Wild Diamond Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon: Gold, 93 Points
  • Wild Diamond Vineyards 2016 Merlot: Gold, 91 Points

Wine Enthusiast

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

  • Abandon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County-Napa County): 90 Points
  • High Valley Vineyard 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley): 90 Points
  • Obsidian Ridge 2017 Half Mile Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 94 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Sol Rouge 2016 Petite Sirah (Lake County): 96 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Sol Rouge 2017 Viognier (Lake County): 92 Points

Rosé Wine Challenge

Finally, congratulations to Shed Horn for winning Gold at the Rosé Wine Challenge for the 2019 Shed Horn Rosé!

 


New Recipe: Cool Cucumber-Green Grape Gazpacho

Courtesy of Chef Tammy Lipps of The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering.

Ingredients

Cucumber Gazpacho recipe from Tammy Lipps, The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering5 cups hothouse cucumbers, peeled and seeded
1-1/2 cups green grapes
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 teaspoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 to 1 cup water (for desired consistency)
Sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Taste for seasoning before serving and add grilled shrimp on top, or on the side of the shot glass if serving as a soup shooter.

This recipe pairs best with Lake County Sauvignon Blanc.

 


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

  • Cabernet Franc: 30 tons. Red Hills AVA, Robertsbridge Vineyards. Contact Craig Shannon at 707-349-7892 or deerhntr1963@hotmail.com
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 15 tons. Clear Lake AVA, Red Horse Ranch. Hand-picked, small lots available. Contact Ron Ryskalczyk at 707-295-6400 or ronryskalczyk@gmail.com
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 80 – 100 tons. Kelsey Bench AVA, Desafinado Vineyards (formerly Sweetwater Vineyards), price negotiable. Contact Deborah Cullen at 707-239-9135 or matadora420@yahoo.com
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 10 tons. Red Hills AVA. Contact Nahani Bohan: 707-279-2675 or nahani@boatiquewines.com
  • Malbec: 65 tons. Red Hills AVA. Contact Nahani Bohan: 707-279-2675 or nahani@boatiquewines.com
  • Petit Verdot: 15 tons. Red Hills AVA. Contact Nahani Bohan: 707-279-2675 or nahani@boatiquewines.com
  • Petite Sirah: 171 tons. Red Hills AVA. Contact Nahani Bohan: 707-279-2675 or nahani@boatiquewines.com
  • Pinot Noir: 80 tons. Big Valley AVA. Lyon Ranch, Clone 32. Contact Jaime Rosas at 707-262-2899
  • Riesling: 16 – 20 tons. Big Valley AVA. Certified Sustainable. Contact Rhonda Wallace at wildwestwinery@att.net

 


Weather Banner

Weather & Climate

“The short-term forecast is pointing to seasonal conditions with onshore flow and marine layers in the western valleys and a generally cool month for all. No rain to speak of for all except maybe the extreme NW of Washington. Warmer second half of month likely over the west, but extreme heat does not look likely…”

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

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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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