June 1, 2018 Newsletter

Sauvignon Blanc Experience Grand Tasting Nathan DeHart, glasses and programs at entrance

In this Issue…

Now Online: Sauvignon Blanc Symposium Presentations
Sauvignon Blanc Experience Attracts Attention of the Wine Industry
The Savvy Lake, by Alder Yarrow
California Women for Agriculture Meeting
Learn About H-2A Visas at June Roundtables
Take the County Survey
Wine & Grape Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report

Now Online: Sauvignon Blanc Symposium Presentations

If you missed the Sauvignon Blanc Experience, we have good news for you. You can now view the PowerPoint presentations on the SBE website:


Click the links that say “view slides.” Even better: we will publish videos of each presentation within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for an update.

Sauvignon Blanc International Symposium 2018, (c) Bil Groody)

Press Release: Sauvignon Blanc Experience Attracts Attention of the Wine Industry

Lake County Event Draws Sauvignon Blanc Producers and Attendees from Around the World

The Lake County Winegrape Commission announced that the Sauvignon Blanc Experience, which took place over two days in early May, exceeded its goals for attendance and featured an impressive lineup of speakers, wine brands and wine-growing regions around the globe.

The Sauvignon Blanc Experience included an International Symposium, which coincided with International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 4, and a consumer-oriented Grand Tasting on May 5.

The sold-out Symposium attracted wine trade professionals and speakers from New Zealand, France, South Africa and other locations around California.

More than 50 Sauvignon Blanc producers were featured at the Grand Tasting. A strong presence from New Zealand and a several wines from the Loire Valley contributed to the international character of the event.

The event received support from a number of sponsors, most notably American AgCredit, Bella Vista Farming, Vineyard Industry Products (VIP), Sunridge Nurseries, and Twin Pine Casino & Hotel. Some 20 organizations in all sponsored the Sauvignon Blanc Experience…

Read the full press release.

Sauvignon Blanc Experience Grand Tasting, (c) Nathan DeHart, two tasters raise their glasses

The Savvy Lake

By Alder Yarrow. Originally published on JancisRobinson.com

Vigilance Vineyards by Nathan DeHart
“It’s so crisp and cool and clear, I just love it,” said pensioner Diane Tibbs while her husband Brad nodded in agreement as they both tipped back their glasses to finish them off.

“Easily half of what I buy, especially after April, is Sauvignon Blanc,” said Marika Klaver, a 30-year-old corporate interior designer, who went on to explain that the balance of her wine consumption is split between Pinot Grigio and Merlot, a red that she adds to the mix as autumn rolls around.

On 5 May, these consumers, and more than 300 others, made their way to Lake County, California, to attend the 2018 International Sauvignon Blanc Experience. Even so, most drinkers of California wine may not have heard of Lake County, nor the Sauvignon Blanc conference that the region hosts in an attempt to remedy that fact.

Despite its level of obscurity, Lake County remains one of California’s most interesting and valuable wine regions. Located just over the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges, 40 miles (65 km) to the north of the Napa Valley, the Lake County wine region currently hosts more than 10,000 acres of vineyards and almost 40 wineries.

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California Women for Agriculture Lake County Chapter

Friday, June 1, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Soper Reese Theatre
Appetizers & Lake County Wine

Dr. Ceclia Chi-HamLearn more about the future of bio-tech in agriculture at the next meeting of the California Women for Agriculture Lake County Chapter.

The event will feature an entertaining and informative presentation by Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham, an internationally recognized leader in the field of agricultural biotechnology.

Learn About H-2A Visas at June Roundtables

The H-2A visa allows foreign nationals to enter the United States for temporary or seasonal agricultural work. If you employ H-2A workers or you want to learn more about H-2A visas, attend this free event:

June 19: Salinas
June 20: Sonoma
June 21: Napa

Download this flyer (PDF) to learn more. If you have questions, contact:

Martin Otero
Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist

Please Take the County Survey

If you have used the Visit Lake County website or another Lake County community website, the County would like to learn more about your interests.

By clicking the link below you can access the survey which should take about 10 minutes of your time. If you take the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a two-night stay in Lake County. While we will ask you to provide your e-mail address to notify winners, we will not use your email for marketing or any other purpose.

Take the Survey

Vineyard workers harvest red wine grapesGrape & Wine Marketplace

For the full listing of Lake County grapes and bulk winettps://www.lakecountywinegrape.org/growers/marketplace/”>Marketplace page of the LCWC website.

Grapes Wanted

20 – 40 tons of Lake County Sauvignon Blanc. For more information, contact Shannon Gunier, North Coast Winegrape Brokers. Email: shannon@northcoastwinegrapes.com

Weather BannerWeather & Climate

The May climate report from Dr. Gregory Jones is out. “April had many wondering when the relatively cold and wet conditions would let up and a period in the third week in April did not disappoint….” Download Report (PDF)


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