June 2022 Newsletter

Cluster of grapes and a boot with spur

In This Issue…

LCWC Seats New Board Members
LCWC Recognizes Bonnie Sears and Bill Oldham For Their Dedicated Service
Master Vigneron Academy® Vineyard Tailgate Recap
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Ratings & Reviews
Weather & Climate Report

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 2022-2024 term: new Board Members Pilar Luchsinger White of Luchsinger Vineyards and Padraic Sherlock of Beckstoffer Vineyards, and incumbents Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge Vineyards, and Jonathan Walters of Brassfield Estate.

The Board appointed the following officers for this year: Jonathan Walters 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 Cameron Mauritson of L&L Vineyards and Michael Ryan of Perry Ranch Vineyard.

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

Pilar Luchsinger WhitePadraic Sherlock

Winegrape Commission Recognizes Former Board Members for Dedicated Service

The Lake County Winegrape Commission Board of Directors and staff recognize the valuable contributions of Bonnie Sears and Bill Oldham throughout their eight years of service on the Board.

At its May meeting, the Board presented Bonnie and Bill with plaques and thanked them for their steadfast commitment to the Commission’s work.

Bonnie Sears and Bill Oldam with their appreciation awards

RECAP: Master Vigneron Academy® Vineyard Tailgate

Tailgate and MVA logos

Miguel Garcia from the Napa Resource Conservation District (RCD) conducted a 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. He also demonstrated how to use Distribution Uniformity Kits. LCWC has two full kits that are available for vineyard workers to use. Email mva@lakecountywinegrape.org to check them out.

Thank you to Thomas Mauritson Vineyards for hosting the event on their property.

Miguel Garcia providing irrigation demo to MVA students in vineyard

MVA students in tent conducting demonstration

LCWC Grape 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

45-50 tons 2022 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Thompson Creek Vineyard Ranch (formerly Pollywog Vineyard). Contact JJ Singh: 707-540-1105 or jjsingh.sat@gmail.com

200 tons 2022 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or tjroos@hotmail.com

5-8 tones 2022 Sangiovese, Kelsey Bench, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Jeanne Scherer: 707-685-5323 or adobecreekvines@gmail.com

Bulk Wine for Sale

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

Lake County Wine in the News Banner, microphone and six glasses of white wine set up for technical tasting

Ratings & Reviews

Congratulations to the following gold medal winners from Lake County at the TEXSOM Wine Awards:

  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon, Platinum Medal
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Petit Verdot, Platinum Medal
  • Obsidian Ridge Vineyard 2019 Half Mile Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold Medal

Congratulations to the following gold medal winners from Lake County at the California State Fair:

  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2021 Serenity Rosé (High Valley), Best of Class of Appellation, Gold, 96 Points
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley), Best of Class of Appellation, Gold, 96 Points
  • Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery 2019 Petite Sirah, Best of Class of Appellation, Gold, 95 Points
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Best of Class of Appellation, Double Gold, 99 Points

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

  • Dancing Crow 2021 Rosé, 90 Points,
  • Sol Rouge 2018 The Keep Red, 94 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2017 Cabernet Franc (Red Hills), 93 Points
  • Vie Winery 2018 L’Imaginaire Grenache, 92 Points

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Weather & Climate

View June report from Dr. Gregory Jones.


    LCWC Finance Committee Meeting 10:00 am
    LCWC Finance Committee Meeting @ Video Conference
    Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Agenda – LCWC Finance Committee Meeting, June 13, 2024
    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
    Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee Meeting, June 25, 2024
    LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
    LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
    Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, June 25, 2024
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