June 2024 Newsletter

Volcanic Grapes Make an ImpactIn This Issue…

Grower Conversation Series: Winegrape Wednesdays
LCWC at International Volcanic Wine Conference
Lake County Winegrape Commission Awards Scholarship
Sonoma Raceway-Farm to Finish Line
New LCWC Staff Member: Summer Brown
Grower Spotlight: André Guéziec
Lake County Wines in the News
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report
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Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products


Grower Conversation Series: Winegrape Wednesdays

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Grower Conversation event

Thank you to all who joined us at the inaugural Grower Conversation event on June 5 that featured Vineyard Industry Products and Christian Klier from Turrentine Brokerage. The upcoming sessions will be held on June 26 with Glenn Proctor from Ciatti Company and July 17 with Chad Clark from Allied Grape Growers.

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Mercantile, 4350 Thomas Drive, Kelseyville

Pizza and wine will be provided.

No fee to attend, but please RSVP to events@lakecountywinegrape.org

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LCWC Promotes Lake County Region at International Volcanic Wine Conference

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The Lake County Winegrape Commission continued its outreach to trade professionals at the International Volcanic Wine Conference in New York City on June 18.

Brassfield Estate and Obsidian Wine Co. each had dedicated tables at the event. The Lake County Winegrower’s table featured several additional wineries from the region, such as Hawk and Horse Vineyard, Domaine Helena, Wild Diamond Vineyard, Shannon Family of Wines, and Sol Rouge Winery.

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Lake County Winegrape Commission Awards ‘Future of Ag’ Scholarship

2024 Scholarship winners with Joy MerrileesThe Lake County Winegrape Commission recently awarded its “Future of Agriculture” scholarships to Jesus Adan Serrato-Hernandez and Kyrston Pence. Both are seniors graduating from Kelseyville High School.

The Commission awarded two scholarships this year to support student academic and vocational pathways: one for a four-year university student and one for a student attending a technical college, community college, or trade school.


LCWC & LCFB at Sonoma Raceway Farm to Finish Line

Sonoma Raceway eventLCWC partnered with the Lake County Farm Bureau at the Sonoma Raceway Farm to Finish Line on June 8. Tables were set up as an extension of the Fan Zone, featuring booths from local farmers and ranchers and educational displays to celebrate California’s agricultural heritage.


New LCWC Staff Member: Summer Brown

Summer Brown in vineyardLCWC recently hired Summer Brown as the new Outreach and Events Coordinator. Summer, a graduate of Kelseyville High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in animal science from Chico State in 2022. During her college years, she gained experience working in the restaurant industry as well as in marketing. After graduation, she returned to Kelseyville and set up her own marketing services company, Grateful Roots Co.


Grower Spotlight: André Guéziec

André Guéziec stands in vineyard with mountains behind him. Photo by Karen Pavone

André Guéziec of Domaine Helena | Photo credit: Karen Pavone

Growing up in the renowned Alsace wine region of France, André Guéziec’s journey led him from his childhood roots to owning and operating Domaine Helena in Lake County, California. The journey was anything but linear. His was a leap of faith from Silicon Valley’s fast-paced tech world to acquiring 225 acres of established vineyard property nestled in the quiet, rural outskirts of Middletown, California. Life has a way of bringing us home to our roots.

“I think I’ve lived seven lives so far,” he jokes as we stroll his vines. “After a PhD in Computer Science I began my career in research and corporate roles In New York and Silicon Valley before launching my own company in 2001.”

As a tech entrepreneur, he founded Beat the Traffic, a navigation software system used first by TV stations and later as a smartphone app to help users reroute and avoid traffic congestion. A little over a decade later, he sold the successful company and embarked on a lifestyle change. That’s when the idea of winemaking began to tug at his soul.

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In the News

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Descubre con estos vinos un universo fascinante

Editor’s note: Full article was featured on ComplotMagazine.com

“The 2020 Hawk and Horse Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on the 18-acre certified organic and biodynamic mountain vineyard at an altitude of up to 2,200 feet, benefits from rocky red volcanic soil. Crafted with minimal intervention in the winery, this Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the full potential of the Red Hills terroir in Lake County. Composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, it offers a rich and enveloping sensory experience, with a wave of black cherry and mocha plum on a velvety background, developing an intimacy with the palate that culminates in a brave plum and pomegranate finish.”

Read full article (Spanish).


California Dreaming: Top Bottles from the Golden State

Editor’s note: Full article was on Wine Enthusiast.com

Obsidian Wine Co. 2021 Volcanic Estate Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

“This wine is deep purple with aromas of unripe blackberry, blueberry, olallieberry, fresh bay leaf, vanilla scented potpourri. The midpalate is black olive, green olive, rosemary, orange zest, transmitting into ripe black fruit, dried tobacco leaves and salted truffle chocolate.”

Read full article.


Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which received high scores at the 2024 Sunset International Wine Competition:

  • Brassfield Estate 2023 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley), Double Gold, 96 Points
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2023 Sauvignon Blanc (Big Valley District-Lake County), Gold, 93 Points
  • Osprey Vineyards 2020 Hindcite Red (Big Valley District-Lake County), Gold, 91 Points
  • Osprey Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (Big Valley District-Lake County), Gold, 93 Points
  • Six Sigma Winery 2019 Tempranillo, Gold, 94 Points

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which received high scores at the 2024 Orange County Fair Competition:

  • Chacewater Winery 2023 Sauvignon Blanc, Double Gold, 93 Points
  • Chacewater Winery 2023 Chardonnay, Gold, 92 Points
  • Osprey Vineyards 2020 Hindcite Red, Double Gold, 94 Points

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

  • Buck Shack 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2023 Sauvignon Blanc, 91 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2021 David Red, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2022 High Elevation Chardonnay, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2021 High Elevation Petite Sirah, 92 Points

LCWC Grape Marketplace

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In the market for bulk wine? Visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC website for an up-to-date list of Lake County bulk wine and grapes available for sale.



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Weather & Climate

View June Report from Dr. Gregory Jones.


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