March 2019 Newsletter

Lake County wines at 2019 Unified Symposium

In this Issue…

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County – March 28
Ag Supervisor Training, Presented by Pan American – March 20
Guidance on CDFA’s ‘Produce Safety Program Grower Questionnaire’
Wine Enthusiast: ‘The Producers Behind California’s Volcanic Wines’
Lake County Makes Strong Showing at 2019 Unified Symposium
Wine Industry Network Offers First-Ever 3-Tier Symposium
Spanish and English Language USDA Housing Fair – March 16
JSC Agricultural Supply Offers Solutions and Supplies to the Ag Industry
Weather & Climate Report
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UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County – March 28

The UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology presents an educational seminar on March 28 in Lake County. The seminar will inform you on research going on at UC Davis, and it will provide a way for us to listen to the issues important to grapegrowing and winemaking professionals.

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road
March 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Soper-Reese Community Theater
275 South Main Street
Lakeport, California

Cost: $40.00 per person (includes lunch and light breakfast)

Register today:

Topics include:

  • Smoke Research, Glenn McGourty, Viticulture Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Lake and Mendocino Counties
  • What We Know About Smoke and Tools for Amelioration, Anita Oberholster, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
  • Introduction of Megan Bartlett, New Faculty Member, Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
  • Canopy Management, Kaan Kurtural, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Viticulture, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
  • Trunk Diseases, Kendra Baumgartner, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
  • Rootstocks, Andrew Walker, Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

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Ag Supervisor Training, Presented by Pan American – March 20

This two-session workshop, presented by Pan American Insurance Services, will be conducted in Spanish for Spanish-speaking foremen, supervisors, and managers.

Ag Supervisor Training
March 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Big Valley Hall, 1510 Big Valley Road
Lakeport, CA 95453

Register today:

Supervisor Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: 9:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.

This training session is intended for all supervisory-level employees in compliance with AB1825 and SB1087 Regulation. Below are key highlights of the training.
Unlawful harassment, discriminatory and retaliatory behavior under both the FEHA and Federal Law

  • Steps to address harassment in the workplace
  • Reporting complaints of harassment
  • Reporting obligations of supervisors when aware of harassment, discrimination or retaliation
  • Responding to complaints of harassment
  • Employers obligation to conduct an investigation
  • Identifying retaliation and how to avoid it

Agricultural Supervisor/Foreman Management Training: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This session is for all foremen and supervisors who work on farms, ranches, vineyards, or orchards in Lake County and will cover the role of the supervisor and his/her responsibilities in implementing worker safety and labor law. Instructors will cover labor issues in the field, conflict resolution, and a labor law update on regulations affecting supervisors.

There will be hand-out materials and time for questions during each workshop. A certificate will be issued to each participant completing the class.

Lunch will be provided.

No fee to attend, but advanced reservation required. Please contact Megan at or 707-279-2633, ext.303, with any questions.

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Guidance on CDFA’s ‘Produce Safety Program Grower Questionnaire’

Many California winegrape growers recently received a letter from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) signed by Supervisor Michelle Phillips, M.S. The letter asks growers to complete an accompanying questionnaire regarding compliance activities related to the federal Produce Safety Rule pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act. The letter has caused some confusion among winegrape growers, who were granted a federal exemption to the Produce Safety Rule.

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has worked with CDFA to get clarification regarding the letter and suggests the following guidance for winegrape growers:

Growers of grape varietals that are grown, harvested, and used solely for wine and receive commercial processing, and provided such growers grow no covered commodity under the Produce Safety Rule, need only provide their name, farm name, work phone, cell phone, email, and a list of winegrape varietals produced. Those who grow any commodities other than the winegrapes are strongly encouraged to complete the questionnaire in full and return promptly.

Volcanic California, Wine Enthusiast, Photo Credit Michael Housewright

Wine Enthusiast: ‘The Producers Behind California’s Volcanic Wines’

By Jim Gordon. Originally published on the Wine Enthusiast website and ©Wine Enthusiast Magazine. View a PDF version

On the heels of numerous destructive wildfires in recent years, it’s understandable that the specter of volcanic eruption might not top the list of concerns for California’s Lake County winemakers.

The region’s producers shrugged off a recent United States Geological Survey assessment that they work in and around an active volcanic field rated as a “high threat” to the local community.

Called the Clear Lake Volcanic Field, the area was ranked by the agency as 33rd among 161 potentially dangerous volcanic sites in the country.

With the current buzz around “volcanic wines,” the possibility that Mount Konocti or any surrounding cinder cones could erupt after 11,000 years may just be a boon for the image of Lake County wines… Read the full article

Lake County wines at 2019 Unified Symposium

Lake County Makes Strong Showing at 2019 Unified Symposium

The Lake County Winegrape Commission poured a selection of Lake County wines during this year’s Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento. The largest annual industry trade show in the nation, the Unified Symposium is attended by more than 14,000 wine and grape industry professionals from all over the world.

Each year, the show features a Regional Wine Tasting, during which associations from around the country pour wines from their region. LCWC presented a wide variety of the county’s wines for tasting, representing the region’s key varietals and viticultural areas, and answered a range of questions about the winegrowing region.

Master Vigneron Academy(R) students tour the Unified Symposium trade show floor

Additionally, as part of the curriculum for the LCWC Master Vigneron Academy®, students of this year’s class attended Unified to kick off the 2019 MVA sessions. The participants were able to attend Spanish-speaking sessions and explore the exhibits on the tradeshow floor.

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Wine Industry Network Offers First-Ever 3-Tier Symposium

On May 22, Wine Industry Network (WIN) will hold a 3-Tier Symposium, a one-day conference focused on helping industry executives and owners navigate the complicated world of distributor relationships.

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3-Tier Wine Symposium
May 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa

Register today:

The symposium will feature experts from all facets of the three-tier system and will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to change the way your winery works with your distributor partners to maximize this sales channel and grow your brand.

Registration for the event is now open. Seating is limited. The first 50 people to register will receive a special “early-bird” discount.

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Spanish and English Language USDA Housing Fair – March 16

The Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is planning a Spanish and English Language Community Housing Fair.

USDA Housing Fair
Saturday, March 16, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Glebe Hall, St. Peter Mission
4085 Main Street, Kelseyville

The purpose of the housing fair is to increase homeownership in Lake County by connecting potential homeowners with lenders, Realtors, and builders so that all parties may increase utilization of USDA housing assistance programs.

For more information on the housing fair, contact the Lake EDC at (707) 270-1540, ext. 101, or

Or visit

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JSC Agricultural Supply Offers Solutions and Supplies to the Ag Industry

JSC Agricultural Supply logoJSC Agricultural Supply, a division of Jim’s Supply Co., Inc., is a family-owned business that serves growers and customers throughout the world. We take pride in providing solutions and supplies to the agriculture industry, a community that our owners (also growers) have been a part of for decades.

We manufacture stakes and crossarms for trellis systems used in vineyards, orchards, and a large assortment of fruits, nuts, berries, etc., at our production plant in California. Our extensive product line includes end posts, trellis wire, anchors, animal control, vine protection, and fencing supplies, to name a few.

JSC Agricultural Supply Trellis Manufacturing

Photo credit: JSC Agricultural Supply

In addition to our unique manufacturing capabilities, we recently expanded our product line to include everyday farming necessities for contractors and those working directly in the field. Our product selection now includes harvest supplies, pruning supplies, safety and sanitation supplies, and more. JSC also has an online store designed to accommodate smaller growers who appreciate the convenience of ordering online.

Headquartered in Bakersfield, California, our professional sales team is committed to providing excellent service so you can focus your time and money on your business.

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Weather & Climate

“The current colder than average temperatures are likely to remain through mid-month as will the plume of moisture into California. Temperatures forecast for March through May continues the odds toward a warmer than average western US, while precipitation is forecast to be near average….”

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

Sign Up to Receive Daily Weather Forecasts

Lake County winegrape growers can sign up to receive daily weather forecasts* for Lake County (and frost forecasts during the spring months).

Sign up on the LCWC website


* Funding for the daily weather service is provided by LCWC and our major sponsor American Ag Credit.

Calendar of Events

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Wildfire Crop Insurance Q&A 4:00 pm
Wildfire Crop Insurance Q&A
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: The session will feature details on crop insurance[...]
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