March 2022 Newsletter

In this Issue…

REMINDER: ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship Applications Due April 8
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
Food & Wine: What Makes Volcanic Wines So Distinctive — And the Top Ones to Try
Press Democrat: The hottest grape variety on the North Coast? For wineries, sauvignon blanc is the in-demand fruit
Shaw Local: Uncorked: Shannon looking for a ‘cleaner way of living’
News from Wine Institute: April is ‘Down to Earth’ Month
Submit wines: TEXSOM The Awards
Wine Adventure 2022
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering
Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products

REMINDER: ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship for College-Bound High School Students, Application Deadline April 8

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is offering a new scholarship program – “Future of Agriculture” – open to Lake County graduating high school seniors who will attend college in the 2022-2023 academic year to offset tuition and supplies.

LCWC will award one $5,000 scholarship to assist a graduating high school student who will attend a four-year university in a program of study that will enable the student to contribute to the winegrape industry. Preference may be given to those who will study viticulture, enology, plant pathology, crop science, sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, public policy, political science, or a related field from a four-year university.

For scholarship application and details (including eligibility and how to apply), please visit the LCWC website.

DEADLINE: Application packets must be postmarked by Friday, April 8, 2022.

Please encourage high school seniors who are interested in a career supporting agriculture to apply.

LCWC Grape Marketplace

Grape & Wine 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

20 tons 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified Sustainable and Provisionally Certified Organic. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or

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

Bulk Wine for Sale

2,250 gallons 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or

8,000 gallons 2021 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or

Looking to Purchase

5 tons Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon, Contact Pietro Buttitta:

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Lake County Wines in the News

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

  • Boatique 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 Points
  • Boatique 2018 Malbec (Red Hills), 91 Points
  • Boatique 2019 Red (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Langtry 2017 Double Barrel Aged Petite Sirah (Guenoc Valley), 93 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Langtry 2017 Serpentine Meadow Petite Sirah (Guenoc Valley), 90 Points
  • Langtry 2018 Lillie’s Blend White (Guenoc Valley), 92 Points
  • Langtry 2018 Night Marsanne (Guenoc Valley), 91 Points
  • Seawolf 2020 Lady of the Lake Vineyard Zinfandel (Red Hills), 94 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 High Elevation Collection Sauvignon Blanc, 90 Points

Food & Wine: What Makes Volcanic Wines So Distinctive — And the Top Ones to Try

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Food & Wine’s March edition and on their website.

“…So in addition to wines from Etna and the Canaries, look to regions like Soave in Northern Italy, Santorini in Greece, parts of Oregon’s  Willamette Valley and California’s Napa Valley, and Lake County in California.”

2019 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich, dark-fruited Cabernet’s name is justified: Chunks of obsidian turn up regularly in the Lake County vineyard where it’s from.

Read full article.

Press Democrat: The hottest grape variety on the North Coast? For wineries, sauvignon blanc is the in-demand fruit

Editor’s note: This article appears on the Press Democrat website. Possible paywall.

“…The grape variety has also been a focus for Lake County, where growers are working to stand out from their high-profile neighbors in Sonoma and Napa counties. Winemakers point to the Big Valley District on the west side of Clear Lake and the High Valley region on the lake’s east side as two prime locations to grow sauvignon blanc, which had an average price per ton of $1,232 last year in Lake County.

‘People are responding to our style of sauvignon blanc. They are kind of getting a little bit (tired) of the grassiness of the New Zealand stuff,’ said Adam Forni, director of authenticity at Dancing Crow Vineyards.

The family-operated winery has a Lake County vineyard at a 1,400-foot elevation at the base of Mount Konocti. It provides a sauvignon blanc grape that results in a wine with lemon and lime flavors and a hint of minerality, he added.”

Read full article.

Shaw Local: Uncorked: Shannon looking for a ‘cleaner way of living’

Editor’s note: This article appears on the Shaw Local website.

“…‘We just needed to change, I need to live a little better, breathe a little better. … We are starting to be smarter about what we eat, what we drive, and I think it’s a cleaner way of living,’ he said.

The owner of Shannon Family of Wines has farmed his rugged, mountain property in California’s Lake County since 1996, and become a champion of environmentally responsible behavior with vineyards that are 100% Certified Sustainable. Shannon’s ranch has 1,000 of its 2,400 acres planted to vineyards. They are all organically farmed, and will be certified as such in June.”

Read full article.

News from Wine Institute

April is ‘Down to Earth’ Month

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April is California wine’s 11th annual Down to Earth Month, a celebration of the wine community’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the land, regions and wine industry for future generations. State senators Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry introduced a state senate concurrent resolution (SCR 88) declaring the designation each April going forward.

All month long, wineries and regional associations across California will highlight their sustainable farming, winemaking, and business practices through a variety of fun and engaging events and activities, from wine tastings to vineyard hikes to behind-the-scenes sustainability tours. Many California wineries host outdoor activities — including active and wellness-oriented offerings — that encourage visitors to explore their beautiful, sustainably farmed winery estates.

There’s an array of Down to Earth Month winery events and offers to enjoy; see some examples below and the full list at the Discover California Wines’ website.

Read full press release.


TEXSOM is now accepting entry submissions for wine, mead, sake, cider, non-alcoholic beverages, and spirits.

TEXSOM Awards Postcard

News from Lake County Winery Association

Wine Adventure May 21 & 22

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Get ready to explore the Lake County wine region. Wine Adventure is back!

Enjoy small bites paired with wine at 20 wineries.

Purchase tickets.

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Weather & Climate

View March report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

Affiliate Sponsor: The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering

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Lake County Hot Ones ‘BREW, SIP & BURN’

When: April 30, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering
Tickets: $100 on Eventbrite

This fundraiser will feature nine participants eating hot wings (each prepared with progressively hotter sauces) while answering “burning” questions from interviewers Sheriff Martin and Supervisor Tina Scott.

Each player will represent a non-profit of their choice with a chance to win a cash prize from participating sponsors. And 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will be divided among the remaining eight charities.

If you are interested in providing monetary donations, silent auction items, and/or swag for sponsor tables, contact Mark Lipps from The Ripe Choice at 310-849-9181.

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Big Valley Small Farms Tour

When: May 7, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: The Ripe Choice Farm & Catering, Peace and Plenty Farm, Edenberry Farm, Bell Haven Flower Farm, & Campodonico Olive Farm

Event is complimentary. No reservations required.

Those touring The Ripe Choice Farm will enjoy homemade breads, wine produced from The Ripe Choice’s small vineyard, guitar music, as well as a range of information and resources from experts on water-related topics such as Clear Lake, tap water testing, cyanotoxin monitoring, and living with wildlife and the importance of native plans and wildlife habitat.

Follow Big Valley Small Farms Tour on Facebook for additional information.

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Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products

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    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
    LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office and Video Conference
    Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee Meeting, March 12, 2024
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