March 2023 Newsletter

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In This Issue…

LCWC Offers ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship for College-Bound High School Students
Emergency Relief Program and Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program
Pesticide Safety Training March 9
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

LCWC Offers ‘Future of Agriculture’ Scholarship for College-Bound High School Students

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The Lake County Winegrape Commission established a scholarship program titled “Future of Agriculture” to assist graduating Lake County high school students with funds to help offset the cost of college tuition and school supplies.

The Commission awards one scholarship per year to a deserving student enrolled full-time at a four-year university in a program of study that will enable the student to contribute to the winegrape segment of the agriculture industry.

All applicants must be a high school senior graduating from a high school located in Lake County, California, with permanent residency in a Lake County school district for at least two years. Immediate relatives of LCWC Board Members or employees are not eligible.

Further details about eligibility and how to apply may be found in the annual Scholarship Application packet and on the LCWC website.

DEADLINE: Application packets must be postmarked by Friday, April 7, 2023.

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

Emergency Relief Program (ERP) and Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP)

A grape grower and other farmers and ranchers who encountered financial loss due to a natural disaster in 2020 or 2021 can now apply to ERP regardless of whether they had crop insurance during that time.

A public company must report any shareholder with a 10% interest or more in its ERP application. Any minority interests of 10% less do not need to be reported.

Ag producers whose allowable gross revenue decreased by 15% or more due to the pandemic in 2020 qualify for PARP.

Any grape grower who also produces wine can include wine production revenue in adjusted gross income calculations for both ERP and PARP. Revenue from tasting rooms and associated events cannot be included.

The deadline for application to both programs closes on June 2, 2023.

Additional resources on the two programs are below:

To learn more and apply for assistance, contact your local FSA office here: Locate Local Farm Service Agency.

Pesticide Safety Training March 9

MVP Safety Professionals will host pesticide safety training on March 9. This course meets the requirements put forth by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. 2 hours of CE are available.

Cost: $50
Location: Holdenried Harvesting, Inc., 3645 Benson Lane, Kelseyville

9:30 am – 11:30 am (Spanish)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (English)

Respirator fit testing will take place from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and will cost $45.

View registration form for more information.

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

20-25 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Upper Lake Valley, Certified Organic by CCOF. Thurston Williams: 707-275-9315

45-50 tons 2023 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Jay Singh: 707-540-1105

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In the News

Wine of the Week: Cache Creek, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County

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

“…The Cache Creek, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, 14.5% at $35. The cab has gorgeous fruit — black raspberry, red raspberry, and dark cherry — and aromas that follow through to the palate. An impressive standout, this cab has an undercurrent of spice and savory notes and a lingering finish.

“The cab shows well, [Derek] Holstein said, because the vineyard is in a unique spot — on the banks of Cache Creek.

“‘The creek flows through it and offers well-drained soil with a southwesterly slope,’ he said. “‘Cache Creek soil is leaner and less volcanic than much of Lake County, which adds another layer of challenging conditions for the vines. The result is a more elegant expression of fruit.’

“Showcasing the vineyard, with its ability to produce clean and balanced fruit, is his goal, Holstein said. Once in the cellar, his focus is on teasing out the complexity of the wine.”

Read full article.

Valentine’s Wines without the Gimmicks

Editor’s note: This article appeared on

“…Time to hop the pond and soar over to Lake County, California, where red volcanic soil at an elevation of 2200 feet delivers incredible terroir for wine, and also unique gems – that are, legend has it – the result of a broken heart.

“Lake County diamonds, also known as moon tears, are semi-precious stones found nowhere else in the world, they are as hard as diamonds, and are used commercially and in jewelry, as well as being prized by collectors in their raw form. According to Pomo Indian legend, a chieftain and the moon fell in love. When the moon had to depart and light the night sky and mark the seasons, she left a testament to their love with her ‘moon tears’.

“‘We were so touched by the legend, and so blessed with an abundance of moon tears in our vineyard, we decided to name our first white wine – an Albarino – in honor of the legend of their creation,’ says Robert Bowling, owner of Wild Diamond Vineyards. ‘Those Lake Country diamonds are an integral composition of our soils, and a significant element of the terroir at the core of our high elevation wines.’”

Read full article.

Ratings & Reviews

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

      • Langtry 2021 Viognier, 90 Points
      • Precision Wine 2020 Octopoda Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 90 Points
      • Shannon Ridge 2019 Home Ranch Red, 92 Points, Editors’ Choice
      • Two Angels 2020 Petite Sirah (Red Hills), 92 Points
      • Two Angels 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley), 90 Points

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        Weather & Climate

        View February report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

        Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

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        Registration Is Open for the Wine Industry Sales Symposium

        Wine Industry Network (WIN) has opened registration for the Wine Industry Sales Symposium, a one-day educational conference that will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, in Santa Rosa, California.

        Leveraging experts from all facets of the wine industry, the program will kick off with an in-depth look at how the wine category is performing overall and what the key indicators could mean for near-future sales. The conference will touch on all aspects of sales and marketing, including 3-Tier and Direct channel strategies, packaging innovations, pricing, and public relations programs, and attendees will leave with tactical advice, insights, and predictions they can apply to their own business models.

        View full press release for more information.


    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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