November 7, 2016 Newsletter

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Complimentary tickets for ROOTSTOCK 2016

ROOTSTOCK takes place November 8 from 8 am to 3:30 pm at the Napa Exposition Fairgrounds.

Lake County winegrape growers may register for complimentary ROOTSTOCK exhibition tickets or receive a $50 discount to attend the full day seminar program.

To register online, visit the link above and use discount code: LCWC.

Timed just as harvest finishes and the industry looks towards the future, ROOTSTOCK gives the industry a chance to connect with friends and colleagues, network with new vendors and suppliers, gain access to the latest products and services, and raise a glass to the 2016 vintage.

For more information, visit or contact the NVG office at or 707-944-8311.

2016 IPM Seminar: Friday, November 18

The 2016 Integrated Pest Management Seminar presented by the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be held at the following location

Shippey Facility, Hopland Research and Extension Center
4070 University Rd
Hopland, CA. 95449

Date: Friday Nov 18th, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Check in at 7:30 AM

Price is $40 (or $50 at the door). A catered lunch is included in the price of the event.

Register here:

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2016 IPM agenda for Lake and Mendocino

Growing and Financing Your Wine Business

Financing a vineyard or a winery is typically high risk. Risk for the business owner. Risk for the bank. Risk with the weather. And risks with the market. The variables are numerous.

Vineyard financing is typically dependent on vineyard management ability, parcel size, land prices, site, variety, financial position, earnings history of the owner, as well as the balance sheets of other entities involved. Winery financing typically centers around operating, real estate and construction loans to finance the winemaker brick and mortar, and to cover the production cycle.

On top of this, financing estate vineyards and small wineries can provide additional challenges because they are not only a diverse group, they often have a unique perspective on business growth and marketing.

In all cases, capital needs are intensive because the variables are so interdependent. Investors and entrepreneurs who are relatively new to the wine industry need to know and understand what those business risks are, what the financing needs might be, and most importantly the time that’s needed to ensure success over the lifecycle of the wine business…

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Lake County Wines in the News

We’re always excited to see our local wines and growers receiving the credit they deserve. This past week, the San Francisco Chronicle published a wonderful article on Cabernet Sauvignon producers from the county. The following are excerpts from the article.

Lake County: Home of California’s next great Cabernet?

Lake County’s greatest asset is its grapes, and winegrowers are beginning to recognize the unique conditions that separate their Cabernet country from the rest of California’s.

The Red Hills appellation has garnered the most attention for its potential to yield world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The region ascends from Clear Lake’s southwestern banks, with Mount Konocti standing as its northern boundary. The Red Hills derives its name from the striking reddish-amber hued volcanic soils, speckled in some parts by sharp wedges of black obsidian glass, all vestiges of Konocti’s last eruption 13,000 years ago. “They’re unique for Cabernet soils that we’ve seen anywhere. We start at 2,000 feet, and that changes everything from barometric pressures to quality of light,” explains all-star vineyard owner Andy Beckstoffer.

Wines to Try

2012 Obsidian Ridge “The Slope” Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Hills, Lake County, $45. This wine might just be the best Cabernet Sauvignon presently being made in Lake County…

2012 Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Hills, Lake County, $30. A markedly different expression of the Red Hills than Obsidian Ridge, Gregory Graham’s Crimson Hill Cabernet finds an intriguing figgy, pomegranate profile…

2010 Aliénor Grand Vin
Lake County, $65. This wine is actually a blend of the other Cabernet, Cab Franc, with Merlot, but I’d be remiss not to mention this exceptional wine in the Right Bank Bordeaux tradition…

2014 Shannon Ridge High Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
High Valley, Lake County, $30. This Cabernet speaks in more hushed tones than Shannon Ridge’s Red Hills equivalent. A wine of purity and grace, the High Valley Cabernet beckons you with charming aromas of rosewater…

2012 Langtry Tephra Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Lake County, $40. Coming from Lake County’s southern edge, along the foothills of Howell Mountain, Langtry’s Tephra Ridge Cabernet balances lively, red berry aromas with a darker, earthier palate…

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