November 2017 Newsletter

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A Note from Commission President

As Harvest 2017 has come to a close and the blustery days of fall are upon us, we reflect with both gratitude for a successful harvest and concern for our neighbors after the recent North Coast wildfires that caused so much devastation. Many residents in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma are without homes, some without businesses.

Our North Coast community is strong, has deep roots, and will recover, but the need remains. We encourage you to do what you can to support our neighbors in need – to donate to a worthy organization, to plan a visit to the region’s wineries, to pour wines from Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma at your Thanksgiving table.

Debra Sommerfield

In this Issue…

The SOMM Journal: ‘The Lake County Eruption’
WIN Expo: November 30
20th Annual UC IPM Seminar: December 8
Lake County Wines in the News
California Wine 2017 Harvest Report

The SOMM Journal: ‘Lake County Eruption’

The Region’s Wines Rumble with Intensity and Elegance

The SOMM Journal Article on Lake County, Oct/Nov 2017Writing in the October/November issue of The SOMM Journal, wine writer Randy Caparoso describes the Lake County region this way:

“These are true ‘mountain’ vineyards. Nearly all of Lake County’s vineyards are planted 1,330-3,000 feet above sea level and yield some of the most intense, singing, and elegantly structured wines in the New World, the Old World, or any world. …this region is just beginning to rumble, and forward-thinking sommeliers everywhere would be wise to take heed!”

The SOMM Journal is a nationally distributed magazine whose readers include wine buyers and sommeliers at on- and off-premise retailers in the country’s top markets. An article like this helps bring national recognition to the region. Read the full article

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WIN Expo: November 30

WIN Expo promoLake County winegrape growers are invited to attend WIN Expo and receive free access to the trade show floor using a special promotional code: LCWC2017. To register for WIN Expo, visit

In addition to offering cutting-edge products and services on the trade show floor, WIN Expo 2017 offers eight comprehensive winemaking and sales and marketing conference sessions, focusing on current industry issues and trends impacting the North Coast. Speakers include thought leaders and innovators sharing ideas, information, and predictions to help attendees better prepare for the coming year. Register here

20th Annual UC IPM Seminar: December 8

The 2017 Integrated Pest Management Seminar for Lake and Mendocino counties, presented by the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be held at the following location:

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

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Check in at 7:30 AM

Price is $30 if you register by December 1. (Payment by check only at the door: $40.). A catered lunch is included in the price of the event. Questions? Call JT Williams: 707-463-4994

Register here:

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Lake County Wine in the News Banner, microphone with six glasses of white wine set up for technical tastingLake County Wines in the News

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which Wine Enthusiast recently rated a score of 90 points or better:

  • High Valley Vineyard 2015 Zinfandel (High Valley): 93 points, Editor’s Choice
  • Sol Rouge 2013 Petite Sirah (Red Hills Lake County): 93 points, Cellar Selection
  • Sol Rouge 2013 Zinfandel (Red Hills Lake County): 92 points
  • Two Angels 2015 Petite Sirah (Red Hills Lake County): 90 points

California Wine 2017 Harvest Report banner2017 Wine Report: Strong Quality Across the State as Ample Rain Ends Drought

“California’s 2017 harvest wrapped up early this fall following summer heat spurts and a growing season that saw significant rain throughout the state ending a five-year drought. While October wildfires in North Coast wine communities made international headlines, the state’s vineyards and wineries were not significantly affected…” Read the report


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