November 2020 Newsletter

Winegrape harvest, Lake County Calif, by Nathan DeHart

A Note from Commission President

As another harvest draws to a close, we take a moment to acknowledge how this growing season has been unlike any other. Our hearts are with our friends, neighbors, and colleagues who experienced loss, and we are grateful for those called to help during difficult times.

We also would like to especially recognize the work of our agricultural workers who carefully tend the vineyards and bring in such beautiful clusters of grapes. Their commitment to quality is at the heart of our industry.

We value their work, and to that end, we continue to provide professional development opportunities for vineyard leaders under the umbrella of our Master Vigneron Academy® – currently using a virtual platform. In November, we are offering Agricultural Labor Management continuing education courses for vineyard supervisors on communication and on wage-and-hour compliance. This winter, we are launching a new Crew Lead Certificate program focused on supervision and leadership training for crew leaders and first-time supervisors. For more information, visit www.mastervigneron.org

Cheers,
Debra Sommerfield

 


In this Issue…

Winegrape Commission Launches New Visual Identity
REMINDER: Applications for USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Due December 11
REGISTER: Wine Enthusiast Webinar November 17: Volcanic Soils
REGISTER: Certified Sustainable Webinar December 3
LCWC Continues Ad Campaign to Promote Region’s Volcanic Soils
REGISTER: UCCE North Coast Virtual IPM Seminar December 3 & 4
Remembering Lake County Winegrower Robert Mount
Lake County Wines in the News
VIDEO: Crunchy Spring Rolls with Asian Walnut Dipping Sauce
Wine & Grape Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report

 


 

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Winegrape Commission Launches New Visual Identity

Last month, the Lake County Winegrape Commission announced a new brand identity for the region’s winegrowers.

In the 10 years since the previous logo was created, the region has evolved and matured in important ways. Vineyard acreage has expanded. The reputation of its winegrowers has grown along with the quality of Lake County winegrapes. And it is increasingly seen as a premium winegrowing region with its own distinct identity, independent of its North Coast neighbors.

The new brand identity acknowledges this evolution and better reflects the region’s meaningful attributes. Specifically, the new logo affirms Lake County as a high-elevation, mountainous region dominated by young volcanic soils and luminous sunlight.

Read the press release

 


REMINDER: Applications for USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Due December 11

Winegrapes Now Eligible Under Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. The program offers direct payments for winegrape growers as opposed to loans.

Read full press release: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/09/18/usda-provide-additional-direct-assistance-farmers-and-ranchers

Farm Service Agency hosted a webinar for interested applicants on September 24. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/HbTVeJzTqFY

Applications must be submitted by December 11, 2020.

Program details, commodities finder, and application forms: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

Additional information: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/specialty

Fact sheet available here: https://www.lakecountywinegrape.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/usda-coronavirus-food-assistance-program-flyer.pdf

As a first step, producers can call the USDA call center at (877) 508-8364. Then producers can file CFAP 2 applications by working directly with staff at the local USDA Farm Service Agency office, at (707) 468-9223.

 


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REGISTER: Wine Enthusiast Webinar November 17: How Volcanic Soils Create ‘Intensity of Place’

“Volcanic wines” is an emerging category of wines that is as fascinating as it is rare, and yet little understood. How do volcanic soils influence the growth and production of various wines? What challenges do volcanics soils present? What qualities do they impart to wines like Cabernet Sauvignon?

Jim Gordon will host Joy Merrilees of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Peter Molnar of Obsidian Wine Co., and Master Sommelier John Szabo as they explore volcanic wine regions around the world, most notably Lake County.

Register for the webinar

 


REGISTER: Certified Sustainable Webinar December 3

Speaker: Emily Farrant, Co-Founder, Two Leaves LLC

Emily Farrant, co-founder of Two Leaves, LLCJoin California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing auditor, Emily Farrant, Co-Founder, Two Leaves, LLC, as she demonstrates the process of becoming Certified Sustainable.

Emily will go through the online procedures for preparing certification audits and will instruct on how to log into the portal and complete the assessment process. She will also review best practices for managing the documents that auditors need to assess conformance. Emily will also provide tips on how to prepare for year-two requirements during the webinar and will take questions following the presentation.

Register for the webinar

 


LCWC Continues Ad Campaign to Promote Region’s Volcanic Soils

LCWC ad for Wine Enthusiast, December 2020The Lake County Winegrape Commission continued its advertising campaign with full-page ads running in the November and December issues of Wine Enthusiast magazine. The campaign also includes banner ads in Wine Business Monthly’s Daily News Email for both months.

The ad campaign focuses on the region’s high-elevation, volcanic terroir and its influence on grapes and the wines they produce – a message that is unique to Lake County and designed to create a positive and lasting impression on winegrape buyers, members of the trade, and wine consumers.

View the ad

 


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REGISTER: UCCE North Coast Virtual IPM Seminar December 3 & 4

The University of California Cooperative Extension is hosting a two-day virtual IPM seminar. The cost is $40 to attend and will include two law and regulation hours and six other CEU hours.

The seminar is sponsored by UCIPM, UCANR, and the Mendocino County Department of Agriculture.

Download a flyer with the full agenda

Register by November 30

 


Remembering Lake County Winegrower Robert Mount

Robert Mount, Boatique Winery, Lake County CalifLake County winegrape grower and owner of Boatique Winery, Robert Mount passed away in mid-October. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, staff, and the Lake County winegrape community.

Our hearts go out to the Mount family and the team at Boatique Winery and Red Hills Vineyard.

 


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Lake County Wines in the News

10 Favorite Northern California Wines for Less Than $30

Editor’s Note: This article by Jim Gordon on the Wine Enthusiast website includes a review of Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc.

“When shopping for the great wines of the world, you can learn a lot about a wine’s potential for high quality from the appellation on the bottle. [When] targeting a particular price range, look for wines with smaller, county-wide appellations or regional AVAs to give yourself an edge. Mendocino County reds and Chardonnays, and Lake County Sauvignon Blancs are good examples…”

Read the full article

Why Volcanic Wines Are Erupting in Popularity Right Now

Editor’s Note: This article by Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen on the Robb Report website includes a review of Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.

“At a half-million years old, Clear Lake is not just the county’s namesake but the oldest lake in the United States, and its Red Hills Lake County AVA sub-region sits at the base of the extinct, 4,300-foot Mount Konocti, which last erupted 11,000 years ago. The red soil in this area just north of Napa Valley is lauded for producing exemplary Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends….”

Read the full article

Wine Enthusiast Top-Scoring Wines

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

  • Boatique 2019 Rosé of Malbec (Red Hills): 91 Points (Editors’Choice
  • Boatique 2019 Sauvignon Blanc: 90 Points
  • Bogle 2016 Reserve Malbec (Red Hills): 92 Points
  • Brassfield 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley): 92 Points
  • Brassfield 2016 Perspective Vineyard Syrah (High Valley): 93 Points
  • Brassfield 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley): 90 Points
  • Brassfield 2017 Eruption Red (High Valley): 92 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2018 El Coyote Chardonnay (Red Hills): 91 Points
  • Covenant 2019 Red C Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County): 90 Points
  • Dancing Crow 2018 Old Stake 1901 Red: 91 Points
  • Dancing Crow 2018 Zinfandel (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2014 Latigo Cabernet Franc (Red Hills): 93 Points
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2015 Petite Sirah (Red Hills): 92 Points
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2016 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 93 Points (Cellar Selection)
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 90 Points
  • Mauritson 2019 Muscat Blanc: 90 Points
  • Obsidian Ridge 2017 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 93 Points (Cellar Selection)
  • Prima Materia 2017 Sangiovese: 90 Points
  • Prima Materia 2018 Chardonnay: 92 Points
  • Prima Materia 2018 Vinum in Agris Negroamaro: 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2018 High Elevation Collection Chardonnay (Lake County): 90 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc (Red Hills): 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 High Valley Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley): 90 Points
  • Shooting Star 2018 Zinfandel (Lake County): 90 Points (Best Buy)
  • Shooting Star 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County): 90 Points (Best Buy)
  • Sol Rouge 2016 Grenache (Red Hills): 92 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2016 The Keep Red (Red Hills): 91 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2016 Zinfandel (Red Hills): 93 Points
  • Steele 2016 Catfish Vineyard Centennial Vines Zinfandel (Lake County): 92 Points
  • Steele 2017 Merlot (Lake County): 92 Points (Editors’ Choice)
  • Wild Diamond 2013 Cabernet Franc (Lake County): 90 Points
  • Wild Diamond 2014 Homme Barbera (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Wild Diamond 2016 Cabernet Franc (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Wild Diamond 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County): 94 Points (Cellar Selection)
  • Wild Diamond 2016 Dumb Luck Mourvèdre (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Wild Diamond 2016 Dumb Luck Syrah (Lake County): 92 Points
  • Wild Diamond 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County): 94 Points (Editors’ Choice)
  • Wild Diamond 2017 Dumb Luck GSM (Lake County): 90 Points
  • Wild Diamond 2017 Dumb Luck Syrah (Lake County): 93 Points

 


Video: crunchy spring rolls by Cheryl Forberg

VIDEO: Crunchy Spring Rolls with Asian Walnut Dipping Sauce

Try this recipe from chef Cheryl Forberg with your favorite Lake County Sauvignon Blanc. You can mix and match veggies or, for a more substantial meal, add shredded roast chicken, BBQ pork, or cooked shrimp.

View the full recipe

 


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Grape & Wine Marketplace

For an up-to-date listing of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, visit the Marketplace page.

 


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Weather & Climate

“The forecast for November through January is largely based on the La Niña conditions in the Tropical Pacific and a relatively warm North Pacific. As such, the PNW is anticipated to see near average to slightly cooler and wetter first half of winter, while California is expected to be warmer than average and near average to drier than average through December…”

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

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LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
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Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions 2:00 pm
Water Stewardship in Drought Conditions
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webinar presented by Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Farm Bureau Thursday, May  13 at 2:00 PM Topics and speakers include Vine and Tree Response to Drought – Broc Zoller, PhD,  Zoller Vineyards Tips[...]
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LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
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LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
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LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Community & Industry Relations Committee Meeting @ Video Conference (see Agenda)
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