November 2021 Newsletter

Soil in hands

In this Issue…

REMINDER: Register Now for Vineyard Tailgate Series
Lake County Wines Poured in San Diego and Texas
Pruning for the Future
LCWC Outreach Channels
Wine Institute: 2021 California Harvest
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

REMINDER: Register Now for Master Vigneron Academy® Vineyard Tailgate Series

Tailgate and MVA

Soil Health Tailgate
Thursday, December 9, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Irrigation Water Management Tailgate
Friday, December 10, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Two in-the-vineyard tailgate sessions for Spanish – Speaking Vineyard Workers.

Beckstoffer Vineyards – Red Hills
8059 Highway 29, Kelseyville
See printable fliers for more information:

The Irrigation Water Management Tailgate will build off of information presented during the Soil Health Tailgate. While not required, it is highly recommended that participants attend both days.

Register now:

RSVP to by December 1 with name, email, and phone number for each attendee.

These tailgate sessions are presented by Lake County Winegrape Commission in collaboration with Napa Resource Conservation District (RCD).

Lake County Wines Poured in San Diego and Texas

Bill, Debra, Bruce at San Diego eventBill Oldham and Bruce Merrilees

The Lake County Winegrape Commission continued its outreach to trade professionals and consumers by again sponsoring the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival on November 12 and 13.

At the events, several Lake County wines were poured by three Lake County representatives: Bill Oldham (Oldham Vineyards and LCWC Marketing Committee Chair), Bruce Merrilees (Castilleja Farms LLC and LCWC Vice Chair), and Debra Sommerfield (LCWC President).

They shared information about the wines and engaged in conversation with attendees about the Lake County winegrowing region.

LCWC also sponsored a table at TEXSOM on November 15. Rhonda Weinbach (Shannon Ridge Family of Wines) represented the region at the event where she poured for industry professionals during two EXPO Trade Tastings.

For more information, visit and

Pruning for the Future

Jacopo Miolo
Lake County Winegrape Commission Board of Directors are engaged in a sustainability initiative focused on pruning. Research and Education Chair, Clay Shannon and committee members, Jonathan Walters and Bruce Merrilees recently met with Jacopo Miolo from Simonit & Sirch to discuss sustainable pruning practices.

Miolo also visited Lake County for a familiarization tour of the region and to meet additional growers. LCWC is developing a working relationship with the organization to further sustainability efforts in the region.

LCWC Outreach Channels

Don’t miss out! Visit and follow LCWC’s social media and educational platforms to stay up to date with marketing, research, and educational efforts:

Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Master Vigneron Academy® Website
available in English and Spanish

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The Vine Line Podcast Channel
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News from Wine Institute

Vintners Across the State Report Outstanding Quality for 2021 California Harvest

SAN FRANCISCO — Winemakers across California predict that the 2021 vintage will be one of the best in recent memory, while the Golden State’s winegrowers enjoyed a smooth harvest following a moderate and consistent growing season.

Picking began early in many regions, including the North Coast — ranging from a week to several weeks ahead of average. Central Coast appellations experienced a cool year that prompted a later-than-average start.

Grapes for sparkling wines are typically the first to be picked in California, but this year, some varieties for still white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc, were the first to ripen. In addition, varieties that do not normally reach maturity at the same time ripened simultaneously, resulting in vineyard crews in some regions picking multiple varieties at once.

The ongoing drought presented challenges for winegrowers, resulting in reduced yields, but vintners are reporting outstanding quality and great concentration in the fruit.

Read full article

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.

Bulk Wine for Sale

2,800 gallons 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or

11,600 gallons 2021 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or

Lake County Wine in the News Banner, microphone and six glasses of white wine set up for technical tasting

Lake County Wines in the News

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

  • Clay Shannon 2019 El Coyote Chardonnay, 91 Points
  • Prima Materia 2019 Dolcetto, 90 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 High Elevation Collection Zinfandel, 90 Points
  • Steele 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, 91 Points

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which recently received high scores at the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition:

  • Clay Shannon 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold
  • Clay Shannon 2019 Chardonnay, Double Gold, Class Champion
  • Kendall-Jackson 2020 Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County, Mendocino County, & Sonoma County), Double Gold, Class Champion
  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel, Gold

A Pink Explosion

Editor’s note: This quote is from an article in FRANK, a new luxury publication.

“Some of the grenache used in this wine is actually planted on a 50% slope on a southwest patch of Mount Konocti, much steeper than the 20% limit in California, thanks to the former walnut plantation on the farm. According to winemaker Bryan Kane, it’s this combination of unique volcanic terroir, high elevation, and aggressive slopes that helps create the bright and fruity yet weighty profile of this rosé.”

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Weather & Climate

View November report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

North Coast Wine Industry Expo

The 9th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) is scheduled to take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Thursday, December 2 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. This is the largest tradeshow of its kind focused exclusively on Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino counties.

The Expo provides an opportunity to network with 3,000 wine professionals and visit 300+ exhibitors presenting the latest products and services. Exhibitors will offer special discounts to attendees.

WIN Expo organizers are offering a special discount for Lake County winegrape growers. Use code LCWC2021 for a free Trade Show Floor Pass.

This year’s expanded educational conference will include 15 comprehensive workshops focusing on four distinct tracks: Winemaking & Production, Sales & Marketing, Vineyard & Growers, and Business Strategy & Leadership.

Use code WIN15 for 15% off the price of any Conference Sessions (tradeshow pass included).

Visit to see the full list of conference speakers, topics, and exhibitors.


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