October 2016 Newsletter


A Note from Commission President

With another harvest well underway and cool temperatures, it’s easy to see that the beauty of autumn in Lake County has arrived. Vineyards are showing fall-colored leaves as trucks with bins of deep red grapes head to the crush pad.

25th-anniversary-markThis year, 2016, marks a milestone for the Lake County wine industry – the Lake County Winegrape Commission celebrates its 25th year. Back in 1991, a group of forward-thinking winegrape growers, including Bob Roumiguiere, Myron Holdenried, and Walt Lyon, worked to craft legislation at the state level allowing the formation of a marketing order for Lake County winegrapes. It passed, and the Lake County Winegrape Commission was born.

Since then, the Commission has been instrumental in developing the region’s unwavering commitment to farming high-quality winegrapes and delivering professionally executed programs that assist growers and promote the region.

Over the years, many local growers have served on the Commission’s Board of Directors. A big thank you is owed to each of them. Extra-special thanks go to those who have served as chairmen over the years – Bob Roumiguiere, David Weiss, Eric Seely, Clay Shannon, Peter Molnar, and Jonathan Walters – as each has given freely of his time and talent to help our region develop into one of the most exciting winegrowing regions in the state.

If you are a Lake County winegrape grower or if you buy Lake County winegrapes, we hope you’re planning to join in on the 25th Anniversary Celebration on October 29. Just call the Commission office for more information and to RSVP.

Debra Sommerfield


Grape to Glass: The Past, Present, and Future of Agriculture in Lake County

The Friends of Marymount California University (MCU) Lakeside Campus announces its second Distinguished Speaker Series:

October 6: “Pastures, Pears and Protests: One Hundred Years of Lake County Farming and Labor,” with guest speaker Antone Pierucci

November 3: “Panel Discussion: Sustainable Practices in Viticulture,” with Christian Ahlmann, Tracey Hawkins, and Paul Zellman

December 1: “Farm (and Vineyard) to Table in Lake County,” with Master Sommelier Robert Bath

Christian Ahlmann, Tracey Hawkins, Paul Zellman

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Campus, 3700 Country Club Drive, Lucerne.

A $5 suggested donation for each event will benefit a scholarship fund for students attending the Lakeside campus. For more information, call 888-991-5253.

Download the flier.

Karen Ross to Speak at Lake County Land Trust Annual Benefit Dinner

Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Annual Benefit Dinner for the Lake County Land Trust.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
4 pm – 8 pm
The Lodge at Blue Lakes
5135 State Highway 20, Upper Lake

Visit lakecountylandtrust.org for more information.


“Scorched by Fire”: A Pairing of Art & Wine

Taste wine and hear artists and winemakers speak about the impact of the fires in Lake County on their lives, work, and the future of their labor.

Featured wineries include Beaver Creek Vineyards, Shed Horn Cellars, Langtry Estate and Vineyards, and R. Vineyards.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
5:30 pm – 7 pm
Middletown Art Center

Call 707-809-8118 for more information.

CDFA Announces: European Grapevine Moth Eradicated from California

cdfaAccording to a press release from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, agricultural officials from CDFA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with county agricultural commissioners, have declared the European grapevine moth (EGVM) eradicated from California and have lifted quarantine restrictions.

“It is no easy feat to eradicate an invasive species, especially one like the European grapevine moth when it gains a foothold in a place as hospitable as California’s prime winegrape growing region,” said Karen Ross, CDFA Secretary. “But together with growers and stakeholders and this community and others , we have done just that.”

Read the full CDFA press release.

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Western Weather Supports Lake County Growers with Vital Data

The Lake County Winegrape Commission provides its members a wealth of weather information to make informed decisions. The weather station network in Lake County began in mid-1990 and has grown in size over the years. Most of the weather stations are located in or near vineyards and were installed by the team at Western Weather Group, a Chico, California firm, specializing in professional weather stations and weather forecasting.

The data from the weather stations can be viewed in several different formats on a PC, tablet or smartphone with internet connectivity. Forecast recordings also can be accessed with a simple phone call to (707) 387-9544… Read more.

Wine Industry Network Provides Resources for Lake County Growers

Where can a Lake County winery consultant find information on vendors for his clients?

In 2008, the answer was hard to come by. At that time George Christie, a veteran of the industry, was researching vendors and was struck by the lack of available information-finding only bad online versions of old print directories. “It was that experience that led me to think there had to be a better alternative for both buyers and suppliers,” says Christie.

That alternative became the Wine Industry Network (WIN), which today is best known for its North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), now the second largest wine tradeshow in the country… Read more.


Register by Oct. 31 to Attend WIN Expo with Free Access to Trade Show Floor

Lake County Wine Growers are invited to attend the WIN Expo and receive free access to the trade show floor using a special promotional code: LCWG2016. A Harvest Special discount on educational sessions is available through October 31st. To register for the WIN Expo visit www.wineindustryexpo.com and for more information on the Wine Industry Network visit: www.wineindustrynetwork.com.

New: Grape & Wine Marketplace

For the full listing of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, visit the Marketplace page of the LCWC web site.

Grapes for Sale

8 tons of Riesling from Zoller Vineyard in the Big Valley AVA. View details.

2+ tons of Zinfandel from Antler Hill Vineyards in the Red Hills AVA. View details.

Grapes Wanted

Home winemaker seeking 1/2 ton to 1 ton of good Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, preferably with high sugars. Also seeking 1/2 ton of Chardonnay grapes. Would like to buy from a small farmer and prefers to self-pick (no delivery required). Contact: Bob Minuzzo, (707) 337-2033.

Lake County Wines in the News

We’re always excited to see our local wines receiving the credit they deserve. Here are some recent reviews and articles about highly respected reds from Steele Wines and Obsidian Ridge.

Wine Enthusiast rated 93 points for the Steele 2012 Stymie Syrah. Read the review.

Wine Enthusiast also rated 93 point for the Obsidian Ridge 2012 Estate Syrah. Read the review.

Sunset Magazine featured the Obsidian Ridge 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon in its article, “The Wine to Buy This Year.”

Bloomberg featured the Obsidian Ridge 2012 Half Mile in its article, “These 10 Cabernets Are Giving Napa a Run for Its Money.”


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