October 2018 Newsletter

Brassfield Estates, Lake County, by Nathan DeHart

In this Issue…

Research Project: Submit Sample Results
Upcoming Events
Disaster Assistance Resources
Wine Competitions – Call for Entries
Lake County Wines in the News
AVA Profile: Big Valley District
Grower Spotlight: Hawk and Horse Vineyards
TerrAvion Provides Row-Level Aerial Imagery Solutions
G3 Enterprises Introduces Oak Alternatives
Weather & Climate Report

Research Project: Submit Sample Results

The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) has initiated a collaborative research project with key industry partners to further the understanding of effects of smoke from wildland fires on grapes and wines in an effort to provide actionable insights.

Winegrape growers and vintners interested in participating can submit sample results to LCWC by completing a form and submitting it along with a copy of the analysis from a certified lab. For questions, contact LCWC President Debra Sommerfield at (707) 279-2633.

Upcoming Events

November 5: “Preparing the Vineyard for Winter”

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) logoRegister for a free webinar sponsored by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance to learn key tips and practices for preparing your vineyard for winter and how to prevent erosion in the vineyard during the rainy season. The webinar takes place Monday, November 5, from 1 PM – 2:30 PM.

Register online
November 8: ROOTSTOCK

ROOTSTOCK 2018Napa Valley College, Napa. Get 25% on the General Admission All-Access and General Admission Symposium & Happy Hour passes. Use code: LCWC. For more information, please visit www.rootstocknapa.com, contact bcarpenter@napagrowers.org, or call (707) 944-8311 ext. 119.

Purchase tickets: https://tinyurl.com/ROOTSTOCKRegistration

November 13: Pesticide Container Recycling Collection

Recycle iconAg Unlimited, 3530 Finley East Rd., Lakeport. Agricultural pesticide containers will be accepted for recycling free of charge. This annual event is hosted by the Lake County Department of Agriculture and Ag Unlimited.

Download this flier for more information.

November 16: Lake/Mendocino IPM Seminar

Hopland Research and Extension Center, 4070 University Road, Hopland. Price: $45 (online). Includes lunch. Sponsored by LCWC and UC Cooperative Extension. Online registration closes Nov. 13.

Learn more: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/?calitem=426429&g=5114

WINEXPO2018December 6: WINEXPO

North Coast Wine Industry Expo Trade Show & Conference at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Use the code LCWC2018 to get 20% off the registration rate. For more information, contact Tami at tami@wineindustrynetwork.com.

Learn more: http://wineindustryexpo.com/

December 10 & 20: 2018 Annual Laws & Regulations Meetings

Continuing education credit is available. For more information, call the Lake County Agriculture Department at (707) 263-0217.

Disaster Assistance Resources

A range of resources related to fire and disaster assistance are available on the Lake County Winegrape Commission website.

Wine Competitions – Call for Entries

Two widely respected wine competitions have issues their annual call for entries. Consider submitting wines to help promote Lake County as a source of high-quality winegrapes and award-winning wines.

San Francisco Chronicle 2019 Wine Competition
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: More than 60 experts within the media, trade, hospitality, and education industries from around the country judge nearly 7,000 wines each year at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American Wines in the world.

Wine submission deadline: December 20, 2018. (Enter by November 15 for early entry rates.)

Learn more at http://winejudging.com/

TEXSOM International Wine Awards logo
TEXSOM: Founded in 2005, TEXSOM has become one of the premiere professional beverage education events in the country, attracting a prominent list of attendees, presenters, and sponsors from around the world.

Wine submission deadline: January 31, 2019. (Enter by December 31 for early entry rates.)

Start here: https://competition.texsomiwa.com/

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Lake County Wines in the News

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

  • Shannon Ridge 2016 Buck Shack Small Batch Sustainably Farmed Red: 91 points
  • Bodkin 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Musque Clone Sandy Bend Vineyard: 90 Points
  • Tamber Bey 2017 Rosé, Fore Family Vineyard: 91 points

New Feature: AVA Profiles

AVA Profile: Big Valley District

The Big Valley District – Lake County AVA is a bowl-shaped valley at approximately 1,360 feet above sea level, with Mount Konocti at its eastern boundary and Clear Lake at its northern boundary. Early pioneers recognized the potential of the area for agriculture and named it the “garden spot of Lake County.”Planted crops today include pears, walnuts, and winegrapes. The official AVA was established in 2013. Read more
Big Valley District - Lake County AVA

Grower Spotlight

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Mitch and Tracey Hawkins and the Boies Family are the proprietors of Hawk and Horse Vineyards. Its mountain vineyards are situated at elevations up to 2,200 feet in Lake County. Hawk and Horse Vineyards is also home to cattle, competitive rodeo horses, and an enormous range of wildlife, from red-tailed hawks and owls to bear, wild boar, bobcats, mountain lions. The ranch has a plaque documenting the historical location of El Roble Grande, the largest Valley Oak ever recorded in California. Read more

Affiliate Sponsor

TerrAvion Provides Row-Level Aerial Imagery Solutions

TerrAvion logoTerrAvion recently announced the launch of an integration that brings aerial imagery solutions to growers using FieldX. High-resolution aerial images provided to any TerrAvion user will be available for users recording georeferenced notes and pictures in the new FieldX GeoNotes™ mobile app.

Every week in the 2019 growing season, TerrAvion will be capturing over 100 million acres of row-level imagery and delivering it to growers and agronomists overnight so they can target scouting, vary inputs, and intervene early on the inevitable issues on every farm. Unlike satellites, TerrAvion is detailed enough to do agronomy; and unlike drones, TerrAvion is cost-effective for a professional agronomy program.

Benefits of TerrAvion’s high-resolution aerial imagery in scouting programs include the ability to:

  • See emerging trouble at row level on the entire field
  • See the extent and identify the cause of these issues
  • Take action to correct problems before they become big losses
  • Prevent missing the real trouble spot, while scouting a few rows away

Read more on TerrAvion’s website.

Affiliate Sponsor

G3 Enterprises Introduces Oak Alternatives

G3 Enterprises has expanded its product offerings to include an oak alternative product line called Phenesse™, which is designed specifically for the U.S. market. The raw material is sourced from high-quality oak forests and manufactured by a reputable French oak company. The wood selection and toasting methodology (extra-long toasting cycles, softer profiles) ensure high quality and consistency at a great price.

Phenesse staves consist of 2 types of 11mm tank staves: Phenesse Medium Long French Oak and Supreme French Oak. The Medium Long French Oak 11mm has a sweet, balanced and elegant profile that adds volume and creamy sensations while the Supreme French Oak 11mm has a sweet, toasted and elegant profile that adds length and roundness.

Phenesse chips consist of 2 types of chips, Traditional French Oak and Lush Blend French and American Oak. Tradition French Oak is a quintessential French-style oak chip that adds volume, structure, and length. Lush Blend is a nuanced blend of French and American oak for balanced tannins; it adds a powerful expression of sweet and fruity notes with round mouthfeel.

For samples or to learn more, contact G3 Enterprises at https://www.g3enterprises.com/g3-oak-alternatives

G3 Enterprises Phenesse Oak

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Weather & Climate

“Much of Washington, Oregon, coastal California and the Bay Area and delta region had a cooler than average September. This was largely the result of the blocking ridge over Alaska that keep much of these areas with relatively cool air flow…”

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


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