October 2019 Newsletter

Wine grapes in bin after 2019 harvest for Obsidian Ridge Winery, photo by Nathan DeHart


In this Issue…

Post-Harvest Grape Grower Tailgate: October 30
CAWG’s Statewide Update
CAWG Foundation Scholarships
8th Annual WIN Expo: December 5
Reminder: Wine Competitions Call for Entries
Lake County Wines in the News
Wine & Grape Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report


Post-Harvest Grape Grower Tailgate: October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Presented by LCWC. Join fellow grape growers for a tailgate session in the vineyard to learn about preparing for fall freezes, weed management, and … soil heath practices, and grapevine trunk diseases with a focus on techniques to deal with Esca in Sauvignon Blanc vineyards.

First vineyard location: 2550 Merritt Road

From Highway 29 in Kelseyville, turn south onto Renfro Drive and then right onto Merritt Road. Cross over the bridge at Hill Creek and turn right after you pass the small shack. Look for event signs.

Second vineyard location: 3250 Finley East Road

From Highway 29 in Kelseyville, turn north onto Merritt Road. Turn left at the stop sign onto Big Valley Road/Finley East Road. Follow Finley East Road. Shortly after passing CA Packing Drive, look for event signs on the right.

Topics include:

  • Vine Hardening and Fall Freeze Preparation
  • Impact of Fall Freezes on Sauvignon Blanc in Big Valley
  • Grapevine Trunk Diseases: Effective Control Practices
  • Esca in the Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard
  • Weed Management in the Vineyard
  • Soil Health Practices

Speakers include:

  • Glenn McGourty, UC Viticulture Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
  • John Roncoroni, UC Weed Science Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
  • Kendra Baumgartner, PhD, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Broc Zoller, PhD, President/Agricultural Advisor, The Pear Doctor
  • Britta Leigh Baskerville, Community Education Specialist – Healthy Soils Program, UC Cooperative Extension

Coffee and pastries will be served.

RSVP by October 28: debras@lakecountywinegrape.org


CAWG’s Statewide Update

By Michael Miiller, Director of Government Affairs for the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG)

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Before the end of the year, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider a proposed regulation, which could have a significant impact on how growers harvest and perform other agricultural activities at night. The regulation is intended to assure that agricultural workers have sufficient lighting at night to perform their duties safely. CAWG has testified that the lighting standard proposed in the regulation is vague and inarticulate and, if enforced strictly, could require a vineyard to be lit up like a football field. This regulation could make night harvest a thing of the past.

For more information on the regulation and how to submit comments, visit the CAWG website.

The deadline for public comment is 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 18.


CAWG Foundation Scholarships

Each year the California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation awards two four-year scholarships and four two-year scholarships to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower.

The deadline for applications is March 6, 2020. Visit cawgfoundation.org for more information.

Girl holding book in front of vineyards (CAWG Foundation scholarships)


8th Annual WIN Expo: December 5

The 8th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo) is the largest trade show and conference focused exclusively on Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. It’s scheduled to take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Thursday, December 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Expo provides the opportunity to network with 3,000 wine professionals and visit over 300 exhibitors presenting the latest products and services available and offering Expo Deals (#ExpoDeals), special one-day, end-of-year discounts to attendees.

Use code LCWC2019 for a FREE trade show floor pass.

This year’s educational conference will include nine comprehensive workshops focusing on three distinct tracks:

  • Winemaking & Production
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Business Strategy & Leadership

Use code WIN15 for 15% off the Regular Price of Conference Sessions. (Includes trade show pass.)

To see the full list of this year’s conference speakers & topics, exhibitors and to register please visit: wineindustryexpo.com


Reminder: Wine Competitions Call for Entries

Two widely respected wine competitions have issued 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 Wine Competition: Entry submission deadline: November 15, 2020. Learn more at http://winejudging.com/

TEXSOM: Entry submission deadline: January 31, 2020. (Enter by December 31 for early entry rates.) Learn more at https://competition.texsomiwa.com/


Lake County Wine in the News Banner

Lake County Wines in the News

Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which Wine Enthusiast recently scored 90 points or better:

  • Buck Shack 2017 Small Batch Sustainably Farmed Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County): 91 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County/Lake County): 91 Points
  • Emerald Hare 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 91 Points
  • High Valley Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley): 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2017 High Elevation Collection Petite Sirah (Lake County): 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2017 High Elevation Collection Petite Sirah: 90 Points


LCWC Grape Marketplace

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.


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Weather & Climate

“While October appears headed to a cooler than average month, the relative warmth of the North Pacific continues to influence forecasts the first half of winter, with the western US likely seeing a warmer than average period. The precipitation forecast calls for near-average conditions throughout the west, although there is some indication of a drier period…”

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

Calendar of Events

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@ TNT Restaurant
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
2019 MVA Graduation Invite-English 2019 MVA Graduation Invite-Spanish
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LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:30 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Nov 5 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee, November 5, 2019
LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Nov 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, November 5, 2019
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NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop 2019 7:30 am
NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop 2019 @ Embassy Suites
Nov 13 @ 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
The National Grape Research Alliance and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have partnered to create the NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in Sacramento. There, nearly 30 scientists from ARS and other academic[...]
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