October 2021 Newsletter

Vineyard worker during harvest

In this Issue…

Wine Enthusiast Nominates Lake County for Wine Region of the Year
Reminder: Master Vigneron Academy® Upcoming Courses
Lake County Frost Forecast Service
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
UC Davis: Winter Grape Day
CDFA: Now Accepting Applications for SWEEP
Weather & Climate Report

Lake County Nominated for Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast

Publication recognizes the region’s unique characteristics that are shaking up the wine industry

Wine Enthusiast recently announced that California’s Lake County has been nominated for a Wine Enthusiast 2021 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year.

With its annual Wine Star Awards, Wine Enthusiast has for the past 22 years honored individuals and companies that make outstanding contributions to the wine and beverage world.

In its nomination, Wine Enthusiast included the following remarks:

Outstanding high-elevation vineyards, simmering seismic activity and one of the top 10 bass-fishing lakes in the United States make Lake County a unique, remarkable California wine region and a relaxed travel destination. The county’s steep volcanic hillsides yield Cabernet Sauvignon that can rival those of neighboring Napa County, and its lower slopes yield balanced, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc increasingly accepted as a prototype for the state. Local grape growers, through the Lake County Winegrape Commission, are well organized to continually improve the region’s wines and educate the public about their rising-star region. With the recent buzz about volcanic wines, Lake County’s obsidian-strewn hillsides, towering Mount Konocti and picturesque Clear Lake make it especially timely.

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Read full press release.

To learn more about the 2021 Wine Star Awards, visit winemag.org

Reminder: Master Vigneron Academy® Upcoming Courses

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MVA Crew Lead Certificate

Lupe Sandoval will lead this training designed for Spanish-speaking crew lead vineyard workers.

November 30, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (lunch included)
December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Attendance is required both days.

See printable fliers for additional information:

Application must be submitted by November 15.

Ag Labor Management Fall 2021 Course

Lupe Sandoval will lead this training designed for Spanish-speaking experienced vineyard supervisors.

December 2, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)
December 7, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendance is required both days.

See printable fliers for additional information:

Application must be submitted by November 15.

Employer Session: Policies and Procedures to Support Effective Supervisors

November 30, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, Friendship Hall, 5340 Third Street

Lupe will lead this session for employers that have enrolled their employees in the Crew Lead or Ag Labor Management courses.

In accordance with updated guidelines from the State of California, persons that are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear a face covering.

RSVP to mva@lakecountywinegrape.org by November 15.

Reminder: Sign Up for Lake County Frost Forecast Service

The Lake County Fruit Frost Protection Program recently expanded frost forecasting to the months of October and November, in addition to March, April, and May. The program maintains the local weather station network and provides access to daily weather summaries online (with real-time satellite imagery), by phone (707) 387-9544, and by email. Growers can sign up online to receive daily weather forecasts every morning and frost forecasts every afternoon during frost months.

Formed in 1986 by UC Cooperative Extension, the program is managed through the Ag Commissioner’s office with donation-based funding from UC Cooperative Extension, winegrape growers (through Lake County Winegrape Commission), small vegetable/fruit tree growers (through Lake County Farmers’ Finest), pear growers, pear sheds, walnut growers, wineries, and financial institutions like American AgCredit.

Growers and businesses can support the program for an annual fee ranging from $100 to $350. To find out how to support the program, contact the Ag Commissioner’s office at (707) 263-0217.

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 moryan45@gmail.com

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

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:

  • atLarge 2017 Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 94 Points
  • Langtry 2016 Serpentine Meadow Petite Sirah (Guenoc Valley), 92 Points
  • Langtry 2018 Lillie’s Blend White (Guenoc Valley), 92 Points
  • Prima Materia 2018 Sangiovese, 90 Points
  • Prima Materia NV Aglianico, 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Buck Shack Whitetail Chardonnay, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Vigilance Chardonnay (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Vigilance 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 Points

News from UC Davis

Winter Grape Day 2021 November 10




The UC Davis Winter Grape Day on November 10 will provide instruction on issues faced by growers in the previous season. Topics will include plant protection, water relations and management, soil fertility and mineral nutrition, soil health and alley management, and heatwave mitigation.

This is a hybrid event.  Attendees have the option of attending in-person at the Conference Center on the UC Davis Campus, or by live stream from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

News from CDFA

CDFA Now Accepting Applications for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program





SACRAMENTO, October 19, 2021 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), a grant program that incentivizes farmers to invest in irrigation water and energy efficiency. Agricultural operations can apply for up to $200,000 for projects that involve improvements to irrigation systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save water. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant, or weather sensors; micro-irrigation systems; pump retrofits or replacements; renewable energy; and variable frequency drives – among others.
“In this unprecedented drought, SWEEP is helping farmers by incentivizing water efficiency technologies,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “These investments are not only a mitigation strategy for greenhouse gases, but also an adaptation strategy as farmers and ranchers deal with climate change impacts.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Applications that meet a minimum qualifying score will be funded, in the order received. The application window will end January 18, 2022 at 5 p.m. or earlier if funding is depleted.

CDFA is holding several no-cost, online workshops to provide information on program requirements and the application process. Potential applicants should review the application materials and workshop schedule posted on the SWEEP webpage at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep. A list of CDFA-contracted technical assistance providers is also available on the SWEEP webpage. These organizations are available to provide no-cost application assistance to farmers who would like to apply for a SWEEP award.

This round of SWEEP is authorized by the Budget Act of 2021, which appropriated $50 million to SWEEP as part of the water resilience and drought funding package.

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Weather & Climate

View October report from Dr. Gregory Jones.


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