October 2023 Newsletter

Vineyard workers during harvest

In This Issue…

REMINDER: Register Now for Lake County Pruning School
AgVenture Tours Lake County Wine Industry
SommCon Recap
News from UC Davis
News from Lake County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
Lake County Wines & Vines in the News
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network


REMINDER: Register Now for Lake County Pruning School

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Who Should Attend

LCPS is designed for vineyard owners, vineyard supervisors and crew leaders, and experienced vineyard workers. Each class is limited to 15 participants, which enables more one-on-one learning and an opportunity to exchange ideas and techniques with others in the cohort. Classes are offered in English and in Spanish.

Eligibility Requirements for Introduction Course

A minimum of three years of pruning experience in commercial ag production is required to attend. A handful of spaces will be made available for commercial winemakers and university-level viticulture/enology students.

Eligibility Requirements for Intermediate Course

To be eligible to apply, applicant must have completed the Introduction to Simonit & Sirch’s Pruning Method and have at least five years of pruning experience in commercial ag production.

Classes will begin in December. View Introduction Course dates and Intermediate Course dates.

Register Now

Coffee service provided by Lake County Pruning School Affiliate Sponsor

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AgVenture Tours Lake County Wine Industry

AgVenture Class, Day Two, at Beckstoffer Vineyards Crimson Ridge

Lake County CWA Presents Second Day of AgVenture Program

The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture’s (CWA) 2023 AgVenture class gathered at Umpqua Bank in Lakeport for its second of four sessions on September 22, this time for an in-depth look at the wine and grape industry.

Day Two gave class members insight into what it takes to successfully farm and sell winegrapes, the process of wine production and regulatory challenges of commercial winemaking, and the marketing and sales of wine in a three-tiered distribution system.

The day kicked off with a video on the geology and soils of the volcanic winegrowing region and a presentation on the local watershed by the County’s Deputy Director of Water Resources Marina Deligiannis.

Class members then embarked on a behind-the-scenes tour at Kendall-Jackson’s commercial winery in Lakeport by K-J winemaker Fritz Meier, just as Sauvignon Blanc harvest was getting into full swing. The facility was a beehive of activity as trucks loaded with harvested winegrapes were weighed and then unloaded into the hopper for de-stemming and crushing. Forklifts stacked with oak barrels zipped around while stainless tanks were being sanitized.

After being treated to a fresh tank sample and a finished wine sample, the class then went on a guided educational tour of the Kelsey Bench, Big Valley District, and Red Hills AVAs narrated by Terry Dereniuk, Annette Hopkins, Toni Scully and Sharron Zoller. Then up at Beckstoffer Vineyards’ Crimson Ridge vineyard, General Manager Pedro Rubio spoke on commercial winegrape farming, sustainable practices, and labor requirements with the backdrop of sweeping vistas of the volcanic region.

The afternoon featured a lunch catered by Rosey Cooks and sponsored by the Lake County Winegrape Commission, an overview on lake ecology by Greg Giusti, a primer on the Irrigated Lands program by Rebecca Harper, a presentation on regional marketing and research programs by Debra Sommerfield, and concluded with a marketing and sales panel discussion moderated by Terry Dereniuk with Bryan Kane of Sol Rouge and On The Waterfront, Jonathan Walters of Brassfield Estate, and Angie Shannon of Shannon Family of Wines.


LCWC Promotes Lake County Region at SommCon

Brenda Bullington in front of Lake County AVA mapThe Lake County Winegrape Commission continued its outreach to trade professionals at SommCon in San Diego on September 11 and 12.

Padraic Sherlock of Beckstoffer Vineyards-Red Hills, Brenda Bullington of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines (pictured), and Gwen Larson of Obsidian Wine Co. poured wine for attendees and promoted the region.

LCWC will return to San Diego in November for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.


News from UC Davis:

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Grape Day at UC Davis

November 16
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA, 95616

Speakers include farm advisors, cooperative extension specialists, and UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Faculty.

Registration Information

  • Early Registration (until October 26): $175
  • Regular Registration (October 27-November 9): $200
  • Late & Onsite Registration (November 10 onwards): $225

*Registration closes on Monday, November 13 at 12 PM. After that, onsite registration is required, space-permitting.

Full Agenda

Registration


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UCCE North Coast Virtual IPM Virtual Seminar

November 29 and 30 on Zoom.
8:00 AM – 12:15 PM (both days)
$30 per person

2 hours of Laws and Regs and 6 hours Other DPR CE Hours Pending Approval. 8 hours Approved CCA units.

Full agenda and registration


News from Lake County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office:

Ag Chemical Container Recycling

Thursday, October 26, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Grow West, 3530 Finley East Road, Lakeport

Containers must be triple rinsed and dry. 30 to 55 gallon containers must be cut into pieces. The following items must be removed:

  • Caps/bungs
  • Loose labels and booklets/plastic sleeves
  • Bucket handles/lids

For more information, call 707-263-0217.



LCWC Grape Marketplace

Marketplace

For an up-to-date list of Lake County grapes and bulk wine for sale, bookmark the Marketplace page of the LCWC website.

Grapes for Sale

20 tons 2023 Cabernet Franc, Mount St. Helena Vineyard, Middletown, Certified Sustainable and in an organic transition, Andre Gueziec: 650-770-6484, andre.gueziec@proton.me

10-15 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Certified Sustainable by CSWA and Certified Organic by CCOF, Michael O. Ryan: 707-900-1586, moryan45@gmail.com

10-15 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Cheryl Forberg:707-355-0020, cheryl.forberg@gmail.com

15-18 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Valley – Lake County, Old Long Valley Vineyard, Mixed clones 4,6,16, Certified Sustainable, No herbicides, hand-picked, Michael Noggle:707-998-0319

20 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Chiaroscuro Vineyards, NOP, Certified Organic by CCOF, Bobbi Young: 831-620-5016, bbrfy9540@gmail.com

30 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Big Valley District – Lake County, Luchsinger Vineyards, Clone 8, Certified Sustainable by CSWA, Pilar Luchsinger White: 707-489-2632, pilar@luchsingervineyards.com

50 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon,  Red Hills Lake County, Gregory Graham Wines, Gregory Graham: 707-350-3199, greg@ggwines.com

125 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Suenram Ranch, Robert Suenram: 707-245-5226, suenram.ranch@att.net

252 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount St. Helena Vineyard, Middletown, Certified Sustainable and in an organic transition, Andre Gueziec: 650-770-6484, andre.gueziec@proton.me

45-50 tons 2023 Chardonnay, Big Valley District – Lake County, Jay Singh: 707-540-1105, thompsoncreekvineyard@gmail.com

3 tons 2023 Grenache, Lake County, Wild Diamond Vineyards, Sustainably Farmed, Bruce Regalia: 707-346-7234, pinotregalia@hotmail.com

15-18 tons 2023 Merlot, Wildhare Vineyard, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, Certified Organic, Allen Sonneville: 707-245-9332, wildharevineyard@outlook.com

70 tons 2023 Merlot, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, Luchsinger Vineyards, Clone 8, Certified Sustainable by CSWA, Pilar Luchsinger White: 707-489-2632, pilar@luchsingervineyards.com

2 tons 2023 Mourvedre, Lake County, Wild Diamond Vineyards, Sustainably Farmed, Bruce Regalia: 707-346-7234, pinotregalia@hotmail.com

13 tons 2023 Petite Sirah, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, Head pruned on hillside, Chris McManus:707-349-6104, boggslane@att.net

90 tons 2023 Petite Sirah, Mount St. Helena Vineyard, Middletown, Certified Sustainable and in an organic transition, Andre Gueziec: 650-770-6484, andre.gueziec@proton.me

15 tons 2023 Sangiovese, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, Certified Sustainable, Jeanne Scherer: 707-685-5323, adobecreekvines@gmail.com

2 tons 2023 Syrah, Lake County, Wild Diamond Vineyards, Sustainably Farmed, Bruce Regalia: 707-346-7234, pinotregalia@hotmail.com

25 tons 2023 Syrah, Big Valley District – Lake County, Remembrance Vineyard Winona & Samantha Toffoli: 415-720-3064, srtoffoli@gmail.com

30 tons 2023 Zinfandel, Red Hills Lake County, Suenram Ranch, Robert Suenram:707-245-5226, suenram.ranch@att.net

40 tons 2023 Zinfandel,  Red Hills Lake County, Gregory Graham Wines, Gregory Graham: 707-350-3199, greg@ggwines.com

Bulk Wine for Sale

1,750 gallons 2020 Petite Sirah, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, Lot #20PSCM01, Mark Burch: 707-489 4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

2,650 gallons 2020 Zinfandel, Big Valley District – Lake County, Lot #20ZNGGLA01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

370 gallons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, Six Sigma Ranch, Christian Ahlmann: 707-350-1820, Christian@SixSigmaRanch.com

900 gallons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Valley – Lake County, Stonehouse Cellars, Brittany Romanchik: 707-998-3378, brittany@stonehousecellars.com

4,400 gallons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Lot #21CSSL01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

245 gallons 2021 Petit Verdot, Lake County, Six Sigma Ranch, Christian Ahlmann: 707-350-1820, Christian@SixSigmaRanch.com

1,200 gallons 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Valley – Lake County, Old Long Valley Vineyard, Certified Sustainable, Michael Noggle:707-998-0319

3,400 gallons 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Lot #21CSSL01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

4,200 gallons 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, Lot #21CSRV01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

4,600 gallons 2022 Chardonnay, Red Hills Lake County, Lot #22CHMTK01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

620 gallons 2022 98% Cinsault, High Valley, Shannon Family of Wines, Organic, Joy Merrilees: 707-281-6780, joy@shannonridge.com

950 gallons 2022 Grenache, Lake County, Wild Diamond Vineyards, Sustainably Farmed, Bruce Regalia: 707-346-7234, pinotregalia@hotmail.com

3,552 gallons 2022 96% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 96% Red Hills, Shannon Family of Wines, Joy Merrilees: 707-281-6780, joy@shannonridge.com

1,068 gallons 2022 Mourvèdre, High Valley, Shannon Family of Wines, Organic, Joy Merrilees: 707-281-6780, joy@shannonridge.com

4,018 gallons 2022 Red Blend: 40% ZN, 18% SY, 9% PV, 8% ME, 5% CS, 4% BA, 3% MA, 3% MV, Shannon Family of Wines, Organic, Joy Merrilees: 707-281-6780, joy@shannonridge.com

455 gallons 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, Six Sigma Ranch, Christian Ahlmann: 707-350-1820, Christian@SixSigmaRanch.com

3,000 gallons 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Big Valley District – Lake County, Lot #22SBGLA08, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

6,500 gallons 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Big Valley District – Lake County, Lot #22SBL01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

7,350 gallons 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Big Valley District – Lake County, Lot #22SBL05, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

700 gallons 2022 Syrah, Big Valley District – Lake County, Lot #22SYRSB01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

2,300 gallons 2022 Rosé of Syrah, Big Valley District – Lake County, Lot #22SYROSE01, Mark Burch: 707-489-4544, markthewinemaker@yahoo.com

15,912 gallons 2022 Zinfandel, High Valley, Shannon Family of Wines, Organic, Joy Merrilees: 707-281-6780, joy@shannonridge.com

3,700 gallons 2022 Zinfandel, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, R-Vineyards & Orchards, CSWA Certified Sustainable, Shannon Gunier: 707-995-1505, shannon@northcoastwinegrapes.com

19,563 gallons 2022 Zinfandel, Red Hills, Shannon Family of Wines, Joy Merrilees: 707-281-6780, joy@shannonridge.com

668 gallons NV Red Blend, Lake County, Six Sigma Ranch, Christian Ahlmann: 707-350-1820, Christian@SixSigmaRanch.com

6,300 gallons NV Red Blend (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 24% Grenache), Long Valley – Lake County, Stonehouse Cellars, Brittany Romanchik: 707-998-3378, brittany@stonehousecellars.com


In the News

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Congratulations to these Lake County wines, which the California State Fair Wine Competition awarded high scores:

  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (High Valley), Gold
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2020 Eruption (High Valley), Double Gold
  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley), Gold
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2022 Chardonnay, 91 Points
  • Dancing Crow Vineyards 2022 Sauvignon Blanc (Big Valley District), 91 Points
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), Double Gold
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Petit Verdot, Double Gold
  • Shed Horn Cellars 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Double Gold
  • Thorn Hill Vineyards 2017 Petite Sirah, Gold

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

  • Brassfield Estate Winery 2020 Eruption (High Valley), 91 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2020 Junior Zinfandel, 91 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2020 The Barkley Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 Points
  • Dancing Crow 2022 Chardonnay, 90 Points
  • Dancing Crow 2022 Rosé, 90 Points
  • High Valley Vineyard 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 Points
  • High Valley Vineyard 2020 High Valley Vineyard Zinfandel, 90 Points
  • Prima Materia 2020 Mourvèdre (Red Hills), 92 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2019 Grenache (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2019 Gypsy Rouge Red (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2019 Mourvèdre (Red Hills), 91 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2019 Syrah (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2019 The Keep Red (Red Hills), 93 Points


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Weather & Climate

View October report from Dr. Gregory Jones.


Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network

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Wine Industry Network has opened registration for the 11th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Trade Show & Conference (WIN Expo), scheduled to take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, on Thursday, November 30th, 2023. WIN Expo is the largest trade show and conference focused exclusively on the Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma wine regions.

The Expo has become THE year-end event for North Coast wine industry professionals to celebrate the achievements of the past year, reconnect with colleagues, foster new connections, and prepare for a thriving 2024. The event is set to include nearly 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services as well as outdoor exhibits, trial tastings on the trade show floor and a robust educational experience.

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    Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, April 11, 2024
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