September 2019 Newsletter

Grape harvest in Lake County, photo by Nathan DeHart

In this Issue…

Newly Certified Sustainable Vineyards
Tech Talk: Ag-Tech Startups, Technology Workshop
Lake County Wines Poured at TEXSOM
Wine Business Institute Offers MBA
Lake County Wines in the News
Grower Tailgate Event Coming Soon
AgVenture Tours Lake County Wine Industry
Wine & Grape Marketplace
Weather & Climate Report

Newly Certified Sustainable Vineyards

Congratulations to the following vineyards that recently received Certified Sustainable status through California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).

  • Perry Ranch
  • Seely Orchard & Vineyards
  • Castilleja Farms LLC
  • Rosenthal Vineyards
  • Oldham Vineyard
  • Walters Vineyards
  • Hanson Ranch Vineyards

Visit the CSWA website to learn more about the program. Or stop by the LCWC office.

Tech Talk

Editor’s note: Tech Talk is a new feature of this newsletter designed to share information about technology in the vineyard.

Woodland-Based Incubator Aids Ag-Tech Startups

A bumper crop of ideas is growing in Woodland – from measuring a plant’s water needs to fighting nefarious pests to streamlining markets.

A Farm-to-Fork Live event brought about 70 people to Woodland Community College and to AgStart, a business incubator, to learn about agricultural technology and the need for it in a rapidly changing farm world.

“The sustainability of agriculture is under serious threat,” said Gabe Youtsey, chief innovation officer for University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, citing climate change, a rising world population, and changing customer tastes.

To address all this, he said, technologies currently being developed individually must come together and work in concert.

AgStart, created nearly 10 years ago, works to help people turn ideas into viable businesses. The incubator currently has 10 paying members and stays in touch with its graduates, said Leanna Sweha, AgStart program director.

Read the full article on the California Farm Bureau Federation website.

NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop, November 13

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.

Nearly 30 scientists from ARS and other academic institutions will present their work developing sensor technologies for vine status and irrigation management, pests and diseases, and the data integration and modeling applications that translate sensor outputs into usable information.

A grower panel also will present their experiences implementing these technologies, reporting on their successes, and reflecting on what they’ve learned. Read more

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Lake County wines at TEXSOM 2019

Lake County Wines Poured at TEXSOM

The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) continued its outreach to sommeliers and educators by again sponsoring a tasting break during TEXSOM in Dallas.

At the August 2019 event, several Lake County wines were poured by two Lake County representatives: Eric Stine, Vice President of Winemaking for Foley Family Wines, and Megan Hoberg, LCWC Marketing & Events Coordinator. They shared information about the wines and engaged in conversation with sommeliers about the Lake County winegrowing region.

For more information, visit

Wine Business Institute Offers MBA

Wine Business Institute BrochureThe Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is accepting applications on a rolling basis through February 28, 2020, for the spring 2020 Executive MBA in Wine Business.

The Wine Business Institute is a global wine business research and education hub with programming that allows students to achieve world-class wine business education both through the Executive MBA in Wine Business and professional development workshops.

Additional professional development workshops will take place in the spring of 2020.

Download this brochure to learn more about Wine Business Institute degrees and certificates.

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Lake County Wines in the News

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

  • Prima Materia 2016 Grenache: 90 Points
  • Clay Shannon 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Betsy Vineyard (High Valley): 90 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills): 92 Points

Grower Tailgate Event Coming Soon

Stay tuned for a post-harvest tailgate event at the end of October. Details will be announced in the next few days.

AgVenture Tours Lake County Wine Industry

Twelve community leaders participated in Winegrape Day on September 13 with the AgVenture program.

The class toured Lake County AVAs with Terry Dereniuk, Beckstoffer Vineyards with Clint Nelson, and Kendall Jackson Winery with Fritz Meier. LCWC hosted lunch by Rosey Cooks on the porch of Beckstoffer Vineyards as well as an informational session and panel discussion with Kamlin Fasano, Kendall Fults, and Marlana Gould at the LCWC office.

AgVenture is a program organized by the Lake County chapter of California Women for Agriculture. The program is designed for non-farming community members who wish to understand the workings of the local agricultural industry.

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.

Grapes For Sale

30+ tons of Cabernet Franc, Red Hills AVA. Contact Craig Shannon: 707-349-7892 or

20 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills AVA, CSWA Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or

20 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, hand picked, Red Horse Ranch, Mt. Konocti shoulder. Small lot purchase orders are accepted. Contact Ron Ryskalczyk: 707-295-6400 or

25 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills AVA, Amber View Vineyards. Contact Dennis Dill: 707-972-7549 or

50 – 60 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills AVA. Contact Bob Fraser, Jago Bay Vineyards: 707-291-2048 or

Up to 50 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Big Valley AVA, La Roca Vineyard. Contact Bo Lundy: 775-772-1935 or

230 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, Certified Sustainable. Contact Eric Seely: 707-349-6337 or

8 tons of Muscat Canelli, Sandy Bend Vineyard, Clear Lake, CSWA Certified Sustainable. Contact Nick Schlies at 925-963-8587 or

19 tons of Petit Verdot, high elevation, hand harvest, Langtry Farms. Contact Amanda Bradshaw: 707-987-2772 ext 104 or

1/2 ton of Riesling, Red Hills AVA, Amber View Vineyards. Contact Dennis Dill: 707-972-7549 or

25 tons of Riesling, Big Valley AVA, Zoller Vineyards, CSWA Certified Sustainable. Contact Sharron Zoller: 707-279-4335 or

80 tons of Sauvignon Blanc, ready to pick, Guenoc Valley, Langtry Farms. Contact Amanda Bradshaw: 707-987-2772 ext 104 or

10 tons of Syrah, Kelsey Bench AVA. Shannon Gunier, North Coast Winegrape Brokers, 707-995-3173

50 tons of Zinfandel, 100-year-old vines, Burton Ranch, Kelsey Bench. Contact David Runstrom: 949-439-3988 or

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Weather & Climate

“A very warm North Pacific continues its influence on the forecast for September through November, with the western US likely seeing a warmer than average end of summer and start to fall. The precipitation forecast calls for near-average conditions throughout the west, with no clear signal for the onset of fall rains in the forecast at this time….”

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


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