September 2021 Newsletter

Evening harvest, mechanical, Konocti

In this Issue…

Master Vigneron Academy® Upcoming Courses
Lake County Frost Forecast Service
Lake County Agriculture Restricted Access Program
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines in the News
News from the PD/GWSS Board: Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert
Multi-State Partnership Advances Sustainability
News from CAWG: Mandatory Vaccines
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: Vineyard Industry Products

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.

Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, Friendship Hall, 5340 Third Street

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.

Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, Friendship Hall, 5340 Third Street

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.

RSVP to by November 15.

Lake County Frost Forecast Service to Include October and November

Lake County Agricultural Commissioner Steven Hajik recently announced two additional months of fruit frost forecasting will be available thanks to grower financial support. In addition to the springtime frost months of March, April, and May, the County’s fruit frost forecasting services will now include the fall frost months of October and November.

Initially formed in 1986, the Lake County Fruit Frost Protection Program is managed through the Ag Commissioner’s office with donation-based funding provided by the 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.

The program provides access to daily weather summaries online (including real-time satellite imagery), by phone (707) 387-9544, and by email (every morning for weather forecast, and every afternoon for frost forecast during frost months). Growers and businesses can support the program for an annual fee ranging from $100 to $350. Every January, the Lake County Ag Commissioner sends out letters to growers and agricultural businesses, requesting financial support for this program. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact the Ag Commissioner office at (707) 263-0217.

While participation in the program is voluntary, Commissioner Hajik noted that all of the funding comes from growers and agricultural businesses who contribute to the project, and in turn, all growers benefit.

“It costs roughly $15,700 per year just to maintain the program on an annual basis,” he said. This does not cover additional costs for necessary station upgrades or repairs.

He encourages growers to consider this valuable service when the annual Fruit Frost Program funding requests are sent out in early 2022.

For more information on the Lake County Fruit Frost Protection Program, contact Steven Hajik, Lake County Agricultural Commissioner & Sealer, at

News from Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Lake County Agriculture Restricted Access Program

The Lake County Agriculture Restricted Access Program was developed to mitigate the significant loss of agriculture product, production, and the potential for financial loss due to a hazardous incident.  The program is designed to allow agricultural producers access to restricted areas (those areas affected by evacuation orders) to complete critical agriculture work, thereby reducing the likelihood of loss.  At no time will the stated agricultural work take precedence over the safety of the community and the mitigation of the hazardous event.

During the initial stages of a hazardous incident where evacuation orders are issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office / Office of Emergency Services, restricted access in most cases will not be granted.  The priority of evacuations and the need to expedite the safe arrival of resources are and will be the priority of the Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services and allied agencies.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office / Office of Emergency Services will begin to evaluate and grant restricted access permits when it is determined the incident will be prolonged, affecting agricultural production.  This determination in most incidents can be made within eight to twelve hours of evacuation orders being issued.  In some extreme incidents, this determination may not be made within an eight to twelve hours or a determination not to grant restricted access may be made due to the hazards of the incident.

The priority of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office / Office of Emergency Service is the protection of human life before agricultural production.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office / Office of Emergency Services understands the necessity to grant restricted access to agricultural businesses.  The Sheriff’s Office / Officer of Emergency Services will work with agricultural businesses to provided restricted access when safe for the community, first responders, and agricultural businesses.

For program details and required forms, visit the Lake County Department of Agriculture website.

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.

Grapes for Sale

20 tons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or

80 tons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kelsey Bench, Desafinado Vineyards (formerly Sweetwater Vineyards). Contact Deborah Cullen: 707-239-9135 or

20 tons 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ceago Del Lago Vineyard. Contact Bernard Fetzer: 707-272-2958

100 tons 2021 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or

20-30 tons 2021 Merlot, Kelsey Bench, Dobish Vineyard, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Deb Dobish: 707-480-7044 or

24 tons 2021 Petit Verdot, Amberview Vineyards. Contact Dennis Dill: 707-972-7549 or

Bulk Wine for Sale

4,000 gallons 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Perry Ranch Vineyard, Certified Sustainable. Contact Mike Ryan: 707-900-1586 or

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

Volcanic, High Elevation Vineyards Produce Small Grapes With Thick Skins

Editor’s note: This article appears on the Napa Valley Register website.

In his winemaking, Arpad Molnar sources grapes from two very different extremes. The first — his father’s vineyard — lies at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, and the second sits at 2,640 feet atop the volcanic soils of Red Lake County.

When first planting the latter, which would be named Obsidian Ridge, Molnar and the rest of the Obsidian viticulture crew weren’t entirely sure what they were getting into.

They knew that the site was near the Clear Lake Volcanic Field and that the towering Cobb Mountain and Mount Konocti would have some sort of impact on their grapes, but upon digging, they were shocked to find larger-than-life chunks of Obsidian beneath their soon-to-be-planted vineyard. After some major heavy lifting, the high-elevation and widely varied plot was planted, and a few years later, Obsidian had its first drinkable vintage.

Read full article

Farming One of the Largest Organic Mountain Grown Vineyards

Editor’s note: This article appears on the website.

What’s the key to taking a one-thousand-acre mountain vineyard that’s been conventionally farmed and converting it to all-organic farming?

In the case of Shannon Family of Wines, it’s the sheep. “It’s really all based around using the sheep to run in the vineyards,” Clay Shannon, CEO and owner, told Wine Business Monthly.

Shannon Family of Wines will be one of the largest certified organic, mountain-grown vineyards in the country by the end of harvest 2021.

They’re calling it Project Ovis, the transformation of a 1,000-acre mountain vineyard in Lake County into a “sustainable, regenerative organic farming system.” The estate itself is about 2,500 acres.

Read full article

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

  • At Large 2018 Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 96 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Dancing Crow 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County), 90 Points
  • Kendall-Jackson 2020 Jackson Estate Kelsey Hills Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Langtry 2017 Genevieve Vineyard Chardonnay (Guenoc Valley), 90 Points
  • Langtry 2017 Old Soldier Road Red (Guenoc Valley), 93 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Prima Materia 2019 Negroamaro, 93 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Buck Shack Whitetail Chardonnay, 91 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2019 Vigilance Chardonnay (Red Hills), 90 Points

Congratulations to Shannon Ridge Family of Wines on their recent James Suckling review:

  • Clay Shannon 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 91 Points

News from the PD/GWSS Board

New Tool: Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert

The invasive spotted lanternfly, which is spreading throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic, is a threat to California’s vineyards, nurseries, and urban, suburban, and rural environments. In addition to keeping this destructive pest out of California, knowing what to look for and what to do if you spot it are key.


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This pest alert and other spotted lanternfly communications tools, in English and Spanish, can be found on the PD/GWSS Board website.

Spot the Spotted Lanternfly? Snag it. Snap it. Report it.
CDFA Pest Hotline: 1-800-491-1899
Report online:
Learn more about the pest.

News from CSWA & Wine Institute

Multi-State Partnership Advances Sustainability in the U.S. Wine Industry through Research, Education, and Promotion

Multi state sustainable

The largest winegrowing states in the country — California, Oregon, New York and Washington, which produce 95% of U.S. wine — have established educational and certification sustainability programs over the past two decades, furthering the widespread adoption of sustainable practices by U.S. winegrowers and winemakers.

Since 2018, wine organizations from the four states have been partnering to advance sustainability initiatives industry wide. By providing a definition and principles for the U.S. wine industry, conducting trade and consumer research, sharing information through two U.S. Sustainable Winegrowing Summits and providing education on grower and vintners’ sustainability commitment to trade and consumers, the project has been effective in furthering the understanding of sustainable winegrowing.

As a first step in the partnership, the organizations and sustainability programs created and agreed to a common definition for sustainable winegrowing and winemaking:

Sustainable winegrowing and winemaking is a holistic approach that conserves natural resources, protects the environment, enhances wine quality, enriches the lives of employees and communities and safeguards family farms and businesses — today and for generations to come.  

Learn more:

Full press release
CSWA website

News from CAWG

CAWG’s Statewide Update: Mandatory Vaccines

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

When President Biden announced that large employers would be required to assure that all employees are either vaccinated or tested weekly, this spurred several questions including, “What happens now?” Below is a brief discussion of the process and timeline for the federal vaccine mandate.

First, federal OSHA is preparing to create this mandate through what is called an OSHA Interim Final Rule. While this term may seem like an oxymoron, the rule is actually both interim (takes effect immediately) and final (a permanent rule six months after it takes effect).

California already has an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in place for COVID-19 workplace safety. Consequently, once the federal vaccine mandate is approved, California will have 30 days to act on the federal vaccine mandate.

At that point, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board would take up the federal vaccine mandate and would have a few options including the following:

  • Create a new additional state ETS which would essentially adopt or expand upon the federal vaccine mandate. This would be in force and effect concurrently with California’s existing ETS.
  • Amend California’s existing ETS to include the federal vaccine mandate.

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Weather & Climate

View September report from Dr. Gregory Jones.

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