September 2022 Newsletter

Sauvignon Blanc grapes, coffee cup, LCWC logo, BOOM.

In This Issue…

Lake County Wines Poured in Texas
AgVenture Tours Lake County Wine Industry
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Ratings & Reviews
CSWA: Request for Qualifications
CDFA: On the Lookout for Spotted Lanternflies
Weather & Climate Report

Lake County Wines Poured at TEXSOM

Susan Suerio at TEXSOM standing behind wine table displayThe Lake County Winegrape Commission continued its outreach to sommeliers and buyers by again sponsoring two tasting breaks during TEXSOM in Dallas.

At the August 2022 event, several Lake County wines were poured by Susan Suerio of Obsidian Wine Co. She shared information about the wines and engaged in conversation about the Lake County winegrowing region with attendees.

For more information, visit

AgVenture Tours Lake County Wine Industry

Twelve community leaders participated in Winegrape Day on September 9 with the AgVenture program.

The class toured Lake County AVAs with Terry Dereniuk and Annette Hopkins, Beckstoffer Vineyards with Pedro Rubio, and Kendall Jackson Winery with Fritz Meier. LCWC hosted lunch by Rosey Cooks at Ely Stage Stop and a panel discussion with Bryan Kane, Angie Shannon, and Jonathan Walters at Umpqua Bank. Christopher Chen from UC Cooperative Extension lead a presentation on viticultural water use and Rebecca Harper from Lake County Farm Bureau discussed the Irrigated Lands and Drinking Water Well programs.

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.

AgVenture 2022 group at Beckstoffer Vineyards with Mt. Konocti in background

LCWC Grape 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

45-50 tons 2022 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Thompson Creek Vineyard Ranch (formerly Pollywog Vineyard). Contact JJ Singh: 707-540-1105 or

200 tons 2022 Chardonnay, Big Valley, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Tim Roos: 209-499-6722 or

5-8 tones 2022 Sangiovese, Kelsey Bench, Certified California Sustainable. Contact Jeanne Scherer: 707-685-5323 or

Lake County Wine in the News Banner, microphone and six glasses of white wine set up for technical tasting

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • At Large 2019 Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 94 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Dancing Crow 2020 Old Stake 1901 Field Blend Red, 90 Points
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 95 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 92 Points
  • Peter Franus 2019 Mourvèdre (Red Hills), 94 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Shannon 2019 13 Rams Red, 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 Buck Shack Whitetail Chardonnay, 90 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 Clay Shannon Long Valley Ranch Pinot Noir, 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2020 High Elevation Collection Zinfandel, 92 Points
  • Shannon Ridge 2021 High Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (High Valley), 92 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills), 92 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2018 Counoise (Red Hills), 90 Points
  • Sol Rouge 2018 Gypsy Rouge Red (Red Hills), 94 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Sol Rouge 2018 Petite Sirah, 97 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Sol Rouge 2018 Syrah (Red Hills), 93 Points, Editors’ Choice
  • Vie Winery 2018 Fore Family Vineyard Syrah (Red Hills), 93 Points
  • Vie Winery 2018 L’Intruse Mourvèdre, 90 Points
  • Vie Winery 2018 Wynonna’s Vineyard Syrah, 96 Points, Cellar Selection
  • Vie Winery 2019 Grenache Blanc, 90 Points

News from CSWA

CSWA Request for Qualifications

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) is seeking expressions of interest and qualifications from certification auditors located in Lake or Mendocino Counties, the Interior Region (Colusa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo Counties) and the Central Coast Region (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura counties) to be accredited for the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) program.

These specific regions are in need of additional auditors to support the growing number of participants in these areas and to keep auditor travel costs down. CSWA is seeking a maximum of 4 new auditors. If you are interested in becoming a CCSW accredited auditor, please review the accreditation criteria and program information and submit a proposal, outlining your interest and qualifications, to by September 30, 2022.

Click here for more information.

News from CDFA

On the lookout for Spotted Lanternflies

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species causing major concern in the eastern US. It favors more than 70 different plant species. Grapes, apples and stone fruit (plums, cherries, peaches, apricots) are among crops that are threatened.

Here in California, CDFA is working to keep the pest away through measures such as an exterior quarantine that prohibits host plants from infested states as well as banning a variety of articles (vehicles, outdoor furniture, moving containers) that could carry lanternflies or egg masses. This effort proved successful last month when egg masses were detected on firewood at a CDFA Border Protection Station.

View video for more information.

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Weather & Climate

View September report from Dr. Gregory Jones.


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