September 2023 Newsletter

Up close shot of vine pruning

In This Issue…

Register Now for Lake County Pruning School
Long Valley AVA Approved by TTB
International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show Recap
Monarch Tractor Demo
Raised Topo Map of Lake County AVAs Available for Purchase
Grape & Wine Marketplace
Lake County Wines & Vines in the News
Weather & Climate Report
Affiliate Sponsor: Wine Industry Network
Affiliate Sponsor: HotSpot Ag


Register Now for Lake County Pruning School

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Pruning demonstration at LCPS

The Lake County Winegrape Commission announces the highly anticipated launch of the second year of Lake County Pruning School, which will begin December 2023.

The immersive training program will again be delivered in collaboration with Simonit & Sirch, the renowned grapevine pruning school with more than 30 years of research and experience and a client list that includes some of the world’s preeminent vineyards in the United States and Europe, including the recently announced Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

In addition to the introductory course that was taught last year, Simonit & Sirch Master Pruners Jacopo Miolo and Jett Johansson will also teach an intermediate level class. The introduction to Simonit & Sirch pruning methods will focus on grapevine sap flow and teach innovative pruning techniques that foster grapevine health and resistance to pests and drought. This supports improved consistency of fruit over the years and, ultimately, a longer vineyard lifespan. The intermediate course will build on these methods and concentrate on young vines and cane pruning. Both courses will be offered in English and Spanish.

The introductory course is comprised of a theoretical online lesson and three days of practical hands-on lessons in the vineyard — two days during the winter for vine pruning and one day during the spring for shoot thinning. The program provides in-depth fundamental principles applicable to all grapevine training systems, such as controlled branching, vascular flow, cuts and crown buds, and protective spare wood. The intermediate course will begin with some classroom instruction on day one and will include a copy of the Guyot Methodology book by Simonit & Sirch. The remaining class time will be spent at two Lake County vineyard sites that will allow for the exploration of young vines and cane pruned vines.

Lake County Pruning School is designed for vineyard owners, vineyard supervisors and crew leaders, and experienced vineyard workers. Each class enables one-on-one learning and an opportunity to exchange ideas and techniques with others in the cohort.

“As a farmer, and specifically a vineyard manager, I feel it’s inherent that we want to ensure the health, vitality, and productivity of our vines over the long term. With this proven method of less harmful pruning, I believe it puts us on a better path toward that goal,” says Chris King, vineyard manager at Catspaw Vineyard, who completed year one of Lake County Pruning School.

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Long Valley – Lake County AVA Approved by TTB

Shannon Ridge Spring Valley Vineyard-Long Valley AVA

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published its final rule establishing the 7,605-acre Long Valley–Lake County American Viticultural Area on July 5.

In addition, the High Valley AVA boundary was expanded by 1,542 acres and the North Coast AVA was expanded by 23,690 acres so that Long Valley and High Valley are fully encompassed in the AVA.

The rule became effective August 4, 2023.


LCWC Promotes Lake County Region at International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show

Lake County table at International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show

The Lake County Winegrape Commission continued its outreach to trade professionals at the International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in San Francisco on July 25 and July 26. Joy Merrilees of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Pilar Luchsinger White of Luchsinger Vineyards, Kevin Rogers of Allied Grape Growers, and Debra Sommerfield of LCWC poured bulk wine samples for attendees and promoted the region.


Monarch Tractor Demonstration

LCWC, Monarch Tractor, Land LCFB logosThe LCWC and Lake County Farm Bureau hosted a Monarch Tractor demonstration at Zoller Vineyard in Kelseyville on August 10. Farmers of all crops were invited to see autonomous tractors in action and to learn about the technology that Monarch Tractor has available.

viewers look on at Monarch Tractor demo


Raised Topographic Map of Lake County AVAs

Maps are 20″ x 30″ and are available for purchase with or without a frame. Click on images below to be directed to the LCWC website where you can hover over the images with a magnified view.

Maps will be shipped from Summit Terragraphics in Pennsylvania and may take a couple of weeks to arrive. They are not available at the LCWC office. Framed copies are available for $165 + tax & shipping. Unframed copies are available for $26 + tax & shipping.

framed topo map


News from CAWG: West Coast Smoke Exposure Webinar Available to View

WCSETF Annual Smoke Summit from Jenny Devine on Vimeo.


News from Mendocino College: Fall Plant Sale

Mendocino College plant sale advertisement



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

28 tons 2023 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kelsey Bench, Certified Sustainable, Jeanne Scherer: 707-685-5323, adobecreekvines@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

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

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

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

20 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

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

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

1,750 gallons 2020 Petite Sirah, Kelsey Bench – Lake County, Lot #20PSCM01, 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

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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How a Lake County Sangiovese Producer Captures the Essence of Italy

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Wine Enthusiast.

Working in Lake County at his extremely limited production property, Prima Materia, winemaker Pietro Buttitta makes single varietal Italian bottlings from several grapes, but Sangiovese has become a particular passion for him. Buttitta has five blocks planted to multiple different clones of Sangiovese, and the variety has given him a lot to experiment with. An almost maniacal attention to clonal variation has long been a critical part of making quality wine from Sangiovese in Italy, best witnessed by Brunello di Montalcino, the flagship expression of the grape, called Brunello after the clone from which it is made. Following the Italian example, Buttitta has been closely tracking how his clones of Sangiovese behave, from his two Emilia Romagna clones (19 and 23), that give him what he calls “Goldilocks” productions, to his Biondi Santi 05 (that gains its name from the famed Tuscan estate), that is “its own beast” thanks to monster tannins…Read full article.


New Lake County AVAs Featured in Wine Seminar Through SF Wine School

David Glancy, MS, CWE, Founder & CEO of San Francisco Wine School, will feature two Lake County wines in an upcoming course on California’s New AVAs & Wine Trends on September 20 in San Francisco and via Zoom.

Bodkin, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Cuvée Agincourt, Lake County NV and Clay Shannon, Pinot Noir, Long Valley Ranch, Lake County 2020 will be featured in the lineup of nine wines from across the state.

Learn more.



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Weather & Climate

View September 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.


Affiliate Sponsor: HotSpot AG Innovating Water Management for Practicality

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For all vineyards, water stands as a vital factor in determining success. Water provides essential nutrients and regulates temperature that’s crucial for grapevine growth and quality. However, efficient water management often presents challenges for growers. HotSpot AG steps in by addressing unique and common issues that vineyard owners encounter. From labor shortages to resource management, HotSpot AG has experienced it firsthand, and we’ve made it our goal to help growers simplify these tasks.

HotSpot AG emphasizes sustainable conservation among winegrape growers with precision irrigation solutions. Our smart irrigation systems redefine water management for your vineyard by focusing on practical efficiency and control.

Simplify Irrigation Management

Are you tired of asking, “Can I irrigate everything to plan this week?” With HotSpot AG’s scheduling tool, you can tailor your irrigation plans to each block’s unique needs. Our system uses real-time data to monitor and control pumps, valves, reservoirs, tanks, and groundwater levels. Staying up to date with insights allows for quick adjustments based on real-time monitoring and ultimately promotes healthier vines and better grape quality.

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