Winegrape Grower News – July 8, 2012

Chacewater Wine Co.  Earns State Fair Honor  

It’s looking like a banner year for Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill and consulting Chacewater banner for 2012 Golden State Winery of the Yearwinemaker Mark Burch.

Chacewater was named Golden State Winery of the Year at the California State Fair, and its wines scored gold medals and Best of Class awards at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

Several other Lake County wineries also had good showings at the California State Fair, including a double gold medal and Best Tempranillo honor to Mount Konocti Winery for its 2009 Tempranillo. Read entire article: click here.

See list of winners: click here

Website Boasts New Vineyards Map

KELSEYVILLE – An updated, interactive vineyards map with several helpful features can now be found on the new Lake County Winegrape Commission website,

Winegrape Commission Chair Peter Molnar enlisted the talents of Daniel Opalacz, creator of, an online wine-mapping project. The mapmaker’s work enables the Commission to be the first to have high resolution, fast processing soil and geology maps integrated into its countywide vineyard map. Read entire article: click here.

 Spotlight on Affiliate Sponsor:  Western Weather Group Inc.

We are fortunate to have Western Weather Group, Inc., continue its support as an Affiliate Sponsor of the Lake County Winegrape Commission. Please take a moment to read about this important company that provides a significant service to Lake County’s winegrape growers.
Thank you,
President Shannon Gunier

Submitted by Don Schukraft, CEO, Certified Consulting Meteorologist

The team of meteorologists and physical scientists at Western Weather Group, Inc., inRed Hills 2 weather station Chico, has been providing weather information services to the agricultural industry in California for over 25 years.

In July 1995, the National Weather Service (NWS) announced plans to transfer its Fruit
Frost Forecasting Services to the private sector as part of proposed federal budget
reductions. As a result, the NWS ended its specialized agricultural weather forecasts.

Read entire article: click here.

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to read about the Lake County Winegrape Commission’s recent happenings, events, and news. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about this newsletter or about the Commission’s efforts and events.

By Susan Stout, Contributing writer



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