April 24, 2014
Lyon Vineyard, North Lakeport, California              Photo by Ari Lopez

New Winegrape Commission

Board Members Elected

Lake County winegrowers recently elected two new members to the Lake County Winegrape Commission Board of Directors. Bill Oldham, Oldham Vineyards, and Bonnie Sears, Beckstoffer Vineyards, will begin their terms when they are officially seated during the Commission's May Board meeting.


Oldham and Sears will fill seats being vacated by outgoing Board Members Jeff Lyon and Randy Krag, each of whom has served on the Board for eight years (four consecutive two-year terms), the maximum allowed under Commission law.


Lyon has provided guidance and leadership as Secretary-Treasurer and as a member of both the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee. Krag has served as Chair of the Research-Education Committee, providing the vision and leadership that led to the Commission's Master Vigneron Academy, a professional development program for vineyard managers and supervisors, now in its third year.



Bill Oldham

"I want to be involved in the effort to increase awareness of the high quality of Lake County's grapes and wines. This business is extremely competitive, and I know we can compete with the best when it comes to wine quality and value." - Bill Oldham


Oldham works as a pest control advisor and location manager at the Lyman Group/Ag Unlimited in Lakeport where he advises winegrape growers throughout the North Coast, including Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties. A Lake County native, Oldham owns and operates a family farm in Upper Lake where he grows Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes and pears. Currently a resident of Redwood Valley, Oldham says he has been involved in the family farm all his life. Oldham also is a partner at Mt. Konocti Winery and has been a member there since the 1980s.


Bonnie Sears

"We live in an amazing environment and community. I'm happy that I'm able to be part of the growth, and I want to share my passion for Lake County and the Lake County wine industry." -

Sears, office manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards - Red Hills, has worked for various agriculture-related businesses, including Snows Lake Vineyard, where she was involved in many aspects of the winegrowing business. Previously, she was employed by a fruit importer in Kelseyville. Sears and her family moved to Lake County in 1987. She has served on the board of the Lake County Winery Association, on the Wine Adventure committee, and has had involvement with the Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture. In 2010, she decided she wanted to know more about the business of growing grapes and has begun her pursuit of a certificate in viticulture with VESTA-USA.org, an online viticulture program.


Elections were conducted among all eligible growers (those who produced more than 25 tons of winegrapes in the 2012 harvest). Ballots were submitted directly to and results were tabulated by the auditing firm of Pehling & Pehling, CPAs. 

In This Issue
Lake County
in the Media
Pick up Sunset Magazine's April edition to enjoy "A Perfect Day in Lake County, CA: A flight of young tasting rooms makes this unsung lake region the next great Northern California wine destination" written by the publication's wine editor, Sarah Schneider. Find additional news on the Winegrape Commission's web site.

 Lake County Wine Awards Competition -

Sponsors Needed  

The Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) is seeking sponsors for the upcoming Lake County Wine Awards Competition. Sponsors fund various aspects of the professional judging and People's Choice Award events, marketing, and public outreach. Sponsors receive recognition at each event, in press releases, and promotional materials.


For further details on becoming a sponsor, contact LCWA Executive Director Terry Dereniuk at (707) 357-5237.



Lake County Rising - View the Video 


The Lake County Rising video, which was shown during the first Momentum! seminar in November, is available for viewing on the Commission's YouTube channel.

Watch it here:



This video is a wonderful tool for marketing your grapes and Lake County's quality winegrape growing efforts. Share the video with your prospects and clients. Add a link to your web site and emails. Help spread the story of Lake County's wine industry.


This video was distributed at the 2013 Growers' Barbecue; if you would like a DVD copy, contact the Commission, (707) 279-2633.

Pour Wines at Annual Clear Lake Splash-In
Organizers of the Clear Lake Splash-in, the annual seaplane fly-in, are inviting Lake County winemakers and wineries to pour wine at a Friday night welcoming reception. The event is slated for September 25-28, 2014. If you are interested in participating or having your wine poured for about 100 people at the reception, contact Tom Lincoln at (707) 263-7162, ext. 8.
Call for Entries: 2014 WSJwine Annual Dozen
Lionstone International, a U.S.-based importer and distributor, is seeking entries for the "2014 WSJwine Annual Dozen" tasting, which will be judged (blind) by an expert panel chaired by bestselling wine writer Hugh Johnson. Twelve wines will be chosen from the tasting to be promoted to more than 130,000 Wall Street Journal wine customers.


Info and entry form:  http://www.annualdozen.com/ 

Grape and Wine Marketplace 


WANTED: 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Bulk Wine

Contact Jack Cole with Hindsight Wines.

Leave a message at (707) 965-0809.


GRAPES FOR SALE: 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

Approximately 130 tons available. Contact Sandy Robertson by phone at (707) 391-7307 or e-mail to emf@jps.net.


Looking to Sell or Buy Grapes or Juice?

Remember to post your grapes and bulk wine listings for free on the Commission's  web site.  

We've Moved 


The Commission office is now located at 3865 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451. The new space offers an opportunity to host educational sessions, technical tastings, and other events, in addition to day-to-day office space.


The Commission's phone number remains the same: (707) 279-2633

Upcoming Events

Lake County Winegrape Commission events can be found on the Commission's web site Calendar. Check out this month's happenings!

Access to Capital: Financing for Small Businesses in Mendocino County
(Open to Lake County small businesses)
April 30
Ukiah Valley Conference Center

Master Vigneron Academy
May 15
Tour Red Hills AVA Vineyards   

2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition - Judging
June 11
Brassfield Estate Winery, Clearlake Oaks

2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition - People's Choice Awards
June 14
Langtry Estate and Vineyards, Middletown

"Living with Drought"- A one-stop resource compiled by UC Cooperative Extension with links to several UC, state, and national resources.  http://celake.ucanr.edu/Living_with_Drought_547/   


The Lake County Winegrape Commission's Drought Resource Web Page:


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