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"Momentum!" Wine Industry Seminar Set for November 22

Keynote presentation to focus on climate of Clear Lake winegrowing region
November 18, 2013


KELSEYVILLE, CA – The influence of Lake County’s climate on viticulture and winemaking and a discussion on the appellations of Lake County, as well as a technical wine tasting session, will highlight the upcoming “Momentum!” seminar Friday, November 22, 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport.

“For our first in this series of three seminars, the Lake County Winegrape Commission is thrilled to be able to present Professor Gregory V. Jones, renowned research climatologist, who will share results from his study on the climate of the Clear Lake winegrowing region” said Commission president Debra Sommerfield.

Jones, a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University, is the keynote speaker for the November 22 seminar. The first seminar also will include a panel of Lake County winegrowers and winemakers who will discuss the specific characteristics of several of Lake County’s AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), a guided technical wine tasting on the evolving style of Lake County wines, and a social mixer with appetizers to close the session.

Seats are limited so advance registration is strongly encouraged. The cost for each seminar is $20 per person. Individuals who register with a colleague may do so for half-price; to take advantage of the discount, individuals must register together and enter the promotion code BringaColleague. To register online, visit

Sponsored by the Lake County Winegrape Commission with funding from a United States Department of Agriculture specialty crop grant and with support from the Lake County Winery Association, the three-part seminar series is designed for Lake County’s grape growers, winery owners, winemakers, tasting room managers, and marketing/hospitality directors. Series highlights will include keynote presentations by wine industry experts, discussions about marketing trends specific to the Lake County appellation, marketing tools and sales techniques, and technical wine tastings with emphasis on the developing style of Lake County wines.

A specialist in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, Jones conducted an analysis of Lake County’s weather variations and influences on the Clear Lake region’s winegrapes. He will present the details of his findings at the first seminar. Jones holds degrees from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences. He was named to Decanter’s 2009 Power List representing the top 50 most influential people in the world of wine and has been in the top 100 most influential people in the U.S. wine industry in 2012 and 2013 (

At the November 22 seminar, Peter Molnar, Commission chair and general manager of Obsidian Ridge Vineyards, will present information on the distinct characteristics that differentiate Lake County as a winegrowing region – from climate and elevation to geology and soils.

The seminar also will feature an AVA panel discussion with Gregory Graham, owner/winemaker, Gregory Graham Wines; Randy Krag, vineyard operations manager, Beckstoffer Vineyards; Eric Stine, winemaker, Guenoc/Langtry Estate; Steve Tylicki, general manager/viticulturist, Steele Wines; and David Weiss, owner, Bella Vista Farming.

“The panelists for our first ‘Momentum!’ workshop are some of the most respected individuals from across Lake County’s wine industry. We anticipate a very informative discussion about the characteristics of winegrapes grown in the various Lake County sub-appellations,” Sommerfield said.
The “Momentum!” series will continue with seminars in January and February with details to be announced soon.

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is a marketing order established in 1991 to promote the region’s premium winegrapes and to assist winegrape growers. For further information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission and its programs, call the Commission office at 707-279-2633 or visit

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