Elixir of Lake County: the New
 Wine Country of Northern California

Lake County

The western portion of Lake County comprises the North Coast AVA. It encompasses the Clear Lake AVA, which in itself has 168,900 acres of land, the Red Hills Lake County AVA, and High Valley AVA. Within Lake County, a total of 8,530 acres are planted to winegrapes. This is expected to double in the next few years, as many new vineyards are being planted. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted variety with 3,300 acres. Sauvignon Blanc is the second with 1,790 acres. Fourteen wineries are located in the region. About 20 out-of-county wineries purchase Lake County grapes from independent growers. Lake County crushed 32,000 tons in 2005, about one percent of California's total winegrape tonnage.

Lake County surrounds Clear Lake, the largest natural lake in California. The vineyards are planted throughout the county, from the agriculturally rich valley at 1,370 feet elevation (lake level), to the rocky red volcanic soil at more than 2,000 feet elevation around Mt. Konocti—a dormant volcano in the Pacific Rim chain. These elevations provide cooler winter conditions and a later start to the growing season. Summer growing conditions are suitably warm to ripen the grapes and the elevation allows rapid cooling in the evening. Few grape pests can tolerate the altitude and cool climate. Lake County growers are committed to sustainable farming and participate in year long educational programs to this end.

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1.  July 10, 2013 -
Debra Sommerfield - President, Lake County Winegrape Commission, District 2. Introduces Elixir of Lake County.

 2. July 17, 2013

Workforce Lake County Program and Business Services Manager Pam Harpster and Work Resource Services Manager Christy Gard


3.  July 24, 2013

Harry Lyons, Ph.D., 
Professor of Biology at the Clear Lake Campus of Yuba College in Clearlake, CA.

4. July 31, 2013 

David Beckstoffer, 

President and Chief Operating Officer of Beckstoffer Vineyards,  an established Napa/Mendocino Counties Vineyard corporation, the largest Lake county grower of winegrapes in Lake County.

5. August 7, 2013, 

Jonathan Young, Ph.D.,

a licensed depth psychologist, who assisted Joseph Campbell at seminars and served as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library at Pacifica Graduate Institute on the Gods of wine Bachus and Dionysius.

6. August 14, 2013

Nick Buttitta, winemaker and vineyard owner of Rosa D'Ora Winery and Vineyards, and Chairman of the Board of the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA.

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