Lake County harvest underway

Lake County vineyard managers have reported harvest is underway, coming about 10 days earlier than last year because of warm and dry weather, according to the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

Randy Krag of Beckstoffer Vineyards said he believes it is the earliest harvest season in his 15 years in Lake County.

Clay Shannon of Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery reported that his crews started picking sauvignon blanc grapes on Aug. 13, and the crop was about 20 percent less than anticipated. Eric Stine of Langtry Estates called the 2014 growing season “dry but good … a warm spring got everything moving faster than normal but the mild summer has been nice for ripening.” He added there will be very little time between the harvest of whites and reds this year.

Harvest Fair to honor David Stare

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair will honor David Stare, founder and owner of Dry Creek Vineyard, for his contributions to the wine industry during its annual awards ceremony on Sept. 28 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

Stare has racked up many accomplishments with his winery over the last 40 years, including being the first new winery in Dry Creek Valley since Prohibition and the first to plant sauvignon blanc and fumé blanc.

He also initiated the Dry Creek Valley appellation and released its first label, and was one of California’s first proponents of bordeaux-style blending. David’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, took over operations in 2006.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at

B Cellars opens new Oakville winery

B Cellars has opened a new winery and hospitality house in Oakville, becoming the first new winery on Oakville Cross Road in 18 years.

The new location at 701 Oakville Cross Road gives the winery a permanent home 11 years after its opening.

The Napa County property features a new production facility, more than 15,000 square feet of caves for barrel storage, and a hospitality house anchored by an interactive demonstration kitchen.

It is open for tastings by appointment at 709-8787 or visiting

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