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

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KPFZ 88.1 fm Launches New Educational Series on 

the New Wine Country of Northern California

The "Elixir of Lake County: the New Wine Country of Northern California" is a new interview series with winegrowers, winemakers and other vintners.  The series was  introduced by on July 10, 2013 - 2-3 pm (Pacific) by Debra Sommerfield, President of the Lake County Winegrape Commission and former Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development.

The series  is produced and hosted by Taira St. John on the Taira St. John Show on alternate Wednesdays at 2:00 -3:00 pm, and is anticipated to be broadcast 2-3 times a month through June 2014. Shows with topics complementary to those of the wine industry will fill other programming throughout the year.  The shows will be replayed on the Mondays following the initial broadcast, and all audiocasts will be posted on this website for later listening or download. Go to Elixir Audio Site:  

We look foward to sharing this new educational forum on the Lake County wine industry and how it interfaces with our local econony ecology, environment, tourist industry and cultural development. 

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Lake County, California

Lake County is becoming one of California’s most dynamic communities with 36 wineries and hundreds of vineyards and tasting rooms.  While Lake County is only two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Valley and the beaches and cliffs of the Pacific Coast, it is a rural mountain-lake region with the largest natural freshwater lake in the continent and one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, all in the shadow of the mysterious Mount Konocti, an historical ancient volcano.  

ake County is home to Clear Lake with its unsurpassed fishing, boating and other recreational facilities, it enjoys the state’s cleanest air, spectacular scenic beauty, and unsurpassed hiking.  You will also find also find biking, paddling, waterskiing, kayaking, sea plane fly-ins, bird watching, golfing, off-road adventures, rockhounding, and just plain nice people away from the stress of metropolitan traffic.  A variety of charming hotels, motels, restaurants, bistros, concerts in the park and theatrical events are contributing to our rapidly developing lakeside artists and writers colony.

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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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