Lake County, California, September 2015 — After careful consideration, given the magnitude of the damage to Lake County, Hawk and Horse Vineyards has postponed its Annual Wine Society Social indefinitely. The event had been scheduled for October 3 and was to have included an unusual demonstration with hawks, falcons and an owl. “We know our friends and customers will understand,” explains co-founder and partner Tracey Hawkins.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards will donate a portion of all sales through January to the Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund or to private individuals in most desperate need.
“As a suggestion, anyone who would like to be a part of the recovery might like to donate the cost of admission, $45, to Lake County Rising (www.facebook.com/lakecountyrising or http://www.winealliance.org/wine-auction/tickets), a local recovery fund which is being sponsored jointly by the Lake County Wine Alliance and Lake County Winery Association,” she adds.
“Hawk and Horse Vineyards has been impacted by the Valley Fire, but our ranch structures, winery and vineyard are intact – and most importantly, our people and animals are all fine and safe. The Valley Fire has destroyed homes, businesses and ancient forest throughout Lake County – but it has not destroyed our spirit. We are very proud of the way our remote rural communities are responding. We continue to help with evacuation and relocation efforts and in other ways,” Hawkins explained.
The Wine Society Social would have celebrated the winery’s first eleven years of organic wine grape growing and its CCOF certification. The estate vineyards have also been Demeter Biodynamic certified for seven years.
Hawk and Horse is a family-owned and family-operated vineyard and ranch founded by the Boies and Hawkins families. The winery biodynamically farms 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. The vineyards straddle slopes from a 15% grade to 85%, at elevations up to 2,200 feet, situated in the Red Hills AVA of California.” An unusual aspect of the property is that the soil literally glitters, due to the abundance of Lake County “diamonds,” tiny silica fragments which are the remnants of volcanic activity from the Mayacama mountain range and nearby Mt. Konocti, a now dormant volcano,” Tracey Hawkins explains.
The winery’s wines can be found in limited distribution in selected markets around the country, including California, Texas, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Washington DC, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and Connecticut.