Lake County Wine

Lake County is an emerging wine region within California’s North Coast, north of Napa. Clear Lake, the state’s largest inland body of water, surrounds the county and regulates the local climate. Most of the vineyards are located to the cooler south of the region. 
 
Like most of this part of California, wine-making began in the 1800s, beginning with missionaries who made ceremonial wines, continuing its progress as California was liberated from Mexico and the settlers and entrepreneurs arrived. Wines of high repute were being produced here. But also as with most nearby regions, many of the vineyards were abandoned for other agriculture due to the Phylloxera and Prohibition double-whammy between the turn of the 20th century and the 1930s. 
 
It wasn’t until the 1960s that a few perceptive vintners saw the area’s potential and began replanting vineyards. From there, the industry has expanded significantly, with an excellent reputation for quality wine Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Lake County View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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Popular Wineries in Lake County View all

  • Langtry Estate & Vineyards

    Langtry Estate & Vineyards, located on the border of Lake and Napa counties, was established i...

  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards

    Welcome to Hawk and Horse Vineyards. We are a small family-owned and operated ranch and vineyar...

  • Guenoc

    Langtry Estate & Vineyards, located on the border of Lake and Napa counties, was established in 1...

  • Shannon Ridge

    We both grew up in California's wine country: Clay in the Healdsburg area in Sonoma County, and M...

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  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual mechanisms.  Being local can help.  Shiners, closeout specialists in the neighborhood, calls from friends, there's stuff that comes in small quantities with "secret" backstory even now.Okay, here are a couple that you won't find east of Reno (I think I used that before, and w... Read More

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  • Crane Lake Sweet Red 2010

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    Love this wine, I have a sensitive stomach and so far I am able to have a couple wine glasses of this red sweet table wine just fine. Love it. Read More

    Wine review by Red09


  • Bluebird Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Donna George


  • There's not a lot of Trousseau (Bastardo) panted in California, less than ... ... side. The Luchsingers in Lake County have an acre or so, The Fanucchi Vineyard in Fulton a couple, Wells Guthrie of Cooain has grafted over 6 acres of his estate bineyards and Tegan Passalacqua if Turley/Sandlands an acre in the Both Vyd in the true Sonoma Coast.... Read More

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  • The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Shirtail Ranches Lake County 2013

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    Another tasting at Lunch. Opens with cherry, raspberry, mint, and blackberry/plum. Rounded smooth Tannins and Acidity. Finishes long with oak, vanilla, and cedar plum. Great for everyday drinking and from what I see, is only available from the restaurant - especially for by the glass or bottle. Not terribly complex, just reliable for this style. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Crane Lake Merlot 2011

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    cheap wine and i wonder if it contains arsenic like other Franzia produced wines? Read More

    Wine review by Winesnobbyx


  • Crane Lake Merlot 2011

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    smells bad Read More

    Wine review by Winesnobbyx


  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations here for a visit over MLK weekend.  Since we're all pretty free with our half-baked ideas and opinions, we had plenty of ideas for him, didn't we?  Since Mauritson kept showing up on the list, it looked like it would make the final cut, so I went on private messaging an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good deeds, good wine, good...


  • Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • There is no letup in sight for the Valley Fire in Lake County. The smoke here was nasty today. Two people who work at Envy lost their homes last night as did my MIL and some of Dava's co-workers. My BILs got through the road block today to go get their Mom out.Remains of her home Read More

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