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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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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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...

  • 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...

  • Brassfield Estate Vineyard

    At Brassfield Estate, we believe wine is truly an expression of the grapes and where they are gro...

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  • Guenoc Lake County Zinfandel 1983

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    Another wine discovered at an estate sale with questionable provenance. I was encouraged when I saw that the cork appeared to be in pretty good shape. In the glass the wine has good colorno brownish sign of oxidation. An earthy, dusty nose. In the mouth it doesnt overwhelm with flavor, but neither does it offend. Not a lot of fruit, maybe a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I attended a wonderful wine tasting event.  For $40 per couple, we joined Nice Legs, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Crystal City, and the Crystal City Wine Shop for a tasting of more than 45 different wines poured by winemakers, winery representatives and importers.  Here are those fol... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Franko4


  • Hogwash Rose 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by sanadler


  • Cache Creek Vineyards Lake County Chardonnay 2008

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    A Lot 18 Selection. A real big 'Oak Bomb', but since it has been a long while since having a densely oaked Chardonnay, this one was very enjoyable. Very light gold yellow color with a dense and slippery mouth-feel. Peaches, pears, & apricot jam scent and flavors that slip into oak butter vanilla back. Perhaps too opulent to have frequently, but... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I prefer mountain fruit for my Merlot but unfortunately  that can't be ... ... you try Steele Winery of Lake County, Bogle Merlot or Happy Canyon Vineyards Merlot from Santa Ynez Valley &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic In Need a Merlot Recommendation


  • JD - Excellent selection with the Gramercy!Here is what I will be bringing to represent Washington:2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Horse Heaven Hills Syrah2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 97% Syrah 3% Viognier2009 Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 94% Syrah 6% Viognier2012 Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • I've got a place to stay lined up about 15 minutes due West of Santa Rosa.  Here is what I am bringing from Washington courtesy of some of our friendly wine makers! 2007 Bunnell Horse Heaven Hills Syrah2007 Bunnell Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah2009 Smasne Block 3 Syrah (Lawrence Vineyard)2012 Nefarious Estate Syrah (Defiance Vineyard Lake Chelan A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Sledgehammer Zinfandel 2011

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    Tasty but there are better zins at this pricepoint Read More

    Wine review by juliannayy


  • Vigilance Cimarron Vineyard Lake County 2011

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    A blend of 44% Zinfandel, 39% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon Lots of earthy aromas greet the nose with hints of fresh herb and rare beef accenting the core of dark berry fruit that is topped with gently floral oak perfumes. Lovely, tense and fresh on entry with mineral and oak accented red fruit, and bitter cherry flavors. Supple ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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