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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  • 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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Guenoc

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

  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards

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

  • Brassfield Estate Vineyard

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

  • Langtry Estate & Vineyards

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

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  • Actually, there's some other cool things you can do on that trip:  It is the spine of the gold country, with old mines you can view and tour, you can go through Lodi's wine country, there's at least three major underground caverns (one with rappelling and an outdoor zipline), the town of Murphys is cute and has lots of tasting rooms.  If one has... Read More

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  • The Girls In the Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Wine review by Marge12


  • Guenoc Petite Sirah California 2013

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ... ... harvest.”Last year, Lake County, north of Napa Valley, battled three major infernos, including the Valley fire, which burned 75,000 acres, killing four people and destroying more than 2,000 buildings; the third-worst fire in California history based on total str... Read More

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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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    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


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