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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Robledo Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc Lake County the Seven Brothers 2008

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    Wine review by shrumica


  • 75 Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc 1975

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    Wine review by jtc1120


  • Imagery Estate Winery Malbec Cougar Ridge 2010

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    Very dark attractive purple in the glass. Kind of a earthy, woody , sour nose. Very interesting on the palate. Initial sensation is "nothing." Wet with no flavor. As it moves over the tongue I then get some berry and sweetness. It makes me think of powdered sugar. That may be a very slight tannic pucker. Kind of a sour finish. All in al... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dynamite Cab 2005

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Welcome, Chelsea.  We are always looking for youngsters to carry on with ... but I chose to think that Lake County, Cucamonga Valley, Temecula, Anderson Valley, and Edna Valley are all local--examples.  And while I certainly agree with your assessment of the three grape varieties that you mentioned, let me suggest a couple more ideas for you. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from California!


  • Crane Lake Malbec California 2011

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    Emilie brought over for girls' night, nice and drinkable Read More

    Wine review by kationation


  • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Lake County Malbec 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignan 2010

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    Pleasantly surprised for price point. Not too dry, some mild flavors of deep cherry but never really opened. Would drink again. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Six Sigma Ranch Tempranillo Lake County 2008

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    Forgot what full bodied wine was really like. Heavy oak finish...would have preferred this with a steak. Dark fruit personality and serious heft. Not my usual style, but I appreciated the personality on it. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Quite ripe on the nose with peachy aromas topped with hints of flowers and orange gel candies and maybe even a hint of blackcurrant. This is smooth and polished in the mouth, with a nice base of fruit flavors built on the peach and candied citrus notes also found on the nose. In spite of sufficient acidity to keep this lively the finish gets a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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