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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

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Popular Wineries in Lake County View all

  • 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...

  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards

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

  • Langtry Estate & Vineyards

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

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  • Six Sigma Ranch Tempranillo Lake County 2008


    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


    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

  • Bring whatever you have that you feel fits theme. There will be enough to fill ... obligations at home and in Lake Count Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throw Down for West...

  • OT is our boots on the ground up there in Sonoma, but I've been watching GdP's reports and keeping an eye on the weather and it looks pretty ideal.  According to Clay Mauritson, Zin's perfect temperature for growing and ripening is right around 86 F.  And that's been where the weather has stayed, outside that insane heatspike at the end of June/... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013's Bad Weather

  • Lot 223 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011


    Dilute tasting, little fruit, slightly light in color; this is cabernet Lite. Somewhat disagreeable but improves a bit with air to become almost drinkable. Used most of mine for cooking. My rating-- 70. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah Ranch Collection 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by annecara

  • Happpy Cinco di Mayo!  Check out my latest article at ... ... Valley, Hopland & Lake County and please like Vinogger on Facebook and follow Vinogger on Twitte Read More

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  • Hawk and Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Cougar's Leap Black Rock Zinfandel Red Hills Lake County 2009


    Fresh oak greets the nose along with sour blue and black fruits that have a meaty edge to them. This is cool and firm on the palate with flavors of thoroughly ripe dark berryalmost curranty fruitwith blueberry accents and a nutty top note. The oak turns a touch smoky on the moderately long finish, which has blueberry and tart cranberry notes. 90... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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