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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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...

  • Brassfield Estate Vineyard

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

  • Shannon Ridge

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

  • Hawk and Horse Vineyards

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

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  • Rosa d'Oro Primitivo 2012

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  • Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Primitivo 2011

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  • Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Primitivo 2011

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  • Rosa d'Oro Vineyards Primitivo 2011

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  • Shannon Ridge Playtime 2012

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    A Zinfandel blend with small amounts of Grenache, Petite Verdot and Barbera from Shannon Ridge Winery. Lovely on the nose with floral and citrus pith aromas over a base of rusty red fruit. A Iittle plump in the mouth and with some obvious sweetness supporting the cranberry, cherry and herb tinged flavors but this retains great freshness and ma... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Shannon Ridge Playtime 2012

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  • 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


  • Vigilance Cimarron Vineyard Lake County 2011

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  • Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah Ranch Collection 2011

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    Dark. Maybe a little chocolatey. Very sensual and good with steak. Read More

    Wine review by Geo9797


  • Yes DVogler, I have visited some vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and I think even Lake County but it's been a few years and chapters in the past. I'm just recently acquiring an interest in wine and will be taking a wine tasting class at Chico State this Fall semester, so being a proactive student and getting a jump on it. I also live down the road fr... Read More

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