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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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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...

  • 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...

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  • Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah Ranch Collection 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Beringer Vineyards Zinfandel North Coast 2002


    Probably a little past it's intended shelf life. It got "lost" in my "cellar". It was however, spicy, like I would have expected, just a little thin with no lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Thanks, OT and Fox for your comments.  I have to say that the TV Syrah had ... last night I had a very good Lake County Tempranillo from Imagery Winery--another winery that I visited that same day.  Imagery is a "second label" of Benziger, but they specialize in wines from the "less traveled" California grapes.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...

  • Imagery Estate Winery Tempranillo High Valley 2010


    A very nice wine. Fairly tame on the introduction to the palate--medium-bodied, some berry fruit (comes with a "sweet sensation" but not "sweetness"). Towards the back of the palate there is a hit of tannin (that I like). A bit light on the acid, but not wimpy. $27.00 from the Winery Club. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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


    No written review

    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


    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


    No written review

    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

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  • Crane Lake Malbec California 2011


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

    Wine review by kationation

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