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The Clear Lake appellation -- just north of Sonoma and Napa counties and east of Mendocino -- contains the largest body of fresh water in California. The lake acts as a temperature moderator and covers half the surface area of this viticultural region. Uniformly cooler than any northern California appellation, Clear Lake AVA has become well known for its Sauvignon Blanc in recent years. However, the lake also causes viticulturalists a good amount of stress as it has a tendency to flood during rainy seasons. Before Prohibition, this area had over 5,000 acres of vineyards and 36 wineries. Without brand recognition, none of them survived into the mid-20th century. Understandably, local winemakers wish to avoid a repeat of this phenomenon and therefore actively promote the appellation name on labels. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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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  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or three (or better yet weekday)? Any personal connections going already with winemakers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Ha! We don't get to ... Read More

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  • So Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or three (or better yet weekday)? Any personal connections going already with winemakers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Am also curious (and indicated that in my response) as to what... Read More

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  • Lucky you.  I was just there... Piedmont is pretty stretched out.  If you want to be in Barolo/Barbaresco country, I stayed at a really nice agriturismo (read: Bed and Breakfast) in Castiglione Falletto called Tenuta Montanello.  It's a working winery, although not one of the stars.  But the hosts are extremely nice and it's quite reasonable.  I... Read More

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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


  • Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah Ranch Collection 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Hawk and Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Cakebread Zin Red Hills Lake Cty 2008

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    This smells ripe and oaky with alcoholic heat on the nose. Soft in the mouth and sort of formless, this delivers modest cherry berry fruit in a loose style with a finish that is dominated by grainy, papery wood tannins. Out of balance and unattractive. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cakebread Zin Red Hills Lake Cty 2008

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    This is somewhat leathery and dark when first poured but with time opens to show more dark cherry fruit. I enjoyed this. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton


  • We're heading to Russian River in a couple of weeks for a long ... head to ... ... head to Mendocino or the Clear Lake area. We'd like to take in some sites plus visit a winery or two.  Any suggestions for places to hike, taste, eat, .. Read More

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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurène Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate 2008

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    Great balance and structure. Lovely combination of spice and fruit.91 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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