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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 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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