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The beautiful and appropriately named High Valley is one of California’s newest American Viticultural Areas (AVA). With vineyards mostly planted between 1,800 and 2,200 feet above sea level this lofty appellation towers over Lake County. Due to its lofty environ, combined with the natural east/west orientation of the valley - which pulls in coastal breezes - and the northern exposure of the vineyards, High Valley represents relatively cool climate viticulture in Lake County.

Despite only recently gaining AVA status, High Valley has a long, albeit interrupted tradition in grape growing. In the 19th century the valley was a significant grape growing region, but this once booming industry was abruptly halted by Prohibition in the early 20th century. Thankfully, the region has reemerged as an important and distinct viticultural region. A combination of California’s traditional star grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc make up Read more »

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  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in Europe. But the advantage they have is that in many cases, they've been farming the same land and making wine for generations. Then you get an energetic importer who finds a co-op and helps them tweak their wine. Suddenly it's pretty good and their price point isn't covering l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history showed thatv too many of our winemakers were seduced by Parker Points which were awarded for high alcohol "fruit bombs" sadly it was not the fruit that was the problem it was the decision to harvest later to "engineer" high alcohol.The big problem we found with these ... Read More

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  • Greg, my thoughts exactly.  You can buy the Crane Lake Cab at Total Wine for $5. Granted price is not always an indicator of quality but that's usually an argument for the high end stuff.  $5 hardly covers the cost of the glass bottle, label, land cost, labor and profit, not much left for the juice so you really can't expect much.Antocha, it  ap... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Crane Lake Cabernet.Review


  • As I said previously....I WROTE AND DEDICATED A POEM TO DIDIER!He set high standards....quality over high yield...cutting back ruthlessly.......what gems he created and crafted......called the mad-child in the valley! Read More

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  • Hey Lefty, gotta love the viognier.  Surprisingly enough, some of my favorite viognier has come from the Central Coast, several wineries in Paso make excellent wine from this grape.  Two that come immediately to mind are Tablas and Anglim (although Anglim sources their grapes from Santa Maria Valley.  Love that white stone fruit mixed with honey... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier Virgin


  • Last night was a really wonderful meal / wine pairing at the French Embassy in Washington DC.  This was a fundraiser event with a high buy-in ($250 each), and the auction items were in the thousands.  Several people departed when the auction started up (at the end of the meal) and we elected to do the same since we all had valet parking to get t... Read More

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  • No he's not assuming anything.that's the real world of high end Napa cabernet. $5,000-6,000/ton is the and the average bottle of Cabernet in the valley runs $50-60. I know people who pay $20,000/ton. If you want the top fruit you pay for it accordingly. Simple rule of thumb is 1% of fruit cost is your per bottle retail up to a point. The top pro... Read More

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  • Thanks for the examples. The consumer pays for everything business does, that's a given. As far as an extravagant tasting rooms go I imagine they are playing towards their desired customer bases.  The Macrostie site is a production facility as well as a tasting room and is quite appealing to the eye. Hamel spent a fortune but I don't think it is... Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley.  In March we are heading to Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.Keenan began purchas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2009 Merlot Carneros Napa Valley


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