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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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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  • Yes, you get complexity with the high-end wine that merits its membership in the elite club, so to speak.  I'm glad you enjoyed it; sometimes the sub-tropical regions can seem to develop rather quickly in the bottle, but sometimes - if the winemaker is prudent and the microclimate accommodates - the blend can last and last.  I recently shared a ... Read More

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  •  I recently had to have a fair amount of miscellaneous dental work done - including a long-overdue root canal on a 12-year molar and 3 implants (the latter treatment beginning with the horrible extractions last summer).  But sometimes there is a silver lining.  For example, I could peruse Vancouver wine merchants when I was receiving surgery (we... Read More

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  • On Saturday afternoon, Zufrieden and I went to a fellow wine aficionado's place for a cabernet sauvignon (at least 80%) blind tasting. Zuf decanted and brought a 2014 Boekenhoutskloof "Stellenbosch" (92% cs, 8% cab franc).I decanted and brought a 2012 Quilceda Creek "CVR" (83% cs, 11% merlot, 4% cf, 1% pv, 1% malbec)  and I brought a 2008 Stormy... Read More

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  • Interesting wine... owned by the French, made in Italy in a region where French, Italian and certain Arpitan dialects (Provencal would be the closest to the speech here) are spoken.  This region is quite high in elevation, so more continental.  You are close to Mont Blanc in this valley.  I have never visited, but it sounds intriguing - like the... Read More

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  • I dare say you are right concerning the general level of quality GT.  I have not been buying as much wine of late (although I did buy a coupe of cases of intermediate level - mostly - 2016 Bordeaux due to the obviously high quality there).  Hence, you now almost certainly know more about the contemporary BC wine scene than I - although DV keeps ... Read More

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  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • The steady, high temperatures of the Keenan estate, on Spring Mountain above the Napa Valley floor, allowed harvest at peak maturity of the grapes. The grapes for Keenan Merlot are harvested primarily from the Keenan Estate on Spring Mountain. It is these grapes that supply the Keenan Merlot with its rich flavor and intense bouquet. The remainde... Read More

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  • Same fruit, same vineyard, same vintage conpletely different beasts. I opened and followed the Mending Wall last night and tonight it’s the O&F (actually both side-by-side now). My takeaway is that the Mending Wall is much more approachable at this stage and the Once and Future will excel with patience. Tasting these it’s like a PS made by a Cab... Read More

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