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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Went into town (Charlotte NC) to take in a tasting of 3 different high end CA syrahs at one of my favorite wine stores - Petit Philippe. On offer were:Peay Estate 'Les Titans' Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2013Lagier-Meredith Syrah, Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2012Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah, Santa Maria 2012 All three were excellent (except for the 1st bott... Read More

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  • Okay, should be finishing up some things here, but just got an email from Mark Matthews, so I'm inspired to follow up here. At the end of the panel, which was moderated by an acquisitions editor from UC Press and consisted of Matthews and Sheridan Warrick, who just released the second edition of his book on home winemaking, the moderator asked h... Read More

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  • D, the "observed" incidences of doing blinds--not anecdotes of parties someone was at, but controlled tastings with actual reportage--suggest that, yeah, most of us can tell a PN from a Cab, but not much else.  And the "experts" rarely fare better when given a real test.  When wine mags do ratings, they supposedly do them blind, but they aren't ... Read More

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  • D--They are impressive, those Chianina.  The Chiangus are interesting, because both animals have dark skin, but the Chianina have white coats, but the Angus have black coats, and because they are clearly a cross.  If you notice (and how could you not?), the Chianina has a long body, high shoulders, but not very long legs, just really meaty.  So ... Read More

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  • Looks like a good snag, Fox, and you've gotta put things in perspective:--five of those sparklers in place of one Goldeneye 10 Degrees--four of those sparklers in place of one of the Duckhorn merlots Substitute for two of those Duckhorns and you can have a decent party!Sorry, Al, but those prices for the juice they're delivering are just waaaaaa... Read More

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  • We had a white wine from Viserny last week. That's Viserny there in the photo. It's just down the road from where we live. And you would never guess but it's the most important wine village in the area. The wine we tasted was a well-made-home-made inscrutable, and enough of a curiosity that we wanted to meet the person who made it. So we got an ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vines in the Auxois Hills...


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Once & Future Wines - The...


  • Vino, I've been extolling Soter on these boards this whole decade. Good stuff.  More exposure for Kelley. How often do you get up to NYC Vino? These kinds of dinners (with the likes of Chambers) are usually well worth it.        An Evening of Incredible Pinot Noir, Starring Kelley Fox! Wednesday, April 13th, 7:30pm at Racines NY.We admire Kelley... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


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