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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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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

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  • RC - There are several 'French Family' wineries in Willamette Valley, probably due to the similar climate in Burgundy, France.  We found Domaine Serene to be too expensive for shipping, as in $70 for six bottles.  We quit their wine club over a year ago, and replaced it with Domaine Drouhin (very close by).  Same high quality wines, from what I ... Read More

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  • EM - You need to come over to the Willamette Valley side of Pinot life.  We had the grand kids all day - and I mean all day (over 9 hours) - so coming home an hour ago meant it was time to relax after the learning center, the park, McDonalds, etc.  This 2011 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve hits all the high marks of a fine Pinot Noir.  Highly re... Read More

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  • We met last night for our 2nd annual pre-HVS old vine offline at Pizzeria Rosso in Santa Rosa. It was a small crowd this year that turned even smaller when Larry and Lori were a last minute scratch due to the flu. Get well for today you two! Mike and Dana Stoneking, Mike Dildine (Fox remembers them from the last get-together) and myself likley s... Read More

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  • OK, the Myriad CS solicitation arrived today.  So, I signed up for four of them.  Included, this year, is a new bottling called  Empyrean.  This is from their description (emphasis is mine):In 2015 Andy Beckstoffer invited us into a new vineyard block of the famed Vineyard Georges III. Slight rises and gentle slopes can make a enormous differenc... Read More

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  • Y'know, in the bad old days I, too, hated CA Merlot.Then, a miracle happened -- Sideways.  Once Miles castigated Merlot, all the cool kids stopped drinking Merlot, and, suprise, surprise much of the crappy Merlot that was available disappeared.  Now, the really good news is that the makers that continued with the grape really stepped up their ga... Read More

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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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