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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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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  • 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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  • We hosted another high-end wine dinner last night with our neighbors Rick & Debbie coming over.  They are the ones that got us started in this tasty wine thing, and they recommended Duckhorn and Barnett wineries in Napa Valley to us when we did our first wine trip to Napa several years ago.  We started at 6 PM with rain coming down (I was planni... Read More

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  • We were pouring many wines last night at our farewell wine dinner for protest friends (Patti [69] and Pamela [61]) that came out from Oregon last week; they fly back tomorrow.  Our local friend Lynn also came over (she protested too) and they brought over a few bottles with them.  We opened the Spanish Monastrell that they picked up from Trader ... Read More

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  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high above the lovely Napa Valley, at the top of the Spring Mountain District. Bought by Robert Keenan in 1974, the estate is historic, once housing another winery before it fell into shambles after Prohibition. Keenan restored the historic stone winery for visitors to appreci... Read More

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  • Also looking good was this earlier circular from Chambers Street. Oregon this time. Keep scanning down the list, Cameron makes good juice at several levels.    Linus the dog, barrels aging in the cellar, and Tom Sivilli and John Paul bottling the 2016 Rosé. Linus the dog is a ruffian purple heeler (cross of a blue and red heeler), and the protog... Read More

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  • How about we change to a new varietal for consideration as Thanksgiving approaches?  I suggest we look at the white varietal (Sauvignon Blanc) of the Sancerre region in France.  Then we can expand to Sauvignon Blanc around the world.  I haven't yet opened this one to confirm how good it is, but my expectations are high.  I'll open in very soon i... Read More

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  • Last night I had a lovely bottle of malbec..It was not from Argentina or Cahors but the Loire valley. It was full-bodied,there was lots of fruit,and there was a very spicy finish. It was the 'Brin d'Epice' cuvee from Domaine du Chapitre. I wrote up a review on here and gave it high marks Read More

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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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