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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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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High Valley on Snooth

  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations here for a visit over MLK weekend.  Since we're all pretty free with our half-baked ideas and opinions, we had plenty of ideas for him, didn't we?  Since Mauritson kept showing up on the list, it looked like it would make the final cut, so I went on private messaging an... Read More

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  • This is way off thread topic, but I just love to rebut GregT's comments. Also, I am going to take another opportuniity to brag on a favorite maker.In discussing the Bottled in St. Helena Meiomi, Greg stated, "That's in Napa. No way are they putting out a $20 wine that would come from any vineyards there."Last week in another thread Mjet posted p... Read More

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  • Very good list.Chateau St Michelle and Columbia Crest are sister wineries, CC a couple of bucks less usually but both good quality for the price. That Willamette Valley PN is one of the few that I would ever buy - it's actually pretty good but it's vintage-specific so if you don't like one, you can look for a different vintage. It can run up to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I'm not sure you need any help, .You're off to a great start.I am a Zinfandel bigot.  So, I would certainly endorse Mauritson and Ridge in the Healdsburg neighborhood.  (People on this board are pretty tired of me rhapsodizing about the Ridge Lytton Springs field blend.)  Both those wineries, of course, have excellent examples made from other gr... Read More

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  • We enjoyed this Domain Serene Grand Cheval red blend (Syrah and Pinot Noir) a few nights ago.  Their winery is up in the Williamette Valley (Pinot Noir country) of Oregon and we have bought several of their Pinot's over the last few years but we cancelled our club membership earlier this year due to the high shipping costs.  Anyway, this wine wa... Read More

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  • Took the day off Friday--my seniority means lots of vacation, my house project means I took very little of it this year.  Wife and I headed up to Spring Mountain Vineyards, courtesy a most-excellent Snooth-friend, who made us a gift of one of his annual visits and tastings--as a member of their wine club, he receives several and he was unable to... Read More

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  • Its hard  to please three people with different tastes.Agree.  It's harder than hard.Thanks for the report, Red.  I have to compliment you on your ability to analyze and report your experiences.  Excellent.The fact of the matter is that Americans like a bit of sugar in their wine.  One of the reasons that I have, pretty much, given up on Califor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

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  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I worked as a Silicon Valley technical writer, and in that capacity was enabled by my employer, an Italian company with a U.S. Advanced Technology Center,  to travel annually to Italy's Piedmont region, where the company was headquartered. Naturally, I fell in love with th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Tonight we are excited about Halloween - it has already begun with kids starting to arrive at 1823.  Now it's 1914 and I'm finding it tough to sit down.  Earlier today we 'enjoyed' a 4.5 hour opera, viewed in a decent movie theater from a live simulcast at the MET in New York.  I'm talking about Tannhauser.  It was interesting but I did dose off... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


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