Lake County in the News
Collected articles about Lake County wines and growers.
The Producers Behind California’s Volcanic Wines
By Jim Gordon. Originally published on the Wine Enthusiast website and ©Wine Enthusiast Magazine. View a PDF version.
On the heels of numerous destructive wildfires in recent years, it’s understandable that the specter of volcanic eruption might not top the list of concerns for California’s Lake County winemakers.
The region’s producers shrugged off a recent United States Geological Survey assessment that they work in and around an active volcanic field rated as a “high threat” to the local community...read more
The Rise of the Red Hills of Lake County
by Esther Mobley originally published in The San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2018
"Why the rush on the Red Hills? To find the answer, look south.
Just north of the Napa County border, the Red Hills AVA shares many of that more famous region’s crucial characteristics, not least of which is the Mayacamas mountain range, running uninterrupted from the city of Napa through Obsidian Ridge and beyond. Yes, the Red Hills are higher in elevation, less humid and warmer than most parts of Napa, but in a literal sense they are a continuation of Napa’s western hillsides."... read more
Slicing and Dicing Sauvignon Blanc Wines
by Jim Gordon originally published in Wines and Vines
Lake County, Calif., hosts an information-rich symposium on a hot-selling varietal
About 120 winemakers, grape growers and trade members in the symposium audience took home numerous insights from a series of five presentations accompanied by tastings that sliced and diced the variety and varietal’s diversity.... Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions of France, Sauvignon is now a fast-growing varietal category in the U.S. market, spurred by the popularity of New Zealand versions... read more
Lake County: Home of California’s next great Cabernet?
By Bryce Wiatrak
In the seventeenth century in southwestern France, an accidental breeding occurred between a red Cabernet Franc grape plant and a white Sauvignon Blanc grape plant and thus was born the most popular grape among American wine drinkers: Cabernet Sauvignon... read more