Join over 25 'high elevation' wineries in this year's wine adventure weekend of wine, food and music
July 27th & 28th from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Purchase Tickets online or at select sites.
Two-Day Adventure Pass ticket: $35 in advance | $45 day of event
For lodging reservations, please contact LCWA Diamond Hospitality Members:
Sea Breeze Resort, Twin Pine Hotel & Casino, Lakeport English Inn, Skylark Shores,
Featherbed RailRoad B & B, The Lodge at Blue Lakes or Clear Lake Cottages & Marina.
The Lake County wine tasting event will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Sacramento Music Festival.
The Lake County Winegrape Commission is inviting the public to taste wine from Lake County, sample food paired with the wine and prepared by Julie Hoskins and her staff at Chic Le Chef, enjoy vintage rock ‘n roll music by the LC Diamonds, and take in the antique and classic car exhibits at the museum.
Admission price for the wine tasting event is $40 per person. Attendees will receive an educational tasting booklet with information about the wines, the pairings, and several recipes. Click for More information or to Purchase tickets.
2009 Reserve Cabernet, Cache Creek
2008 El Rey Cabernet, Robeldo Family Winery
2009 Winery SF Cabernet, Winemaker Bryan Kane
Double Gold awarded to Shed Horn's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; Gold goes to both the 2009 Petit Verdot and the 2010 Zinfandel and three more Shed Horn wines receive Silver medals making it six for six.
Shannon Ridge took a Gold for its 2009 Lake County Petite Sirah; Vigilance earned BEST OF CLASS for it’s Red Hills Petite Sirah and received Gold for the 2011 Red Hills Sauvignon Blanc and both the Cross Springs and Dalliance labels produced by Shannon Ridge received Gold medals--2009 Cross Springs Cabernet and the Dalliance Red Blend 2010 vintage. All in all, nine medals awarded to Shannon Ridge, five to Vigilance, three received by Cross Springs and one Gold for Dalliance.
Langty Estate wines won Big at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition: Gold for 2012 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc & Silver's for the Guenoc Lake County Chardonnay 2011, Petite Sirah 2011 and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 in addition to five more medals awarded to various wines from Langtry Estate bringing their grand total to nine SF Chronicle Wine Competition medals.
Steele Wines took one Best of Class, 5 Golds and 11 Silvers at the 2013 SF Chronicle Wine Competition. Best of Class for Writers Block Syrah 2010; Golds awarded to: Shooting Star Barbera & Merlot, Steele Pinot and Cabernet Franc & Stymie Syrah.
Red Lava received a Silver for their Tempranillo; Greg Graham received two Gold medals-one each for 2009 Lake County Riesling and 2010 Pinot Noir; three Silvers for the following wines: 2011 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Chardonnay and 2009 Lake County Cinder Cone; and winemaker Bryan Kane from Sol Rouge was awarded a BEST OF CLASS for his 2009 Lake County Cabernet Franc.
More award announcements to come....
In the heart of the Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain ranges, just 20 miles north of the Napa Valley, stands a pristine wine country that has quietly been growing outstanding wine grapes for a very long time. Lake County, California rises above the rest of the world in more ways than one. It boasts the cleanest air in California, the oldest lake in the continental United States, and a variety of splendid soils whose contents range from volcanic to alluvial. On a clear day (which is most days), you can see Mount Saint Helena to the south, Pinnacle Rock to the north, and sometimes, even Mount Lassen to the east. On any day, you can see magnificent Clear Lake tucked under the watchful eye of Mount Konocti and realize that you’ve found a very extraordinary place. Read more
AND a special tribute to Lake County's Twin Pine Casino & Hotel and LAKE COUNTY WINERIES: Lake County's Shannon Ridge, Vigilance, Six Sigma and Thorn Hill Vineyards, WINEMAKERS, and a guide to GETTING AWAY TO LAKE and MENDOCINO COUNTIES.
A gem of California’s North Coast Wine Country, Lake County is home to some of the region’s finest vineyards. Our growers are committed to producing exceptional winegrapes and wines.
Besides a long tradition of winegrape growing and winemaking, our unique soils and geology, higher elevation growing conditions and dedication to sustainability in the vineyard allows our nearly 170 growers to produce top-quality fruit for your wine program.
Lake County lies in the northeastern section of the internationally recognized North Coast appellation that also includes Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. Lake County is bordered on west by the Mayacamas Mountains, often called the “Axis of Cabernet”, a range that also defines the border between Napa and Sonoma counties to the south. At our northernmost border, the extensive Mendocino National Forest rises to 7,000’ snow peaked mountains.
We encourage all visitors to Lake County winery tasting rooms
to participate in our brief 2013 Survey.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2012 survey.
DEMOCRAT- June 23, 2010 by Peg Melnik
"Lake County has turned out to be a place where great fruit can be purchased..." stated winemaker Randy Mason of Napa Valley's Mason Cellars in the Wine of the Week article featuring Mason Cellar's Pomelo 2009 Sauvignon Blanc made from Lake County fruit.
WINE SPECTATOR- June 15, 2010 by James Laube
"Lake County has its plusses. Yet it has never gotten its due as a winegrowing area, even as its wines keep improving. ... On the day he (Derenoncourt) poured his new wines, the one that surprised me most was the Cabernet from Lake County.... the wines are damn good."
DECANTER MAGAZINE- April. 2010 by Linda Murphy
"Lake County: future promise"-- "...the view from the top of the Mayacamas Mountains, looking over Lake County, quietly making a name for its Cabs." Excerpts from Decanter article titled, "CALIFORNIA'S OTHER CABS Napa may get all the plaudits, but for true Cabernet lovers, Sonoma and Lake County increasingly have as much to offer, says LINDA MURPHY."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, February 7, 2010, written by Tim Teichgraeber
"How do you get from Napa Valley to Lake County? Just follow the Mayacamas Mountains --and the smart money."
"Experienced Napa growers have been flocking to the region north of Napa in search of prime Cabernet Sauvignon-growing conditions at a much cheaper price. Since 1997 the number of wineries in Lake County has increased from four to 32, at least doubling in the past four years. Total vineyard plantings have gone from 5,000 acres to 8,800 acres - up by almost 80 percent. With quality high and cost low, you will be seeing more wines carrying the Lake County name."
WINE ENTHUSIAST, December 2009 by Steve Heimoff
DESTINATIION: Lake County "Lakeside views, classic cuisine and world-class red are the draw in this charming California region."
Lake County is one of the newest destinations for those looking to enjoy fine wines in a relaxed, down-to-earth, rural and breathtaking environment. This award-winning, yet unspoiled, and relatively undiscovered wine region is located just two hours by car from the San Francisco Bay area or the Pacific Coast. It surrounds Clear Lake, California’s largest natural freshwater lake, and sits at the foot of Mt. Konocti, a dormant, multiple volcano that forms a prominent and majestic landmark almost centered in Lake County. Mt. Konocti is responsible for crafting a wide range of elevations suitable for growing a wide selection of varietals.
Here in Lake County, it is the combination of the high elevation, rugged lands; the gentle slopping, rolling hillsides; the expansive fertile valley floor; and the spectacular and picturesque lake and lakeshore that provide the origin of Lake County’s highly acclaimed wines.
We invite you to explore Lake County