Lake County in the News

Collected articles about Lake County wines and growers.

New Class Removes the Mystique from Food and Wine Pairing

“Wine tasting intimidates most people,” says Christine DePasquale. “It can be overwhelming, especially considering all the regions, varietals, vintages, and so on.” To make matters worse, trying to match a bottle of wine with a dish you’re cooking or ordering at a restaurant can leave many diners perplexed. Sure, we all know the rule about […]

MCU Distinguished Speaker Series Features Sommelier Robert Bath

On December 1, 2016, Master Sommelier Robert Bath presented “Farm (and Vineyard) to Table in Lake County” as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Marymount California University, Lakeside campus. Mr. Bath, MS, CHE, is Professor of Wine and Beverage Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, and member of the Court of […]

Lake County: Home of California’s next great Cabernet?

Ed. Note: This article by Bryce Wiatrak was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 3, 2016. A little more than a year ago, I spent a week in Bergerac, France — an ancient wine-growing region, more likely recognizable to Americans as home to the fictional Cyrano. Many of the wines were delightful, […]

Vine Files: California Cabernet offers elegance in a glass

Ed. note: This article by Julie Glenn was originally published in the Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida) on July 20, 2016, as a slightly longer version. As a member of the fickle wine community, I look for something new when the whole world jumps on a grape bandwagon… [Lately] I’ve found myself seeking something different […]

Lake County wine industry is ready for takeoff

Ed. Note: This article by Bill Swindell was originally published in the The Press Democrat on May 15, 2015. Earlier this year, famed grape grower Andy Beckstoffer had an offer for 10 winemakers looking to make their mark in the wine world. He would provide grapes for the next three harvests from his vineyards in […]

Lake County’s 2016 wine grape crop benefits from high soil moisture levels, full reservoirs

Bud break was underway in most of Lake County’s valley floor vineyards by the second week of April. Meanwhile, shoots in some vineyards on the higher, warmer hillsides had already grown to about 8 inches in length. That’s in line with the new-normal pace of development in this part of the North Coast wine grape […]

Where to Go This Weekend (Sunset Westphoria)

A flight of tasting rooms makes this unsung lake region the next great Northern California wine destination. Hiking to the top of Mt. Konocti, the region’s landmark volcano, via the Wright Peak Summit Trail means a heart-thumping 3-mile climb of nearly 1,650 feet. The life source for Lake County vineyards: the volcanic soils surrounding Clear […]

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