This weekend, May 21-22 2016, is Lake County’s Wine Adventure weekend, and though Lake County wines took Best of Class with four wines* this past January in the SF Chronicle competition, it’s still an unknown destination for many, which is why I thought I would let you know about this area and this weekend’s event.
With a “passport” that covers more than 25 vineyards/wineries in 28 locations around beautiful Clear Lake and the surrounding area, the wine adventure lives up to its name. The high elevation (most vines are above 1500 feet) with its extra UV light leads to concentrated flavors and the dramatic day-night temperature swings help retain acidity, making wines that are intense and balanced. Hence the award winning wines and increasing recognition for this region.
As a resident of Lakeport, after two years I am only now beginning to realize the many treasures to be found here. Clear Lake is not only the oldest freshwater lake in North America, its beauty is astounding with mountain ranges all around. Mt Konocti, a dormant volcano at over 4000 feet, forms a stunning backdrop to Clear Lake and the volcanic forces that created this fascinating geology also created the astounding soils for growing grapes.
Lakeport, the seat of Lake County, has old world charm, the friendliness of a small town, and a slow pace of life. The surrounding area is one of the most beautiful in northern california, enriched by its Native American history and its agriculture of pears, walnuts, olives and grapes. Now with 8,700 acres of vineyards and award winning wines, wine-tasting is “like Napa used to be”, yet this area has many more attractions and ways to give you a relaxing break.
Check out our page on Lakeport and Clear Lake for more information.
* Lake County Award Winning Wines, Best of Class, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (which had 7164 entries in 2016).
2. Gregory Graham Wedge Block Big Valley, Chardonnay 2014
3. Shooting Star, Barbera 2014
4. Hawk & Horse Vineyards, Latigo Dessert wine 2010.
Lake County Wine Adventure weekend
May 21-22 2016, 11.00 AM to 5.00 PM Saturday and Sunday, wine tasting and food pairings at more than 25 vineyards/wineries in 28 locations around beautiful Clear Lake.
Also on Sunday May 22nd, at 3-7 PM, a Blues concert (benefit to help rebuild homes lost in last year’s Valley Fire) in Kelseyville at the Ely Stage Stop.