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Red, White & Blues Wine Winners Announced


July 02, 2017

On July 1, 2017 over 35 of the best Lake County wines, representing 18 wineries in 11 categories were blind tasted by guests at Red, White & Blues, held a beautiful Brassfield Estate Winery in Clearlake Oaks.

Each guest voted for their favorite wine in each category.

Here are the “People’s Choice” winners:

OVERALL WINNERS

BEST OF SHOW
2016 Brassfield Rosé

BEST OVERALL WHITE WINE
2016 Boatique Sauvignon Blanc

BEST OVERALL RED WINE
2013 Gregory Graham Cabernet


CATEGORY WINNERS

Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Boatique Sauvignon Blanc

Chardonnay
2014 Gregory Graham Chardonnay (Lake County)

Other Whites
2015 Wildhurst Cellar Roots

Rosé
2016 Brassfield Rosé

Lighter Reds
2015 R Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Bold Reds  
2013 Six Sigma Tempranillo Christian’s Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Gregory Graham Cabernet Sauvignon

Syrah / Petite Sirah
2012 Gregory Graham Syrah

Red Blends
2014 Vigilance Cimarron

Dessert
2015 Brassfield Moscato

2 Port
Cache Creek Elk in Velvet Petite Sirah

New Red, White & Blues tickets announced!


June 29, 2017

Tickets for the Lake County Winery Association’s inaugural Red, White & Blues Holiday Extravaganza have sold out.

In order to accommodate the positive response from the public to taste 35 of the best Lake County wines, the LCWA is releasing a limited number of “wine tasting only” tickets.

Guest with these tickets will be able to taste 35 of the best Lake County wines, and groove to the tunes of Blues Farm in the beautiful setting of Brassfield Estate Winery. There is no food included in this ticket.

“Given the amount of wine that will be served that day, we highly encourage people to stay hydrated and eat a good lunch”, says LCWA Chairperson Raven Sprague of Steele Wines.

Brassfield Estate Winery, where the event is being held, will have picnic lunches available for purchase.

“The Lake County Winery Association is thrilled that so many folks want to come out taste some of the best wines of Lake County,” adds Sprague. “Lake County is a terrific wine region.”

 

Wine Competition Announced for Red, White & Blues 2017


June 22, 2017

Lake County wine professionals gathered in mid-June at Gregory Graham Wines in the Red Hills to blind test 91 Lake County wines, submitted by local wineries. The goal of the tasting was to choose the top Lake County wines to compete in the people’s choice competition of Red, White & Blues being hosted by the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA), and being held at Brassfield Estate Winery in Clearlake Oaks on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Red, White & Blues is a new twist on an old favorite,” says LCWA Chairperson, Raven Sprague of Steele Wines. “The people’s choice blind-tasting is being inserted in a 4th of July weekend holiday event, complete with a barbecue provided by Rosey Cooks, and music provided by Blues Farm. We’re hoping to capture some of the out-of-town holiday visitors to increase the exposure of Lake County wines.”

Guests at the event have the opportunity to blind taste 35 Lake County wines in 11 categories, and vote for their favorite wine in each category.

The eleven categories this year are:
1. Sauvignon Blanc
2. Chardonnay
3. Other Whites
4. Rosé
5. Cabernet Sauvignon
6. Lighter Reds
7. Bold Reds
8. Syrah/Petite Sirah
9. Red Blends
10. Dessert
11. Port


Wines from the following eighteen wineries have been included in the competition:

1. Beaver Creek Vineyards
2. Boatique Winery
3. Brassfield Estate Winery
4. Cache Creek Vineyards
5. Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill
6. Fore Family Vineyards
7. Fults Family Vineyards
8. Gregory Graham Wines
9. Kaz Winery
10. Mt. Konocti Winery
11. Olof Cellars
12. R Vineyards
13. Rosa D’Oro Vineyards
14. Shannon Ridge Family of Wines (including Vigilance)
15. Six Sigma Ranch & Winery
16. Smiling Dogs Ranch
17. Steele Wines
18. Wildhurst Vineyards

Amanda Bolla of Brassfield Estate Winery and LCWA Board Member says, “There are going to be a lot of great wines to taste. We suggest to always taste from whites to reds. Trying to pick out fruit flavors in Sauvignon Blanc after trying a bunch of full-bodied reds is nearly impossible.”

Guest can expect ½ to 1 ounce pours of each wine. “We do ask our guests to taste responsibly and to use the dump buckets provided, but most importantly to have fun while learning about all the amazing wines Lake County has to offer.” adds Bolla.

Early bird ticket prices are $50 per person, through June 24, 2017. Food-only tickets are available for $20 until June 24, 2017. Prices will increase on June 25, 2017 to $60 and $25 for food only.

The Lake County Winery Association, would like to thank Bicoastal Media for their sponsorship, as well as Brassfield Estate Winery for opening up their facility to host this year’s event.

Red, White & Blues tickets can be purchased at http://www.LakeCountyWineries.org . Please check the website for a schedule of the day’s event, and find out more information about Lake County wines on the Lake County Winery Association Facebook page.

The Lake County Winery Association is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the Lake County wine region as a producer of premium, high elevation wines, and a relaxing travel destination.

Wine Adventure 2017 Map of Participating Wineries


May 16, 2017


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Wine Adventure 2017 Map

Check-in Locations and Early Bird Check-in Hours


May 16, 2017

The year the LCWA is requiring that all Wine Adventure 2017 guests check in at one of the five (5) starting points to help get your adventure off to a quicker start.

Check-in and day of ticket purchases are a highly administrative process. Therefore, the five (5) starting check-in locations have extra supplies, staff and equipment to make the process more efficient. They’re going to be open for extended “Early Bird” hours so folks can check in before Wine Adventure officially starts at 11 am on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

This will allow non-starting location wineries to concentrate on providing the best customer service to their guests. Instead of focusing on checking in folks and selling tickets, non-starting locations can focus on pouring wines, serving food, answering questions and making sure their guests are satisfied.Jed Steele

Check-in locations and early bird hours are:

  1. Boatique – Kelseyville, Red Hills – Early Bird Check-in hours: Friday 11 am – 5 pm, and starting at 10:30 am on Saturday.
  2. Cache Creek Vineyards – Clearlake Oaks – Early Bird Check-in hours: Friday 11 am – 5 pm.
  3. Steele Wines – Kelseyville – Early Bird Check-in hours: Friday 11 am – 5 pm, and starting at 10:30 am on Saturday.
  4. Twin Pine Casino & Hotel – Middletwon - Early Bird Check-in hours: Friday 9 am – midnight, and starting at 9 am on Saturday.
  5. Upper Lake Wine Stop near Lake County Wine Studio –  Early Bird Check-in hours: Friday 1 pm – 8 pm, and starting at 10:30 am on Saturday.

Lake County Winery Association thanks Wine Adventure 2017 Sponsors!


May 14, 2017

 

27 Wineries to Participate in Lake County Wine Adventure 2017!


May 02, 2017

Wine Adventure, Lake County’s signature passport wine event, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 - 21, 2017. Taste from 27 wineries who will be pouring at 24 locations this year. Which ones will you visit?Raise a glass to Wine Adventure

Just a reminder - be sure to print your Eventbrite ticket for quicker, easier check-in.

There will be five check-in locations conveniently located around the county - Lake County Wine Studio, Steele Wines, Boatique Winery, Cache Creek Vineyards and Twin Pine Casino and Resort.

EARLY BIRD CHECK-IN

Lake County Wine Studio – Early bird check-in on Friday till 8 pm and starting at 10:30 am on Saturday. Regular check-in at 11 am on Sunday.

Steele Wines – Early bird check-in on Friday till 5 pm and starting at 10:30 am on Saturday. Regular check-in at 11 am on Sunday

Boatique Winery – Early bird check-in on Friday till 5 pm and starting at 10:30 am on Saturday. Regular check-in at 11 am on Sunday.

Cache Creek Vineyards – Early bird check-in on Friday till 5 pm. Regular check-in at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Twin Pine Casino “Off the Vine” – Early bird check-in on Friday till midnight, and starting at 9 am on Saturday. Regular check-in at 11 am on Sunday.
 
PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE!

Visit Beaver Creek Vineyards for a taste of nature. Beaver Creek is certified as a CCOF organic winery for both farming and winemaking and strives to produce unfiltered wines of the cleanest, purest quality.

“Take Me out to the Ball Game” will feature Boatique Winery’s award-winning wines, all-American tasty ballpark treats, a relaxing visit in their bountiful property, and of course, a stroll among their amazing antique boats collection. Boatique will also serve as one of the five (5) check-in locations this year.

At Brassfield Estate, “It’s all about the gold” for this weekend of pirates and merriment. Taste your way through their gold medal wines, and enjoy live music from The Electric Toys on Saturday, and Michael Barrish on Sunday. Tasty treats, pirate games and prizes will round out your adventure.

It’s a Mardi Gras party at Cache Creek Vineyards! Cajun food, a photo booth, a DJ and even Karaoke will be available for your enjoyment, along with their delicious wines. Cache Creek will also be serving as one of the five (5) check-in locations this year. And don’t miss Cache Creeks wines at the Friday night wine pairing dinner being held at Twin Pine Casino and Resort.

Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill will celebrate their English roots serving up some tasty Cornish pasties, along with other meaty treats. Enjoy their wonderful wine and be one of the first to enjoy their new outdoor pergola and picnic area.

Dancing Crow Vineyards is producing outstanding Sauvignon Blancs - and in fact has garnered numerous Wine Industry accolades.  Check out Dancing Crow at our Upper Lake Wine Stop, in front of the Lake County Wine Studio.

Mexican Art at Don Angel Cellars in LakeportEnjoy a Fiesta Mexicana at Don Angel Cellars in Lakeport. They’ll be serving up authentic Mexican food including tamales, taquitos de pollo and tinga, to complement their award-winning wines. Don’t miss out on the Sombrero photo op!

Fore Family Vineyards tasting room is located in quaint downtown Kelseyville. Enjoy their award-winning wines surrounded by art, in the very cool environment of their tasting room. Ask about the hand-crafted bar.

Feel the island breezes and Aloha spirit at Fults Family Vineyards as they serve up fun Hawaiian treats to complement their wines. And maybe you’ll get lei’ed.

Gregory Graham wines are no strangers to gold medals. Enjoy some of Lake County’s favorite wines, dance to the tunes of the Hip Replacements, and enjoy pork sliders amidst their lovely Red Hill vineyards.

Owner Rick “Kaz” Kazmier at Kaz Winery is celebrating his Hungarian roots by sharing traditional Hungarian sausages. Take a tour through his vineyards, and learn from Kaz’s three decades of experience in organic farming.

Lake County Wine Studio is one of this year’s five (5) check-in locations. Early bird check-in is available until 8 pm on Friday evening, and starting at 10:30 AM on Saturday morning. Get a jump start on your Adventure.

Laujor Estate will transport you to Espana with their fun Sangria luge, tasty Spanish treats and soccer games. Relax in this friendly winery with some of the most beautiful views in Lake County.

Moore Family Winery is located in the beautiful Cobb Mountain area of Lake County. Enjoy stunning vistas of pine forests, good wines and delicious gumbo!

Lake County pears are considered by many to be the best in the world. Stop by Mt. Konocti Winery, home to “Lady of the Lake” pear champagne, and take a trip down memory lane into Lake County’s agricultural history.

Crazy, Viking fun at Olof Cellars is a favorite year after year during Wine Adventure weekend. It could be because of their interesting wines, fun headdresses, awesome hospitality or delicious food. Stop by and decide for yourself.

Noggle Vineyards and Winery is a family-owned boutique winery in the secluded Old Long Valley region. Their handcrafts cabernets with a beautiful bouquet of deep berry, black cherry and chocolate aromas will be poured at their newest next-door neighbor – Stonehouse Cellars.

R Vineyards produces food-friendly, approachable and enjoyable wines, including their signature and award-winning Viognier. This year taste their wines at the Upper Lake Wine Stop next to the Lake County Wine Studio.

Rosa D'Oro Vineyards will showcase their Italian background by serving Italian treats to complement their Italian award-winning wines. Located in downtown Kelseyville, Rosa D’oro is a perfect Wine Adventure stop.

Anyone up for Giant Jenga? Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, located in the heart of Vigilance Vineyards, will feature fun, adult games and delicious food to accompany their award-winning wines.

It’s all about the farm at Six Sigma Ranch, Vineyards & Winery. Enjoy their excellent wines in a beautiful, natural environment and meet the farm animals – maybe you’ll even encounter the crowd-pleasing “Topper the Pot-Bellied Pig.”

Smiling Dogs Ranch tasting room is located in downtown Kelseyville. In 2016, their Cabernet was awarded the “Best of Class” at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery produces 90+ point wines – a lot of them! Taste these Lake County treasures at the Upper Lake Wine Stop located next to the Lake County Wine Studio.

Escape to a “Park in Paris” at Steele Wines as they transform their outdoor picnic area into a Parisian park. French hor d'oeuvres will pair perfectly with their showcased varietals from the Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone regions of France, all grown and produced right here in beautiful Lake County! Steele Wines will also serve as one of the five (5) check-in locations.

Stonehouse Cellars, Lake County’s newest venue will be pouring Noggle Vineyards Cabernet. Delicious lamb stew, truffle fries, cheeses and chocolates can be enjoyed in their “Country stay in a wine way” outdoor setting – and oh what a setting it is!

Thornhill Vineyards will celebrate the artistry of wine during Wine Adventure Weekend. An exhibit of paintings by well-known local artist John Clarke will grace the walls of their exquisite winery.

Twin Pine Casino and Hotel will once again serve as a check-in location with expanded Early Bird check-in hours (Friday from 9 am till midnight, and Saturday check-in starting at 9 am.) Giddy up on down to their Western Themed event center and enjoy music from Kyle Williams. And kick off your Wine Adventure weekend with a Friday night dinner, featuring Cache Creek Vineyard wines. More information on Friday’s dinner can be found here.

Upper Lake Wine Stop – located in front of the Lake County Wine Studio at First and Main Streets in Upper Lake. – where you’ll taste wines from three (3) excellent Lake County wine producers – Dancing Crow, R Vineyards and Sol Rouge. This stop will give you a lot of bang for your buck

Vigilance Winery and Vineyard (Please see information about Shannon Ridge Family of Wines listed above.)

Weclome to the circus at crowd-favorite Wildhurst Vineyard and Tasting Room located in downtown Kelseyville. Enjoy terrific wines and some of the best "junk food" ever. Go ahead.... you know you want it!

It's sure to be a FUN adventure! Buy your tickets on Eventbrite.

 

Wine Adventure 2017 Sponsors

Have Yourself a Wine Adventure Weekend!


April 24, 2017

Lake County wineries are in high gear, preparing for Wine Adventure 2017 presented by the Press Democrat – Lake County’s signature wine event being held on May 20 & 21, 2017.North of Napa and Sonoma Counties, Lake County wines are receiving the recognition they deserve!

This two-day passport event includes wine, food and lots of fun. Grab your tickets on Eventbrite today!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WINE!

Located just north of Sonoma and Napa Counties, Lake County is producing some exciting California wines.

Lake County high-elevation wines are getting the recognition they deserve. In 2016, Wine Enthusiast awarded 90+ points and above to over 30 Lake County wines.

In 2017, several Lake County Wines were awardeded several “Best of Class” and Double Golds at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

And there are so many more award-winning wines… come out and see if you agree with the experts! Find the wines that you LOVE!

AND A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE

Lake County features a relaxed and fun wine tasting experience.Wine Tasting in Lake County is an experience like no other. Lake County wineries pride themselves on the relaxed and friendly tasting experience in stunningly beautiful surroundings. But the wines speak for themselves. Here’s what James Laub of Wine Spectator says about Lake County, “…and the wines are damn good.” 

FUN TOO!

Wineries are pulling out all the stops to provide a fun day for you the weekend of May 20 & 21, 2017!

Each winery has chosen a theme to help make Wine Adventure 2017 more fun. You can travel around the world to Italy (Rosa D’Oro), Spain (Laujor Estate), Hungary (Kaz Winery), the French Countryside (Steele Wines), Mexico (Don Angel Cellars), England (Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill) or Hawaii (Fults Family Winery.)

Besides great wines, you’ll find lots of music including live bands (Gregory Graham), DJ’s and even karaoke (Cache Creek). Search for pirate treasure at Brassfield Estate as they celebrate their Gold Medal winning wines, or try your hand at the “Sangria Luge” ice sculpture at Laujor Estate.

Travel back to time to the days of the Wild West at the “Twin Pine Saloon” or have a little crazy Viking Fun at Olof Cellars.

Farm animals help keep things running at Six Sigma Ranch & Vineyards.Looking for other playtime fun? Then “take me out to the ball game” and enjoy a day at the ballpark at Boatique Winery, or play giant Jenga at Shannon Ridge Vineyards and Winery. Meet the farm animals at Six Sigma Ranch and Vineyard. And celebrate man’s best friend at the tasting room of Smiling Dogs Ranch.

Enjoy your wines surrounded by beautiful art. The works of John Clarke will be featured at the exquisite Thornhill Vineyards tasting room.  Fore Family Vineyards  will be featuring work from some of the best of Lake County’s artists.

The Wine Studio is the place for Fine Wines and Fine Arts! Add your strokes of paint to the scene that will appear on their large art canvas during the two day event. LCWS will be pouring wines from Dancing Crow, R Vineyards and Sol Rouge.

And appreciate a “Country Stay in a Wine Way” at our newest facility, Stonehouse Cellars, where you can enjoy the hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon of Noggle Vineyard and Winery.

AND THE FOOD WILL BE SO GOOD

Whether you’re trying estate-raised lamb chili, paella, vegan chocolate mousse, street tacos (Wildhurst) or good, old-fashioned American hot dogs -  it’s not just a wine adventure – it’s a culinary adventure too!

THE LAKE COUNTY BEAUTY IS UNSURPASSED

Mt. Konocti as seen from Brassfield Estate.

Located in one of the world’s most bio-diverse locations, Lake County’s geography is dominated by Mt. Konocti – a sleeping volcano that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – and Clear Lake – California’s largest, natural freshwater lake and North America’s Oldest Lake.

Spring is in full bloom, powered by the wet winter of 2017. As great as the wines are, we invite you to soak in the breath-taking vistas – Lake County style.

COME TO LAKE COUNTY!

The Lake County Wine Adventure is a fund-raiser for the Lake County Winery Association, a non-profit organization committed to telling the wonderful Lake County wine story. Be sure to support the local wineries who have donated so much time and wine to this worthwhile event by purchasing your favorite wine during Wine Adventure 2017.

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite only, which can be accessed from the LakeCountyWineries.org website.

Check in at the location you’ve chosen when you purchased your tickets to help jump start your day so you can get to the important stuff quicker – tasting delicious Lake County Wines. Check-in locations include:

Be safe and choose a designated driver. Options can be found on our website.

Make it a festive weekend, and book a room at one of our partner lodging facilities.

More Wine Adventure 2017 information can be found at www.lakecountywineries.org or on the Lake County Winery Association Facebook page.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful community to taste our excellent wines and enjoy our unsurpassed beauty and hospitality!

Mark your calendars for July 1, 2017 to enjoy the Lake County Winery Association’s “Red, White and Blues” holiday extravaganza. A relaxing afternoon at the beautiful Brassfield Estate where you will taste the best of Lake County wines, enjoy a holiday barbecue, play old-fashioned lawn games, and enjoy the tunes of “Blues Farm.” Tickets will soon be available on the LCWA website at LakeCountyWineries.org.

Lake County Gold Medal Winners - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017


May 20, 2017

Lake County wineries collected 84 awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017. In addition to the five Best of Class honors, they brought home three Double Golds, 17 Golds, 42 Silvers and 17 Bronze medals.

Read more here:

http://www.record-bee.com/lifestyle/20170118/wineries-celebrate-confirmation-of-quality-consistency