...WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM OF KAZ...
Some of you have come by the winery to find a new name out front. Sorry about that. The new tasting room and wine making facility is at Wild West Winery in Lakeport. Rhonda Hood after leaving us some 8 years ago has a great space in the next hot wine region of California. It is a rich valley surrounded by mountains with a lake in the middle. Lakeport is in the western side of the lake. Its a big lake third largest in Califonia.
Clear Lake is 19 mi by 8 mi at its widest point, with surface area of 43,785 acres and a 1,155,000 acre·ft capacity. Average depth is 27 ft, maximum is 60 ft lake elevation is 1,329 ft average water temp is 40 °F (4 °C) in winter and 76 °F (24 °C) in summer.
For now tastings are by appointment only.
1435 Big Valley Road
Lakeport, CA 95453
With its traditionally 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts,The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation. The extreme weather will continue into Summer 2015, which is expected to be predominantly hot and dry.
We're a Real Family Owned Winery
The Kaz Vineyard was sold November 2014. As of 2015 the Kaz will be buying all of the grapes to make his wines. As a family, we still design all of the labels and bottle by hand. Kaz or a family member will be at the new tasting room in Lakeport in Lake County.
We started in Sonoma Valley with 400 cases in 1994, got up to 2,000 cases in 2005, 2006 & 2007, but the economy eased us back down to a comfortable 1,000 cases a year. You think we have a small selection? Think again. We only average two barrels per wine which means we've got more options for you than most wineries our size. We also source fruit from Lake County. No distribution for us guys, we make very small batches, too small to support any distribution.
Our 2015 vintage will be even smaller. Where it will settle in we don't know yet. 200-400 cases annually is where the number will go at least in the near future.
We specialize in Complex Reds, Bold Blends, Rare Varietals (Barbera, Lenoir, Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah, etc,) and Ports like you’ve never seen (red, white and blush!). On top of all of this we do a few other things that set us apart like adding low or no sulfites to our wines, wild yeast when we can. Kaz says: "I don't like to add noth-en, no how, no way!"
As for what varietals we will be making this first year up in Lakeport - Petit Sirah will be at the forefront, Barbera, Lenoir and some Nebbiolo. We are looking for something white right now.