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Lower Lake, Calif.—Just one year after it was devastated by wildfires in 2015, Lake County is ablaze once again. The Clayton Fire off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek, south of the town of Lower Lake, started on the evening of Aug. 13, and by this morning it had burned 4,000 acres, more than 175 structures and yet was only 5% contained. More than a 1,0oo people from 24 crews, 122 fire engines, 22 water tenders and 22 bulldozers are fighting the fire, according to Cal Fire. At this point, the fire doesn’t appear to have damaged any vineyards (most county vineyards are west of the fire, and the wind is blowing east), but the owners of Terrill Cellars Winery, located in the Tuscan Village in Lower Lake, confirmed through their Facebook page that the fire destroyed the structure. “The Tuscan Village is gone,” the post stated. “We made it out. We'll let you know what's going on with the winery once the smoke clears. Thank you all for your support.”
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Taste Wine & Port from the barrel.
If you like it you can bottle it!
Tastings hours Saturdays only from 11-5
1435 Big Valley Road Lakeport, CA 95453
All other days please call or email for an appointment
We're a Real Family Owned Winery
Kaz / Richard is the winemaker, wife Sandi is the paper shuffeler / wine klub diva, son Ryan is the web design / advertising guy & Kristin is there to always organize / bottling line speedster. Thanks to Wallace family for allowing us to be at their barn in Lakeport. They are growers of the prized Riesling, CabFranc and Cabernet fruit in Francis Ford Coppolas varietals. The Kaz Vineyard was sold November 2014. As of 2015 all of the grapes to make our wines will come from Lake County. As a family, we still design all of the labels and bottle by hand. Kaz or a family member or a grower mans 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.
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 on the western side of the lake. It's a big lake, the third largest in California.
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.
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.
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