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5 Things to Do in Lake County, California

An unpretentious, undiscovered California wine region, Lake County has ambitious wineries, great fishing at Clear Lake and a dormant volcano to explore.
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This unpretentious, upcoming wine region offers a dormant volcano, sophisticated wines, 19th-century history and awesome bass fishing in Clear Lake, the largest freshwater body in California.

Lake County road map

5 Places to Visit in Lake County

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    Brassfield Estate Winery

    One of Lake County’s most ambitious wineries occupies a sprawling 2,500-acre property just 10 minutes from the lake. Taste potent red blend Eruption while you watch for a chance to observe the resident wild bears.

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    Six Sigma Ranch & Winery

    Top-rated Tempranillo is only part of the story at this historic property settled in the mid-1800s. Book an ATV vineyard tour or a private ranch-to-table dinner. You can overnight in your own trailer or RV, space permitting.

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    Boatique Winery

    Ogle a dozen rare, sleek powerboats dating to the 1930s—including Chris-Crafts, an amphibious car and an 805-horsepower Van Dam—and taste one of the best Malbecs in California.

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    Kelseyville

    The town’s folksy Main Street seems like a 1950s time warp. Three good winery tasting rooms, an ice cream shop and Studebakers Coffee House & Deli make it ideal for a mid-day stroll and lunch.

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    Mount Konocti County Park

    Ambitious hikers can follow the Wright Peak Summit Trail to the top of Mount Konocti, a 4,300-foot volcano. From there, they can take in panoramic views of Clear Lake and neighboring counties.

Published on May 17, 2017
Topics: California
About the Author
Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: jgordon@wineenthusiast.net.


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