The SOMM Journal

June / July 2017

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92 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } JUNE/JULY 2017 { somm camp preview } WITH THE CLEANEST AIR IN CALIFORNIA, LAKE COUNTY COMES ON STRONG WITH HIGH-ELEVATION RED VARIETALS story and photos by Randy Caparoso World-class wine begins with world class terroir, which is why The Somm Journal's Lake County Somm Camp—taking place in early June 2017 and co-sponsored by the Lake County Winegrape Commission—may prove to be our most eye-opening excursion yet. Some salient facts: Lake County is a high-elevation inland (as opposed to maritime) region, located east of Mendocino County, sandwiched between the vast Mendocino National Forest to the north and Napa Valley to the south. Lake County is a modest sized American Viticultural Area; totaling 1,329 square miles, with about 9,000 acres planted mostly in seven sub-appel - lations: Clear Lake, Benmore Valley, Big Valley District, Guenoc Valley, High Valley, Kelsey Bench and Red Hills. AIR A P P A R E N T Shannon Ridge Vineyards, High Valley, Lake County, CA. CAMP [ ] [ ] Grower Andy Beckstoffer, with a painting of his Beckstoffer Red Hills Vineyard.

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