I just returned from a great little getaway to Lake County. Granted I went there to cover a new inn for Emerging Horizons; but as an added bonus I discovered the wineries of Lake County, many of which are accessible.
Located about 2 hours northwest of Sacramento, Lake County is not really publicized much; which I have to say only adds to its charm. And going this time of year allowed us to take advantage of some of the great pre-crush sales on case wine. I think we came home with four cases plus a few odd bottles.
I highly recommend a visit to Wildhurst Vineyards in downtown Kelseyville. It’s located in the old IOOF building and there is level access to the front door and ample room to maneuver. Plus the employees are very friendly. It’s just a fun little tasting room.
Over on the east side of the lake, be sure and stop at Tulip Hill Winery, just outside of Nice. There have excellent access with accessible parking at the foot of the ramp which leads up to the front door. It’s always more fun to go to the winery, and this one has some gorgeous gardens. There is a $5 tasting fee here, but they do pour a very healthy taste. And it’s unpretentious. One employee didn’t even bat an eye when a customer asked if Zinfandel was a red or white wine.
A little further south, in Clearlake Oaks, you’ll find the Shannon Ridge tasting room. It’s located in restored schoolhouse, but there is ramp access in the front. Kind of cute.
So check out Lake County. It’s a great place to enjoy the fall crush.