So, what am I to do for breakfast? Should I start with a bowl of cereal, make an egg and have orange juice? I don’t think so.
I am now ready for today’s challenge.
Owner Clay Shannon and his wife, Maragarita, are committed to preserving their land for not only wine, but nature and wildlife. Of the 2,165 acres owned by the Shannon family, 65% of the land has been used as a wildlife preserve. The remaining 35% of the Home Ranch has been converted to vineyards. The Shannon’s practice sustainable farming by using a herd of over 1000 sheep to maintain the cycle of the land. Our border collie, Maggie McGee, would have loved to have lived on the Shannons’ property.
The history of Shannon Ridge dates back to the 80’s when the couple grew grapes for others. As time passed, they wanted to see if their grapes could stand on their own. They stopped sourcing the grapes and began making wine in the mid-90’s.
Today, the couples wine empire has grown with the purchase of several parcels, including High Valley Vineyards in April, 2012. The Shannon’s wines highlight the Lake County characteristics.
The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($15) was outstanding if you like acidity and minerality. The wine was well-balanced, with highlights of citrus, specifically, limes, lemons and grapefruit. The flavors suggest its use not only as a food wine, but, as an aperitif.