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Every now and then I find a wine or winery that gets me excited about the wine business and makes me want to share the news with everyone! This is one of those times. Clay and Margarita Shannon and their wineries, Vigilance and Shannon Ridge, are just what the doctor ordered for you and I. Real wines made by real people, all estate grown and bottled. Actually, the winemaker is a young woman named Joy Merrilees who is doing a great job. They are places you can visit in Lake County; and if you go there, you’ll find a beautiful and unique environment, perfect for making delicious wines.

Clay and Margarita both grew up in wine country and worked in the wine industry but it was an excursion to Lake County and the sight of hillside vineyards above Clear Lake, sheltered by Mount Konocti, that gave them their “Aha!” moment. The bought one and then another vineyard site and the path was set. Today they own large tracts of vineyards situated at elevations of 1,200 to 1,400 feet above sea level and even higher, making fruit that goes into their Shannon Ridge and Vigilance labels. We will be sampling some of these wonderful wines at all our location this Saturday between 1 PM and 4 PM. Stop in and give them a try. I think they will become a staple around your ranch!

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County
Vigilance Cab 2012 (2)
A beautiful, deep garnet color with aromas of black cherry, tobacco leaf, spice, and sweet oak lead to flavors of ripe cherries, cassis and hints of vanilla bean.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards Price $12.96 750ml
Prices good thru June 1st, 2017

 


 

 

Vigilance Chardonnay Lake County
Vigilance Chardonnay 2013 (2) At elevations ranging from 1,400 to 3,000 feet and located at the base of Mount Konocti, once an active volcano, the Red Hills AVA features rolling hills, red volcanic soils, and a lake effect breeze from Clear Lake, one of North America’s oldest natural lakes. The fruit for this wine was 70% barrel fermented to create a creamy richness. A portion of the fruit was put through malolactic fermentation to add buttery layers and complexity to the wine. This golden straw colored wine has aromas of green apple and refreshing tropical flavors.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards Price $12.96 750ml
Prices good thru June 1st, 2017

 


 

 

Vigilance Cimarron Red Blend Lake County
vigilance-cimarron-lake-county-usa-10607114 As the name Cimarron suggests, this free-spirited and wild blend has bright cherry and strawberry notes that balance with white pepper, dried herbs, and spice. The lingering finish and vibrancy will have you coming back for a second glass.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards Price $12.96 750ml
Prices good thru June 1st, 2017

 


 

 

Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc Lake County
635764645165986373 This wine is crafted from 100% Sauvignon Blanc Clone 01 on 101-14 rootstock. The ancient volcanic soil of the Red Hills appellation brings out the lush flavors of this lively wine. They ferment the juice in stainless steel tanks at 55°F (13°C), long and slow, resulting in a flood of crisp pear and granny smith apple aromas filling the glass, perfectly balancing the notes of citrus and guava on the palate.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards Price $12.96 750ml
Prices good thru June 1st, 2017

 

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