What is it about the regions whose wines aren't as well known as the frontrunners like Napa? They try harder - and often smarter. I'm developing underdog loving affections for both Mendocino and for Lake County, my new love. And, as often accompanies being drawn to the edge and emergent, I'm looking for bargains and the undiscovered.
My new favorite wine industry web site is the Lake County Winegrape Growers because it has a vineyard map. It's the only site I've seen from growers that does this very simple thing.
It lets you see where the vineyards are and contact the grower.