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by Fred McMillin
Clear Lake Takes the Cake
Lake County (north of Napa County) takes its name from Clear Lake, the largest, fresh-water lake in California. Ringed by inactive volcanoes, it is possibly the oldest lake in North America, being about half a million years old.
Due to its high elevation, evening temperatures are very low, and the growing season is one of the longest in the state.
It is the most consistent wine-producing region in California and exhibits unlimited potential.
...Prof. John Baxevanis, Wine Regions of America
"If nominations were being taken for California's greatest winemaker since the 1970s, Jed Steele's name would be in the first rank."
...Noted wine historian Charles Sullivan, Cal. Wine Companion
The Rest of the Story
Therefore, today's wine comes from what will become a great region made by a self-described "1968 cellar rat" who became a great winemaker.
Furthermore, the varietal is right and the price is right...a Cabernet Sauvignon for $15. The label is Shooting Star, Jed's second label which regularly wins Best Buy recognition.
1996 Shooting Star Cabernet Sauvignon
Jed claims the Shooting Star name is derived from his middle name, Jedediah Tecumseh Steele. I have a differnt theory. Jed was an All-Conference basketball star at Gonzaga University...which means he must have been a Shooting Star.
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