Take a stroll through our land — more like a hike, really — and miles of rolling hills and pristine vineyards greet you in every direction. There’s a reason the hilltops seem to wave back, brushed side to side in the breeze.
Hint: it’s not that third glass of Cabernet.
It’s no secret that Clay Shannon is a farmer first. His love of protecting mother earth and cultivating the land is infectious, and drives everything we do here at Shannon Ridge. His methods are no mystery; the key to our success is the Ovis Cycle. It’s all about the sheep.
Spend a couple of minutes scrolling our social feeds and it’s obvious — we love our dogs here at Shannon Ridge. Yes, it is as fun as it looks, being surrounded by so much floof; our four-legged friends provide companionship, laughs, and all-around marketing gold. What’s more, they have played an indispensable role in our ecosystem from day one; the safety of our workers and our livestock depends on these capable cuties.
This post, however, isn’t about our sustainable farming practices, tasting notes, or ratings. It’s about a goofy ol’ gal that has stolen our hearts and become family to us.
We can thank the Big Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) for putting Lake County on the map as one of the premier California regions, specifically for Sauvignon Blanc. There are many factors that make this AVA a perfect place for growing world-famous grapes.
At Shannon Ridge, we have a dynamic and talented female winemaking team. Our team is tasked with crafting wines for our entire family of wines, 15 wine brands in total. Molly Wingo, our Associate Winemaker, is a vital part of the team with Joy Merrilees, Director of Winemaking & Production, and Anna Bassett, Assistant Winemaker. We sat down with Molly to hear more about her experience and what led her to her current role at Shannon Ridge.
Indulging in your weekly on-screen guilty pleasure, toasting to a delicious meal you prepared with your significant other, or just appreciating the aroma of that wine swirl on days that end in y, the best wines should be a nice complement to everyday life. That’s why we’ve created an entire family of wines you can uncork anytime, anywhere.
At Shannon Ridge, we have a dynamic and talented female winemaking team. Our team is tasked with crafting wines for our entire family of wines, 15 wine brands in total. Joy Merrilees heads up this team as the Director of Winemaking & Production with Molly Wingo, Associate Winemaker, and Anna Bassett, Assistant Winemaker. Joy’s varied experience and determination to work through any challenges make her an ideal leader. Here are 15 things to know about Joy and her winemaking experience.
California is filled with beautiful and unique wine-growing regions, but none quite as exciting as the High Valley AVA. It sits at over 1,600 to 3,000 feet above sea level with a ring of mountains surrounding a volcanic valley. Back in the 1870s, High Valley created a name for itself as one of California’s largest wine producing regions before Prohibition. When viticulture came to a standstill during Prohibition, the valley was reworked for crops such as walnuts and prunes. Now, High Valley is home to some of the most intriguing winemaking in California. But what exactly makes it one of the most unique growing regions?
Bourbon and wine are two inherently different concoctions but of the same artisanal, American origin. And from the emerald rows that stretch across Lake Country, we've created something that is true to who we are and we are extremely excited to share it with you. Now, the grain and grape are converging in a winemaking practice taking wine cellars by storm — Bourbon barrel-aged wine.