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?