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Lake County Day Trip

Our plan for a day trip up to Lake County is coming together nicely with a stop at Six Sigma Ranch, Vineyards and Winery. The stop will include a tour of one of their high-altitude vineyards in a Pinzgauer, yes, I said Pinzgauer. Wikipedia describes the Pinzgauer as high mobility all terrain 4×4 or 6×6 military utility vehicles made in the U.K. and named after an Austrian breed of horse. I am looking forward to this tour. As for Six Sigma, according to their website, the ranch is about 50 minutes north of Napa with approximately 4,300 acres of property and is owned by the Ahlmann Family. Purchased by Kaj Ahlmann in 1999 with a commitment to keep the property as close to its natural state as possible. The vineyards are integrated with native vegetation making them look like a part of the natural landscape and all of the vineyards provide wildlife corridors in and around them to preserve the natural habitat and allow for the movement of the large population of local wildlife. The winery’s inaugural debut was on September 28, 2005 with the crushing of 6.4 tons of Tempranillo grapes harvested from the Christian’s Diamond Mine Vineyard. The winery was expanded in 2006 with a new crush pad and three more 1300 gallon tanks, since then more tanks have been added each year. The current releases include the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Michael’s Vineyard, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Rooster Vineyard, 2007 Rose, 2006 Pinot Noir Diamond Mine Vineyards, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Tempranillo, and a Bordeaux style blend called Cuvee Pique-Nique. We will finish the visit having a nice picnic lunch with an awesome view. Thanks to our brother-in-law for setting this one up, I know I am excited and I am sure we will come back with much more information to share on Six Sigma after our visit

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