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Imperial County, a.k.a. Imperial Valley, is in Southern California, bordering Mexico to the south, San Diego to the west, and Arizona to the east. This is an emerging zone that has not yet been designated as an AVA. The climate is similar to that of nearby Riverside County, which is mostly hot and dry. Producers are finding ways to work around the confines of such a climate, producing quality wines from varietals that can handle a hot summer sun, such as those found near the Mediterranean coast. These include emerging Cal-Italian varietals such as Sangiovese and Barbera, as well as the Spanish Tempranillo. Producers also toil with warm weather versions of Bordeaux staples Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • King

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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