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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Syrah

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

  • King

  • 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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  • Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne


    Deep strawberry and and cherry aromas with a clean note of cherry blossom. Austere and elegant with tart sour cherry, mixed spice and pink grapefruit, finishing clean and light with a note of watermelon and light tannin. Clean and fresh. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Bottle NV


    For a birthday party (such as today), the Imperial Brut is perfect. This Champagne is full of citrus and buttered toast - less Brioche and vanilla and more acidic refreshment here. Excellent effervescence and mousse. A great Epernay house producing a bubbly for quotidian use. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Avery Brewing Co. Maharaja Imperial Ipa


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101--See...

  • Okay, I get to take two quick trips this month.  First, we go to San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Cambria (more or less in that order).  We have one night in Pismo Beach that we can go out for dinner, and we can do a very limited amount of wine tasting because we will have the kids.  So, where do we have dinner in Pismo?  If we eat out in Cambr... Read More

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  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Bottle NV


    Nice gold sheen with fine beads. Citrous nose. Pear and peach on palate. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Bottle NV


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    Wine review by Marin Danicic

  • Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial Rose NV


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    Wine review by mark

  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne Non-Vintage


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    Wine review by johnking123

  • Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial Rose NV


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    Wine review by Daniel Young

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