Napa/Sonoma Counties Wine

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Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Coast of California are two of the most famous centers of wine in the United States. Wine production in both regions began in the 1800s when European settlers transplanted vines from the homeland. Their stories are similar, with various periods of boom and bust since then, most notably during the Prohibition. From the 1960s on, these regions have seen enormous growth, with diverse winemaking styles from traditional to modern, large scale commercial and small scale boutique, popular jug wines and bank-breaking cult wines, and the rise in significance of organic/sustainable practices. 
Though there is a large range in microclimates and topography spread between these regions, one can categorically state that Napa is typically warmer than Sonoma. Napa has hot and dry summers with cool winters. The Pacific Ocean has more of a cooling effect on Sonoma, with foggy valleys toward the coast, getting hotter and drier moving further inland. 

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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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Park Lane Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay 2006


    Somewhat oakey nose of stony fruits. Some hints on the palate of banana and perhaps even some lychee, laced throughout with a nice toasty oak. Nice for a value chardonnay from Carneros. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Castle 2006


    A great color but light. Actually carries a bigger body than the color exudes. Has a great dirty fruit aroma. Having it with strawberrys and gouda cheese and it is working out wonderfully. It has a nice bit of mineral to finish it out. Stawberry and acid make a nice balance. The finish is perfect. Read More

    Wine review by Gantt Hickman

  • Rick Bakas of St. Supery is putting on an online Twitter tasting of California Cabernets on Feb 11. I have included a link with instructions on how to participate. Any Cabernet from California will do, hell, multiple Cabernets will do. Because it is such a broad category the tasting has been broken down into different time slots.5:00pm - 5:30p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Cab Tasting

  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006


    Bright cherry and earth notes on the nose with a little peppery and spice on the palate. Dark fruits and blackberries start to appear as the taste lingers, an edgier finish with the tannins present, needs a little more time but very elegant Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006


    Good, tight Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir that exposes its personality reluctantly. Pure cool-climate Pinot Noir aromas followed by somewhat tart, spicy cherry and pomegranate fruit. Some tannin still obvious in the texture, clean finish. Not very warm-hearted at this point, and it suffered significantly next to an outstanding Ponzi Reserve f... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Cuvaison 2008


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    Wine review by micheljd

  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006


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    Wine review by djmabe

  • Mahoney Vermentino 2007


    Went well with heirloom tomatoes with olive oil and truffle salt. Light and citrusy. Read More

    Wine review by myrnsf

  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006


    - Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006


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    Wine review by zatkoffj

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