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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Napa/Sonoma Counties

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Napa/Sonoma Counties on Snooth

  • Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon California 2010

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    Wine review by ecistrunk


  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006

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    Light, but still reasonably complex with delicate cherry and strawberry flavors. Nice tannins. Though this particular offering from Schug was oaked more than the Sonoma Coast and Carneros pinot noirs that I tasted, it did not create an overpowering or exceedingly full wine, but rather helped to add a subtle complexity. Overall, pretty nice. Read More

    Wine review by Pyrifera


  • Californias Sierra foothills appellation spans across some of the least heralded great wine producing regions of the state. Unlike Napa and Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvignon did not serve as a historic touchstone here, though the history of wine production is almost as long. In contrast to the hype and glitter of newer regions propelled to fame by fadd... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Strike it rich in the Sierra...


  • Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay 2006

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    Wine review by thejanes


  • The North American Wine Bloggers Conference http://winebloggersconference.org/america/ will be in Napa and Sonoma Counties July 24th - 26th, 2009. Between 200 and 250 wine bloggers and wine & spirits industry related people to attend this years event.We hope you can join us and at any level of participation. Whether you join us to learn or to ma... Read More

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  • The North American Wine Bloggers Conference http://winebloggersconference.org/america/ will be in Napa and Sonoma Counties July 24th 26th, 2009. Between 200 and 250 wine bloggers and wine & spirits industry related people to attend this years event.We hope you can join us and at any level of participation. Whether you join us to learn or to mar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Bloggers Conference July...


  • Fantesca Chardonnay 2006

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    light, crisp, but not sharp. not too much oak. fruity but not sweet. lovely wine. Read More

    Wine review by HR Lady


  • I had the opportunity to visit Sonoma/Napa counties after a work conference out in San Francisco last year and absolutely fell in love with the area. Some of my favorite wineries were discovered in the Dry Creek Valley. Unfortunately, distribution of these great wines rarely reaches Milwaukee. My solution has been to visit the area every six ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking forward to learning more


  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006

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    Low key kind of action, a lot of depth and delicacy with a lively spark. Intelligent and respectable. A lot of what this juice brings to the table you haven't had in awhile, if at all. Maple, thanksgiving flavors, but not too Martha Stewart, chocolate, blueberries. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006

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    Well balance style of CA pinot. Some briar and cola notes on the nose, but this doesnt mask any of the fairly bright fruit. Some smoke and tobacco is mixed in nicely with red and blue fruits on the palate. Spicy zesty tannins finish it off. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


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