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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • The North American Wine Bloggers Conference 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

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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1995


    Initial nose of old sour plun gave way to complex dark fruits with bacon nose. Still very impressive and big for a 14 year old wine, its complex flavours of cinnamon and cherry coke hinted at its aging potential. 91 points, tasted on April 22, 2009 Read More

    Wine review by steve51864

  • Fantesca Chardonnay 2006


    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

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  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    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


    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

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    A very nice wine. Beautiful earthy, meaty mineral nose - really special. In the mouth its good enough wet wool, barnyard and dirt to keep it interesting, but thats balanced by some very nice spicy glacier cherry and sweet fruit. Very highly recommended Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    Spicy nose of black cherries, black pepper, and even a bit of lighter red fruit. The palate is bright, tart, acidic, with bunches of cranberries, oak and leather. Slightly medicinal on the finish, think children's cough syrup or a cherry amaro, which I happen to like... This is a mouth coater and sticks around for quite a while. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    A rather nice nose of smoky oak, cola, sweet ham, root beer, apple butter, pomegranate and nuanced light tobacco tones. Bigish in the mouth with really nice acids and a touch of tannin but all in balance with a harmonious mouthfeel and layered ripe cherry, mineral, oak, and cola note that turn lean and transparent on the back end finishing nicel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006


    Mellow aged red/brown color. Instantly cleared out my nose with its high alcohol content. Very acidic with a subtle dry spiciness on the finish. Not amazed. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

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