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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Napa/Sonoma Counties

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Napa/Sonoma Counties on Snooth

  • Mira Winery Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch 2011

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    An impressive Pinot Noir that is easy to drink and has a lovely finish. You can taste all the notes that compliment each other perfectly. Read More

    Wine review by Mira Winery


  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or three (or better yet weekday)? Any personal connections going already with winemakers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Ha! We don't get to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP! Conducting a Survey for...


  • So Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or three (or better yet weekday)? Any personal connections going already with winemakers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Am also curious (and indicated that in my response) as to what... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP! Conducting a Survey for...


  • Longboard Vineyards Mavericks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    100% Cabernet Sauvignon Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Cline Cellars White Rhone Blend Carneros Marsanne Roussanne 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Canyon Road

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    might be listed as the house wine Read More

    Wine review by LeeAnn Elfrink


  • Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red 2007

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    92 pts.9/24/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Jessup Cellars Pinot Noir 2011

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    Bright and red, Russian River in style. Nice wine. 90 pts.9/20/13 at Jessup Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Handwritten Chardonnay 2012

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    Acacia nose. Fresh and juicy, white flowers, golden and pink lady apple. Beautiful wine with wonderful balance and flavors. Pure. Outstanding!94 pts.9/20/13 at tasting room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across Sonoma and Napa Counties over the past few years. Tell me these should not be saved! They are relics of ancient viticultural history in California. Enjoy!Hayne Vineyard -St Helena, Napa Valley - Turley, Carlisle, Robert Biale Giovannetti Vineyard - Santa Rosa/Forestville... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


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