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...

  • 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

  • Louis M. Martini Merlot Napa Sonoma Ghost Pines 2007

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    Wine review by garrettgroves


  • V. Sattui Winery Pinot Noir Carneros Henry Ranch 2010

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    Cola and earth pop on the nose followed by hints of fresh herbs and smoky hickory nuts. This is tight on the nose with a vague sweetness and a low note of blueberry. Nicely balanced in the mouth with a blend of freshness and body that should find many fans. The flavors recall herbs and old wood on the front end followed by blueberry fruit and so... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

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    2010 Read More

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Phipps Family Cellars Status Quo 2007

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    This was my second go-around with this wine. My first bottle was tasted in February 2012. Either this bottle needed a few extra months of lay-down time, or this bottle was just much better than the first. The same notes of rich dark red and purple fruit, cola, and toasted oak abounded, but everything came together in a much better executed packa... Read More

    Wine review by StarchitectEDK


  • La Crema Los Carneros Chardonnay Premier 2008

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    This was part of a Sonoma County trip to Healdsburg/Russian River for some wine tasting fun!This had good nose although a little too oaky for me. It was very buttery with hints of apricot and bouquet but it was too much oakiness to the extend where one could not taste much of the fruit. The taste lingers which was nice.For more please visit http... Read More

    Wine review by shsim


  • Argot By Any Other Name Rosé Sonoma County 2010

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    Wonderfully well balanced, bright and lively with traditional red berries and texture that verges on creamy but stays refreshingly light. This is a serious wine and one you could sit and analyze but it's also a wine to drink on a hot summer's day and not think about at all. Read More

    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


  • Bouchaine Chardonnay Estate Vineyard 2008

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    Fantastic carneros chard. Minerally with a hint of spice and not much oak. Closest thing to a Montrachet Burgundy on this side of the pond. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon California 2010

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    Very nice Cab for the price. Let it breath and it delights. Fruity (blackberry aftertaste) Best inexpensive Cab I have tasted. Read More

    Wine review by whitergw


  • Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon California 2010

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    does not have the body of a zin, but, very good. Let it breath and it is delightful. lingering blackberry aftertaste. By far the best inexpensive cab I have had. Read More

    Wine review by whitergw


  • Louis M. Martini Merlot Napa Sonoma Ghost Pines 2007

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    Shoops house wine. Read More

    Wine review by Wildness


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