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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  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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  • Charles Shaw Merlot California 2012


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    Wine review by sidemouse

  • Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio California 2010


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    Wine review by emilykelly

  • I'm not dure I understand what your asking, BB.  From your title it seems that you cannot find information on the bottle that identifies it.  However, the label is readable and contains about all the information you might need.  So, I'm guessing that you are asking about the various nomenclatures that you see on the label.  I am not really an ex... Read More

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  • Del Frisco's Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Signorello Estate Pinot Noir las Amigas Vineyard 2010


    Darknose. Dusty, rich aromas of black plum skin and black fruits. Hints of red fruit as well. Lots of cedar and spice. Big, dark style on the palate. Big cedar and spice flavors along with white pepper, black and purple plum, violets. Very brooding style. Nicely balanced. Has a hint of anise. 87 pts. 5/8/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Viansa Barbera Sonoma County 2010


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    Wine review by steph999

  • 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


    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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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Phipps Family Cellars Status Quo 2007


    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

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