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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Subregions of Napa/Sonoma Counties

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Napa/Sonoma Counties on Snooth

  • Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay 2010


    A rich, honey scented, full-bodied buttery delighted. Read More

    Wine review by Sulldjjr

  • Cuvaison 2008


    It's an excellent pairing for a rich fish such as a lightly grilled King Salmon, not too buttery or oaky. Crisp citrus without being too fruity. Initial bouquet that is evocative of the hot stones on the hillsides above San Tropez and a length of finish that is light and tantalizing and elegant. Read More

    Wine review by Dylan Gray

  • Carneros Della Notte 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by TheImporter

  • Moniz Pinot Noir "Los Carneros" 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by alxndrtg

  • Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Beach09

  • Cuvaison 2008


    Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • So this past Friday, I hosted a tasting of sauvignon blanc.  I tried to show the most popular areas, taking into account readily available options for most shoppers.  I hit the major producing areas, except for South Africa. All in all, New Zealand won out as they always are a favorite of mine and the rest of the "panel" agreed, finding them to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Schreiner's Winers...

  • Park Lane Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay 2006


    Somewhat oakey nose of stony fruits. Some hints on the palate of banana and perhaps even some lychee, laced throughout with a nice toasty oak. Nice for a value chardonnay from Carneros. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Castle 2006


    A great color but light. Actually carries a bigger body than the color exudes. Has a great dirty fruit aroma. Having it with strawberrys and gouda cheese and it is working out wonderfully. It has a nice bit of mineral to finish it out. Stawberry and acid make a nice balance. The finish is perfect. Read More

    Wine review by Gantt Hickman

  • Rick Bakas of St. Supery is putting on an online Twitter tasting of California Cabernets on Feb 11. I have included a link with instructions on how to participate. Any Cabernet from California will do, hell, multiple Cabernets will do. Because it is such a broad category the tasting has been broken down into different time slots.5:00pm - 5:30p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Cab Tasting

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