Carneros Wine

Los Carneros- The first AVA one comes to as one splits off the Napa Vallejo Highway and takes route 29 towards the City of Napa from the south is Los Carneros. Reaching from close to the southern border of the county to the southwestern edge of the City, Carneros was the first AVA to be determined solely by climate. It has the unusual honor of spanning across the southern reaches of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The climate here is cool, think summer in San Francisco, and while the average rainfall is the lowest in Napa Valley it can be a humid region due the fog that rolls in off the bay. These conditions are ideal for the so-called cool climate grapes of Burgundy. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay rule the roost here yielding ripe yet balanced wines with fresh acidity and a round, friendly feel. Merlot is a distant third, though the cool, crisp quality of the fruit can produce attractively elegant examples and an excellent structural component for blending. Los Carneros is a source of successful sparking Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

    As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Cave...

  • Truchard Vineyards

    Truchard Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Proprie...

  • Little Ashby Vineyards

    The first licensed winery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Little Ashby Vineyards, is located on...

  • Adastra Wines

    The name Adastra is taken from the Latin saying per aspera ad astra, “through striving to the sta...

  • Mahoney Vineyards

    Francis Mahoney appointed Ken Foster, veteran Pinot Noir winemaker, to oversee production at Maho...

  • Acacia Vineyard

    Set just two miles from San Francisco's San Pablo Bay, Acacia Vineyard is in the heart of Napa Va...

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