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The wine industry of the San Benito appellation is well on the way to reestablishing itself as a viable and dynamic viticultural region. Once home to industry giant, Almaden, the appellation’s wine industry shook under what must have felt like a massive earthquake when its biggest winery sold out in the late 1980s. By 1994, the appellation’s acreage under vine fell well below 1,000 acres. With renewed interest in the region, that number rebounded to over 3,000 acres by 2002. The climate of this appellation is generally moderate, cooled by Pacific Ocean breezes that penetrate through gaps in the Gavilan and the Santa Lucia mountain ranges. However, climactic generalizations don't do justice to this viticultural area, as wide variations in elevation and soil structure provide unique microclimates. This appellation encompasses three different AVAs. Inspired vineyard projects, notably Dyson’s Vista Verde and Diageo’s Blossom Hill, combined with appellation-commited wineries could put San Benito back Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Calera Wine Company

    This thirty-year old winery is located in the limestone-rich Gavilan mountains of San Benito C...

  • Léal Vineyards

    Léal Vineyards is the creation of a self-taught wine fanatic. Owner Frank Léal is living his drea...

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