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This large, 329,000-acre catch-all AVA includes just about all of Sonoma County, including the smaller AVAs within it, except for its southernmost appellations (Sonoma Valley and Carneros). BATF regulations require ‘estate-bottled’ wines to be produced and bottled in the same viticultural area as the vineyards where the grapes were grown. Thus, this broad and loose AVA boundary is convenient for producers with vineyards scattered through the county who wish to use an AVA designation, rather than the more generic ‘Sonoma County’ appellation. The most notable example of such a producer is, of course, the largest vineyard owner in the county, Gallo of Sonoma. Not surprisingly, they were the main petitioners for the Northern Sonoma AVA. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • JD: Wha?  I was linking to an Aussie wine, I think Long Shadows is WA.  Anyway, the one I was linking to was 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah.  Here's what Jeb Dunnuck (the other JD) had to say about it at Rhone Report:Rhone Report, The - Rhone Report, The, June 2012Absolutely compelling and a dead ringer for a top Côte-Rôtie, the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • JD, if you want to get a French-influenced Oz version you need look no further than a recent Wally's offering:  Terlato Chapoutier.  If I were going I'd be tempted to take that as well as another bottle each from the northern Rhone and Oz... Read More

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  • Correction, I am Cali-Centric. Those are the wines I am thinking of opening. All my Northern Rhone wines are gone. It's up to the rest of you to fill some gaps. Read More

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  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel fans, here.Since reading your introductory post, I've done a bit of research.  First, I went to your Snooth profile and found that you live in Atlanta, GA.  That is good information to know.  Since you live in a large metropolitan area, we can assume that you have access ... Read More

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  • I love N. Rhone Syrah.  It's my favorite red wine in France.  But the acreage of the region is so small and the area that provide its best wines even smaller, that prices have hit the roof.  Sure, there are a few St. Josephs and Crozes-Hermitages that come in around $25, but those are either made for earlier drinking and a lot less thrilling wit... Read More

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  • GregT..I'm sorry you are not liking it here, but can understand... what a culture shock!!!!   Maybe... at some point, you can move back?   Most New Yorkers never want to leave, so I understand, even tho I really don't identify.  FWIW, IMO, northern ca is better for food, drink, etc.  I find southern ca to be lacking, and it surprises me with all... Read More

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  • Hello, SDURenee, I'm afraid that I am the least creative person you've ever met.  I'm an analytical, and while analytical aptitude does not preclude creativity, I have to say that none--not any--of my creativity is artistic.  The cool thing is that Mrs. EMark does have those genes.  So, we have a very balanced household.I the spirit of trying to... Read More

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  • I'll toss out the welcome mat as well. So, what part of the world do you hail from? Sure would help to know with future events on the horizon. I'm in Northern California, Sonoma County in particular. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Everybody!

  • Here's the report from our trip to the Russian River area and Mendocino.Our ... my spreadsheet for our next northern Sonoma adventure.Here are the places we stopped and the purchases we made:Friday (from SFO to Mendocino on Hwy 101)ParducciParducci Coro MendocinoParducci Small Lot Blend RoseTestaTesta Vineyards CarignaneSaturday (Anderson Valle... Read More

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  • OT, that's actually perfect.  I was going to suggest to you that your bring two each from RRV and Sonoma Coast. (I was snooping through your inventory to figure out how to extract the best stuff from you and had already decided that you were good for 4 bottles... you saved me some tough decisions. I'll probably go ahead and have NG (assuming she... Read More

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