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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • DV, my father cut himself pretty well with a utility knife when I was a kid.  My mother hated them as a result, and shudders whenever my father or I pick one up.  I have about three different models, designed for ease of blade change, or retractability, and one just old fashioned.  I have cut myself many times with every one of them, but never e... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Zinfandel Estate Knotty Vines 2013


    Pleasantly perfumed and soft notes of red currant and ripe raspberry on the nose. Packing a powerful punch in the mouth, this has beautiful savory smoky olive notes alongside bright licorice and black cherry notes, excellent spice of cinnamon and black pepper and a tannic grip that finishes clean with a hint of herb. Read More

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  • CY, welcome to Snooth! We are also on the East Coast but have made quite a few ... ... with an emphasis on the Northern Sonoma and especially the Russian River area so I'll let the others talk to Napa (although I will 2nd the advice to search out Robin Akhurst). Here are a few of my favorites:Scherrer (need to make an appt., Fred is not alway... Read More

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  • FWIW, I have had one Leese-Fitch in my life--a Cabernet Sauvignon about 6-7 years ago--and it was very good,  If you try it, Red, let me know if they still have that cool closure.  It seeems to me that the cork on that one was encased in a plastic wrap-around.  You unwrapped the plastic, and, then, you could grab the cork and just pull it out.  ... Read More

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  • Hi Aline!Looks like you have Napa pretty much under control or at least have a ... shops.  For scenery in Northern Sonoma, it's hard to beat Ferrari-Carano, wines aren't going to dazzle but the estate and grounds will.  There are also a ton of good wineries in the Dry Creek AVA, mostly zin, petit sirah and sauv blancWe've been to Moet in Epern... Read More

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  • "Guess what day it is"  It's Wednesday, April 15th 2015. Aside from being Tax Day it means time for the annual Las Madres Vineyard Winemakers Luncheon. 2014 marks the 15th leaf and will be the 12th vintage for this cool climate Syrah vineyard nestled in the rolling hills of Carneros in Sonoma. It's been cool, foggy and windy the past few days le... Read More

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  • Notes, we need notes!Seems like it's been forever since I popped a Bedrock Zin. I was at the local produce market picking up something for dinner and eyed the '12 and '13 Old Vine bottles on the shelf. Couldn't help myself. Two distinctly different profiles, with the '12 yelling drink me now and the '13 needing time to unwind, but both great in ... Read More

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  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper and the competition have sunk, the competition more so because the paper was never better than mediocre.  The Chron lost its chance to be good when the Examiner folded.  Instead of picking up the good staff from the Ex, they fired their best reporters in a cost cutting move and pre... Read More

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  • No mystery I love Syrah and got turned onto it some years ago by a N. Rhone that I had at a restaurant in Sonoma.  But here it goes again, latest estimates for the auction price at HartDavisHart:1983 Côte Rôtie, Côte Brune, Cuvée Reservée, Marius Gentaz-Dervieux (12 bs) $15000-22000Now I grant you that's not exactly DRC or Latour level pricing ... Read More

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  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but we came back with some mighty nice jewels that we discovered along the way.Sunday was our Napa day.  Thanks to another great rec from OT, we found our way to Apsara in Calistoga.  We met with winemaker Robin Akhurst, what a great guy.  A Scot from south of Edinburgh, ... Read More

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