Tag Archives: AVA

All About California Wines

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California wine is unique. In most of the world’s major appellations, a region offers one, or even a few types or style of wine. Many areas allow only one, or perhaps a couple of different grape varietals. That is not the case with California wine. While many wine consumers and critics posit that the best wines produced […]

Petaluma Gap: Soon to be California’s Newest AVA

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“People have been drinking Petaluma Gap wines for years, they just don’t know it,” says winemaker David Ramey. He makes one of California’s most stunning Syrahs from Rodgers Creek Vineyard, which lies within the boundaries of the Gap but is currently labeled as a Sonoma Coast wine. The Petaluma Gap is the gateway to the Sonoma Coast region. […]

Oregon’s Pinot Paradise

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In its classic Burgundian form, pinot noir epitomizes so much that wine lovers prize. It is a grape capable of grace, finesse and complexity, yet powerful enough to age for decades, with an unsurpassed ability among reds to express the intricate nuances of a particular place. Many other wine regions around the world have staked their […]

St Helena AVA – Home of Napa’s First Winery

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HISTORY The area’s grape growing dates to 1869, and as far back as 1873 Charles Krug’s winery was situated just north of the town of St. Helena, while Henry Pellet’s (later Pellet and Carver) operation was a little south of town. Both were near the center of Napa Valley on what arguably was considered by some historians […]

Anderson Valley AVA – California Wine Country’s Neighbors to the North

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Anderson Valley is located in the rolling hills of the coastal region of Mendocino County, about two hours north of San Francisco. Only fifteen miles long, this beautiful valley is home to a unique group of vineyards and wineries producing a broad range of excellent wines including world class Pinot Noir, Sparkling and Alsace Varietals. […]

The Oakville AVA – Home of the Biggest Names in Wine

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EXCEPTIONAL NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON: In the very heart of the Napa Valley lies the town of Oakville. Once a steam train stop in the late 1800s, Oakville owes its name to the dense groves of native oak which once blanketed the area. One hundred years later, the Oakville name is synonymous with excellence in winemaking. […]