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Napa Valley:

Arguably the most famous American wine region, most wine lovers who have not had the pleasure of Napa's hills and valleys may be surprised to find out how small Napa actually is. Napa has just under 40,000 acres under vine and it only produces about 5% of all wine made in California. Napa Valley reminds that sometimes it is quality, not quantity, that's important. At the time of this writing there are less than 500 wineries in Napa, though there are well over 1000 growers.

Napa features many of the more popular international varietals like: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel, but the undisputed champion of grapedom what many wine lovers perceive as the king of all grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa features many of the most famous Cabernet regions on the planet, including Yountville, Stags Leap, Rutherford, Oakville, Calistoga, Mount Veder and Spring Mountain.

Sonoma:

A little north of Napa is Sonoma, the second most famous region in California. Sonoma is known for a variety of climates, and its Russian River Valley is one of the coolest regions in California. Russian River is marked by maritime influence and fog is often present, resulting in consistent cloud cover. Russian River boasts some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California. Some of the other famous regions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sonoma are: Green Valley and Carneros. Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and Anderson Valley boast numerous opportunities for top flight Zinfandel, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Carneros

Perhaps the most famous part of Sonoma is the Carneros region, which straddles the Sonoma and Napa County lines. Carneros is known mostly for still Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, though wine lovers should not have been surprised by the wave of investment from sparkling wine producers in the last twenty years, many from Champagne itself. Because Pinot and Chardonnay are Carneros' natural strengths, and because of the oft windy conditions that slow the ripening process, Carneros can produce wines that are ideal base wines for sparkling wine production.

The dry, still wines of Carneros consist mostly of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but Syrah and Merlot are also becoming more popular. Carneros Pinot Noir is usually fruit forward, friendly, and ripe with medium to full body without the minerality of Russian River Valley Pinots. Chardonnay can vary from crisp and clean, to full and dry with apple, citrus, butter and hazelnuts.

South of San Francisco Bay

The area south of the bay has numerous regions, some put on the map because of the famous wineries. One such region is the Santa Cruz Mountains, home of Ridge Vineyards. While Ridge is famous for its Zinfandels, Ridge's superstar Cabernet blend called Montebello calls the Santa Cruz Mountains home. The Monterey AVA is also important here as it encompasses all of the Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, and Chalone AVAs. Chardonnay is generally the mainstay of all these appellations, though Arroyo Seco grows delicious Riesling. The Chalone AVA grows famous, world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. While it overlooks Arroyo Seco, the Chalone AVA enjoys different climate, more fog and calcerous soils.

Southern Central Coast:

Between Monterey and Santa Barbara are the appellations of California's Southern Central Coast, namely: Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. Paso Robles has had particular success with Zinfandel and Rhone varietals like Grenache and Syrah. Edna Valley is a Chardonnay stalwart, with some producers also excelling with Rhone varietals. Santa Maria provides a cool climate that is ideal for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and even Syrah. Santa Maria is home to the famed Bien Nacido vineyard, which is seen on various labels. Santa Ynez offers great potential for high acid white grape production like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, but is already producing great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Sierra Foothills and the Central Valley:

About 75% of the wine produced in California is produced in the Central Valley. The biggest reason for this fact is E and J Gallo, in Modesto. The Central Valley is hot. Central Valley grows Sultana, Rubired, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot Chardonnay, Grenache and Colombard among other things. The most famous AVAs in this region are: Lodi, Clarksburg, Amador and the Sierra Foothills. Lodi and Amador have long been famous for heady Zinfandels and are becoming more noted for Rhone varietals, particularly Syrah and Grenache. Clarksburg, on the other hand has gained high acclaim for its whites, especially Chenin Blanc.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC DOMESTIC
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HESS SELECT SAUV BLANC

"Aromas of gooseberry and kiwi play nicely with flavors of lychee, lemongrass and ruby grapefruit. The wine was fermented in stainless stell tanks and neutral, 5- to 6-year-old French oak barrels. It was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation in order to retain its crisp acidity."

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SAUVIGNON BLANC DOMESTIC
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PINOT NOIR
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MERIDIAN PINOT NOIR

"Its pretty cherry and violet aromas, juicy red berry fruitiness, and complex flavors make it the perfect complement to a savory salmon steak prepared on the grill."

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PINOT NOIR
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CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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2011
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WHITEHALL LANE NAPA CAB SAUV

"This attractive blend is loaded with floral and bright fruit qualities. Aromas of cherry, violet and sweet vanilla meld with supple flavors of currant, red berry, a hint of cappuccino and toasty oak. The wine is nicely balanced with great length on the finish."

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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RIESLING
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2013
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PACIFIC RIM EUFLORIA WHITE

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RIESLING
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PINOT NOIR
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ARBOR MIST POMEGRANATE BERRY PINOT NOIR

"Juicy apple, delicious pear and berry flavors paired with soft, smooth Chardonnay. Wonderfully refreshing with that fresh-from-the-orchard taste, you'll want to serve this one nice and cold."

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PINOT NOIR
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ZINFANDEL
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SUTTER HOME WH ZINFANDEL

"This wine is a classic example of the style established by Bob Trinchero when he invented the varietal 30 years ago. Delicate blush pink in color, with sweet aromas of strawberries and watermelon. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lively and burstingwith fruit."

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ZINFANDEL
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ZINFANDEL
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SUTTER HOME WH ZINFANDEL

"This wine is a classic example of the style established by Bob Trinchero when he invented the varietal 30 years ago. Delicate blush pink in color, with sweet aromas of strawberries and watermelon. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lively and burstingwith fruit."

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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2014
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750ML

PRIDE MTN CABERNET SAUVIGNON

"88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. The final blend expresses ripe fruit notes ranging from blackberry to plum and cassis, as well as nuances of bay laurel, chocolate, black tea, brown sugar, graphite and crushed rose petal. The texture in the mouth is definitely that of a mountain wine, with size and concentration to balance the richness and opulence of its round mid-palate."

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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SAUVIGNON BLANC DOMESTIC
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2015
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CAKEBREAD SAUVIGNON BLANC

"Fresh, pure and complex white grapefruit, guava, green apple, honeydew melon and mineral aromas. It's concentrated, guava, gooseberry and melon flavors persist into a long, lively finish boasting bright citrus, light spice and mouthwatering mineral tones."

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MERLOT
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WATERSTONE SAUVIGNON BLANC NAPA

"A waft of Nilla Wafer opens the bouquet of this light, well-composed wine, followed by fruity notes of lemon and orange, a floral component at its core. Zingy, it remains balanced in the glass, lightweight with plenty of fruit."

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MERLOT
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