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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Also had a Wind Gap syrah that night.  ;-)The northern contingent wants (and rightfully so) a meet up in the Puget Sound area. I'm game for that, or even Walla Walla at some point, but perhaps the next one should be down in Sonoma, specifically Forestville. Everyone in the Bay Area can make the North Bay pretty easily, and while OT isn't all tha... Read More

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  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of interesting subjects and groupings.Your 1947 (oops, wrong century--see you're talking 100 years earlier) d'Yquem reminds me that I've always wanted to do a 1945/47 grouping of horizontals both for Bordeaux and Burgundy. Hopefully haven't missed the boat completely for all Bu... Read More

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  • Oh, just remembered some of the class Chardonnay in CA. Definitely worthwhile.-Hanzell-Mount Eden-Stony Hill-Littorai, Heitz Vineyard (though any of them should be nice)The above are all from Northern California...Santa Cruz, Napa, SonomaHowever Santa Barbara in the South does very well with Chardonnay. Most of my experience is with Liquid Farm,... Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was a hell of a day, great wine, great people and a lot of fun. Today we headed over the hill to the "other side" where we met up with Robin Akhurst, winemaker extraordinaire and just an all around great guy. We met Robin two years ago thru no other than our favorite local expert... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc Estate Charlotte's Home 2015


    This is freshly lemony on the nose with a touch of herbal sweetness and a hint of green. Very fruit forward in the mouth and showing a tropical blend of pineapple, mango and some more stone fruit notes of dried apricot mixing with the lemon that carries through from the aromas. Classic, clean and refreshing with just that touch of earth on the f... Read More

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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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