California Wine Regions8
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California Wine Regions

Tome Summary: An overview of the various wine producing areas found within the State of California.
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    Sonoma Coast AVA

    The Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located in the western part of Sonoma County. Founded in 1987 the Sonoma Coast AVA is the largest AVA in Sonoma County. The confusing nature of Sonoma County AVAs is visible with several sub-AVAs being present but not fully contained within the Sonoma Coast AVA. Read Now
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    Diamond Mountain AVA

    The Diamond Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) borders the Spring Mountain AVA on the north. Temperatures found within the Diamond Mountain AVA are higher than those of neighboring AVAs. Sunlight exposure is also greater within the Diamond Mountain AVA. Wines from the Diamond Mountain AVA have both a scent and taste of dark chocolate. Read Now
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    Central and Southern California Wine Regions

    The wine regions of central and southern California are contained in an area starting from San Francisco and continuing southward. The AVAs of central and southern California include the Central Coast AVA, the Sierra Foothills AVA, the South Coast AVA and are home to some of California’s oldest wineries. Read Now
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    Howell Mountain AVA

    The Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located in the Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley. Unique features of the Howell Mountain AVA include vineyards starting at high elevations of 1,400 feet. The high elevations cause temperature variations to occur later in the day and sunlight intensity to be much greater. Howell Mountain wines present the quality of extreme ease of drinking. Read Now
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    Lake County AVAs

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    Los Carneros AVA

    The American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Los Carneros is located in Northern California. The Los Carneros AVA is unique as the territory making up Los Carneros falls in both the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The Los Carneros AVA may be considered Napa Valley's cash cow as many Los Carneros grapes are used in Napa wines. Popular varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Read Now
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    Mendocino Ridge AVA

    The Mendocino Ridge American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a recent addition to Northern California's Mendocino County. Elevations between vineyards on the valley floors and in the mountains necessitated the creation of the Mendocino Ridge AVA. The Mendocino Ridge AVA is non-continuous as a minimum elevation requirement of 1,200 feet is stipulated. Read Now
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    Mount Veeder AVA

    The Mount Veeder American Viticultural Area (AVA) is part of the Mayacamas Mountains and is contained within the Napa Valley. The soils of the Mount Veeder AVA contain volcanic properties. Local conditions of the Mount Veeder AVA are reflected with earthy qualities found in the wine. Read Now

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