The AVA Gauntlet - Part 15
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The AVA Gauntlet - Part 1

Tome Summary: Describes selected wine producing areas of Northern California. Reviews the Los Carneros American Viticultural Area as well as areas found within the Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
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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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    Napa Valley AVAs

    The Napa Valley located in Northern California is one of the most popular wine regions in the world. Winemaking started in the Napa Valley in 1838. The combined disasters of Phylloxera and Prohibition created setbacks for the Napa Valley. In the 1976 Judgment of Paris, California wines were rated the best in each category and consequently winemaking exploded in the Napa Valley. Read Now
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    Sonoma County AVAs

    Sonoma County is one of Northern California’s top grape producing areas. California winemaking began within Sonoma County in 1824. Development of Sonoma County winemaking continued but was soon overshadowed by the Napa Valley. The design of the Sonoma County American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) includes the somewhat confusing borders of Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Knights Valley, Los Carneros, Northern Sonoma, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and the Sonoma Valley. Read Now
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    Sonoma Valley AVA

    The Sonoma Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is one of Sonoma County's three large AVA regions. The California wine industry got its start within the Sonoma Valley AVA region. Several sub-AVAs including the Bennett Valley AVA and the Sonoma Mountain AVA are located within the Sonoma Valley AVA. Read Now
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    Sonoma County AVAs

    Sonoma County is one of Northern California’s top grape producing areas. California winemaking began within Sonoma County in 1824. Development of Sonoma County winemaking continued but was soon overshadowed by the Napa Valley. The design of the Sonoma County American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) includes the somewhat confusing borders of Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Knights Valley, Los Carneros, Northern Sonoma, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and the Sonoma Valley. Read Now

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