The AVA Gauntlet - Part 25
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The AVA Gauntlet - Part 2

Tome Summary: Reviews specific northern California American Viticultural Areas. Discusses the Diamond Mountain AVA of Napa Valley, the Anderson Valley & Mendocino Ridge AVAs of Mendocino County and the Dry Creek Valley & Russian River Valley AVAs of Sonoma County.
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    Dry Creek Valley AVA

    The Dry Creek Valley is a part of the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system of Sonoma County. AVAs located within Sonoma County can be confusing in their geographical design. The Dry Creek Valley AVA is part of the Northern Sonoma AVA. The Rockpile AVA also overlaps into the Dry Creek Valley AVA. The soil types of Yolo, Cortina and Manzanita are found in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. Zinfandel wines are very popular. Read Now
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    Anderson Valley AVA

    The American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Anderson Valley is located in Mendocino County. The Anderson Valley AVA was formed in 1983 and has approximately 2,000 acres of vineyards. The climate of the Anderson Valley AVA is conducive to cool climate viticulture practices. 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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    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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    Russian River Valley AVA

    The Russian River Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located within California's Sonoma County. The topography of the Russian River Valley AVA is one of twist and turns creating pockets of naturally private land. The nature of the topography also creates many different microclimates. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine production have met with great success in the Russian River Valley. Read Now

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