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After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly […]

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Review: Donelan Wines ‘Nancie’ Chardonnay 2014

Review: Donelan Wines ‘Nancie’ Chardonnay 2014

It’s easy to hate on California Chardonnay, but not all bottles are created equally. Mindful producers in cooler climates can create balanced, layered versions, even when employing barrel aging. Sonoma County is an excellent region to explore for restrained Chardonnay wines, particularly now, when Napa and Sonoma producers are imploring wine lovers to drink wines […]

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Somms Are Obsessed with a ‘Cult’ Wine Bottled by a Fringe Religious Group

Somms Are Obsessed with a ‘Cult’ Wine Bottled by a Fringe Religious Group

A smattering of under-the-radar, late-1990s Cabernet Sauvignons from the Sierra Foothills have started appearing on top wine lists in the past several months. The 1997 vintage of Taken from Granite, the California label in question, is available by the bottle at New York City fine dining restaurants Union Square Cafe and Momofuku Ko.

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Getting Outside Napa: Why California Is Perfect for Viticulture

Getting Outside Napa: Why California Is Perfect for Viticulture

California isn’t all beaches and movie stars. It’s actually much more wine country and mountains. While Napa and Sonoma steal most of the winemaking spotlight, the entire state is essentially blanketed with successful vineyards. Despite local variations in weather, climate, and soil types, the Golden State is essentially designed for viticulture, thanks to its one-of-a-kind combination […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon from California

An Illustrated Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon from California

When it comes to big, bold reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is king, especially when grown in California. Despite being born in France (and comprising the backbone of many Bordeaux blends), Cabernet Sauvignon has made a serious name for itself in the Golden State. Fruit-forward, juicy, and perfect with an array of foods, you can’t go wrong […]

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