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Among the best wines made in the USA, the most famous are certainly the excellences produced in California. Not only for a question of flavor, but also for a numerical question, in fact about 85% of US wine comes from the lands of Californiane. Among the most refined are the Merlot, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Chardonnay, but also the renowned Sauvignon Blanc comes from the vines that overlook the ventilated and fresh lands of coastal areas such as Mendocino, in the north of California, or areas such as Paso Robles, Monteroy and Santa Barbara, located more centrally. The Californian wines are becoming more and more present on tables all over the world, even on Italian ones. North of San Francisco is the well-known Napa Valley, compared to the Langhe, Montalcino but also to Bordeaux in France, a valley capable of giving birth to the excellent wine. The area south of Carneros instead, is particularly suitable for the production of sparkling wines. In the Californian hinterland, the scorching climate means that 90% of the regional wine production comes to light, the vines of Carignane, Grenache and Barbera, are just some of the best. In the lands south of San Francisco, 70-100 km from the Monterey Bay, the areas of Santa Clara and San Luis Obispo are constantly growing and production is increasing. The particular warm climate and favorable geographical position, makes California the mother of the most delicious wines such as Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The red wines are soft, full-bodied and very aromatic, the white Chardonnay is able to satisfy even the most refined palates, with its scent with peanut butter and vanilla. The wine Zinfandel, is very similar to the Italian Primitivo.

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Region
California
Country
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Soil and climate
The very particular climate of California depends on the fact that the mountain ranges, in a remote geological epoch, have been formed in a north-south direction, creating long and narrow valleys that run parallel to the coast. In the evening, the cold mists of the Pacific slowly rise in the valleys giving a cooler climate to the belt closest to the coast. This phenomenon is evident above all in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, where it involves variations in the temperatures within the valleys. The variations of the land are very large and often there is the most fertile ground, but also the heaviest and clayier soil, which is carried over into the valleys. Higher up, on the slopes, the soils become more calcareous and mixed to breach and therefore also more draining. However, not all California winemakers agree, with their French colleagues, that the vine must fight in harsh environments, such as poor soils and without irrigation, to develop a high quality. On the contrary, there are those who think that it can be set with the help of fertigation even on rich soils.
History
When the Spaniards landed on the coast of the North American continent, in the mid-1500s, they found, almost everywhere, the wild vine of different kinds. Unfortunately, not one of these was vitis vinifera, the European vine, and none of the American species seemed apt to give good wines. The history of Californian viticulture began in 1782, in the mission of San Juan Capistrano to the south of today's California. The first wines, produced with the Mission vine, were not, however, of high quality and were used above all as mass wine. Only with the age of gold fever, in the mid-800, the interest in the best wines was reawakened. One of the pioneers of viticulture in northern California was a political refugee from Hungary, Agoston Haraszthy, an enterprising adventurer who during his time became a millionaire, scattering his fortune on several occasions. In 1857 he began to take an interest in viticulture and bought a vineyard in Sonoma, which he named Buona Vista. In 1861 he began to travel to Europe on behalf of the Californian governor, visiting the most important European viticultural countries, buying cuttings and drawing up a report on the various viticultural districts. Upon returning to California, he brought with him not less than a hundred thousand cuttings of three hundred different vines. The account of this trip was a little too expensive for the Californian state and, in the end, it was Agoston who planted the surviving cuttings in Buena Vista.
Typical products
Zinfandel is often called the California grape variety. Its origins are somewhat ambiguous, but it is probably a relative very close to the South Italy vine, the Pirmitivo and the Plavac Mali of Croatia. The number two among the black vines is the Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives splendid results, especially in the Napa and Sonoma. Merlot is a vine that has doubled the cultivated area in the last decades of the 20th century, and it seems that the Merlot wines of the southern parts of Napa and Sonoma are particularly aromatic and rich in velvety tannins. The cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, a slightly lesser-known Bordeaux variety, are also found in the Californian vineyards. In recent times, some growers have tried to grow Pinot Noir. The best results so far have been achieved in the southern part of Napa and Sonoma, Los Carneros and Santa Barbara, the valley of the mists. Here, Pinot Noir has found a sufficiently fresh climate to grow and ripen slowly, reaching full aroma and flavor.

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Producer Sandhi Wines
Wine type Red still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Pinot Nero
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
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Producer Antica Napa Valley (Antinori)
Wine type White still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.00% by volume
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Producer De Loach
Wine type White organic still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.00% by volume
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Producer De Loach
Wine type White organic still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
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Producer De Loach
Wine type Red organic still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Pinot Nero
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
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Producer Kosta Browne Winery
Wine type White still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.80% by volume
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Producer Sandhi Wines
Wine type White still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
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Producer Sandhi Wines
Wine type White still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
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Producer Stag's Leap (Antinori)
Wine type Red still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
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Producer Domaine de la Cote
Wine type Red still
Region: California
Grapes: 100% Pinot Nero
Alcohol: 12.50% by volume
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