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Wine enthusiasts know that the taste of the grape reflects the climate and weather of the area where vines grow. When temperatures are too cool, grapes are tart. If temperatures rise, grapes can overripen or dry out. Too much rain can dilute the flavor and change the sugar/acid balance of the fruit. Too little moisture reduces the yield of grapes, which means less wine!

Fortunately, the U.S. is home to Napa Valley and its sub-appellations, where conditions for winemaking are optimal. An appellation is a defined region where grapes are grown. Napa's diverse landscape creates smaller areas or sub-appellations with unique climates (and exceptional wines). Sub-appellations are also known as American Viticultural Areas or AVAs.

Read on to learn about each of the 16 sub-appellations and choose the areas that match your wine preferences.

  • Atlas Peak. Cool and rugged with drier soil, the Atlas Peak sub-appellation produces bright Cabernet Sauvignon and crisp Chardonnay.
  • Calistoga.The h

Wine enthusiasts know that the taste of the grape reflects the climate and weather of the area where vines grow. When temperatures are too cool, grapes are tart. If temperatures rise, grapes can overripen or dry out. Too much rain can dilute the flavor and change the sugar/acid balance of the fruit. Too little moisture reduces the yield of grapes, which means less wine!

Fortunately, the U.S. is home to Napa Valley and its sub-appellations, where conditions for winemaking are optimal. An appe

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Napa Valley Grape Harvest Season

While there are many factors at play, did
you know that the overarching taste and color of wine come from its grapes and how the wine is aged?

In Napa Valley, you may wonder what
grapes are the most popular in a place known as “wine country.”

To broaden your wine knowledge, here are
the most popular grapes found in Napa Valley:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Sauvignon comes from ripe red
    grapes, and in Napa Valley, it accounts
    for 40 percent of their total production and 55 percent of the area’s crop
    value. The flavor depends on where the vineyard plants, the amount of sun and
    type of soil, and watering. However, the varieties here in wine country range
    from notes of black fruits to cherries, plums, currant, and of course zesty
    spices from oak barrel aging.
  • Chardonnay: Chardonnay is the second most popular
    grape in Napa Valley because the area is home to calcium-rich soil and ideal
    crisp climates. The chardonnays here are complex, vibrant, lively, and even have butter

While there are many factors at play, did
you know that the overarching taste and color of wine come from its grapes and how the wine is aged?

In Napa Valley, you may wonder what
grapes are the most popular in a place known as “wine country.”

To broaden your wine knowledge, here are
the most popular grapes found in Napa Valley:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Sauvignon comes from ripe red
    grapes, and in Napa Valley, it accounts
    for 40 percent of their total production and 55 perc

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Napa Valley Grape Harvest Season

It may come as a surprise to some but trends come and go in grape production just as they do in fashion. From weather changes to groundwater, vineyards throughout wine country have to readjust their growing techniques, but also adapt to new technology. Despite what Mother Nature throws at them, winemakers are always optimistic about the industry, and they come up with innovative ways to maximize their crops.

Here are a few trends in grape production, including the good and the bad:

  • Smaller Crop Sizes: Lower-than-average crop yields were harvested in 2018, just as they were for 2017. While the area does get rainfall, the drought in California is persistent, which makes it difficult for wineries to get a good size production.
  • Biodynamic Bottles will Make an Appearance: It is not just about the grapes, but where those grapes wind up that matters. More wineries in Napa Valley will look into organic, biodynamic bottles with more natural wines. That means more instances of winemak

It may come as a surprise to some but trends come and go in grape production just as they do in fashion. From weather changes to groundwater, vineyards throughout wine country have to readjust their growing techniques, but also adapt to new technology. Despite what Mother Nature throws at them, winemakers are always optimistic about the industry, and they come up with innovative ways to maximize their crops.

Here are a few trends in grape production, including the good and the bad:

  • Small
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