Learn About Ficklin
Resting unobtrusively on a back road in Madera County is the home of Ficklin Tinta Port. As it was from bottling, Ficklin's Port is widely acclaimed as one of California's finest port wines created in the Portuguese tradition. Walter C. Ficklin and his wife Mame purchased the present acreage in 1918, initially growing fruit and raisin grapes. Not until after World War II did the...
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Learn About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...
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Learn About Port
Port is a fortified wine that is made by adding brandy during fermentation. The addition of spirits kills the yeasts,
which in turn halts the fermentation process. This results in a wine both sweet and high in alcohol. Named for its
home city Oporto, true Port must come from the designated area. The grapes used are a blend,, but the favored grape
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