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Napa Valley Wine California

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth red wines with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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  • RouteStock Route 29 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    RouteStock Route 29 Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Galerie Naissance Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Galerie Naissance Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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  • Jax Vineyards Y3 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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  • Flint & Steel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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    • J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
      J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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    • Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2016
      Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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    • Textbook Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
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      • Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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      • Elizabeth Rose Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
        Elizabeth Rose Chardonnay 2016
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        • Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
          Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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        • Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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        • Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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        • Hunt & Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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        • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
          Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc 2016
          Sauvignon Blanc from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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        • Quilt Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
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          • Green & Red Catacula Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016  Front Label
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            • Brown Estate Betelgeuse White 2016 Front Label
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              • William Hill Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
                  Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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                • Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                • CADE Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                  • Saddleback Pinot Grigio 2016 Front Label
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                    • Mason Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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