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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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  • Ashes & Diamonds Blanc No. 2 2016 Front Label
    Ashes & Diamonds Blanc No. 2 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jax Vineyards Y3 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Jax Vineyards Y3 Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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  • Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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  • Hunt & Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Hunt & Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Chappellet Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sinegal Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Sinegal Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ghost Block MorgaenLee Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Ghost Block MorgaenLee Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
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    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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  • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cave Dog Albarino 2016 Front Label
    Cave Dog Albarino 2016
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  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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  • Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Flora Springs Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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