Why Napa Wines

The Secrets of the Finest TrustWino Napa Valley Wines

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Fine Wine is like fine real estate. It all starts with location. Northern California’s Napa Valley, only 30 miles from north to south, and only five miles across at is widest point is one of the world’s most favored regions for vineyards able to grow and harvest some of the finest wines on Earth. Although vineyards have been cultivated in Napa for only 200 years, its wines and wineries achieved worldwide acclaim beginning in 1976. Napa’s vineyards and varietals are now considered among the finest available.

Napa Valley Geology

Only two percent of all the land on this planet is blessed with the dry, but marine, Mediterranean-like climate that is most highly-favored for growing multiple varietals.
The Napa Valley produces is one of the smallest wine-producing regions in the world. In fact, the unique Napa Valley region produces only four percent of the entire California grape harvest annually.
The valley is considered one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, although it is less than 13 percent of the French Bordeaux region in acreage.
Even more astounding, this tiny valley contains almost half of the soil orders in the entire world, making it one of the most geologically diverse wine regions anywhere.

Napa Valley Weather

The quiet and picturesque valley combines the perfect blend of warm, dry days tempered by the cool evening breezes wafting from the Pacific Ocean through California’s coastal mountain range.
The valley is further enhanced by the unique combinations of geology and weather patterns along the entire 30 miles. Those conditions virtually separate the lower, middle, and northernmost portions into near perfect conditions for multiple varietals – creating in it a wine-makers’ dream.

The Napa Valley Varietals & Wines

The southern portion of the Napa Valley lies just a few miles northeast of the cold waters of San Pablo Bay, north of Oakland, the Carquinez Strait, and Vallejo. Although the southern portion of the valley features the typical northern California heat, the evening temperatures can drop significantly as the coastal breezes push in through the gap of the Golden Gate, then up and across the San Francisco and San Pablo bays.

Best Wines of the Southern Napa Valley

The southern portion of the Napa Valley lies just a few miles northeast of the cold waters of San Pablo Bay, north of Oakland, the Carquinez Strait, and Vallejo. Although the southern portion of the valley features the typical northern California heat, the evening temperatures can drop significantly as the coastal breezes push in through the gap of the Golden Gate, then up and across the San Francisco and San Pablo bays.

PINOT NOIR

A lightly-colored, thin-skin, red grape, the Pinot Noir is decidedly acidic, making it one of the few red wines to pair well with seafood. The grape is very difficult to grow, requiring an abundance of care.

CHARDONNAY

“The winemaker’s grape” is grown in abundance in Napa. In fact, it ranks second in plantings in the valley. Its versatility is unmatched in the spectrum of aromas and flavors it can bring to Napa’s finest wines, demonstrated by its ability to produce distinctly different wines based primarily on the fermentation method used in processing.

RIESLING

Although not grown in the abundance as other Napa and California grapes, the Riesling produces a sweet, mellow, fruity wine that is pleasant on the palate. Only 87 acres of Rieslings are cultivated in Napa, compared to the 4,000 acres grown in the entire state of California.

Best Varietals & Wines of the Middle Napa Valley

The mid-valley area has even warmer days, punctuated by the cool evening breezes that have already caressed the southern part of the valley. This area is ideal for…

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

“The King of Red Grapes” constitutes 40% of all the grapes planted in the Napa Valley. Although grown throughout the valley, it is most abundant in the central region. The Cabernet Sauvignon wine aromas and flavors are largely determined by the soil in which it is planted.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Intense flavor is the mark of the white Sauvignon Blanc. It carries its own aura so willingly that it is typically fermented in vessels that permit the grape to find its own way.

CHENIN BLANC

The versatility of the Chenin Blanc is evidenced by its appellation as “the workhorse variety.” Winemakers use its sweetness and acidity to blend varieties of Chardonnay and other wines.

Best Wines of the Upper Napa Valley

The northernmost part of the Napa Valley is home to grapes that thrive in warmer regions. This portion of the valley is largely protected from the cool coastal breezes by the two ranges of the California Mayacamas mountains. Varietals from this area include…

SYRAH

Also known as Shiraz, the Syrah is used to produce bold and spicy, heavily fruited wines that pair well with grilled meats.

PETITE SYRAH

This varietal is not a smaller version of the Syrah. It is a descendent of Durif and other grapes. Petite Sirah may be used to add flavor to Zinfandel wines or blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir when those varietals have endured difficult growing seasons.

ZINFANDEL

Zinfandel have enjoyed a long and illustrious past in California and in the Napa Valley in particular. Zinfandel wines can be produced with bold, spicy notes or enjoyed in lighter, table-friendly versions that delight connoisseurs and relaxing, casual times with friends.

The Romance of Napa Valley

The gem of Northern California and of wine lovers around the world is home to more than 400 wineries, 95% of which are family owned and operated.
The rustic valley is home to numerous restaurants, spas, and hotels, yet retains its own ambience and charm. In addition to wine making, the valley is home to countless weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations.
The Napa Valley may not be perfect, but you can see it from here.

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