The top vineyards in Napa are famous for producing outstanding American Cabernet Sauvignon. The volcanic, loamy soils allow for balanced structure along with richness. This wine is produced exclusively from one of St. Helena’s most famous sites, The Rocks.
Deep in color, and as rich as any vintage in memory in Napa, this harvest provided a perfect showcase for these vineyards. In this vintage, Rockledge turned out a chiseled, ripe beauty, finely layered and powerful. Fewer than 1,000 cases were produced.
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California has a rich history of vine growing beginning in 1769 when Padre Junipero Serra is believed to have brought vinifera cuttings with him from Mexico, when he established the Mission San Diego. With the secularization of the Franciscan missions in 1830, commercial winegrowing was established throughout the state, though on a fairly small scale.
With a large influx of European immigrants during, and after the “Gold Rush,” vines were planted everywhere. In 1862, the French Revue Viticole reported that California was “…capable of entering competition with the wines of Europe.”
Carneros, is an independent AVA (American Viticultural Area) located between Sonoma, and Napa. Cool nights, and morning fogs balance out the sunshine, providing firm structure to the wines.
Trying to define the “cuisine” of California is much like fixing a flat tire on a moving car. With a large Asian-American population dating back to the 19th Century, the state tends to adopt Asian foods fairly liberally. The American sushi craze began in California, and the California roll is used to describe sushi with avocado as a primary ingredient – one example of a traditional Asian dish modified to allow for the tremendous variety of fresh foods grown in the State.
European cooking, such as French Nouvelle Cuisine, and Italian Tuscan cooking has been absorbed, and reworked as well – with the emphasis on fresh, locally grown ingredients.
California raises cattle for beef, sheep, ducks, and pork, often simply grilled with fresh herbs. The long and varied growing seasons, brings a seemingly endless variety of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. And since the 1980s, artisan cheese production, particularly from goats milk has achieved international acclaim as among the world’s best.
Quick Pairing Recommendations for Red Wines From This Area
Simple Roasted, Well-Farmed Chicken, Beef Roasts
Quick Pairing Recommendations for White, Rosé, and Sparkling Wines From This Area
Goat Cheeses, Crudité, Butter-Laced Seafood Preparations
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