Napa Valley

United States

Description

Not much can be said of Napa Valley without mentioning the now famous Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, in that event, which has been recreated for the silver screen in the enjoyable 2008 film 'Bottle Shock', wines for California's Napa Valley upset the odds and ran out victors in both the red (Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon) and the white (Chateau Montelena Chardonnay) categories.


That historic event has helped the Napa Valley, a region who's modern history began in 1966 with the Robert Mondavi Winery, grow into what is now widely considered one of the premier wine producing regions in the world. With the mediterranean climate varying immensely between the cool Carneros in the south and the heat of Calistoga in the north, Napa has the ability and the versatility to produce a great range of grapes despite being fairly small (44,000 acres) in size.


Without doubt the most popular grape in Napa is Cabernet Sauvignon which, when grown correctly, exhibit power and exuberance and can comfortably rank alongside some of the world's best examples of the grape, as proved by the 1976 tasting.

Facts

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Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Mediterranean
Alluvial
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