Buy USA Wines from Napa Valley, CA

Napa Valley district is known well as an American Viticultural Area. Not surprisingly, it is located in Napa County, and is known as one of the highest grades of the various wine regions in the United States. The fact is that commercial wine production from here dates back to the 1800s, but the upgrade to its current world-class reputation actually started in the mid-1900s.

Why is this so? It's all due to the joining of a Mediterranean climate, good geography, and supportive geology for the cultivation of fine quality wine grapes for wine. The first commercial growing of vines for CA wine dates back to the mid-1800s. However, the process had several traumatic events that slowed the evolution to the present level of success. Specifically, there was a plague of phylloxera that devastated vines, followed by Prohibition of alcohol and the Great Depression. Likewise the current Depression may be reducing both the market for quality CA wine offerings and the potential for investment into improved processes. Today, these regions that grow fine CA wine are known for quality wine at a European level of excellence.

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The actual commercial production of CA wine started in the mid-1800s. In the later 1900s the Inglenook Winery started near the village of Rutherford. It offered the first Bordeaux style of wine in America, and rapidly won international awards in Paris.

At the turn of the 20th century there were over one hundred wineries in the area producing CA wine. Of those wineries, a few remain today in the valley such as Far Niente, Chateau Montelena, Beaulieu, Schramsberg, Beringer, Charles Krug, Mayacamas, and of course the Markham Vineyards.

CA wine suffered severe setbacks in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Phylloxera infestation wiped out many of the vines in the valley. Prohibition caused many wineries to shut down. The first Great Depression contracted the CA wine business as money was made scarce.

The modern era of winemaking for wine began in California in 1938. A new gentleman introduced techniques such as aging wine in French Oak barrels, the use of cold fermentation, techniques for vineyard frost prevention, and finally the use of malolactic fermentation.

Once Prohibition ended and alcohol consumption was legal again, Beringer Vineyards induced persons attending the Golden Gate International Exposition to visit the winery. They also lured Hollywood stars to visit, which was the origin of wine-based tourism that today is a large component of the popularity of CA wine.

In 1976, the region got a hand up from being featured in the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, demonstrating that CA wine including the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that bested several famous French labels could hold their own and even win against fine French wines in a blind tasting contest.

Phylloxera again was discovered in the region of CA in 1983. This time, growers switched to varieties of grape better suited to the making of CA wine in this particular climate and soil. At the turn of the century, 3/4 of the affected vineyards had been replaced with phylloxera-resistant species.


tourism in napa valley

Almost 5 million people travel to Napa Valley each year, most of them to enjoy the CA wine tastings, making it a popular tourist destination in California and quite a few of them bring back home wines discovered there, often permanently adding to the demand for some of the lesser-known vintages.

Modern Napa Valley has over 450 wineries growing grape varieties including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and others. Many CA wine wines are blends produced from grapes grown in the valley and hillsides nearby.

Anyone wanting to do a CA wine tasting tour will have their hands full - literally and figuratively, by simply driving along the picturesque roads of Napa Valley and sampling the CA wine which are so readily available. Proprietors will eagerly share their wares with you, and many even have designated sampling hours wherein not only is wine served for free but knowledgeable staff will discuss cultivating and production techniques in an engaging format.

You can enjoy CA wine by simply driving around, and you won't have to spend a dime except on gas! Now, the process of driving around may cause some to get “lost” but in fact these surprise excursions can be some of the most rewarding as many of the most interesting vineyards are off the beaten path, sometimes by design and sometime by happenstance.

You will not want to drink too much of any particular wine to avoid intoxication which can impair your driving, and also to save room for the further vintages just down the street a bit further.

Drinking CA wine, if you are concerned about keeping the flavors straight in your mouth and nose, be sure then to not only spit out excess wine you have tasted but also to rinse with water between tastings. This will keep your mouth pure and help you to decide which wines are actually keepers that you would like to take home as presents or perhaps for your own consumption.

You will enjoy more those isolated vineyards for CA wine that few others frequent because you'll get more personalized attention from the owners and vineyard workers, and you won't feel rushed to move on. Also, the smell of car exhaust and sound of car noise can ruin the rustic appear of such places. It is more beneficial to make these trips in your own small group to places that will luckily avoid the mainstream of CA wine related traffic.

Choosing CA wine

One cannot go far wrong when considering the CA wine options. There are so many fine vintages here to choose from that it's hard to know where to start. Certainly, any fan of CA wine must consider the classics that have been around for 150 years and longer. These wines have a pedigree that's comparable to the pedigrees of fine European wines, but often at less cost due to the reduced shipping costs and the lesser known names.

Of course, no comments on a wine tasting region can be complete without discussing the relevant terroir. This one has it good in terms of geography, geology, climate and bodies of water. In short, this is an ideal region for growing good wines, and the history of CA wine in winning international competitions proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Should you have any doubt as the quality of these fine American-made specialty wines, simply purchase any of the CA wine that our wine shop sells and you're sure to be surprised by the richness, variety and delights you'll find. Fruitiness is in abundance, as is wine with a good nose and often with hints of cherries, lemons and other citrusy flavors. Tannin levels are good, and the wine making art is exacting enough to produce product in volume to a world class standard.

CA wines are a rare treat for the person of sensuous tastes who decides to express this preference in alcohol consumption. Sure, there are many other choices for alcohol consumption or for that matter other forms of sensuality available everywhere. But for this particular one, the quality wine from CA wine is hard to beat, as millions of recurrent visitors to the region will attest.