Two weeks ago, my wife and I visited family who live in an eastern suburb of Vancouver, in beautiful British Columbia. After a few very enjoyable days spent admiring the view and heights in Squamish BC, and the beautiful walking trails in Deep Cove, my family and I could not resist the gravitational force pulling at us from the nearby Okanagan Valley …undoubtedly the most beautiful and picturesque wine regions anywhere. So, without even feigning any resistance whatsoever, we embarked on our voyage which took us on Highway 5 (the infamous reality TV backdrop for Highway from Hell). Through the breath-taking symphony of mountains, hills and valleys of majestic British Columbia, we made the long, winding journey to Kelowna, situated in the very heart of the Okanagan Valley. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by the festivities of their annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, and we prepared our senses for what we knew would be a most enjoyable cram session…an oenologically delicious study of this region’s unique native wines. I could tell by the look of steely determination in everyone’s eyes’ that we were not to be denied…we were on a mission to take full advantage of the situation at hand (in part for research purposes, of course).
California Wines- not just about Napa Valley
California is one of the largest and most diverse states in the US, and its wines feature a diversity of character unique to the region from which they come. While you can find wineries practically anywhere in the state, here’s a look at the largest and best known wine regions in California.
Wine Industry in California
When people think about California wine, the Napa Valley is usually the first thing that comes to mind. This is where the modern wine industry in California started and ultimately flourished after the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris. The Napa Valley is considered part of California’s North Coast Wine Region, which also includes Sonoma, and Santa Rosa, stretching all the way up through Mendocino. While the Napa Valley produces many different varietals, they are particularly known for world class Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays.
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