Name the wine region directly to the east of Sonoma County
Correct! Napa Valley might be small (about 31 miles long and 3 miles wide), but it produces a variety of world-class styles, from champenoise method sparkling wines to concentrated, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon; and fine Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah to a range of Chardonnay types…and more!
Name the four main wine-making counties that make up the North Coast of California
Correct! All of these counties sit north of the San Francisco Bay, which is responsible for the heavy fogs that can last all morning in the vineyards.
Name the sub-AVA that is located 50% in Sonoma and 50% in Napa
Correct. This AVA is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that make still wines as well as high quality sparkling (traditional method).
In 1920, the 18th Amendment did what to the wine industry, nearly destroying California’s wine future?
Correct! While the Eighteenth Amendment banned the sale of alcohol, it still allowed for individual households to make up to 200 gallons of wine per year. Congress also allowed wineries to produce sacramental wines for religious purposes and wine for medicinal use.
Which settlers brought the Zinfandel grape into California?
Correct! Today, Zinfandel is regarded as California’s “own” grape. Its berries have the tendency to ripen at different times which lends it a variety of styles, from concentrated and full-bodied if the grapes raisin, to herbaceous, if some of the grapes are still underripe.
What is the most planted white grape in California?
Correct. Chardonnay is actually the most planted grape of either color!
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