For the Love of Los Carneros – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

For the love of Los Carneros for me has been my gateway to Napa Valley and Sonoma County for many years.  It has always been an exciting and thrilling wine country–in many ways the appropriate wine country gateway.  An entrance of both hillside and vast rolling hills… mile after mile and hectare after hectare.  There is something that is not easily described but easily felt.

Both wine countries of Napa Valley and Sonoma County have different geographies that differ with subtlity and contrast.  Carneros is a large area occupying both counties and has fewer tasting rooms than further up trail in Sonoma and Napa.   Despite it’s rural feel can be immediately offset by the very busy highway 121–but that is key.  Driving off of nearly any road leads to a gorgeous setting and the rural sense comes back into play.

Los Carneros is home many varietals Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but to other varietals such a Merlot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Malbec, Pinot Meunier, Riesling, Roussanne and Dolcetto to name a few.  Pinot Noir found it’s first cool climate setting (in California) in Los Carneros and that is hard to believe.   In the treasury of Los Carneros AVA is it’s fortunate geography–the San Pablo Bay gently giving the the cool breathe in summer time that is so valuable and so necessary.

And Carneros is relatively new with respect to wine grape cultivation.   Louis Martini developed the Stanly Ranch in the 1940s paved the way for what we enjoy today.   There are approximately 6,000 acres / 2,400 hectares that are devoted to viticulture.

Carneros treasury is being a fortunate cool zone which in many ways is a work horse for the sparkling wine industry in California–many wine grapes that find there way to a bottle of sparkling wine (Mumm Napa, Domaine Carneros and Domaine Chandon).

I do take time to drive in Carneros – I get out and take a moment to breathe the air, enjoy an evocative sunset and enjoy it’s quiet.  Getting to the tasting room is enjoyable but the journey to getting there is equally so.



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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.
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