For the Love of Los Carneros – James Melendez

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 love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 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, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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