Category Archives: Regional Profile

A Virtual Trip to Italy

You have to watch these.   We fell head over heels for this series of gorgeous videos made by the professional, education-focused organization the Guild of Sommeliers and the team who directed last year’s incredible SOMM documentary.    The three … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Sonoma County

Where: Hugging the Pacific Coast and running east until it hits the Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma County is about an hour north of San Francisco.   What: A vast and varied wine region that nevertheless boasts a strong sense of pride, community and … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Santa Ynez Valley

Where: “Part Two” of Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley AVA runs parallel with the southern California coast as it veers abruptly east in line with the Transverse Ranges’ Santa Ynez Mountains. The coastal city of Santa Barbara itself is … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Santa Maria Valley

Where: “Part One” of Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley AVA occupies the northeastern quadrant of this roughly rectangular county. Mountains hem both the top and bottom of the appellation, and fog and wind funnel straight into Santa Maria from … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Napa Valley

Where: Saddled between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca range to the east, Napa Valley is an hour’s drive northeast from San Francisco. It’s an American Viticultural Area within northern California’s Napa County, and it houses 16 … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Beaujolais

Where: About 75 miles south of the city of Beaune, Beaujolais caps the southern end of France’s Burgundy region.   What: Classic Gamay with climbing quality. For a while, Beaujolais had an oversimplified reputation. Quantity trumped quality in many parts, … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Eden Valley, Australia

Where: Start in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and move about 300 meters up — not north but east: literally up, into the hills.    What: Historically, the Eden Valley was just an extension of the Barossa Valley. Though the first … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Barossa Valley, Australia

Where: Barossa Valley is a “Geographical Indication” (or GI, basically an appellation) set within the Barossa zone in the state of South Australia. It’s a valley set back from the coast, following the North Para River and surrounded by the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Hunter Valley

Where: Hunter Valley is technically a “zone” within the state of New South Wales (on the southeastern side of Australia, a quick two-hour jaunt north of Sydney). It’s a river valley in between the Tasman Sea and the Brokenback Range. … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Elqui Valley

Where: At the edge of the Atacama desert in the Coquimbo region, Elqui is Chile’s northernmost wine-producing area (which, since we’re in the southern hemisphere, means it’s pretty warm). Isolated from urban life and nestled in between the Andes and … Continue reading