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traddling Sonoma and Napa Valleys, Carneros is less than 60 miles by Zipcar from San Francisco, but its country vibe feels a world away. Come for the rolling hills and sweeping views of farmland and vineyards; stay for the private tastings and often underpriced pinot noirs and chardonnays. The cooler climate makes this region ideal for those that favor more acidic and crisp wines. Here, five of the best wineries in this too often skipped AVA.  

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The Carneros Wine Alliance has elected a new board of directors for 2017. Carla Bosco, director of communications at Bouchaine, Vineyards will serve elected as chairwoman, and former chairwoman, Crista Johnso, marketing communications manager at Schug Carneros Estate Winery, has been named vice-chairwoman. TJ Evans, head of still wine-making at Domaine Carneros will continue to serve as treasurer.

Bosco has served on the Carneros Wine Alliance board since 2014 and previously served as vice chair and secretary.

The board also welcomed three new board members, Hilary Berkey, brand manager at Etude Vineyards; Emily Bryne, who runs brand relations at Liana Estates and Mathew Fitch, director of sales and marketing at Truchard Vineyards.

The Carneros Wine Alliance also created an advisory board that includes founding board member Anne Moller-Racke of The Donum Estate, and prior board members Alison Crowe of Garnet Vineyards and Jennifer LaRosa of Poseidon Vineyards. All board positions will continue for one calendar year.

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The Carneros Wine Alliance, a nonprofit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced a new board of directors for 2017.

Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards has been elected as chairwoman of the Carneros Wine Alliance and former chairwoman, Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery, has been named vice-chairwoman of the board.

TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros will continue to serve as treasurer of the alliance. The board also welcomed three new board members, including Hilary Berkey of Etude Vineyards, Emily Bryne of Liana Estates, and Mathew Fitch of Truchard Vineyards.
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Carneros, Napa and Sonoma, CA, February 2, 2017—The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced today that they have elected a new board of directors for 2017. Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards has been elected as Chair of the Carneros Wine Alliance and former Chair, Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery, has been named Vice-Chair of the board. TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros will continue to serve as Treasurer of the alliance. The board also welcomed three new board members including Hilary Berkey of Etude Vineyards, Emily Bryne of Liana Estates, and Mathew Fitch of Truchard Vineyards.
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Carneros, Napa and Sonoma, CA, February 2, 2017—The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced today that they have elected a new board of directors for 2017. Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards has been elected as Chair of the Carneros Wine Alliance and former Chair, Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery, has been named Vice-Chair of the board. TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros will continue to serve as Treasurer of the alliance. The board also welcomed three new board members including Hilary Berkey of Etude Vineyards, Emily Bryne of Liana Estates, and Mathew Fitch of Truchard Vineyards.

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Soaked vineyards, roadblocks and communications outages
On the borderline: Los Carneros
The Los Carneros AVA, which spans the southern parts of Sonoma and Napa counties, provided mixed reviews of storm impact. According to the University of California Cooperative Extension, total precipitation in the dual-county Carneros district during all of January 2016 amounted to 6.3 inches. The same month in 2015 collected zero and in 2014, the total was 0.06 inches. Rainfall in the first 17 days of January 2017 was 6.48 inches, with more predicted by forecast models later this week.

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Carneros Wine Alliance
The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  Carneros is the only appellation located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Influenced by the maritime breezes and fog from its southern border with the San Pablo Bay, Carneros produces the region’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of the grapes and wines from Carneros.