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Those familiar with Napa’s Wine Country, know of Carneros. It is the only American Viticultural Area (A.V.A.) that is in both Napa and Sonoma. It’s also the first A.V.A. you reach if you’re heading towards Napa from San Francisco. I have spent some time in this region enjoying the fabulous Carneros Wineries and really have gotten to know various wineries, winemakers, and restaurants. I know how much you guys appreciate a good Top 10 list, so here are the Top 10 Carneros Wineries I recommend you visit and get to know. For those of you who are not local, visit their respective websites and try some of their wines at home. Also, these are in no particular order, they are all fabulous, so check them out and see for yourself...
 

 

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Tune in for the ultimate holiday wine advice on what to bring to a holiday party, what is the perfect holiday wine gift to impress your boss, holiday wine pairings with everything from latkes to cauliflower pizza and find out which wineries are donating to California fire relief efforts. Watch as these four women in wine come together to taste and toast the best of California wine country.

In this episode of Wine Oh TV, Monique Soltani heads to the Kitchen Door in Napa for a holiday food and wine pairing supporting California Wine Country. Beth and Marcy from The Wine Road and Carla from the Carneros Wine Alliance join Monique!
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In this episode of Wine Oh TV, Monique Soltani checks in with the who’s who of wine country to see how they are celebrating the season.

They share everything from their favorite holiday traditions, to which bottles of wine they are breaking out on the big day from Beaujolais Crus Gamay to bubbles all the way!

Hear from John Jordan, Joel Peterson, Jean-Charles Boisset and many more and you’ll certainly find yourself saying “I’ll have what she (or he’s) having” on Christmas Day.  Here’s What Wine Pros Are Drinking & Doing on Christmas Day Watch as we say Merry Christmas from Wine Country!

Wine Alliance join Monique!
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A mere hour from San Francisco, Carneros straddles Napa and Sonoma and is home to some of wine country’s best tasting rooms, restaurants, and stays.

Heading north from San Francisco to wine country, some of the earliest signs of vines come from one of California’s most charming wine-growing regions: Carneros. An appellation traversing the southern portions of Napa and Sonoma, Carneros rests just above the San Pablo Bay, whose cooling influence provides a haven for pinot noir, chardonnay, and sparkling wine production. Though some of this appellation sustained fire damage from the October wildfires in Northern California, it's open for business and just as wonderful as ever...

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UPDATED Oct. 11, 2 p.m. PST

• Artesa Winery in Carneros reported that the fire reached their property and affected some of their estate vineyards, but the winery itself did not sustain any damage.

UPDATED Oct. 10, 5 p.m. PST

• "Right now, the fires remain in Carneros, and we won't know the impact of the fires until we can assess the damage," said Carla Bosco, Carneros Wine Alliance board chair. "Our two local fire crews, Carneros and Schell-Vista, have been amazing in protecting Carneros, and we are grateful for their diligent work."

UPDATED Oct. 10, 1 p.m. PST

• Staff at Domaine Carneros have reported that they are OK.


 
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They call it “The Championship of Bags,” and ESPN was there. Sort of.

In July, players of all skill levels gathered in North Carolina for the American Cornhole League’s championship tournament. Before you ask, yes, there is an American Cornhole League. Their main event caught the attention of ESPN3, the go-to channel for competitive video gaming, ultimate frisbee, and hot dog eating contests.

Televised cornhole has yet to arrive in Napa, but on a recent Saturday afternoon a more discreet tournament took place. The scene was Carneros, Napa Valley’s southernmost region originally known for its sheep, then its wines — and now, for flying beanbags.

Organized by The Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA), a marketing group focused on promoting the Carneros AVA, the event at Liana Estates on Las Amigas Road doubled as a fundraiser for the Carneros and Schell-Vista fire departments. Like most Napa Valley fundraisers, wine and food were abundant. But the latter-day version of lawn darts was a new feature...

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You are invited to join Carneros wineries and enjoy a summer evening of the latest wine releases as well as a lively game of cornhole during the Carneros Wine Alliance Carneros Wine Tasting and Cornhole Tournament, Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Liana Estates in Napa. The event will start with a wine tasting of Carneros all-stars including Bouchaine, Cuvaison, Etude, Hyde, Liana Estates, Schug, and Truchard Vineyards. The tasting will be followed by community cornhole tournament with all proceeds donated
to the Carneros and Schell-Vista Fire Departments...
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Carneros wine tasting and Cornhole tournament

The Carneros Wine Alliance will host its first Wine Tasting & Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Liana Estates in Napa. Sonoma’s Schug and Hyde wineries will participate along with Bouchaine, Cuvaison, Etude and Truchard Vineyards.

The late afternoon wine tasting will be followed by the Cornhole Tournament. What is it? It’s an old game where participants toss bags of corn or beans through holes in boards – which is over simplifying it. All proceeds will be donated to the Schell-Vista and Carneros fire department. $40. 4 to 6 p.m. 2750 Las Amigas, Napa. Tickets at Carneros.com/events.

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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.