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... Asparagus is delicious, but it’s also laden with a sulfur-containing amino acid that can conspire with the vegetable’s grassy flavor to make wine taste vegetal, metallic and downright awful. It’s known in the wine world as one of the untouchables — a pairing best not attempted. Despite the taboo, I’ve seen asparagus on enough wine country tables to know that although the pairing may be difficult, it’s certainly not impossible. It can even be enjoyable!

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Domaine Carneros 2012 La Terre Promise Carneros Chardonnay ($44): With aromas of green apples and soft vanilla, this wine is nicely rounded, with a fine balance between fruit and subtle oak. This wine would pair best with asparagus dishes that involve some richer elements.

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Speaking to the group of growers and winemakers, the board’s vice chair Anne Moller-Racke, who is the president of the Donum Estate, said she was thrilled to see the renewed focus of the alliance. She said the collaborative and cooperative spirit of the region is part of what sets Carneros apart—as well as the area’s excellent Chardonnay. “For myself, I think we should always pay more attention to Chardonnay,” she said.

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One could feel right away that this wasn’t an ordinary trade tasting but it was totally Carneros: intimate, laid back, cool background music, great wines. The venue itself was so symbolic of the region and its winegrowers – ZD’s modern barn, open and transparent, looking out onto the bucolic setting beyond and the restored 19th century Victorian next door. It’s a region where a confident new generation embraces tradition in a search for authenticity, and the old garde hews to its free-thinking, but no less authentic, ways...

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The Carneros Wine Alliance had a successful 2014 Annual Barrel Tasting Event on March 25th  at ZD Wines Barn.  

Wine media and trade were invited to the annual Carneros Wine Alliance Barrel Tasting Event featuring Carneros Chardonnay.  Attendees tasted current Carneros Chardonnay vintages as well as older Chardonnay and Pinot Noir barrel samples.  

  

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Carneros Wine Alliance Unveils “Voices of Carneros” Campaign The marketing program for Carneros has never been particularly noteworthy of late, but that is about to change. This month, the Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA), a non profit association of wineries and grape growers in the Carneros AVA, announced a new online media campaign called “The Voices of Carneros,” and unveiled a new website at www.carneros.com. The campaign is focusing on Carneros Chardonnay in 2014. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of CWA as one of the founding California AVA associations. Carneros is the only California AVA that spans two counties and is a complex appellation deeply rooted in agriculture and history. This cool climate region is influenced by the maritime weather of neighboring San Francisco and San Pablo bays, and has long been known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine production. It was the first California AVA to be defined by climate characteristics rather than political boundaries and achieved AVA status in 1983. The first local featured in The Voices of Carneros Campaign is Alison Crowe, winemaker for Garnet Vineyards.

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The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grapegrowers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced the launch of a new online media campaign called “The Voices of Carneros.” The new campaign, along with a revamped Web site, are in preparation of the CWA’s 30th anniversary as one of the founding California AVA associations in 2015. The Voices of Carneros campaign will feature Carneros locals, from winemakers to farmers and growers, and will be published regularly on the alliance website and across all social media outlets, all as a way for consumers to get insight on the region. The group also announced it will focus its marketing on Carneros Chardonnay in 2014.

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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.