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...I've got a few wines from Carneros beginning with a fine, quite flavorful Sauvignon Blanc from Cuvaison that is aged in concrete (or "beton" in French) and has a lovely purity. Still in the white department, the Truchard Roussanne has been one of that estate's signature wines for years.Moving on to red, but staying in the Carneros breeze, I've got a few Pinots as well, starting with the beautifully aging Saintsbury reserve, that was probably pretty hefty in its youth, but is aging into a seamless and complex whole that is really appealing...
 

 

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On Nov. 13, the Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA) hosted “Unusual, Unknown and Aged Wines” seminar and tasting, showcasing some of the top wine producers from the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) who are making use of the region’s specific mesoclimate and varied topography in unique ways.

Carneros has built a reputation on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine production, but the region is not limited to these two grape varieties alone. The CWA event brought together a few winemakers who are looking beyond the usual suspects the dual Napa-Sonoma AVA has to offer...

 

 

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Carneros is the coolest of all AVAs nested within the Napa Valley AVA. In my opinion, it is also the most versatile of them. It produces crisp sparkling wines but also excellent Merlot and Syrah.

The Carneros AVA actually straddles the Napa-Sonoma County line though. It even represents more acreage in Sonoma County than in Napa County. But, Sonoma County has so much vineyard acreage in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Carneros’ cool-to-moderate climate is less unique to Sonoma County than it is to Napa County....
 

 

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Carneros Wine Tasting & Cornhole Tournament: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 11. ZD Wines, 1080 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa. This Carneros Wine Alliance event, a benefit for the Carneros and Schell-Vista fire departments, includes a walk-around wine tasting of Carneros all-star wines, followed by a lively cornhole tournament. $40.
 

 

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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The community is invited to join Carneros wineries, and enjoy a summer evening with a classic tasting of Carneros all-star wines, followed by a lively Cornhole Tournament. All proceeds will be donated to the Carneros and Schell-Vista Fire Departments.

The Carneros Wine Alliance is Hosting

Second Annual Carneros Wine Tasting and Cornhole Tournament.

Saturday, August 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 

 

Carneros Wine Alliance hosts winetasting & Cornhole Tournament

The Carneros Wine Alliance will host its second annual Cornhole Tournament & Wine Tasting on Saturday, Aug. 11 (note new date), probably having nothing to do with Bastille Day. The whole thing takes place at ZD Wines’ Private Carneros Estate on Cuttings Wharf Road, technically in Napa.

It all starts with a walk-around wine tasting of Saintsbury, Artesa, Etude, Liana Estates (Peju daughters), ZD Wines, Bouchaine and Schug Carneros Estate wines, plus small bites. Then comes the cheering for a community cornhole tournament with proceeds going to the Carneros and Schell-Vista fire departments. $40. 4 to 6 p.m. 1080 Cuttings Wharf Rd., Napa. Carneros.com.

 

 

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.