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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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The Carneros Wine Alliance, a nonprofit association of wineries and grapegrowers in the Carneros AVA, announced its 2017 board of directors. Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards has been elected as chair 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 as treasurer. 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.

As part of the board appointments, 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.

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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California’s Carneros region may have been overshadowed by other appellations, but a small group of vineyard owners and vintners are looking to restore youth and excitement

One time, not so long ago, the most famous and sought-after place to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California was Carneros. The region, which lies partly in Napa and partly in Sonoma, showed so much promise that big-name sparkling-wine producers from France and Spain opened Carneros outposts. Today, the former hot spot has been overshadowed by newer, cooler appellations..

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The only American Viticultural Area (AVA) to straddle both Napa and Sonoma counties, Carneros, established in 1983, is fog-cooled and refreshingly undeveloped, compared to many nearby regions.

While other areas have risen in reputation and favor with tourists for having more to do, many of Carneros’s most famous names haven’t offered much in the way of tastings or tours.

That’s changing. There’s no doubt Carneros can produce enviable Pinot Noir, and, in smaller amounts, Merlot and Syrah. Its true calling card might be Chardonnay, a grape that has been quietly making it famous all along. And two of its most respected vineyard-designated growers are, after decades in the business, building wineries of their own.

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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.