Further north along the Pacific coast, there are another two important wine states: Oregon and Washington. The two states, together with Idaho, are known as “the Pacific North West”.
Today let’s continue to look at other important Californian wine regions in the Central Coast and the Central Valley.
Most of the finest Californian wines are produced in the North-to-Central Coast areas of the state, while most of the bulk wines are produced in the further inland Central Valley area. Let’s first look at some important AVAs in the North Coast Region.
California is the heart of the American wine industry, and the pioneer of the modern viticultural revolution. Being the biggest source of US wines, California produces wines ranging from the “two buck chucks” to top cult reds.
Yesterday we talked about the DOC classification system, so today let’s have a look at some other terms you may see on Italian wine labels.
Inspired by the French Appellation d'origine Contrôlée (AOC) system, Italian wines established its DOC system in 1975, with Vino da Tavola being the lowest of the pyramid and DOCG being the highest. But due to the diversity of geographic condition in Ital
Southern Italy refers to the toe and heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, and the nearby islands including Sicily and Sardinia. This fast-developing part of Italy has a warm Mediterranean climate which helps make rich red wines with a touch of raisin, spice and chocol
Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is perhaps the most well-known wine region in Italy. Sangiovese is the dominant grape variety in the region, and is responsible for arguably Italy’s most famous wine – Chianti.
The North East of Italy is best known for producing neutral white wines, with various different styles in every region. Some of the most important regions in North-east Italy include: Alto Adige, Friuli and Veneto.
Piedmont is situated on the foothills of the Alps in the North West of Italy. This region include 50 appellations, more than any other wine region in Italy.