On CTV News, Leanne and I chat about how Californian wines are among the popular at the liquor store. In this segment, we focus on Sonoma.
We’re back. Let’s take a look at that map again to see Sonoma.
Tell us about Sonoma
- Birthplace of Californian wine, planted in the 1800s by Spanish missionaries
- Flagship is Chardonnay
- Judgment of Paris in 1976 – Chardonnay mostly from Sonoma like this Chard I have
What other wines is Sonoma famous for?
- 60 varieties of grapes: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah
What’s the climate like?
- Mediterranean climate, with dry summers, wet winters
- Defining feature is the coastline – 60 miles/100 kilometres of coastline
- Marine fog keeps grapes cool in the morning, burns off
- Mountains separate coast from Valley – act like an oven, hot air rises, pulls in cool air from the ocean underneath – warm days, cool nights
- More soil types (31) exist in Sonoma than in all of France