Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast

Though it took many years for me to realize it, I was born in such a region. I took my first breaths five miles inland from the Pacific ocean in the heart of what is now affectionally called the Western Sonoma Coast, if only to better distinguish it from the AVA (American Viticultural Area) known as the Sonoma Coast. The Sonoma Coast AVA represents the worst example of how politics and bureaucracy can win out over geology and geography when it comes to defining America's wine growing regions. Massive and sprawling, the Sonoma Coast AVA includes far more acreage without any coastal climate influence than it does acreage kissed by the cool fogs and ocean breezes of the pacific.
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Published: Oct. 4, 2014

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