Let’s play a little word association game. I’ll give you a word or phrase; you tell me what first comes to mind:
(1) California's Wine Country
(2) Gold Medal Winning California Wines
(3) Old Vine Zinfandels
Now, let us give the conventional answers:
(1) Napa Valley
(2) Again…Napa Valley
(3) Jammy fruit bombs that are high in alcohol
(4) That’s not how you spell Barbara…and what does she have to do with wine?
For those of us who live in California or are familiar with California wines, we know that good wines come from the upper North Coast all the way down to the Southern California border, and everywhere in between.
California is home to some of the best wines in the world, and is only surpassed in production (not necessarily quality) by Italy, France and Spain. While Napa Valley may have solidified its claim to fame at The Judgement of Paris in 1973, there are a vast number of wine regions in California that have been producing award winning wines for decades; many still unknown or thought to be insignificant in the world of wine.
For those who enjoy Scott Harvey Wines, you already know better. Some of the best wine in the world comes from the fifth smallest county (in terms of square miles) in California; Amador County. Within the 600 square miles that makes up Amador County, about 4,000 acres (less than 1%) consists of wine grapes. But the grapes grown within that 1% produce some of the best wines in California, if not the world.