California wines are well known for their high quality, reliability and diversity. California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varietals grown in nearly 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers. Arguably the most famous region is Napa. Napa is known for its rich and robust Cabernet Sauvignons, and is home to many of California’s top vineyards, estates and winemakers. The wines of California are truly world class, and rival top regions from around the globe, as seen in the 1976 Judgement of Paris! A region less known, but of equal potential is the Central Coast’s Paso Robles. It is home to many of California’s rising stars, and focuses on varietals seen less in the North such a Syrah and Grenache.
The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 200 wineries. It has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world. The Willamette Valley is a huge and varied appellation that includes six sub-appellations; Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge & Yamhill Carlton.