If you have to determine what combines the diversity of California wine, it is important to make a comparison between the location of wine regions in the state and those of Europe. For example, the Bordeaux latitude is 44.8 degrees northern latitude, roughly the same as Maine, where not much wine is made. On the other hand, Sonoma is 38.5 degrees north - approximately the same longitude as Sicily.
Grape is a fruit and its behavior is the same as the behavior of any other fruit - provide heat, light and moisture in the right amount for each varietal and get healthy, ripest grains that create wine with energy, highlighted fruitiness and saturation of aromas. Deprive the vine of any of these elements and it will not give you enough sugars to start making wine.
Bordeaux faces this issue once or twice a decade. A cool harvest makes wine that does not reach the standards of a warm harvest. California, on the contrary, almost never suffers from a lack of sunshine. The drought, which is the biggest enemy here, does not hinder farmers so much because the law permits irrigation, and it is more about cost increase.
Whether you're drinking Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County, Monterey Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, or Zinfandel of Mendocino, the wine will carry the bright light that California has in excess.
One final aspect of the terroir before you dive into the experience called Californian wine. There is a fairy tale: The vineyard loves a hill. California is located on the San Andreas gorge and for thousands of years the tectonic forces have twisted and shaped the landscape to offer plenty of hills and slopes with diverse exposure and microclimate.
California wine is commonly used as a narrative for the wines of the New World that includes Australia, Argentina, Chile, and New Zealand. This is rather a generalization, because each of these countries has its own specific wine, produced from age-old vines. But there is something that unites them after all - they are all located at warmer latitudes, compared to the good, old Europe.
SEEWINES invites you on a journey to the New World with the wines of California.