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The Fine Wines Of California: Highly regarded for their consistency, reliability and high quality, California wines are known as some of the finest wines in the world. The wines of California combine a rich European tradition with a drive for innovation and improvement. California is known for its long growing season, which allow nearly all the major wine grape varietals to flourish: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. California's climate often times produces a distinctive "fruit forward" quality that wine enthusiasts around the world have come to recognize as a hallmark of California wines. The major growing regions in California include: Napa Valley, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Carneros, and Santa Ynez Valley. Some notable California wine producers are Peter Michael Winery, Etude, Kongsgaard Wine, Joseph Phelps, Chateau Montelena, Dominus Estate, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard, Paul Hobbs Winery and many other California wines.

The Fine Wines Of Oregon: Oregon's location along the 45th parallel, as well as its maritime weather, have produced a growing climate extremely similar to Burgundy, France, a region well known for its Pinot Noir. As a result, Oregon's top wine crop has become - you guessed it - Pinot Noir. However, Oregon wines are also produced from Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Syrah. While there are quite a few wine growing regions in Oregon, Willamette Valley is home to the majority of the top producers of Oregon wines. Notable Oregonian wine producers ar

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