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Every few weeks Jávi Cellars puts some new and interesting infographics out onto the web. This is the full list if you would like to get caught up!
MAPSMap Of California's Wine Growing Regions & The Principle Varietals Grown
How can viewing this map help you? Buying wine from its principal regions often means you get better bottles of wine for less, here is why:
- Competition from many producers that all specialize in those varietals.
- Principal grapes are often overproduced leading to lower prices
- Premium reserve bottles are being crafted, if not sourced, right next to or from the same grapes.
- Generational winemakers that have been working with these varietals know what to do with them.
I could never figure out why I only liked a hand full of Cabernet Sauvignons...until I started asking what was blended into each bottle. I knew Cabernet Sauv. is often blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot, or Cabernet Franc, this brought me to find stand-alone bottles of each and I really liked Cabernet Franc. It so happened that the Cabernet Sauvignons that had more Cab Franc in them were the bottles I liked best. Use these recommendations to explore away from your traditional go-to varietal, maybe what you like about it is something completely different.
Merlot has always been that big jammy and fruit forward wine to me. It wasn't until taking on this Javi Cellars endeavor that this varietal opened up and was put on my radar. It so happened that I did this list in reverse and only then ended up keeping a bottle of Merlot in the cabinet ever since.
I grew up in the foothills of Northern California, thus was never exposed to much to Pinot Noir. This was made up for during college when I had the chance to work at a winery that was nothing but Pinot Noir and even some Pinot blends. I have to say this recommendation was simple, and it stayed here at home, Santa Rita Hills, Edna Valley, Monterey, Russian River, Oregon.
One wine short, I didn't want to go too far out there to something that is hit or miss in my opinion. What is left are similar in body and texture wines that are great to bounce between. Most importantly when talking about Chardonnay is the different styles. Think you know this wine? Try one fermented in Neutral & New Oak Barrels, Stainless Steel Tanks, and even Concrete Eggs. Each is something completely different and fun to see who likes what best.
Light, crisp, and bright can describe this list. Perfect for summer. Perfect for salad. Perfect for a fish dish. Sauvignon blanc or even a Pinot Gris is a fine everyday wine with a few on this list that will surprise you and one or two that you have never tried. Maybe it is time!
This took me quite a bit of time to put together, but here it is. Over 40 major varietals; what regions they are produced, how much to pay, the food to pair it with, when to try it with, how to serve, what to talk about, tasting notes by region and style.
While each varietal can show up across a wide spectrum based on region, style, and vintage, it is important for comprehension and to really appreciate these differences by generalizing where wines tend to fall. Is it a savory or fruit-driven red? Okay, it fruit driven, now is that a light red fruit or a dark and ripe fruit? This graphic helps put these into perspective.
While each varietal can show up across a wide spectrum based on region, style, and vintage, it is important for comprehension and to really appreciate these differences by generalizing where wines tend to fall. Is it dry or sweet? Let's say it is dry, now is that a light and floral dryness or a rich and creamy dryness? This graphic helps put these into perspective.