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Class 8: Discovering the New World

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West Coast

  • Pacific Ocean and Coastal Range influence climate


  • Same latitude as Burgundy
  • Cooler and wetter than California
  • Many vineyards in coastal valleys
  • Willamette Valley
    • Most developed area
    • Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir
  • Rogue Valley
    • Warm enough for Merlot and Syrah


  • Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling
  • Most vineyards inland, coastal plains too cool and wet
  • Sunny, arid conditions in the rain shadow of Cascade Mountains make irrigation necessary
  • Columbia Valley contains Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys

New York

  • Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
  • Long Island, Hudson River Valley, Finger Lakes


  • Ripe, fruit-driven, smooth wines
  • Chardonnay, Riesling, Sémillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz
  • Most vineyards in cooler, drier southeastern states

    South Australia

    • 60 percent of Australia's wines
    • Barossa Valley: rich reds
    • Adelaide Hill, McLaren Vale, Padthaway: Chardonnay
    • Coonawarra: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

    New South Wales


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