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Class 2: Napa Valley


Wall-to-Wall Vineyards
Napa Valley is California's most famous and most developed AVA. Emerald green vineyards are interrupted only by wineries and quaint towns.

Wine and wine tourism drive the economy in the valley, which is located an hour’s drive north-northeast of San Francisco.

Napa Valley Varieties
Napa Valley's diverse vineyards are planted with a wide range of grape varieties, from Chardonnay to Zinfandel. But increasingly, the most prestigious vineyards are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and its blending partners.

Napa Valley is famous for rendering Cabernets of amazing depth, richness, diversity and personality. They range from chewy, tannic mountain-grown wines to supple, polished, elegant valley floor Cabernets.

This magnificent assortment of wines, cherished by collectors worldwide, arises from an intricate...

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