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Class 3: Sonoma County and the Central Coast

Some areas range from cool to warm, as in Sonoma Valley.


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The AVAs discussed to this point are clustered together in northern and central Sonoma County.

Sonoma County's oldest winegrowing area is geographically separated from the rest of the county. Sonoma Valley is farther to the southeast, stretching from Kenwood south to Carneros. And it includes the Sonoma side of the Carneros AVA.

Called "Valley of the Moon" by native Americans, Sonoma Valley contours along the Mayacamas Mountains. Like Napa Valley, which is just over the ridge to the east, Sonoma Valley has a narrow north-south shape, though it is much smaller.

Buena Vista and the old Bundschu winery (now Gundlach...

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