The Old World concept of terroir -- the interaction of climate, soil, geography and variety -- is gaining ground as specific characteristics are becoming associated with individual varieties grown in specific appellations.
The international varieties comprise the majority of California's production, along with Zinfandel and a number of regionally important varieties. Each of the main varieties has adapted to various regions in California, and distinctive wine styles have emerged.
Originally planted in warmer areas, Chardonnay is...
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