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California Wine Map Updates

The last time we updated our Wine Map of California, a new region – Petaluma Gap – was added almost immediately. It's now in our updated map.

Petaluma Gap Wine Map

Perhaps all of the backlogged new regions will be made official soon! There are currently 9 pending new regions and 3 pending expansions to existing regions in California.

Here's a summary of all of the pending AVAs in the US:

AVA Name State(s) County Date Accepted
Royal Slope WA Adams, Grant 04/14/2017
Alisos Canyon CA Santa Barbara 04/14/2017
Boundary Modification of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA and the Arroyo Seco AVA CA Monterey 08/01/2017
Verde Valley AZ Yavapai 08/01/2017
San Luis Obispo Coast (SLO Coast) CA San Luis Obispo 08/30/2017
Mount Pisgah, Polk County, Oregon OR Polk 10/12/2017
The Burn of Columbia Valley WA Klickitat 10/31/2017
White Bluffs WA Franklin 11/07/2017
Lower Long Tom OR Benton, Lake 01/04/2018
Upper Lake Valley CA Lake 01/10/2018
Ulupalakua HI Maui 03/06/2018
Goose Gap WA Benton 03/06/2018
Expansion of the Clarksburg AVA CA Sacramento, Solano, Yolo 04/10/2018
Virginia Peninsula VA James City, York, New Kent, Charles City 05/11/2018
Gabilan Mountains CA Monterey, San Benito 06/14/2018
Tehachapi CA Kern 07/11/2018
Palos Verdes Peninsula CA Los Angeles 08/01/2018
Rocky Reach WA Chelan, Douglas 09/26/2018
Paulsell Valley CA Stanislaus/td> 10/23/2018
Long Valley-Lake County CA Lake 11/07/2018
Expansion of the Red Hills Lake County AVA CA Lake 04/17/2019
Yucaipa Valley CA Riverside, San Bernardino 06/21/2019

Source: https://www.ttb.gov/wine/pending_ava_list.shtml

Maps Are Only as Good as the Data they're Made From - Etna Edition

As the internet grows, it seems that the amount of disinformation grows with it. Something completely wrong can rise to the top of search results. The errors are then magnified by uncritical and ignorant copying. I'm seeing this more and more in the world of wine maps.

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The World Through Wine Colored Glasses

I'm having a flashback to a wine course I took many years ago. There was one question that I got wrong that never sat right with me:

Q: True or False? Wine comes in a limited range of colors.

A: True

Wrong! You are wrong! It is FALSE!  Wine comes comes in a wide range of colors. Moron.

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South America Updates

We’ve updated our South America map. It’s a fairly extensive revision made with the help of Brian Ravitsky, a top South American wine importer and partner in Brazos Wines, as well as with a group of highly respected winemakers in Argentina and Chile.

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Wine Map Updates

We reprinted three of our most popular maps in the last few months: Italy in August; Spain & Portugal and France in December.

Amazingly, only France had any updates, and they were minor:

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Chambers St. Wines Likes Our Maps

It's very kind of Chambers St. Wines to like our maps in their recent newsletter.

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