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Napa vs. Sonoma face-off

Sonoma or Napa? Two rivals slug it out over which wine country has the juice

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Sonoma: Wine
Written by Rod Smith

Sonoma: Wine

No, we’re not synonymous with a single grape. That’s the point. Each of Sonoma’s 13 AVAs has its specialties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast), Cabernet (Alexander and Sonoma Valleys). Don’t forget Zinfandel, which was practically invented in our Dry Creek Valley. Cult wines? Williams Selyem’s statuesque Pinots, Hanzell’s minerally Chardonnay, Vérité’s perfect Bordeaux blends, Silver Oak’s ... yes, that’s right—when the Napa star expanded, it chose the Alexander Valley.

Score: 8

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