Napa Valley and its wineries
The Napa Valley contains a broad range of soil and microclimates, lending each wine a different terroir that shows up in the taste of the. Wine from grapes grown on the valley floor has a heavier feel on the palate. Mountain grapes grow in less fertile soil, which produces fewer but more flavorful grapes. The wine from them has more acidity and tannins, because without the marine layer fog from San Francisco Bay, nights on the mountains are warmer than in the valleys — warm enough for grapes to keep on ripening after dark. Ripening without photosynthesis leads to less sugar and more tannins in the fruit.
Excellent Napa Valley wines from a St. Helena winery
Some of the best California wines come from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain. The microclimate of Conn Valley is cooler than many other parts of the valley, although warmer than Howell Mountain itself, so the grapes they grow are closer to mountain grapes. At the vineyard, you have the chance to meet the owners and wine-makers and taste excellent Napa Valley wines stored in a cave.
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide. By ordering six bottles or more per year, you can join their wine club. This will get you a discount on many of their finest wines.