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Copyright © 2015
Forkmedia LLC

by Fred McMillin
for July-August 2001


For Your Summer Reading:

California's Twin Jewels...Napa and Sonoma



General Mariano Vallejo

General Mariano Vallejo was Sonoma's first commercial vintner. He also provided Napa's first wine vines.

Combined, Sonoma and Napa counties contain over 30% of all California viticultural districts and about 40% of all California wineries, according to my latest figures.

"In the eyes of the American wine consumers, Sonoma County is probably the only area in the United States that could challange Napa County in overall wine quality."

...Charles Sullivan, noted wine historian.



Consequently, our three-part WineWeek Summer Series tells of:

    One of Napa's newest wineries, the creation of none other than Francis Ford Coppola.
    Francis Ford Coppola, The Vintner

    One of Sonoma's, oldest wineries, the creation of Bavarian Jacob Gundlach in 1858, financed by the brewery he founded in San Francisco to quench the thirst of the suddenly-affluent '49ers.
    Ashes To Ashes

    A Sonoma—Napa Shootout...the results of a blind tasting of wines from these two sterling districts. Which won?
    A Napa Versus Sonoma Shootout



Data provided by Gladys Horiuchi of California's Wine Institute, Fax (415) 442-0742.


About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.



This page created July 2001