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Barefoot Bubbly White Zinfandel - $10.99
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In 1965 most people were tinkering with cars in their garage. Davis Bynum was tinkering with wine. Really great wine. He spent a few years perfecting his concoction in that room usually reserved for lawnmowers. Then he moved his operation to his very own winery in Albany, California. He called his garage-style wine ‘Barefoot Bynum Burgundy’ and offered it in his tasting room. Wine lovers went head over heels for the Foot. Who knew a garage-style wine could compete toe-to-toe with the big boys? And even though Davis set Barefoot Bynum Burgundy aside in 1974 to focus on his Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, but the first steps had been taken.
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Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
Sparkling wines are part of a growing category of bubbly wines.
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While California sparkling wines are made in the Méthode Champenoise style, many wineries call their product "sparkling wine" and some even use the Champagne designation. Most sparkling wine producers are found in cooler climates and use the same grapes, primarily pinot noir and chardonnay with some pinot meunier as their cousins from France. The most popular designation is brut, a dry style that is usually a blend; blanc de blancs indicates a wine made solely from chardonnay while a blanc de noirs is made with either Pinot variety (or a blend thereof).
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.
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