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J Vineyards Brut Rose 750ml

Rated 90 - Pretty dark in color and full-bodied for a sparkling wine, even one that's majority Pinot Noir. But it's delicious and dry, which surely...
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J Vineyards Cuvee 20 750ml

Rated 90 - 49% Chardonnay; 49% Pinot Noir; 2% Pinot Meunier. There is a slight bias to citrus and chalk here that reminds a bit of good Blanc de...
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J Vineyards Vin Gris 2013 750ml

Rated 89 - Sleek and succulent, with a light pink color, floral strawberry aromas and zesty watermelon and spice flavors. Drink Now. - Wine Spectator.
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J. Rochioli Chardonnay Estate 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2014 Chardonnay Estate is a very pretty, understated wine. Lemon curd, mint, white pepper and expressive floral notes are all pushed...
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J. Rochioli Pinot Noir 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate is absolutely delicious. A super-classic Russian River Pinot brimming with fruit intensity, the 2014 hits all...
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J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Estate Grown 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Green-tinged straw. Exotic aromas of green apple, agave and white flowers, with a citrus zest nuance adding lift. Dry, focused and firm...
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La Crema Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - At 12,155 cases, the delicious 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River is the largest cuvée. It exhibits classic notes from Russian River,...
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Laguna Chardonnay Laguna Ranch Vineyard 2014 750ml

Nestled in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Laguna Ranch Vineyard has been home to world-class Chardonnay for the past 30 years. An elegant...

Russian River Valley United States

Of all the wine producing regions in California, Sonoma County is one of the most highly regarded, having had a long and fruitful history which has helped shape the American wine industry. Within Sonoma County, we find the AVA of Russian River Valley, a beautiful viticultural area centred around the Russian river, and responsible for around one sixth of Sonoma’s high quality wine production. The vineyards of the region were first planted some two hundred years ago by immigrant communities coming over to California. At first, the vines planted here were generally for private consumption - a reminder of home gardens in Spain and Italy - but by the beginning of the twentieth century, business was booming with a couple of hundred wineries in operation, thanks to the unique nature of the terroir and the effectiveness with which the grapes were growing.

The Russian River Valley is renowned worldwide for the character and quality of its wines, which are the result of the region’s perfect, cool climate, which is affected by the Pacific fog which rolls in over the valley. This coolness tempers the strong sunshine of the area, and allows for a longer, slower ripening season - thus adding character and expression to the grape varietals which grow there. The main vines grown in Russian River Valley are cool climate grapes - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - which make up for over forty percent of the grapes grown there. The hillier parts of Russian River Valley have had great success with Syrah and Zinfandel, and other parts of the region are experimenting successful with Bordeaux grapes, too.


Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.